I remember going grocery shopping with my mother at the Safeway that used to be located where Chase Bank now is on South Main Street. And, I remember looking for clothes at Capwell's and Joseph Magnin. Actually, my favorite store of all was the Woolworth's in Broadway Plaza, back when there was a parking lot where California Pizza Kitchen now is.
But I didn't just get the idea
to write about growing up in Walnut Creek in the 1970s. I recently became a member of a Facebook page with just that name, I survived Walnut Creek, CA during the early and late 70s.
There, members are sharing photos and memories, like this one above of then-Present Gerald Ford visiting Walnut Creek in May 1976. Or this one of the Safeway my mom and I used to shop at on Saturdays. I loved going grocery shopping with my mother.
Some other choice comments have to do with top party spots in Walnut Creek. Hmm, I didn't know about any of these: "The dugouts at the Civic Park softball field, the bus stop at Lakewood, Rudgear Park, behnd Lippert's, behind Pinky's. Ahhh, the list is endless," wrote
one person commenting.
And, yes, I have a memory of getting out of school to go downtown and see President Ford speak.