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I remember when I was young the T.V. show Winky Dink. You put a screen on your T.V. and drew on it during the program. I also remember roller skating with metal skates. You had a key to tighten them. You wore it around your neck. Playing punch ball, stoop ball & bike riding. Mothers yelling that it was supper time, & that we could go out afterwards to continue playing till it got dark. Then sitting on the porch till bedtime. Going to Brighton Beach by train when a token cost fifteen cents. In the winter going on Friday nights to the Roller Rink and skating with skates that had wooden wheels, or going ice skating. - Diane

I grew up in the Bronx - and there was a big "crowd" of friends - about 25 of us - guys and girls. Every week, on Friday evenings, we would go to somebody's apartment and watch Twilight Zone, in the dark, and then dance to the greatest 45's. And then there was all the wonderful memories of "hanging out" by Eddie's Candy store, drinking "egg creams" and eating stick pretzels (2 for 5 cents), listening to our portable radios, and listening to some of the guys singing harmony. Those were the days. I hope I bring back memories to the crowd - Ann, Marc, Sue, Gail, 2 Steves, Hal, Willy, 2 Renees, Rhoda, Arlene, Sonny, Sol, "Fish," Joel, Linda, Max, Ronnie, Mary, Ricky, "Froggy," Jeff, Pete, Mark, Cheryl, Carol, and a few more I can't remember (because that's what happens when you reach middle age). - Rhoda Vandermeyden

I remember the corner grocery store (Basey's). I got 25 cents a week allowance, spent it on 2 Superman comics and a Hershey bar, no tax. Every week, same thing. Boy was I mad when comics went to 12 cents each! I could still buy the comics but not the candy bar. I have fond memories of that store each time I drive by the old building. - Richard Mowery

I remember not locking our doors or windows when we left the house. How about sleeping out in the backyard. I also had to go to the door to pick up a girl for a date, not honking the horn. I loved Pez candy an all the different holders that it went in. I'll never forget my 57 Chevy Bel Air and the hamburger spot drive inn. - Bob Myers

Back in the early sixties, we all knew the neighbors, and if a kid cut through someones yard on the way home at dusk, he didn't have to worry about being shot for trespassing. I loved watching and singing "Along With Mitch." After a delicious dinner, the family would gather around the TV and watch "Password" and "To Tell the Truth." Getting to see a movie was a special treat; the first one I remember seeing in a theater was "Mary Poppins." And, unlike today's kids, getting a new toy was FOR NO REASON was downright unheard had to wait for birthday or Christmas. Or if a toy you wanted was too extravigant, you just just had to "do without it," period. But kids understood that. You didn't dare beg or whine....or you'd get slapped! - Tim

I remember when they were teachers, not educators. All of this 'political correctness' was unnecessary because people respected each other without having to be told. - SG

We could run our fastest and jump our highest in our Red Ball Jets. My Friend Flicka. Fury (Pete scared me). Some kind of ice cream bar that had a sucker in the middle. Best memory of all, the smell of burning leaves from everyone's back yard in the fall. - SB

I remember the bread man coming through the neighborhood every Wednesday with fresh bread and pastries; the Foremost Dairy milk man who left six glass quart bottles in the cooler box on the front porch; the ice cream man who drove his truck slowly through the neighborhood every afternoon during the Summer; when 25 or 50 cents could buy you a bag full of candy at the corner store; playing outside until ten o'clock at night; playing card and board games with my family; going to the drive-in in my pajamas to see "Bambi" with my Mom. - Susan

We all sat down to supper at the same time. Afterwards, we would all run outside and start yelling for all our friends. Nobody knocked on doors. We would all do the Limbo rock out in the streets. How low could you go? And we would have Twist contest out in the streets. I was number one, and could go longer than anyone else in the neighborhood. - muskrat

I remember in the 50s and 60s ... playing "Hide and Go Seek" with my friends at night. Our parents never worried about us being out after dark. On Saturdays, all the kids hung out at the local park where there were plenty of activities to keep us busy. In the winter, those same parks had an ice skating rink. We didn't spend all day watching TV; we were lucky to have TV. We spent as much time as possible outside with our friends. We weren't afraid of anything, except the wrath of our parents if we screwed up. Gangs, gun violence and perverts were pretty much unheard of. Transistor radios were the "thing." Rock 'n' Roll was new and cool. Porches were meeting places. All the parents knew each other and all the kids. There were "street dances" where the city would block off a street and someone would set up a record player, the kids would dance and the partents would socialize. Just about every memory I have of those times is a good one. - Beatle

