You know your're 50 something if you remember...
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Here's a few of mine:
There were only 3 tv channels, and the national anthem played at midnight when they went off the air.
Your first Babie doll did not have bendable legs.
You know what a slide rule is.
You know about "old math" and "new math".
You know who Dick, Jane, Sally, and Puff are.
Your skirts were measured in school.
You know all the words to "Hotel California" (I know all the words, but have no idea what they mean)
Yes, you inhaled.
And when you got to college, slide rules were allowed in tests, but those new-fangled pocket calculators were considered cheating.
I just heard an announcer on NPR mention that the 40th anniversary of Woodstock is coming up in a few weeks.
You learned to ride a bike without a helmet.
You paid 47 cents for a three-course meal.
and if you grew up, as I did, in the DC metro area, you might remember Captain Tug and Countdown Carnival.
"If you really want a perm get a 'Toni' more curls, more swing, more bounce. (bomp, bomp)"
You know who Topo Gigio is
. . .Ipana toothpaste and Bucky Beaver.
. . .no one having a color television.
. . .that your parents thought it was perfectly alright for the neighbors to yell at you if you did something wrong and your parents were not there.
You know who Zachery, and the Jelly Beaner were (not at all associated with each other).
You used Ipana toothpaste (and remember the name of its mascot).
*ETA: Okay, so Lisa is TRUELY a 50-somethinger (or is that 50-somethingite?)
You remember having milk delivered to the back door.
You remember the Fuller Brush man coming around twice a year to sell brushes.
You remember the first time you saw a color TV.
You remember Mom hanging clothes outside on the clothes line and then having to iron everything. And on rainy days she pulled out the wooden rack to dry things.
You remember listening to AM radio. No one listened to FM radio.
You remember the local department store sending boxes of clothes to the house for you to try on at home, keeping the ones you wanted and sending the rest back. The bill came in the mail.
Aluminum Christmas tree (now available at antique stores at an astronomical price!)
shopping at Woolworth's or Ben Franklin....downtown...what the heck is a MALL??
In college, watching Iranian students protest "Down with the Shah!" on campus
If you remember when Saturday night meant The Lawrence Welk Show & Gunsmoke. (My dad's favorite Dynamic Duo.)
I also remember watching (with my grandfather) Walter Cronkite's 20th Century and Ted Mack while I waited for Disney's Wonderful World of Color on Sunday!
You're also over 50 (and from the east coast) if you ever heard "OH honey that's too far and very expensive" when the only thing you wanted out of life was to go to Disneyland!
Milk deliveries that came with little toy plastic cows showing the different breeds.
Aluminum Christmas trees with color-wheels to shine four different colors on them since it wasn't safe to put regular lights on the metal trees.
Christmas tree lights that got so hot you didn't dare touch them.
Embroidery floss (I learned early) at 10 cents a skein.
Beany and Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent
Watching the clerk at Penney's put the money in a brass tube, and watching it zoom away in a tube up to the ceiling.
Miss Frances and Ding Dong School
2- and 3-digit phone numbers
Wonder Bread builds strong bodies twelve ways
On Goldwater: In your heart.... you know he's right OR (and this was my family) In your guts.... you know he's nuts.
You were finally allowed to wear pants to school when ladies' pantsuits became popular. A few years later you wore hot pants to the homecoming dance.
I should be in the 70-somethings, and, within 2 years, in the 80-somethings.
We didn't have any house numbers until I was about 8. Not sure about zip codes. Does anyone remember whether we had zip codes?
My mother yelled at the Fuller Brush salesman while she was trying to quit smoking and he never came back. She felt bad about that.
Bonomo Turkish Taffy -- My brothers and I loved smacking it on the table and breaking it up into little pieces much to my Mom's chagrin.
Flipping baseball cards (do they still do that any more) -- we used to play colors
Here is a real classic, I remember the reissue of this show in the 1960's (originally it came out in the 1950's): Winky Dink--the first interactive TV show cartoon -- My mom used to hate how I destroyed the TV screen with crayons...B-)
Strangely, now that the Police Commissioner looks young.....
Beechnut gum, fruit flavors and stripes.
I remember when the Hershey bar got smaller--for the same price, grr. (I wonder how big the original was?)
And, "everyone loves a Slinky!"
Yipes, Stripes, with Fruit Stripes Gum.
Yipes,Stripes, five different flavors.
Get Beechnut Fruit Stripe Gum.
Our phone # was OSborne 9-1835.
They changed our street address when we got the zip code. It confused us kids for a while.
In Los Angeles we had channels 2,4,5,7,9,11,13 and 34 - KMEX Mexico.
...and maybe you remember the expansion in 1961, when Cal Griffith moved the Senators to Minnesota and we got a truly putrid expansion team in Washington. The Mets were lovably bad and eventually became wonderful. The Senators just sucked till they left for Arlington (Texas, that is). Can you name the other two new teams?
And how about only six hockey teams? The entire NHL was Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston, Montreal and Toronto.
Can't remember the whole phone number, but it started with PE6.
And we had PENNY candy at the corner store. That is another thing--we had corner stores within a couple of blocks in any direction.
I love being 50 something!
I can remember a 50 year-old phone number, but can't remember to go out and read the electric meter.
Lunch was a quarter: 15 cents for a basket of fries. 5 cents for a can of coke and 5 cents for 2 donuts.
I didn't have Barbie's brother/sister, but I did have Skpper, and Francie (weren't they cousins or something?)
Mystery Date, Mousetrap, Beatle Dolls, Magic 8 Ball
Like "Thing" on the Munsters.
Hank (a TV show)
A time when cigarettes were "good for your health".
One of the first (dozen?) McDonald's opened up in our town when I was maybe 6 years old. Dad could treat a family of 7 (at the time) to a hamburger, fries and a shake (each) for about $5.
Our phone # was SW(arthmore)7-3858 until we moved to a town about 12 miles away. Then it was DA(vis)7-4120.
We had a "Thing" bank too. It's probably still sitting in the corner of the bar in the den at my mother's den.
We paid 5 cents for milk, 25 cents a week every Wednesday for the next week.
We also had a Bank of America savings plan - you could bring your passbook and money to school on Tuesday. It was returned to you sans money, passbook stamped with your new amount, on Fridays. I usually deposited 25 or 50 cents.
I remember getting my first pair of jeans when I was 11. Dad wouldn't let me wear them to the movie theater. Had to wear a dress.
How about allowances? I was uptown - got 50 cents a week in the early 60s. Of course there was a lot of work required for that money, but I didn't think twice about it. I'd spend 25 cents and save 25 cents.
