I was visiting a blog I recently found, written by a single dad with multiple children in his care, and he was mentioning his childhood, a childhood that started before the 1980s. It got me to thinking, as I'm much older than he is, that there must be quite a bit I'd forgotten about... Here are just a few things...
- Marlin Perkins & Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
- The Wonderful World of Walt Disney
- manual typewriters and the race to get 1 of the 10 electric typewriters in Mrs. Costello's typing class
- riding in the back seat without a seat belt
- Channel Lumber
- Great Eastern Mills
- Two Guys
- signing up at the Computer Lab to access a computer in college (OMG, I'm truly O.L.D.)
- American Bandstand
- Saturday Night Fever (edited: I spent $11 of my monthly $20 allowance on the double album)
- Abbott & Costello
- Creature Feature
- Seaside Heights when you could walk on a beach without stepping on cigarette butts
- crabbing in the bay with Uncle W
- TV without a remote
- black and white TV 'cause that's all there was
- Romper Room
- The Bowery Boys
- Wonderama with Bob McAllister
- Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans
- My Favorite Martian
- My baloney has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R...
- Apollo 11
- the Manson Murders
- the birth of the bikini and the mini-skirt
- The Munich Massacre at the Olympics
- gas rationing and even/odd days
- Pope John Paul II
- The Me Decade
- the famine in Bangladesh
- life before the VCR
- Mr. Ed
- Pixie Stix
- Jack's Deli (only if you're from Bloomfield, NJ, will this mean anything to you!)
- B. Dalton Booksellers
- Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips on Saturday afternoons when we went to the library
- baton twirling class at the Civic Center
- the swings at my grandfather's house
- the lily pond at my grandfather's house
- Tommy as Santa Claus at my grandmother's on Christmas Eve
- my cousin singing Olivia Newton John's I Honestly Love You
- the start of the Electric Company and Sesame Street
- HR Pufnstuf
- Land of the Lost on TV
- The Greatest American Hero (okay, yes, I love TV!)
- Lawrence Welk
- Guy Lombardo
- The first Rockin' New Year's Eve in 1973
- The Edge of Night
- The Secret Storm
- Luke and Laura
- the Son of Sam murders
- Ted Bundy
- Dirty Harry (1971)
I remember getting our dog, Belle, in 1970. Belle was a beautiful Samoyed and she's spoiled me for any other breed of dog. If and when we get a dog (we're planning to get one when he/we retire) I'll be pushing for a Samoyed, although I know hubby dearest is pushing for a chocolate lab or a black lab. The one thing we agree on for sure is no small dogs! I remember the kids in my school stopping to pet my dog through the fence.
I remember learning to ride a bicycle on M DeF's bicycle; we didn't have a bicycle when I was young. It was purple and had a banana seat. I thought I was SO very accomplished when I didn't fall down and go boom!
I remember the first time I had a crush on a guy, Rick G. from my grammar school. In our 8th grade mimeographed "yearbook" there was a Remember When page. Totally by accident, I'm sure, the editor included "Remember when Krys C. has a crush on Ricky G.?" Oh, if only they'd gotten their tenses right! I can so vividly remember being mortified. And I blush really bright red when I'm embarrassed!!!
I remember calling white German Shepherds "lemon shepherds" when I was small.
I don't remember this, but my mom loves to tell the story of how I walked around the neighborhood, a mere not-yet-5-years-old new kid on the block, knocking on doors to introduce myself and ask if they had any children I could play with - obviously I was still an only child at this time!
I remember walking to grammar school and back and thinking I was such hot stuff because I could walk alone. We lived 5 houses from the school. I really wasn't that cool!
I remember TM getting in trouble in the cafeteria in grammar school for blowing the wrapper from his straw across the table. Sister Adrien used to stand in the choir-loft-that-would-eventually-become-the-library and ring the school bell if anyone misbehaved at lunch.
I remember when she retired, my dad made her a gavel out of a piece of wood whose grain looked like the Virgin Mary. People thought she was so strict, but I really liked her a LOT!
I remember getting hayfever for the first time during the STA summer picnic in the summer of 1977, at just 16 years of age. Never had allergies before that!
And I suppose I could go on forever, but this has been enough of a break. Gotta go back to work. I reallly loved remembering these things. Would love to read YOUR childhood memories...