Memories. Double Dog Dare you to add some!!!

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by gapsych, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I don't know if I told the story on this board about reconnecting with a friend I had not seen in 46 years. We grew up together. She found me on facebook, which I think might be the only thing it is good for, at least for me. I had completely forgotten that I had replied and registered to someone's request about a year ago.

    She sent me the following email today, which gave me a smile.

    Subject: Memories

    How's This For Nostalgia?

    All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

    It took five minutes for the TV to warm up?

    Nobody owned a purebred dog?

    When a quarter was a decent allowance?

    You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

    Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

    All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?

    You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

    Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?

    It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

    When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

    No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

    Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '?

    Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?

    Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

    And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.

    as well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

    Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that'?

    I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

    Send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Doody, The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

    How Many Of These Do You Remember?
    Candy cigarettes

    Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

    Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.

    Hamburger shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.

    Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.

    Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

    Newsreels before the movie.

    P.F. Fliers.

    Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Raymond 4-601). Party lines.


    Howdy Dowdy.

    Hi-Fi's & 45 RPM records.

    78 RPM records!

    Green Stamps.

    Mimeograph paper.

    The Fort Apache Play Set.

    Do You Remember a Time When..

    Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?

    Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do Over!'?

    Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening?

    It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?

    The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'cooties'?

    Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot?

    Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?

    'Oly-oly-oxen-free' made perfect sense?

    Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

    The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

    War was a card game?

    Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
    Taking drugs meant orange - flavored chewable aspirin?
    Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

    If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

    Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life . .

    I Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!
  2. Pippi1313

    Pippi1313 New Member

    You can still get PF Flyers.
    My neighbor had on a pair, & informed me they're massively COOL!
    At the PF Flyer website, you can order them by which decade that model came out in.
    I took a look. They ARE massively cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    You remember this stuff? I do. In fact I remember before TV.

    There is a serious error, however. Women teachers did not get there
    hair done every day. Most of them probably couldn't afford to get it
    done every month.

    I also question the double dog dare. Never heard it as a kid. Have never
    seen it in a book or movie except Jean Shepherd's "In God We Trust"
    which became the movie "A Christmas Story."

    I think Jean just made it up. He's gone now, so we can't ask him.

    Remember the slinky, silly putty, malts made w/ real ice cream, crinolines
    and poodle skirts, pop-it beads, white bucks, comic books, travelogs,
    metalic-thread shirts? And rock and roll was new!

    Thanks for the memories.

  4. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Hi, I do remember "double dare you" but not "double dog dare you".

    I remember reading Jean Shepherd's "In God We Trust". I have always liked his writings and my mother, since she was from southern Indiana where I believe he lived. I will have to check if he is still alive. Didn't he have some of his stories in Playboy?

    Hopefully the above is not a false memory.

    As a teacher until five years ago, I certainly could not get my hair done every day. I do remember women who would get their hair done every week and at night wrap toilet paper around their hair to keep it from getting mussed. How sexy.

    The only thing I do not recognize in your post is white bucks. I take it they are shoes.
    Oh how I would love a malt right now and a chocolate soda, the real ones. I don't think Dairy Queen counts?

    Pipi, I had no idea they still make the PF Flyers. I will have to look up the sight.

    I just thought of another one. Bubble gum that came with the comics. Is this still around? My sister and I would flatten them by putting them under the rug in our dining room where the lump it made could not be seen.

    Take care and don't poke your eye out.


  5. Pippi1313

    Pippi1313 New Member

    Don'tcha mean, "don't SHOOT your eye out"? (I heard that in the movie.)

    POKING my eye out, is what grandma always said we'd do if we ran with a stick.
    I pointed out that it's physically inpossible to poke my eye OUT. I could only poke my eye IN.
    In order to poke my eye OUT, I'd have to shove the stick up my nose...

    I can't believe she didn't think that was funny!!!


  6. teacher

    teacher New Member

    it was common. One usually accepted.

    Double dare was pretty strong. One had to thing about accepting.

    Double dog dare was REALLY strong. You didn't do it unless you knew your parents wouldn't find out because if they did, you were dead.

    Thanks for the memories.
  7. lynncats

    lynncats New Member

    if this was mentioned I appologize..... but necco candies and.....oh crud... can't remember the other candy. Thanks for the fun.

  8. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    How about candy buttons - that was an oldie.

    Also along the ssame line I used to go the the candy store and bring a dime and fill that paper bag (those small ones - not the big ones they USED to put your groceries in) full of candy. string licorice and lorts of others that I can;t think of at the moment. If I thought really heard I might be able to think of more things.. It is almost my beddy bye time so can't think.

    Yes, thanks for the memories. Oh someone mentioned Howdy Doody, also Tutti Frutti (that was in the song the Statlers sang. I think that was candy and maybe also a flavor of ice cream for a time.

    We alsp HAD to wear skirts or dresses to school and I forget exaclty when jeans came in but we couldn;t wear them to school. If you wore shorts or jeans you would be gone - even boys in some schools. Maybe some could wear jeans. Gee, I am really showing my age. I was so happy when we were allowed to wear slacks. That was after school I belive.


  9. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Do you mean Necco Wafers that were round and in different flavors. If so, you can actually get them, again. I always loved the chololate one and hate the licorice.

    I had no idea until one day, for some reason, I mentioned Necco Wafers to my sister and she pulled open a drawer full of them. She said, "Tell No One", so I have honored her wish. I have told more than one.

    I think you can get them at Walgreens.

    Disclaimer. I am not employed or have been paid by Walgreens and whatever company makes Necco Wafers.

  10. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Gap, Yes, white bucks are shoes. They were worn by teen idol Pat Boone.
    I had a pair. Felt very cool when I wore them to a dance. (Although most
    of our dances back then were sock hops, so your shoes spent most of
    the evening on the edge of the gym.)

