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Dayton in the 60s and 70s: Part II
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msabo
12 posts
Aug 20, 2010
11:27 PM
JeffN asked "Where is the old school Cassano's?". Well I just returned from a trip to Dayton. I hadn't been there in 20 years. I went to the Cassano's on Indian Ripple (I had never been to that specific restaurant before, all the other Cassano's I used to eat at have closed). I ordered a supreme pizza and it was spot on what we used to eat when I was a kid.
AllenN71
57 posts
Aug 21, 2010
12:25 PM
Apparently there are some Cassanos franchises still around which remain faithful to the hearth ovens and Mom Donisi's original recipes. I am going to be coming to Dayton in a few months to research the above-mentioned novel, and I will try both the Fairfield Cassanos and now, the Indian Ripple one.

Just BTW I had tried for years to get one local restaurant whose owners were willing to accomodate me, to try and duplicate the taste of the original Cassanos "Submarine Sandwich". By George, I think I have it! It's ham, salami, bologna, and the "lunch meat" we knew as "{pickle-pimento loaf"; Mozzerella and Provelone, pickled banana pepper rings, and Cassano's Pizza sauce in a thin spread. (Ragu plain is about as close as I could get, it needs a bit of punching up with garlic and oregano). Toast them in the oven and you get as close to the original Cassanos Submarine as any ex-pat is likely to reproduce in his own kitchen. Hail Cassanos!
delcodude
52 posts
Aug 29, 2010
12:20 PM
AllenN71

"The proof is (definitely) in the taste" of an old time original Cassano's sub. Don't forget to burn the edges, to authenticate.

Cassano's is definitely "back" in terms of quality and authenticity. Having made my mouth water while writing this, I "do" have to admit that Cassano's can't touch a pizza from "Joes, Airway", No way, no how. Try one when you get back.... at the top of Airway Rd. near Smithville Rd.. Dayton's best pizza.
Good luck with the novel, sounds cool.
JeffN
315 posts
Aug 30, 2010
8:13 AM
Joe's is definitely great. I love Cassano's though. Hard to pick. Dayton Pizza is No. 1 in my book all the way around!
Bigmo
41 posts
Sep 02, 2010
8:18 AM
In 1980 or 81, Cassano opened a "new" restaurant in Beavercreek and Vic himself invited me (Beavercreek Daily News reporter at that time) to cover the opening. He treated me to lunch and I interviewed him while we ate. He was very personable and I enjoyed having a one-on-one with such a well-known Dayton personality. I carried that good will for many years with Cassanos as a member of the news media in radio and television, always making sure to balance any coverage of them, positive or negative. The news was negative during the early 90s when Cassanos closed down all stores in Indiana and Columbus due to Greyhound's clueless handling of ownership and marketing. I called Vic Junior during that time and made what could have been very negative and balanced it with the fact that they would be investing those marketing dollars in the Miami Valley. Vic Junior appreciated that Ch. 7 did not take advantage of a "sensational" story.
bigbob
130 posts
Sep 02, 2010
9:30 AM
I remember as a kid going with a friend to Vic's apartment off of otterbine ave. he had these giant gold fish in this huge tank and he said he fed them hamburger.
AnnS
1 post
Sep 02, 2010
4:30 PM
OH WOW...I just discovered this web site and it was because I was looking up Bill Stepp....the Dayton mobster. My husband and I were playing the game "I wonder whatever happened?" He was stationed at WPAFB and I met him when they use to invite girls to come and dance with the Airmen at the Servicemen's club. I have so many memories....good and bad. I have been gone for over 30 yrs. I went to Hawthorne Elementary and Colonel White HS. My husband worked at Good Samaritan after leaving the Air Force. My brother was a local musician and he and his fellow band members played at a lot of local night clubs. I will be staying in touch.
RIVERDALE RAT
525 posts
Sep 02, 2010
5:49 PM
AnnS

Welcome to DHBO. That’s the first time I ever heard Bill Stepp referred to as a mobster. All I can remember him ever being was a small time street Hoodlum that later on began running with a group of the same type. He was always getting chased down and arrested by the Police for dumb stuff. I truly don’t think Bill would have recognized a real mobster if he sat next to one at the White Tower.

