Twenty-one Photos Baby Boomers Will Recognize Immediately.

This is a product of the “Archive Project.” It was simply too good to not share.

  1. Gas was very cheap.
  2. Just one hula hoop wasn’t enough.
  3. Cars were colorful.
  4. We got dressed up for birthday parties, and sometimes ponies showed up. Toy guns made great gifts.
  5. A&P was a top brand.
  6. So was Ben Franklin.
  7. Ice cold soft drinks in small glass bottles were amazing.
  8. Grandmas let us do everything when we visited.
  9. Seat belts were options, and car seats were like couches.
  10. There was only one TV, everyone watched the same show, and it was in black and white.
  11. Dances were special … especially lady’s choices.
  12. Freezers had to be defrosted … and ice cubes took planning.
  13. Notes were written and passed.
  14. We played in the streets. 
  15. A pull-behind xylophone was a special toy.
  16. There were “car hops,” some on roller skates, but no drive throughs.
  17. Skates got “locked” with a key.
  18. The drive-in was the place to be. Sometimes, friends came along in the trunk.
  19. Sunday drives were a thing.
  20. Playgrounds were very different.
  21. TVs had sign off messages. Test patterns helped to sharpen images by adjusting antennas.

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Double Dog Dare

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 ,
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It took 3 minutes for the TV to warm up, 
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Nobody owned a purebred dog,
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When a quarter was a decent allowance,
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You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
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Your Mom wore nylons that came in 2 pieces.
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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,

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Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box,
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It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant 
with your parents,
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They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did it!
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When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber 
or watch submarine races, and people went steady.

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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,
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Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, 
‘That cloud looks like a…’ 
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Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game,
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Stuff from the store came without safety caps and  hermetic seals because 
no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger,
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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,
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…as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula  Hoops, and visits to the 
pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. 
 
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Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and  say, ‘Yeah, I remember  that’?

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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. 
 
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How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Candy cigarettes
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Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water  inside.
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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.
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Newsreels before the movie.
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Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601).  Party lines.
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Peashooters. 
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Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.
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78 RPM records!
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Green Stamps.
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Mimeograph paper.
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The Fort Apache Play Set. 
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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,
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Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening,image034

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best  Friends,’ 
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Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot,
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Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures,
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‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense ,
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Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles,

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The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a  team,
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War was a card game,
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Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a  motorcycle,
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Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin,
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Water balloons were the ultimate weapon,
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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 Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!

The Pledge of Allegiance

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Remembering Mr. Softee

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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.

 sheetmusicthumb  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.

Great memories!!!

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A Baby Boomer Reflection – April 30, 1975

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.

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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.

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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.

Memories

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A photomontage (created from many images sent by friends) of some great views of our past. Lots of automotive shots, some from Christmas, advertisements, a few of Elvis and many more. In short … lots of memories that I hope you find pleasant. Please share them with your friends.

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It used to be only AM radio

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Have you listened to “the Cuz” on Sirius/XM yet? He’s still on the radio …

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In the sixties, AM radio was the rage; FM radio was still limited in both the number of stations that were available and the distance that an FM radio signal could travel. The best rock ’n’ roll music was played by a few great AM radio stations that rural baby boomers couldn’t hear until the evening because of reception issues, including interference from the aurora borealis. If you lived on the east coast, there were a number of power radio stations, and at night baby boomers could listen to programs from WABC in New York City, WBZ in Boston, WKBW in Buffalo, New York, and WIBG in Philadelphia.

Certain disc jockeys, also known as “DJs” or “deejays” became larger than life, almost pop-culture stars. Along with Alan Freed, the disc jockey from Cleveland who is widely credited with coining the term “rock ’n’ roll,” there were two New York City guys, “Murray the K” Kaufman and “Cousin Brucie” Morrow (who would later become a staple of satellite radio); “Wolfman” Jack, who broadcast on the West Coast from a pirate radio station in Mexico; Casey Kasem and “The Real” Don Steele, from Los Angeles; Dick Biondi, from Chicago; and Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsberg, from the Boston area. The “Wolfman” was prominently featured in American Graffiti.

These DJs were responsible for creating hit records and hit performers by repeatedly playing their music on their respective stations. And then, the industry was hit by a scandal, and a new word was created, payola, a contraction of the words “pay” and “Victrola” (LP record player). The aforementioned Alan Freed was indicted for accepting $2,500 which he claimed was a token of gratitude and did not affect airplay. Freed paid a small fine and he was released. Unfortunately, his career faltered, and he drank himself to death in 1965.