Nostalgia Senior Stories

Heavy Groping at the Starlite Drive-in: A Senior Remembers

Here’s how I remember it… I’d drive to the back of the large field partially filled with scores of other cars. Stars blazed in the black sky overhead Finding just the right spot, well back from the refreshment stand, I’d swing my ’39 Studebaker up onto the mound, secure the speaker in the window, kick…


As Seen on TV: The Early Days of Television

Our generation was privileged to grow up with the most influential, most promising invention since the wheel. We watched its humble beginnings through snow, squiggles, and rolls on tiny monitors that took minutes to warm up, often hours more to “tune.” In those pre-clicker, pre-color days, Dad was in charge of the “rabbit ear” antenna,…


A Geezer’s B-17 Flight Into History

Exactly 60 years ago tonight – New Year’s Eve, 1944 – Lt. John McLaughlin was piloting a bomber called Andy’s Dandy’s in a group of 18 four-engine B-17s on a run over Germany. Target: Hamburg. Suddenly the sky went black with German fighters. McLaughlin estimated some 100 Messerschmitt 109s coming fast at 12 o’clock high….


Senior Nostalgia Suddenly Senior Memories

50th Reunion Evokes Memories, Melancholy A look back at 1957, our black and white world, our expectations, our ideals, and dreams. And why Lily Tomlin was correct when she said, “I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.” When Drugstores were Drugstores If you grew up when neighborhood drugstores sold…

Nostalgia Senior Stories

Those Darn Catalogs

They arrive daily starting in September for the obsessive-compulsive Christmas shoppers to get an early start. Pounds of catalogs every day. I must admit I like most catalogs because I have grandchildren near and far. I hate big box toy stores, those noisy warehouses of fun with their scarce staff and miles of aisles. But…


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