I’m looking for a description of it (my memory is not always to be trusted) or, even better, old photos. I remember it from when I was a child, so that would have been in the mid-to-late 1960s, maybe even 1970s. I don’t remember when it closed but it had been there since the late 1800s.
The subject of Fond du Lac’s old Winter Sports Center came up on PDD once before, about a year ago. Earlier this week, I came across this Feb. 4, 1940, Duluth News Tribune clipping at the Duluth Public Library, reporting on construction of the ski jumping hill and amenities.
The floods of 1972 marked the end of this western Duluth attraction, when the ski jump was removed due to erosion. (more…)
Amid the chaos of the auction, I managed to snap a few shots for posterity. I was only there for an hour, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this auction went on from 4 p.m. to midnight. There was a lot of stuff, a lot of bidders, and things weren’t going cheaply. Wanna buy an auditorium? A pool? (more…)
It’s probably been dealt with here before, but Richard Dreyfus (as Elliot Garfield) and Quinn Cummings (as Lucy McFadden) have a conversation at the supper table in the 1977 film The Goodbye Girl and have this exchange:
There isn’t really any Duluth footage in the opening, other than the big “Duluth” sweatshirt Louie sports. When I get a chance to go through the rest of the tape, I’ll pull out some of the establishing shots of Duluth and Duluth references.
Thanks to Waferdog for passing along this essential archival VHS treasure from 1996.
Last chance to visit Woodland Middle School this weekend. Classic junior high 1980s memories of fashion issues and general awkwardness. And lots of “going out with people” started and ended often via notes.
Back in 2009, some folks on PDD wondered about the Old Howard Mill Road, where it went, and who the heck the Howards were. I just wrote an article that sheds some light on that subject, for your reading pleasure.
And here’s a photo of the Howard family marker at Forest Hill, with an annoying late afternoon shadow across it:
Well, this is a pretty big anniversary. Not two months after his 1963 stay in the Hotel Duluth, Jack found a bullet, or three, in Dallas. I’ve been reading up on the frothy array of differing assassination opinions and greatly look forward to another go around with the subject this week on PBS. The more you get into it, the deeper and messier it gets, the more suspects there are, and on and on. I doubt the fine bloggers of PDD are closer to the truth than anyone, but please, offer your ideas or memories.
There’s a fun piece on the Glensheen Blog called “No Outdoor Sports Until it Warms Up to Zero.” It’s a 101-year-old letter from a Vassar College student named Dorothy Crawford, who traveled to Duluth to visit her classmate, Helen Congdon, and stayed at the Congdon mansion. She writes about the comforts of Glensheen, going to the bonspiel, going to a show at the Orpheum (now the NorShor), eating caviar sandwiches at the Hotel Spaulding, skating on the lake, etc., and concludes with a tobogganing party at Chester Bowl. (more…)
Minnesota-born comedian Louie Anderson starred in a CBS sitcom in 1996 that was set in Duluth. It didn’t last long. Six episodes were produced; five were aired. None of the episodes were shot in Duluth, but the opening theme featured Louie in a sweatshirt with “Duluth” across the chest and some transition footage was shot in Duluth. Obviously it is not available on DVD or streaming on Netflix, but thanks to old VHS copies floating around town we’ve been able to pull together excerpts from two episodes (see below).
Bryan Cranston, the actor famous for his roles in Breaking Bad and Malcom in the Middle, along with a number of hit movies, played a character in the show. Kimmy Robertson of Twin Peaks fame also had a role, as did Paul Feig, who created Freaks and Geeks and directed episodes of The Office, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men.
In The Louie Show, Louie Anderson played Louie Lundgren, a psychotherapist who deals with the problems of his friends and family. Wikipedia has a page for the show now that includes synopsis of the plots gleaned from TV Guide.
Knock yourself out:
Episode 1: “Take Two Donuts and Call Me in the Morning”
Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Matt Goldman and Louie Anderson
Air date: Jan. 31, 1996
A roof repair leads Louie to believe he’ll need roommate to help defer costs, and his first prospect is a breathy Californian. Meanwhile, he encounters a hostile patient at work.
Episode 2: “Louie Gets Suspended”
Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Don Foster
Air date: Feb. 7, 1996
Louie is late for his first meeting with a new supervisor, and she suspends him for a week.
Episode 3: “Under The Rug”
Air date: Feb. 14, 1996
On Louie’s advice, Eddie removes his toupee, and feels so liberated he decides to reveal something else about himself: his love of cross-dressing.
Episode 4: “Scratcher”
Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Matt Goldman
Air date: Feb. 21, 1996
After counseling a compulsive gambler, Louie finds the man’s Lotto ticket — worth $5,000 — in the trash.
Episode 5: “Louie’s Little Trip”
Directed by Joanne Gleason
Written by Don Foster and Jhoni Marchinko
Air date: March 6, 1996
Louie goes to the hospital, but a tiff between Curt and Gretchen sends him, zonked on morphine, back out in search of them.
Episode 6: “A Brush with Bob”
Air date: Unaired
One of Louie’s patients — an admitted embezzler — asks Gretchen for a date, and Louie tries his best to discourage it.
This postcard image was published by Gallagher’s Studio of Photography. My great aunt Jennie mailed it to me in 1975, noting she had a “wonderful ride on a boat called the Vista Queen.” She specified that “there were 147 people on the boat” and “the trip took two hours.”
I was 3 years old at the time, and my family was living in Albuquerque, N.M., with plans to move back to Duluth. Jennie ended her message with, “Little Paul, can you count all the boats in the picture on this card?”
Well, I’m 40 years old now and I got the answer wrong. I counted 12 boats. How many do you see, little readers?
The printed info on the postcard reads: “Duluth-Superior Harbor: Foreign vessels are shown at the Arthur M. Clure Public Marine Terminal. The Duluth-Superior Harbor is the westerly terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway.”
A search through the PDD Archives for October 2003 reveals a wild month. Rick Boo closed the NorShor Theatre (causing much reminiscing on PDD), Bone Appetit was supposed to open for Ratt at the Third Rock Bar until Ratt cancelled at the last minute, people on PDD started posting short introductions about themselves and telling ghost stories, Starfire got his jaw jacked, Jamie Ness was voted Hottest Ness Brother, a cake/fist fight broke out at Slim Goodbuzz’s book-release party, Elliot Smith died and Shaky Ray Records hosted some kind of party. (more…)
Here’s a block of 20-year-old Duluth-related commercials, because, as noted before on this site, commercials stop being annoying and turn into cheesy little historical treasures after two decades.
The lineup includes: Daugherty’s, Republic Bank, Duke Skorich Assignment: Serbia/Croatia, Minnesota Surplus, KBJR 6 News: The Team to Watch, Floor to Ceiling Store, Menards and Bullyan Recreation Center.