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(My Fox DC)   50 years after four African-American students sat down at a segregated lunch counter in a Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth's store, one question remains. What's a Woolworth?   ( myfoxdc.com) divider line
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2010-02-01 12:28:35 PM  
about tree fiddy

/try the veal
 
2010-02-01 12:38:42 PM  
Makes me realize the generation that was really pissed about that is still running Congress...
 
2010-02-01 12:39:20 PM  
The origin of WalMart?

/It evolved.
 
2010-02-01 12:40:00 PM  

OlafTheBent: The origin of WalMart?

/It evolved.


Well clearly it wasn't intelligently designed.
 
2010-02-01 12:49:10 PM  
Five and Dime.....baby
/the lawn...you know
 
2010-02-01 12:50:32 PM  

mediablitz: Makes me realize the generation that was really pissed about that is still running Congress...


Not entirely, but there's still a lot of that there. And it's not contained to one party or the other, either.

Like the Republicans' recent hero Joe Wilson, who was a protege of Strom Thurmond, or the Democrats' long-serving leader Robert Byrd.

And we're not so long-removed from the terms (reigns?) of Jessie Helms, Strom himself, and others of the same ilk...
 
2010-02-01 01:15:10 PM  

whistleridge: And we're not so long-removed from the terms (reigns?) of Jessie Helms, Strom himself, and others of the same ilk...


Especially when you consider the huge fight over the museum, and how lots of folks had a problem with a civil rights museum that didn't even take public funds. Our old racists are still around, being bussed from the old-folks homes to the voting booths.
 
2010-02-01 01:22:16 PM  
The hero tag would have been appropriate here.
 
2010-02-01 01:24:12 PM  
And Woolworth begat Zayre's, and Zayre's begat Chapter 11.
 
2010-02-01 01:35:33 PM  

palladiate: whistleridge: And we're not so long-removed from the terms (reigns?) of Jessie Helms, Strom himself, and others of the same ilk...

Especially when you consider the huge fight over the museum, and how lots of folks had a problem with a civil rights museum that didn't even take public funds. Our old racists are still around, being bussed from the old-folks homes to the voting booths.


People in their 20s-50s in the early 60's are now in their 70s-100s.

Another 10-20 years, and we should be purged of most of the old school racists, and just have whatever offspring that couldn't shake what they were taught.
 
2010-02-01 01:53:31 PM  
Still exists in South Africa Link (new window)
 
2010-02-01 01:54:53 PM  
I wonder if General "Pants On the Ground" Platt ever visited that place...

nekom: OlafTheBent: The origin of WalMart?

/It evolved.

Well clearly it wasn't intelligently designed.


HEY-OH
 
2010-02-01 02:17:57 PM  
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2010-02-01 03:09:27 PM  
Here's one that works:

Sandy/a>
 
2010-02-01 03:15:00 PM  
here's a little bittie

Link
 
2010-02-01 03:23:49 PM  

what_now: The hero tag would have been appropriate here.


We have a winner.
 
2010-02-01 03:25:06 PM  
and stay out: Link (new window)
 
2010-02-01 03:25:18 PM  
God I feel old.

Thanks Subby :*(
 
2010-02-01 03:25:41 PM  
I find it pretty cool that I remember the five and dime stores and the Woolworth's growing up.
 
2010-02-01 03:26:57 PM  

nekom: OlafTheBent: The origin of WalMart?

/It evolved.

Well clearly it wasn't intelligently designed.


Really? That megalith of distribution that has a money conveyor belt running 24/7 through the heart of America? Are we talking about the same WalMart or are we talking about Wal-Mart?
 
2010-02-01 03:27:02 PM  

Born_Again_Bavarian: what_now: The hero tag would have been appropriate here.

We have a winner.


If you have ever eaten in a Woolworth, and I have, you would concur that the "Hero" tag would have been appropriate.
 
2010-02-01 03:27:56 PM  
From wiki: "Despite growing to be one of the largest retail chains in the world through most of the 20th century, increased competition led to its decline beginning in the 1980s. The chain went out of business in 1997, when the company decided to focus on the Foot Locker division and renamed itself Venator Group. By 2001, the company focused exclusively on the sporting goods market, changing its name to the present Foot Locker Inc"

So there you go.
 
2010-02-01 03:29:39 PM  
I went to school in Greensboro. City is still racist as hell.
 
2010-02-01 03:30:16 PM  
Woo-hoo, North Carolina in the history books! That's some fine civil rightsin' there, you brave sitters.
 
2010-02-01 03:31:10 PM  

mofomisfit: From wiki: "Despite growing to be one of the largest retail chains in the world through most of the 20th century, increased competition led to its decline beginning in the 1980s. The chain went out of business in 1997, when the company decided to focus on the Foot Locker division and renamed itself Venator Group. By 2001, the company focused exclusively on the sporting goods market, changing its name to the present Foot Locker Inc"

So there you go.


I still miss G.C. Murphy Mart, Magic Mart, Best's, and Children's Palace.
 
2010-02-01 03:32:30 PM  
I'm sure Marty McFly asked the same question

/also asked what the hell is a jiggawatt
 
2010-02-01 03:32:31 PM  
And stay out of the Woolsworth!

 
2010-02-01 03:33:14 PM  

trappedspirit: nekom: OlafTheBent: The origin of WalMart?

/It evolved.

Well clearly it wasn't intelligently designed.

Really? That megalith of distribution that has a money conveyor belt running 24/7 through the heart of America? Are we talking about the same WalMart or are we talking about Wal-Mart?


You sound prepubescent.

//I'm far from old, and I clearly remember wal-mart being the little "family" five-and-dime type store chain that refused to sell anything not made in America.

