Moments Of Our Lives
Jack Kennedy's assassination. Pearl Harbor. Sept. 11. Moments in our lives that live forever. Here are a few of mine.
Fender Skirts, A Blast from the past
I haven't thought about fender skirts in years. When I was a kid, I considered it such a funny term. Made me think of a car in a dress. Thinking about fender skirts started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice.
This Was the Life
Do you remember when...? All the girls had ugly gum uniforms? It took five minutes for the TV to warm up? Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school? Nobody owned a purebred dog?
Wearing that first hat made me feel like an adult for the first time in my life. It told the world that I was now a man of substance, someone not to be trifled with.
Were the 'Good Old Days' Really So Good?
Were things safer, simpler, even sexier back then (based on the theory that less is more)? A humorous look at then and now.
Where Did All Our Front Porches Go?
Every evening you'd find my extended family all out there recalling their days, catching up on the news, greeting and often sharing the evening's desert of rhubarb pie with passing neighbors.
My Father's Brief Affair
It was Jezebel beautiful, sensuous and forbidden, a wanton mistress that threatened the very stability and sanctity of marriage.
My father was a bigoted fool. I had no prejudices whatsoever. A look at why we hate who we hate. And how blind we are when it comes to our own intolerance.
When the Lone Ranger Rode Off in Radioland, What Did You See?
From radio I learned that hard work, discipline and stick-to-itiveness were essential to marital bliss.
The Green Bomb
It wasn't much on looks. It had more miles on it than God. The clutch slipped, the rear shocks didn't work, and inside it smelled like someone died. But that '39 Studebaker was my first car, first love.
The Last Oldsmobile
Many of us lost a dear friend on April 29, 2004, as the final Oldsmobile rolled off the assembly line. The oldest automotive brand name in US history died at age 106. What are your Olds memories? I share some of mine.
My First Date: Girls' Choice
I was not smitten, just embarrassed. Naomi's glass eye glittered, eager for my attention. And as the girl already had well-developed breasts, I had nowhere to look except at our feet or the ceiling...
Remember when a promise was a promise? Today we're bombarded with obfuscations. Lies, we used to call them. We’ve lost something critically important in America, our connection with each other. Time we got it back!
Sayings of the '50s
These statements were quite common during the 1950s. How many of today's sayings will ring as true 50 years from now? How many can you remember today?
Look How Things Have Changed
What a difference 40+ years can make! The following is from a 1950's Home Economics textbook intended for high school girls, teaching them how to prepare for married life. LIKE ARCHIE BUNKER SAID, "THOSE WERE THE DAYS!" BUT THEN, EDITH WASN'T WORKING, WAS SHE?
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