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Broken Heart

To my recollection, and my recollector is fuzzy now days, it snowed around Valentine’s Day in our senior year. The snow was sufficient to construct a valentines heart ~ 4 foot tall. After rolling a number of snow balls across the yard I managed to stack them, fill in the voids and carve a recognizable heart. With exuberance I proceeded in having my true love come over. It was right at that moment my next door neighbor, John Danielson, came home and tackled the heart leaving nothing but a yard which now looked like a checker board with a lump. John was a great friend so we proceeded on having snow ball fights. As for the heart, easy come and easy go. My true love did come by and became the target of snow balls from John and me.
John is now gone and I am the only person that saw the masterpiece. We all have memories that may soon be lost unless someday a book will be printed capturing the thoughts of Milby 1960.

Linda Strickland


The music is like a flashback of those days long ago.I am reminded of all the drive ends with car hops and little metal trays hanging on the window of drivers side. Good way to scope out all the raked, pinstriped, fast running cars. Living so close to Pasadena, Trainers (good steak sandwich), The Corral (pretty little paper umbrella in a red sweet drink like a slush) The Princess had great onion rings. Of course all eyes were on who was with who when those cars drove by.

Can't forget the passion pits called Drive End Movies. Got kissed for the first time at the Red Bluff in Pasadena. THe boy was named Wayne, his lips tasted like strawberries, girl does not forget her first kiss. You were thinking.......... "she does not remember the movie", it was Picnic stars were William Holden and Kim Novac. The music from that movie still brings back memories. Got to go, thinking about eating a bowl of strawberries. Some fifty years ago memory does not fade but lingers like a sweetness from the past that only we remember in our heart of hearts. Just like your heart of snow. Linda

Mike Roberts

Hi Linda, oooohh those strawberries. You mentioned a couple places that brought question to my memories. I remember Trainers, The Corral and Prince's and I will probably kick myself after you restore the ole memory. Boy howdy, those days are clouded.

As I remember Trainers was on Richey and LaPorte road, one of the three was on Red Bluff and the other was on Richey across from Pasadena Dodge which later became AC Collins Ford, jog me if I am right or wrong.

I dated a beautiful girl from Pasadena on a triple date, went to the Red Bluff Drive Inn. Wow, as soon as we got parked and the movie started she was on me like a fly on warm watermellon rinds. I do not remember what movie was playing. I had earned the nickname " FRENCHY ", this girl gave me a lesson in how to kiss with " PASSION " ! HOT, HOT, HOT !

Herbert Johns

Hey everyone someone has started using my old email address
as a scam trying to get money and
I want everyone to know that I am
not in Africa nor would I EVER go
and I don't need money sent to me.
I love the good ole USA. If anyone knows how to find out who is doing this let me know - I have a present for them.

John Echoff

Passion Pits-Whew, remember trying to explain to your date's dad which movie you were going to see? Of course none of my upstanding classmates would ever stuffed anyone in the trunk of their car to avoid the ticket price-right! Linda you sure opened a new chapter in our lives, wonder how many will remember their first kiss. It is a real shame that our kids and grand kids can not experience some of the same things we did, or maybe we should be thankful they can't experience those things...

Mike Roberts

Good morning John, cant is something a horse does, so, as was said in " Jurasic Park ", " nature always finds a way ". However you are correct in your assumption, only because drive-in theaters have exited our world only to remain a memory to our generation. How will they, our kids and grandkids, remember the first embrace, what will be the vehicle to give them the space we had at the drive-in. I CAN"T or should I say, I can only imagine !

Sheila Steele Howard

Good news for anyone that is interested in experiencing the past. There is a fairly new drive-in movie on FM2920, not too far west of Tomball.
And how about the Ranger Drive-in? Can't remember which street it was on. Anyone remember? I think they had good onion rings. Or that may have been somewhere else.

Linda Strickland

Monsieur Mike,

The Corral was a couple of blocks from the Dodge place. Trainers was on the LaPort Hwy. with the Capitan Theater right down the street. When younger I was at the Capitan viewing the movie, "The Five Sullivan Brothers", begin to feel guilty thinking if Jesus comes back what will he think about me being in a movie theater on a Sunday afternoon.
Saw the front of the theater last year, the Captains' picture is still standing. Ahaa the smell of popcorn,taste of cold coke, upper level seating, viewing all the good looking guys.

The only Princes I remember were in Galena Park and off the Gulf freeway going into Houston.

The best carhops were at Vicky's Drive-in in South Houston. Always a show with roller skates and costumes of the season. Best hamburgers!

Let us not forget the rootbeer places with the frosty glass mugs.

Playland Park great place to go on a date.

Our family car was stolen at the old Bluebonnet Theater. Saw many a western and of course ZORO.

I think kay Oslin tried to keep our generation in memory with her songs. I have her collection of music. Hope to see her at our next reunion. Don't know her but do know her friends from Milby love her.

Mike, I have covered some fun places in my memory if nothing else to get your mind off that French way of thinking , but afer all that is your memory.

Karla Lofgren Davis

Was the Ranger on Telephone Road? Karla

Paul Schrader

Yes it was. Weren't those things called curly fries?

Charles Simmons

Ah, The Ranger! Fond memories. My buddy, Wendel, from Austin High, and I would cruise the front line at the Ranger in his '57 Chevy just itching for a drag race. Nothing could beat it!

My brother, Jimmy, was a Houston police officer and would ticket anyone burning rubber leaving the Ranger. Spoil sport!

