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Lily Tomlin

267 “G” Street

I am going to start with one of the places I lived in in the Avenue’s district of Salt Lake. I lived in an apartment in the house pictured to the right. My apartment was in the back of the house. I was 20 or 21 when I lived there so it was in 1970 or 1971.


I bought my first car while I lived in this apartment and I was working for a graphics company called John Evans Co. I think the company is still in business today. The picture to the left is not the car I owned, but my car looked just like the car in the picture.

402 Penny Avenue

If I remember correctly I moved from “G” street to 402 Penney Avenue in South Salt Lake. I moved in with a friend named Kelly Durante. We didn’t stay roommates for very long, less than a year. It was from this house that my electronic posessions were stolen. I still worked for the John Evans Company.

During my time at this house I had to sell my VW, I needed some cash. After I sold my car I would walk to work. At that time John Evans Co. was located on 3300 South just down the street from Granite High School. The house in the picture is as it looks today, it wasn’t nearly as nice when I lived there. There were great old trees in the front of the house, and the outside was old rundown clapboard.

2199 South 300 East

From Penny Avenue I moved into this grand old house at 2199 South 300 East. The building was painted a darker green in those days. My apartment was on the ground floor on the left side of the house. I remember that I paid $99.00 a month for rent, and that included all utilities.

I was still employed at John Evans Company at that time, and another employee would stop and pick me up for work every day. It was a great old apartment, not too big, but I loved it. It is one of the places I wish I would have stayed at longer.

I remember there was a chocolate factory down the street a little way and I could often smell the aroma of chocolate in the air.

Day's Murray Music

Day Music Small-2From my 300 East apartment I was persuaded by my friend Chris Wood to move into an apartment in Day’s Murray Music. It was a one bedroom apartment and it was quite large. There were two or three other apartments in the building and they were all occupied by my friends. Good times were had by all tenants.

At that time I still didn’t have a car so I took the bus to work. I think my stay at Day’s Music was only a few months. It was very noisy and dirty from the traffic on State Street. Every time the wind would blow everything would get covered by dust. The plumbing in the bathroom didn’t work very well things were always getting clogged and wouldn’t drain well.

I’m not sure where I lived after that, I think it was a house on 3300 South just below 1300 East. I’ll have to think about that for a while. I may have the sequence of events mixed up, I may have lived in the house on 3300 south before I moved into the house on “G” street, but I don’t think so. I know for sure I moved from Penny Avenue to 300 East, and I may have gone from 300 East to the house on 3300 South, I’m not sure. Very confusing.

Richmond Apartments

Richmond Apartments SmallI was working at the liquor store when I moved to the Richmond Apartments with Mike Underwood. It was a convenient location for me while I worked for the liquor store and 7/11. Mike and I lived in the apartment on the top floor on the left side of the building. I still drove my Monte Carlo while I lived here. Remember what I write here may not be correct chronologically but very close. The 80’s were a long time ago.

This is a picture of my lifelong friend Shelia Potts taken while I lived at the Richmond apartments. I met her when I was 16. She lived one street over from the family house on Ashton Avenue. She was a good friend until her death in the late 90’s.

172 K Street172 "K" Street

I lived in this apartment building with Mike Hosner for a period of time. Not sure how long, and not sure where I was working at the time. I am going to guess I was still working at John Evans. I think I still had my VW Bug because I remember driving to San Francisco while I lived in this building.

Mike moved out after a period of time and I stayed on alone for several more months. A friend that I worked with at John Evans, Alan LaFrance, would come and visit me here.

My stepfather died from cancer in October of 1974. At the time he died mother and Fred were living in a house in West Jordan Utah. The house was situated on an acre or more, and Fred kept horses.

If I remember correctly it was Fred’s wish that I move in with my mother to help with the horses. At that Time I still worked for John Evans Company. I’m not sure how I got around in those days, but I think I bought my Monte Carlo while I lived here.

The picture of the house is from Bing Maps and is not at all flattering. The house looks run down and uncared for. Very depressing. I spent the next five or six years living here with my mother.

I think that I have covered most of my time and places of residence during the 1970’s. If I remember more I will add them later. I know there is at least one more residence involved, but I don’t think the house is still there. I tried to find it using Google Maps but I couldn’t find it. There may have been another couple of apartments in the avenues but I’m not sure of the chronological order.

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