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Frenchie_2006
04-22-2006, 12:30 AM
I will be 50 years old at 4:29 a.m. on 4/29, a neat coincidence. The reason I'm an Olde Pharte now, though, is that I just received an invitation to join AARP, with an application form and temporary ID card. I guess I'll go for it, but truth be told, only for the discounts - some of AARP's political positions are not in precise alignment with my own, if you know what I mean. Not a problem, though, I'll just do what I do when the GOP does things that make me frown - fire off an email or three and let them know I think they're a bunch of chuckle-headed nincompoops who need to straighten up and fly right :lol:

MStuart
04-22-2006, 12:03 PM
Frenchie:

I got one of those invitations when I retired from the USAF, at age 37 (13 years ago). Their intell was a little off on that one. But now that you're officially "old", you can start talking about "the old days" and how tough it really was back then. You know, back when musical groups actually sang and played instruments, and only baseball catchers wore their hats backward. And how you could change the points and plugs on your car in your own driveway on your day off. Oh yeah, and how life was a living h*ll when you had to actually get up off the couch to turn the channells on the black and white TV. I could go on, but I'd need more Geritol......

Mark

"God, how I hate the 20th century" - George C. Scott as "Patton"

flattop32355
04-23-2006, 09:52 AM
Geritol...hmmmm...I think I remember something about that....If only I could remember....my memory's not been too good lately....it was all so long ago....

Geriatric Mess # 1 and 2 (Pun intended).

MStuart
04-23-2006, 10:06 AM
Bernard:

I remember Geritol advertised on the "Ted Mack Original Amatuer Hour".
Youngsters today wouldn't remember that. Or, that Paul McCartney was with another group before "Wings" and that on "The American Sportsman" they used to actually hunt animals..........

Mark

sbl
04-23-2006, 10:55 AM
Frenchie,

Goldie Hawn at 60 looked really hot on the cover of AARP Magazine recently.

I'm not worried about "E D" yet, just where to to take it does fuction.

flattop32355
04-23-2006, 11:26 AM
Bernard:

I remember Geritol advertised on the "Ted Mack Original Amatuer Hour".
Youngsters today wouldn't remember that. Or, that Paul McCartney was with another group before "Wings" and that on "The American Sportsman" they used to actually hunt animals..........
Mark

I still remember the day we got our first color television, so Mom and Dad could watch "El Cid" in color.

And Dad's '53 Chevy...

tompritchett
04-23-2006, 11:42 PM
Rock & Roll before the British invasion?

jthlmnn
04-27-2006, 09:22 PM
-Seeing Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan's show. (From the waist & up)

-Getting a "Bat Masterson" set for Xmas (Cane, vest, and six shooter. My Brother got the "Have Gun, Will Travel" set-six shooter, derringer and business cards)

-Commercials with "Speedy Alka-seltzer"

-Listening to DJs who actually selected their own music

Sigh

flattop32355
04-29-2006, 08:38 PM
Good heavens, I'm beginning to sound like my Father!

Lee Ragan
05-02-2006, 11:12 AM
I remember hearing on the radio that Buddy Holly was killed in that plane crash. How about remembering the evening news talking about a reenactment @ Gettysberg in 1963! Yep, those were the days alright.
This weekend, I'll be humpin the hills lugging a musket near Santa Fe, New Mexico, but the sad part is that in 2 months, I'll be 59 years old. (I keep telling myself, "You'r getting to old for this s@#% !") :?

MDRebCAv
05-02-2006, 12:46 PM
Frenchie...we share the same birthday! Only I hit the double-nickles at 1:00 am pn 4/29 and I'm already a member of AARP....hey, with the economy the way it is today, I 'll take any discount I can get! Happy Birthday!

MDRebCAv
05-02-2006, 12:52 PM
Oh, yeah...and how about twenty-five cent theater admissions--with two features, a newsreel AND a cartoon--ten-cent McDonald's burgers or the DuMont television network?

tompritchett
05-02-2006, 04:39 PM
Thank you for the reminder about movie ticket discounts. I had forgotten all about those. The older you get the worse your CRS gets.

