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Growing up on Embarcadero Road in the 50s

Original post made by Marcia Temme Hardcastle, Palo Alto High School, on Nov 2, 2006

We never locked our doors when we were growing up in Palo Alto in the 50s.
The late Robbie Makjavich and the clan lived next door, we were buddies along with all the kids on the block, he became a Fire Captain in Palo Alto.
We made up our own games of Superman, did plays in the garage, rode dangerous flexis and waited for ambulances to roar up to Bloody Bayshore 101 and B52s to fly over from Moffat Field. There was nothing but fields from Wildwood Lane to Bayshore until the Eichlers were built and the Lucky store went in.
We were a one car family and dad traveled a lot so mom and my sister Sonia and I took the bus downtown where we often went to Woolworth's dime store, Eastmans for buttery hamburgers, Douglas Fabrics (mom sewed all of our clothes), Varsity Theater, Stanford Creamery, Macs Smoke Shop, some of which are still there. So many good things about Embarcadero Road. Adopting my first dog from my friend Sharon Mathis on Embarcadero Road; We went to Green Gables Elementary which is now Duvenik ( we had great parties and field trips and Friday movies throughout the year) Swim lessons at Riconada freezin pool, ceramics and theater at Palo Alto Community Center where I played the duchess in The Christmas Candle play one year, Girl Scouts, selling cookies door to door, Jordan Junior High Dolphins, Paly vikings, Whisky Gulch, East Palo Alto, Rainbow Girls First Assembly 46 of Palo Alto selling sandwiches at the Stanford Cal Big Game, going to frat parties at Stanford while at paly,...
The Oasis Bar after Palo Alto Oaks Games with Tony Makjavich.
I still stay in touch with my neighbors, the ISonios who are still there, the Makjavich clan, Linda in Norcal and Sue Mosher who lives in Fremont. My sister and I started a book called "On Embarcadero Road;" we hope to publish one day to save our memories for future generations. It was a much more innocent, happy time. We also had our little wicked times like throwing rotten fruit from cars on Halloween but I wont mention names...
With fond memories,
Marcia (Temme) Hardcastle
Pismo Beach California

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Posted by Carlos
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 2, 2006 at 9:47 pm

Why would you start a thread that is so obviously a subset of the already existing thread: "The things I remember about Palo Alto while growing up:"? Just keep adding to that thread with this posting would've kept the info all in one place. Look at how many duplicate "Teacher party drinking" threads got started this last week.

By the way, the thread: "The things I remember about Palo Alto while growing up:" is one of the most pleasureable reads in a long time. Let's encourage others to add to it.

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Posted by Lee b
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

This is America, you start any thread that you like. I grew up in Midtown, but I had to ride my bike across Embarcadero to get to my grandma's place at Cowper and Addison as well as Rinconada Park and University Ave.. I always loved the older part of Palo Alto. When I began to drive, that narrow place where Embarcadero goes under the tracks before getting to Town and Country always made me focus hard on driving.

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