Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tom's Christmas Presents

Tom’s Christmas Present: Okay, my books came in.  Top row is THE BLACK BAT OMNIBUS V#3, JEFFERY WREN V #1, and THE MASKED RIDER V #2, from ALTUS PRESS, then THE PURPLE EYE from Ed Hulse’s publishing house, and next is a stack of RAILROAD STORIES ginger bought from ALTUS PRESS to go with the others from Matt. Bottom Row is THE SHADOW from SANTUM BOOKS, G-8 and G-MEN from ADVENTURE HOUSE, and next is THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE from SANCTUM BOOKS, and last is THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE from ADVENTURE HOUSE. Hey, a nice haul this year.

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