And now, something for the baby boomers........

  1. Here are a few passing thoughts as the summer slowly bakes its way into fall and my 45th birthday approaches at approximately the speed of sound........

    It's been a really long time since a kid could buy a bottle of Coke and an ice cream bar for a quarter.

    Does anyone else remember Space Food Sticks?

    Know which shows I'd LOVE to see brought back on TV Land? "The Mod Squad". "Petticoat Junction". "Laugh-In". ALL of the Peanuts specials. And I'd kill for a video tape of Disney's "Sammy the Way-Out Seal". Give me those shows and a strawberry Fanta, and I'm back in the summer of '69 when life was simple and my heroes were the guys who walked on the moon.

    Metal lunchboxes.....they could take being kicked, thrown out the bus window, and stomped on, and lunch STILL was edible. I had a red-and-black plaid one that my mother probably paid a buck-fifty for; I recently paid $22 for one just like it that I found in an antique store (!). And yes, it lives right where the old one did....on top of the fridge.

    Without all the computers, cable TV, DVD players and personal stereos etc. available to kids nowadays, how did we ever manage to entertain ourselves? And who among us boomers would ever have admitted being bored within earshot of our mothers?

    I can't believe that the clothes I wore in high school in the early '70s would get me sent home today, while my 12-year-old hears sexual terms on network TV that I never knew existed until I was married.

    Things you can't find any more: Royal strawberry pudding. Black Cow candy bars. Fresca. Paper dresses. Paper dolls. Those green Valentine hearts that tasted like soap. Pink soap powder that you could add a little water to, mix together, and throw up on the ceiling in the 5th-grade girls' bathroom. Anything psychedelic. Little records on the backs of cereal boxes. Toys in cereal boxes. 45's. Stupid comics in the little Bazooka Joe bubble-gum wrappers. Bazooka Joe bubble gum.

    Places that don't exist anymore: White Front stores. Drive-in restaurants with carhops on roller-skates. Actual roller rinks. Actual drive-in movie theaters. Malt shops. Elegant movie "palaces" named "Bijou" where you were escorted to your seat by a uniformed usher with a flashlight, and made to leave if you disturbed other patrons or put your feet up on the seat.

    Things you can't do anymore: Play baseball in the street until dark. Spend afternoons at the Boys and Girls Club for free. Climb trees in a public park. Ride on anything that hasn't been made totally safe (and boring). Join a fraternal organization. Take a family to the movies for less than $40 or a pro ballgame for less than $100. Eat burgers and fries without guilt.


    Any other musings?
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  3. by   Brownms46
    originally posted by mjlrn97
    here are a few passing thoughts as the summer slowly bakes its way into fall and my 45th birthday approaches at approximately the speed of sound........

    it's been a really long time since a kid could buy a bottle of coke and an ice cream bar for a quarter.

    does anyone else remember space food sticks? nope and i'm older than you..:chuckle what were they?

    know which shows i'd love to see brought back on tv land? "the mod squad". "petticoat junction". "laugh-in". all of the peanuts specials. and i'd kill for a video tape of disney's "sammy the way-out seal". give me those shows and a strawberry fanta, and i'm back in the summer of '69 when life was simple and my heroes were the guys who walked on the moon.

    ditto

    metal lunchboxes.....they could take being kicked, thrown out the bus window, and stomped on, and lunch still was edible. i had a red-and-black plaid one that my mother probably paid a buck-fifty for; i recently paid $22 for one just like it that i found in an antique store (!). and yes, it lives right where the old one did....on top of the fridge.

    without all the computers, cable tv, dvd players and personal stereos etc. available to kids nowadays, how did we ever manage to entertain ourselves? and who among us boomers would ever have admitted being bored within earshot of our mothers?

    not around my mother. you kept out of sight so she wouldn't think of something for you to do..:chuckle

    i can't believe that the clothes i wore in high school in the early '70s would get me sent home today, while my 12-year-old hears sexual terms on network tv that i never knew existed until i was married.

    things you can't find any more: royal strawberry pudding. black cow candy bars. fresca. paper dresses. paper dolls. those green valentine hearts that tasted like soap. pink soap powder that you could add a little water to, mix together, and throw up on the ceiling in the 5th-grade girls' bathroom. anything psychedelic. little records on the backs of cereal boxes. toys in cereal boxes. 45's. stupid comics in the little bazooka joe bubble-gum wrappers. bazooka joe bubble gum.

    places that don't exist anymore: white front stores. drive-in restaurants with carhops on roller-skates. actual roller rinks. actual drive-in movie theaters. malt shops. elegant movie "palaces" named "bijou" where you were escorted to your seat by a uniformed usher with a flashlight, and made to leave if you disturbed other patrons or put your feet up on the seat.

    drive in restaurants with carhops on roller skates still exist. roller rinks still exist. malt shops still exist. dive-in movies still exist. but i do mist the ushers throwing out folks who didn't understand that i didn't pay money to hear them talk. but a drive-in takes care of that...

