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