Wake Up Little Susie

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© Bailey Cooper
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Susan Griffith and I grew up in the same town. I graduated with her sister Jane. When we were teenagers, this was the place to be. Well... actually, it's predeccesor was (the original Blue Top) but this one was still cool. There was one other drive-in, Romano's, which saw as much action. The two were spaced about 3 miles apart, so we'd cruise through one, then the other, all night long. 'Grease' had nothin' on us.

This was just yesterday wasn't it.

Many thanks to my partner in crime, Susan Griffith, for the spotlight and nomination. Great memories l'il Susie... great memories.

Thanks also to Tom Piorkowski for the generous spotlight.

Thank you Elias Reveles, for gifting this spotlight. She does appreciate it.

In the Conduct Unbecoming photo essay.

49 responses

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (17 Jan 2014):

    Rt. 41. Bringing back memories, Bailey. I saw this place a few months ago after having lunch at Minor Dunn's, which is still around with its burgers, fries and sherbert.

  • call me crj

    call me crj (Deleted) said (17 Jan 2014):

    Those were the days my friends
    Love the backdrop

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (17 Jan 2014):

    Now I'll be hearing that song in my head all night~ ☺ Great job of editing here.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (17 Jan 2014):

    It was the "Chow Now" in my home town that was the place to be. This brought back good memories.Love your photo, narrative, and the Everlys.

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (17 Jan 2014):

    A good one! Excellent capture.Classic image.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (17 Jan 2014):


  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (18 Jan 2014):

    WELL DONE!!!!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (18 Jan 2014):

    Bailey, looking again, your treatment of this image really portrays the industrial grit of the area and some of the past that clings to the town. Like the rust that gives a sense of aging. Next to all the chain stores and restaurants, this place really has a vintage look on U.S. 41.

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey said (18 Jan 2014):

    A real thought provoker, brings back a lot of memories. We had the Hot Shopee's which was owned by the Marriott family. They later went into the motel-hotel business.

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (18 Jan 2014):

    Great story and image, nicely done.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (18 Jan 2014):


  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (18 Jan 2014):

    Love that old song....RIP Phil .....wonderful image Bailey !

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (18 Jan 2014):

    Great memories and a great capture!

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (18 Jan 2014):

    spot on.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (18 Jan 2014):

    Like the muted blues.

  • Zen Sven

    Zen Sven said (19 Jan 2014):

    awesome shot :)

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (19 Jan 2014):

    forgot that song but I am now teaching it to my grandkids super find

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (19 Jan 2014):

    beautiful, nicely captured

  • Barbara Socor

    Barbara Socor gave props (20 Jan 2014):

    It surely was just yesterday....A classic image of such apparant feeling and special beauty....Your (and Susan's) backstory is wonderful and rings so true I am sure I was there when I wasn't cruisin' my own locals...Outstanidng work!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 Jan 2014):

    Super cool. Perfect treatment. Hearing that song in my head and picturing you and Susan cruising:-)

  • Kristina Krause

    Kristina Krause   gave props (20 Jan 2014):

    Terrific composition! Love the color and texture....

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (22 Jan 2014):

    I love signs and ones like this are iconic. Nice....and great memories.

  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff gave props (24 Jan 2014):

    Well done nostalgia

  • Alexandra Bogdan

    Alexandra Bogdan gave props (6 Feb 2014):

    this looks great!

  • Robert Case

    Robert Case gave props (19 Mar 2014):

    Great composition, great color and great texture. Bra-vo!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 May 2014):

    fantastic shot..... my vote

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 May 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (1 May 2014):

    BTV !

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (1 May 2014):

    Dear Highland-her, you have my vote.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 May 2014):

    OH/Yeah Rad!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (2 May 2014):


  • David de London

    David de London gave props (3 May 2014):

    And one day we wake to find the years have passed, our youth slipped by without us knowing it was gone.

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (3 May 2014):

    voted for this one too. There weren't many drive-ins where I grew up, cattle country of Montana

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (5 May 2014):

    Nostalgia!! Perfect entry Bailey! Voted!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (6 May 2014):

    Back to vote Yeah!

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (9 May 2014):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (9 May 2014):


  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (9 May 2014):

    Not sure how I missed this one Bailey. Great nostalgic feel! Voted :)

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (9 May 2014):

    yes! voted.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (10 May 2014):

    FAB signage image & entry! Voted!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (11 May 2014):

    Cool beans - voted!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (13 May 2014):


  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (15 May 2014):

    My Vote!

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (22 May 2014):

    beautiful shot!

  • Dale Scherfling

    Dale Scherfling said (22 May 2014):

    Alas, the demise of drive-ins corresponded exactly in time with the invention of pantyhose. Coincidence?

  • Daniel Zuercher

    Daniel Zuercher gave props (22 May 2014):

    Absolutely stunning

  • Michael Hutchinson

    Michael Hutchinson gave props (23 May 2014):

    Nice post work.

  • Joelle Crosby

    Joelle Crosby gave props (24 May 2014):

    Love the grit.....well seen and composed!

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