Memories ---

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by ConfusedInPA, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi Friends!

    I was searching on FB for people or posts from my hometown. And believe it or not, I found this video -- which is on youtube!

    I was born in the late 50's, but, wow--this video and the lyrics brought back memories.


    And share your memories too, if you'd like! I love reading your messages/memories!

    Luv, Diane :)
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  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member!

    Hi Diane

    I was born during WWII. Every time I read the news, I think the same
    thing. The world has changed; mostly for the worse. Thanks for
    posting the song. I can't imagine why that man thinks he can sing.
    Couldn't understand one word in ten. Anybody who wants to find out
    the lyrics can click on the above URL.

    Gordon was talking to a young woman at the book sale a couple weeks
    ago. She was looking at a book of photos. "High School Days from
    the Past". I said, "Oh, I was just looking at an old scrap book the
    other day. It has some Homecoming pins. In those days they were
    made of wood. Cost a quarter." She said, "I've seen homecoming pins.
    They're not made of wood." Ignorant and determined to stay that way.
    I can understand why there's a shortage of teachers today.

    I think the best memory songs are Moments to Remember which was
    popular in my High School years and the Statler Brothers songs Do You
    Remember These and The Class of 57. Both on Youknowheretube.

    Some jokes re: modern teens:

    One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents,
    and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots,
    tattoos and pierced nose. Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and
    confessed their concern. “Dear,” said the mother diplomatically, “he doesn’t
    seem very nice.” “Oh please, Mom,” replied the daughter, “if he wasn’t nice,
    why would he be doing 500 hours of community service?”

    Tim: "Hi, I'm calling to report that Tim Wilson is unable to make it to school
    today because he is ill. Secretary at high school: "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
    I'll note his absence. Who is this calling?" Tim: "This is my mother."

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  3. Willow77

    Willow77 Active Member

    I loved that song Diane, I listened to it 2 or 3 times. But then I love country music.

    I went to school in the 1960's and 70's and unlike in the song, there was never prayer in any class that I was in. It was always a moment of silence if anything at all.

    I went to my hometowns website and the town has gone yuppie-ville. Property taxes there are now so high that seniors can't afford to stay there. Oh well, hubbie and I left over 30 years ago and CA is now home. I do still miss the lakes during the summer and some of the rain and a white Christmas. But I will never miss the cold, long winters or the mosquitoes.

    Metro Detroit has changed a lot since 1981
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  4. Willow77

    Willow77 Active Member

    One of the greatest things about that time was the long summer vacation from school. Kids in my town now get out in mid June and are back in school in mid August.

    I remember playing outside all summer. My Mom would make me take a quiet time after lunch alone in my room for an hour. I would get so wound up without this quiet time that I would get in fights with my friends. (fights back then were arguments, not something that ended with someone beat up or shot at.)

    We knew the neighbors and when someone new moved in they would get a warm welcome and a plate of brownies or a cake from the neighbors and the welcome wagon basket. Don't really remember what the welcome wagon was just that their was one and we got a baskets when we moved into the neighborhood.

    We came home for lunch which was usually a sandwich. We were almost a mile from school so just walking to and from school we got a lot of exercise, almost 4 miles. After moving we were only 2 blocks from the Elementary and Jr. High but 2 miles to the high school.

    There wasn't as much pressure in school back then. Now they get ridiculous amounts of homework and are expected to already read by the time they finish kindergarten. When I went to kindergarten it was about learning the rules like sitting in your seat and orderly lines. Raising your hand to speak etc. And of course playing and listening to stories. Reading started in 1st grade.

    I think that things in some ways are better now but I still get nostalgic for the early 60's when life seemed so much simpler. Especially around the holidays.
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  5. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Hi to Diane, Rock and Willow, et al,

    Yes, I agree with all of you. I was born the same year as ROCK and things were surely a lot different then. Everything you said and WILLOW to were true to my situation. Yep , kindergarten was to learn the rules of behavior in the classroom for the most part with some learning too. However, so many now go to preschool now and know how to read or almost by kindergarten. We also walked home from school most of the time and ate lunch at home, a soup or sandwich or both which we wolfed down quickly to get back to school in time. Elementary school was in the 40's for me so things were really different. There was of course good and bad things going on at that time. I also remember hiding under our desks with our hands covering our heads in case of a bomb attack buy the USSR. One thing good was we all learned how to behave, which I cannot say now as lot of the schools just look the other way and they bad get no punishment. Sorry, do not get me started on that. Of course that good behavior thing has to be started by the parents and reinforced by same. That does not always happen nowadays ):!!

    No time to really go on but I did want to say thanks to DIANE for starting this nostalgic post and to those who answered. I am a bit slow. Lately haven't even been on the computer much. It was very nostalgic and I enjoyed my trip down memory lane although some of those pics were close to those of my children.

    Keep the posts coming.

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  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Images from the 50s.


    The boy on the right could be me or my cousins.


    The classic look. No need for piercings, pink hair, or tattoos.

    Man, what a cool car~

    I wonder if modern kids could operate this.
    Elvis wore these in Jailhouse Rock.


    Middle class living in America. Unbelievable luxury for most of the world.

    As Charles Dickens said in another context, "It was the best best of times;
    it was the worst of times."

    Willow and Granni, Our house was also a mile from school. Back and forth,
    twice a day. No problem at all when one is young and healthy. And a snap
    when I could ride my bike. Our village had no traffic lights, no traffic
    problems, no traffic cops, no parking meters and only one traffic accident
    during the decades I lived there.

