Best flashback

On Sept. 6, 1984, the Chico News & Review printed the very first Best of Chico issue. Much like today’s, it included readers’ favorites and editors’ picks; it also featured “Gone but not forgotten” awards such as Best Retired Editorial Writer (Bill Lee of the Enterprise-Record), Best Bankrupt Airline (Pacific Express) and Best Closed Punk Bar (Nellie’s). Twenty-three years later, some of the regular picks have faded into history, but a surprising number are still around. Here are some of the choice winners from the inaugural list.

Band: Spark ‘n’ Cinder

Laundromat: Suds N Suds (which also served beer)

Ice cream: Shubert’s

Hot dog stand: Scotty’s Boat Landing

Public school: Citrus Elementary

Mural: John Pugh’s Greek Columns (Taylor Hall east wall)

Men’s bathroom: Kendall Hall

Women’s bathroom: North State Bank

Skinny dipping spot: Brown’s Hole

Place to take visitors: Butte Creek Canyon

Time to leave town: Pioneer Days

Idea that didn’t work: The Chico Trolley