With the exception of Elvis the majority of my musical taste come from my Daddy. Waylon, Cash, Hank. One evening when I was around 10 years old Daddy wanted to show me something on TV.
For you young folks, keep in mind this is before VCR, DVR and YouTube. So I sat with Daddy infront of a little black and white TV, patiently waiting through an awards show, commercial breaks came and went. Then, there he was, Mr. Chuck Berry. I knew I had never seen or heard anything like him before. The sound and scooting across the stage while playing his guitar. What Was That!! My Daddy’s excitement and his joy of getting to share it with me made it all the more infectious.
This amazing talent is truly missed but the connection between a young girl and her Daddy will never fade.
I wasn’t aware of it till I had children of my own decades later, but 4th grade was a very important year for me.
This was the year I had one of the few teachers that got me or at the least realized that I didn’t learn in the same way as other kids. I joke that these days she would have likely got in trouble for some of the things she did to me and a couple other students.
Mrs Neighbors was a tiny little spitfire, the beginning of the school year she had a broken leg which I believe made her seem even more formidable. It certainly didn’t slow her down.
My parents were in the middle of a less than amicable divorce. Mrs Neighbors was made aware of this but instead of pity I was given encouragement. When I couldn’t sit still and concentrate she would put me under her desk. There I wasn’t staring off in space or watching out the window at absolutely nothing. When I had to be in my desk and she caught me wondering off my nickname was Cricket (can’t sit down or shut up) or there was a flick of her finger against the top of my head.
Other teachers in my 12 years just threw up their hands. She doesn’t apply herself, she is lazy, if she would just pay attention. I get there wasn’t much awareness back then but thankfully there were a few that understood nit all children learn the same.
My appreciation for Mrs Neighbors is why our shop children’s room is named after her. I only saw her once after I left Casa View Elementary and I wish I had known then her impact on me at the time. She is gone now but maybe she knows.
The namesake of our boutique is mentioned in this wonderful blog.
by Paula Bosse
I love ads from high school yearbooks — especially when they feature students. Here are several from the Bryan Adams 1961 and 1962 yearbooks. (Click the ads to see larger images.)
Above, the J. C. Penney store in Casa View at 2596 Gus Thomasson. Great ad! (1962)
Below, Jackson’s Sporting Goods in Casa Linda. (1962)
Gingham Girl Dance Studio on Northwest Highway (“We Also Feature Baton Lessons”). (1961)
Lake Highlands Music Co. — guitar lessons by Ken Wheeler. (1961)
Casa Linda Barber Shop. (1962)
Ethel Shipp — female attire, from tots to teens and beyond; Casa Linda and Casa View. (1961)
Dallas Ice Arena — ice skating at Fair Park. (1962)
Cooter’s Village Camera Shop — Highland Park Village. (First ad 1961, second 1962)
Pop’s Spaghetti House (Frank Da Mommio and Pop Da Mommio), on Gaston, near Baylor. (1962)
Colbert’s in Casa Linda…
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We start a new sale in Casa View tomorrow!!! I get so excited doing sales close to home 😊
Here is a link with details and pics! https://www.estatesales.net/TX/Dallas/75228/1428129
This blog is about our little shopping center. It is so fun to learn a little of the history about our location!
by Paula Bosse
I’m not in the Casa View area very often, but I was driving through last week and noted that a lot of the elements of the shopping center looked as if they were original to the buildings — specifically the little metal doo-dads along the top of the canopies over the sidewalks. I came across the photo above tonight and was happy to see those little doo-dads. The shopping center is a little confusing to me, but I think this is what that building once occupied by Sears looks these days (why, why, WHY did someone think painting over that cool original brick was a good idea!).
This Sears — located at 2211 Gus Thomasson — was Dallas’ fifth Sears store and opened in the still-under-development Casa View neighborhood in October, 1956. It wasn’t a full department store — its merchandise was…
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