I remember my sister and I wheedling a dime from my grandmother so we could buy a comic book, then standing in front of the rack in shock because the prices had gone up to 12 cents. We had to go back and convince her to give us a quarter, which was a whole other level of wheedling.
When my dad found out Grandma had never been to McDonalds, he took her along with us by telling her, "Let's get you in on the second million."
Yeah -- I was wondering when someone would mention Saddle Shoes -- I loved my clunky saddle shoes!
A few years ago, his sister gave him a "down memory lane" Christmas gift. A box full of stuff like a miniature Radio Flyer, one of those Qiana silky disco shirts with the big picture wrapped around the side and back, the full set of the old Batman series - on "circles" (as they're called in our house), a rubber band gun, and a bunch of stuff I can't even remember.
I remember the two-cent milk tickets. I convinced my parents to let me have two a day, and I got one chocolate and one white and mixed them.
I remember flipping baseball cards at recess. I was also a bus patrol and had a cool white canvas belt that went around my waist and over one shoulder.
Speaking of buses, I remember when the nuns (or, more likely, the monsignor) became racially enlightened and we had to stop calling the bus drivers by their first names. They sent home a letter that explained that Leroy was Mr. Rich, etc. Lots of confusion but I think it eventually reached some people.
Finally, you know you're fifty-something if you remember your sister having an insane crush on Davy Jones.
Also 2-cent milk; chocolate was 5 cents, and they usually ran out.
>25 justjim:- As to whether some of us are "80-somethings" - well, there were lots of things around in the '50s that weren't *new* then, but still in use. (Like my best spatula - formerly my grandmother's - recently saw one like it at an antique show, but it turns eggs just fine...)
I also remember reading books that were my mom's when she was a child in the 1920s - they were still around grandmother's house.
you think of Roger Moore as the guy who played Ivanhoe (http://images.google.nl/images?q=roger+moore+ivanhoe&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mo...)
A horse is a horse, of course, of course
And no one can talk to a horse, of course
Unless, of course, the name of the horse
Is the famous Mr. Ed!
***goes back to work***
The Schwinn bikes with banana seats - the 'U' shaped handlebars were called butterfly handlebars. And I rode mine till the neck broke and I was nearly impaled...
For those growing up in western New York: WKBW Rocketship 7?
Swimming pools with diving boards? Actually, the thirtie-somethings may remember those...
We had a party line, Butler 2696 (Butler being a Loyalist soldier - western New York was part of the British Empire until 1796)
I vividly remember the first year of Saturday Night Live - or as they had to introduce, "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night' and the pseudo-muppets, including the mighty Pavag.
Midnight Concerts - with Melissa Manchester!
You remember test patterns on TV when the station was shut down for the night.
Was only aired a couple of years in the mid-60's. I can still hear the opening music...Oh my!
going to the drive-in movie and playing up front on the playground until the movie started... then putting a blanket on the warm car hood so my brother and I could lie there and watch the first feature (we usually fell asleep by the second movie)
For me, I would say you know you're 50-something when you remember to live fully right now because you are wise enough to be unimpressed by minor aches, pains, and imperfections and to have stopped waiting for ships to come in, white knights to ride up, spouses to shape up, sacrifice-free diet and exercise plans, or that ‘round toit of popular myth.
(And they call those the "good old days"?)
And we didn't have water back then. If we wanted a drink, we'd have to smash together Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms by hand. I remember beta testing dirt... ah yeah, the good old days...
I think you guys have covered most of the last 50 years, but I have my memories too...
#12. Do you remember the Ipana theme song? I am singing it to myself as I type ("Brusha, brusha, brusha, with the new Ipana...")
#53. Sister, nothing. I had my own crush on Davy Jones.
#68. And we popped popcorn at home and put it in a large brown paper grocery bag and took it to the drive-in with us.
Remember when Paul was dead?
Carol Burnett and Ken Berry on TV in "Once Upon A Mattress." She was a much better Winifred in that one than she was Queen Agravaine on the updated version from a few years ago.
And how excited I would get when my aunt would be on TV on St. Louis Hop (a local American Bandstand).
Soupy Sales--is he still alive?
"The whole world is watching." "The revolution will not be televised."
Oh, and "I buried Paul."
Pixie, when I was about 8
Pageboy, when I was 10
Long, straight hair parted in the middle, like Susan Dey
Shag, like Carol Brady
Wedge, like Dorothy Hamill
You watched the first series of Dr Who and it was really frightening.
You can still do arithmetic on £sd and you remember when we went decimal.
You had a pair of klackers and your parents didn't ban them for being dangerous.
You could cycle over to your friend's house five miles away and stay all day without anyone being worried about you.
The joy of tights after the terrible lisle stockings you had to wear at school.
Rolling your uniform skirt over at the waistband so you could have the right length and roll it down again quickly when the games mistress measured them all at the beginning of term.
Ironing your hair.
Dreaming of getting to be in the audience on Top of the Pops.
On Slinkys: I remember my nephew (now age 50) asking, when he received a Slinky as a gift (at age--whatever age you receive Slinkies, anyway in the 1950s-- "Do REAL Slinkies walk downstairs?"
Pretty logical: he knew it was a toy and if there is a toy form of something there must be a real form, too
#83 ironing your hair--oh, yes. And rolling your hair using orange juice cans....
And they played the national anthem before they shut down
Except on Labor Day weekend, when Jerry Lewis telethoned thru the night -- it was exciting to think that if you woke up in the night and turned on the tv ... there'd be people on!
Ours was a sailing ship with metallic silver sails. My wifes family had a leopard standing majestically on a log.
T.V. sets with tubes! Now you are really dating yourself.
Daily serials on the Mickey Mouse Club? like Spin and Marty? (With Kevin Corcoran as Moochie)
Buster Brown shoes (Hi I'm Buster brown. I live in a shoe. This is my dog Tyge. He lives in there too.)
What's My Line ... sponsored by Stopette deoderant
Your Hit Parade on Saturday nights (TV show killed by rock and roll - Snooky Lanson and Dorothy Collins trying desparately to sing "Hound Dog.")
Actually there where TV tube (I think the English call them valves) test stands in the hardware stores up until about the early 70's. I had a small black and white RCA set (bought in late 60's) while in first year college (1974) that I was forever changing tubes...what a different world...B-)
Here is a thought maybe this is another topic (or perhaps it has been done before), but when you were growing up way back then, what did you think the world would be like in 2009?
