First, let me thank everyone for their response to this memory-laden writer’s column Wednesday concerning saving Sno-White Drive-In at the corner of Yosemite and Lake streets. It warmed my (damaged) heart that so many of you fellow Maderans, longtime, lifetime, young and old, shared my same thoughts about how it was wrong to destroy even more of our historical downtown.
We have already lost (to our civic leader’s decisions) what could have been turned into a cultural arts and entertainment center, the Madera Theater, and its neighbors, Show Lane, a 1950s style diner with pinball machines and great chili dogs, the Mexican Kitchen, serving the best enchiladas I ever tasted, Yosemite Boot Repair, Bruno’s Army Surplus, and more.
Now on the same side of “main street” we have the Social Security office where those seeking assistance stand in line waiting for the place to open while dodging the homeless coming from the Rescue Mission to Courthouse Park. And what is next door? Why, a lovely (?) litter strewn vacant lot where the aforementioned stores once catered to citizens.
Again, thanks for all the emails and texts, but, please, don’t write or contact me, call or write the city council and this paper as Sue Johnson did with her letter appearing Thursday. What would be grand is if the Historical Society came to the rescue. After all, and let’s hope, they are for preserving more than just the grand old courthouse. And, what about the local chapter of E Clampus Vitus helping? One can only hope in a few years the fine Clampers are not placing a monument at the corner reading: HERE STOOD THE LAST DRIVE-IN FROM MADERA’S GLORIOUS PAST...