Back Then...

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Back Then...

...but purely for the amusement of those who might remember something about this locale of July 26, 1987.

It was post-Gloria, the "Bess Mess" with its Exchange Point locus was headed to court, and Black Monday was still three months away.

Things were rosy all over with people spending it like they had it because at that point they did still have it.

And The New York Times was all over the Greater Westhampton1 area in an extensive profile:

The Talk of Westhampton; Night Life, Day Tripping, Dune Troubles

(Yes, "Day Tripping" dates it, which is precisely why it's being blogged here.)


"A few years ago, Chief Doyle got a sound meter so that his men could monitor the loud parties and discotheques in the village. This year he received approval for a more 'modern-version noise meter, it has a digital readout,' he said, and he recently added another prized possession, a video camera."

Wow! Imagine that... a video camera!

"The village clerk of Westhampton Beach, Frances Canedo, would have been happier if her new high-tech purchase had arrived at a different time, she said. The government of Westhampton Beach has bought its very own shredder and with Oliver North and the Iran-contra hearings center stage, it's been tough, Mrs. Canedo acknowledged."

Fawn Hall

Sure, we all remember Ollie... I mostly re­member Fawn Hall and NY Post reporter Jim Nolan, late of the "Comical-News," showing up on the Meyerson beat and proudly displaying an 8" X 10" glossy of the two of them outside the Iran-Contra Hearings taken earlier that week.

"With Club Marakesh, where the Saturday-night $20-a-head cover charge deters practically no one, and Cafe U.S.A, Scar­lett's and the Artful Dodger, all within half a mile of one another, the seven police officers assigned to a weekend night shift have their hands full."

Cafe U.S.A., Michael Callahan proprietor, on the corner of Beach and Main, is the one few remember. Its big draw was its porch and lawn, just as across the street the Howell House had been 30 years earlier.

All the establishments mentioned contributed to what the late Joe Rhodie disdainfully called "the honkie tonk atmosphere."

But it was indisputably "a happenin' time" in the downtown area, and if one wanted to party, it was a great place to be.

It was in many ways a simpler time... "Ham" Andon was in his first year as Mayor, the local weekly's banner still read "The Hampton Chronicle-News" and the Rabbi had yet to discover Martha Berger­on's rental house on Mill Road.

At times I miss it....

(This is a week later due to a brain fart on the part of the blogger. Mea culpa.)

  1. A coinage of my own devise while prepar­ing the 1973 book for the Westhampton Beach Chamber of Commerce... they liked it so much that they had attorney Richard Pellicane incorporate the group in that fashion.


1. Hampton West said...

You were out of the old hood by then (I think) but this was a time when Hampton West on a Summer Saturday night was not a place to get any sleep; the group rental scene was at its peak and anything went!!!! Maybe you recall Ken Osborn and his six group houses packed to the rafters with what I recall were sometimes decribed locally as "Queens Debutantes."

2. MJP said...

And Bill Robinson died on September 27th. Now benched at 10 Mitchell Road.

3. Hank Beck said...

Thanks Dean. Another chink in the Chamber's history is filled in.

You'd be surprised at the number of "names" in the area for which I am responsible.

4. The Quiogue Kid said...

Those days of 5 beers for a dollar and 50 cent mixed drinks at Boardy Barn and The Mad Hatter made for experiences that make Jersey Shore look like Sesame Street... ahh... the good ole daze.

5. Rob F. said...

I have some fun memories of The Boardy Barn, but for me, nothing could beat closing time at Ed's Bay Pub with its flag-waiving performance of Kate Smith's "God Bless America." Yes, the good ole daze.

6. Hunt Marckwald said...

Let us not forget "The Long Island Potato!"

Pretty sure the "Potato" was long gone by the mid-to-late '80s.

7. Rich said...

Mad Hatter was cranking in the '70s. Happy Hour was 5 "MUGS" of Schmidts for $1. It was not uncommon for people to order 50-60 mugs per trip to the bar. There was a guy standing by with a mop and bucket to clean up the inevitable accidents from over indulging. A wonderous time to be living on the East End.

8. Mrs Genetics said...

Yes, the LIP was RIP by the late '70s. In its place was an establishment called Brook Street, where one could get a Becks and snifter of Agent Orange for about $5.

You're right... a whole different place by then, operated by Roy Hammond, Martha Bergeron and Michael Frank, circa '79-'83, as I recall.

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