Did you have a mood ring in the ‘70s? They were supposed to display our true feelings for all to see by changing color depending upon our emotions… however, the only thing truly being revealed was our body temperature. Mood can affect body temperature, but so can a lot of other things like the weather and body activity. The one and only Muhammad Ali once paid homage to the mood ring in his creative way by rhyming… “The mood ring reflects my feelings… When I show blue, I hit the ceiling.”
Remember playing with Tinker Toys? The wooden rods and spools could keep us busy for hours designing and constructing all kinds of elaborate and complex creations. As the story goes… a fellow named Charles Pajeau invented Tinker Toys after watching children playing with pencils and empty spools of thread. What did you build with your Tinker Toys?
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Ahhhh…arm, freshly baked bread… without baking it yourself or heading out to the store or bakery. Yum! Remember the good old days when paneled trucks would roll down streets with their interior shelves filled with fresh bread and pastries making deliveries to homes along their routes? Even before that, bread and other bakery items arrived at homes via horse and cart. But, it has been a very long time since most of us have experienced the pleasure of having bread delivered right to our doorsteps. Fortunately, some local bakeries are reestablishing the practice. Great news for those of us who still dream about the bread deliveries of our youth!
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The banana split was once the most popular ice cream dessert around, but it doesn’t seem to be as common these days. A true banana split must be constructed just so… with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and a scoop of strawberry ice cream topped with chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, and pineapple. Some garnishes are a nice touch too, like maraschino cherries, nuts, and whipped cream. Supposedly, the banana split was invented by a pharmacist in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. Of course, it didn’t take long for the recipe to spread far and wide!
Were you a fan of the Saturday morning cartoon “Underdog” when you were a kid? The show first aired in 1964. Whenever Sweet Polly Purebred needed to be saved from the evil clutches of some villain, the rather meek Shoeshine Boy would turn into his alter ego superhero Underdog and save her. Some of the dialogue was written in verse. Remember Underdog assuring us “There’s no need to fear… Underdog is here!” And how about Sweet Polly Purebred singing “Oh where, oh where has my Underdog gone? Oh where, oh where can he be?"
Sam Drucker (Frank Cady) was around a lot in the ‘60s. He could be seen on three of the most popular shows of the decade… “Petticoat Junction,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and “Green Acres.” He was the proprietor of Drucker’s General Store in Hootersville, which was an old-fashioned grocery store that sold just about anything you can think of and more. It was the spot everyone in town came to talk, hear the local gossip, maybe play checkers, and even vote. Sam was also the postmaster. Remember how Sam refused to do anything related to United States Postal Service without first putting on his postmaster hat and standing behind the post office counter?