Tuesday, April 21, 2015



Location, Location, Location

0614PHMPF27The Brothers Brannagan wasn’t the only face time Phoenix had on the boob tube. Here are a few other shows set in the city.

Alice (CBS, 1976-1985): A show about a widowed waitress, shot in California but set at the real (and still open) Mel’s Diner on Grand Avenue.

Medium (NBC/CBS, 2005-2011): Patricia Arquette starred as real-life psychic Allison DuBois, whose character on the show was employed as a consultant for the district attorney’s office in Phoenix.

American Body Shop (Comedy Central, 2007): This improvised comedy show about an accident-prone crew at a dysfunctional auto body shop in Phoenix was canceled after one season.


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Hot Springs Eternal

0614PHMLL01A history of healing waters and prominent patrons lingers among aging palm trees and deserted buildings at Castle Hot Springs Resort near Prescott. Described as “an island of lush green, placid in its surroundings of ranches and gold mine properties, a spot where one can ‘listen to quiet,’” by writer Margaret Dudley Thomas in a 1974 issue of Arizona Highways, the resort’s rugged beauty is recalled in this photo (circa late 1960s) furnished by the Arizona Historical Society.


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The Italian Job

PHMLL01Forty years ago, Phoenix was transforming from a sleepy desert town into a full-fledged city. Shopping malls sprang up like crabgrass. Construction on Papago Freeway began. City-dwellers fled to the suburbs. Everything was in flux, including two Italians who would change the Phoenix food scene, bringing a big taste of Little Italy and big personalities to match.


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Towering Legacy

PHM 500x500 FPOThe new air traffic control tower that soared over Terminal 1 became an immediate architectural landmark when it opened in 1952. The cylindrical tower was composed of underground fuel storage tanks that had been welded together, and topped with a stylish, art deco control cab equipped with the latest communication technology. The tower’s appearance was even lauded by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, though the building did have its shortcomings. “As beautiful as the tower was, the structure lacked such amenities as a restroom and an elevator, which made going for snacks and toilet breaks a real adventure,” Operations Assistant Michael D. Jones says.


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Terminated Terminal

PHM 500x500 FPODefunct since 1991, Terminal 1 lifted Sky Harbor Airport into the modern aviation era as a dining and entertainment destination during air travel’s golden age.

The 100,000 passengers that pass through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on a typical day are to be excused if they think the city is mathematically challenged. Terminals 2, 3, and 4 teem with flight activity, but Terminal 1 is mysteriously nonexistent. Having ushered modern airline travel into Phoenix when it opened in 1952, the facility formerly known as Terminal 1 was razed in 1991 after 38 years of service. Subsequently, the name “Terminal 1” was retired, causing the odd numbering scheme.


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Decades of Docs

PHM 0414 LL1The Top Docs issue you’re holding is the 20th such edition published by PHOENIX magazine – that’s two decades of telling readers “who local M.D.s pick when they need a doctor,” as we phrased it in our 1995 inaugural edition. Since then, Top Docs has become something of an institution in the Valley, selling roughly twice as many copies as any other PHOENIX magazine issue in a given year – and for good reason. When it comes to making informed decisions about their health, people usually have no problem spending $4.99 – or $2.50, as they did in 1995.


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Gold Standard

PHM 500x500 FPOOne of the world’s greatest athletes liked breaking a sweat at the Downtown YMCA. Jesse Owens, the track and field legend who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, worked out at the YMCA after moving to Phoenix in 1972. Ironically, Owens’ exercise regimen did not include his forte. “I don’t jog,” Owens told the New York Times, “because I can’t run flat-footed. And at 60 years old, you’re crazy to be out there running.”


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