The Good-Humor truck, ringing the bell always at dinner time....Sting-ray bikes with sissy wheels, GI Joe, Monopoly, Clue......swimming at the club all day and going to the movies....Endless summers....snow days and praying for school to be closed.....Burning leaves in the street and throwing caps in the fire to hear them pop... - Vince Jones

I remember buying ice cream for 5 cents a scoop. I remember toys made of metal, not plastic. I remember Brookpark, Ohio being all farm land and my grandparents owning a 45 acre farm there. Cleveland Hopkins Airport was a Army barrack and small plane landing area. I remember the electric trolley cars running between Garfield Ht's and Cleveland Ohio. I remember Rainbow Baby and Children's Hospital in the early 50's as a two year home for me off Green Road in Warrensville Ohio. I still have pictures of the hospital and my stay there. I remember my first love in 1969 and the scent of Woodhue perfume. I remember Southland Shopping center consisting of an A&P store, Howard Johnson Restaurant and the Mercury Movie Theatre at the corner of Pearl Road and West 150th st [Smith Road then] in Cleveland Ohio. I remember Garfield Park [Ohio] when the lake was still opporational with boating in the Summer and ice-skating in the Winter [early 50's]. I remember using slide rules in chemistry, not calculators. Best of all I remember my Grandma with the love in her smile and always giving me support when all else seem not worthwhile. - Gary Zizka

We really lived like all those family programs like Leave It To Beaver or Ozzie and Harriet. I couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams speaking disrespectfully to my parents or any teacher. Our family sat down to dinner together every night. We couldn't go off campus at lunch--never heard of such a thing. A girl brought yogurt for lunch one day and half the lunchroom gathered around to see. The biggest scandal of my high school years was the rumor that a boy got drunk at an off-campus party. The most "adult" show on TV (in Los Angeles) was Paul Coats' Confidential File. Today it would be like 20/20 or Dateline. There was a barrier of modesty between girls and boys which helped us to avoid a lot of destructive behavior. I didn't understand that until looking back, but I'm sure glad it was there. It's hard not to live in the past sometimes when life was so good, simple, and pure. - Patty

Neighborhood kids would convene on balmy spring or summer nights in the '50's to play "Kick the Can." We hid in anyone's yard, no one cared, and hollered "OLLEY OLLEY OX & FREE" at the top of our lungs when someone booted the old coffee can, freeing the captives we'd worked so hard to find in the shadows of twilight. I remember riding my rickety second-hand three speed bicycle all over the hills of San Mateo, weaving in and out of the Hillsdale Garden Apartment pathways (probably forbidden now.) A new mall, with a Newberry's Five and Dime store was my destination. Clutching two or three dimes, I would park my bike (unlocked) and go to the toy department, dreaming, wishing, but ultimately opting for candy or a coke at the soda fountain. Mom would always say as I left the house, "Watch for stangers," but I never saw any. Those were truly halcyon days. - Patty (Carlon) Kushner

I remember favorite TV shows: the Mickey Mouse Club; Kookla, Fran and Ollie; and Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop. How about Roy Rogers, Rin Tin Tin, Sky King, My Friend Flicka, and The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights (Daniel Boone, Zorro). When I got a little older I was able to stay up on Friday nights and watch The M Squad (instead of listening to it from my bed) and being scared out of my wits by the Twilight Zone. I remember all of us booing the Mr. Softee truck off our block because we were true-blue Good Humor kids. Pressing the brightest leaves between two pieces of wax paper to preserve them. Weaving pot holders on those little red frames and going up and down blocks of apartments selling them door to door - no worries about being abducted. (What did those women do with all those pot holders?) Trick or treat for UNICEF. I remember sleeping at the foot of my bed in the summertime because that's where the window (and the breeze!) was - no air conditioning then. I remember my after school chores - hanging the laundry outside on the line with wooden clothes pins and my father's work pants with metal frames in side them to have them dry "flat." I remember every September running down to Mr. Wagner's candy store and buying a new pencil box (and the required pencils, erasers, ruler - and once you got to 3rd grade, the fountain pens and bottle of Scripto ink to go with it). Then going across the street to Mr. Meyer's department store to buy my new shoes for school: Buster Browns. I also had to by PF Flyers every summer because they only cost $1.99 and Keds were $3.00. And drive-ins with the dancing popcorn commercials on the screen. - Gayle

