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FOR US OLDER KIDS (The
answers are printed below, but don't you cheat)
01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the
sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, Who was that masked
man? Invariably, someone would answer, I don't know, but he left
this behind. What did he leave behind?____________
the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them
on The __________________ Show.
03. "Get your kicks,
04. "The story you are about to see if
true. The names have been changed___________________."
05. "In the jungle, the mighty jungle,
06. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato,
and the Watusi, we "danced" under a stick that was lowered as low as we
could go in a dance called the "_____________."
07. "N_E_S_T_L_E_S", Nestle's makes
the very best _______________."
08. Satchmo was America's "Ambassador
of Goodwill." Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us.
His name was _________________.
09. What takes a licking and keeps on
10. Red Skelton's hobo character wa s
named __________________ and Red always ended his television show by
saying, "Good Night, and
11. Some Americans who protested the
Vietnam War did so by burning their____________.
cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front
was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ____________ &
13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang
a song about, "the day the music died." This was a tribute to
14. We can remember the first
satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called
15. One of the big fads of the late
50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist.
It was called the ________- ________
01. The Lone Ranger left behind a
Ed Sullivan Show
03. On Route! 66
04. To protect the innocent.
05. The Lion sleeps tonight
06. The limbo
08. Louis Armstrong
09. The Timex watch
10. Freddy, The
Freeloader, and "Good Night, and
may God Bless."
11. Draft cards (Bras were also
Beetle or Bug
13. Buddy Holly
TEST OF THE TIMES......Put your thinking cap on and don't cheat ...
1. In the 1940's, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
a. On the floor shift knob
b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
c. Next to the horn
2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it
a. Capture lightning bugs
b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing
c. Large salt shaker
3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk
b.. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze,
expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.
4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none
were available due to rationing during W.W.II?
b. Leg painting
c. Wearing slacks
6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you
couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
b. Nash Metro
7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
a. Strips of dried peanut butter
b. Chocolate licorice bars
c.. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
8. How was Butch wax used?
a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up
b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust
9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your
a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key
b. Woven straps that crossed the foot
c. Long pieces of twine
10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
a. Consider all the facts
b. Ask Mom
11. What was the most dreaded
disease in the 1940's?
12. I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey. "
13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?
a. Old Blue
14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
a. Part of the game of hide and seek
b. What you did when your mom called you in to do chores
c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb
15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
b. Princess Sacajewea
c. Princess Moonshadow
16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were
handed out in school?
a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high
b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window
c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid your failure
17. Why did your mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble
b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items
c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos
18. "Praise the Lord, and pass the _________?
19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song
"Cabdriver" a hit?
a. The Ink Spots
b. The Supremes
c. The Esquires
20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
a. Tony Bennett
b. Zavier Cugat
c. George Gershwin
1. b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe,
took till the late 60s to catch on.
2. b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron? 3. c) Cold
weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.
4. a) Blackjack Gum.
5. b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of
the leg with eyebrow pencil.
6. a) 1946 Studebaker.
7. c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.
8. a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.
9. a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a shoestring
around your neck.
10. c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.
11. c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and
other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the
12. b) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!
13. c) Macaroni.
14. c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an
15. a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.
16. a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.
17. b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at
the Green Stamp store.
18. c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.
19. a) The all male, all black group: The Inkspots.
20. a) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good today.
17- 20 correct: You are not only older than dirt, but obviously gifted with
mind bloat. Now if you could only find your glasses.
12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely muddy.
Senior citizens are constantly being
criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or
imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame
others. HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the
senior citizens who took:
The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement, or,
God out of government and school.
And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from
personal relationships and interactions with other!
And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have
fought and died for our country. Does anyone under the age of 50 know the lyrics
to the Star Spangled Banner?
What about the last verse of My Country 'tis of Thee?
"Our father's God to thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's Holy light.
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King."
Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as
they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts!
YES, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN!
I'm the life of the party...... even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I'm very good at opening childproof caps... with a hammer.
I'm usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going.
I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying.
I'm very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over.
I'm aware that other people's grandchildren are not nearly as cute as mine.
I'm so cared for -- long term care, eye care, private care, dental care.
I'm not really grouchy, I just don't like traffic, waiting, crowds, lawyers,
loud music, unruly kids, Toyota commercials,
Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, barking dogs, politicians and a
few other things I can't seem to remember right now.
I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.
I'm wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg.
