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> 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?

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.

I know that BK a few short blocks down. The was a Sub-Center on the corner next to it and a Lemon Tree II sub place across the street. Happy times for me, too. I used to go to the 'Ulan's Bookstore' in the strip mall connected to Sub Center and buy my comics there on occasion as well. I still have dream of going in there and looking for the new issue of Creepy, Vampirella, the Avengers, Thor, or Detective Comics.

Oh yes, I know what you mean about Miami Beach today. It's not what it was at all. Sometimes when I watch the reruns of 'Surfside Six' on American Life cable channel I all but weep at what has happened to Miami Beach and South Florida in general. When we first moved there, it was sterling, glistening, open, uncrowded, and beautiful in every way, a real kind of paradise. In that sense, I think the recent 'Miami Vice' film was very honest about the look and tenor of Miami today.

I, too, remember how you could shake out the seaweed near the shore and find needle fish, trunk fish, crabs, shrimp, and all sorts of little sea creatures.

That was also a great era for concerts (mostly at the Hollywood Sportatorium), I saw Springsteen, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Seger, Fleetwood Mac, Boston, Steve Miller, Eric Clapton, Black Oak Arkansas, Bad Company, Queen, Heart, Yes, KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Cheap Trick and everyone else back then, and was able to meet Bad Company back stage.

I also remember the 8mm films at Starship; I bought 'The Monster That Challenged The World' there even though I didn't have a projector! I jsut liked to own it and look at the little colored box.

I've been a life-long Basilisk fan myself, and decry his death at the hands of Scourge. Like the Melter, we definitely need to see him back in action. With his powers and origin, far more than the Melter, I don't see why he simply can't just rise from the dead, or why a means to have him do so can't be found.

It's been 20 years, and all of Scourge's victims have been dead long enough: I'd like to see an arc in which they all return, in one fell swoop, Turner D. Century, Commander Kraken, the Vamp, Letha, the whole crew.

Hope Connecticut is working out for you better than NYC is for me; I'm simply not an urbanite. I'd rather be in WEstchester any day.


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