Frenchie_2006
05-02-2006, 07:51 PM
Give me a minute here, I'm trying to remember what CRS means...

flattop32355
05-03-2006, 09:14 AM
Give me a minute here, I'm trying to remember what CRS means...

Cranial Response Synapses? :?

MStuart
05-03-2006, 09:27 AM
Central Repository of Skills? :cry:

Mark

I knew I never shoulda let my Costa Rican medical license expire

MDRebCAv
05-03-2006, 01:20 PM
It might mean that, but right now I can't remember!!!!!

captdougofky
05-03-2006, 11:19 PM
Got my ol' man card last year, working in Va. got home it along with birthday cards in the mail box. I'm not having anymore b-days, don't need them all I have to do is look in the mirror and think about **** that was only a couple of years ago to be reminded by my wife that it was 5 years ago. They say memory is the first thing to go, I'm sorry what was I saying. Happy Birthday.

Doug
Lyons Battery
Kentucky

tompritchett
05-05-2006, 05:43 AM
Now that you mention it, I can no longer remember what it means either.

tompritchett
05-05-2006, 05:44 AM
Age Barometer
Total the number of these that you remember:

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles
5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Olive - 6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with levers
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulbs
20. Beanie and Cecil
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 You're still young.

If you remembered 6-10 You are getting older.

If you remembered 11-15 Don't tell your age.

If you remembered 16-25 You're older than dirt!.

Mich8th
05-05-2006, 06:50 AM
After reading the last message I think I will not answer, but I knew all the above. Happy belated there Frenchie :lol:

MDRebCAv
05-05-2006, 08:33 AM
Age Barometer
Total the number of these that you remember:

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles
5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Olive - 6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with levers
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulbs
20. Beanie and Cecil
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 You're still young.

If you remembered 6-10 You are getting older.

If you remembered 11-15 Don't tell your age.

If you remembered 16-25 You're older than dirt!.



1. Loved it...would pretend we were chewing tobacco when playing
baseball and spit the juice...still get some from relatives in Georgia from time to time

2. and we would chew the wax bottles afterward

3. I prefered the imitation L&M boxes myself...the brand my parents
smoked (wasn't it wonderful not to worry about PC?)

4. We even had one in our shoemaker's shop (yeah right on Monmunet
Street where Hetty Cary would taunt the Yankee soldiers) that would
dipsense the small bottles for six cents...and the machine took a nickle
and a penny...then you TURNED A CRANK!

5. Like the White Coffe Pot chain?

6. Do you remember when the cream would separate and you had to
shake the bottle to mix it up?

7. Got into more trouble over those than you can imagine...LOL
8. Newsreels, cartoon AND two features!!!!

9. Makes kids jump higher and run faster! (can we get them to make
some brogans?)

10. No crew-cut look right without it!

11. First number I remember is Dickens 2- 7397

12. The kid in the yard across the alley learned to fear my pea-shooter!

13. Hey kids, what time is it...and Bob Keeshan as the original Clarabell.

14. You could still find those into the early '70s

15. Lived only a few doors from a redemption center..it was on the corner
of Montford Ave and Monument Street

16. Mom still has one stored away!

17. Can you say "frostbite?"

18. ...and how all the kids would smell the papers as they passed them
back in school?

19. Oh yes...and how about GE's Blue Dot bulbs?

20. Snorkey...and the one about them going to the moon were my
favorites

21. Would get them at Baer's (sp?) the hardware store was still there at
the corner of Monument and Patterson Park Ave last time I looked!

22. I think I saw some variations at the sutler tents during Cedar Creek!

23. I live neaby the last operating Drive in Theatre (he prefers that
spelling to "theater") Maryland..Bengies. And if anyone saw Cecil B.
DeMented...you can see me in the crowd scenes filmed at the drive
in...No, I actually got paid $150 for two days and catered
Dinners...won't do the CW things for free.

