Don’t know who created this, but he or she definitely had to be BOOMER!
It took three minutes for the TV to warm up?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?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, dishesor towels hidden inside the box?It was considered a great privilege to be takenout to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did it!When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car….to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steadyNo one ever asked where the car keys were becausethey were always in the car, in the ignition,and the doors were never locked?Lying on your back in the grass with your friendsand 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 capsand hermetic seals because no one had yet triedto 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’tbecause 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.…as well as summers filled with bike rides,Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool,and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say,‘Yeah, I remember that’?I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on. 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.Send this on to someone who can still rememberHowdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.Candy cigarettesWax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.Newsreels before the movie.Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601). Party lines.Peashooters.Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.78 RPM records!Green Stamps.Mimeograph paper.The Fort Apache Play Set.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’?Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot?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, you have Lived!Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their ‘Grown-Up’ Life.
This is a product of the “Archive Project.” It was simply too good to not share.
- Gas was very cheap.
- Just one hula hoop wasn’t enough.
- Cars were colorful.
- We got dressed up for birthday parties, and sometimes ponies showed up. Toy guns made great gifts.
- A&P was a top brand.
- So was Ben Franklin.
- Ice cold soft drinks in small glass bottles were amazing.
- Grandmas let us do everything when we visited.
- Seat belts were options, and car seats were like couches.
- There was only one TV, everyone watched the same show, and it was in black and white.
- Dances were special … especially lady’s choices.
- Freezers had to be defrosted … and ice cubes took planning.
- Notes were written and passed.
- We played in the streets.
- A pull-behind xylophone was a special toy.
- There were “car hops,” some on roller skates, but no drive throughs.
- Skates got “locked” with a key.
- The drive-in was the place to be. Sometimes, friends came along in the trunk.
- Sunday drives were a thing.
- Playgrounds were very different.
- TVs had sign off messages. Test patterns helped to sharpen images by adjusting antennas.
A friend recently forwarded this to me. I cannot give the proper attribution since the original author wasn’t mentioned, but it certainly is worth sharing. Please enjoy it.
How is this For Nostalgia?
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms ,
It took 3 minutes for the TV to warm up,
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 2 pieces.
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 it!
When a 57 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,
…as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the
pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yeah, I remember that’?
I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare
to pass it on. 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.
Send this on to someone who can still remember Howdy Doody and
The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell,
Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
Newsreels before the movie.
Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601). Party lines.
Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.
78 RPM records!
The Fort Apache Play Set.
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,’
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot,
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!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their ‘Grown-Up’ Life…
I have consciously avoided posting anything on this site that might be construed as political. On the other hand, I proudly champion anything that might be considered as patriotic. This post might cross into both topics.
Memorial Day originated after the Civil War to honor all Americans who died while in military service. Traditionally celebrated on the thirtieth of May, it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May, as mandated by the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act,” passed by Congress in 1968. As we move further from the actual purpose of Memorial Day, the holiday has increasingly become considered to be the unofficial start of summer. That’s where this post might become slightly political.
The original pledge was written in 1892 by an individual who hoped it might be used by citizens of any country. It read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Revisions were made in 1923 and 1954 to create the thirty-one word pledge we say today.
We baby boomers started every school day, with our hand over our heart, reciting those words. Almost every one of us was the child of a World War II veteran and likely the grandchild of a World War I veteran as well. We were girl scouts or boy scouts, and our parents impressed on us the importance of those words. Sadly, the same regimen and ritual is no longer a universal practice, especially in today’s classrooms. American patriotism is disappearing an alarming pace.
Having said that, I wanted to provide you with a very short video. I hope you might take the time to sit down with your grandchildren, or at least send this to your children, so that they might sit down with their children to watch and discuss it. The video is a monologue that comedian, Red Skelton, presented at the White House in 1969. Red Skelton remembered how his school principal took the time to explain the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, when Red was a small boy growing up in Vincennes, Indiana.
The actual verbiage is available by clicking here.
Thanks to a friend for sending this to me.
Mister Softee Inc. was founded by two brothers, William and James Conway, in 1956. On St. Patricks day of that year, Bill and Jim took their first truck and gave out green colored ice cream in the neighborhoods of West Philadelphia.By 1958 the company had outgrown the building in Philadelphia and moved to the current location in Runnemede, NJ. It is at this location that Mister Softee transforms plain trucks into Americas’ most recognizable mobile ice cream vendor.
It was born in Philadelphia but is as much a part of New York’s aural landscape as taxi horns, “that heavenly coffee” and “watch the closing doors.”
An annual herald of summer for more than half a century, it is exquisitely Pavlovian, triggering salivation or shrieking — sometimes both at once. It is the textbook embodiment of an earworm: once heard, never forgotten.
It is the Mister Softee jingle, which for generations has sprung from ice cream trucks throughout the metropolitan area and beyond after first springing from the mind of Les Waas, a Philadelphia adman who died on April 19 at 94.
Forty-one years ago, April 30, 1975, Saigon fell to elements of the North Vietnamese Army, and its surrender was announced. The city was quickly renamed Ho Chi Minh City and the Saigon government was completely dissolved at all levels.
United States Marine and Air Force helicopters, flying from offshore aircraft carriers, performed a massive airlift, evacuating more than one thousand American civilians and nearly seven thousand South Vietnamese refugees out of Saigon. As more evacuees landed on the aircraft carriers, more than one hundred American-supplied helicopters were pushed off the decks to make room to accommodate the people.
That same day, two United States Marines were killed in a rocket attack at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhut airport, and they were the last Americans to die in the Vietnam War. The honor, valor and sacrifice of our fighting men and women were not recognized upon their return to America. Only recently have those veterans been welcomed home unlike the shameful way they were treated upon their return in the mid-seventies.
The American Veterans Center has a collection of oral histories, one of which is presented by a Colonel of United States Marines, Anthony Wood, who in March 1975, was assigned to lead a Special Forces Group to develop a plan for the evacuation of Saigon. “Without protection, and working with more than 100 American volunteers, Colonel Wood and his team helped evacuate more than five thousand civilians from the collapsing South Vietnamese capital to the safety of Marine helicopters.”
Follow this link to watch the American Veterans Center’s oral history project about Colonel Anthony Wood and the evacuation of Saigon, and please share it with your family and friends.