The Albies 

The Albies

The Albies

The furious pace of Nashville’s growth always elicits a nostalgic response in some of our readers, and numerous entrants feel that their YASNIs should hark back to simpler times, recalling restaurants and movie theaters and streets long gone. Years ago, former Scene publisher Albie Del Favero begged us to include some of these entries about the good old days, so we gave them a category all their own—the Albies.

John Hartford’s music will always stay “gentle on your mind.”—Phil Newman, Franklin

It is a family field trip to go to Centennial Park and feed the ducks.—Shalonda Carney, Nashville

Minnie Pearl still lives in your heart.—William H. Nickerson Jr., Nashville

You brown-bagged it at Club Plantation, danced at “Y” TeenTown every Saturday night, spent your summer swimming and diving off the high tower at Cascade Swimming Pool, and had George the “car cop” at Charlie Nickens serve barbecue to you and your date.—Joan Haden, Nashville

You remember the Paramount, Lowe’s, Knickerbocker, Princess, 5th Ave., and Rex theaters in Nashville.—Charlie Bixler, Nashville

You still call them Starwood, Faison’s, Lower Broad, and Cain-Sloan.—Dana Moore, Nashville

You can name all the original stores in Green Hills Village.—Barry Wilker, Nashville

When you see an old friend, you can remember what high school fraternity/ sorority they were in.—Barry Wilker, Nashville

You thought Belle Meade was a lot of fun when you could go bar-hopping at Doug’s Pub, The Cockeyed Camel, and Kings Inn.—Tim Templeton, Nashville

You miss the Iris room.—Barry Wilker, Nashville

You miss the Hippodrome.—Barry Wilker, Nashville

You take a bag of “Fit for a King” coffee on your trip to Seattle.—Tony Williams, Nashville

You remember when Al Gore was a pretty darn good newspaper boy.—Steve Parsons, Nashville

You remember the Screaming Delta Demon.—Christopher Bryan, Franklin

You own a second-generation summer cottage in Monteagle, Tenn.; you are still eating at Sperry’s after all these years; you still refer to Bank of America’s main office as the old Commerce Union Bank Building; and you were thrilled when H.G. Hill’s finally started selling beer.—Susan Tuke, Nashville

You still call the cable TV Viacom, the car inspection station Marta, and your ATM machine Tammy. You refer to your bank either as Third National, First American, or Commerce Union. You call Vandyland Candyland, and know Centennial Medical as Parkview.—Joseph C. Estes Jr., Nashville

You have more than three T-shirts from Nashville institutions that no longer exist.—T.J. Luschen, Nashville

You remember Flag Pole Hill, Taylor’s and Martin’s Hills, Devil’s Elbow, Cloverbottom, Clearwater and Woodale Beaches, Swinging-Bridge Road, Sullivan’s Ridge, Paradise Ridge, Boone Hollow, Backbone Hill, Sugar Hill, Sally’s Hole, Dead Man’s Curve, Hopewell, Priestly Spring, Cooper’s Bottom, Moss-Rose, Rosebank, Ezell, Niederhauser, Country Maid, and Maplewood Dairies.—T.C. Jones, Nashville

You remember Chitwood’s, Pioneer Cafe, Malone’s, Lonnie Cox, Petrone’s, Mac’s, Cross Keys, Corsini’s, Merrill’s, Ralph’s, E&E, Paul Shelton’s, Coursey’s, Merrill’s, Pappy Joe Whitmore’s, Bank’s, Pat’s Place, Candyland, Green Lantern, Creamland, B&B, Club Plantation, O’Donnely’s, New Orleans, Vester’s, Glen View Inn, Tony’s, Varallo’s, Hedy Ray’s, West End Diner, Ace B-B-Q, Sherry’s, Biltmore, and Shacklett’s (Fifth & Church).—T. C. Jones, Nashville


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