06-27-2017, 12:37 AM
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Beautiful Downtown Monroe, GA
My first memory of a drive-in was when my sister (16 years older than me) and brother-in-law took me and my brother to see The Ten Commandments when I was a kid. That was a long movie for a little kid!!!
As a teenager, in Missouri, we had 4 drive-ins within a half hour drive of us: the Crest, the Fairyland, the 63rd Street and the State Line Drive-ins. We spent lots of time in those places. We actually watched some of those movies!! The Crest showed Bullitt and Bonnie and Clyde for a year and a half!!
The Stateline Drive-In was right on the Kansas/Missouri line.The drinking age in Kansas is 18, so we would load up on beer and head for the drive-in on the Kansas side of the line. Our high school would occupy the last two rows in the drive-in. If an outsider happened to pull in one of them, we actually picked their car up and moved it!!!
The best part was that a young, very nice, yet dedicated Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy was there every weekend. After a couple weekends, he took a walk to the back rows, gathered us all up and told us that he knew exactly what we were doing back there. He then stated his two zero tolerance rules:
-1. Do not bother anyone else.
-2. No car leaves unless there is someone stone cold sober behind the wheel.
He would stay as late as needed to make sure that we were not out driving while intoxicated. He told us that he would rather have us in that drive-in and three sheets to the wind than out driving around in the same condition. A couple of times we did get too loud and rowdy and he made a big show of coming back and pouring our beer out on the ground. We just moved over to the next car, which was also full of beer and turned down our noise level a bit.
That deputy saved us from a lot of grief. My last two years of high school, we had no one from our school picked up for under age drinking. No accidents involving alcohol and most important; no fatalities involving alcohol!! And we never even knew his name!! Thanks Deputy!!!
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Last edited by Lineman; 06-27-2017 at 12:51 AM.