//So... yes. That wal-mart.
 
2010-02-01 03:33:52 PM  
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/oblig
 
2010-02-01 03:34:02 PM  

dletter: palladiate: whistleridge: And we're not so long-removed from the terms (reigns?) of Jessie Helms, Strom himself, and others of the same ilk...

Especially when you consider the huge fight over the museum, and how lots of folks had a problem with a civil rights museum that didn't even take public funds. Our old racists are still around, being bussed from the old-folks homes to the voting booths.

People in their 20s-50s in the early 60's are now in their 70s-100s.

Another 10-20 years, and we should be purged of most of the old school racists, and just have whatever offspring that couldn't shake what they were taught.


I was raised in an all white very racist area outside Gary, IN. That stuff is insidious and once it sinks in it can pop out unintentionally at the least appropriate times.
 
2010-02-01 03:34:11 PM  
mannequin was filmed at woolworth's, boys 2 men still keepin up the beat yeahhhhhhhhhhhh....
 
2010-02-01 03:34:19 PM  
IIRC, there was one in Honolulu back when I was in high school.

/Bought a pair of cheap shorts there.
 
2010-02-01 03:34:25 PM  
Obscure?
farm4.static.flickr.comView Full Size

i miss $1 goldfish, damn they were tasty
 
2010-02-01 03:35:38 PM  
As a Greensboro Resident who has gotten to follow the mess with the Museum, please consider donating. (pops)

gorgor: I was in Greensboro once.
/shuddersfark you. Though if you're thinking about downtown, it's justified. It's really gotten a LOT better in recent years, lots of other cities have been using us as a model for downtown revitalization efforts.

Oh, and if you're ever nearby, consider visiting the museum. If you need convincing, Natty Greene's brewpub is right down the street. A greensboro landmark.

 
2010-02-01 03:35:44 PM  
The evolution of uppityness
 
2010-02-01 03:36:45 PM  
they were just like an OSCO.
 
2010-02-01 03:37:18 PM  

Lost Thought 00: The evolution of uppityness


Shut your pie-hole.
 
2010-02-01 03:37:25 PM  
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2010-02-01 03:37:25 PM  
"I went to school in Greensboro. City is still racist as hell."

Interesting...I went to school in Greensboro (Dudley High, go Panthers!) and I thought the exact opposite. The surrounding countryside has some racists, but the city itself, not so much.
 
2010-02-01 03:37:43 PM  
I wonder what they ordered.
 
2010-02-01 03:38:15 PM  

cptjeff: As a Greensboro Resident who has gotten to follow the mess with the Museum, please consider donating. (pops)

gorgor: I was in Greensboro once.
/shudders


Fark you. Though if you're thinking about downtown, it's justified. It's really gotten a LOT better in recent years, lots of other cities have been using us as a model for downtown revitalization efforts.

Oh, and if you're ever nearby, consider visiting the museum. If you need convincing, Natty Greene's brewpub is right down the street. A Greensboro landmark.

repost to fix formatting.
 
2010-02-01 03:38:21 PM  
[image from martybarrett.com too old to be available]
 
2010-02-01 03:39:22 PM  
Isn't Woolworth in England now?
Plus Subby, it's now called

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2010-02-01 03:39:50 PM  

cptjeff: As a Greensboro Resident who has gotten to follow the mess with the Museum, please consider donating. (pops)

gorgor: I was in Greensboro once.
/shuddersfark you. Though if you're thinking about downtown, it's justified. It's really gotten a LOT better in recent years, lots of other cities have been using us as a model for downtown revitalization efforts.

Oh, and if you're ever nearby, consider visiting the museum. If you need convincing, Natty Greene's brewpub is right down the street. A greensboro landmark.


I second the recommendation for Natty Greene's. Very good beer.
 
2010-02-01 03:39:54 PM  
Fine or coarse? Fine in December was just over 970 cent/kilo. Coarse is worth less, about 780...
 
2010-02-01 03:40:02 PM  

Tricky Chicken: dletter: palladiate: whistleridge: And we're not so long-removed from the terms (reigns?) of Jessie Helms, Strom himself, and others of the same ilk...

Especially when you consider the huge fight over the museum, and how lots of folks had a problem with a civil rights museum that didn't even take public funds. Our old racists are still around, being bussed from the old-folks homes to the voting booths.

People in their 20s-50s in the early 60's are now in their 70s-100s.

Another 10-20 years, and we should be purged of most of the old school racists, and just have whatever offspring that couldn't shake what they were taught.

I was raised in an all white very racist area outside Gary, IN. That stuff is insidious and once it sinks in it can pop out unintentionally at the least appropriate times.


I think maybe that was what Chris Matthews might have been getting at when he said he forgot Obama was black.

If you are raised in an all-white neighborhood, go to an all-white school, etc. It wasn't really about Obama's blackness; it was about being raised in a white society without hanging onto any of it's nasty pre-suppositions.
 
2010-02-01 03:40:05 PM  
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2010-02-01 03:40:14 PM  
same as a Ben Franklins 5&10
 
2010-02-01 03:40:20 PM  

Kelvin-Helmholtz: "I went to school in Greensboro. City is still racist as hell."

Interesting...I went to school in Greensboro (Dudley High, go Panthers!) and I thought the exact opposite. The surrounding countryside has some racists, but the city itself, not so much.


That's much more accurate IMO. The city itself is very liberal, and the population is pretty young. Not exactly a breeding ground for racism.

Those small towns all around in the country? Many are even more backwards the South Carolina.
 
2010-02-01 03:41:21 PM  
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Old Santa Fe Woolworth was pretty cool; about the only (relatively) inexpensive place on the square.

/Frito Pie
 
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