I remember long summer days sitting in the lineup at Pleasure Point, the Hook or Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. Hanging with my buds and believing that there was no life beyond surfing. We arrived at dawn, surfed till lunch, caught the sun for a couple of hours and then surfed the evening glass. We slept in our cars and always felt safe. The next day we started all over again. Now we hardly have time to drive past the beach, let alone stop. - R. E. Van Iderstine

I remember the penny candy you could buy at your favorite neighborhood store. We would go into one of those stores with ten cents and they would give you a little brown bag to put your candy in once you decided what you wanted. Some of the candy was two for a penny, so you could come out of the store with quite a stash if you bought a lot of those. Some of my favorite candies were the candy necklaces, wax shaped soda bottles filled with some sort of sweet syrup liquid, button candy stuck to the paper that you had to chew off, and of course Tootsie Rolls. These were only a few of the many candies you could choose for a penny. Nobody stood over you and counted every piece you took. If you had ten cents, that's how much you bought. No one ever thought of stealing; it just wasn't right. We also could buy Hershey bars for a nickel and, I think, 16 oz. bottles of any flavor soda you wanted. Vanilla sodas at the local drug store that had a soda fountain were also a favorite. Those were the good old days. Mary Ann Stile

I remember the curfews, the air-raid drills, the poodle skirts, and Beatles, etc. but mostly I remember not being afraid of anything or anyone; I think I had a great childhood. I grew up in the Midwest and went to a parochial school until HS and then I went to college not far from home but I was ready to leave home and my parents taught me the value of an education to support myself and all the social manners that came with that period. I liked my life, and I wouldn't change it for anything. - Autie

AM Radio RULED, especially in CHICAGO. Anybody out there remember Dick Biondi on WLS or the mid-60s invasion of WCFL - "Super-CFL?" Wow, it was just like they show in the movie "American Graffiti." - Jackie

What a setup!! Indeed I do... One of his songs was "On top of a meatball, all covered with cheese; I saw my first pizza, till somebody sneezed." And my favorite knock-knock joke: "Knock, knock." "Who's there?" "Biondi." "Biondi who?" "Beyon-di.. blue horizon...." - hmc

15 cent hotdogs and nickel cokes at the dairy bar for lunch, tent dresses, ratted hair, pink (white) lipstick, black penny loafers, white socks, garter belts and hose. Those were the days! - greta

I remember a 13th birthday gift: a trip to Philidelphia to be on American Bandstand. I was just so excited. I brought a stuffed animal for Dick Clark, and had my 30 seconds of fame on camera. I also remember playing out in the street till dark in the summers. All the neighborhood kids hung out together. We'd walk to the little store nearby and buy 10 cents worth of penny candy. It would last at least 2 days. It was a very carefree time. You could walk on the street after dark and not be afaid. - Joan Freer

I was 8 years old, My parents' best friend was from Memphis TN. Martin Luther King was going to speak at the Church where their friend grew up. I remember seeing this man and wondering why so many people were so happy to see him, but I was excited nontheless, because of what I heard of him. Little did I know that history was in the making on that grim day of April 4th, 1968. Later, on the plane back to Dallas, the pilot makes an announcement: "Ladies and Gentleman, Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated about 1 hour ago." It was a day I never forgot. - Glenn

Girls used coat hangars to expand the legs of tight-fitting jeans just to get them on (sort of like a shoe horn). Once in them, they could hardly bend at the knees, but they were "form-ly." For the guys... butch wax didn't work well in the summer months because it melted and ran down our faces. - Charles

