Hi, it’s that time again. Here’s Week #6 of O’Connoradioland, an award-eligible weekly feature designed for your reading pleasure, and now, I’m proud to say, FDA approved for human consumption. Just goofing around there; that’s a line I used to use occasionally on my early morning show. I still have several file boxes crammed with silly stuff I wrote during the 25 years I did the morning thing. Now I have to find ways to use some of it here and there.
Well, here it is the end of June, and it sure feels like it. Actually this month has felt more July-ish than June-ish, what with above normal temps and low rainfall. Here at the O’Connor weather observatory we have had only about one and a third inches of rain for June, and a year-to-date total of about eleven inches, both numbers well below normal. Add to that our dry fall and winter and you have a not very pretty picture. But as far as heat alone goes, this is nothing compared to the summer of 1980 ’round these parts. In that year we had 32 days IN A ROW with temps at or over 100, mainly during July and a little bit of August. I remember even the old timers were trying to recall when they had been through a period like that before. Some said the mid 1950’s and a few said 1936. Well, no matter. We just need some rain and cooler temps.
We have another winner! Congratulations to Vicki Richardson who correctly identified the Rosewood Galleries building (1600 block of Main) as the former location of the Triangle Drug Store. Vicki, we humbly salute your lofty new status as a Registered Certified Trivia Expert. Triangle was a neat old-timey drug store that had a lunch counter where you could get a tuna (or ham) salad sandwich, chips and a drink for like $1.75. They also made great fountain drinks and treats like cherry phosphates, shakes, malts etc. I think it was the last authentic classic soda fountain in town. When Sally and I were in our first location of The Record Rack (around the corner from 17th and Main) we used to have lunch there a few times a week. I think the Triangle closed sometime in the 1980’s.
On to the Trivia! In last week’s post a reader guessed at the location of the first Dillon’s store in Great Bend, a question to which we already had a winning answer a few weeks ago, but I’ll go ahead and repeat it here for anyone else who may have missed it. The first Dillon’s store was a door north of the Barton Arts Center (formerly McCoy’s Shoes) at Main and Forest. By the way, did you know that Forest Avenue used to be called ‘Maggie Street’? It’s true. Don’t know who Maggie might have been, but someone way back when named a street after her.
Okay, here’s one that I DON’T know the answer to, so please help me out. Where was the location of the Big Wheel Drive-In restaurant on Tenth Street? I’m remembering it being in the now vacant lot just east of the present Best Western Angus Inn. Am I wrong? I could be. I’ve been wrong before. ‘Twouldn’t be anything new. So help me out.
Hey, we haven’t done a music question for a while. Here’s one for you: What well-known Calfornia state park was mentioned in a Beach Boys hit of the 1960’s? Answer this one or the above and you’ll be honored as our newest Registered Certified Trivia Expert.
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Have a great 4th of July weekend.