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Memories of Growing Up in the 40's and 50's (and since, even)
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Posted on 01/04/2003 12:12:42 PM PST by Dakotabound

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To: don-o
BTW....I don't know about the rest of ya'll but the morning of September 11th, 2001 and watching those buildings collapse eclipses all other pivotal national events for me by a long shot and I was already 43 at the time.

Kennedy, Watergate, 72 Olympics, Hurricane Camille, Iran hostages, Reagan being shot...etc are all footnotes to the big one so far.
101 posted on 01/04/2003 1:58:51 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: Dakotabound
Born in 1965, 20 years ago, if someone told you someday folks would pay a buck and a half for a pint of water, you would have told em they were crazy, my dad drove a semi truck, the thing was loud as a hurricane and its smoke was coal black and thick, you could get a candybar for 15 cents, you had to stop 3 times for freight trains when going across town, G.C Murphys and Sears were the big
department stores, the speedlimit was 75 on 2 lane highways, most business and shopping was done downtown, no such thing as a stripmall.
102 posted on 01/04/2003 2:00:47 PM PST by Naplm
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To: mountaineer
Down our street it was Don S., a kid everybody couldn't stand...but....his folks had the only neighborhood TV and the access to the Saturday Notre Dame football games...so ol' Dave all of a sudden became everyone's best pal!
103 posted on 01/04/2003 2:01:03 PM PST by JimVT
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To: dalereed
I'd give up computers, calculators, TV, etc., if I could return to the early days of the 40s and 50s.

Me too, the good old days when no one even had to lock a house or a car, there were fewer laws and less crime and low taxes. One salary could support a family then. Kids could be kids, and the only entertainment needed for a kid was an occasional trip to the beach, a ball and jacks, paper dolls, roller skates and a jump rope. A bike was a luxury, as was a trip to the movies to see the Flash Gordon serial.

Remember when you bought a watermelon and the seller would "plug" it for you to see if it was a good one? Remember cranking the ice cream freezer? Remember playing kick the can until dark? Remember playing marbles? Remember playing "statue"? A trip down memory lane back to a good time for kids.

104 posted on 01/04/2003 2:02:08 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: wardaddy
I remember ironing clothes without a steam iron. Yep, my Mom used to sprinkle the dry clothes with water from a coke bottle. You could buy those tops that fit on the bottle especially for sprinkling clothes. Then she would put them in a bag in the refrigerator until I could iron them. Sometimes we had more clothes than food in the frige. LOL
105 posted on 01/04/2003 2:04:12 PM PST by Conservababe
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To: dalereed
I grew up in Glendale, too (born 1947)...remember "Scot's Burgers" at a dime apiece? My little pallies and I would piss 'em off there by going two blocks away and getting Bob's Big Boy to go, then eat them on the outdoor tables at Scot's.

And Damon's steak house!! They're now on Brand versus Central, but still cranking 'em out.

106 posted on 01/04/2003 2:05:13 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: wardaddy
BTW....I don't know about the rest of ya'll but the morning of September 11th, 2001 and watching those buildings collapse eclipses all other pivotal national events for me by a long shot and I was already 43 at the time.

I think that is probably true for all of us. Maybe if Pearl Harbor had been televised live we could have a comparison.

I do vividly remember watching live television on our black and white TV with my father in his study one Sunday morning in 1963. Lee Oswald was shot on live television right in front of me, and I'd never seen a person die (for real) in my whole life.

Obviously, that doesn't compare to what happened on 9/11 but it had a profound impact on me.

107 posted on 01/04/2003 2:05:20 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: tenthirteen
(Born in the '40's) and by jove, I believe you're right! Pre-Kennedy death, we were more innocent. After his death, it seemed like more people scrambled for "security" and the dawn of "PC" was invented.

I remember laying on our stomachs in the living room, listening to all the cool radio shows while eating ice cream.
Victory garden during WWII.
Saving foil for the war effort.
WOODEN milk cases on the porch.
Saturday morning fun club started at 9:00 and lasted till 1:00.
Soap in mouth, learning manners - the hard way, sometimes.
Total respect for elders.
Lying was grounds for serious injury!
Forts, fields, kick the can, marbles, dolls.
No "kid safe" toys. Everything was home made and had straight edges (OH HORRORS!)
No car seats, no seat belts.

My grandmother told me when SHE was a kid, they weren't even allowed to yell OUTSIDE if the house windows were open and the adults inside might be disturbed(!!)