We rode our bicycles everywhere... played baseball in the street until you couldn't see the ball anymore... all the parents "looked out" for everyone else's kids, and you defintely did what any parent told you to do... "Safety Patrol," with the white Sam Browne/shoulder belt... went to the neighborhood "general store" for bubblegum w/cards, and cold drinks; my memory says the owners wouldn't worry if we were a little bit short on $, 'cause you paid them back the next day... - willychuck

There were only 3 stations to choose from on TV and if you turned it on too early, there was nothing but a test pattern to watch. Even before I started school I loved reading Little Lulu comic books. Reading was a great pastime and as I grew older my favorites were the mysteries of Trixie Beldon & Nancy Drew. I was the hula hoop queen of my family and could entertain them for hours. Imagine a toy with no batteries, no electricity, no moving parts - kids wouldn't even look at it today. - D.H.

I remember going with my mom when she had her weekly appointment to have her hair done. We'd ride up in the elevator to the salon, and the elevator was operated by a young, attractive woman. My mom would give me a nickel or a dime. I'd go downstairs to the Woolworth's Nickel & Dime Store next door and shop to my heart's content. With a quarter, I could buy some trinket AND have a Coke at the fountain. I remember going with my mom during summer to City Drug Store, where they had a soda fountain. My favorite summertime treat was lemonade, served in a dixie cup in a silver metal holder. They put a maraschino cherry in it and you drank it through a straw. Sitting in that air conditioned drugstore under ceiling fans and drinking lemonade brings back fond memories. I recall our family making homemade ice cream with a hand-turned ice cream maker. I remember jumping on the neighbor's trampoline, riding bikes in summer, going to the swimming pool every day for a 15 cent admission until you were 12 and for 25 cents thereafter. At the start of every elementary school year, I got a new pencil box (with a ruler as the lid that slid out), new Crayola crayons, a new notebook, etc. Remember Nifty Notebooks with the holes at the top and the magnetic closures? I remember having a pair of "space shoes," some novelty item my mother ordered out of a catalog. These were wooden with heavy coiled springs on the bottom, which strapped on like roller skates. I would jump up and down the driveway in these shoes. I remember ordering things off cereal boxes, such as my Huckleberry Hound cereal bowl and milk glass. I remember taking 2 cents for afternoon milk break in elementary school and taking chocolate milk mix wrapped in plastic wrap, to make my milk chocolate (especially helpful if the milk was a little warm). I remember listening to my transistor radio under the covers of my bed on Friday nights, listening to the latest music and news about the Beatles. I recall my older brother telling me that the Russians were flying in the planes that flew over our house (the most terrifying thing he could come up with). I recall my brother scaring me by turning on the shortwave part of the radio and listening to the eery "outer space" noises. I remember our sixth grade chorus production of the musical play "Cowboy on the Moon." I remember high school and wearing the pink-white lipstick and white fishnet hose. When I graduated high school in 1970 and went on to college, the Vietnam War was going on and the main street through campus was full of hippies, which I thought was SOOOO cool. I remember my velvet, embroidered shoulder bag during that time. I remember going on a peace march (as required by my Sociology class) and being scared my mother would find out or that there would be trouble. In all, I can't think of a time in which I'd have rather have grown up. Today's times are a little sad and frightening by comparison. I often miss the innocence of those times. - Carolyn

I remember my sister and I getting stuck in one of the first automatic elevators. The elevator was located in the Des Plaines downtown bank. I also remember telling the elevator operator what floor you wanted at the Fair Department store downtown Chicago. - Dennis

I remember getting a pixie haircut every summer. And you remember those little bubble suits? The ones that tied at your shoulders? I would have died for shorts. Summer and Saturdays were the only time you wore pants. We even had to wear skirts or dresses to the rollerrink. The nuns would get out the ruler to make sure your skirt wasn't too short. I remember the coal man delivering the coal to the coal bin in the basement, watching it go down the chute and my mother yelling at me to watch out or I'd fall in. I remember a friend who saw "West Side Story" teaching me all the songs from the movie, and we would lie in her backyard in a tent singing our heads off. I remember The "Sandy Fox" show and "pluck your magic twanger, Froggy," Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy. I remember my first record player and playing my only 2 records over and over. Listening to "Cousin Brucie 77 WABC" and pretending to be Little Peggy March. I remember getting walk-a-way sundaes at the deli up the street, playing stick ball in the front yard. Once we took a shirt and some pants and stuffed them with straw and threw "OSCAR" out in the street just before a car came. I still can't sit down! or stop laughing. What I wouldn't give to live those days again. I just wonder if my grandchildren will have these kinds of memories. - Susan