Browse the boards, there’s a Ton of information, Questions and Answers on all of the topics that you just mentioned. I have also been removed from the streets of Dayton for 30+ Years. From what I read on here, Dayton is a completely different City than it was during our era.
Dewey Hopper
1 post
Sep 06, 2010
6:18 PM
I just found this site...It's great. We left Dayton in 1973 but I have some super memories of the town and the very nice people...some of which we are still in contact with. I remember going to a movie at the Dayton Mall on a sunny day and coming out to 6" of snow on the ground. I remember sledding on "Suicide Hill". At the time, I thought it was strange Cassano's pizzas were cut in little squares "stead of pie shaped but that was one good pizza. Remember the Puki Puki Lounge in Huber Heights...had the swimming pool inside and they rented paper bathing suits for a dollar. Someone mentioned Suttmillers. I saw a lot of top acts there. There was another Dinner Theater near by but I can't recall the name. There was another Club in HH that featured "Big Red"....She was a 250 pound red headed torch singer that could really belt out a song. She use to say, and I remember this after 40+ years, "I went into Rikes for a sale and bought this beautiful yellow dress and when I it outside someone hollered "Hey, Taxi!"." and a guy I worked with named Denny (?) sang there..The police were super friendly in those days. Had a police officer friend that would crook his finger and say he was a straight arrow. We would eat lunch at the Safari Club. They had lion and tiger hamburgers and other exotic fare.I learned to ski at Beaver Creek with Steve (?) The morning disc Jockey at the top radio station in town. I got to work with Omar Williams, that was special. I met Erma Bombeck and we remained friends after both of us moved to Arizona...Great lady!
Dewey Hopper
2 posts
Sep 06, 2010
6:24 PM
That Disc Jockey was Steve Kirk on WING Radio...The memory comes and goes. He was a fun and funny guy!
Hankster65
49 posts
Sep 06, 2010
8:32 PM
Dewey Hopper, the Weatherman! Wow, good to have you here! You're the kind of weatherman (in my opinion) that is missed in these parts today...accurate (well at least within reason, like all), personable, and with a sense of humor. You were my and the ex's favorite by far back then. If you ever get tired of AZ come on back!
SeeDavid
343 posts
Sep 06, 2010
9:08 PM
Dewey Hopper, if you only knew how we all have talked about you and your "outside weather reports" on Channel 2, and we have also pondered whether or not it was you that hosted a "Dance Party" type show at a Motel Swimming Pool next to the studio in Moraine.

You can have Cassanos Pizza kits sent to you by mail now @ http://www.cassanos.com/pizza_anywhere.cfm
Everyone on here knows that I do not work for Cassanos and am not promoting it, just providing a way to get the Mom Donisi flavor spread about the country.

Your friend,Omar,"Coach" passed away at 83 years of age. This is the news article about him for you and others. He created "Operation Football" for Friday Nights and also "Operation Basketball" for the high school's Friday Night Lights so to speak. He was loved by many.http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/05/04/ddn050408williamsweb.html

It is good to see you here, Mr.Hopper.
Hello to all of my old friends. I plan on coming back oe share memories with you all, if you want me back.
I miss you so much. I am still here missing Rike's and hoping it will magically reappear downtown. We know that's not going to happen. Implosion does that to a dream, huh?? Dave says hi !!
~ Cindi (and Dave).

Last Edited by on Sep 06, 2010 9:12 PM
driver62
334 posts
Sep 07, 2010
7:36 AM
Ah yes, the weather outside with Dewey on channel 2. The other supper club close to Sutmillers would be the Tropics which was further north on Main. Sutmillers did have some great entetainment. I saw Lou Rawls there once.

