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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Day The Earth Stood Still

The Day The Earth Stood Still. I saw this great science fiction movie at the either The Strand or The State Theater in Wichita Falls in 1951. I think every kid in Wichita Falls made went to see it, because it was all the talk at San Jacinto elementary that year, as I’m sure it was at all the other schools. One of the best from the period, though today we can see the problems with it. However, it remains one of my favorite to this day.

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