If you could go back in time...where and when would you go?
That's easy for me...I would travel back to Gary, Indiana in the 1950's era




All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
It took five minutes for the TV to 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?

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


When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch
submarine races along the shores of Lake Michigan, 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?
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.
Can you still remember Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Doody and the Peanut Gallery,
Kukla, Fran and Ollie, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Roy, Dale, Trigger, Buttermilk, Bullet and Nellybelle?

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"?
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 cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
P.F. Fliers
Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(TUrner 4-2223). Party lines
Peashooters, 45 and 78 RPM records, Green Stamps,  Hi-Fi's and Flash Bulbs?
Metal ice cube trays with levers, Mimeograph paper, Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys, Cork pop guns and Studebakers
Going to Johnny's Drive-In, The Chuckwagon Diner

or the Beauty Spot for burgers and fries or to the
Y & W Drive In theater for a movie on Saturday night

I remember driving the management at Reno's
crazy by flipping chewing gum onto their hot grill
and my very first paying job...sacking potatoes at Jensen's Market on Ridge Road

Washtub wringers, The Fuller Brush Man,  Reel-To-Reel tape recorders,
Tinkertoys,  Erector Sets,  The Fort Apache Play Set, Model Train Sets, Lincoln Logs,
15 cent McDonald Hamburgers and a sack of White Castles
5 cent packs of baseball cards - with that awful pink slab of bubble gum...Remember Penny candy
35 cent a gallon gasoline,  Jiffy Pop popcorn

Do you remember 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"?
Playing "kick the can" in the street and where shouting
"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?
Or playing cricket (stick ball) on the sidewalk using a sawed-off broomstick handle as a batt.
Entering and watching Soap Box Derbys

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?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
War was a card game?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
Yes, I'd gladly go back to those times for a visit
Graduating from Lew Wallace High School
Serving in the United States Air Force
Meeting my wife and starting a family
It was the best decade of my life.

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