photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Don Boyd | all galleries >> People, Family and Friends Photo Galleries >> Friends Gallery #1 - 1955 to 1999 > 1962 - Dotty Cheleotis, great neighbor and Miami News counselor
previous | next
1962 Miami News/courtesy Bill Avery

1962 - Dotty Cheleotis, great neighbor and Miami News counselor

5660 W. 9th Lane, Hialeah, Florida view map

Many thanks to an old friend, Bill Avery, for contributing this image which was an advertising circular that was placed inside copies of The Miami News that were delivered to customers in our area. Bill is on the left side and grew up several blocks away, attending Immaculate Conception School and Monsignor Pace Senior High.

Dotty and her husband Johnny moved across the street shortly after us when their new home was completed in June or July 1957. Our home is in the background of the photo. Dotty and Johnny had five children: LuAnn, Joni, little Johnny, Mark and Trisha.

Johnny served in Korea with the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was wounded in combat and he had shrapnel wounds to prove it. Our housekeeper Gram used to babysit the Cheleotis kids when Johnny and Dotty went out and I used to babysit them when Gram couldn't do it due to babysitting other neighborhood kids. They were all good kids. Johnny and Dotty used to take me to drive-in movies with their kids from time to time and that was a real treat.

Dotty became a Miami News counselor around 1959/1960 and a truck would dump bundles of newspapers at her garage where a group of paperboys would come to fold their papers, load their bikes and then deliver them to nearby neighborhoods. I became a paperboy in 1960 and Dotty was my counselor. The Cheleotis family moved to Lima, Ohio in 1969 and I visited them there for a day or two in 1970 while on a road trip around the eastern USA.

other sizes: small medium original auto
comment | share
Don Boyd02-Feb-2010 02:01
Hi Shawnda, I was wondering when I would finally hear from a Cheleotis kid or grandkid, haha. Leave it to a tech-savvy grand-daughter to find the photo(s) and write in! The photos have been up for over two years for most of them and I have heard nothing from anyone except for your cousin Nick down here in Miami.

Thanks for the typo correction too on where Johnny and Dotty live now too.

Question: what year was your mom Joni born? We all moved in to the new neighborhood in the summer of 1957 and I honestly can't remember who was born when. It seems to me that Joni was born after they moved in but I can't remember whether LuAnn was or not. I know little Johnny was born after the move. In any event, they were frequently over at our home across the street because our elderly housekeeper "Gram" baked cookies almost daily for the kids in the neighborhood and she babysat often for several of the neighbors, sometimes at their home and sometimes in our home. If "Gram" was busy babysitting for one family I'd fill in to make some extra spending money and I remember babysitting for Johnny and Dotty at least a couple of times. There are some photos of "Gram" in my family gallery at: - on the 4th, 5th and 6th rows down.

I don't know how far you have gotten into my site and what you have, and haven't, seen so I'm going to give you links to other photos you may be interested in and this will help summarize where things are for other viewers and Cheleotis fans in the future. - photo and news clipping about Johnny at age 21 and home on leave from the USMC (Miami area Individuals and Small Groups gallery) - photo of Johnny and Dotty after their wedding (Miami area Individuals and Small Groups gallery) - 1962 photo (same as the above photo but not cropped tight like this one) of Dotty with her Miami News carriers (Hialeah Individuals and Small Groups gallery) - same as above but larger - 1970 photo of little Johnny and LuAnn in Lima (Friends gallery) - 1964 photos of LuAnn, Joni and little Johnny from DuPuis Elementary (Palm Springs Neighborhood Photos gallery) - a narrative on who lived where in our neighborhood (Palm Springs Neighborhood gallery)

This photo of your grandma is extremely popular on my site. It is almost always the most viewed photo on a daily basis according to the statistics that I get from PBase, the hosting company. That is pretty impressive since I have 6600 photos on the site. This is a cut and paste from my statistics page:
Page views of your image "1962 - Dotty Cheleotis, great neighbor and Miami News counselor" as of Sun Jan 31 2010
Hitcounts: 10018
Image ID: 86293949
Upload Date: 27 September 2007

Thank you very much for writing, Shawnda, it's really great to hear from Joni's daughter. Tell your grandma and mom, aunts and uncles, that I send my best regards.

Shawnda 01-Feb-2010 21:37
Hi Don,
My name is, Shawnda Thompson, and I am Dotty & John's grandaughter (Joni's daughter). What a treat for me to see this picture- this is a great site! Keep it up! :)
Here's an update of tha family: Little Johnny has two children & two grandchildren. Lu has one child, one grandchild. Joni has three children, four grandchildren. Trisha has one child. Mark has one child. All is well with the Cheleotis gang.
Dotty lives in Key Largo, FL and Dotty lives in Athens, Ohio.
Many Thanks, Shawnda (ohio)