24. Dad had one...wish I had it now...ugly but reliable!

25. And Mom's first electric washer had a hand wringer on it too!

I guess that makes me OLDER than dirt, eh? Those really were good times, weren't they....except for the "Duck and Cover" routines.

MStuart
05-05-2006, 09:31 AM
If you remember seeing any of these television shows (first run), you're old:

I Spy

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Combat!

Gunsmoke

The Red Skelton Show (Tuesdays 8:30, my dad never missed it)

The Jackie Gleason Show

Rowan & Martin's Laugh In

Car 54, Where are you?

What's My Line?

12 O'Clock High

Have Gun Will Travel (Palladin, CW Veteran)

Sky King

Route 66

Dr. Kildare

The Defenders

Naked City

The Fugitive

Captain Kangaroo

Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour

The 20th Century

And that fine US Army PR show - The Big Picture

ANY Mercury, Gemini, or Apollo space launch (who was the voice of Launch Control?, we all wanted to be astronauts back then)

Respectfully submitted - Mark

tompritchett
05-05-2006, 09:49 AM
Perry Mason

Bonanza, especially with Adam still on the show

The Mod Squad

Maverick

The Danny Thomas Show

The Red Skelton Show, my overall favorite comedy show

Yogi Bear, Quickdraw McDraw, Huckleberry Hound, et. al

The **** Van **** Show

Gomer Pyle

I Spy

The Rifleman

The Lone Ranger (Yi Ho Silver)

Fury

Sea Hunt

Sky King

Rin Tin Tin

sbl
05-05-2006, 10:04 AM
Remember them, I used to work in penny candy store that sold these....l

1.Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes

Plus "N*gg*r Babies" candy which we called "chocolate dolls"
Some candies were actually 2-3 for a penny!

I also remember the collision of the Stockholm and the Andrea Doria and playing it with my toy boats.

I "ducked and covered", toasted President Eisenhower wth milk everyday with "Big Brother Bob Emery" on WBZ channel 4 Boston , and my parents had "Beat-nick" friends.

I also watched all the Nick at Night shows on the first run.

sbl
05-05-2006, 02:03 PM
Oh Yes...I remember the Civil War Centennial.

Frenchie_2006
05-05-2006, 03:49 PM
I wish I still had my:

Baseball cards from the gum packs

Man From U.N.C.L.E. briefcase with radio, ID card, pistol, etc.

G.I. Joe and all the stuff

Hundreds of plastic soldiers and all the stuff

Big (1/32 scale?) red plastic Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Märklin model railroad stuff

Aurora HO and Tyco 1/32 scale slot car sets

10 speed Schwinn bike with the banana seat and "apehanger" handlebars

1965 Mustang 4 speed 200 CID 6 cylinder hardtop

and a bunch of other stuff

Mich8th
05-05-2006, 06:11 PM
I had a banana bike but no speeds and also added forks to the front and made it a chopper. How I ever rode the thing is beyond me now, and yes one of the original G.I. Joes also the red P-38 which I adored. If I would have kept them, my wife still has her original Barbies though and will keep them and pass on down to the daughter. And do I ever miss the great candy for a penny, one of my fathers most used phrase was I will give you a penny to go and bye some peanuts which you could get from a vending turn key.

MStuart
05-06-2006, 12:01 PM
Remember the neat prizes in breakfast cereals? Like the Navy frogmen or submarines that used baking soda to dive and surface?

G.I. Joe: I remember I wanted the Action Sailor Navy frogman set, complete with wet-suit, flippers and tanks. But it was $5.00! Where on earth was I going to get THAT kind of money?

Mark

TimKindred
05-06-2006, 06:22 PM
PF Flyers? How about Red Ball Keds? That's what all my friends and I wore.