108 posted on 01/04/2003 2:06:58 PM PST by Humidston
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To: rooster1; The Citizen Soldier
Another '47 checking in! I do, however, remember skateboards, but they were all homemade by way of nailing old fashioned roller skates to a plank. We all had 'em and traveled many a mile that way.
109 posted on 01/04/2003 2:07:30 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: wardaddy
more just shock and my dad saying early on that he felt there was a connection between the two.

May indeed have been a connection.

Did your Dad say more about his thoughts on this?

The fact that cerain documents were sealed for, what 50 years, is a splinter in my brain.

110 posted on 01/04/2003 2:08:34 PM PST by don-o
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To: Dakotabound
Born in 51 and remember all this stuff!! A guy down the block worked for RCA and had one of the first color televisions. The whole block went down to his house on New Years to watch the Rose Parade (he still has New Years Day open houses).

The older boys actually let us little girls play with them with NO sexual or other problems!! They gave us rides on their bikes and in their boats (we are on a lake), they let us play touch football, etc. They actually looked out for us.

We never locked our door. On Sundays I wore a frilly dress with white gloves and a hat to church. We had block parties on the lake. All the men on the block got together every Saturday and drank, are you ready, Horlacher Beer.

The Moms I knew stayed home, Dads worked, and people were still able to buy a home and raise a family and send them to college on one salary.

So many memories.
111 posted on 01/04/2003 2:09:28 PM PST by Lynne
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To: Conservababe
I was looking through a copy of The Vermont Country Store catalog the other day. They had one of those sprinkler things you stick in a coke bottle. It made me remember my mom sprinkling the clothes and putting them in the refrigerator too.

112 posted on 01/04/2003 2:10:08 PM PST by muggs
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To: ErnBatavia
I'm a 47, too. I can't help but notice how many of us on this board. But, I guess it should not be surprising, as WWII had ended and the men were coming home.
113 posted on 01/04/2003 2:10:51 PM PST by Conservababe
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To: Ex-Wretch
....I don't remember the shoe-locs, but I do remember you cool guys with your cleats and your cigatettes rolled up in your sleeves.

oh....and the cars then, they were beautiful. I knew all about them then, because there weren't so many models. Ford Galaxies, Chevie Belairs, Bescayne's,Bonneville, Impalais..... my all time favorite though was the 1941 black Cadillac. My husband and I just looked at one last week, it was over $82,000, just beautiful, convertable with red interior.

114 posted on 01/04/2003 2:11:59 PM PST by GrandMoM
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To: Conservababe
Yep....I remember those too.....my mom hated ironing.

My wife...she irons all her cotton stuff....which in today's time means just about all clothes for warm weather doesn't it?
115 posted on 01/04/2003 2:12:13 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: Dakotabound
Dakota:
I was born on June 5 1924 and grew up in the 1930's. We were almost like the "Okies" in the Grapes of Wrath. We ate lots of macroni and cheese, or Macroni and tomatoes. Lots and lots of pinto beans, and one sumer we were so bad off we had to eat Maize. Now that is not something that you wanted to make a steady diet of. Sundays we got pinto beans with ham hocks, that was a real treat. Lots of corn bread, butter milk, and turnips.
I am 78 years old and still remember eating young tumble weeds for greens. I got a lot of whipins, (not that I needed them though) ha ha. and I still grew up with out any kind of a police record. Our first TV was a Hoffman with an amber screen, all the neighbors would come over to watch the KEYTV logo (San Luis Obispo, CA.)as there was no programing yet. My first car was a 1928 Model "T" Ford Touring Sedan, used of course. I taught my wife how to drive it, (big mistake, she still drives and it drives me crazy.) However, in my estimation, we are now living in the best of times. I would not even think of going back to those days. I love living TODAY and make the most of every day.
The very best to you and yours.

Semper Fi
Tommie

116 posted on 01/04/2003 2:14:11 PM PST by Texican
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To: Dog Gone
I remember Oswald being shot as well. My uncle lived in Dallas off Harry Hines (that also says something of how times change) and I remember never looking at that Hospital or the Book Depository the same again.
117 posted on 01/04/2003 2:14:22 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: Willie Green
LOL! Deal.
118 posted on 01/04/2003 2:14:33 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: wardaddy
Wild Kingdom

Complete with squeaky voiced Marlin Perkins "for Mutual of Omaha"


119 posted on 01/04/2003 2:15:35 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: ErnBatavia
When Bobs was a few stools and a takeout counter it used to be one of the nightly stops to street race in the early & mid 50s. Also the Mutt and Jeff bike cops, Marinelli and Smith who used to try and catch me doing something wrong when I crossed the line every afternoon. I grew up in the Los Feliz Silverlake area and went to Marshall High in L.A. but moved to Glendale in 66 and still have the home in the hills above Mountain.
120 posted on 01/04/2003 2:17:12 PM PST by dalereed
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To: muggs
My word, I would have never dreamed they still make the sprinklers.

