Nostalgia

On this page we will put various items of NOSTALGIC REMEMBRANCES that are sent in by classmates.

Posted on March 31, 2016

From Barry Lazarus

Subject:  Gene Kelly Skating

You have no idea how good Gene Kelly was at dancing until you watch this. Look closely and notice these are not even shoe skates. They are the kind we had as a kid and came with a skate key. Amazing. I wonder how many times he fell before perfecting this routine. This is fantastic. It is unbelievable. If you've ever roller-skated, you will find this impossible to believe! This fellow is really amazing! He starts tap dancing about half way through. I loved looking at the dresses and hats of the ladies and all the old cars. Notice also that most of the ladies were wearing  gloves except at the end when folks were clapping. I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. JUST REMARKABLE! WHAT A TALENT, AND HE MAKES IT LOOK SO EASY. This will bring up some of those old time memories for most of us.


 http://www.chonday.com/Videos/geskates2 
 

 

Posted on Sept. 18, 2015:

We Made It..!!

You may have heard the words before, now it's with pictures...enjoy watching, "I can't believe we made it!"

Here's a recollection just posted on Sept. 15, 2015...

THE END OF AN ERA.......

The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO has closed its doors forever. The contents of the museum were sold at a public auction.

Roy Rogers told his son, “If the museum ever operates at a loss, close it and sell the contents.” He complied.
Note this follow-on information -- truly the end of an era.

Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction...

Roy's 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500; it was estimated to Sell between 100 and 150 thousand dollars.

His script book from the January 14, 1953 episode of This Is Your Life sold for $10,000 (EST. $800-$1,000).

A collection of signed baseballs (Pete Rose, Duke Snyder and other greats) sold for $3,750.

A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller, and others) sold for $2,750.

Trigger's saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (EST. 100-150 K).

One of many of Roy's shirts sold for $16,250 and one of his many cowboy hats sold for $17,500.

One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625.
(He never used a set of spurs on Trigger.)

A life size shooting gallery sold for $27,500.

Various chandeliers sold from $6,875 to $20,000.
They were very unique and artistic in their western style.

A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken during his perfect game in the World Series against The Dodgers on Oct. 8, 1953, along with a signed baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2,500.

Two fabulous limited edition BB guns in their original boxes with numerous photos of Roy, Dale, Gabby, and Pat sold for $3,750.

A collection of memorabilia from his shows entertaining the troops in Vietnam sold for $938.
I never knew he was there.

His flight jacket sold for $7,500.

His set of dinner ware plates and silverware sold for $11,875.

The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.

One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.

Nellybelle sold for $116,500.

A fabulous painting of Roy, Dale, Pat, Buttermilk, Trigger, and Bullet sold for $10,625.

One of several sets of movie posters sold for $18,750.

A black and white photograph of Gene Autry with a touching inscription from Gene to Roy sold for $17,500.

A Republic Productions Poster bearing many autographs of the people that played in Roy's movies sold for $11,875.

Dale's horse, Buttermilk, (whose history is very interesting) sold below the presale estimate for $25,000. (EST. $30-40 K).

Bullet sold for $35,000 (EST. $10-15 K). He was their real pet.

Dale's parade saddle, estimated to sell between $20-30 K, sold for $104,500.

One of many pairs of Roy's boots sold for $21,250.

Trigger sold for $266,500.

Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robin Hood, with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland?

Well, Olivia rode Trigger in that movie.

Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby.
Roy bought Trigger on a time payment plan for $2,500.

Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together.

Trigger even out did Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie Son of Paleface in 1953.

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It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever. Despite the fact that Gene and Roy's movies, as well as those of other great characters, can be bought or rented for viewing, today's kids would rather spend their time playing video games.

Today it takes a very special pair of parents to raise their kids with the right values and morals.

These were the great heroes of our childhood, and they did teach us right from wrong, and how to have and show respect for each other and the animals that share this earth.

You and I were born at the right time.

We were able to grow up with these great people even if we never met them.

In their own way they taught us patriotism and honor, we learned that lying and cheating were bad, and sex wasn't as important as love.

We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure and work through it.

Our lives were drug free.

So it's good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy, The Lone Ranger and Tonto.

Farewell to Sky King and Superman and Sgt. Friday and don't forget Pat Butrum and Gabby Hayes.

Thanks to Capt. Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers and Capt. Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better.


It was a great ride through childhood.

HAPPY TRAILS MY FRIENDS

Anyone under 50...won't understand or care!

 

Here's a previous entry from Classmate Lou Abramson:

Something: By Lou Abramson                     07/04/2015

 
I happened to be browsing through my Favorites, and I came across the Class of 58 website. After checking a few things out, a few old memories came back to me.
 
After the 50th reunion, I started writing articles about whatever came to my mind and Rod Lazorik would print them. That went on for a few years, then for some reason, I slowed down. At about the same time, if it were, I think Rod was slowing down too; or maybe not. I don't want to offend such a nice guy, who also happens to be bigger than me. I guess, one thing led to another and we separated; not divorced, separated.
 
So, I thought, "Why not write something, send it in and see what happens." The question remains, "Are you reading this now?" If so, it got printed. If not, I'm writing to myself.
 
I'm now thinking of what I should write about. I've got to come up with something that would be interesting to most of you;  I can't please them all. It should be humorous, not enough to make you roll on the floor but just enough to get a snicker out of you. Hey, don’t knock a Snicker,  a "Snicker" is good.
 