I forgot about the TV sets with tubes! My dear departed grandmother loved to tell the story about finding me at the age of four headed toward the television with screwdriver in hand to "fix the tubes". Apparently I had seen my grandfather do just that!
I think it was Stride Rite or Red Cross shoes that had the x-ray machines. My mother got my first pair of walking shoes in them.
How could I forget "Wrong way Moochie and his lucky little league socks. The ones that stood up like a pair of casts. :)
8 singles stacked on the Dansette (hoping that they would all play)
Shopping at the Co-op and having to remember Mums number
My favorite bread's Heidi
I hope it's yours too
It tastes so delicious
And it's so good for you
And that reminded me of:
On top of spaghetti
All covered with cheese
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed
It rolled from the table
And onto the floor
And then my poor meatball
Rolled right out the door.
There was a lot more, but that's all I can remember. What? Controlled substances? Recreational chemicals? Not me.
Seems to me that we got pretty crazy without the recreational chemicals...Read some of this stuff out loud. Our kids would put us away...
"And that's the way it is."
Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom"
Tinkerbell started the disney hour every Sunday night.
"How would you like a nice Hawaiian punch?!"
"You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent." (Pepsident?)
the first Polaroid (black and white film) instant camera that looked like a small accordian
Thanks for the memory-jog, everybody in messages 1-110!
There's a link to the commercial at the Wikipedia site. That commercial had me hooked. I received the camera for Christmas the year it came out (1965) and carried it to every slumber party after that.
The commercial features a pre-Love Story Ali McGraw, and is sung by, possibly, Barry Manilow.
I think it (Cocoa Marsh...that's the right name) came in strawberry flavor too...it was a national product right?
Did you or any one else ever enjoy the plastic submarines (I think they used to come in cereal boxes) that used to dive in your bathtub with baking soda. They may have had plastic frog men too.
Yep remember them over here in the UK, I suppose the 'elf 'n' Safety would prevent them being re-introduced these days. Also remember Jetex rockets and 'planes.
Also going the The Boys And Girls Exhibition in Olympia and buying a Cat's Whisker radio, but I could never get it to work, and a pantograph drawing machine.
When you remember Tom Terrific and the Mighty Manfred.
When Hostess Cupcakes/Twinkies/Snoballs came in a package of two and cost .13¢, or two packages for .25¢.
I'm not sure how old you were (I guess the oldest you could be would be 6...if I did my math right), but do you have any remembrances of Disneyland in 1955. The only thing that could be comparable for me was the 1964 NY World's Fair. I was 8 years old for that.
Oh I have very good memories of it. Riding throught the mines with Snow white and the 7 dwarfs and getting the Sh--! scared out of me by the wicked witch. Loved the flight to the moon and tom sawyers island. And getting to meet the real Mickey Mouse!!!! Any way I was five at the time.
Just as an aside Many years later when We took our kids to Disneyworld I wouldn't go on Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs I sent my wife. (I know I'm a scardy cat) Oh the truamas of childhood, :0).
Also enjoyed the NY Worlds Fair. must have been there 10 or 12 times, between my family, school, scouts, church and just going with my friends for the day.
We loved Disneyland. We went there a couple of times a year. Remember all the A-ride tickets floating around the house 'cuz everybody liked the E-ride tickets? I think the A-ride tickets were 10 cents each.
We had some cousins who lived in Anaheim - where Disneyland is - and if we were over there for dinner we could stand in their front yard and see the fireworks.
My mother didn't have a steam iron - she sprinkled all the clothes with water from a glass bottle that had a sprinkle head on it and put them in a bag. She ironed in the kitchen, with the bag of clothes on a chair, the pressed clothes hanging on hangers hung on the door frame.
I only had one Barbie too - still have her. The clothes were gorgeous - satins, silks, lace, tiny buttons, beautiful hems. Nothing like the swill they sell now. Velcro. Give me a break. The wedding dress was $5 - a huge amount then.
I remember that $5 Barbie wedding dress -- an amazing amount of little-kid money back then.
other random "50 something thoughts"
you think of Kent State as an event rather than a place
cigarette commercials on tv ("Winston tastes good like a cigarette should.")...also candy cigarettes
On #58: How old do you "know you are" if you think of NOT Roger Moore but ROBERT TAYLOR (1953?) as the guy who played Ivanhoe?
Old enough to know better, but young enough no to care. :o)
I think all of us raised in small towns in that era had the same childhood! Actually, I'm an Army brat and grew up all over the place, but we visited my parents' home town in southeast Missouri a lot and eventually we ended up there when dad retired from the army in 1975. Army bases are essentially small towns too... :)
hey, any other "brats" out there?
Navy brat here. in 12 different schools by the 7th grade, when my father retired in 1962.
In those days Seattle's baseball team was the Seattle Rainiers, a triple A team & they played @ Sick's Rainier Stadium. It was a big treat to go to the games. There were, of course, no major league teams on the west coast in those days!
On Saturday nites a few years later the TV was mine from 8 to 9 pm cuz i always watched 'Saturday nite w/Mr. C' also known as 'The Perry Como Show'! My brother would leave the room & i had the living room to myself along w/the TV. 8^)
Sing to me.
A song that I've been waiting to hear.
Just for me, Mr. C.,
Just for me.
And everybody else will disappear....
My Mom was a railroad brat - my grandparents moved every year, and, at least once, twice in a year, going from one station-master's job to another.
When my grandparents built their 'new' smoke-house, it turned out to be almost as big as their house. So, it became a storage building, too, Ever after, when Grandma brought a sewing project in to work on, it smelled like a smoked ham.
For Christmas, Grandpa always brought home bags of oranges, mixed nuts, and those big wavey hard candies that are too big to put in your mouth. The men would sit around cracking nuts and chatting; someone would get up every now and again and go out to the woodpile and bring another log for the woodstove. The women would be busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and the kids would be told to 'go play'. My family believed in sleeping with frost on their noses, so they kept the bedroom doors shut against the heat from the woodstove. But when we were playing back there, we kept trying to sneak the door open so we could warm up. But were never quiet enough with our play to get the benefit of it for very long.
When I was eight and my sister was ten, we were deemed old enough to walk the half-mile to the bus stop and take the bus to the Marquette theater on 63rd and Kedzie Ave. by ourselves. I think the bus was a dime for kids, and the movies were maybe fifty cents. We didn't usually go to the Colony on 59th and Kedzie by ourselves, because it would have meant paying for a transfer and changing buses for the last four blocks. However, when the family went to the Colony, we would always stop for ice cream bars at the Dove Candies store next door to the theater. Yeah, *that* Dove Candies, the original where they'd hand-dip the ice cream bars in their own chocolate, right in front of you when you ordered.