I remember my first hair dryer in the early sixties. I thought I had died and gone to heaven, I tell you. It had a long hose and a big plastic bonnet. Before the dryer, I had to wash my hair on Saturday, roll it, and wait all day for it to dry. Back then, before hair dryers, if a girl told a guy that she couldn't go out with him because she had to wash her hair...she was'nt lying. LOL
121 posted on 01/04/2003 2:19:22 PM PST by Conservababe
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To: don-o
Dad had associates killed in that fiasco and to this day to the best of my knowledge, their families have never been given a proper accounting. Some were Guard volunteers from Mississippi and Alabama as I recall and some were flying prop warbirds that they had trained in specifically for the task.

Later in my life, I knew a fair number of Cuban counter-revolutionary folks when I was in Miami and socialized with a few nicely since our politics dovetailed so well. Some of those guys had been imprisoned after the BOP disaster and then went on to fight for us in a proxy army in Africa against Cuban regulars. Very interesting group. One...a fellow named Bartholomew was caught slipping into Cuba in 92 or so and summarily executed.
122 posted on 01/04/2003 2:20:13 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: LiteKeeper
Don't forget the red car line....
123 posted on 01/04/2003 2:20:29 PM PST by OregonRancher
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To: ErnBatavia
Where's Jim?
124 posted on 01/04/2003 2:20:56 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: Dakotabound
For "people like us", these are the good old days. While I have some fond memories of growing up in rural Georgia in the 50's, having people hiss "ni**er" when I got on the bus is not one of them. Give me 2003 any day....
125 posted on 01/04/2003 2:21:34 PM PST by Dr. Luv
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To: Texican
Oh, I don't think most folks want to go back, but it is fun to share memories.
126 posted on 01/04/2003 2:22:36 PM PST by Conservababe
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To: dalereed
Also the Mutt and Jeff bike cops, Marinelli and Smith

The one bike cop I remember was the Baby Huey lookalike, Boggs....he was always after the roadracers up and down Chevy Chase canyon.

127 posted on 01/04/2003 2:22:59 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: ErnBatavia
Where's Jim the alligator wrestler? Marlin would always leave the action stuff to Jim.
128 posted on 01/04/2003 2:24:01 PM PST by Ex-Wretch
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To: Dakotabound
As all memories are a snapshot in time etched on your brain, returning to the simpler life is but an ambition.
129 posted on 01/04/2003 2:24:36 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Conservababe
Oh yeah! Funny.... The other day I was searching for something in my daughter's linen closet and saw my very first hair dryer sitting there!

It was/is blue, with that long tube and that poofy cap that swelled when you turned the motor on! And the exhaust on the side dried your nail polish at the same time.

Remember those round rollers with the plastic sticky stuff that stabbed you in the head? Before that dryer, I slept in those rollers!
130 posted on 01/04/2003 2:24:54 PM PST by Humidston
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To: Conservababe
You ought to check out the catalog. All kinds of things in there that bring back old memories.
http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/prdSell.asp?ProdGroupID=77&DeptID=1316&CatID=1318

My son told me he remembers the good old days when computers were so slow you could read the text as it scrolled by on the computer screen.

131 posted on 01/04/2003 2:28:02 PM PST by muggs
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To: Humidston
LOL, yes I remember those rollers. Once you finally got your head in a comfortable position on the pillow, you did not change it all night.

Did we really go through all that pain for boys?
132 posted on 01/04/2003 2:28:56 PM PST by Conservababe
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To: Willie Green
"Big John and Sparkey"

Theme song.."If you go out in the woods today, you better not go alone. There's something out in the woods today, it's safer to stay at home. For every bear that ever there was, is gathered there for certain, because...today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic"...Tah Dah!

Great thread.

133 posted on 01/04/2003 2:30:35 PM PST by spectre
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To: Conservababe
Yep. And our hair was long. When it started getting dirty, you wore it in a pony tail.... along with that poodle skirt and that PAINFUL waist cincher, LOL!
134 posted on 01/04/2003 2:31:03 PM PST by Humidston
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To: Humidston
Don't forget dinner...
No elbows on the table.
No talking unless spoken to by an adult.
Mother was always served first.
Three of us rotated who would clear and clean, wash, dry and put away the dishes.
Permission to leave the table.
135 posted on 01/04/2003 2:31:40 PM PST by OregonRancher
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To: All
....Howdy Doody, Clarabell, Buffalo Bob oh and....Kukla, Fran and Ollie
136 posted on 01/04/2003 2:32:05 PM PST by GrandMoM
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To: wardaddy; Ex-Wretch
Jim? I think he "outed" himself and moved to San Francisco...
137 posted on 01/04/2003 2:32:40 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: OregonRancher
And the "medicine cabinet" consisted of one bottle of aspirin!
138 posted on 01/04/2003 2:33:03 PM PST by Humidston
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To: Dr. Luv
For "people like us", these are the good old days. While I have some fond memories of growing up in rural Georgia in the 50's, having people hiss "ni**er" when I got on the bus is not one of them. Give me 2003 any day....