Nice to hear from you.
Bigmo
42 posts
Sep 07, 2010
7:48 AM
To this day, a friend of mine claims he and his buddies were throwing a frisbee where Dewey Hopper was getting ready to go on the air with his outdoor weather map, which had stick on numbers. The frisbee went off target, hit the map and knocked some temperature numbers to the ground. Dewey scrambled to get the numbers back on the map just as he went "on-air." I always wondered if that was a true story.
Keugene48
104 posts
Sep 07, 2010
8:56 AM
Cindi: so glad you have come back (and Dave too)!!
maxed out
182 posts
Sep 07, 2010
10:29 AM
SeeDavid(cindi) you are always welcome.
Things happen in our lives that are unforeseen, and sometimes unwanted. I think everyone is old enough to appreciate that there is another life besides here and we have to take care of other businesses in the world outside of this site.
It would be a perfect fantasy world if all went as planned and we could spend the rest of our time playing.
Again cindi, welcome back
tlturbo
210 posts
Sep 08, 2010
4:50 AM
Welcome back Cindy - I always ask Nikki how you are doing when we all get together at Ricks. Hope things are going OK for you.
Terry - (one of the car guys)
JeffN
318 posts
Sep 09, 2010
8:19 AM
Wow ... I hadn't thought of Dewey Hopper in ages! Welcome!! I watched the Dayton news over the weekend on a short visit "home." It just doesn't quite measure up to the good old days. I guess it never does!
SeeDavid
346 posts
Sep 16, 2010
10:39 AM
I love you guys !! I miss you.
Now.. about the Marion's "old oven" pizza. Always ask for the "old oven". mmmmmmm Mighty tasty and crispy, too.
DanSchultz
12 posts
Sep 18, 2010
3:02 PM
DANG! Lots of memories here. I was born in Dayton. Was a musician there all of my life. Worked record hops with all the DJ's there in a band called "The Jaguars." We performed on "The Coca Cola Dance Party" and at the K of C Hall. Later was in bands called "The Magnificent 7" at The Diamond Club, and "The Gold River Band" at Rumors in Kettering. My sister dated Bill Stepp for awhile(Until mom found out about him). Loved Parkmoor chicken. Went to Belmont High School and Eastmont and U.S. Grant Grade Schools. Retired to Arizona, where I still entertain.
ghollon
1 post
Oct 19, 2010
11:00 PM
dorothylane

Do you know where Vicki van winkle is now?
I was trying to put together a band in '69 with her after the "rest" period.
Then I lost contact with her when I moved to southern California in 1970.
fairmontchick
1 post
Oct 22, 2010
5:49 AM
I grew up in Kettering in the 60's and 70's. Went to Rolling Fields Elementary School, Van Buren Junior High, and Fairmont (West) High School. Anyone else out there from the same era?
carlatm75
42 posts
Oct 22, 2010
8:02 AM
fairmont chick, I live in Kettering now. The old Rolling Fields School on Bingham is now Grace Baptist Church. The part that faces Acosta is a montessori school.
fairmontchick
2 posts
Oct 22, 2010
8:06 AM
Hey Linda09! I went on that tour too! You got the small loaves of bread. Mmmmm, smelled sooo good. Did anyone ever go to Carillon Park or the Dayton Art Museum? I remember my mom and dad took us their when we were kids and I remember going up a large flight of stairs in the Art Museum. Everything looks so big when you are a child. I used to live on Danz Avenue right off of Dorothy Lane.
fairmontchick
3 posts
Oct 22, 2010
8:10 AM
southparkerik:

I am new to the site, but I definitely remember going to concerts almost every weekend. They definitely were not expensive like today. I saw all kinds of groups, and I did see J. Geils Band too! I also saw Foghat, Rush, Grand Funk Railroad, Aerosmith.
rosewoodroyal83
18 posts
Oct 22, 2010
8:01 PM
Fairmont chick, I grew up in Kettering in the 70's and 80's, went to Rosewood, KJH, and Fairmont(East and West had merged by then). Carillon, Air Force Museum, Museum of Natural History, Arcade were all places we frequented. I saw Aerosmith at Hara, I believe the ticketwas something like $12. I saw the Rolling Stones at Riverfront Stadium, 14th row on the field, all the tix were same price - $28.00, unheard of today. Lots of concerts at Timberwolf in Kings Island, were $5.00 if you had a season pass!
JeffN
330 posts
Oct 27, 2010
8:56 AM
Fairmontchick ... we still hit the Cassano's on Stroop when we're in town. Definitely in your neck of the woods!
carole price
1 post
Oct 31, 2010
1:59 PM
I'm a Wright State grad ('75), a history major. I
have fond memories of growing up in Beavercreek(Brook Hollow)and in Xenia during my early childhood. I now work in my husband's law office in Coldspring, TX, on his family's farm that dates to 1832. In the '80s and '90s I worked as editor of a oil company's magazine in PZL Place in Houston. But in the 70s in the Dayton area, I worked for that unique and creative Data Corporation. In case tlturbo is wondering: did he drive those corvettes parked in the driveway down the street on Miramar Road?
carole price
2 posts
Oct 31, 2010
2:36 PM
I worked at Data Corporation from '65 to '69 (not '70s as my previous post indicated -- meant '60s). Thought that was good to know if anyone out there, such as tlturbo, from those "good ole days" worked there at the same time.
tlturbo
218 posts
Oct 31, 2010
2:38 PM
Yep - that was me. I also worked at Data Corp but about 66-68. The minute I saw you mention Brook Hollow I started seraching my memory as to who I knew there named Carole. Give me a clue as to where you lived and what year you graduated Creek. My E-mail is on my profile - drop me a note and lets chat off board. I can't remember anyone in Hollow that worked at DC the same time as me.

Last Edited by on Oct 31, 2010 2:41 PM
carole price
3 posts
Nov 01, 2010
12:29 PM
I've got your email, Turbo, and plan to write to you. You're sure to realize soon I must be an elephant in the corner who is temporarily blocked from your memory bank. Here are some clues: printer's devil to Dan H; receptionist at Research Park who resided in the glass room reading such tomes as "Atlas Shrugged" and "Fountainhead." How about saved big bid on WPAFB contract, incidentally won, by re-printing proposal in nick of deadline? You would likely never remember the last item, but here's another clue you're sure to recollect: loud, crazy Italian family down the street? I was the angel amongst them. Ha! Your parents thought a lot of me, I know, and I thought they were the best parents ever.
tlturbo
219 posts
Nov 02, 2010
5:10 AM
I got it. I actually remembered only 2 Carol's (Carole's) in Brook Hollow and one moved to the Virginia area about the year I graduated so that eliminated her. But I misread your post and thought you said YOUR parents farm and I knew your parents didn't have a farm so I was stumped. I also thought if it was you, I'd remember you working at DC but I don't. My parents thought a lot about you and your older brother (you also had 2 younger if I remember) and yes, it was the crazy Italian family. HA HA You went through some weird times.
Drop me a note and we'll catch up. We are going back to Dayton tomorrow for 5 days so I might not be online till we get back.
T
maxed out
200 posts
Dec 01, 2010
2:00 PM
I was at my brother-in-laws house in Springboro for Thanksgiving with my lovely wife..I drove up from south Florida in my Jeep Wrangler.1102 miles and 17 hours of driving. We made one stop in Georgia at a Hampton Inn in Cartersville. Me and my lovely wife arrived Saturday the 20th. The weather was beautiful, then that freekin' cold front came through and I froze my buns off. Anyway, I had to visit a few of my favorite stops from the 60's and 70's. I had to have Cassanos. I ate there 2 times. I went to Nicks ( www.gotonicks.com ) in Xenia 2 times. Both places were great... Being short of time I didn't get to go to Hickory on Brown St. or have a fish sandwich at Frisch's.
The whole family made a trek to Jungle Jim's at my request. What a cool place it is. If I was alone a could have spent all day there. I took a few classes at the Culinary Institute here in Palm beach county so I know food. If you haven't been there please try to go. They have a website.
JeansDayton
4 posts
Dec 03, 2010
6:55 AM
I remember that a bunch of us used to make bracelets from lettered beads and we used to walk to a craft shop on Linden called 'My?????'(I just had the name in my head,and just as quickly, it disappeared....) in the 70's. Anybody else remember this?

