The guys spent a lot of time on the corner of Lawrence and Albany, back in 1955. Jackie Leyden in the front row on the left, Artie Goldufsky next to him in the middle; and on the right, Wayne Wolff. In the second row on the left, Jerry Kerbis, unknown, Ronnie Kaplan, Rich Rehm, Chuck Flarhaty (sp?). Anyone look familiar to you?
Carl Goldufsky, Art’s younger brother, sent in these photos. That’s Carl, capturing the look of a whole generation, in the photo below.
I asked Carl to tell me a little about his times:
As for the photo of me on my 54 T110 Triumph, it was my second motorcycle. Started very young, I was probably around 15 or 16 in the photo.
Back then there was a traffic law, you didn’t need a driver’s license if you were 14 years old and the bike was under 5 hp. Well, it was just a decal that gave the officer the hp. My bike was the exact same bike Marlon Brando rode in the movie The Wild One. I had it first. I never joined a club. My older brother rode with the Outlaws as I did a little, but never joined. I still ride.
There used to be a drive-in movie theater, the “Sunset,” on McCormick in Skokie where The Wild One played, very cool back then. But it’s another story, drive-ins, theaters and snack shops.
The photo of Carl on his Triumph was taken in his friend Paul Cohen‘s backyard. Paul lived on Bernard Street, right next to the river (canal) across from Von Steuben High School. The gate to his back yard had a magnetic lock for quick entries. Carl says you just had to bump it with your front wheel and you were well hidden inside the fenced-in yard. I imagine that came in handy.
Carl says he has really good memories of growing up in Albany Park.
“It was a good and safe neighborhood. You never felt threatened walking from place to place: Terminal Theater, Nick’s Pizza, other places. They were really innocent times.”
Credits: All photographs courtesy of Carl Goldufsky.
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