1. Tippi Hedren slept here. Tippi Hedren is probably best known for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds. But many longtime residents remember her as a cute little blond girl from Morningside. When we did an exhibit on the Edina neighborhood in 2005, Jim Grunnet gave me this copy of his class photo at Morningside School; he believes that Tippi is the blond girl in the center of the front row with the darker socks.
Tippi's return to Minnesota last week, to promote the showing of another Hitchcock movie Marnie, had Facebook pages buzzing.
One point of contention: where did Tippi live in the Morningside? Phil Murphy remembered that some of Tippi's belongings were found in the attic when his parents bought the home at 4311 Morningside Road. The Hollywood star visited her childhood home when she came to town in the 1980s.
Others recalled that she lived on Alden Drive, and that her house was torn down.
Both are right. The Edina Historical Society has a limited number of Morningside phone directories. The 1944 phone book has Ben and Dorothea Hedren at 4311 Morningside Road. The 1940 book has them at 4231 Alden Drive. (By the way, if anyone has saved any Morningside directories, we'd love to have them at the museum.)
I tried to get tickets to Tippi's talk and movie showing at the Heights, but it had sold out. Phil Murphy had an opportunity to talk to her before the show and heard great stories about Tippi's childhood in Morningside. He wrote on the Morningside alumni Facebook page:
Morningside Girl Made Good... Was the introduction by Leonard Maltin Of Ms. Tippi Hedren at the Heights Theater - I had an opportunity to talk to Ms Hedren - She regaled myself and my dad with great stories of growing up in Morningside - Mr Maltin with there - gleaning info to use in his wonderful intro - including the fact she went to Morningside School, and lived there until she was 17! - She told us, stories of how she played football in our front yard as a youngster, played the violin in our sunroom, and actually would sleepwalk - out the front door of the house - in the winter in nothing but her nightgown!
..Folks make their own luck - She started modeling in HS at Donaldsons - The rest as they say... Is history! She is a pretty amazing, and most gracious lady..."
For more on Tippi's visit, see these stories:
Love the website! I was born at Fairview Southdale in 1968 and lived in Edina 'til 1994. I come back to visit every year. My Mom and sister still live there. My sister has lived in 8 different houses in Edina - I wonder if that's a record. Also, I wonder when phone numbers in Edina adopted the current format of XXX-XXXX...
The answer: In 1965, phone numbers in the local director reflected a change from exchange names to all numbers, according to our friends at the St. Louis Park Historical Society. (See phone history on the great SLPHS website.)
Those of you who didn't dial a phone until the 1970s might think that phone numbers always had numbers. But back in the beginning, phone numbers were described by name (like Whitter, Walnut or Mohawk) and then four digits. For example, if your phone number was Walnut 1234, the phone book listed the number as WA-1234, with the W dialed as 9 and the A as a 2. (If you look at your phone, each number has letters on it.)
For someone who grew up dialing seven numbers, the name method seems confusing. Why not just say 92-1234? I'm guessing it was just a memory aid, so that learning six digits was easier. Before the advent of auto dial, people memorized phone numbers. Many visitors have fond memories of their old phone numbers with the names and can recite their own number along with several friends' numbers.
Fast forward to today: I asked my son's friend for his home number and he had no idea. His parents have cell phones and they change numbers often enough that he just uses auto dial.
3. Queen Anne Kiddieland: Ron Diger commented on The Valleyfair of yesteryear: Queen Anne Kiddieland.
Wow, today a friend of mine brought up the name Q.A.K. We were talking about this place and birthday parties as kids. So I googled to so what was out there and came across this site. My dad took 8mm movies of this place, and I still have the film somewhere in the many many feet of film and reels. :)
Fun fact: "Queen Anne Kiddieland" is often the most searched topic on our website. It's a bit ironic, considering that the popular kids' amusement park technically had a Bloomington address, but we include it in Edina history because it was just over the border and featured prominently in many residents' childhood memories.
If you come across anything in your childhood treasures that your kids don't want, we're happy to consider them for our permanent collection.
4. More comments.. We have received a few more comments about potential events for the city's 125th anniversary, comments on faculty photos and more. I will try to do a second installment of comments later this week.
5. Upcoming events: See our home page for some great upcoming events, including summer day camp at Cahill School and a May 8th event that includes tours of St. Stephen's church, Minnehaha Grange and Cahill School.
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