Category Archives: Nostalgia

Sage Advice from Granny

A few days ago I posted an image of young boys playing cowboy, the way we did in the 50s. It was on a page dedicated to old toys.

In a matter of minutes several snotty little members of the Church of the Perpetually Offended jumped on, hurling insults and trying to provoke an unwinnable argument. You know the type.

Granny said: “Never get down in the mud to wrestle a pig. You just get dirty and the pig enjoys it.”

Can’t get any plainer than that.

I posted some YouTubes in the comment section you might enjoy. Otherwise, see ya whenever.

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In Case You Needed a Laugh

First a word from our sponsors: The admins here (two lovely and frightfully smart ladies) and me, the village idiot, are going to suspend the normal political diatribes until after the holiday. We will, however, bring you some special features.

I’d like to express for myself, and quite probably my buddies here, my profound thanks to all of you for stopping here. We don’t have a donation button or beg-a-thons like some sites. We do this as a public service and because we enjoy it. It is gratifying to know that so many of you feel we are worthy of a little bit of your time.

OK, now the fun stuff.

Many television shows have produced episodes to coincide with holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

WKRP in Cincinnati was a 70s sitcom with an excellent ensemble cast. The following is one of the funniest bits ever filmed. No doubt most of you have seen it, but maybe it’s been a while. It will be the best 4 minutes you’ll spend today listening to Les Nessman describe the carnage as the turkeys go splat on the pavement.

Cheers was another funny scene.  Poor Norm.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

MADtv – Dot’s Thanksgiving Play (I REALLY ENJOYED MADtv)

DeNIRO AND CRYSTAL… TWO SCREAMING LIBS, BUT PRETTY FUNNY TOGETHER

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING TRULY BIZARRE

The Muppets Audition for The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

MY GRANDPARENTS GOT A COLOR TV ON OCT. 4, 1964 (it was my sister’s birthday).

I REMEMBER WATCHING THE MACY’S PARADE IN COLOR FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT WAS AMAZING.

Red Skelton was a comic genius and a real American original.  In 1952 he addressed his audience this way:

A Thanksgiving Day Message From Red Skelton from 1952

On the day before Thanksgiving every year Rush Limbaugh relates the story of the true meaning of Thanksgiving.  It was all about the abject failure of socialism and the power of capitalism.You’re probably familiar with it, but here is the transcript and the audio.

Rush Limbaugh has made it an annual tradition to take a moment before the holiday to tell “the true story of Thanksgiving,” a holiday about which many of the historical facts are often left out and much of the true meaning has been lost in the simplified and politically correct version of the tale. The true story, he explains, highlights the faith and courage of the Pilgrims, the partnership between the settlers and the Native Americans, the failure of socialism and the power of free enterprise.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/11070/rush-limbaugh-tells-true-story-behind-thanksgiving-james-barrett

I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN’T GIVE THANKS TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR DELIVERING US FROM LIBERAL TYRANNY AND GIVING US A PRESIDENT WHO WORSHIPS HIM AND NOT A FALSE IDOL.

First Lady Melania Trump Receives the White House Christmas Tree

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to Him.

Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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The Day That Humor Died

We lost two people over the weekend who were referred to as comedians. Humor, it seems, is generational. People laughed at vaudeville, Laurel and Hardy, Ernie Kovacs, the Three Stooges, Lenny Bruce, and BETs Def Comedy Jam. Some people think holding up a bloody piece of meat that looks like the president’s head is rip-roaringly funny.
I never saw Dick Gregory’s live act. I did see him on Johnny Carson and a few other guest spots, mostly there to bash white people in the name of civil rights. I never found anything funny about black comics whose entire schtick was bashing white people. With the ingrained antipathy toward caucasians they have a ready-made audience. The same people who idolize rappers, drug use, and murdering police officers.
When Jerry Lewis, the son of vaudevillians, was paired with a handsome Italian crooner named Dean Martin, magic happened. They were perfect together. Martin, the straight man to Lewis, playing a zany lunatic. They made history together. After they split Martin went on to a successful career as a singer and Las Vegas icon. Lewis wrote, directed, acted, and produced one hit movie after another. He had total control because the studios knew anything he touched was box office gold.
Lewis had another burning passion, and that was children. Danny Thomas founded Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and Lewis raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the child-killing affliction of muscular dystrophy through his Labor Day Telethons that aired for years. In the early days, it was the only program that was on long after the other stations had signed off for the night.
The most emotional moment of the event for me was the time when, after decades apart, Dean Martin walked onstage and hugged his old friend. I also remember Lewis grousing about how his son, Gary, and his band, the Playboys, who had a hit in the 60’s called “This Diamond Ring,” would practice at his house and make such a racket he made them leave.
Dick Gregory will be remembered as a minor talent. Jerry Lewis will be remembered by those of us who grew up laughing along with a man who was blessed with a multitude of talents and did them all well.


