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Lalo's Sportsman Club "El Pozo"
How come I'd never seen this place before?
Sometimes I find myself driving aimlessly around town and I come across a building that I had never seen before. Days ago, I was navigating down Lane St., north of the old Mercy Hospital, and I spotted this business that bills itself as Lalo's Sportsclub. According to their sign, they have been around since 1944, although I had never paid any attention to it in all the years I had been driving in the general area. I'm sure this is a fine establishment but from the looks of it it has seen better times during the days of World War II.
With a name like "El Pozo", how can I pass that up?
The Laredo Morning Times seems to want a little web traffic on their ol' web page. At least that's what I think when the arrest of a local "beauty queen" made it to the front page. Oh, it was not on page 4-5, where the local arrests are usually noted, but on the top right hand corner.
A few months ago the local organ of publicity started publishing weekly mugshots on their webpage. Generally speaking their more attractive women usually garner the most "web hits." So, once Ms. Prieto-Falcon's mugshot (seen above) makes it to the album, I expect a new record.
I have a friend who swears on his 1988 Fleer baseball card set, that way back, sometime in the mid 80s, there existed something called the Play-more. According to his vivid imagination, the Playmore was a cross between Putt-Putt golf and Disney's Epcott Center. Every time he starts to rant about how good things were in the 80s in Laredo (minus the unpaved streets), his eyes light up and a goofy smile fills his face (a goofier smile than usual).
Go carts, arcades, a skating rink, a movie theater, according to my buddy, this place was Laredo's version of Astroworld. However, apparently, you have to be over 33 to remember this lost haven of yesteryear. I only arrived in 1992 to Laredo, years after this place apparently vanished. So if anyone out there remembers this place, drop by and leave some comments. Pictures of this lost city would be great appreciated. I think its just a crazy sugar induced illusion that my buddy concocted in between his imaginary friends.
My Experience with Emilio by Cindy (guest contributor)
The year was 1994. I can clearly remember waiting anxiously to go with my parents to the Casa Blanca baile. The main attraction…Stephanie Lynn, Xelencia, and none other than Emilio Navaira. I was in love with these Tejano bands. I knew all of the lyrics to all of their songs. I didn’t care if I was going with my parents for I was a teeny bopper, of sorts. Instead of crushing over Jordan Knight (which is a whole other article) I was in love with Emilio! All I could think of was….”Como Le Hare” to get a picture with him and his chubby counterpart, Raulito! I remember always nagging my parents to go see these bands, especially Selena and La Mafia. I would plead…”but mom…what if something tragic happens and they die?! We have to go see them today!” And of course my mom would try to explain to me logically that nothing was going to happen and that we would go see them, “Next time, mijita.” Well, sadly, these tragic things do ha…