Classmate Contributions

Contributed by Roxanne LOGAN Phillips

“HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU” – Roy Rogers – “King of the Cowboys”

The young guns may not understand the meaning of this, but you would!

THE END OF AN ERA…

The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO closed its doors forever a couple years ago.

The contents of the museum were sold at a public auction. Roy Rogers told his son, if the museum ever operates at a loss, closeit, and sell the contents. He complied.

Note the follow-on article; truly the end  of an era.

Here is a partial listing of some of the items  that were sold at auction…

Roy’s 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500.  It was estimated to sell between 100 and 150 thousand dollars.

His script book from the January 14,1953 episode of This Is Your Life sold for $10,000 (EST. $800-$1,000).

A collection of signed baseballs (Pete  Rose, Duke Snyder, and other greats) sold for $3,750.

A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller, and others) sold for $2,750.

Trigger’s saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (EST. 100-150 K).

One of many of Roy’s shirts sold for $16,250 and one of his many cowboy hats sold for $17,500.

One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. (He never used a set of spurs on Trigger).

A life size shooting gallery sold for $27,500. (which was a great price for this)

Various chandeliers sold from $6,875 to $20,000.

Very unique and artistic in their western style.

A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken during his perfect game in the world series against the Dodgers on Oct. 8,1953, along with a signed baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2,500.

Two fabulous limited edition BB guns in their original boxes with Numerous photos of Roy, Dale, Gabby, and Pat sold for $3,750.

A collection of memorabilia from his shows entertaining the troops in Vietnam sold for $938. I never knew he was there.

His flight jacket sold for $7,500.

His set of dinnerware plates and silverware sold for $11,875.

The Bible they used at the dinner table  every night sold for $8,750.

One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.

Nellybelle (his jeep) sold for $116,500.

A fabulous painting of Roy, Dale, Pat, Buttermilk, Trigger, and Bullet sold for $10,625.

One of several sets of movie posters sold for $18,750.

A black and white photograph of Gene Autry with a touching inscription From Gene to Roy sold for $17,500.

A Republic Productions Poster bearing many autographs of the people that played in Roy’s movies sold for $11,875.

Dale’s horse, Buttermilk (whose history is very interesting) sold below the presale estimate for $25,000. (EST. 30-40 K).

Bullet sold for $35,000 (EST.10-15 K). He was their real pet.

Dale’s parade saddle, estimated to sell between 20-30 K, sold for $104,500.

One of many pairs of Roy’s boots sold for $21,250.

Trigger sold for $266,500.  (Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robin Hood, with Errol Flynn and Olivia de  Havilland? Well, Olivia rode Trigger in that movie). Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby. Roy bought Trigger on a time payment plan for $2,500. Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together. Trigger even outdid Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie Son of Paleface in 1953.

It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever. Despite the fact that Gene and Roy’s movies, as well as those of other great characters, can be bought or rented for viewing, today’s kids would rather spend their time playing video games.

Today it takes a very special pair of parents to raise their kids with the right values and morals.

These were the great heroes of our childhood, and they did teach us right from wrong, and how to have and show respect for each other and the animals that share this earth.

You and I were born at the right time. We were able to grow up with these great people, even if we never met them. In their own way they taught us patriotism and honor. We learned that lying and cheating were bad, and that sex wasn’t as important as love. We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure and work through it.  Our lives were drug free.

So it’s good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy, the Lone Ranger, and Tonto.  Farewell to Sky King and Superman and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better.  It was a great ride through childhood.

Happy Trails My FriendsROY ROGERS RIDERS CLUB

                                       Thanks for sharing, Roxanne

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Contributed by Dick Sturhahn

21 Rules For a Good Old Age…Some of us have reached our golden years, and some of us have not. But these suggestions should be read by everyone. They have been collected from many a senior, each with his or her own piece of advice. Some you know, some may surprise you, and some will remind you of what’s important. So read well, share with your loved ones, and have a great day and a great life!

1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for an investment, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries and this is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

 2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is  now  theirs to earn their own money.

3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.

Sturhahn Photo 24. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together.

5. Don’t stress over the little things. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.
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6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”

7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.

8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.

9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.

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10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them of yesterday’s wisdom that still applies today.

11. Never use the phrase: “In my time”. Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life. 

12.  Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around. 
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13.  Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone. 

14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer at an NGO or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.

15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.

16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That’s a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don’t go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.
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17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we’re all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be.

18. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone – apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.

19. If you have a strong belief, savor it. But don’t waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them.
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20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what’s not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation.     

21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking. They’ll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you’ve achieved. Let them talk and don’t worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you’ve lived so far. There’s still much to be written, so get busy writing and don’t waste time thinking about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be! 

AND REMEMBER:

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“Life is too short to drink bad wine.”

Thanks Dick.  Very true words to live by. 

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Contributed by Dick Sturhahn

WORDS / PHRASES THAT REMIND US OF THE WAY WE WERE

                                         by Richard Lederer

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included “Don’t touch that dial,” “Carbon copy,” “You sound like a broken record” and “Hung out to dry.” A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige.

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker and straighten up and fly right. Hubba-hubba! We’d cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in some passion pit or lovers’ lane. Heavens to Betsy! Gee Whillikers! Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!  Holy Moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China! Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.  Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

Like Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim, we have become unstuck in time. We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” or “This is a fine kettle of fish!”

We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.  Poof, poof, poof go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind.  We blink, and they’re gone, evanesced from the landscape and wordscape of our perception, like Mickey Mouse wristwatches, hula hoops, skate keys, candy cigarettes, little wax bottles of colored sugar water and an organ grinder’s monkey.

Where have all those phrases gone? Long time passing. Where have all those phrases gone? Long time ago: Pshaw. The milkman did it. Think about the starving Armenians. Bigger than a breadbox.  Banned in Boston. The very idea! It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Turn-of-the-century. Iron curtain. Domino theory. Fail safe. Civil defense. Fiddlesticks!

You look like the wreck of the Hesperus. Cooties. Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers.  Don’t take any wooden nickels. Heavens to Murgatroyd! And awa-a-ay we go! Oh, my stars and garters!

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter had liver pills.

This can be disturbing stuff, this winking out of the words of our youth, these words that lodge in our heart’s deep core. But just as one never steps into the same river twice, one cannot step into the same language twice. Even as one enters, words are swept downstream into the past, forever making a different river.

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.

One of the greatest advantages of aging is that we can have archaic and eat it, too.

I’ll admit that I never heard of some of those, so they could be territorial.

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Contributed by several Classmates

AND THEN IT IS WINTER

You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…its over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

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Contributed by Jerry & Diane (Featheringil) Boll

These were the simple times and just maybe the better times. 

A Poem That Was Us

A little house with three bedrooms,
One bathroom and one car on the street
A mower that you had to push
To make the grass look neat.                                          

In the kitchen on the wall
We only had one phone,
And no need for recording things,
Someone was always home.

We only had a living room
Where we would congregate,
Unless it was at mealtime
In the kitchen where we ate.

We had no need for family rooms
Or extra rooms to dine.
When meeting as a family
Those two rooms would work out fine.

We only had one TV set
And channels maybe two,
But always there was one of them
With something worth the view

For snacks we had potato chips
That tasted like a chip.
And if you wanted flavor
There was Lipton’s onion dip.

Store-bought snacks were rare because
My mother liked to cook
And nothing can compare to snacks
In Betty Crocker’s book

Weekends were for family trips
Or staying home to play
We all did things together –
Even go to church to pray.

When we did our weekend trips
Depending on the weather,
No one stayed at home because
We liked to be together.

Sometimes we would separate
To do things on our own,
But we knew where the others were
Without our own cell phone

Then there were the movies
With your favorite movie star,
And nothing can compare
To watching movies in your car

Then there were the picnics
at the peak of summer season,
Pack a lunch and find some trees
And never need a reason.

Get a baseball game together
With all the friends you know,
Have real action playing ball –
And no game video.

Remember when the doctor
Used to be the family friend,
And didn’t need insurance
Or a lawyer to defend

The way that he took care of you
Or what he had to do,
Because he took an oath and strived
To do the best for you

Remember going to the store
And shopping casually,
And when you went to pay for it
You used your own money?

Nothing that you had to swipe
Or punch in some amount,
And remember when the cashier person
Had to really count?

The milkman used to go
From door to door,
And it was just a few cents more
Than going to the store.

There was a time when mailed letters
Came right to your door,
Without a lot of junk mail ads
Sent out by every store .

The mailman knew each house by name
And knew where it was sent;
There were not loads of mail addressed
To “present occupant”

There was a time when just one glance
Was all that it would take,
And you would know the kind of car,
The model and the make

They didn’t look like turtles
Trying to squeeze out every mile;
They were streamlined, white walls, fins
And really had some style

One time the music that you played
Whenever you would jive,
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record
Called a forty-five

The record player had a post
To keep them all in line
And then the records would drop down
And play one at a time.

Oh sure, we had our problems then,
Just like we do today
And always we were striving,
Trying for a better way.

Oh, the simple life we lived
Still seems like so much fun,
How can you explain a game,
Just kick the can and run?

And why would boys put baseball cards
Between bicycle spokes
And for a nickel, red machines
Had little bottled Cokes?

This life seemed so much easier
Slower in some ways
I love the new technology
But I sure do miss those days.
So time moves on and so do we
And nothing stays the same,
But I sure love to reminisce
And walk down memory lane.