    Kids also wore loafers w/ a penny in the slot. And Hush Puppies (brushed
    suede) were popular. They kinda faded away and then became popular all
    over again in the 1990s.

    The Necco Wafer was invented by Norbert Elmer Carlson, son of a
    Norwegian immigrant. Like many inventions, this one was an accident.
    He was trying to duplicate his mother's recipe for rummegrot (Norskie
    pudding) and got the proportions wrong.

    Necco is an acronym for Norbert Elmer Carlson's COmpany.

    Some other candies of the period were Pez. Came in the plastic dispenser.
    These can now be purchased on E Bay for $500 or some ridiculous price.
    Also charms (square hard candies) and Nut Goodies and De Met's Turtles.
    (I went to school w/ Mary Lou DeMet, the Turtle heiress.) And there was
    a chocolate bar called 7Up. It broke into 7 pieces, each w/ a different filling.

    Jujubes were popular at the movies along w/ Jr. Mints. And w/ Cracker Jacks
    you got a prize.

    The transistor radio showed up in the late 50s. Transistors replaced vacuum
    tubes and were replaced by chips.

  11. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Good, for a bit there I thought you were talking about albino deer.

    One xmas, my sister and I got something that looked like a transistor radio but it had a wire with a clip on the end that you had to attach to something metal. I do remember getting the Transistor radio later on.

    I will pass the info. about Necco Wafers to my sister.

    I need help with a memory here. I remember an ad in comic books that show a man and his son holding a gun, saying, "It's a _____ , son." or something like that. Winchester?

    In the not so distant pass, remember the Pez episode on Seinfield?

  12. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    Daisy BB gun. Had one my whole childhood.


    Just reading that list made me feel good. At least for a few moments.


    PF Flyers. Wow! Never has a pair. I think my Discount Brand gym shoes really kept me from becoming a Super Star.

    Maybe it's not too late!

    I remember Red Ball Jets! Buster Brown shoes too!

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  13. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    old commercial ... PF Flyers -

    Old Commercial ... Flintstones Selling Cigarettes!

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    Old commercial ... Toys Slinky, Mr. Machine, Mr. Potato Head, Rock Em Sock Em Robots
    4 minutes

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  14. jole

    jole Member

    Now I know how bad my memory is!! (Or how filled my brain has become with more important

    It's truly amazing how one word can set off such emotions and memories, isn't it? Yes, I remember all of them too, except for some of the candies. We didn't get to town often enough to know what candy was!

    When transister radios first came out, my brother wanted one in the worst he got one for Christmas. Unfortunately, we lived so far from a radio station that it was totally worthless. Such a disappointment!

    Pedal pushers? My senior year we were actually allowed to wear them to school on track meet wouldn't allow it, so my sis and I changed into them at school...and mom was in on the act, 'cause dad didn't know we even had a pair! The only time I remember her going against his demands!

    Ohhhh, and seeing how many kids you could pile into a car and still drive...

    Going to the drive in theater with the trunk loaded down with people.

    Living the movie "Grease" and not having to watch

  15. teacher

    teacher New Member

    Our metal skates had leather straps so you could buckle them to your shoes.

    We didn't have the cool shoes. They were too expensive. BUT we did wear the espadrilles that had the ribbons that tied up and around your ankles and the Converse gym shoes that you could buy at the Five-and-Dime for less than $5 a pair. Kids are shelling out BIG buck for those now!

    Food cans used to be really sturdy. We would punch holes in them and run strings through and then walk on them. They made a lovely "clomping" sound.

    Also, we would crush pop cans onto our heels and walk around making a glorious racket. Drove my dad crazy, but my mom never minded because she said she always knew where we were.

    Bolo paddles, jacks, riding bikes without a helmet/elbow pads/shin guards and barefoot on a gravel street, penny hockey.
  16. Pippi1313

    Pippi1313 New Member

    Could your sorta-like-a-transistor been a crystal radio kit?

    My brother (the mad genius, LOL) heard about them & figured out how to make one w/o the kit when he was like 7. haha


  17. jole

    jole Member

    Building forts for snowball fights?

    Barbie dolls if you were really, really lucky, and the walking dolls that were big enough to look real and if you held onto their hands they really walked.

    The dolls that drank and wet

    Gingham dresses with rickrack


    Ducks and geese (remember that one, played in the snow?)

    Measles, mumps and chickenpox....for real! Yep, I had them all.....

    The first polio sugar cubes

    Kids being seen and not heard around adults (at least in our area!)

    The crank stainless steel pencil sharpeners attached to the teacher's desk

    Wooden rulers....not always used for measuring

    Coat closets in school

    Lunch pails

    (I read these yesterday so hope I didn't repeat too many....sorry if I did!)

  18. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Gosh I don't know if I should be humming "Memories" by Baba Streisand or Bob Hope's "Thanks for the Memories"

    Pipi I will have to ask my dad about the radio but I think you are right.

    Hopscotch, played all the time. Tether ball.

    I won a hoola hoop contest!!

    Skates you wore over you shoes that you tighten with a key.

  19. Pippi1313

    Pippi1313 New Member

    Lincamp: My Pop calls those "wing windows"!!!

  20. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Joel, you sparked another memory. The two year old dolls, are these the ones you are referring to? I found them kind of creepy.

    How about the doll you could give a permanent. Can't remember the name. Mine got at least one permanent a day until her hair fell out.

    Other sparked memories, sorry can't think of names and don't want to lose this post.

    Clover chains.

    Kilt Skirts with the big safety pin on the side.

    Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon. Remember Nancy's friend George?

    Ah, gee, I had some more but did not write them down. :D