I also had the GI Joe Mercury capsule, but the neat stuff was my Steve Canyon flight suit, helmet and console fighter plane cockpit. The following year my folks bought me the Steve Canyon pedal-powered jeep. Blue with Air Force insignia. Somewhere I have a pic of me and the jeep heading down the driveway on another saturday afternoon adventure.

Remco also made some nifty weapons, especially the "Monkey Division" rifles, mortar (that actually 'fired' these light-blue plastic mortar rounds) and other stuff.

The best weapon, however, was one my friend Dewey Bowen had.. the Jonny Reb cannon. Fired a black plastic roundshot, and came with a rammer, cannon balls and a felt cap. Some of us had the sears playsets that came with plastic sabres, Sharp's rifles and Remington revolvers that fired the shoot'n shells, powered by greenie stick 'em caps. Those things would cause the PC crowd to keel over with heart failure today, but we loved them.

respects,

toptimlrd
05-06-2006, 10:55 PM
Well, not CW related, but while we're on the subject, a friend of mine sent me this some time ago and I've held on to it:


People over 35 should be dead. Here's why............
>
> According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
> kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even maybe the early 70's probably
> shouldn't have survived.
>
> Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
>
> We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets,
> and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the
> risks we took hitchhiking.)
>
> As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags.
> Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special
>
> treat.
>
> We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
>
> Horrors! We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with
> sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside
>
> playing.
>
> We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one
>
> actually died from this.
>
> We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode
> down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into
>
> the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
>
> We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
>
> back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all
> day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!
>
> We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at
> all,
> no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound,
> personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had
>
> friends! We went outside and found them.
>
> We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We
> fell
> out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no
> lawsuits
> from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.
> Remember accidents?
>
> We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned
> to
> get over it.
>
> We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and
> although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many
> eyes,
> nor did the worms live inside us forever.
>
> We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or
> rang
> the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
>
> Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
> didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
>
> Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and
> were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors! Tests were not
> adjusted for any reason.
>
> Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The idea of a
> parent
> bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided
> with
> the law. Imagine that!
>
> This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
> solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion
> of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and
> responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. And if you're
> one of
> them!
>
> Congratulations!
>

jthlmnn
05-07-2006, 10:50 AM
OK fellow old phartes

"Run a little faster jump a little higher. The kid in the Red Ball Jets" (Keds had a different jingle/slogan)

Other TV shows with CW veterans:
The Rough Riders (Brought to you by Old Gold Spin Filters)
The Rebel (Nick Adams as Johnny Yuma-theme song by Johnny Cash)
F-Troop

Other good Westerns:
Cheyenne, Sugarfoot & another one whose title I forget, all by the same producer, Maverick, Rawhide (Young Clint Eastwood), Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson & Wagon Train (All but the last with nifty theme songs)

Pre-Sesame Street Education:
Ding-Dong School & Romper Room (Challenge to your long-term memory : who remembers how Romper Room ended each day?)

tompritchett
05-07-2006, 12:32 PM
Other good Westerns:
Cheyenne, Sugarfoot & another one whose title I forget, all by the same producer, Maverick, Rawhide (Young Clint Eastwood), Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson & Wagon Train (All but the last with nifty theme songs)
)

And there was The Virginian & Big Valley.

TimKindred
05-07-2006, 02:08 PM
OK fellow old phartes

"Pre-Sesame Street Education:
Ding-Dong School & Romper Room (Challenge to your long-term memory : who remembers how Romper Room ended each day?)

"Romper bomper stomper doo. Tell me tell me tell me true. Did all my friends have fun today? Did all my friends have fun at play?" or something to that effect...

I remember my mother sent in a postcard to have my oldest sister's name mentioned on her birthday, and when Miss Julie read out her name, my sister was on cloud nine.....

