The Sunday Funny Papers

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It’s Monday morning. Time to reflect on the past weekend.

So, here’s another memory to share with your friends and families.

Unfortunately, because newspapers are becoming relics, so will the comic strips that were once family traditions in our times, as we enjoyed reading them together, whether we were adults or kids. Those special Sunday comics sections carried other important stuff, like puzzles, cut-and-paste activities, including paper dolls and comic-like advertisements. The funny papers also provided something for future inventor’s to create. For example, Dick Tracy actually had a two-way wrist watch in 1946. Take that, Steve Jobs!  I wonder if Dick Tracy’s creator got any royalties?

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The early funny papers filled entire newspaper strips and were subsequently reduced in size to half-page or strip formats. During World War II, paper shortages reduced their size even more. Typically, during the 1950s, the comic sections were ten to twelve pages long.  Which of the following strips can you remember like it was yesterday?

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In case you are a person who likes to rank things, I found a source that listed the top twenty-five comic strips of all times. The baby boomer years resulted in only five of those, including:

  • # 25 Beetle Baily, created by Mort Walker, from 1950 to present

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  • # 22 B.C., created by Johnny Hart, from 1958 to present

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  • # 18 Dick Tracy, by Chester Gould, from 1931 to present

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  • #   8 Pogo, by Walt Kelly, from 1948 until 1975

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  • #   3 Peanuts, by Charles Schulze, from 1950 until 2000

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And the rest is history.  Please share this with your FaceBook friends.  And watch for Baby Boomer Reflections in May.

The Sunday Funnies

It’s Monday morning. Time to reflect on the past weekend.

So, here’s another memory to share with your friends and families.

Unfortunately, because newspapers are becoming relics, so will the comic strips that were once family traditions in our times, as we enjoyed reading them together, whether we were adults or kids. Those special Sunday comics sections carried other important stuff, like puzzles, cut-and-paste activities, including paper dolls and comic-like advertisements. The funny papers also provided something for future inventor’s to create. For example, Dick Tracy actually had a two-way wrist watch in 1946. Take that, Steve Jobs!  I wonder if Dick Tracy’s creator got any royalties?

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The early funny papers filled entire newspaper strips and were subsequently reduced in size to half-page or strip formats. During World War II, paper shortages reduced their size even more. Typically, during the 1950s, the comic sections were ten to twelve pages long.  Which of the following strips can you remember like it was yesterday?

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In case you are a person who likes to rank things, I found a source that listed the top twenty-five comic strips of all times. The baby boomer years resulted in only five of those, including:

  • # 25 Beetle Baily, created by Mort Walker, from 1950 to present

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  • # 22 B.C., created by Johnny Hart, from 1958 to present

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  • # 18 Dick Tracy, by Chester Gould, from 1931 to present

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  • #   8 Pogo, by Walt Kelly, from 1948 until 1975

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  • #   3 Peanuts, by Charles Schulze, from 1950 until 2000

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And the rest is history.  Please share this with your FaceBook friends.  And watch for Baby Boomer Reflections in May.

How did it get so smart?

There’s certainly a lot of discussion currently in the media about “healthy eating” and school lunch control. That got me thinking about what baby boomers took to lunch when we went to school, but even more about how we took that lunch with us.

Almost all of us had his or her own special lunch bucket. Those lunch buckets certainly had to reflect not only our unique personalities, but also our current hero or heroine. Popeye and Olive Oyl or Roy Rogers and Dale Evans? Some guys, who had outgrown fictional heroes, brought lunch buckets that were miniaturized versions of the ones their fathers carried with them to the factory.

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The lunch bucket’s contents were certainly important, and might have even been healthy.  What we brought along to drink was possibly even more important. Our beverage of choice came in a thermos bottle. Thermos was actually a company, founded in 1904, but it was also the term, used generically, to refer to a drink container that went into the lunch bucket.

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The thermos bottle had a very fragile liner inside it. It didn’t take much for that liner to break. If a kid dropped a thermos on the floor, that bottle was almost always unusable until a new liner could be inserted.

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And that brings me to the subject issue. If your mother put a cold beverage in the thermos bottle, it stayed cold. On the other hand, if your mother put a hot beverage in the thermos bottle, it stayed hot. Cold milk was cold at lunch and hot soup was hot at lunch. Simply stated, how did that thermos bottle know what to do at the right time?