Coming up, my 55th year in Beaumont radio. Fifty-five years. Holy smoke. When I got here the best place to eat was Vic and Al’s or Jim’s Steakhouse. No Mc Donalds or Wendys, only Burger Chef. Gas was 24 cents a gallon. I Bought a second car six years old for 800.00. I made 396.00 a month and all the records I could eat as the saying goes. There were only 2 FM stations that were operable, no cable and the three networks all signed off at 11 pm. Phone booths were aplenty but computers were not to be found. First Security and American National were the biggest banks. Schlitz beer was neck and neck with Budweiser in sales and Miller Lite had not yet been invented. Mixed drinks were out of the question in Texas and in Beaumont, no beer sales on Sunday. People listened to me on radios in cars without air conditioning and a fashionable home in the West End was under 20,000 dollars. The interstate started then ended along Washington Blvd. We called it the freeway to nowhere. South Park, Beaumont high, French and Forest Park listeners belonged to me. KJET owned Hebert and Charlton Pollard. Every railroad underpass in town was then a grade crossing. Gateway Shopping Center owned the town. Port Arthur’s pleasure pier bridge was accessed by walking across from downtown. Both Orange and Beaumont had traffic circles. Lamar Tech(not University), was often called Pecker Tech. Bankers were Gods and on that subject, the churches were full. You wore “Sunday clothes” when you attended. No movies were rated because they didn’t have to be. Everybody worked. EVERYBODY!! Wow. It is different.
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