I remember starching crinolines in sugared water & wearing four or five under a full skirt to make it fuller. And they had to be pretty & varied, cause the edges would show. I remember watching Rootie Kazootie and Romper Room with Miss Francis & Wild Bill Hickock & The Magic Garden & Pinky Lee. Where we lived in Selden there were mostly summer homes- no running water. We loved to visit our "city" friends who came out for the summer. You got to pump water outside to drink or wash, and they had outhouses. It was like camping out, but at your neighbor's. I remember the little truck with the "whip" ride that used to come into the neighborhood. - Dee

We lived on a street that was the playground for the neighborhood kids...hide and seek, kick the can, mother may I. I walked home for lunch every day and listened to Red Skelton. After I saw Mary Martin in Peter Pan, oh how I wanted to fly; and the year The Little Drummer Boy came out, I'd put my head in the dryer and sing it with an "echo" effect! I subscribed to Photoplay and thought "Picnic" was the best movie ever. I always did my homework and wouldn't have dared skip it. I drank Bosco in my milk, and ate my first fries with katsup. - susan

I had a Roy Rogers lunch box. I met Brian Epstein in the Minute Chef at the Sheraton Hotel in Cleveland during the Beatles second US tour. My ticket cost $5.50! There were bad things, too. The assassination of Kennedy and Dr. King. I watched while Jack Ruby and Bobby Kennedy got shot on TV! I never knew anyone who wasn't white until I went to college. I remember trying to get in touch with my best friend from high school on May 4, 1970. She went to Kent State. When I finally got hold of her she said she had just crossed the Commons moments before the shooting started. I think that the late 50's and 60's were one of the most significant time periods in our history. I do firmly believe that rock and roll had a great influence on the civil rights movement. It truly was a remarkable time! - Susan

I remember working in the 5 & 10 cents store, and every counter had a clerk behind it, what a personal touch this was. I had the ribbon counter and wrapped people's gifts. - Audrey

Does anyone remember "Polly Pigtails"? I think she was a character in a girls' magazine -"Calling All Girls." And we always got the latest issue of Photoplay to read all about Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, etc. We'd tape the pictures up in our rooms, & take photos from "American Bandstand" with our Brownie Cameras. We "knew" the regulars on Bandstand as if they lived in our neighborhood. We were enthralled with the young JFK & Jackie-and read about every moment. The whole world as we knew it changed with his assassination. Innocence was gone. - Dee

I remember getting 25 cents to get some candy at the corner party store and coming home with a bag of black jacks, squirrels, paper dots, licorice rolls with a piece of hard candy in the middle. Sen Sen breathe mints, Beamans gum, FanTan gum, and ginger beer, RC cola and 10 cent bags of Bettermade chips that lasted all day. I remember fake 45 records we bought cause we couldn't afford the original singles or LPs., and running home from school to watch Dick Clark Show at 4:00. White Castle hamburgers with a milk shake or a footlong hot dog and root beer at A & W. We had to be in when the street lights popped on or else. And once in a while we went with Dad to Saunders for a ice cream Sundae with carmel sauce what a treat to be with dad alone. Friends galore. Every night was a street party. What a wonderful time to be a kid. - Phyllis

I remember doctors making house calls and giving shots in your rump when you were too sick to go see them or because most of our moms didn't drive or much less have the car, no 2-car families. TV repairmen were VERY popular because we didn't want miss our favorite shows. Mom's were her soaps and "Queen for a Day." Dad's were "Gone Fishin'" with Harold Ensley and "Sing Along With Mitch," Friday Nite at the Fights," "Hazel" and he even loved "The Huckelberry Hound" show. I never missed an episode of "Zorro" and even had his lunchbox, the black one. I had 2 brothers and a sister and we each got 2 pair of shoes at the beginning of the school year and 2 for summer from Hills Bros. "2 Pair for $5.00" was their slogan. I hated the perms my mom gave my sister and me, ("Toni or Lilt") because she never remembered to bring the rollers or bobby pins when we went on vacation and Linda & I would have the original afro haidos until we got back to the city I loved going to our corner drugstore "Gilmore's" and buying penny candy. Everyone knew I'd been the one sent to get the candy because practically all of it was cinnamon or those colored dots on long strips of paper, and the gumball machine would give you either a silver or copper ball if you were lucky, they were worth 5 & 10 cents. My favorite smell has always been of my new doll on Christmas morning and the Christmas tree itself. I remember the long-legged pants called "petty pants" we wore in high school (all girls) instead of slips. They came in the most outrageous colors and designs. I have loved the Beatles since I first heard their music and I named my son after James Paul McCartney. I miss being able to sit through the movie over and over like we could growing up. I wish I had kept my entire Beatle card collection or my paper dolls, or my Western Flyer bicycle (blue). - Patty K. in Ks.

We went to the beach every weekend - the whole family, and went to the same restaurant every time. I could have whatever I wanted - french fries with everything because we never had them at home. My aunt took me to Howard Johnson's once a week - she ALWAYS had a Manhattan and fried clams. My grandfather took me to the A&W drive-in - that was the coolest thing ever. Eating out stands out in my mind because it was so unusual. If you went to Catholic school, you had to kneel down and if your skirt didn't touch the floor you got sent home. - Eileen

Shag carpeting, kids being kids, not mini-adults, 15 cent hamburgers, fries, and shakes from McDonalds (all that was on the menu back then), drive-in restaurants that stayed open late (10-11:00), riding my bike on the sidewalk that encircled an entire block, no fear of getting run over by young, crazy drivers. Shopping was an event, not an everyday pastime. Walking to and from school was never seen as a problem, we just took transistor radios with us and a friend to talk to on the way - and it could take as long as an hour to get home - Imagine that! - Deborah Herriage

I too, remember many of these things. I had a Roy Rogers lunch box when I started school, but by grade three I went home for most of my lunches. I find it interesting that the theme of "rules, discipline, authority, respect" and the security we get when we have boundaries that are well known, runs through many of these memories. Yet I suspect we didn't much like it at the time. Many of us vowed we wouldn't bring up our kids as strictly as we were brought up. And we didn't. - John Rosborough

My childhood memories also include some of the Beach Party movies, poodle skirts, Dr. Kildare shirts, pedal-pushers, saddle shoes, (I don't think jeans were invented for the common folk yet.) Does anyone remember the Mondo or Collegiate fad? Mondo might be equal to the worldly or grunge kind of look, Collegiate could be called preppy now. I remember a major swing in the sixties. From Daniel Boone to Charles Manson, Doris Day to Gloria Steinem, it was a very big decade. Laurie

I remember the first week of school we would have our cigar boxes with crayons and Elmer's paste. Very few homes had air conditioning. I remember when my parents got a window unit for their bedroom, our first black and white TV--our town had two channels. Most of the picture shows we saw were made by Disney. My favorites were Old Yeller, Polyanna, and Lady and the Tramp. Girls wore starched cotton petticoats and dresses to birthday parties and special occasions. Everyone dressed for church and wore hats. Every Easter we shopped for a new hat, shoes, dress, and purse--our easter outfit. No one dared wear pastels after Labor Day. I remember 5-cent postage, cokes, and lazy barefoot summer days. Favorite toys were Tiny Tears, Rageddy Ann, Barbie, Madimoiselle (sp) Alexander dolls, hula hoops, and pedal cars. We had no video games; we played outside every day. We had no need to lock our doors, no one wore seat belts (what was that?), and we didn't feel guilty eating bacon, eggs, sausage, grits, and biscuits for breakfast. We went to drive-in movies with our parents and shows did not contain sex, violence, or bad language. Moms stayed home with the kids and did volunteer work while dads went to the office. Dad did the yardwork himself and mom worked in the garden. Homes had hardwood floors; we had area rugs. Everyone wore pajamas or night gowns to bed and put on bathrobes and slippers when they got up. Parents held bridge parties and drank highballs, old fashioneds and martinis. Nearly everyone smoked. Kids could be seen and not heard at the dinner table. We dressed for dinner and could not drink anything but water with our meal. Parents played golf and tennis for leisure, and took the kids to the public pool to swim. We could ride the bus in safety and parents could drop their kids off at the movie theatre with no qualms. During the summer we stayed out late and collected fireflys. Trees had spanish moss hanging in droves and we could actually see the stars from our backyard. We thought the moon was made of cheese and no one had ever heard of a computer. Math was done manually and we learned to read by see-say. There was a soda fountain in all the drug stores and kids had a field day at at the 5 and dime. Those were the days! - Terry McNeil