When I was ten and my sister was twelve, Mom got a part-time job because my sister and I were old enough to stay home alone with our two-year-old sister. If we had any problems (I remember getting locked out at least once), we had plenty of neighbors who would help us out.
I often rode my bike to the Jewel store on 82nd and Kedzie for my mom, because the grocery stores closed at six pm, before dad got home with the car. Once the stores started staying open later, you still couldn't buy meat after 6 pm. Union rules said a butcher had to be on duty or you couldn't sell meat, not even what was already packaged in the meat case. At six pm, the butchers covered the meat case with big sheets of paper and went home.
Hi -fi's having a 78 rpm setting, reel to reel tape recorder and the good guys always had the white hat..
We also have 78s, LPs, cassettes, and CDs, Beta, VHS, LaserDiscs, DVD, and now BlueRay DVD. We also have all the equipment to play them, although most of it's not hooked up and hiding in the back room.
I had a Sears record player that had a cylinder that fit over the spindle so that you could put a bunch of 45s on it and let them all play. God that thing was ugly. Orange and yellow with flowers.....
Somewhere along the way my 45s got lost, which makes me sad. Especially Pretty Ballerina by Left Banke. And, of course, lots of Beatles 45s.
Back to Captain Kangaroo:
Bunny Rabbit and the falling ping-pong balls,
Good books being read and watching the illustrations: Robert McCloskey, Millions of Cats (which was a great way to get me to go to the library and start my bibliophilia!)
Tom Terrific w/ Mighty Manfred "The Wonder Dog" (and his song: "I'm Mighty Manfred (umph) the Wonder Dog in tango style). Also the villains: Isotope Feeny and Crabby Appleton (rotten to the core)
Then the thinking person's TV cartoon show:
Rocky and Bullwinkle (with William Conrad as narrator and Edward Everett Horton doing Fractured Fairy Tales). My parents watched to hear the puns at the end of the Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes.
And finally, for today, the thinking person's newspaper comic: Pogo (always with "Deck us all with Boston Charlie" at Xmas) w/ Albert, Madame Hepzibah, Howland Owl, Churchy la Femme, Gundroon, Deacon (with Gothic Lettering), Beauregard Bugleboy, Simple J. Malarky. Watch the changing name on the sidde of the swamp boat.
As Bob Hope always said: Thanks for the Memories.
Tooter the turtle
"Help me Mr. Wizard !!!!"
"Drizzle, drazzle, dradle, drone
Time for this one to come home".
Telephones were on party lines.
Your telephone number began with a word and the first two letters represented the first two numbers.
You reember Gunga Din, Sky King, the Lone Ranger and Freddie Freihofer.
It would seem that the 'powers that be' back in the 50s thought young women would faint & swoon were they to run the length of a basketball court.
So, the team members were confined to one half of the court-some on each half-& of course only those at the end where their team's goal was would be able to score while the ones on the other half were supposed to gain posession of the ball & pass it to those on the other side of the great divide!
Sound vaguely Victorian to you? It did to me then as well as now. 8^)
Following on from my last thoughts about the Boys and Girls Exhibition in 121, using Red Rover bus tickets or even Twin Rover bus and tube tickets.
The Corona lorry coming round and taking the old empty bottles out to him and getting new full bottles.
The sea-food van coming round and getting pints or half-pints of cockles, winkles etc. Then getting a safety pin off Mum to open the winkle and pull out the meat.
When I was a lass, girls who attended the Chicago public high schools were not allowed to participate in extramural sports, only intramural. Apparently, playing against students who attended other schools, although fine for young men, would have been too stressful or undignified for the young ladies.
As I recall, we played some sort of strange variation on basketball called captain's ball, which required a member of each team (the "captain"?) to stand on a fixed spot. The ball could not progress to the net without being passed through the captain's hands. At least, I think it was something like that; having never seen it played before or since, the details are all a little vague to me now.
1. "Today we will learn 3 new words in Turkish: taffee, towel, border... May I see your passport, please?"
2. "My blood would not make a suitable copy, so I acquired an electric typewriter."
3. "--My son, do you have a gun?
-------No father, I don't.
-------Here! Have one of mine!"
(from "Waiting for the Electrician")
The dollar sign had two lines through it.
"Did you or any one else ever enjoy the plastic submarines (I think they used to come in cereal boxes) that used to dive in your bathtub with baking soda."
The Beatles arrived in the US on the day my baby brother was born and we didn't have to go to school - Feb 7, 1964.
My mom had an Ironrite contraption that she did the bulk ironing with. Clothes were usually hung outside.
50 lb sack of potatoes was $3.
There was a theater up in Antioch where we would all go. They gave away stuff. Saw 'The 13 Ghosts' there. Spent most of the movie on the floor screaming. No cassette players until a teenager.
I would pour over the catalogs, count my quarters, and wait anxiously for the orders to arrive.
Separate item - we had an incinerator in the back yard when I was very young and had just moved to a new subdivision (1955). They took it away sometime soon after, certainly by the time I was 5 or so. Big cement thing to burn trash in. Of course, all those incinerators contributed to LA's smog problem.
#173 hdzookeeper I remember the first time I saw a color TV - it was at Vicky Murdock's house and I saw the NBC peacock. I was in 3rd grade, so that would make it 1961 or so. We didn't get one until 1968.
edited to include all my Scholastic books.
I remember the first time I ever saw color TV...1965 at a cub scout (this was big in the 1950's and 1960's) meeting at our Den Mother's house...It was a an old Popeye cartoon. It blew me away, unfortunately we didn't get one in our house until the early 1970's.
I didn't have a similar mind blowing experience until I used an electronic calculator for the first time in 1973 and then surfed the Internet for the first time in 1995.
I had short white go-go boots, all the girls wore them just like Hullaballo TV dancers.
Fox's U-Bet -- chocolate syrup and the only one to use to make an egg cream.
Roger Moore on TV as The Saint
77 Sunset Strip -- Kooky, lend me your comb.
Miss Revlon doll--I never had a Barbie, this must have been the competition. It was somewhat larger than Barbie, too.
Oh yes, I remember The Matterhorn and "E" tickets. I was in college by the time I got to Disneyland and rode it four times straight. It was amazing. Years later, as an adult (uh, yeah, I guess I finally grew up...) I went on the updated version--Space Mountain. Took one ride and staggered off clutching my stomach.