Let's see; it has to be interesting and humorous. What else does the story need? Ah, I got it, "Nostalgia."  Yes, that's it, we all want to talk about the old days..................................... Nah, it's old stuff again. Got to come up with something. Give me a second. I know I can do it. I'll be able to whip out a script in minutes. OK, just one second.
 
Nope, can't think of anything....................................crap
 
Lou Abramson
 
 

     Easter Sunday, 2015: One of the very best I've seen in this video/music genre....   Sure turns the clock back....great cars too.

Sent in by Classmate Barry Lazarus...click this link:

 

Here's a music video and song which you ought to enjoy!  It's all about...

 

Minneapolis

 

Here's a Word Reminder, sent in by Kurt Schleicher

*Fender Skirts and Supper*


  I know some of you will not understand this prose, but I bet you know
someone who might. I came across this phrase yesterday.
  *Fender Skirts*
  A term I haven't heard in a long time, and thinking about *fender skirts*
started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our
language with hardly a notice; like *curb feelers.*
 
  And *steering knob* (AKA) *suicide knob* or *necker’s knob.*
    Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction
first. Any kids will probably have to find some older person over 50 (like you) to
explain some of these terms to them.


  Remember *Continental Kits*?
  They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed
to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
 

  When did we quit calling them *emergency brakes?*
  At some point *parking brake* became the proper term. But I miss the hint
of drama that went with *emergency brake*.
 

  I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the
accelerator the *foot feed*.
  Many today do not even know what a *clutch* is, or that the *dimmer
switch* used to be on the floor.
  For that matter, *the starter* was down there too.
 

  Didn't you ever wait at the street for your Daddy to come home, so you
could ride the *running board* up to the house?
 
  Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore -
*store-bought*.
Of course, just about everything is *store-bought* these days. But it once
was bragging material to have a *store-bought* dress or a *store-bought*
bag of candy.
 
  *Coast-to-coast* is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and
now means almost nothing. Now we take the term *worldwide* for granted.
  This floors me.
 
  On a smaller scale, *wall-to-wall* was once a magical term in our homes.
In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wall-to-wall
carpeting!
  Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors.
  Go figure.
 
  When was the last time you heard the quaint phrase *in a family way*?
It's hard to imagine that the word “pregnant” was once considered a little
too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company, so we had all
that talk about stork visits and *being in a family way* or simply
*expecting*.


  Apparently *brassiere* is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other
day and my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just *bra* now.
  *Unmentionables* probably wouldn't be understood at all.
  I always loved going to the *picture show*, but I considered *movie* an
affectation.
 

  Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure '60s word I
came across the other day… *rat fink.* Oh, what a nasty put-down!
    Here's a word I miss - *percolator.*
  That was just a fun word to say.
  And what was it replaced with? *Coffee maker*.
  How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.
  I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern
and now sound so retro.
  Words like *DynaFlow* and *Electrolux* and *Frigidaire.*
    Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with *SpectraVision!*
 
  Food for thought.
  Was there a telethon that wiped out *lumbago*?
  Nobody complains of that anymore.
  Maybe that's what *Castor Oil* cured, because I never hear mothers
threatening kids with *Castor Oil* anymore.
    Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list.
  The one that grieves me most is *supper.*
  Now everybody says *dinner*. Save a great word.
  Invite someone to supper… and discuss fender skirts!
 

 

If you like to see old cars and pictures of the gas stations they typically refueled at over 50 years ago, you will like this web site link sent in by classmate Kurt Schleicher:

http://hipspics.freewebspace.com/gas/gas.html

 

If you'd like one of the best, nostalgic video trips with music, back to the 50s, you will like this one, sent in by classmate Kurt Schleicher.  Try it full-screen and turn up the sound.  See how many of the people pictured you can identify!  Click this link...

http://safeshare.tv/w/FEDEwZHZXu

 

If you like old "Hot Rods," try this new video sent in by Classmate Kurt Schleicher. Copy/Paste this URL into your browser and enjoy the 7 minute show:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/76633759

 

This is HYSTERICAL - A MUST WATCH!!!!!!!

This is so darned funny, we had to share it with you
 This is not only very funny, it is educational....  for all ages.
  
( FRITZ IS A LOCAL WEATHER CASTER IN LA. )

 His approach to aging is similar to something Bill Cosby would do.
Of course, we're talking about Cosby's comic talent only!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/LR2qZ0A8vic?rel=0
 

 

Here's a nice video clip:

The first 3 minutes and 47 seconds of the OSCARS OPENING CEREMONIES was not shown on TV.  You must watch this...it is absolutely spectacular!!  Click below and Enjoy!
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 Now that we are into all the summertime picnics...

What do you do when you've finished all the beer?

You'll enjoy the talented young men who have found one answer to this age-old question! Some Michael Jackson music!!

Please Click on the following video link:

 
What to do once you’ve finished all the beer

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Seventeen year old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video reproduction.  He chose History as his theme.  He downloaded pictures from the internet, added the track Mind Heist, by Zach Hemsey (from the movie Inception) and then turned in his homework.
Speakers on?  Are you ready to see and hear Joe's work?  Click on this link:
 
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Have you seen the human kaliedoscope?

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/8oqPR5-GLuA?rel=0

 

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Here's some past commercials with the Budweiser Clydesdale horses.  Enjoy!

http://wallythekat.tripod.com/A_Pages/AA-Videos-YOU-Tube/Clydesdales.html

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