The Metropolist

The Metropolist: Another Stroll Down Washington Area Memory Lane

By The Metropolist
Friday, July 10, 2009

Before there were skyboxes, upholstered seats with cup holders and mega-screens for instant replays, birthday announcements and the occasional proposal of marriage, urban arenas were cavernously large and often musty-smelling, and smoke from cigarettes and cigars swirled about the lights in the rafters.

Undercover Things Ltd.

Owner Sondra Scott made every woman feel like a Sports Illustrated cover girl, no matter what her size. Undies and nighties to die for and an annual Christmas stag night that was the holiday hot ticket in Georgetown for men who wanted to complete their holiday shopping while watching live models and sipping really good champagne.

From A-list movers and shakers to everyday Joes who waited tables around the corner, Sondra invented the term customer service. For 17 years, she kept everyone's secrets and made shopping a fun, social event for both sexes. In truth, several lifelong friendships began at Undercover Things.

-- Linda Silberg, Kensington

Uline Arena

I remember going to Uline Arena in the early 1940s to watch Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.

-- Pete Boggs, Moorehaven, Fla.

One of the most fun places to go in Washington when I was growing up was Uline Arena. Famous for being the site of the Beatles' first live concert in the United States after their debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," it was also the place for many enjoyable family outings. Built in 1941 at Second and M streets NE by Miguel Uline, it hosted the Washington Lions hockey team, the Washington Capitals basketball team coached by Red Auerbach, Roy Rogers and his horse, Trigger, the roller derby, ice skating, boxing, and my favorite, the Shrine Circus. In times of old, you could jump on the Georgia Avenue streetcar, transfer at Florida Avenue and hop off at the Uline Arena to have the time of your life.

-- Jordan Strauss, Rockville

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