I'm having trouble remembering simple words like.......???
I'm beginning to realizing that aging is not for wimps.
I'm sure they are making adults much younger these days, and when did they let
kids become policemen?
I'm wondering, if you're only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150?
And, how can my kids be older than I feel sometimes?
I'm a walking storeroom of facts..... I've just lost the key to the storeroom
Great Films of 1953...click on highlighted
titles for movie review:
- The Band Wagon (1953), 111 minutes, D: Vincente
Heat (1953), 89 minutes, D: Fritz Lang
to Eternity (1953), 118 minutes, D: Fred Zinnemann
- House of Wax (1953), 90 minutes, D: Andre de Toth.
- Julius Caesar (1953), 120 minutes, D: Joseph L.
- The Naked Spur (1953), 93 minutes, D: Anthony Mann
- Niagara (1953), 89 minutes, D: Henry Hathaway
- The Robe (1953), 135 minutes, D: Henry Koster
Holiday (1953), 118 minutes, D: William Wyler
117 minutes, D: George Stevens
- Stalag 17 (1953), 120 minutes, D: Billy Wilder.
- Titanic (1953), 98 minutes, D: Jean Negulesco.
- War of the Worlds (1953), 85 minutes, D: Byron
One (1953), 79 minutes, D: Laslo Benedek.
This is a time we can feel good about
remembering so much! Always remember that the perfect age is somewhere
between old enough to know better and young enough not to care.
How many do you remember?
1. Candy cigarettes.
2. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
3. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
4. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes.
5. Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles, with cardboard stoppers.
7. Party lines.
8. Newsreels before the movie.
9. P. F. Flyers.
10. Butch wax.
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix, (Drexel-5505).
14. 45-RPM Records.
15. Green Stamps.
17. Metal ice cube trays-with levers.
18. Mimeograph paper.
19. Blue flash Bulbs.
20. Beanie and Cecil.
21. Roller skate keys.
22. Cork pop guns.
23. Drive ins.
25. Wash tub wringers.
26. The Fuller Brush man.
27. Reel-to-reel tape recorders.
29. The Erector Set.
30. The Fort Apache Playset.
31. Lincoln Logs.
32. 15 cent McDonald hamburgers.
33. 5 cent packs of baseball cards...with that awful pink slab of bubblegum.
34. Penny candy.
35. 35 cent-a-gallon gasoline.
35. Hide and go seek at dusk.
36. One speed-bicycles.
37. Hopscotch, butterscotch, double dutch.
38. Jacks, kickball, and dodge ball.
39. Mother May I? Red Rover.
40. Hula Hoops, jacks.
41. Wax Lips and Mustaches.
42. Penny candy in a brown paper bag.
AND A TIME WHEN ....................
1. Decisions were made by
2. Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do over!"
3. "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
4. Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.
5. It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
6. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was = cooties.
7. Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot.
8. A foot of snow was a dream come true.
9. Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute ads for action figures.
10. "Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense.
11. Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles.
12. The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
13. War was a card game.
14. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
15. Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
16. Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.
17. When you picked up the phone and the operator said, "Number please?"
18. Listening to Superman on the radio.
19. Catching lightning bugs in a jar.
20. A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner drug store.
21. When the only time you wore sneakers was at school, for gym.
22. When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even had one.
23. When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the
24. When nobody owned a purebred dog.
25. When a quarter was a decent allowance.
26. When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
27. When girls never kissed on the first date.
28. The Draft.
29. When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
30. When every adult had a title as Mr., Mrs., Miss., Sir, or Ma'am.
31. When you got your windshield cleaned, oil and air checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, for free, every time.
32. When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate
that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
If you can remember most or all of
these, then you have lived!!!!
If only it could be like this again!!
For those of us old enough to appreciate this. Take a minute and read this...Close your eyes.....And go back in time.... Before the Internet or the
MAC, before semi automatics and crack, before SEGA or Super Nintendo...Way back........
I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk. The Good Humor man, Red light,
green light. The corner store. Hopscotch, butterscotch,
doubledutch, jacks, kickball, dodgeball. Mother May I? Red Rover and
Roly Poly, Hula Hoops. Running through the sprinkler The smell of thesun and licking salty lips....
Wax lips and mustaches An ice cream cone on a warm summer night
chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe butter pecan. A cherry coke
from the fountain at the corner drug store Wait......
