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April 30, 2021


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Two recent posts about the Tik Tok, Portland's first drive-in restaurant, brought back many memories.   It was opened in 1938 by Sherman Marriott and Horace Williams. It was open 24 hours a day from 1938 to 1957 when they sold the business to the Harris brothers, Vic and Ockie. These guys also owned the 3-Star on SW Barbur and were well known around town. My several month long bus boy "career" there was in the following Spring, 1958. This was my first real job - time cards, taxes withheld, etc etc.  The Tik Tok served customers for another 14 years before the neon was turned off for the last time in 1971.  So obviously I had no responsibility in it's closing.
For most of its 30 plus year history it was a popular spot with the olds and the youngs alike. It was a real landmark if for no reason other than 1000's of cars drove by the busy intersection every day.

Bill ... Had no idea the Harris boys owned it! Wow

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