River Cities

March 17, 2014

Author recounts youth in Hialeah, Miami Springs

Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, the Curtiss Pharmacy had everything a kid could ever want: candy, comic books and a real soda fountain.

Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, the Curtiss Pharmacy had everything a kid could ever want: candy, comic books and a real soda fountain.

“We all love to remember when we were kids and life was simple,” said Jennifer Evans Kochalka, of Laguna Beach, Calif., who after telling “the same stories over and over” decided to just preserve her memories in a book.

Grand Theft Auto and Other Misdemeanors: Mischief, Mishaps and Mayhem in Miami Springs and Hialeah describes what life was like for Evans and her friends in their youth.

Evans takes readers on a ride when she tells how she took her aunt Blanca’s new Chevy Camaro on a joy ride down Lenape Drive after listening to Three Dog Night.

The book is a time capsule of what neighborhood kids did decades ago, like playing hooky, testing mint julep masks and pulling frogs out of a canal.

“It’s a lighthearted account of a young girl, me, growing up in Hialeah and Miami Springs,” said Evans, who visits Florida twice a year. “I love Hialeah and Miami Springs and am proud to say that's where I grew up.”

Evans’ book is available on amazon.com.

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