Watching Saturday Morning cartoons... short commercials, Fat
Albert, Road Runner, He-Man, The Three Stooges, and Bugs, Or staying up
for Gun Smoke Or back further, listening to Superman on the radio When
around the corner seemed far away, And going downtown seemed like going
A million mosquito bites. Sticky fingers. Cops and Robbers, Cowboys
and Indians, Zorro. Climbing trees, Building igloos out of snow banks
Walking to school, no matter what the weather.
Running till you were out of breath Laughing so hard that your stomach
hurt Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights Spinning around, getting dizzy
and falling down was cause for giggles. Being tired from playing....
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team. War was a
card game. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon. Baseball cards in
the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
I'm not finished just yet...
Eating Kool-aid powder. Remember when... there were two types of
sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers) and the only time you
wore them at school, was for "gym." It wasn't odd to have two or three
"best" friends. When nobody owned a purebred dog. When a quarter was a
decent allowance, and another quarter a miracle. When milk went up one
cent and everyone talked about it for weeks? When you'd reach into a
muddy gutter for a penny. When you got your windshield cleaned, oil
checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And, you
didn't pay for air.
And, you got trading stamps to boot! When laundry detergent had free
glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even had one.
When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
dad would magically "remove"
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to
dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
When girls neither dated
nor kissed until late high school, if then.
When all of your male
teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to
carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed...and did!
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the
fate that awaited a misbehaving 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!
and some of us are still afraid of them!!!
Didn't that feel good.. just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo." Mistakes were
corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!" "Race issue"
about who ran the fastest. Money issues were handled by whoever was the
banker in "Monopoly."
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
It was unbelievable that dodge ball wasn't an Olympic event.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a slingshot. Nobody
was prettier than Mom.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better. Taking drugs meant
orange-flavored chewable aspirin. Ice cream was considered a basic food
group. Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true. Abilities were
discovered because of a "double-dog-dare." Older siblings were the
tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!!
ANOTHER TRIP BACK IN TIME
One evening a boy was talking to his
grandfather about current events.
He asked him what he thought about the
shootings at schools, the computer age,
and just things in general.
His Granddad replied,
Well, let me think a minute.
- I was born before television, penicillin,
polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox,
contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.
- There weren't things like radar,
credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens.
- Man had not invented pantyhose, dishwashers,
clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners,
and he hadn't walked on the moon.
- Your grandma and I got married first --
then lived together.
- Every family had a father and a mother, and
every boy over 14 had a rifle that his dad
taught him how to use and respect.
- Until I was 25, I called every man older than I,
'Sir' -- and after I turned 25, I still called policemen
and every man with a title, 'Sir.'
- In our time, closets were for clothes - not for
'coming out of.'
- Sundays were set aside for going to church as
a family, helping those in need, and just visiting
with family or neighbors.
- We were before gay-rights, computer-dating,
dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
- Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments,
good judgment, and common sense.
- We were taught to know the difference between
right and wrong and to stand up and take
responsibility for our actions.
- Serving your country was a privilege;
living here was a bigger privilege
- We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
- Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along
with your cousins.
- Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors
when the evening breeze started.
- Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the
evenings and weekends -- not condominiums.
- We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric
typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
- We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny,
and the President's speeches on radio.
- I don't ever remember any kid blowing his
brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
- If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan'
on it, it was junk.
- The term 'making out' referred to
how you did on your school exam.
- Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee
were unheard of
- 5 and 10-cent stores where you could
actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
- Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a
streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
- And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your
nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
- You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600,
but who could afford one?
- Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon
- In my day, 'grass' was mowed, 'coke' was a cold drink,
'pot' was something your mother cooked in, and
'rock music' was grandma's lullaby.
- 'Aids' were helpers in the Principal's office, 'chip'
meant a piece of wood, 'hardware' was found in a
hardware store, and 'software' wasn't even a word.
- And we were the last generation that was so dumb
as to think a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us old and confused and
say there is such a generation gap.
Comments from the 50's:
- "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20."
- "Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $5000 will only buy a used one."
- "If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A 17 cents a pack is ridiculous.."
- "Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?"
- "If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."
- "When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage."
- "Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls."
- "I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more.. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying 'damn' in 'Gone With The Wind,' it seems every new movie has either "hell" or "damn"
- "I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it
down in Texas."
- "Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the president."
- "I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.. They are even making electric typewriters now."
- "It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet."
- "It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work."
