About

My name is Andrew Godfrey and being born in 1944, I have a great interest in nostalgia, plus like to keep up with what is happening in world today.

I served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam as a postal clerk.

This website is for nostalgia fans and also attuned to what is happening in the world today.

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24 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Andrew,

    I happened to come across your blog while searching for data about the 1951 Hadacol Caravan. I am a big fan/collector of the late Hank Williams Sr. As you probably know, Hank was featured on the Hadacol shows during that 1951 Summer/Fall tour.

    As I read through your blog, I noticed that you have listed 141 Grand Ole Opry radio shows. That is impressive enough, let alone all the other thousands of shows you have listed there! Wow! Would it be possible for you to send me a list of the Opry Show dates of those 141 shows? I have all of the Opry Shows Hank appeared on but I’m always looking to add more Opry shows from the 1950s to my collection. Also, do you have any unpublished photos of Hank Williams? I collect those too. I look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks!

    Ken Campanile

    email: kcamp99@yahoo.com

      1. ANDREW I CANNOT GET ON PATCHY’S SITE I USE TO BE ABLE WITH MY OTHER COMPUTER AND I KNOW 000 ABOUT ANY OF THIS MAYBE YOU CAN HELP ME I LOVE THAT SITE BOY THOSE WERE THE DAYS I’M 71 THANKS , ELAINE.

    1. I DONOT BELIEVE I HAVE ANY HANK TREASURES THAT YOU MAY BE LOOKIN FOR BUT I DO HAVE A UNOPENED BOTTLE OF HADACOL THE COMERCIALS HANK STARRED IN I HAVE THE BOX NOT IN THE BEST OF SHAPE BUT A UNOPENED BOTTLE FROM THAT DAY AND TIME WELL YOU KNOW.SO JUST GET IN TOUCH WITH ME IF YOUR INTRESTED IN PURCHASHING THIS PURE BOTTLE OF GOLD!MY NAME IS SONYA COOGLER MY E-MAIL IS SCOOGLER@NETZERO.COM

  2. RE: Hard Rock Hotel Celebrates Elvis Week with Rare Memorabilia, the Elvistini Cocktail and Specialty Dishes

    Hello,

    I just wanted to share with you about some exciting ways to celebrate Elvis Week in Vegas!

    The Hardrock Hotel & Casino will be indulging its guests from August 11-15 with a memorable array of specialty menu and drink items at Johnny Smalls and a rare memorabilia display in honoring the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing on August 16th 1977.

    Chef Scott Minervini of Johnny Smalls by The Dolce Group has created a Peanut Butter and Banana Beignet with Candied Pepper Bacon Fries.The “Elvistini Cocktail” blends Baileys, Creme de Banane, Chambord, and Frangelico to commemorate Elvis’ love of Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches.

    Memorabilia that will displayed on the property includes a 357 magnum from Elvis’ personal gun collection, a Gibson Dove guitar with a signature mother-of-pearl inlay on the fingerboard, and the Shooting Star Jumpsuit designed by Bill Belew for Elvis in 1972.

    Hours of Operation for Johnny Smalls:
    5pm – 11pm Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
    Bar is open until midnight
    5pm – midnight Friday – Saturday, bar is open until 1am

    Hope you can link or post!
    Thanks,
    Kate

  3. just a comment, your blog mentions jimmy Hoffa disappearing from the machus red fox in Deerfield mi, but it was in BLOOMFIELD TWP not Deerfield, which is quite a ways away from where the red fox is.

  4. Talk about trivia, but for some reason got hung up on trying to remember the 12 gas stations on Main St. I can remember Skelly, Mobil, 2 Esso (later Exxon), Cities Service, Texaco, Gulf, Gulf Coast, PanAm, and Dick’s Bait Stand (no brand), but that’s only 10. If you went up Military Highway just past Jack’s there was Benny House’s Garage which was a Lion Oil Station and just past Ralph’s Fruit Stand there was a Conoco Station. Could that be the other two.

    1. Thomas, You have a better memory than me. I hadn’t even thought of Gulf Coast or Pan Am. Wasn’t there a Suco station between Barrett Street and the railroad underpass? It was a very basic gas station, that only sold gas if I remember right.

      My mother had told me years ago, that there were 13 gas stations, between the Murray St.Bridge and where the Conoco station was. I would write even more about Pineville history, but there is very little information online about that era, outside of the Alexandria Perspective website.

      One of my favorite memories is your home being decorated for Christmas, on Myrtle Street back in those days. It was a very impressive display of Christmas lights, and we saw them often living on Burns Street.

      I would like to see a list of all the mayors of Pineville, since it was founded many years ago. Mayor Baden and Mayor Fields must have been mayor of Pineville, for a combined 40 years or more by now.

  5. You are right about the SUCO station. I’d forgotten it.
    Elmo Futrell was mayor from 1962-66. George Hoffman was mayor either just before or just after that. Both were neighbors of mine which is why I remember them, Baden started in1970, I think. Sammy Downs father, U.T. Downs, was mayor during the WWI era. His name is on some monument or plaque that I saw somewhere.

  6. I didn’t know that about Sammy Downs father being mayor during World War I era. I remember George Hoffman well. He always called me by older brother’s name. Thank you for setting up the Christmas lights at your home. That was a big part of Christmas to see those lights. I will never forget the time Ralph shot a robber at his market on Military Highway. We also had a lot of drug stores…..Reeds, Bingos, Berwick, Owl, Leathermans, College Drug, Pearsons. I think that is all, but I may have forgotten one. Dick Biondi, who is in Radio Hall of Fame lived behind us on Burns Street, when he was at KSYL, then went to fame in Chicago later. He was actually living on Prairie Street.

    1. I like your Immmortal Jukebox and just listened to Petula Clark singing Downtown, which is my favorite song of hers. Hard to believe she is 82 and has been in music business for 75 years.

  7. Please check out the information on Rosie Rozell. He was born in 1929 and dies in 1995. He died at 66 years old, but it is recorded here as 56.

  8. Hi Andrew, Would you like to review any of our fab nostalgic CDs? Perhaps I could tempt you with Italiano Americano (hits of the 40s & 50s), or maybe GI Jive … or whatever you’d like to review really. Look forward to hearing from you – I’ve been enjoying your nostalgic blog site. Regards, Kathy http://www.pastperfect.com

    1. Hi Kathy, I respectfully decline your offer, but appreciate the offer very much. I have so much going on, that I couldn’t do justice to a review.

      I love your Past Perfect website.

      Andrew

      1. Hi Andrew, Thanks for letting me know and I’m glad you like the website (soon to get a bit of a shiny new overhaul). Don’t work too hard! Best wishes, Kathy

  9. Hey Andrew – really interesting site you have here. I’m researching the area and period 1940-1950 for a story, and found a wealth of information. Thanks!

  10. HI Andrew! I’m writing a book about the 1950’s in America. I’m still researching (there’s so much material about that decade). I’m going to compare and contrast the 50’s to the present. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. I just found your page and am glad that I did. Ann Hunt

    1. Hi Ann, 50’s are a great subject for a book. I started first grade in 1950, so I was old enough to remember the 50’s well. It had to be hot, but we didn’t have an air conditioner till 1965, so didn’t know what it was like to have air conditioning. Was 9 when we bought our first television.

      I remember the 5 cent 6 ounce Coca-Cola and am now realizing how little 6 ounces is. It is not even a third of a 20 ounce cola. If you have any questions you can email me at Niteowl049@msn.com I want to wish you success with your book.

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