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May 20, 2011

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That's how I remember The Speck. Car hops taking your orders. Cars parked way up and down Skyline & Cornell roads. This is before The Speck built the car port in back to take orders. There were no sidewalks and it was dangerous walking by the road to get inside, if that was your plan. Hot Rodders would cruse those streets.

The place is still there at Cornell and Skyline. The carhops are long gone but last time I was in the "Skyline" it was like stepping back in time.

It was always a treat as a kid to drive up the hill to the The Speck, turn on the headlights and be served dinner in the car by a rollerskating waitress. Is there any place left where you can eat in your car...except,of course, on the road after scoring a Fillet-O-Fish at Mickey D's.

My then girlfriend DB and I used to go to The Speck on 52nd and Foster (she had a thing for french fires and gravy.) Same rollerskating carhops and we'd eat in the car.

Yep...those were the days...Happy Days.

Can anyone explain (maybe post a good link) how the old telephone numbers worked? I don't get the point of the "BRdwy ****). What was the purpose of the word at the beginning of the number?

22-CApitol
23-BElmont
24-CHerry
27-BRoadway
28-ATlantic
65-OLive
66-MOhawk
77-PRescott

It was merely a district code of the phone company-every city had them...certain prefix numbers indicated where you lived and what precinct station controlled your number...even when they went to seven numbers-because of so many new customers-the 3rd number helped to locate one's sub-station control center.

Wow...seven numbers...we thought we'd never remember all those numbers! Then, of course, came the area codes...then calling an operator to make a long distance call slowly disappeared! Party lines also became a thing of the past...no more listening in to what your neighbors were saying. Party lines were also cheaper...but you had to wait until your neighbor got off the phone before you could make your call. It annoyed some while others used it to help spread the neighborhood gossip around!

J

Originally I think when the telephone company added two extra area digits (before this, phone numbers were just 4 digits) it was to make it easier to remember all those numbers, which today is laughable. Soon they added another digit so it almost defeated the purpose by 1957. CApitol 8-2822 (Their new number).

I REMEMBER MINE WAS TWinoaks, THEN WENT BUtler 9, and finally 289- DON'T KNOW WHY TWinoaks GOT CHANGED TO BUtler though. THAT WAS IN NORTH PORTLAND BY THE WAY.

HEY! JUST REMEMBERED 25 WAS ALpine!

There was a Speck Restaurant on the NW corner of Oak Grove & McLoughlin in Milwaukie, too...and it still had "The Speck" name for years after it became Kentucky Fried Chicken.

I believe Sonic has carhops, and, when last I checked, the A&W Restaurant on Hwy. 26 north of Sandy (where Heidi's used to be), had carhops on roller skates.

It is west of Sandy at the Boring interchange with 26.

I don't know about Prescott, but our phone number was Prospect and went to 77. SE Portland. The exchange was at SE. 128th and Harold. It also got the 76 numbers.

The Speck acquired the Kentucky Fried Chicken Portland area franchise. Before Kentucky Fried Chicken became the name it is today, our family called it Speck Chicken.

To Craig: I LOVE your historical knowledge and recall!! Every time you blog on here I learn SO much!!

Aw shucks, Thanks!

If I remember right, the Speck Fried Chicken place was on 82nd and Powell. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken place I ever saw.

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