Saturday, September 17, 2011

Memories of Pate's Records-Big-D Burgers-U-Drive Go Karts

Memories of El Monte

By Richard Cortez



Pate’s Tapes

For the younger generation there was a time before digital music and Mp3 players. We had 45 and LP records and we would play them on the biggest stereos we could buy that would have 10 inch speakers made out of real wood. We did not have Dj’s but our uncle would play the records at our family parties as loud as his stereo would go. Every little town would have a record shop and El Monte had the best one I felt. It was Pate’s Tapes and Records at 10905 Garvey Avenue. The building is still there but, now it is a market. It was opened around 1960’s and had all kinds of music from classical to rock and roll. They sold eight track tapes and 45 records. I bought my first 45 record there; it was called “Buick 59” recorded by Vernon Green & the Medallions. There was a time in 1973 that all my friends would buy their records from Pate’s until Zody’s opened in El Monte. There you could buy an LP record for less than two bucks what a deal since my allowance was only two bucks a week. Pate’s lasted until the giant record stores began opening up like “Tower Records” then “Music Plus” which offered not just a few records but hundreds of records. I miss Pate she was an amazing teacher that taught me all about music.



Big D Enter-Out Burgers

Big D as we would all call it was located at 11629 Valley Blvd. across from McDonald’s. It was first opened in the late 1960’s. Some people would say that it opened after In-Out Burgers opened in El Monte and was the second hamburger stand to have speakers for the drive thru. In 1973 my friends and I would walk after school and get burgers and fries plus chocolate malts that were out of this world. Big D got so busy that the owners found a bigger and better location down the street at the corner of Valley and Durfee were not only was the stand bigger but, so was the menu it now included pastrami’s and Mexican food. The burger stand on valley was taken over by “Art’s” and is just as good.

 



U-Drive Go Karts

U-Drive was located right next to Big-D at 11645 Valley Blvd. You could ride the go- karts for an hour for five dollars and with your friends have a blast. Sometimes we would get out of hand and get yelled at for driving crazy trying to crash into our friends karts. And when we got tired of riding the karts we would go to the big slide and ride it the rest of the day. Funny thing is we would have so much fun for the day and not use drugs or drink. The picture was taken from my high school annual. That is my friend Kim in the picture with two guys that worked their.

15 comments:

  1. i remember those days at the track every saturday night..

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  2. Don't forget the giant slide at the go kart location !

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  3. As a little boy my father would take my brothers and I to the go-carts. First it was McDonalds after we would cross the street and go carting, it was awesome!! Not enough businesses like that in El Monte anymore, sad.

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  4. I remeber The Pate's Record store. They moved to the location you showed from another Garvey location, across from Merlow's Liquor. Mr. Pate had a stroke and was never in good health, so his wife ran the store until its end.
    Bob Melton

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    1. Ty for This information on "Pate's Bob...

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  5. I lived in El Monte from 1947 til 1956 and still visited family in all the years that followed. Just thought I'd mention that Big D Enter Out Burgers building was built about 1955 as we all used to go there to eat...and their pastrami was the best! At that point in time, I think it was just named Enter/Out but everyone called it In and Out...in fact, I think it was originally named In and Out but the In and Out chain was just beginning and there was a problem...so the name of the EM place was changed to Enter/Out. Does anyone know the whole story?

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    1. I remember going there for burgers while on dates in the very early 1960's. We called it the In N Out.

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    3. In 1963, it was still In-n-Out. I have been trying to find out when it changed to Big D?

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  6. My Dad worked at Pate's and that is where my Mom met him!! when we moved to West Covina.. Mr. Dills, owner of Big D was our nieghbor! Lots of memories!!

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  7. Pate's was the greatest I loved pouring over their large selection of 45;s in bins at about the waist level.bought "Help Youself" by the Standells there...this would be the mid 60s.

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  8. We had moved to a newly constructed housing tract nearby in 1954. Many times a bunch of us neighborhood kids went there. There was a main gate but no one ever stopped us from going in. Then later, in 70s and 80s many of the residents in the tract developed cancer. One 11 y/o girl got leukemia in 1959. People have since wondered if that old Nike Base might've contained/emmited cancer causing chemicals.

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