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Combat Zone, the

The city's "adult entertainment district," located between Downtown Crossing and Chinatown, more or less. The porno places are now almost entirely gone, and the "combat" these days are mostly between developers and Chinatown residents who don't want to be displaced by expensive condos planned for the area's rundown buildings.
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I lived and worked in the combat from 67 to 79......loved every day........the girls ...some were hot....the hookers the pimps the thiefs .....And it seem like that the people who went to party......they were the ones that gave the combat zone a bad rep.....they came in like they were big and bad......but they wee nothing but sissy bitches......from the killing of Andrew Puopolo.......back in 77.......if he was not beating on a hooker.....because she wanted more money than he was wiling to pay.....he slapped her...a few times...her boy friend was across the street.....one thing lead to another......it was the people who came to party that gave Washington St. a bad name......so if there are any people out here that think the people working there were the cause of its bad name......so if you do notb know what happen that night shut the fuck up....BITCHES

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Hello Everyone,
I am currently working on a podcast chronicling interviews with anyone who was in contact with the zone. Whether you be a dancer, cop, business owner or a person who went there on the weekends. I would love to hear your story.

You can reach me at my email here: [email protected]
Thanks,
Jeremy

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Hey folks- Demain here again (Dawn real name). After reading all these and seeing a lot about Suzanne, I decided to call The Glass Slipper on the off chance she might be working there. She is not but the bartender remembers her, told me her real name- (But I am not posting it here as she is an extremely private person). We were kinda friends when I danced there, then she became close to favorite customer (which whom I became very dear friends) after I moved to Austin in 1990, til his death in 2000. I also worked with Britany- who looked just like Linda Evans- but we all knew she was trans. She was a sweetheart. Anyone remember the nasty bartender who beat up the gorgeous dancer and then she went on stage and put a knife into his head. I was not there that night but got the news very fast. I don't remember her name, just that she was quite shy and lovely. Got sent to MCI. Very sad. Anyone ever know another trannie named Carmen who danced at the Living Room, or Kim who also danced there then went to the I and was a dj or something, I am still in touch with her -beautiful black gal. Anyway...looking forward to more memories. Hey Paulie Boy my sister just loved your Dad. (She was visiting me from Canada and danced under the name Kelly. At the Intermission. ) Best to everyone. Dawn ([email protected]) aka Demian. my stage name.

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Does anyone remember the dancer Jennifer? She was beautiful red hair tanned, she was always the headliner. Also does anyone remember the strip club owner Stanley Kalis. He owned a few, the golden banana, king Arthur’s pussycat and squire maybe. I know Jennifer married him.

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Dancer named "tozo" (sp?) would start her routine by doing a vertical split and spiking her heel in the ceiling at the Naked-I, (front room). She left and went to CA to become a professional dancer. Somewhere 1979-1982 or so. I had the biggest crush on her.

I worked as a bouncer / back-up barman at Naked I for a short time. Girl in one of my classes at Tufts started one night and was scared when she saw me, until I gently pointed out that I worked there too and my job was to protect her, in and out of the club.

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My granddad was a friend of Louis Venus (Venios) from before WWII and I used to drink Pabst as a young kid at Jerome's where I was always Mike's grandkid - welcome and safe though not yet legal to drink.
I would drive my "52 Dodge into the city and spend time at the two O'clock, Silver Dollar and listened often to Roger Pace and the Pacemakers with "Flame" Vachon dancing in between sets.
Washington Street could be sinister but it and the North End was an adventure for a kid from Woburn/Winchesteer in the 60"s.

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I danced in various CZ clubs from ‘72-‘76. The Four Corners where Rocky worked the bar and Angela ´The Upsidedown Girl’ still occassionally performed her act. Cookie, Peaches, Angel, Patty, Tracy and Mimi also danced there at the time. Mimi often worked double shifts and would spend the beginning of her shift applying makeup. Her signature look was hair up and elaborate butterfly eyes. Also worked upstairs at The Attic and Champagne Lounges, owned and operated by Sal and his son Joe Milinki. And several doors down at the Living Room with Maureen and Nanette. I enjoyed this period of my young life but was clear-eyed about the risk — that it was fine for a few years but after that it was time to move on.

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