E.G. Marshall in The Defenders. I think this may have started my Law and Order addiction!
Push-button driving. You just pressed the P, R, N, D or L and were off!
Traffic lights that stood on the corner on a pole.
Mail boxes on a pole! And on every other block, at least!
Banging the side of the TV to get better reception, putting foil or a hanger on the rabbit ears...
Picking one TV station for the night so you wouldn't have to keep getting up to change the channel.
So it goes....
Lee and I bought our first color tv set in 1972. Stayed up late to watch a black-and-white movie, just so we could see the color commercials!
My parents bought their first color TV in 1972, three years after I moved away. I don't think I owned one until the 1980s. It still occasionally surprises me to see an old movie or TV show in color today that I only remember in black and white.
Getting an add-on or a new set for UHF channels.
My mother's "stories," her soap operas, came on around noon-time. Some were half an hour, but most were 15 minutes long, the same as the nightly news.
steam trains being the usual rather than the special event
The fantastic Sgt Pepper's album sleeve
in Australia: changing to decimal currency in 1966
#185 I have a VHS copy of Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, with Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon--beats the heck out of the Brandy version. And don't forget Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. I still watch all those Christmas shows every year.
> 179 I love it! I think I was the "remote" for our family TV for a while.
>182 PhaedraB: I loved that theme song from Secret Agent, too! But for watching, we were partial to The Man from UNCLE. And Get Smart -- that was my mom's favorite! (My mom loved to laugh.)
>185 theexiledlibrarian: I remember The Wizard of Oz airing every year (and, yes, the first year we saw it in color was especially memorable). Another one I remember was The Princess and the Pea, they aired that yearly for a while.
(BTW, does anyone else have the touchstones go haywire when you go in and edit a message? I wound up removing one because it shifted to a wrong book, and refused to be corrected.)
My dad once pointed out that you could always tell when Emma Peel was going to be in a fight by watching for when she was wearing pants, usually those skin-tight jump suits.
Mom went back to teaching when I was in 7th grade, but before that she was really hooked on her stories. I remember her always saying that the people on the soaps would lead happier lives if they didn't drink so many cocktails. "They all have bars in their living rooms. It's ridiculous." But of course she didn't stop watching until she went back to work.
I had to leave the room when Mrs. Gulch turned into the wicked witch during the tornado!
I can remember smelling the orange blossoms while driving to Disneyland when I was a kid - it's when there really were orange groves in Orange County California.
One day, her oldest comes to her and says, "It's my birthday tomorrow, right?"
"Why, yes, it is."
"Is my birthday a holiday?"
"Well, I guess it is a kind of holiday, yes."
"Good. I'm going to watch Wizard of Oz tomorrow."
> 195, 196 I loved Dark Shadows! Not only watched it, but read many of the Dark Shadows novels . . . couldn't tell you which ones, though. (Hmm, I'd forgotten those books . . .)
Come to think of it,, there was a very disappointing movie of the 1940s -- possibly because it DIDN'T scare me. (DIdn't make much of any other impression, either.) It was "The Flying Serpent".
But I wasn't aware of wantng to be scared. Just expected it to be fascinating, and it wasn't.
Curioously, oneof the most disappointing movies of my adult viewing was "Cobra". (Seen in the 1980s, whatever decade it was from.) I don't seem to do well with reptilian themes.
Petrol pumps 7 feet tall, where the attendant (very occasionally this kid when he got lucky) swung a handle and first one, then the other, 1-gallon glass measure would fill and empty into the car, until the preset amount had been delivered ...
"No Place to Hide" (a truly awful sf series) on Springbok Radio ...
Top 40 on LM radio (aside: I see someone in Durban has made that into a musical-of-sorts; it was on in Durban in the last couple of weeks) ...
Decimal Dan, the Rand-cent man of 1961 ...
and in South Africa, TV was considered sinful until we got it in 1976.
Also free milk was withdrawn from all schools in the U.K. by Mrs Thatcher.... she was known as."Thatcher the milk snatcher"
I remember the 1812 Overture and the long cannons exploding with cereal.
How about the ads where doctors recommended their favorite cigarettes?
I can remember not being allowed to stay up for The Twilight Zone and forcing myself to go to sleep when I heard the theme music.
I grew up in the Virgin Islands and in the early 60s the only station came on at 3:00 pm and went off at 11:00 pm. One of the most important links I had to the whole 70s scene was Casey Kasem and American Top 40 every Sunday afternoon. I missed most of the Beatles and Elvis era. The radio stations there played Calypso and Motown music (loved the Temptations and the Supremes). The only color TV I enjoyed was when we visited my grandparents in Florida in the summer. W.D.'s Wonderful World of Color
Rumor has it Johnny Depp has signed on to be Barnabas.....
and Quentin was the man. Nicholas Blare, the warlock, remember him? Not too shabby either.
My scariest movie as a child was Old Yeller. For months after I saw it I thought our dog was getting rabies every time he barked.
# 180--Re Scholastic Books: I still have my childhood copy of No Children, No Pets. I was enthralled by the idea of living in a motel. Two other favorite Scholastics I still have are Castaways in Lilliput and The Road to Agra. I was so disappointed when none of these books appealed to my kids.
How about the "Man from Uncle." One of my first crushes, the other was Spock from the original Star Trek.
My first Barbie doll--burned by my neighbor because I made her too anatomically realistic in the bust area with a magic marker. And I was so thrilled that a girl doll had a bust! Especially with the popularity of Twiggy and mini skirts on long skinny gals.
Dodgeball as the best playground game.
The deaths of the Kennedy Brothers. Your mom telling you about the Gracchi.
One of the best lines EVER in an NCIS episode was when one of the female characters (I forget if it was Kate or Abby) asked Gibbs what Ducky (McCallum's character) looked like when he was young, and Gibbs answered, with a perfectly deadpan delivery, "Illya Kuryakin". :-D
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show
The Wacky Racers
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Beany & Cecil
The Flinstones with the little green Martian, The Great Gazoo
My Favorite Martian
The Andy Griffith Show
The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
The Flying Nun
Leave It To Beaver
The Wonderful World of Disney
The Beverly Hillbillies
Creature Featue with Count Gore De Vol
Sir Graves Ghastly
The Banana Splits Show
The Mod Squad
The Partridge Family
The Brady Bunch
This Is Tom Jones
The Red Skelton Show
I too remember watching The Man From U.N.C.L.E.; Get Smart, The Avengers, The Saint, The Prisoner, coming home from school to watch Dark Shadows, watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. In fact my family used to watch The Ed Sullivan Show every Sunday night.
