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A bit of diversion for the older set

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rich Gibson, May 29, 2007.

  1. My wife received this from a friend and I was about to delete it but found so many of these things I remember, I thought those of you who aren't embarrased about your age might find it fun to see what you can recall.



    -All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
    -It took five minutes for the TV warm up? And you'd arue about whose turn it was to change the channel?
    - Going down to the basement to replace a blown fuse? Sometimes using a penny instead? :eek: 
    -Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
    -Nobody owned a purebred dog?-
    -When a quarter was a decent allowance?
    -You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
    -Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
    -All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?
    -You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time?
    -And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
    -Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
    -It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
    -They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . ...and they did?
    -When a 55 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
    -No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
    -Lying on your back in the grass with your friends
    and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a ..."
    -Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
    -Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
    -And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?
    -When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
    -Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
    -Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
    -But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
    -Send this on to someone who can still remember
    -Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
    -Howdy Doody and the Peanut Gallery,
    - Tom Corbett Space Cadet
    - Kukla, Fran & Ollie
    - Sky King
    - I Love Lucy
    - Your Show of Shows
    - Senor Wences ("Close the box!")
    - Hopalong Cassify
    - The Cisco Kid ("Oh Cisco...Oh Pancho!")
    -The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
    -Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
    -As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
    -Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
    -To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
    -And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

    How many of these do you remember?
    -Candy cigarettes
    -Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
    -Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
    - Duncan yo-yos and the tournament at the movie during intermission
    - Crepe paper humming spinners with the rubber band
    -Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
    -Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
    -Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
    -Newsreels before the movie
    -P.F. Fliers
    -Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601).
    -Party lines
    -45 RPM records
    -Green Stamps
    -Metal ice cubes trays with levers
    -Mimeograph paper
    -Beanie and Cecil
    -Roller-skate keys
    -Cork pop guns
    -Drive ins
    -Washtub wringers
    -The Fuller Brush Man
    -Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
    -Erector Sets
    -The Fort Apache Play Set
    -Lincoln Logs
    -15 cent McDonald hamburgers
    -5 cent packs of baseball cards - with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
    -Penny candy
    -35 cent a gallon gasoline
    -Jiffy Pop popcorn
    -A fifteen cent double feature

    Do you remember a time when...
    -Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
    -Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
    -"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
    -Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
    -It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?
    -The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
    -Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
    -A foot of snow was a dream come true?
    -Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
    -"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?
    -Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
    -The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
    -War was a card game?
    -Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
    -Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
    -Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

    If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
  2. I was doing all right......but now I really feel old :frown:
    But...what the heck are "cooties" :confused: :confused: 
  3. That's something you got from "ugh!" girls if you let them touch you. Or if you snuck a taste of someone's pop or ice cream bar....."HEY, you got your cooties on my (fill-in)!"

  4. haze2


    Mar 18, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Rich, I miss the innocence of that age. I’m appalled at the things my kids and grandkids see, and accept as the norm, in this day and age. I started life out in 1950 and I wouldn’t trade those years for anything!
  5. Sort of sad that I remember every one of those. Yikes I am older than dirt.
  6. Well, thankfully, I am not older than dirt like my friend Gordon. However, I am his younger brother. I remember most of these. I too hate that my daughter can't live life as a kid the same way I did.
  7. DoorMan

    DoorMan Guest

    You are not by yourself Gordon. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Rich.
  8. Gordon's got me by a few years, but I was surprised at how many I recognized. I even added a few as I read the TV shows and remembered more stuff:

    Edgar Bergen (Candice's dad) the perfect fool
    The plate spinning acts on Ed Sullivan..Topo Giggio
    Flash Gordon serials on Saturday morning
    Groucho Marks, You bet your life!
    Jackie Gleason
    Red Skelton
    Fifteen cent double features with buttered popcorn with..yikes...real honest to goodness butter! Not amyloid extracts.
    The paddles with a ball on a rubber band
    Hula Hoops
    As a boy at busia's we'd have golumpki, kilebase', pierogi, kapusta, the butter paschal lamb at Easter
    8mm home movies of family get-togethers (we'd have to endure an hour of them to get to the cartoons)
    Huge family Christmas parties where one of the uncles would dress up as santa and come with presents!


    I'm the littlest one-12/24/1945

  9. Aaargghh. I remember ALL of that stuff.
  10. I used to watch The Lawrence Welk Show with my parents. And I *liked* it!
  11. 1945..... yep, a banner year! I arrived in the world on March 31st of that year.... So, yep, I sure remember just about ALL of the things mentioned in this wonderfully nostalgic thread!!
  12. HAC_X

    HAC_X Guest

    Oh dear.... I'm old.. when did that happen?

  13. As a teen I would have "lust in my heart" for the Lennon Sisters...well, not the youngest one...she was still a girl...with cooties!

    And the M I C K E Y M O U S E Club...my first crush.....Annette! Groan!

  14. Oh, yes, the Lennon Sisters..... My grandparents would come to visit and we'd all sit down and watch the Lawrence Welk show. Joann Castle.... the Lennon Sisters....the guy who played the accordian....and of course, ole LW himself: "and-a-one-and-a-TWO...." :biggrin:

    ETA: The other night I went with some friends to the local City of Fairfax Band concert. They played some Disney music, including the theme from the Mickey Mouse Club. I quite automatically and unconsciously started singing along (softly), knowing every word, until I realized that the woman sitting next to me was staring at me bug-eyed. :biggrin:

    "M I C
    K E Y
    M O U S E!"

    "Come along and sing our song and join our family..."

    Ahem. Yes, well....
  15. haze2


    Mar 18, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    AAhhh.....Annette. No cooties there!!
  16. Then again the some of the neighborhoods I lived in when I was a pup in the early 60s would not have accepted my own sons.

    I remember the good things from back then. And the bad. :biggrin:
  17. Schlitz


    Apr 22, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    Dave Talboys
    My wife and I still watch the Lawrence Welk Show on PBS - and we still like it! I grew up playing accordion, and remember waiting for the time when Myron Floren would play (I still do! Gotta love reruns...)
  18. Wow... you guys are REALLY REALLY OLD. How many (all of you should) Remeber the bouncing ball on the A&W commercials. Lets all go to A&W, Foods more fun at A&W.... Also when A&W stood for Albert and Walter not Alvin & Wright. Hmm me thinks A&W is Canadian isn't it?
  19. jaymc

    jaymc Guest

    How about getting milk delivered to the front porch.

    That's me on the left, summer '62.
  20. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    I remember most of those, but I wasn't even born when some of those things were around. Maybe we were hillbillies after all. :smile:

    Not sure what that says about me.....
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