Radio/DJ Monotony Breaker

Today’s Monotony Breaker will trigger wonderful memories for some  —  and raise “interesting discussion topics” for those too young to have personally experienced the 50’s.

And on a related note  —  today’s edition of “Oldies w/ the Old Guy” on WIRY (noon till 6:00 Eastern) (1340 AM, 100.7 FM and on the internet) will feature songs about Radio and Disc Jockeys  —  obviously one of my favorite topics.  Join me if you can for a closer look at this wonderful medium called “radio.”


You know you’re getting old when you remember:

Girls wearing  Gym Uniforms?

Took three minutes for the Television to start

Nobody owned a purebred Dog

When a Quarter was a decent allowance

You’d reach into a gutter for a penny

Women wore nylons  in two pieces

Your Windshield got cleaned, Oil checked, and Gas 
pumped, without asking, all for free, every time! 

Never paid for Air as well as Trading Stamps

Laundry Detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels 
hidden inside the box

 A great privilege to be taken out to 
dinner at a Restaurant with your Parents

Schools kept ‘failed’ Students back a grade!

A 57 Chevy was a Dream Car

Car keys were always in the ignition,

and the doors were never locked

Lying on your back relaxing in the Grass with your

 Friends picturing Sky and Cloud shapes

Playing Baseball  showing  Kids the 
Rules of the Game without Adults

Stuff from Stores came without ‘safety’ caps and ‘hermetic’ seals

because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect Stranger
With all Modern Progress, would you just once wish,
you could slip Back in Time for the Slower pace, 
and share it with the Children Today.

Basically we survived because Parents, Grand Parents love was greatest!

As well as Summers filled with Bike rides,

Hula Hoops, Visits to swimming in the Ocean

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.

Remember Howdy Doody, The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger,   Roy and Dale, Trigger, Buttermilk, etc. etc.

Candy Cigarettes

Wax Coke-shaped Bottles

Soda Pop Machines that dispensed Glass Bottles. 
Coffee Shops with Table Side Jukeboxes. 
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry Chewing Gum.

Home Milk delivery in Glass bottles with Cardboard Stoppers.

News Reels before the Movie
Telephone #  with a word prefix / Party Lines.

Hi-Fi’s& 45 RPM Records.

78 RPM Records!

Green Stamps

Mimeograph Paper

The Fort Apache Play Set.
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  who ran the fastest?

Catching Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening

It wasn’t odd to have  lots of ‘Best Friends’
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot.

Saturday Morning Cartoons were not 30-minute Commercials for Action Figures

Spinning around, getting Dizzy, Falling down was cause for Giggles

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!!


A Woman’s Place

Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul ,
Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict.

She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.

She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem happy to maintain the old custom.

Ms Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, ‘Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?’

The woman looked Ms Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, “Land mines.”

 Moral of the story is (no matter what language you speak or where you go):


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