Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Horse Krickers (Remember Horse Krickers, Eastman Kids?) Coin Purse

Coin purse courtesy of Eddie Grills who says he got it from David Good.


At 9:38 AM, Blogger The Virtual HIT Man said...

I loved Horse Krickers! I remember being dropped off at an auditorium on the Eastman campus and being treated to 10 cent bags of popcorn and watching "B-movies" with a bunch of pre-adolescents who were more interested in campy interaction with the film script than watching the movie. It very well could have been a precursor to Mystery Science Theater.

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived in Edgewood Village and used to walk to Horse Krickers. I will have a Brownie Cub and Brownie Hawkeye I won at Horse Krickers. email: Jww@acsalaska.net

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Horse Krickers very well too. There was some guy who would come out and do a little comedy shtick (who was that?) then they'd have the movie, which was usually a rerun of something that had been at the State (or Strand) 3 or 4 months previously. However, this was free for Eastman Employees kids as opposed to the Saturday matinees downtown, which were 25 cents (later 50 cents). They also had 2nd run movies at night several times a week for the adults- of course there were no ratings back then.
Eastman also had a gift shop in the same building that sold cameras and film, etc. They also had a Camera Club. If you were a member you could rent a Nikon 35mm SLR or even a Mamiya 645 for 35 cents a day, and they had fully equipped darkrooms you could use. I did that all through High School (early 70s). Guess that's all gone now that the Kodak is gone from the Eastman!
Does anyone have any idea what a Kricker was? email:john.lee-thurmont@rrd.com.

At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Ken Riddle said...

The guy who founded and was behind Horse Krickers was Bob Delius "Purty Bob" as he called himself. He started it and named it after Horse Creek, which flowed on the Eastman property. His sidekick was Claude "Cosmo" Griffith. Both men worked for Eastman in the recreation department. My Dad worked 44 years at Eastman, and they were so good to him. He is still around at 88 and a happy Kodak retiree. Thanks to Bob, Cosmo, John the projector guy, and all the others that made our Saturday mornings happy all those long years ago!

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Allen said...

Horse Krickers was the best way to spend a Saturday morning. One of my favorite memories there were the individual cakes that each of us would receive on our birthday. They would always had an endless supply of popcorn on hand as well. A very special place indeed.

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too loved Horse Krickers, as well as a lot of the other family friendly events at Eastman such as the Christmas party and annual picnic. One of my favorite memories of Horse Krickers is when the host would come out and make us repeat after him: Owa tagoo siam (Oh what a goose I am.) To this day, I consider myself lucky to have been an Eastman kid.

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i remember the days we whatched movies and had a fun time roller skating in the gym...my mother was the popcorn lady and the lady who handed out roller skates every saturday..i always had a blast there every saturday..

At 9:10 PM, Blogger robby said...

Bob Delius was my Grandfather.Went to some Horse Krickers western movies in building 89.Still have some HK card tricks .
Robby Delius

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Sandy Vowell said...

I don't know if Robby Delius will ever see this comment, but I would love to get in touch with him. My mother loved him and his wife and we spent many hours at Eastman under his tutelage!
I have fond memories of exploring at Eastman picnic area, all the signs he crafted and displays he created; visiting him at Silver Dollar City; and he awarded me and my sister with my first ever camera, a Kodak Brownie, for a birdhouse we created out of an Eastman plastic container up on the stage at Horse Krickers Club on one Saturday.
Horse Krickers was our Saturday routine EVERY Saturday, popcorn and movies, and then roller skating.
Robby - please email me! Sandy.Vowell@gmail.com

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TERC movies, Horse Krickers and roller skating - What a wonderful place to grow up. Later while working at ECPI I was contracted to run the roller skating until I was drafted into the Army in 1967. I never returned to Kingsport, but remember TERC and the many good times that were shared there. - Ray(mond) Lewis rayinjax@bellsouth.net


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