Roger Price recalls his Highline boyhood
By Roger Price
1954, when I was 5, I used to borrow my sister's bike and ride it up and down 152nd right past Stokes insurance, Perry West, Dad and Lad up to Parker’s studio and the Hobby shop and then back to 4th avenue SW. Only because it was a girl's bike could I reach the pedals. My sister Rochelle had that bike when she was 8; 1946 in Kalispell MT. I think it may have been a JC Higgins? She still has it though it is now an art piece in her garden.
One of my brother's best friends was Jeff Ryerson; his mom and dad owned Bud’s Deli next door to the new museum on 152nd street. Bud was a King County Sheriff;. Bud, many times got us kids out of scrapes with the law. A lot of stories probably best not repeated
All of my friends, including me, went to Manola's for haircuts. Brothers, Joe and Bob Manola were a bit of old vaudeville as they would play off you and themselves. Bob never married and they lived together on Maplewild at Three Tree Point. Joe was the straight man. Bob was going to hit you up about girlfriends. Their shop is still standing across the street from the feed store on 152nd. It was a classic barbershop with three barber chairs on the west wall and customer waiting chairs on east wall. They had the twirling barber pole out front.
Art Lindsay had a Barbershop at 152nd about 6th. Art's Sport Shop moved down to the new plaza bldg 152nd and about 2nd. I went to school with John Lindsay, Art's son.
Back around the year 1953 and spring '54 my future brother-in-law Gary Hess was dating my sister Sunny. Some days we would hop into his '41 Dodge and head down to the Sunnydale market.He would buy me a Sugar Daddy; it’s a dentist's best friend. Sunnydale Market was a great store, not sure but I think the floors were uneven, the store was in the triangle of Des Moines Way S. and 152nd.
The Market was across Des Moines Way from Vacca's Pumpkin patch and some of the sweetest red leaf lettuce ever grown. The field was a beautiful dark red when the lettuce came up. On the other corner was Frank and Tony Genzale's dad’s store, not a big store but it had a nice selection of penny candy.
As a teenager I started as a box boy at Burien Center Foods owned by Al and Phil Isernio, Ben Fusaro and John Kaloper and Jud the fish man. I also worked with
my good friend Mike Fusaro, I think they had some ownership at the Sunnydale Market before moving to Burien Center Foods. I gotta say, those guys were characters. We had more laughs; hard to believe any work was done.