Famous Flatfoot Dick Tracy Could Teach Today’s Gumshoes a Thing or Two

When I was a youngster, the first letter I ever wrote that didn’t thank a relative for a Christmas/Birthday present (my B’day is two days after Christmas) begged Bulldog Drummond to please move his radio show back to 7:30 p.m. A schedule change had put him on the air after my bedtime. Captain Drummond, as…


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…

Remember When Service Stations Gave Service

Remember When Service Stations Gave Service?

What a quaint concept! In this day of almost $3-a-gallon gas, imagine getting actual service, too. Today, it’s as bizarre a notion to anyone under 40 as a gentleman’s tipping his hat to a lady. About 40 years ago, both were part of everyday life in America. Then in 1973, OPEC and Big Oil turned…


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