For the first edition of “My Era,” I’ll begin with the memory of one of my favorite hangouts in the 1970s, the Northway Mall.
This is a great start for this blog for me anyway perhaps because my late father who was a dentist, Dr. Edward Aronson had his office in the Northway Mall on the second floor. I remember well taking the elevator often to go visit dad and it just so happened that our family doctor the late Dr. John Orie shared an office on the same floor. My father would send me periodically to see Dr. Orie for an allergy shot as I suffered from hay fever. Dr. Orie is also the father of the embattled Pennsylvania former Senator Jane Orie.
I remember heading to the Northway Mall on many occasions just to hang out and making my way through the wooded and pathways on McIntrye Road. There were many icons that made the old Northway Mall recognizable such as Islay’s where my father would always go to buy a supply of “chipped ham.”
LOf course at the family owned Isaly’s (and I was friends with sons Tim and Phillip), you could get a well known “Klondike.” The Isaly family who lived a street down on Ennerdale Lane would give out Klondikes every Halloween when you rang their doorbell and said Trick or Treat.
One very famous landing spot at the Mall was the “bird cage.” There you could find all types of caged birds who at times seemed angry at being locked up evident by the one instance I remember when one of them pooped on someone’s shoulder that was standing next to me as we were admiring the birds.
If you loved music in the 1970s in Pittsburgh then perhaps you bought your old 45s and LPs at the old National Record Mart.
You could even go grocery shopping at the Northway Mall with A&P being a primary hub where you could also get the old S&H Green Stamps. For clothes and other department store needs there was the old Kaufman’s or Gimbels.
So the Northway Mall is now long gone replaced by a series of stores they call “The Block Northway.”
UA far cry from what those remember the Northway Mall being in the 1970s. I remember well the entrance to the mall from McKnight road where you had to drive up a small hill and make a sharp right turn to get to the main entrances or bear left to get up to the second floor where Woolworth’s also had the second floor of their store. At the bottom of the entrance on McKnight originally there was a “Sandy’s” hamburger joint which has been replaced many times over by different businesses.
These pictures bring back so many great memories and in my next chapter of “My Era” I will write about the fun times of growing up on the street I did in the North Hills with some of the finest neighbors you could ever ask for.
From 1970 to 1979, I was growing up in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and was 11 in 1970 finishing the decade at the age of 20.
The 1970s in my opinion was an awesome period to grow up given all the nostalgic events and icons, the sports, and so much more. Especially in Pittsburgh where it was such a great place to raise kids and do so many things you can't do today.
This page is dedicated to the things I remember from the age of 11-20 and growing up in the 'Burgh!
This page was inspired by the Twitter page "Super 70s Sports" which you can find at: