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Nostalgia

May 2017
Abbott
The Raven Lunatic

The Gift of My Mother’s Wedding Rings

In the few days I’ve worn the rings, I like pondering what they represent. I recognize that not everyone is blessed; life is fraught with complications that fray the knots we tie.

Ginther
As I Recall...

The Great Iron Horse

In the not too distant past, trains had identities and personality. When streamliners were eloquent, schedules were frequent, and fares were less expensive than for airliners, America traveled coast to coast and border to border on passenger trains.

Handler
Leslie Goes Boom

From Bright White to Neon – Sweating It Out In Fashion

We had to wear a bright white, no-stretch cotton, one-piece jumpsuit with legs that came down to mid-thigh. The outfit snapped up the front. Then we’d go out and play kick ball, come back all sweaty, and have to put our street clothes back on in five minutes to get to the next class. No wonder so many kids learned to hate exercise!

Lynch
Silver Screen, Golden Years

Grace Kelly, Studio One, and Live TV

It has been noted by various biographers that during the shooting of her 1955 film To Catch a Thief, co-star Cary Grant was awed by Grace Kelly’s ability to deftly improvise a scene.  She explained to him it was because of her early training in live television.

Smith-Brown
As I See It

Scruffy Dogs and Magical Fireflies

One of my favorite things was flitting around at dusk catching fireflies. A jar full of lightning bugs could light up the container like a fairy wand had waved its magic over it.

April 2017
Crantz
The Hippocratic Oaf

Johnny Carson's Paperclips

We entered another studio and there it was – the throne of all Hollywood. It was the desk of Johnny Carson. I couldn’t help myself, I ran at full speed toward the desk, an out-of-control, precocious 11-year-old.

Kennedy
Musings of an Undefeated Matriarch

Stopped Clocks Don’t Stop Time

It might be silly to talk about clocks, but that’s another reason retirement is such a wonderful reward for years of hard labor. Our lives are no longer chained to the numbers on a timepiece.

Lynch
Silver Screen, Golden Years

The Hindenburg Disaster – Up Close and Personal News

Comparing the newsreel versions of Mr. Morrison’s “live” audio inserted into the film footage, with other versions that have standard narration voiceover, audiences were impressed with the difference between the sound of “live” news and “canned” news, and how much less exciting it is to be told of an event after it has happened than to hear of it while it is occurring.

Vossler
One More Story...

Comic Capers

Superman battling Lex Luthor, crime and deadly kryptonite; the Justice League of America tackling foes; The Lone Ranger and Tonto; and the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin fighting fiends. In a willing suspension of disbelief I lost myself in the fantastic stories while faint footfalls of customers trod around me.

March 2017
Healy

The Things Left Behind

I have long been an admirer of abandoned buildings and places inhabited only by left-behind ghosts and shadows, whispers and memories. But this was my car. This capsule of long-forgotten things and times was my 2001 PT Cruiser.

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