The door behind us leads to a screen-in porch (well it was back then), where three big wooden rockers sat. I remember all the kids sitting outside on the rockers at night and listening to the trains pass in the valley. We had a wonderful place to grow up, hills to play king of the hill and just enough flat to play a baseball. We had lots of kids in the neighborhood too...plenty of little boomers to join in games. Our yard seemed to be the focus of a lot of neighborhood activities. The hills were fun to roll down or slide down on cardboard boxes. If you had the nerve - the hills made for a pretty thrilling try on a bicycle. I remember my chain broke while attempting the hill on a bike and the tool closet door brought me to an abrupt stop. It was either the wooden door or a brick wall. The hills were fun and didn't deter my downhill bicycling efforts.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Radio stations back weren't country stations, rock and roll stations, etc. You'd tune into listen to music and you got to hear Johnny Cash, Ray Stevens, The Beatles, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Who, The Four Tops, Burle Ives, Bob Dylan, Henry Mancini, and Peter Paul & Mary. You heard it all without having to tune to different channels.
Back when I was going to R.A. Mitchell, I'd carry my transistor radio in my book satchell. I thought having a transistor radio was hot stuff back then.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Marx Toys also made some Cowboy and Indian 12" action figures that were pretty cool. I had Johnny West and General Custard - but they never fought Injuns with them. I just wasn't into Cowboys & Indians...unless that is when John Wayne was fighting them. My Johnny West and Gen. Armstorng Custard had to settle for Nazis.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I got my Five Star Jeep on Christmas morning and immediately loaded all my joes on in for a recon outing. I didn't wait for family members to finish opening their presents...orders were orders and we took off around the house that cold December morning. We were doing pretty good there, not a Nazi in sight when I heard a voice from behind me, "INCOMING!" I turned just in time to see a basketball coming, no time to react. Brook had thrown it and laughing. It was a direct hit - Joes went everywhere and my new Five Star Jeep was minus a tailgait. Needless to say - I FREAKED!!!!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Post Note: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Holman Cousin Cliff passed away September 8, 2008.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
As for the advertisement above, I never cared for Fizzies but they were a favorite treat for most baby-boomer kids. You'd plop a flavored pill into water as if you were using an Alka-Selzer and PRESTO - a fizzily-flavored drink. Brook (my older brother) told me of a guy that got out of class by popping one directly into his mouth during class. It wasn't long before red foamy bubbles started spewing from his mouth.
I remember enjoying TANG as a kid...the orange juice of astronauts. I also remember this chocolate drink by Carnation Foods called Instant Breakfast. It was a chocolate powder that you added to milk. It always gave me a stomach ache for some reason.