    things you can't do anymore: play baseball in the street until dark. spend afternoons at the boys and girls club for free. climb trees in a public park. ride on anything that hasn't been made totally safe (and boring). join a fraternal organization. take a family to the movies for less than $40 or a pro ballgame for less than $100. eat burgers and fries without guilt.

    and there are dollar movie theaters, but the movies that play there many times have been out awhile. but i do remember the boys and girls club. ours had bowling, but you had to set up your own pins...:chuckle

    good post mj...

    any other musings?
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Brownie........Space Food Sticks came out in the late '60s, at least in California where I grew up. They were food concentrates, about the size of a Slim Jim pepperoni stick, and as I recall there were several flavors, but you were supposed to eat them for breakfast "just like the astronauts on the Apollo" missions. They were supposed to provide a whole meals' worth of vitamins and minerals, but I was still hungry after eating the whole box!

    They faded out rather quickly, but it was fun to think we were eating the same food the astronauts ate.

    You still have drive-ins with carhops? Cool! We have a drive-in theater in the next town, and every summer my husband and I bundle everyone into the Buick and head over there to watch poor quality films and eat overpriced, greasy junk food. But it's fun to sit out under the stars and stay up till 2 AM watching movies like we did back in the "old days".
  5. by   Ted
    You caught me during one of my "I'm feeling freakin' old" moments!

    I used to LOVE space food sticks!

    I remember most of the items mentioned.

    By the way. . . Fresca. . . I drink it all the time! Usually located near the Diet Pepsi (or is it Diet Cola) section! Love it!

    And, believe it or not, there's STILL a drive-in movie theater near where I live. . . Actually it's across the river from where I live, about a 20 or so minute drive from home. Haven't been to it since my high-school dating years. . .

    (Oops, just remembered what I used to do at that drive-in) :imbar

    Cheers!

    Ted
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    Speaking of drive-ins, here's another old memory: my DH and I used to go to the Aero Drive-In in San Diego to watch Cheech and Chong movies, and of course what everybody did was smoke pot in their cars and eat themselves into a coma by the middle of the second film. I mean, we'd see somebody get out of their car to make another run to the concession stand (they did a land-office business on the nights when they showed C&C) and the smoke would just BILLOW out. Security guards would walk around just sniffing the air and looking the other way (they probably enjoyed the contact high!) and everyone just got totally stoned, right there in the drive-in movie.

    Of course, we are old now and don't do this stuff anymore. But every now and again we'll catch "Up in Smoke" or "Nice Dreams" on cable, and next thing we know we're in the kitchen, up to our elbows in a bag of chips or a box of cereal......:chuckle
  7. by   bagladyrn
    Check out hometownfavorites.com where you can still order a lot of these candies,foods,etc. They even make something called a "decade box" filled with the candies and snacks available during that era. It's fun just to browse!
  8. by   Tweety
    Gee I'm 44 and never heard of space food sticks. I feel deprived.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    My sister liked "Pixie Sticks" Just straws, closed at the end with a little colored fruit flavored sugar inside. They colored the tongue.

    Heaven to me cost 15 cents - a Hershey bar & Superman comic!
    Candy bars were larger and only a nickle.
    Comics a dime.
  10. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by efiebke

    (Oops, just remembered what I used to do at that drive-in) :imbar

    Cheers!

    Ted
    :roll
  11. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by mjlrn97
    Speaking of drive-ins, here's another old memory: my DH and I used to go to the Aero Drive-In in San Diego to watch Cheech and Chong movies, and of course what everybody did was smoke pot in their cars and eat themselves into a coma by the middle of the second film. I mean, we'd see somebody get out of their car to make another run to the concession stand (they did a land-office business on the nights when they showed C&C) and the smoke would just BILLOW out. Security guards would walk around just sniffing the air and looking the other way (they probably enjoyed the contact high!) and everyone just got totally stoned, right there in the drive-in movie.

    e
    :roll I loved Cheech and Chong movies...and I almost sprayed my keybroad again, when I read this...:chuckle
  12. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    My sister liked "Pixie Sticks" Just straws, closed at the end with a little colored fruit flavored sugar inside. They colored the tongue.

    Heaven to me cost 15 cents - a Hershey bar & Superman comic!
    Candy bars were larger and only a nickle.
    Comics a dime.
    I LOVED Pixie Sticks....ALL the colors...!!!
  13. by   karenG
    space food sticks? drive in movies? not over here!

    Karen
  14. by   pickledpepperRN
    Originally posted by karenG
    space food sticks? drive in movies? not over here!

    Karen
    Yea, but you sent us the BEATLES!
    First song I heard of theirs I was in a crowded car on someones lap.
    "Close your eyes and I'll kiss you. Tomorrow I'll miss you." came from the radio. Glad we heard 'All my Lovin' before 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand'.

    Saw my good friend who was there just a couple weeks ago.

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