Fun to Remember


This has been around before, but I like the pictures that go with it this time around........
And for those of you too young to know what the heck this is about.  It's how things were in the "good old" days!

A bit of nostalgia for the over 60 crowd . . . . . A history lesson for the youngsters!

The perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care. How many of these do you remember?

This first section of the page was submitted by     Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA on 04/09/01;   Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA on 01/10/06;   Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA on 04/26/06;     Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA on 08/04/06;       Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA on 02/20/07;   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA on 09/03/07;     Glenn Dye ('60) of TX on 09/22/07;   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA on 10/03/07 and 07/07/08;   Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 / '68) on 08/13/08;     Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA on 07/09/09;   Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA on 03/17/10; and    Ron Watson (Hampton HS - '61) of ?? and    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA on 04/28/10 - when it was finally added.

Thank you, One and All!

How's This for Nostalgia?

Remember When ---

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms? 

It took three minutes for the TV to warm up? 

Nobody owned a purebred dog? 

When a quarter was a decent allowance? 

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny? 

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces? 

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot? 

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

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents? 

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . And they did it! 

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady? 

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '? 

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game? 

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger? 

And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today. 

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home? 

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

... as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that'? 

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on.

To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on.

And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

Send this on to someone who can still remember Howdy Doody, The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.      

Candy cigarettes
Plastic Army Men

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside  

  Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes  
  Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers  

  Chief Pontiac Signs
P.F. Fliers Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Raymond 4-601). Party lines
Howdy Dowdy  
  45 RPM records
45 rpm spindles  
  Green Stamps
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
  Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys  

  Cork pop guns
Marlin Perkins  
  Drive in Movies
Drive in restaurants  
  Car Hops
  Topo Gigio
Washtub wringers  
  The Fuller Brush Man
Sky King  
  Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Erector Sets
Lincoln Logs
15 cent McDonald hamburgers
5 cent packs of baseball cards
Penny candy

25 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn
5 cent stamps
Gum wrapper chains
Chatty Cathy dolls  
  5 cent Cokes
Speedy Alka-Seltzer - The Speedy Alka-Seltzer character was created in 1951.  
  Cigarettes for Christmas

Falstaff Beer  
  Burma Shave signs
Brownie camera  
  Flash bulbs
TV Test patterns

Old Yeller
Chef Boy-ar-dee
Fire escape tubes
Timmy and Lassie  
  Ding Dong - Avon calling!!
  Aluminum Christmas Trees

 If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown-up" life. I double-dog-dare-ya!

I not only remember 5 cent Coke (6 ounce bottle) but the Pepsi jingle which ended,
"twice as much for a nickel, too, Pepsi-Cola is the drink for you!"

- Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/03/07
Thanks, Domi!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 02/25/08 - "Remembering When":

       Dave Spriggs ('54 - of VA), who helps us remember...

Thank you, Chris! A dedication to our Wizard of Wonderment seems most appropriate to me!

Carol....I got this from one of my email buddies...and I had such fun looking at it, I thought you'd like to share it with classmates.

- Janice McCain Rose of VA - 06/23/09
WOWZERONI!!! All these great old images really brought back some lost memories to me! Thanks so much, Janice!

Moments to Remember

January to December, we'll have moments to remember

The New Year's Eve we did the town
The day we tore the goal post down
We'll have these moments to remember

The quiet walks, the noisy fun
The ballroom prize we almost won
We will have these moments to remember

Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years

When other nights and other days
May find us gone our separate ways
We will have these moments to remember


The drive in movie where we'd go
And somehow never watched the show
We will have these moments to remember


(This page was created on 11/03/07, the content having been sent by    Wayne Agee ('58) of FL on 10/25/07. Thanks, Wayne!)

"Moments to Remember" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/27/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Moments to Remember" lyrics courtesy of

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