Indy1963

This is the city: Indianapolis, Indiana.

The year ~ 1963

A McDonalds hamburger, fries and large Coke: 45 cents. At Burger chef: cheeseburger, fries and a large Coke; 50 cents. (The Big Chef would not appear until 1966.) A Big Chief, onion rings, and a Chocolate Coke at the TeePee drive-in; $1.20. Frisch's Big Boy platter and a drink were $1.35.

A gallon of City Service Ethyl was 26 cents. 

A pack of Lucky Strikes cost 20 cents (25 cents out of a cigarette machine).

Movies at a downtown theater (Circle, Lyric, Lowes, Indiana, or Keith) 50 cents (before 6 PM ). City bus fare was 20 cents. (2 cents more for a transfer).

Monthly phone bill: $4.95 (average). "Information" was free.  

P. O. P. (Pay One Price) all day rides at Riverside Amusement Park: $1.00. A day of swimming at Longacre Pool, 35 cents. (But you could go to the Garfield Park pool for 15 cents.)

Pay (Indiana Bell) telephones were black and "boxey" in brown booths, (ashtray equipped) with cushioned seats and sliding glass doors.  A call would cost you 10 cents, but a call to the operator or Information would send your dime clanging back into the coin return. Were there still party lines?
Copy of The Indianapolis Times newspaper: 7 cents.   

You could smell Wonder bread baking all over the city.

Half gallon of milk: 25 cents.

Bouncin' Bill Baker was spinning the platters on WIBC.

The "Emperor" and Jackson "Q" Sundae and Jay Reynolds were two of the WIFE Good Guys.

Selwin was hosting the Saturday afternoon Tarzan movies on WISH-TV Channel 8

Sammy Terry was giving us all "pleasant nightmares" on WTTV, Channel 4. Wilhelmina followed Sammy with an even worse movie!

Happy Herb brought us Popeye cartoons from the "poop deck" studio prop at Channel 4 Cowboy Bob was still in college – Janie was a Channel 4 "intern."

David Letterman was a student at Broad Ripple High School .

Jane Pauley was a student at Warren Central High School.

Harlow Hickenlooper and Curley Meyers kept us laughing with the 3 Stooges on Saturday mornings (Channel 6, at 9:00)

Dick Summers hosted the Teen Dance Party on Channel 8. You could do the twist at Fox's Skating Rink, or at The Whiteland Barn.

Herman Hoglebogle was fixing problems for readers of The Indianapolis News.  (Herman was created by Tom Johnson, a graduate of Broad Ripple High School 1951).

The Hinkle Fieldhouse, the State Fair Coliseum, and Clowes Hall were the Biggest, the best, and considered "state of the art."

Debbie Drake was leading the morning exercises on Channel 8. Jack LaLane was doing the same on Channel 6.

Frances Farmer hosted the Channel 6 late afternoon movie on WFBM TV (6).

Ruth Lyons 50/50 Club took up 2 hours from 12 Noon to 2:00 PM on WLWI Channel 13.

There were no country music radio stations in town.

There were many German language radio programs but no Spanish language stations.

FM was strictly for classical or "show tunes."  

You could live in Marion County, but not be a resident of the city of Indianapolis .

38th Street was the line between the "haves" (North) and the "have nots" (South).

Greenwood was considered to be a "hick" town.

Castleton was a gas station.

Fishers was a train depot.

Carmel was a truck stop on Route 31.

Avon was a red flashing stop signal along Route 36.

Eagle Creek was just THAT!

The "max" was dinner at the King Cole Restaurant, and a show at the Embers on the North Meridian "strip" of upscale night life.

"Dream proms" were held at the Indiana Roof, and dinner at the Key West Shrimp House or at Brody's". (21st & Arlington ), or the Fireside steakhouse.

Greyhound and Trailways buses came and went from the Traction Terminal (old Interurban) shed on West Market Street . You could catch a train to Chicago about once every hour at Union Station… ($12.00 round trip)!

You could fly out on a TWA or PanAm "jet" airliner at "Weir Cook Municipal Airport."

You got your prescriptions filled at Hooks, Haags or Rexall drug stores.

You got groceries at Kroger, A & P, Standard, or Marsh supermarkets. (or at Porky Lane ).

Interstate 465 was a short 4 lane "highway" that served only to connect you to the "big" State and National Routes.

No cable; No Internet; No wireless No self-serve; No drive-thrus; No ATM's

Remember? Of course you do! Those were just a few of the memories in a time of our lives.