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Thursday, December 13, 2007

YMCA ~ Today

At the corner of Penn and Washington Streets.
Eric Namesnik learned to swim here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I learned to swim there too

Red McWilliams said...

Does anyone remember the old YMCA? Wasn't that the "Cubs Hall"? I remember going there when we were young and some kids swam without suits. It was OK becuase it was "males only". There was also a teen dance held there in the '60's and I think it was called Tumble Inn and the disc jockey's name was Dave something or other.

Does anyone else remember this or maybe differently? Let me know.

Chris Solari said...

My grandfather helped build the "new" YMCA. Great picture from when it opened, Charles. Good to see you online again!

Anonymous said...

OK, regarding no bathing suits at the old Y: why was that so? Never heard of or knew a valid reason. Was it a YMCA policy? It was true in other West PA. cities according to some guys we met at college.
From a time of otherwise modest and prudish norms, it was so strange for kids from a public jr high using the Y (Jr high had no pool) to be forced to swim au natural. Boys and girls both, albeit separately. People in post WWII world just accepted authority, no matter how inane.

D. J. said...

Tumble Inn at the old YMCA was the place to be on Friday night in the 50's and early 60's. The boys stayed on one side of the gym and the girls on the other. Occasionally they would actually dance with each other. I think one D. J. was Dave Martin. Remember slow dancing to Santo & Johnny's "Sleepwalk."

Red McWilliams said...

Two comments:

To anonymous: The "no bathing suit" at the old Y was optional. I know that we went there and some had suits and some didn't. I guess that some couldn't afford a suit. But since it was "all male", it really didn't matter.

To d.j.: Yes, Tumble Inn was THE place to be on a Friday night in Butler in the 50's and 60's. And you are right, Dave Martin was spinning the records. Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk" was a favorite and even though the boys stood propped against the wall talking about cars and such, there were some of us who actually had the guts to ask some of the girls to dance. This was one of the favorites that I danced to. Hey, thanks for the memories.

All the best,
Cecil "Red" McWilliams

Anonymous said...

The Purple Underground at the Y, in the first half of the 70's - Oh Yeah - Now That's What I'm Talkin' About !
"Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Party On, My Middle-Age Friends - ;)

Borat said...

Great Toilets!

Morrissey said...

Is that a young larry Garvin in the bushes looking in the Windows?