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Do You Remember These?

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Our offering here is just nostalgia.... pure, simple, warm memories. The anchor for this essay is “Do You Remember These?” a song by the Statler Brothers that is the epitome of nostalgia: Saturday morning serials, chapters 1 through 15; Fly paper, penny loafers, Lucky Strike Green; Flat tops, sock hops, Studebaker, ’Pepsi, please’; Ah, do you remember these?”

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Our offering here is just nostalgia.... pure, simple, warm memories. Enjoy! And be sure to catch the “bonus round” near the end.

My anchor for this essay is “Do You Remember These?” a real oldie by the Statler Brothers that is the epitome of nostalgia:

    Saturday morning serials, chapters 1 through 15
    Fly paper, penny loafers, Lucky Strike Green
    Flat tops, sock hops, Studebaker, “Pepsi, please”
    Ah, do you remember these?

Here – listen to the first verse:

Sock hops.... they called them that because they were held the the school gymnasium, and we had to take off our shoes so as not to mess up the gym floor. Shoes were lined up against the wall from one end to the other. Most of the girls danced; only a few of the guys did. I was usually in the adjoining office, selecting and playing the 45s on the record player. Boy, the music was great!

    Cigar bands, on your hand, your daddy’s socks rolled down
    Sticks, no plugs, and aviator caps, with flaps that button down
    Movie stars on Dixie Cup tops, and knickers to your knees
    Ah, do you remember these?

I was too young for cigar bands, but in college we built chains out of pop tops. (Remember them? A part of the top popped off when you opened the can.) They started out as necklaces, but quickly grew to bands hung across the dorm room, and then down the entire dorm hallway, over 100 feet long. Yeah, I remember these.

    The hit parade, Grape Tru-Ade, the Sadie Hawkins dance
    Pedal pushers, duck-tail hair, and peggin’ your pants
    Howdy Doody, Tutti-Frutti, the seam up the back of her hose
    Ah, do you remember those?

“Hey kids! What time is it?” Great music moved to television, with “Your Hit Parade,” which aired weekly from 1950 to 1959 (a TV Guide cover in the 50s is to the right). Duck-tail haircut? Too greasy for me. I was more of a flat top guy.

    James Dean, he was keen, Sunday movies were taboo
    The senior prom, Judy’s mom, rock and roll was new
    Cracker Jack prize, stars in your eyes, “Ask daddy for the keys”
    Ah, do you remember these?

“Cracker Jack big surprise in every pack.” Today, that prize might be the the tip of someone’s finger. Pity, huh? My, how far we have fallen.

    The boogey man, lemonade stand, and takin’ your tonsils out
    Indian burn, and “wait your turn,” and four foul balls you’re out
    Cigarette loads, and secret codes, and savin’ Lucky Stars
    Can you remember back that far?

Did you ever set up a lemonade stand? Of course; we all did. What great fun! And when you went to bed at night, your greatest fear was the imaginary boogey man. Yes, we remember back that far... with great, great fondness!

    The boat-neck shirts, and fender skirts, and crinoline petticoats
    “Mum’s the word,” and a dirty bird, and a double root-beer float
    Moon hub caps, and loud heel taps, and “he’s a real gone cat”
    Ah, do you remember that?

Loud heel taps? Sure. I remember getting a double root-beer float at the soda fountain at the drug store. We’d go there after the 25-cent matinee at the Vogue theatre on Saturday afternoon. Yeah, I do remember that.

    Dancin’ close, little moron jokes, and cooties in her hair
    Captain Midnight, Ovaltine, and the Whip at the county fair
    Charles Atlas course, Roy Roger’s horse, and “Only the Shadow knows”
    Ah, do you remember those?

Yes, I remember those.... Trigger, of course.

Why did the moron throw onions into the water?
’Cause he wanted to see the bridge on the river Kwai.

    Gable’s charm, frog in your arm, loud mufflers, pitchin’ woo
    Going steady, Veronica and Betty, white bucks, and blue suede shoes
    Knock knock jokes, Who’s there? Dewey, Dewey who?
    Do we remember these, yes we do; ah do we, do we remember these.

Do we remember these? (Yes, we do!)

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