Those old westerns also had some pretty cool songs. i especially remember the tune to Sugar Foot...

respects,

toptimlrd
05-07-2006, 04:54 PM
OK fellow old phartes

"Run a little faster jump a little higher. The kid in the Red Ball Jets" (Keds had a different jingle/slogan)

Other TV shows with CW veterans:
The Rough Riders (Brought to you by Old Gold Spin Filters)
The Rebel (Nick Adams as Johnny Yuma-theme song by Johnny Cash)
F-Troop

Other good Westerns:
Cheyenne, Sugarfoot & another one whose title I forget, all by the same producer, Maverick, Rawhide (Young Clint Eastwood), Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson & Wagon Train (All but the last with nifty theme songs)

Pre-Sesame Street Education:
Ding-Dong School & Romper Room (Challenge to your long-term memory : who remembers how Romper Room ended each day?)

Ah I really loved F-Troop. Wish Nick at Nite o someone would syndiacte it, but the PC crowd would probably object to the way the Indians are portrayed; I know my son would get a laugh from it.

Ok now, memory check; complete the following:

"The end of the Civil War was near................."

toptimlrd
05-07-2006, 04:58 PM
"Romper bomper stomper doo. Tell me tell me tell me true. Did all my friends have fun today? Did all my friends have fun at play?" or something to that effect...

I remember my mother sent in a postcard to have my oldest sister's name mentioned on her birthday, and when Miss Julie read out her name, my sister was on cloud nine.....

Those old westerns also had some pretty cool songs. i especially remember the tune to Sugar Foot...

respects,

Don't forget, this was done in front of the "magic mirror" too. Anyone remember the Romper Stompers? Or the Romper Boppers?

MStuart
05-07-2006, 05:21 PM
Ok now, memory check; complete the following:

"The end of the Civil War was near................."

"When quite unexpectedly, a hero emerged" (God, this is so sad!)

Mark

tompritchett
05-07-2006, 07:40 PM
Ah I really loved F-Troop. Wish Nick at Nite o someone would syndiacte it, but the PC crowd would probably object to the way the Indians are portrayed;


What is the difference between the capitalism of the indians in F troop and the modern indians with the casinos?

Frenchie
05-07-2006, 07:44 PM
The end of the Civil War was near
When quite unexpectedly
The hero who sneezed abruptly seized
Retreat and reversed it to victory!

The Medal of Honor pleased and thrilled
His proud little family group,
But while pinning it on
Some blood was spilled
And so it was planned he'd command
F Troop!

Where Indian fights are colorful sights
And nobody gets a lickin'!
Where paleface and redskin
Both turn chicken!

When drilling and fighting get them down
They know their morale improves
As long as they all relax in town
Before they resume (with a bang and a boom)
F Troop!

Completely from memory - now that's sad!

toptimlrd
05-07-2006, 10:43 PM
What is the difference between the capitalism of the indians in F troop and the modern indians with the casinos?

Nothing in my book, but let's face it there are many things that the PC coplains about just to make themselves feel important.

tompritchett
05-08-2006, 09:16 AM
Reminds me of the complaints about Dances w/ Wolves. The complaints were not about the treatment of Sioux but instead centered on the Indians portrayed as Indian scouts for the U.S. Army. The fact that such portrayal was historically accurate did not matter. All that mattered that a tribe of Indians was being portrayed helping the white man against another tribe. D*mn the historical facts, full PC speed ahead.

BobWerner
05-08-2006, 12:13 PM
Guy:
A belated Happy Birthday to you and welcome to the club.
Judging by the posts I've read, I believe it's time for some of us to join together in a collective GAR portrayal. We could all sit around and tell stories about what we remember (or don't) from the Rebellion. It just seems right.
Lately I've been telling my wife that my memory is so sharp I can even recall things that didn't happen. Yep, GAR seems like the way to go for us geezers. Hey, we could even elect Bill Watson our Head Geezer. :-)

Anyway, best regards as you enter your golden years.

tompritchett
05-08-2006, 03:16 PM
And what about us ex-Confederate old farts? Maybe we could reenact one of their reunion reenactments. The circus atmosphere would fit in perfectly at Gettysburg.