Flynn: Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory, Comic Geniuses If Only They Were Funny
Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis passed away this weekend. Their deaths were no laughing matter to their many fans. Their lives were no laughing matter to their many critics.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/08/21/flynn-jerry-lewis-dick-gregory-comic-geniuses-funny/

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The Retail Crapshoot

To many retail outlets, the Christmas shopping season is the difference between making a profit for the year or losing. Every Spring buyers attend shows in big cities like New York and Las Vegas to preview the coming seasons new products. Order too many of the wrong items and you lose money. Order too few of what’s selling this year and customers will go elsewhere.

Before there was such a thing as online shopping there were radio and television ads, newspapers and the Sears Christmas Toy Catalog. (I found a 1962 Sears toybox catalog in a box of magazines I bought at auction. I sold it online for nearly $150. (Collectors like to have the original ad to display with their collections.)

It seems every year something unexpected becomes THE toy to have for kids, whether it be the hula hoop, Slinky, Holiday Barbie, Mattel Buffalo Hunter set, pet rock, or Bigmouth Billy Bass. The only toy I can remember searching the city over for was that phenomenon, the Cabbage Patch doll. My daughter was about 10 that year. I went to a dozen stores before I found one. The only grandchild who gets any toys for Christmas is Miss Olivia. All the rest get what they really want for Christmas … money.

The following link is to what is predicted to be the hottest toys this year. There can’t be much argument that none of the junk will withstand the test of time like the treasures of our youth have. We had things made of steel, cast iron, wood, plastic and tin. Kids today have things that need batteries and are made so cheaply they generally break in a short period of time. Most kids aren’t much for playtoys, since they all have iPhones now.

These Are Going to Be the Hottest Christmas Toys of 2017

We know the holiday season seems so far away, but when it comes to snatching up the hottest toys, you can’t start early enough. Luckily, Hasbro released a list of what they think will be the most popular toys come December.

HERE ARE A FEW OF THE NEW OFFERINGS FROM HASBRO

Hanazuki MoodGleam Wearable

Moodgleam

Colors change to reflex the mood of the wearer, just like the bracelet worn by the popular cartoon character, Hanazuki.

DIDN’T WE HAVE MOOD RINGS????

Play Doh Letters and Language

Play-Doh Letters and Language Set: Kids can practice letter recognition and pronunciation using the alphabet stampers and play mats.

WHO DIDN’T HAVE PLAY DOH? DID YOU LEAVE YOURS OUT UNTIL IT HARDENED INTO A ROCK? C’MON,YOU KNOW YOU DID.

[CtH: My sister banned it from her house, because she got so sick of picking crumbs out of the carpet. LOL]


Star Wars” Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet

Although they have yet to test, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute love the interactive aspect of this role-playing helmet. Put the device on and the surround sound will immerse you in the life of skilled X-Wing fighter pilot, Poe Dameron.

OK, WHAT KID IS GOING TO LOOK BACK IN 50 YEARS AND RECALL FONDLY HAVING AN ELECTRONIC HELMET?

[CtH: Oh I dunno.  My youngest gets pretty misty about Teddy Ruxpin. :)]

Coinhole: The Mini Bouncing Quarter Game

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Players compete in this game by bouncing coins off the table, onto the board and into the hole. The first to sink all of their coins wins!

[CtH: My brother and his friends used to play a tabletop football game just like this, using pieces of paper folded into fat triangles.  But oh golly gee whiz!  They never had the option of blowing $35 to get a customized image printed on a piece of wood with a hole in it.  Isn’t that special?!

Customize your own Coinhole™ Board

HAVE YOU NOTICED THESE TOYS ARE LARGELY WARMED-OVER VERSIONS OF CLASSIC TOYS?  THEY’RE EVEN REVIVING TICKLE ME ELMO.

GOT 30 BUCKS??  Elmo’s hysterical laugh is back for a new generation of fans. And just in time to appeal to the upwardly mobile parents whose parents managed to score one for them in 1996 when the first release was The Impossibly Popular Toy of the Year.

Marvel Legends Series “Thor” Mjolnir Electronic Hammer

Made for elevated role-playing, this die-cast metal pommel hammer features intricate detailing , SFX and light up lightning effects. For adults only. Who else would spend $100 on something like this?!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping-toys/these-are-going-to-be-the-hottest-christmas-toys-of-2017/ss-BBDTMrk?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=UE12DHP#image=26

I GOT ONE OF THESE ONE YEAR

THESE TOO

MY COUSIN GOT ONE OF THESE. HE BROUGHT IT OVER ON CHRISTMAS DAY. WE PLAYED FOR HOURS AND HOURS

WHAT WAS UNIQUE ABOUT THE TOYS OF OUR GENERATION IS THAT WE HAD FUN AND ACTUALLY LEARNED THINGS OR CREATED WITH OUR OWN HANDS AND THE ONLY LIMITATION WAS OUR IMAGINATION.

