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Spicer Graffiti: 'I was a Teenage Carhop'

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Mel's Curb Service opened in June 1946 on south end of Spicer and just a block from Green Lake. The carhops worked past midnight waiting on customers coming from the nearby Drive-in Theater. 2 / 2

Featured in Saturday's West Central Tribune Extra section will be an article and photos on a Spicer landmark.

Norm and Alice Melges opened Mel's Curb Service at the corner of Ruth Street and State Highway 23 in June 1956.

They were forerunners of a trend that become part of America's car culture, famously captured in the George Lucas 1973 film "American Graffiti."

The couple's son Greg spent 10 years working at the little restaurant before breaking away at age 18 to open Mel's Sport Shop on the same lot in 1957.

The drive-in is long gone but the family-operated sports shop and C-store are going strong. Catch the full story in Saturday's West Central Tribune.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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