I will always remember spending the weekend and summer vacations with my grandmother. Listening to her stories and looking at all her old photos will always be my fondest memory of her. She taught me how to sew. How many young people spend time embroidering with their grandmother these days? She would let me stay up late to watch TV with her; we ate dinner in the livingroom with snack tables. Then it was off to bed in the cold upstairs. She was rich; she had an electric blanket but her feet were so cold. I love you, Nana. - Marlene

I remember listening to WLS and WCFL radio out of Chicago at bedtime and enjoying the information coming out of this far away big city. How about Schwinn bicycles with bannana seats and ape hanger handle bars and a big stick shifter with the eigth ball on it. This was the best - Steve Wilson

I remember Blue Laws being in effect... elevator operators... automats where you bought food that was behind little glass doors... telephone numbers that started with letters... diners with the little jukebox at each booth... drive-in restaurants where the car hop hung your dinner tray on the window of the car... Friday nights roller skating at the indoor roller rink with hardwood floors... Moms didn't work... the huckster came once a week with fruits and vegetables... the first space flights... using our imagination ... always being close enough to home to hear if we were called to supper... being in your own yard when the street lights came on... doing chores... having parents who were strict but you never doubted how much you were loved... singing along with the bouncing ball on Mitch Miller... the test pattern on Saturday morning TV... tubes in the back of the TV... milk, bakery products and coal were delivered to the house... the neighborhood policeman, Max, walked a beat and used the call box on the telephone pole... leaving house doors unlocked and keys in ignitions... getting snow cones (we called them iceballs) from the vendor in the park who actually shaved the block of ice to make them... Coca Cola in glass bottles where you needed a bottle opener to get the cap off... teachers who stayed after school to tutor if you needed the extra help... Sunday School... doing things as a family... doctors making housecalls... nurses wearing caps... nuns wearing habits... starting the school day with prayer and the pledge of allegiance... Mom telling us kids "hold hands when you cross the street and stick together"... shoveling coal in the furnace at night before we went to bed so the house would stay warm through the night... we never ran out of things to do... we were never bored... we didn't worry about anything... wouldn't it be fun to go back again? - Peggy

Sitting in the attic with my brothers listening to "Lights Out" or "Congo Kirk" on the radio with only a flashlight on; Ghoulardi every Friday night; going downtown on the bus; getting a "Jingle Jump;" playing games like "The Barbie Game," "Mystery Date," "Dream Date," etc.; "Show Us Your Lark Pack" to passing cars; playing "Gilligan's Island"; the spy show surge when everyone was a secret agent; birch beer at Royal Castle (also 12 hamburgers for $1); ice skating at OUTDOOR rinks with long, striped scarves, pom-poms on the skates, playing crack the whip, skate tighteners, then going to Red Barn for fries & a coke; all you can bowl on Saturday mornings with the family for $5 a lane; getting tons of free Indians' tickets through the Plain Dealer and going downtown with my Dad and Uncle and a van full of kids, parking downtown on the street under the Shoreway Bridge and walking past all the clothing stores, till we got to the scalper on the bridge over the tracks ("wanna buy some box seat tickets?"); "Peanuts - fo' bags fo' a quarta!"; Beeline fashion parties with Mom and the Aunts; good clean fun (our school for ants, making pine cone soup, hopscotch, halloween haunted yards or garages or basements, trips to the corner store, etc.); being the first girl at my high school to wear slacks & getting my picture in the community newspaper (1970); Mr. Jingaling, how you tingaling; wearing nylons (garter belt and all) to a field trip in 6th grade, and the principal made me take them off and leave them in her medicine cabinet and go bare-legged to the concert!; spool knitting & gum wrapper chains; curfews in college; those were the days!!! - Sue

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