LETTERS  PCR #350      (December 4--10, 2006)

  • Reader on Restaurants of Yesteryear (and Will Moriaty's response)
  • Reader inquiry about the Kapok Tree in Ft. Lauderdale
  • University Prof remembers Creature Feature
  • More memories of Creature Feature

    Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.


    Mr, Moriaty,
    Enjoyed your article about restaurants of yesteryear (Likely La Floridiana, PCR #149 from early 2003. --N)

    I was looking for information about Aunt Hatties when I found your web site.

    As a child I used to go there with my parents regularly in the 1970s/80s.

    Google Maps seems to show what may be the old outline of the restaurant on Kennedy Blvd. [in Tampa, FL].

    Harold Owen

    Thank you, Mr. Owen, for your letter and especially for the aerial or satellite photo.

    Aunt Hatties was on Kennedy Boulevard several blocks west of Memorial Highway on the south side of the road. The vacant lot shown in the photo may well have been it, or it may have ended up being demolished to make way for the Gables residential community.

    My last trip to Aunt Hatties at that location was in the winter of 1987 with my girlfriend and thereafter wife, Karen Cashon.

    The first Aunt Hatties was over in St. Petersburg and a restaurant called Uncle Ed's, that run by the same company, was also located in St. Petersburg near Haines Rd. in the mid-to-late '70's.

    Thanks again for sharing your La Floridiana bon apetite memory with our readers!

    William Moriaty
    La Floridiana --


    I have read the response on your blog about the Kapok Tree Inn in Clearwater (Likely Letters to the Editor, PCR #266 from 2005. --Nolan), but our family remembers it in Fort Lauderdale around the same time period (1970's). Can you please tell me what happened to that establishment?

    Thank you.

    I'm afraid I cannot. I inquired around to the staff and came up blank. Readers? ---Nolan


    What a GREAT site! Thanks much for the trip down memory lane. I was a kid in the late '70s in the Tampa area, and good old Dr. Paul Bearer and Creature Feature were some of my fondest memories from that time.

    Can't tell you how many sunny Saturday afternoons I spent with the good Doc, his kooky gags....and those horrible old movies. And they were really horrible, or my name's not...well you get the idea.

    Thanks again!

    Keith Saliba
    Doctoral Student/Instructor
    University of Florida

    Keith, thank you so much for writing, and of course, you're very welcome for any positive memories of Creature Feature we've been able to stimulate. Read on for still another reader's thoughts.... --Nolan


    Thank you for making this site.

    You've brought back so many wonderful memories. I loved watching Creature Feature as a child on good ol' WTOG-44. It definitely had a big influence on me. Thank you for keeping "Dr. Paul Bearer" and Dick Bennick's memory alive, your site is amazing. What I wouldn't give to watch Creature Feature just one more time.

    Thanks again,
    John Leffingwell

    To Keith Saliba and John Leffingwell---
    Hello and Happy Holidays! Thank you both so much for writing and I'm glad you enjoy the website!

    Even we here at Crazed Fanboy are continually amazed at the number of fans who have extremely fond memories of the good Doctor, and our Creature Feature Database is a very popular stop.

    I am way past due in giving it its annual update (some more weeks' worth of shows have been filled in by fans), but pledge to do so before year's end.

    I am pleased you're both here now to share in his legacy and enjoy his memory with us.

    Thanks again for writing, and Horrific Holidays to you and yours!

    Yours in fandom,
    Nolan B. Canova

    To send an email to Letters to the Editor write to: Crazedfanboy1@aol.com.  Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan

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