THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
18211 JOHN R
Bet. 6 i 7 Mile ads:
past-time in the '50s.
Womens' leagues got to-
The dawn of the Atomic gether in the afternoon to
Age had ended the war. The knock down pins in the
boys were back_ And as the Bowl-O-Drome and Wy-7
second half of the century bowling alleys. Husbands
began, Detroiters wanted to and wives bowled together
relax and enjoy it.
Buddy Greco and other
Musicals were big in the
1950s. Theater goers lined musical greats entertained
up at the old Riviera, the Detroiters at Baker's
Northland Playhouse, the Keyboard Lounge. Black-
Cass, the Shubert, the and-tans like the Flame
Show Bar and Club 666
Fisher and the Music Hall.
They were waiting to see were fun places.
Among favorite home-
shows like "The Music
Man," "The King and I," town comedians were
"My Fair Lady," "Flower Buddy Lester, Frankie
Drum Song," "South Rapp and Soupy Sales.
Pacific," "Bye Bye Birdie," Sammy ,Davis was a fre-
quent performer at the
and "West Side Story."
Belafonte Elmwood Casino in
brought his Calypso Windsor with or without
music and his sexy torso his father and uncle.
into town. and women Those were the days
when Davis knocked
swooned. They were still
swooning when they himself out dancing,
gathered in Darby's Res- playing instruments,
taurant on Wyoming and
Seven Mile after the and singing.
Northwood Inn was a
show. While husbands
were talking about popular spot, especially on
sports, business and poli- Tuesday and Thursday
nights when elaborate buf-
tics, the wives were still
thinking about Be- fets offered all the shrimp
you could eat. Dancing was
lafonte's bare chest.
The decade's most sensa- another plus.
tional magazine was "Con-
Desi Arnaz appeared at
fidential." When the maga-
the Bowery and talked
zine was sued for libel and
about "that redhead" —
Lucille Ball, the 'co-star of
material in 1957 the blow
the zany TV spoof on mar-
was nearly fatal. Forced to
ried life, "I Love Lucy."
stay away from Hollywood
Xavier Cugat and Car-
personalities and tone down
men Cavallero tickled the
keyboards with their Latin
readership plummeted and bands at the Statler Hotel.
the magazine finally col-
Detroit area couples got a
chance to show off with the
Women under the driers rhumba, congo and tango
in beauty shops were read- they were learning taking
ing "Photoplay" and "Mod- dance lessons.
ern Screen." When Hol-
There were simpler
lywood studios were being pleasures like sipping
crushed under the impact of sodas at Sosin's or Zu-
mass television, fan maga- kin's, stopping for a
zines lost their popularity.
corned beef- sandwich at
But in the heyday of Boesky's, Ben and
movie magazines, readers George, Nate's, Billy's
loved the fanfare of the and numerous other delis
marriages of Janet Leigh plus window shopping on
and Tony Curtis, Grace Livernois — "The Avenue
Kelly and the prince of of Fashion."
Monaco, Eddie Fisher
People stayed home to
Debbie Reynolds and Liz
Taylor, and Frank Sinatra watch their favorite show. If
it was too late to go out and
and Ava Gardner.
The humor of the '50s too early to go to bed when
knocked pompous and the shows were over, they
prejudiced politicians, read books. Publishers
pretentious movies and started producing cheap
books, nauseating TV paperbacks which were
commercials and other priced as low as 25 cents.
Many facets of the 50s are-
were going to the Bow- making a comeback. Among
ery, Club Gay Haven, them is rock and roll, a
Elmwood Casino, Club thundering mixture of
Alamo and the Latin country-western music with
Quarter to see comedians black .rhythm and blues.
trW like Lenny Bruce and Detroiters who rocked and
Mort Sahi and hear their rolled in that decade are
acid-tipped social com- dancing..to nostalgia and the
younger set who did the
Shelly Berman talked to disco in the '70s are dis-
his mother and other folks covering what to them is a
on an imaginary telephone. new beat.
Nichols and May and their
The onset of the second
ad-lib duets threw verbal half of the century saw the
darts at the PTA commit- winds of change and the
teewomen, classical music mid-century decade left
snobs and sexual guilt.
powerful lasting footsteps
Bowling was a popular in the sands of time.
W. • e g.
In The Heritage Bldg.
NORTHWESTERN AT EVERGREEN
By FATHER TIME
Friday, February 13, 1981 29
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