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 Yes, the song you're hearing is "Rock around the Clock"!

Sit back, relax, listen, read, & smile. Kind of reminds you to stop & smell the roses of life, and Love Life and Memories!!!!

Do You Remember?

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

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?


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?

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?

And gas was seventy-five cents a gallon!

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to 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?

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did?

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

and 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?

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing
compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives,
but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.

Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

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

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.

How many of these do you remember?

Candy Fun


Oh, how quickly we wanted to grow up!



Should have stayed with the candy!





Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers


The kitchen table looked something like this...

P.F. Fliers

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

45 RPM records
Green Stamps

Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins

The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders

Erector Sets
The Fort Apache Play Set
Lincoln Logs
15 cent McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards -
with that awful pink slab of bubble gum

Penny candy

35 cent a gallon gasoline

Jiffy Pop popcorn

Do you remember great TV Shows like...

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



Farmer Alfalfa, Heckle and Jeckle, Mighty Mouse


King Features & Max Fleischer


Betty Boop and Koko ~ Out of the Inkwell


Betty Boop, Grampy & Gang


Felix the Cat                    Popeye the Sailorman



Howdy Doody




Captain Kangaroo   Tom Terrific



Jon Gnagy - "Learn to Draw"

A fifteen minute television show, which taught viewers how to draw. It first aired in May of 1946

(I'd been hoping to get a photo of Mr. Jon Gnagy and now I can say thank you to Cindy from Wichita, KS for sending me to a site with Mr. Gnagy's photo. The photos are links to the sites where I found them. Further links enabled me to find even more pictures, among them was another website, created by his Jon Gnagy's daughter, Polly Gnagy, who shares her memories with all at and even  provides videos of Mr. Gnagy's TV show.) (More recently, I want to than Michael Briant for sending me an even larger, clearer photo of Mr. Gnagy.)

My introduction to Jon Gnagy

It was the summer of 1959 in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. I was thirteen years old and it was the last day of school for the year. I was getting off my school bus and I was struck down by a drunk driver who couldn't be bothered to stop behind the school bus and wait for children to cross the road.

The accident resulted in my breaking both legs and having a severe skull concussion, which put me in a coma for a week. And because I had to lie on my back with my legs elevated, to replace the tissue missing from my skull, they had to take skin tissue from the left side my abdomen instead of from my rear, which is where I was told it would have normally  been transferred from back then.

After weeks in the hospital, I was finally allowed home but I spent that summer laid up in bed in a spica cast that covered my lower stomach and both legs, with a board separating my legs from each other.

It was a long, hot and tedious summer with very little I could do but lie in bed and watch TV. I liked to color and doodle, so one of my uncle's bought me a "How to Draw" kit by Jon Nagy and I was able to use it while watching his show on TV. He brief lessons and the books taught me a great deal, and his TV show certainly turned my convalescent summer into not only a more bearable period of time, but he truly influenced my enthusiasm for art and my future within that media.


Winky Dink and You

You would place the clear piece of plastic that came in the kit over the television screen and connect the dots to create a bridge for Winky Dink to cross to safety, then trace letters at the bottom of the screen to read the secret messages broadcast at the end of the show. Which, I guess, makes Winky-Dink the world's first interactive video game.


Ding Dong School





Hopalong Cassidy    Gene Autry     Annie Oakley



Death Valley Days

 ~ Ronald Reagan hosted ~ along with

The Old Ranger

and it was brought to you by 20 mule team Borax!!





The Honeymooners



    I Remember Mama         Superman          Perry Mason




 Texaco Star Theater      You're Show of Shows 


Milton Berle                Sid Cesar & Imogene Coca


The Perry  Como Show  


                                               Perry Como


   Bob Hope Comedy Hour      You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx



Your Hit Parade

Snooky Lanson, Dorothy Collins, Sue Bennett, June Valli, Russell Arms, Gisele MacKenzie



     Colgate Comedy Hour             The Jack Benny Show



The Abbot & Costello Show



    "Who's On First"

       (Click photo or text to hear that great routine!)


Click the logo to hear the Three Stooges say "Hello"!

Click the his photo to hear Curly's classic "Woo Woo Woo Woo"!



        People Are Funny              The George Gobel Show




American Bandstand



How about a time when...

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?

TV jingles you never got tired of on radio or TV - black and white, of course?

Rinso White ~ Rinso Blue!


The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?

"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?


When kids could safely walk down to the local drug store, soda fountain and order a

for a dime!


Grandma's washing machines with wringers that you just HAD to put your thumb in! (Yeah, it really works!)


And Grandpa's restored old coupe with the rumble seat!

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!

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