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Subj: Everyone's enjoying out talk, I'm sure :)
Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 12:33:45 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Starship Enterprises Was My Home Base As A Teen/Late Teen
Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 12:10:36 pm EDT

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...right on 163rd Street, where I moved to as a teen--North Miami Beach proper, off 19th Avenue.

Starship Enterprises--I remember the skinny white guy and the beared co-owner quite well. I used to buy my Eerie, Creepy, and Vempirella there, as well as my comics. Who knows, maybe we bumped shoulders in there...it was never very crowded. I bought my wall-length huge Vampirella poster there.

As I grew older, I came to now all of South Florida well, and spent many, many years on wonderul 'OLD' South Beach when it was still a wonderful slum full of elderly--the most real place in the world.

It was just magic back then, at any time of the year, especially at night in during the S. Florida 'winter,' with all the evocative alley ways, and when the 'Versace mansion' was still the Amsterdam Palace. You must know Max's Club Deuce, yes?

Good to hear all this about you. Where are you now?


> As I grew older, I came to now all of South Florida well, and spent many, many years on wonderul 'OLD' South Beach when it was still a wonderful slum full of elderly--the most real place in the world.
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> It was just magic back then, at any time of the year, especially at night in during the S. Florida 'winter,' with all the evocative alley ways, and when the 'Versace mansion' was still the Amsterdam Palace. You must know Max's Club Deuce, yes?
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> Good to hear all this about you. Where are you now?

Now I'm in Connecticut. For half of the 3rd grade I lived in walking distance to Enterprise, 1976 maybe? Went to Fulford Elementary up the street from there. A dollar got me a comic and a hamburger and drink at the BK next door.

Honestly I don't remember Max's, but I was 8 \:\) Over in SW Miami I worked a short time at Sunshine Comics, while in HighSchool. Aside from Enterprises I don't remember any particular shops. On southbeach I just hit a newsstand, and on one occassion had to call emergency services from there for one of those then very prominent elderlies who'd collapsed in the Miami heat out there. Now people lay in the street for other reasons and they are walked over \:\)

The beach back then, before the dredging, was straight from Heaven. You could shake out the seaweed and capture small flounder, spanish dancers, blowfish, squids, and all sorts of amazing little marine creatures, then pop them in your tank at home. That and go watch them shoot Merv Griffin, I remember ogling Cher in the shade of the palms. My mother worked at the Doral where I met alice Cooper, Joe Namoth, and the largest human I'd ever seen until then, John Wayne. It truely was magic then. Not so much now.

Enterprise used to show movies; Star Trek episodes, The Invaders, and other sci-fi goodies on the old 8mm. It was the first true comic shop I'd seen and I remember skipping lunch to go buy back issues of Marvel Two in One and Marvel Team Up, amazed that I could read the entire Basilisk story after it was gone from the shelves. It was amazing to me, I wanted to just live there.


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