    During the summer we had a dance in the school gym once a week. Most
    of the town came. In addition to the newest craze (Rock which was called
    rock and roll then), we danced to records of old time stuff. People, including
    the adults, waltzed, and fox trotted. We also did square and folk dances. Great
    fun. All free. Small town living at its best.

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  7. Willow77

    Willow77 Active Member

    I remember being so excited when my Dad brought home a new TV that he bought second hand. It was a 13" black and white portable TV. It replaced the old TV that had such a grainy picture that you could barely see it. We had that little TV until 1974 when we got our first color set. I would still watch the grainy old one in the basement when I wanted to be alone.

    We had a wall phone with a party line. The phone was in the kitchen so forget about privacy. When I got married I wanted a princess phone so bad. My oldest son was only 5 or 6 months old when he discovered it and we had to keep it in a shoe box so he wouldn't play with it.

    I grew up in the burbs so I didn't have that whole small town thing. It sounds really nice.

    I loved the fashion back then. Women dressed up nice. I miss that, now everyone is in jeans all the time. I don't miss girdles or curlers though. I haven't been to the barbers in years and my hair is below my waist so it is too long for curlers now anyway.

    My husband was born in 1945 so he grew up in the 40's and 50's in a very bad home. He still has some good memories and tries to hold on to those.

    My scanner doesn't work or I could show you some of the old photos.
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  8. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member


    I enjoyed reading all the replies. :)

    Before I forget, here are the songs that Rock mentioned:

    DO YOU REMEMBER THESE, The Statler Brothers



    My goodness! I don't know what to say. I could almost say "DITTO" to all that you have posted.

    I don't know if I have much to add. Besides penny candy (sometimes it was 3 for a penny!). The ice cream truck. Church or fireman's "festivals/picnics": LOTS OF FOOD (including steamed clams, potato pancakes), cotton candy, candy apples. The fireman's parade that went right past our front porch, with all the firetrucks! The fireman's festival also had rides like the ferris wheel and the flying swings. My goodness -- I never wanted that flying swing ride to come to an end! :)

    Rock, I loved those pics. I saw this video on (perhaps) The Today Show this week:

    AMAZING, but true.

    I remember when we got a new TV set. It was a stand-alone, on 4 legs. Black and white. But it had a TINT button! We could change from blue to green, or back to black and white. Anybody remember those?


    Please keep adding to this thread, as you remember more. New replies/posters are always welcome on our threads!

    DIANE :)
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  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member


    The Can't Hang Up video is both funny and appalling. How will this girl
    get through life is she doesn't have enough initiative to ask a question? Has
    she never seen an old movie or TV show where someone uses a dial phone?
    How old is she? I was thinking teenager, but maybe not.

    Nope, never heard of a tint button. The gas station-restaurant-home
    at the end of our block had one of the first TVs in town. They had a plastic
    colored screen they sometimes put in front of the picture. It had 3 bands
    of color. Green, red and blue (from bottom to top). So, yes, it was color
    TV sorta, but a person lying on the ground was all green, one on a
    bed was all red, and one on a top bunk was blue. Hardly true to
    life unless one was on some sort of drug induced trip.

    I looked on Youtube. Couldn't find a video of same.

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  10. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    Here's a pic of the school in my home town (village actually; population
    1000). The school was built in 1908. It was the only school in town;
    served as both grade school and high school. My mother was graduated
    with the class of 1934. By the 1940s, when I was in grade school, the
    building housed grades K through 6.

    The second floor of the building had a huge classroom for grades 5
    and 6. If you were bored with your own work, you could listen to
    what the other grade was doing.

    Every day started with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing My
    Country Tis of Thee. In first grade we had Dick and Jane books.
    In those days the blackboards were actually black. There was a
    large bulletin board that each teacher decorated every month to
    match the season and appropriate holiday. We all brought in
    autumn leaves, pine cones, an empty bird nest, pussy willows, etc.
    Sort of a precursor to Show and Tell.

    In 5th grade I brought in a great horned owl my uncle had shot.
    After everyone had viewed the mighty hunter, the janitor disposed
    of the body. When my uncle found out his trophy had disappeared,
    he was greatly displeased. We went back to the school and fished
    it out of a trash can. My uncle had dreams of having it stuffed
    and mounted, but he couldn't afford it.

    And one of the farm kids brought in a live rattlesnake. It was a
    baby; in a mason jar. Can you imagine the fuss there would be
    today. Everybody from the cops to the haz mat people would
    show up.

    The new High School building next door was home to grades 7 - 12.
    Grade 7 was a big change for the farm kids. They had spent the previous
    years in whatever one-room school house was closest to their farm. Now
    they became bus riders. The first day we had a tour of the building
    so we wouldn't get lost. Actually it would have been hard to get lost
    as there were only two floors and the number of each room was
    painted by the door.

    Recess had been everybody's favorite subject in grade school.
    I thought I would miss it once we moved to the bigger building, but
    I didn't. Anyway we now had non scholastic hours for gym and shop
    and band and chorus.

    The high school was later enlarged and became a
    consolidated school. Students from the county seat, our
    old rival in sports, are now class mates. The kids go their
    grade school years in one town and the high school years in
    the other.

    This makes no sense to me. The two little towns are only 11
    miles apart, but in Minnesota winters it is often impossible to
    drive one mile safely let alone 11. At some point after I moved
    away the old grade school building was torn down. Now like
    so much of the past it exists only in memory and old photographs.


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