CtH: When I think back to my childhood, two toys stand out as being favorites my friends and I played with day after day after day.

Jacks

jump rope

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Some Television Nostalgia

Just because I’m about done with politics. For a lot of reasons.

MARGARET HAMILTON, THE MAXWELL HOUSE LADY

NOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE HER?

FROM WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME ALFALFA BROUGHT A KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT

Little Rascals Spanky and Petey

ONE BECAME A SUPERSTAR, THE OTHER JUST DISAPPEARED

JIM BACKUS WAS WELL KNOWN BEFORE HE BECAME THURSTON HOWELL III

MEL BLANC’S VOICE CHARACTERIZATIONS WERE INCOMPARABLE; WITHOUT HIM BUGS AND DAFFY WOULD NOT EXIST

SEE Y’ALL LATER

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Sunday Nostalgia

CTH: I’m so old, I took typing on a manual typewriter! 🙂

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GRANNY ALWAYS USED LARD IN HER PIE DOUGH. THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE IT.
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THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE SLEEPING ON AIR-DRIED SHEETS
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tn_funnyadvertisementsvintageretrooldcommercialscustomgenius_com91_thumbCTH: Ewwwww … I’d totally forgotten the heinous, hours-long job of defrosting the freezer!  We are so spoiled now!

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THE BEST HAMBURGERS IN THE WORLD

CTH: My earliest memory of this is from when I was about 4 and my mom had treated me to a Purple People Eater mask, then we went to get a bite at the lunch counter.  I remember so clearly sitting in my chair with that mask on and looking at my reflection in the mirror that our Woolworth’s had instead of a backsplash.  I just googled that song and, yup, I was 4. The Purple People Eater” is a novelty song written and performed by Sheb Wooley, which reached no. 1 in the Billboard pop charts in 1958.”
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I BELIEVE IN YESTERDAY

On yesterday’s post KarmaKelli commented on the Cankles video ‘Yesterday Is Still Over.’ It got me to thinking, and I said to myself: ‘Self,what a great segue for a nostalgia post.’ It’s 5AM, I got nothing better to do, so why not? I need a life….seriously.
THERE IS NOTHING IN THE WORLD LIKE SLEEPING ON AIR-DRIED SHEETS
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MUGGY,SUMMER NIGHT. NO AIR CONDITIONING. WE’D ALL PILE IN THE CAR AND HEAD TO THE ROOT BEER STAND FOR A FROSTY MUG OF ROOT BEER AND MAYBE A BURGER OR A CHILI DOG. THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE IT.
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GRANNY COOKED MANY A TURKEY AND ROASTS IN ONE OF THESE
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HOW MANY QUARTERS DID YOU TRY TO WHEEDLE OUT OF YOUR MOM FOR THIS WORTHLESS CRAP?
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WHEN I WENT THROUGH GRANNY’S JEWELRY BOX THERE WERE SOME OF THESE.SHE NEVER HAD PIERCED EARS
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REMEMBER WHEN THESE WERE ABOVE THE BLACKBOARD IN EVERY CLASSROOM?
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THESE WERE TEN CENTS AT ANY STORE.SOMETIMES I’D PUT LIGHTER FLUID ON THE WINGS BEFORE I THREW THEM.I WAS A SICK BASTARD
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MY GREAT-UNCLE HOMER ACTUALLY HAD A NASH RAMBLER WITH THIS
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IF YOU CAN RELATE TO THESE YOU’RE MY KIND OF PEOPLE
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I’LL BET THESE HURT LIKE HELL
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I COULD BE CALLED PATHETIC FOR LIVING IN THE PAST, WHICH IS COMFORTABLE RATHER THAN FACE A FUTURE OF UNCERTAINTY. I CAN LIVE WITH THAT.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THESE???

As I whiz past my 900th post!

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THIS POPULAR TOY WAS OUTLAWED DUE TO PEOPLE GETTING SKULL FRACTURES
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I SAT ON THE BASEMENT STAIRS AND WATCHED GRANNY USE ONE OF THESE FOR HOURS BEFORE SHE TOOK THE CLOTHES OUTSIDE TO DRY ON A CLOTHESLINE IN THE SUNSHINE.NOTHING COMPARED TO SLEEPING ON AIR-DRIED SHEETS
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SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT THESE WERE LIKE PIXIE STIX….THEY’RE NOT
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C’MON,YOU KNOW YOU DID SOME SMOOCHIN’ HERE
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ASIDE FROM HER STOVE,THIS WAS THE SUM TOTAL OF GRANNY’S KITCHEN APPLIANCES
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I beg you forgiveness for indulging in a little nostalgia. These are all part of a happier time. Before January 2017 finally comes I fear there won’t be much left to look back on from what once made us great.

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