Mike Roberts

Hi John, I'll bet a lot of people will not admit they stuffed someone in the trunk to get in free at the WINKLER drive in theater, but I was in there more than once. You know as I remember admission was only a dime so it must have been a heroic act to beat the system, hmmmm.

Once long ago, ( and far away, NO, NO, NO ) my grandfather and I were stuffed into the trunk of my uncles '40 Ford convertible because there was no room left in the seating area. We were going downtown to the Metropolitan for a movie as a family outing. I remember it well because it was cold, ice on the trunk lid kinda cold, and we were let out in front of the theater. In retrospect, the fact that we had only one vehicle and no room for 8 to 10 people may have been another reason for riding in the trunk to the drive in.

Mike Roberts

Hi Sheila, thanks for the heads up on the new drive in theatre just west of Tomball, that might be a nice outing for a family night.

Karla, Paul is correct, The Ranger was on Telephone road, just at the juncture of the 610 loop. That was before construction, in ernst, had started on the loop. I think the property had been purchased for the right of way, therefore it was a boulevard with 2 lanes in either direction which became the access roads. This boulevard offered a significant opportunity for the drag races mentioned by Charles and the following tickets issued by his spoiled sport brother. The only thing I can say as to his friends " HOT " '57 chevy is, he may not have ever met up with Larry Swifts', aka " SPEEDY ", '56 olds, running two four barrel carbs or Lee Barnes', '50 ford, running 3 dueces. OOOooeee, they were fast !

Haven't seen or heard from or about these guys in years, maybe Iva Nell, Lee's love of his life will give us a heads up.

Mike Roberts

Hi Linda, you were just everywhere, The Capitan was, I think the largest of the neighborhood fun clubs, I only went there a couple times. Did go to the Bluebonnet but mostly to the Avalon, as it was closer to home and later to the Broadway. We could always count on that rich smell of pop corn and the usher with his flashlight, broom and dust pan greeting us for a day of fun.

We cherished our visits to Playland Park, what a roller coaster they had and bumper cars. Crystal pools across Main street.

You tell of the Princes in Galena Park, my mom went to school at Galena Park. We would visit Moms sister in Jacinto City, which was close to GP, and at times afford the luxury of a " ROOT BEER FLOAT " at the AW drive-in there.

Aha ! Vicky's on Old Galveston and Winkler, good hamburgers but a better seafood basket than most other places could imagine !

I have been busy for the last little while and had no opportunity to post to the blog, hopefully I have not been too long winded here, just letting you know I'm still kickin'. Oh Yeah, about the roller skating carhops, there was one that comes to mind, she worked at Holt's drive-in on Evergreen and Bowie and later at the Winkler drive-in, BOOTS was her name, I'll bet she served a lot of those " cherry cokes and cherry seven-ups with coffee cream " to our alumnus.

Sheila Steele Howard

OK Mike,
The Showboat Drive in Theater
22422 FM2920 Rd
Hockley, Tx 77447

They have a cute website with movie listing, etc. Their address is Hockley only because the USPS thinks they belong there. They are closer to Tomball. I found lots of other drive ins in Google. Enjoy until the mosquitoes come out.

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THE SHOOTOUT: Part Deaux (June 2009)

  • Ga - A Happy Bunch of Buffalo
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  • B) The Oahu Beaches
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  • A) Millby Girls Gathered May 13
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  • G) Milby 50th Reunion Friday Night 016
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50th Reunion Saturday Night Dinner and Dance

  • Milby 50th Reunion Dinner Dance
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  • Milby 50th Reunion Sunday Brunch 142
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  • 7) Bob Neal - Park Place Elementary 1950
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  • EA) A Quorum Assembled
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  • B) Milbyites in Attendance
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Feb First Lunch Bunch 2010

  • Conclusion
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Milby Class of '59 Reunion

  • Zc
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Current Photos of 1960 Milby Grads - Photo Album

  • Ac) Alton Couvillon
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  • S - Jim and Karla
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  • F - Tasha
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  • J - God's Plans
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  • D) The Pastels circa 1960
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Karla's African Adventure in the 60's

  • Sb) Shopping with Masai Along the Road
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  • Zm) An Encouraging Symbol
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  • Z) Charlotte, Bo, and Gladys at a Luau
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Holiday Gatherings, 2008

  • (Od) Icicles
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  • (Ace) - Sunrise in Marble Falls
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Bikers and Babes (2008)

  • B - Bikers and Babes
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  • A - Kemah after Ike
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Sheila's Flora and Fauna ~ 2007

  • E - Honey Bees and Bumble Bees
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  • H - The Whole Gang Came Along
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  • N - All But the Top Four in Bloom - June 28, 09
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  • O - Versailles
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  • "Razzle Dazzle Red"
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  • AD - Kaleidoscope of Ryan
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Ken Corey - Our Man in Macedonia, 2008

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Paul Schrader's Gorilla Trek, July 2007

  • A Bit of Paul's Bio
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Christmas 2007 Photo Album

  • P - Larry Smith Family, Christmas 2007
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  • Immaculate Conception Catholic School
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  • Deady Band - Our 8th Grade Year
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  • Austin 1961
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1958 Carats Program

  • '58 Carats Program Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1958 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1959 Carats Program

  • '59 Carats Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1959 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1960 Carats Program

  • '60 Carats Show Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1960 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

Milby Kaleidoscope Programs

  • Kaleidoscope Stars, 1959
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from the Plainsman produced Kaleidoscope Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection.

Milby Drama Department Productions

  • "The Good Hope", Stage 59
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from various productions and activities related to the Milby Drama Department to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection.
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