Re: Star Pontiac in West Town
Date: June 04, 2015 04:55PM
On a genealogy site, his daughter (before she died in 2008) posted that her father closed Star due to his heart troubles. She didn't say when, but he had triple bypass in '78 or '79 at the age of 65 and multiple heart attacks before that. From other parts of her story, I believe he opened Star Pontiac around 1960, she says a few years after his successful Hudson dealership in Blue Island was closed when AMC quit making the Hudson. That would have been after the '57 Model Year. Her brother worked as the Parts Manager at Star until '69.
So I figure Star was closed sometime between '69 and '79.
Wonder if the building constructed in '74 was for the Jewel store and is the same building that now is occupied by CVS.
Thanks for all the insights!
Pix was a long shot. Chasing this for a friend who owns a '60s Pontiac we think was bought at Star. He is trying to get some history on them.
The brother who was Parts Manager is still living in the Chicago area, I've suggested my friend call him and see if he has any mementos from his dad's dealership.
My own Chicago roots aren't very deep. I came to Chicago for college (near Comiskey, I'm sure many of you know the school), graduated in '77 and lived out in the 'burbs until leaving in '95.
But pretty cool forum here. Brought back memories scanning thru some of the threads.