Sounds like you were on the losing side of the VHS/BetaMax war.
I'm not sure if you could even find any Beta replacement parts on E-Bay. It's possible but since I don't have that worry I never bothered to double- check and see whether or not you can find Beta replacement parts on E-Bay you can find just about anything on E-Bay if you look hard enough.
But then, you don't know the future.
I still have and use on occasion my Sony Walkman from the 1980's.
In college, about 1978, the journalism school (U of Missouri) got "VDTs" (Video Display Terminals) on which the j-students wrote their stories for the newspaper. My j-student roommates thought they were awesome, and they were state of the art...no typewriters! As far as I know, all they did was word processing; I think they still had to print a hard copy to physically take to the editor.
At the same time, in the School of Library and Information Science, I was taking Cataloging, and still making author, title, subject cards. We had no technology whatsoever...I think we may have gone to the university library on a field trip to LOOK at the OCLC terminal, but we didn't actually get to use it. People may sigh longingly for an old fashioned card catalog, but if you ever had to TYPE those blasted cards, you wouldn't be so nostalgic! I'm not a real techie person--can barely use my cell phone, and don't get FaceBook, etc.--but I LOVE the fact that I can catalog books instantly, using someone else's work (original cataloging is time consuming, maddening, painstaking work, for which I have no patience).
Professors talked about a new technology that would soon replace VHS: laser discs, which were about 10" in diameter. lol, whatever happened to those? I used one once, while student teaching a science class in 1997! I couldn't believe that a school was still using it!
At the time we only had one photcoopy machine an old looking grayish-gray Xerox Copier that had a foot pedal on the floor and a huge hump in the glass platen plus a little ledge on the side so that you could press down real hard on all of the old over sized journal like New England Journal of Medicine and the PDR's too. And if you wanted to copy something on both sides of the paper after the front side was printed you had to put it back in the paper tray upside down otherwise the second page would always come out looking weird with the first page looking normal and the second page being upside down. I can tell you this from personal experience.
And my frist introduction to using a computer was a Wang. Does anyone here also remember Wang computers? When I graduated from HIgh School way back in 1977 they were still teaching Typewriting courses. My Sophmore year in High School I learned on the old manual style typewriter with the silver handle to return the page and then a bell would "ding" when it got to the end of the other side.
It wasn't until my Junior year in High that we actually got ot use the Selectric II & III models to type on.
You listened to music on LPs, or Spool tapes if you were keeping up with the Joneses
You tried to be flower people
"You TRIED to be flower people"
I never tried. I was 34 in 1965, but I wondered:
Didnʻt anyone SUCCEED?
There was one electric typewriter in the classroom. We occasionally got to use it.
When I got a job at Micom in 1981 as a programmer and had an HP terminal, I still pounded the keys from habit and got the nickname Turbohacker. This was, of course, before hacker became pejorative. Two of my friends still call me Turbohacker.
I also still pound the keys pretty hard.
"We're doing our Christmas shopping at Robert Hall this year..."
"Morris B. Sachs aaannnd Company!"
My paternal grandfather courted my grandmother when she was nanny to Morris B. Sach's kids back at the beginning of the 20th century.
I remember visiting the Fair Store in downtown Chicago during the holiday season more than fifty years ago. One floor (4th? 7th?) had kiddie rides. It was our favorite store for visits to Santa.
Sometimes we'd go downtown on the day after Thanksgiving, not to shop, but to see the Christmas windows and decorations, which didn't go up until Thanksgiving (boy, that dates me right there!)
You can tell I'm in retail, when Christmas hits my brain in October--sheesh :-)
It was a big deal. I was always sorry my sons missed it.
edited to add the Magnins stores
We used to enjoy going to downtown Denver to see the annual Christmas decorations. At that time the Salvation Army's bell ringers, with their "kettles" for collecting donations, all dressed like Santa, so there was a Santa on every corner plus a "Santa" in each department store...made it difficult for my folks to sustain the myths about "Santa Claus"!
As far as Robert Hall goes, I lived all over the country growing up and there was a Store almost every place we lived. They were all set up the same way too.
The Addams Famly Theme song
The Monkees Theme song
Scooby-Doo Where Are You? Theme song
The Brady Bunch Theme song
The Flintstones Theme song
Gilligan's Island Theme song
Josie and the Pussy Cats Theme song
The Partridge Family Theme song
Daniel Boone Theme song
Davy Crockett Theme song
Rawhide Theme song
Have Gun Will Travel Theme song
Howdy Doody Theme song
The Mickey Mouse Club Theme song
We've come a long way, baby
Winston tastes good like a cigarette should.
Come to where the flavor is, come to Marlboro Country.
These are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.
Od course there's also all of the commecials for Airlines too.
British Airways- The World's Favourite Airline
Fly the Friendly skies of United
I also seem to remember tv ads in the ealry 70s with women dressed up in Stewardess uniforms and say- Hi, I'm Debbie or I'm ( insert name here) Fly me in a very sexy voice
Your are right! and the "Greatest Generation" made, bought, watched and were proud of their TVs. They wanted what was promised them at the 1938-39 Worlds Fair, then after depressions and 2 wars and the fear that the world would blow it's self up, they retreated to their living rooms in track houses and watched the world as they imagined and wanted it to be.
So we as 50 somethings look back with a childs nostoligic eye to a A 'simpler' time Before Sputnick, ICBMs, and watching, in those same living rooms, wars fought on those same tvs. So we as 50 somethings now retreat back to our books, to find a world we imagine and want to escape to.
We did have Armed Forces Radio, which played a lot of the old radio shows from the '30s and '40s, so I know a lot more about them than most people my age do.
I was 33 when the mass was changed to the vernaculars. So now, a U.S. mass has to be in English (or Spanish?) A mass in Tonga has to be in Tongan or English. I suppose a mass In Ireland could be in Irish or English.
I did attend a Latin (!) mass in 1977, some 13 years after the change, at the Uniate Catholic cathedral in Athens, Greece, of all places. Since the Latin had never been the regular language for Greek Catholics, I suppose the Church authorities didnʻt feel threatened by it as a seeming return to the "old" way. Ironically the change TO Latin in Western christian countries, occurred whenn latin was still a spoken language, so it was a change TO their vernacular (as opposed to the Greek of that time) -- in principle the same as the change to the vernaculars in 1964.
I remember that!
That was God's phone number. Right? :)
Eskom Speari 2-2-0
It used to be said of a Boston judge that "his telephone number is 1-0-1-5". -- He was addicted to giving, for relatively small offences, sentences of "10 to 15 years".
