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Galoshes, pedal pushers, Red Rover and skate keys

The Way I See it

April 30, 2017
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A couple of weekends ago, we had our kids over for a cook out and pretty soon the photo albums came out. They laughed at our paisley shirts, bell-bottomed pants and basically our overall appearance. My gosh, did we really wear that stuff??? One thing led to another and questions flew right and left about what it was like to live in the archaic age of no computers, no Internet, no cable TV, etc. "Grandma & Grandpa, how did you survive? What in the world did you do all day," were the questions our granddaughter tossed at us.

Well to be quite honest with her-Deb and I thought growing up in the 50s, 60s & 70s were pretty darn good. Here are a few of our memories. How many do you remember? Do you have any others that we forgot?

Remember the "real" push lawn mowers. No gas, no engine, just arm muscle power!!

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How about those grocery paper sacks, the girls in school made book covers with. Us guys just couldn't get the hang of it.

How about those free cartoon glasses and dish towels that came in laundry detergent boxes.

Mom making lunch of fried bologna or egg sandwiches. Sometimes it was "Spam" as a treat!!!

Do you remember tubing down the crick or river in a "real" inner tube. Yea, the one with the long valve sticking out!!!

How about smoking those bubble bum cigars and the candy cigarettes? We looked so grown up!!

The Chelsea gang loved playing the pin ball machines. Only cost a nickle back then.

And we loved flying those balsa wood airplanes you had to put together. Hours of fun.

As we got a little older and began noticing girls, we had our cologne; Jade East, Hai Karate, British Sterling, English Leather and Old Spice. Am I missing any??

Did you ever make "Jiffy-Pop" popcorn. Watching it rise on the stove in aluminum foil. Excitement galore!!

I remember listening on the AM Transistor radio the very first Cassius Clay / Sonny Liston heavyweight fight. Lots of static.

And comic books were always a good time. Sitting at Swalm's Drug Store. Superman, Batman, The Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt. Wow!!

Of course, Archie's two gorgeous girlfriends, Veronica and Betty. By the way..... which one did YOU like the best? I loved Veronica!!!

Evel Kenevel. Remember his jumps. He was the man!!

And how about that first portable typewriter and record player you got for Christmas.

Boy, did we have the games--Monopoly, Life, Clue and etch-a-sketch, Wooly-Willy, viewfinder and the jack-in-a-box.

I remember buying Deb that yellow Betty Crocker recipe box. Everyone had one. I think we still have ours---somewhere!!

Of course, who could forget Dr. Max and Mombo? Or even Marshal J.

Loved those crazy Jerry Lewis movies and what a treat it was when Mom announced that we were having Swanson's TV dinners for supper.

As Deb and I rattled on and on and on, we became more and more animated and excited about sharing our growing up years.

However, the same wasn't true of our kids and grand kids. Yawns started becoming more widespread, eyes drooping and phrases like, "Gee, is it that late already," became more frequent. To put it mildly, they started it by getting out the old photo albums and asking us what it was like living in the Flintstone era.

So, what did I forget? What do you remember?

Let me know at or call me at 319.327.4640. Love to hear from ya.



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