Remembering the DC 68 Riot

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I recently visited the DC Afro Museum and found it very
I joined many other white Museum visitors.
Without a doubt many afro American citizens experienced
discrimination and losses.
Sometime around July 1959, I purchased a drug store at 2518
14th Street, N.W. I enjoyed my time there and experienced a
satisfied income.I recall getting along with most of my customers who were Afro Americans.
On the evening of April 4,1968, I received a phone call from
my Afro luncheon manager with a message that due to
Doctor King’s unexpected murder my pharmacy was being
I phoned the police and related my situation -the police
replied there was nothing they could do-that looting of
many businesses on 14th Street,N.W. was taking place.
I felt bad because I had enjoyed operating Smith Pharmacy,
at 2518th Street for nine years.–None of the businesses on my block ever reopened.
Many of my Afro American friends told me that they are sure
that Doctor Ki;ng would never have wanted a riot to take place.
Most of the former businesses on upper and lower 14th Strreet have been replaced by new modern chain type
been replaced by their former owners


History of sale of Terpin Hydrate and Codeine that Required signing of a special book.

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Many years ago as mentioned, all DC pharmacies required purchasers of Terpin Hydrate and Codeine cough syrup to sign a special record book.

When doing research on this subject, I discovered that family members of a DC drug store purchased large sizes of this medicine and sold it to individuals who probably were interested in just obtaining the codeine.

The library article mentioned that these folks were punished.


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Cough Syrup Terpin Hydrate and Codeine No Longer sold


Remembering memories of my Army Service1943 to 1946

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After being sent to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, my army unit
was activated and called the 42d Infantry Rainbow Division.
I had first been shipped to Camp Wolters,Texas in March 1943
where I received Infantry training. Later I attended a specialty
section of clerks, cooks, auto mechanics and truck drivers.
Because I had previously worked as a Clerk-Typist for the US
Engineers in Virginia, that supervised the work records of
employees involved with the construction of the Pentagon
Building, I was told to report to the personnel section of the
542d Field Artillery Battalion.
I first became a Battery Clerk of Headquarters Battery, 542d
Field Artillery Battalion and later promoted to Personel Tech Sergeant of this department.
We accompanied the Artillery section that engaged in combat
not real far from Marselles, France.
After World War II ended, our battery was shipped to Saint
Gilgen, Austria,located not far from Salzburg,Austria.


Drug Stores eliminate Zantac heartburn off shelves

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The former well known heartburn Zantac, has been eliminated
and removed from shelves by popular Pharmacies such as CVS,Walgreen, and Rite Aide.
According to a popular newspaper, it announced that a well
known cancer -killing chemical linked to liver cancer may be
contained in this pharmaceutical.
According to the newspaper, the FDA has been asking well
known chain drug stores to test this popular drug,and send
important samples..



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Samuel “Doc” Eisenberg, 98, a Russian immigrant who founded Plain Old Pearson’s Wine & Liquor in D.C.,and who built  it into one of the largest volume stores in the area

died Oct 30 at Sibley Hospital.

“Doc” founded the store about 71 years ago,and became a wildly successful merchant who offered discount prices, innovative merchandising, and humorous, opinionated newspaper advertisements.

He did whatever would help sell beer, wine and spirits,, including special appearances by a billy goat and by the Budsweiser Clydesdales. He photographed 10 “mystery men in Lone Ranger-style masks,whose mission was to sneak looks at competitors’ prices all over town.A chalkboard “stock exchange” updated those prices three times a day.

Doc ran a six-part series of ads to tell the story of the rise from a $20-a-day business in the tiny corner of a drug store to $2,000,000 a year.

Born in the Ukranian town of Rovno in 1906, Mr. Eisenberg came to Washington with his family in 1918.As a teenager, he sold newspapers on the streeet for 2 cents, a penny less than the other  newsboys, who promptly beat him up.

He graduated from Eastern High School, and from George Washington University as a pharmacist. In 1933, he married and bought Pearson’s Pharmacy at 2448 Wisconsin Avenue. According to the Prohibition-era laws, customers could buy liquor if they had a prescription, so Doc cleared a shelf for liquor. That prescription was soon outselling all others;luckily, prohibition was repealed at the end of the year.

He opened “Pearson’s Annex,”, the liquor emporium, a few doors away from the pharmacy seven months later. He owned both businesses until the 1940’s, when he sold

the pharmacy to concentrate on the renamed annex, which reflected his “plain  old style” of sales. But he kept his pharmaceutical nickname, “Doc”.

Mr. Eisenberg put his son in charge of the wine selection. The time was right;wine prices were starting to escalate. By 1961, Plain Old Pearson’s hit on a new retailing idea-a futures market on cases of wine. Its ads featured Walter boarding a TWA jet to Europe, with a blank check in his hand, to buy up cases of the most promising vintages.

He was an “UNUSUAL DOC”


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World War II Book by Daniel Drooz

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Changes on F Streer N.W/ Washington,DC busiiness activity

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During the 40’s and 50’s my friends and family members used to walk
up and down F Street,N.W. Washington,D.C. from 9th and F St NW to about 14th and F St NW visiting the many different retail businesses.
On recent visits to F Street I observed that most of the retailers had vanished, replaced by office buildings.

An unusuall memory I recall is that in the 40’s -50’s I saw a
legless man sitting on the sidewalk and small monkey solicit money
from pedestrians, in a cup and give cash to the legless gentleman.
Another hugh ehange is that movie theaters on F Street like the Capital
and Earle now called the Warner only charged one dollar $1.00 to enter
the movie house and enjoy a movie and stage show or different orchestras.
I remember seing Benny Goodman and his band doing a great job.
I also remember visiting a little “tavern” hamburger facility” dishing out
great hamburgers-small- but tasting very good.
A short time ago I read a a Washingtonl Post article that mentioned
that the legless gentleman was Mr. Brnstein and his monkey called
The Monkey man died in 1979 in Pensacola,Florida,,and news announced
-he had passed away leaving a large estate.


Walking on downtown F Street N.W.

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Kindly transfer blog posts “Walki;ng on downtown F Street,N.W.August 26,2019 to Larry’s blog www.larryrosen.org wrote draft wrote
aaround 11:a..m.
I hit Dashboard-Larry Rosen to reach my BLOG www.larryrosen.org kindly publish-I couldn’t find “PUBLISH” heading thanks Larry Rosen


The Amazon Corporation Continues to Grow

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November 2018—-No doubt most  Americans have seen our Newspapers that have published the News that Amazon has decided to open two NEW LOCATIONS-One in Virginia and one in New York.

Many predictions of how this decision will affect local traffic and hiring of new employees have appeared in most News periodicals.

I live in a Maryland Adult facility that contains a separate mail room.

Many delivery notices attached to the mail boxes are visible to the residents informing them to pick up their purchases (no doubt from the Amazon Corp at the Main desk location).

I remember that many years ago many of the DC small drug stores established a small US Post Office section that received small and large postal packages.

Our main front desk area now resembles the mentioned US Post Office concessions that existed a long time ago.