Glad to make you laugh.
Can't take credit for it though. It's from Sister Margret Mary's Conformation class 195*.
Pastel Leisure Suits
Illegally imported copies of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" in Britain in 1963, but not supposed to be published in the U.S. until after Plath's mother died.
One of the things I love about being 50: really, almost nothing embarrasses me anymore.
Yes! "The Eagle has landed"
And the response? "You've got a bunch of guys down here about to turn blue"
I'm not a 'Skins fan and I found it impossible to resist to say the Eagles have landed. Of course I remember watching the Moon landing of Apollo 13 on July 20, 1969 on Live tv at the time and The Eagle has landed is referring to them landing on the Moon. The Moon landing was such a great moment in human history and made you feel Proud to know that humans actually landed on walked on another Planet even though there is a video out that says the Moon landing was actually a fake and done in an Hollywood Movie Set and staged because the American flag is flapping in the wind and there is no wind on the Moon and there are a lot of people out there who agree with this theory.
The video also points out a lot of other mistakes as well not just the flag waving on the Moon. Though I don't personally agree with them I do however feel the Government has covered up the 1947 Roswell Alien Space Ship with the dead Alien bodies and has lied to generations of Americans and people around the world saying it was only a silver test Weather Ballon with Craash Test Dummies. I guess that was the best Cover Story they could come up with in a very short period of time since it had already been stated there had been an Alien Space Ship had Crash landed in Roswell. We have also probably been lied to about the assassination of JFK in Dallas in November 1963 as well.
Things sounded funny!
If you ever watch the footage, you'll know why, too! Thanks to my amazing web designer, you can link to it here: http://megclayton.com/brett.shtml
Did anyone else have a "milk chute" when they were a kid? I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and we had a compartment in the kitchen of our house that the milkman could open from outside and deposit the milk bottles(!) in. We opened the compartment from inside the house and put them in the refrigerator.
When I was older, I also hitchhiked back and forth across the country in those innocent days. It was a great way to see the country and meet people.
".....the past few YEARS..."
And your doctor is no way old enough to have finished medical school.
In the 1970s an archivist showed us a picture of a Honolulu block, and said, This block is really old!; it was built in 1953!" --About like saying, if it was now, that it was built in 1987.
Iʻm not a coin collector, but I do have a couple of "old(?)" pennies; canʻt read the date on them, but they are the kind where the verso says "ONE CENT" in the center, and has 2 sheaves of wheat at the sides. (The contemporary has ONE CENT at the bottom, and a building, rather than the wheat.) But Iʻm not sure just when the change of that earlier format was made.
The building on the tail of the current penny is the Lincoln Memorial.
Thanks for the dating and description of the Wheat penny. Hmm, a mere 51 years old, a little more recent than I thought.
No milk chute, but I grew up in Ann Arbor, too, at least in one sense. I was quite young when I arrived at college there, considerably older when I left after law school. :-)
>ACK! No! I'm 11 years older than the Lincoln Memorial penny!
I am so laughing at this!
I had to replace what I took using my allowance.
I've done the same for my daughter since, although I don't work at a bank and there aren't as many juicy finds as when I was looking in the early 60s.
Hang 10 shirts
Huge bells on the bellbottoms
Romeo and Juliet w/Olivia Hussey
Wearing a guy's I.D. bracelet to go steady
"Born to be Wild" playing on the speakers at the country club as you were jumping off the high dive
Walking EVERYWHERE (and love it!)
Jack in the Box (TOY)
My mother's Lark record player and I loved the little "disc" you put on the middle prong if you wanted to play a 45 and you had to slide the little switch to either 33, 45 or 78
Pork chop sideburns
57 Chevys (all my bf's had 'em!)
Sky King, Lassie, Dr. Kildare, Father Knows Best, Ozzie and Harriet, Wild Kingdom, Dark Shadows, Superman, Sing Along with Mitch, American Bandstand, and so many more!
I remember lots of commercials; Lark, Camel, PalMal cigarettes. Breck shampoo, Gillette razors, CocaCola, etc.
The ice cream truck and the mosquito truck were always exciting in our neighborhood :)
Vaccum cleaner salesmen and Encyclopedia Britannica, World Book, salesmen.
Babysitting for .50 an hour; working at Dairy Queen for .75 an hour.
Central vaccum cleaner
Those fat yarn things to tie your hair up in pigtails or a ponytail.
Penny loafers and as mentioned, saddle shoes. Clogs, peace necklaces, maxi and mini skirts.
Female teachers wearing cat eye glasses and long skirts or dresses. And HOSE
LOL! You did that, too?
OLDER than 2 of her grandchildren. I think by the time of death at 92, she had at least 2 GREAT-GREAT grandhcildren; no one, in her obituaries tried to count the number of her grandchildren and great-grand children, though the
number was considerably less than those of many
nonagenarians in Hawaiʻi.
The Lawrence Welk Show
outside latrine--until I was 13 years old
pegging the legs of your pants (jeans--girls)
To Kill A Mockingbird was "unbanned" in our school. I had to read it to find out why it was banned in the first place!
White go-go boots (These boots are made for walking!)
Come on baby, let's do the twist
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Diary of Anne Frank
I last heard of it during the Clinton administration. A pundit* said that the fourth woman who confronted the president with an allegation about their past could be taken seriously -- unlike the first three, because those 3 were: a "lounge singer", a "flouncy big hair", and a "moony intern". whereas the fourth was more a "soccer Mom".
*Quite a well known commentator but I've forgotten who it w as., and also forgotten the name of the fourth prospective plaintiff.
-Midge--Barbie's best friend!
-Schwinn bikes! (the best with fat tires, heavy fenders and built in lights)
-Flexible flyer wooden sleds with steel runners (the kind outlawed as being too dangerous on today's sledding hills)
-books! Always books--started getting the Black Stallion books one Christmas when I was in 2nd grade
--my Dad made a pink wooden doll cupboard; it's still upstairs in my DD's room and will probably last to hand down to her granddaughter if she ever has one.
I remember helping my brother build a robot (with a motor) from his new Erector set--and a race car track he got. (I was the stand in when none of his friends were around to race with him)
What did you get?
Anyone remember Rat-Fink rings?
Columbia Playboy bikes?
Ranger Andy.....out of Hartford......See if you can tell me, oh what a state I'm in!!!!
Dick Tracy comic books......especially the series with the bleach-blonde female alien (can't remember her name......drats!!!)......she defined my ideal of female beauty!!!!