- "Marriage doesn't mean a thing any more; those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat."
- "I'm just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business."
- "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress."
- "The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on."
- "There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $10 a night to stay in a hotel."
- "No one can afford to be sick any more; $30 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood."
- "If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it."
How Did We
We licked the beaters and didn't have anyone telling us we were going to become
deathly ill from eating batter with raw eggs in it!
At Easter time, we had our dyed Easter eggs in a nest on the counter and they
sat out at room temperature for the week after Easter. We would peel one
whenever we felt like it. I Can't Believe We Made It!"
If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's. Looking back, it's hard
to believe that we have lived as long as we have... As children, we would ride
in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead- based paint. We had no
childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, cabinets, and when we rode our
bikes, we had no helmets. Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors... We would
spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill,
only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times
we learned to solve the problem.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back
when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell
We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut, broke
bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They
were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?
We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never
overweight ... we were always outside playing games, we shared grape soda with
four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at all, 99
channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones,
Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ....instead, we had friends. We went
outside and found them.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the
bell and just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking
a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the home without a guardian. How did we do
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were
told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live
inside us forever.
Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held
back to repeat the same grade...Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They
actually sided with the law, imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the best risk- takers, problem solvers and
inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal
with it all. And you're one of them.
Fender Skirts and Other Antiquated Words
What the heck is a fender skirt? I came across this phrase
in a book yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS". A term I haven't heard in a long time and
thinking about "fender skirts" started me thinking about other words that
quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice.
Like "curb feelers" and "steering knobs". Since I'd been thinking of cars, my
mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find
some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you...
Remember "Continental kits"? They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire
covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
When did we quit calling them "emergency brakes"? At some point "parking
brake" became the proper term. But I miss the hint of drama that went with
I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the
accelerator the "foot feed".
Didn't you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could
ride the "running board" up to the house?
Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore -
"store-bought". Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But
once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag
"Coast to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now
means almost nothing. Now we take the term "world wide" for granted.
On a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in our homes.
In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow,
wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting
with hardwood floors. Go figure. And when did Go Figure arrive in our language?
When's the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way"? It's hard
to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once considered a little too graphic, a
little too clinical for use in polite company. So we had all that talk about
stork visits and "being in a family way" or simply "expecting".
Apparently "brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day
and my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just "bra" now "Unmentionables"
probably wouldn't be understood at all.
I always loved going to the "picture show", but I considered "movie" an
Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure-'60s word I came
across the other day - "rat fink". Ooh, what a nasty put-down!
Here's a word I miss - "percolator". That was just a fun word to say.
And what was it replaced with? "Coffee maker". How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame
you for this.
I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and
now sound so retro. Words like "DynaFlow" and "Electrolux".
Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!"
Food for thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago? Nobody
complains of that anymore. Maybe that's what castor oil cured, because I never
hear mothers threatening kids with castor oil anymore.
Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one
that grieves me most "supper". Now everybody says "dinner". Save a great word.
Invite someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.
OH!!!!!! Those were the days!!!!!!!! Sent in by Rene' Brinks-Brown
Close your eyes...And go back...
....Before the Internet or PC or the MAC......
....Before semi-automatics and crack....
....Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari...
....Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail....
I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk
Red light, Green light
Red Rover....Red Rover..... Playing kickball & Dodgeball until the
Streetlight came on
Ring around the Rosie
Duck....Duck.....GOOSE!!! YOU'RE IT!!
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to
come home - no pagers or cell phones ......
Mother May I?
Seeing shapes in the clouds
Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open
The sound of crickets
Running through the sprinkler
Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom
Cracker jacks with the same thing
Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend
...but wait.....there's more....
Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons ........
Fat Albert, Road Runner, Tom&Jerry, Heckle& Jeckle, Pink Panther,
Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges,
Tarzan, Shirley Temple OR WONDERAMA!!)
Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos
Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky
Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumpin' down the steps
Jumpin' on the bed
A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH
Runnin' till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from PLAYING
WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes
Your first crush
Your first kiss (the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or hangman" in the
classroom, remember that?
Oh, I'm not finished yet....
Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
So was a swig from the hose
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance;
and another quarter a MIRACLE
When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him to
carry groceries...And nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the
fate that awaited you 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! And some of us are
still afraid of em!
Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember
Well, let's keep going!!
Let's go back to the time when...
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly"
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Nobody was prettier than Mom.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better.
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at
the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare" .
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!