Fine. I undestand that. My mama raised me to call y'all "colored people". The N word was never spoken in our home.

We were taught that only the white trash called a colored person that. We got it.

But, surely there must be some memories beyond white folks calling you a name?

Even sad memories are good.

139 posted on 01/04/2003 2:33:37 PM PST by don-o
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To: volchef
"Sauce Americane"



You can buy it in the Caribbean labeled "Salsa Americana"
140 posted on 01/04/2003 2:33:45 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: dalereed
BTW, there was a Mc Donalds in Glendale in the early 50s that served something they called a hamburger that they charged 13 cents for or $1/dozen and they wern't worth half of that!

Isn't that the truth. A friend and I drove across Greater Miami, about 30 miles, to the first McDonalds, circa 1958, to try this hamburger we had heard so much about. I got a burger and a shake. ARRGH

I've eaten many McDoalds burgers since then but never had another milkshake. We were spoiled on real soda fountain food and drinks.

My favorite was the chocolate coke, had to be fountain made though.

My first portable radio used a 'B' battery and was 110 volts. It would last about 6 hrs. if I was lucky, and the batteries were about $3 each. Big money back then.

141 posted on 01/04/2003 2:35:20 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: Ex-Wretch

142 posted on 01/04/2003 2:35:42 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: Dakotabound
Thanks for the memories.

I saw a theater play called "Boomers" in San Diego a few months back. It replayed the era from the fifties to the present through music and talk. It was wonderful and brought tears to my eyes.

God Bless.

143 posted on 01/04/2003 2:35:44 PM PST by slimer
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To: GrandMoM
"....I don't remember the shoe-locs, but I do remember you cool guys with your cleats and your cigatettes rolled up in your sleeves."

heheh! I was a jock (and thought kids smoking was despicable)! Also, remember guys with ducktail haircuts? They were not allowed at my grammar school. Lots of crew-cuts and flat-tops though :)

144 posted on 01/04/2003 2:36:03 PM PST by Ex-Wretch
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To: Dakotabound
Great Post
145 posted on 01/04/2003 2:38:23 PM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Dakotabound
OK -- enough of you 40's kiddies. '31 here.

How about all your books in your own desk at school, and if you were at someone elses desk, you wouldn't even think of peeking in.

Jack Armstrong, Henry Aldrich (couldn't stand the wimp), The Shadow, The Green Hornet. Oh how our imagination was allowed to flourish.

Paper dolls? Anyone remember them? Penny loafers? P-Jackets?

Of course Pearl Harbor meant the start of 'stars' in the windows, and every gold star meant that a serviceman from that family had died.

Howard Johnson was the standard and when MacDonalds came by years later, they were intruders. "Over 10,000 sold!!" So big deal what, I thought!

I have decided, that with all the wonders we have now, the remote, microwave oven, internet, ATMs ----whatever ----the best invention of all is ----Kleenex!! (I'm just getting over the cold of the century, so I am an expert on this!)

And when we left home for college or some sort of higher learning, the most complicated, sophisticated thing we brought with us was a portable radio!

Would I go back? In a second ------- but just to visit. LOL!

146 posted on 01/04/2003 2:39:12 PM PST by Exit148
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To: GrandMoM
Don't forget Garfield Goose and Bozo(or was that just a Chicago thing?)
147 posted on 01/04/2003 2:39:15 PM PST by Ex-Wretch
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To: ErnBatavia
"Jim? I think he "outed" himself and moved to San Francisco..."

Is that a fact? I always thought ole Jim was kinda prissy!

148 posted on 01/04/2003 2:41:35 PM PST by Ex-Wretch
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To: Ex-Wretch
According to John McCain, Bozo is still on the air at the EIB network. heh heh.
149 posted on 01/04/2003 2:42:23 PM PST by eeriegeno
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To: Humidston
Waist cinchers? No, I never wore them. The starched layers of net petticoats under the poodle skirt was torture enough for me.
150 posted on 01/04/2003 2:43:04 PM PST by Conservababe
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