Entrance to Lakeside Mall

Macomb County Amazing History Of Lakeside Mall And The Future Plans

The Year was 1976 when America was celebrating its bi-centennial. News around the neighborhood was that the greatest mall ever was finished. Back then, my pals in the area went to the Macomb Mall or Oakland Mall and they did so for years! Holidays like Easter and Christmas had many memories at those malls… Then, a new concept of an even greater mall with all your favorite stores all in one place was built.

Lakeside Fountian

The Fountain and Glass Elevator

Lakeside Mall was in Sterling Heights, Michigan, off M-59 and Schoenherr Road. The mall had two levels and a movie theater. An ice rink was also there that later became a hydro-tube water slide. There was a food court, a glass elevator, and plenty more. Plus, it also had that new mall smell!

PMall Slide

Ad for HYDROTUBE that was 2 stories high

When I first went to the mall with friends, we took a bus that left the Macomb Mall from out front. You better not dare to ever miss the last bus, as it would mean you’d be making a call to Mom and Dad that wouldn’t go over well. It was the cool thing to do – go to the mall – a local hangout where you meet all your friends from school and make even more friends from other schools from all over. I loved the record stores -they had like three or four back then, some of which included Harmony House, Music Stop, and more.


Some of the Unique Art found all around the Mall


One of my fond memories at Lakeside Mall included the midnight movies where I was introduced to the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Right now, the mall is pretty much a ghost town and sad after so many years… Maybe shopping online was the death of the mall. However, I can’t wait to see what they will do next! According to reports, the development plan for the land that Lakeside Mall sits on will be filled with new businesses and more.

The majority of Lakeside Mall will be demolished in the process. Until then the mall is still open for business as the city doesn’t expect mall operations to change until late 2024 or early 2025. The plan is to transform the nearly 110-acre mall site at Hall and Schoenherr roads into a development to include residences, dining, retail, parks, a hotel, and office space. Until then we will always have our Macomb County Amazing History Of Lakeside Mall And The Future Plans still to come.


My Top 6 All Time Saturday Morning Cartoons Classics

Saturday morning memories always started with an extra large bowl of Super Sugar Crisp, turning the TV on Saturday morning by 7 a.m. The only problem was there were only three channels CBS, NBC, and ABC fighting over my viewing pleasure. I had to make some pretty tough choices over the years. CBS, NBC, and ABC. I have narrowed it down to My Top 6 All Time Saturday Morning Cartoons Classics.

Remember when there were no restrictions on what when into a Saturday morning cartoon? Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner had an Acme dynamite blast or a fall off a cliff once every few minutes and didn’t make us want to jump off a cliff. The roof was a different story. All the guns and violence cartoons had and we all had a pretty good childhood. In today’s environment, kids are pretty much wrapped in bubble tape before they venture out.

Some of the cartoons like Cartoon Network still have a good assortment of shows. Adult Swim features animation for most adults that don’t want to grow up and some funny shows include, Rick and Morty, Metalocalypse, Aqua Teen Hunger Force. I am still stuck in the past with what I enjoyed from the late 60s and early 70s cartoons.

Ladies and gentlemen, turn back the time clock when cartoons still had all the violence, explosions, and even some adult humor that was snuck into the writing that went right over our heads. I present to you, My Top 6 All Time Saturday Morning Cartoons Classics


  • #1 The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour

    #1 The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour. Always a top favorite of mine and the man of a 1,000 voices Mel Blanc who amazingly did ALL the cartoon voices of the show. It had everything  Bugs, Daffy, The Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil, Sylvester & Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and so many more.


  • #2 The Pink Panther


    #2 The Pink Panther. The first thing is the theme song by Henry Mancini. I love this cartoon so much that I collected almost everything with the Pink Panther. Except for Owen Corning Fiberglass Insulation. Still, the stories were funny, and you still catch me Scooby-Dooing, going back and watching the show anytime it pops up on cable.

  • #3 Scooby-Doo Where Are You

    #3 Scooby-Doo Where Are You. Velma, Fred,  Daphne, hippie Shaggy, a talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, and their green van, the Mystery Machine, Always were driving somewhere but on the way would always find a Mystery to solve. Scooby Shaggy is always hungry and always finds Scooby Snacks. But Scooby and Shaggy ate dog biscuits together sometimes? Ruh-roh! The show was great till they added Scrappy Doo. Too cheesy after Scrappy was added to the mix. He was the Oliver to the Brady Bunch.

  • #4 Hong Kong Phooey


    #4 Hong Kong Phooey. Working at a police station as a “mild-mannered” janitor turns out to be the Hero of the story as the #1 Super Guy Hong Kong Phooey! It took me years to figure out the voice of Hong Kong as the famous actor Scatman Crothers known for playing Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and The Man. Even the theme song was later covered by the band Sublime.

  • #5 The Ant and the Aardvark

    #5 The Ant and the Aardvark. Another favorite was an extra during the Pink Panther program. The cartoon is all about a blue Aardvark that sounded like Jackie Mason attempting to catch and eat a red ant named Charlie whose voice sounded like Dean Martin’s. When the Aardvark would try to eat the Ant it sounded like a loud vacuum cleaner sound.

    I was a cartoon junkie for a while then I later got into sports like hockey, baseball, and bowling which took me away from my Saturday fix of good cartoons. Nowadays, I love Rick & Morty & Aqua Teen Hunger Force. When in doubt, remember the classics.

  • #6 Josie and the Pussycats 

    #6 Josie and the Pussycats ,  The all-girl rock band seem to have a knack for crossing paths with power-mad lunatics and assorted other crazies along their concert route in this cartoon spinoff of characters who first appeared in the Archie Comics comic-book series. In fact, radio broadcaster Casey Kasem did the voice work of the character Alexander Cabot III on the show.  

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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