The Good-Humor Man?
The Munster Movie?
Hurst stick shifts?
Winston tastes good....like a cigarette should?????
Esso....put a tiger in your tank?
The 1968 Blackout?
344 I remember about half the things in that list. There was an Esso gas station at the main intersection of my home town. I think at one time they actually gave out tiger toys.
Anyone remember Sinclair (I think) gasoline? I seem to remember something about a dinosaur or some such creature as a mascot. I quite vaguely remember a little inflatable dinosaur toy that I think came from that company, but I'm not sure. I must have been very young.
There. I feel better.
Henry Aaron passing Babe Ruth
Michigan State - Notre Dame: 10-10 tie
A 24 hour sports channel? That will NEVER work.
Cigarette commercials on TV
I remember # 1,3, 5, and 7. On the 10-10 tie, I didnʻt folow
MIdwestern football that closely, though Iʻve seen a couple of
very close televised (not ties) Ohio State vs. Michigan games.
The cig. commercial I most remember is Old Goldʻs ad to the effect that Old Gold is "a TREAT not a treatMENT".-riduculing other brands which almost claimed that their brand had so little nicotine that it
was almost good for you.
I remember the projected multi-channel scenario of many topics, but donʻt specifically remember that "Sports: 24 Hrs." would "never happen". I remember an episode based on an attempt to fool a suspect into thinking that he had been put under cryogenesis and had come back to life 15 years in the future. In r eality they had only put him to sleep for about 48 hours. He was trying to retrieve some hidden loot, and they wanted to make him believe that all money had been taken out of circulation years ago; they only used "credits" now, so anything he retrieved would be worthless. One of their ploys was to have him wake up in a hospital bed beside a TV that could get about 50 channels; (they had rigged one up that would seem to, but the ordinary current TVs could get 9 or 10 at the most.)
It was a "Mission Impossible" episode. I always wanted to, but never did see the movie. (1990s?). Reviews said it was pretty "impossible" to follow the plot of it.
Of sports events memories, does anyone remember in what year was the very publicized 63 that Johnny Miller made in golf? (Today a 63, almost unheard of then, would be still pretty good, but probably only mentioned in passing.) Might have been the mid-1970s.
Alice, Jerry and their dog, Jip...basal readers
The Bobbsey Twins
The Book Mobile
Ice Cream socials at church, where the men cranked the old wooden ice cream makers
Flippo the clown, a central Ohio TV host--hosted movies, on Sat. night (late) it was Chiller Theatre!
Heaven Scent perfume
Lemon Up shampoo
Trivia question: ZIP is the acronym for ___________.
Iʻm Dickens, heʻs Fenster TV sitcom*
The New Breed was before the era when police procedurals had become a must. And t N B didnʻt last long.
*not sure the prefix " sit-" had even been invented yet in those days.
Wow, Ranger Andy! The introduction mike would loom over each kid's terrified face. Some would cry, others would freeze with a look that they would vomit at any second!
There was a film short involving Hammy the hamster and maybe a guinea pig (they were never called cavies, back then) or two, sailing in toy boats and enjoying other incredibly boring adventures.
But the clock stopped, never to go again, when the old...man...died.
The show morphed into the Ranger Station.
...and speaking of the Connecticut area, don't get me started with the Hap Richards Show!
And here's another experience I remember. Because it was fascinating and new - watching a few episodes of a new afternoon show called Sesame Street - as a teenager!
I'm a young 50-somethnig. I missed the Jimmy Carter Post Office Draft "registration" by a few days.
Some more TV:
My son only knows the "I Dream of Genie" theme song from the sample in a Fresh Prince rap song. Sigh...
White G- go boots
The Beatles on Ed Sullivan
1969 and you were sent home from school if you were a girl and wore pant, even on the coldest winter days.
Ellen, yep, no pants ever, even if you wore them under your skirt and ran into the bathroom to change as soon as you got to school. If you were caught in pants, you could get suspended. We thought the greaser girls had an unfair advantage because their black stretch pants looked enough like tights that they could get away with them long enough to get into the john to take them off. I remember sitting in classes all day with my knees fire-engine red. It was the first stage of frostbite! But no pants.
No sunglasses in the building, either. Sunglasses meant you were hiding your drug-dilated pupils. If you were caught with them inside, even just walking twenty feet from your locker to the outside door, you were suspended (happened to a friend of mine).
Couldn't wear all black, either. The reasons were a little vague; it meant you were either an anarchist or a fascist, it was never quite clear which. One guy I knew evaded suspension when he showed the teacher that with his black shirt, black pants, black belt, and black shoes he was wearing white socks.
The Teaberry Shuffle... I don't recall the actual dance but remember the commercial. I was surprised and pleased upon discovering that the music was Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, which I was collecting in the 60's. I had ALL of their albums converted to CDs.
Yes, I had to wear snowpants under my skirt! Yuck!!!
That was Quaker puffed RICE...
"Quaker is the cereal that's shiot from guns" (BOOM!)-
"Quaker is the cereal that's shiot from guns" (BOOM!)
"Quaker is the cereal that's shiot from guns" (BOOM!)
"Quaker is the cereal that's shot from guns" (BOOM!)
That particular 1812 overture version was done with real cannon and real church bells (at the very end of the overture.
Kate Remmington plays it on WSHU (91.1 FM) from time to time and always on Independence Day.
Unfortunately, the CD is out of print.
The original Monkees and Batman series on TV
Cut-out 3D zoo animals on the back of Cornflakes packs
When all phone calls were from friends, family or business - no cold calls!
Plastic covers you could attach to the TV screen to give you 'colour TV' (they were a bit like those coloured sun-strips you got in car windscreens. They had green at the bottom, red in the middle and blue at the top (presumably to give the illusion of grass, people (red people) and sky.)
Knocking on neighbours' doors to ask if we could run errands for pocket money
Plaguing the local haberdashery store for stocking boxes (god only knows what we did with them)
I'm not sure if this was a general 60s thing or just one person's weird quirk but one of my abiding memories of the 60s was the neighbour who kept the plastic cover on her 'new' living room suite for two years.
I also remember your 1st 3 items.
On your last one, I've heard of people who have done that
I think by 1969 we could wear slacks under our skirt to get to school, as long as we changed immediately before school started. By 1972 or 1973, we were fighting for the right to wear them to school dances.
And Millie the Model...if I remember correctly, there was always a paper doll of Millie, Chili, and Toni in the back of each issue. My sisters and I spent many hours making our own dresses for them.
Salazar and spittoons and smallpox (vaccination) scars.