Last Edited by on Dec 03, 2010 6:56 AM
Leath
2 posts
Dec 06, 2010
2:31 PM
Did anyone join my Cruisin' the Country Kitchen in the mid 60's?....find a spot and back in to watch all ur buds cruise by as u sipped a coke for 2 hours and car jumped...then take the cruisin' route over to the another drive in which I can not remember the name or location. And maybe a drag race or two in between.
Robinra
1 post
Dec 13, 2010
11:24 AM
Discovered this site when I googled "Girl on the Volkswagen Floor." Barb Butler murder in June 1968. Barb's roommate introduced us, and I was prob her last (maybe only) serious boyfriend. We were "pinned" in college. She attended Miami University, and I went to Ohio State. I was a Phi Delt there, and we got pinned in 1966. I was in Viet Nam when she was killed, but my mother sent me all the newspaper articles that appeared then. I still have them. I also have first printing of book. Ben rereading all this info in attempt to get back up to speed. Would love to see everything LHelton has, especially if lives near Dayton
Dia
1 post
Dec 14, 2010
4:59 AM
hi-I grew up in Beavercreek in the 50's and 60's. Most of the time in the 60's teenagers had to go in to Kettering or Dayton to find a restaurant to go to after a game or dance. I think the Country Kitchen on the edge of Kettering was popular. There was always Fairborn, too with the Hasty Tasty or down on Airway Rd to go to Sandy's or the Arby's located in a big fake covered wagon building--back when they had a real roast beef under red lamps to slice the meat off & onto your sandwich.
tlturbo
221 posts
Dec 14, 2010
12:44 PM
Leath - I am surprized that I missed ANY post about the Country Kitchen as I practically live there on Friday Sat and Sun nights in the late 60's & 70's. Hate to think how many cokes I drank sitting there and the number of times I cruised through there. Usually backed in next to the fence on the North side with the other corvettes.
Dia - Yes, Country Kitchen in Kettering, Parkoore on N Main, Frisches on Keowee and Parkmoore on Airways. Occasionally I would go to into Fairborn - Was the Hasty Tasty out past Langs and across from the shopping center?? I remember when they built the Long John Silvers out at the Airway center. I grad 'creek in 65.

Last Edited by on Dec 14, 2010 12:44 PM
DebCB
38 posts
Dec 14, 2010
1:40 PM
Dia, I also remember when the Arby's on Airway first opened. For a short time they served potato chips instead of french fries. I didn't like the change to ffs at the time, but eventually got used to them. LOL

Cruising drive-ins in the 60s and 70s was something I loved to do. There was always a certain excitement to it. If I couldn't go for some reason or another, I just knew that something great was happening there and I was missing it. I met so many people which led to many experiences, some bad but mostly good.

Then I got in a heated argument with a brownie cop at Frisch's on Keowee and my cruising days were over for a long time.
JeffN
376 posts
Apr 15, 2011
11:32 AM
My aunt worked at that Ontario's for years.
maxed out
242 posts
Apr 15, 2011
4:53 PM
Who was the guy that could paint your whole car for $29.99 back in the 60's?
hunt69
245 posts
Apr 15, 2011
5:05 PM
Earl Schibe 29.99 for a long time


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