With all today’s technology
We grant that it’s a plus!
But it’s fun to look way back and say,
HEY LOOK, GUYS, THAT WAS US!

Wishing everyone the very BEST
and ENJOY Life to it’s FULLEST!

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Quincy back in the day

This sure will bring back a lot of memories and things we had forgotten about.  Enjoy!  I wish there had been captions for each.  

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Here’s an unbelievable collection of all the old time radio shows.  Find your favorite, click on it, and listen to all the episodes.

All the old radio shows are here.

Click on the one you’re interested in and they have all the episodes.

Comedy

Al Jolson Show
Alan Young Show
Aldrich Family
Alka Seltzer Time
Amos & Andy
Avalon Time
Baby Snooks
Bergen & McCarthy
Bickersons, The
Bing Crosby
Bob & Ray
Breakfast In Hollywood
Bright Star
Burns & Allen
Cavalcade Of America
Command Performance
Couple Next Door
Curtain Time
Danny Kaye Show
Dennis Day Show
Duffy’s Tavern
Easy Aces
Father Knows Best
Fibber McGee & Molly
First Nighter Program
Frances Langford Show
Fred Allen Show
Fred Waring Show
Gasoline Alley
GI Journal
Glenn Miller
Goldbergs
Great Gildersleeve
Guest Star
Halls Of Ivy
Harold Peary
Harry James Show
Hollywood Barn Dance
It Pays to Be Ignorant
Jack Benny
Life Of Riley
Lum And Abner
Mail Call
Mayor of the Town
Mel Blanc
Milton Berle
Misadventures Of Si and Elmer
My Favorite Husband
My Friend Irma
Our Miss Brooks
Phil Harris & Alice Faye
Red Skelton
Story Lady, The

Westerns

American Trail
Cisco Kid, The
Fort Laramie
Frontier Fighters
Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Town
Gene Autry
Gunsmoke
Have Gun Will Travel
Hopalong Cassidy
Horizons West
Lone Ranger A
Lone Ranger B
Roy Rogers Show, The
Six Shooter
Tales Of The Texas Rangers

Detective

Barry Craig
Boston Blackie
Broadway Is My Beat
Casey, Crime Photographer
Chase, The
Crime Classics
Crime Club
Crime Does Not Pay
Danger, Dr. Danfield
Dick Tracy
Dragnet
Falcon, The
FBI In War And Peace, The
Federal Agent
Frank Race
Gangbusters
Guilty Party
I Was A Communist For The FBI
Jeff Regan
Let George Do It
Lineup
Mr. District Attorney
Mr. Keene, Tracer of Lost Person
Nero Wolfe
Night Beat
Pat Novak
Philip Marlowe
Saint, The
Secrets Of Scotland Yard
Sherlock Holmes
This Is Your F.B.I
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar

Mystery

Adventures By Morse
Arch Obler’s Plays
Beyond Midnight
Black Museum
Cloak and Dagger
Clock, The
Creaking Door
Dangerous Assignment
Dark Fantasy
Dark Venture
Darkness
David Harding Counter Spy
Diary of Fate
Dimension X
Escape
Five Minute Mysteries
Frankenstein
Ghost Corps
Green Valley Line
Hall Of Fantasy
Haunting Hour, The
Hermits Cave
I Love A Mystery
Incredible, But True
Inner Sanctum, The
Lights Out
Macabre
Man Called X, The
Molle Mystery Theater
Mysterious Traveler
Mystery In The Air
Quiet Please
Sealed Book
Shadow, The
Strange Dr. Weird
Suspense
Weird Circle
Whistler, The
Witch’s Tale
X Minus One

Drama

Academy Award Theater
Adventure Theater
Adventures By Morse
Air Adventures Of Jimmy Allen
Archie Andrews
Audio History
Avenger
Avengers
Big John & Sparky
Big Town
Bill Sterns Sports Reel
Birdseye Open House
Blackstone, The Magic Detective
Blue Beetle
Box 13
British Shows 1
British Shows 2
Campbell Playhouse
Captain Midnight
Chandu The Magician
Chesterfield Chicago Theater Of
Cinnamon Bear
Columbia Workshop
Commercials
Corsican Brothers
Damon Runyon Theater
Dangerously Yours
Family Theater
Fifth Horseman
Fighting AAF
Fire Fighters
Flash Gordon
Ford Show Ford Theater
Frank Merriwell
Future Tense
Goon Show, The
Grand Hotel Grand Marquee
Hallmark Playhouse
Heartbeat Theater
Hollywood Star Playhouse
Hop Harrigan
Horizons West
Humphrey Bogart
I Love Adventure
Information Please
Jungle Jim
Lets Pretend
Little Orphan Annie
Lux Radio Theater 465
Magic Island
Matinee Theater
Mercury Summer Theater
Mercury Theater
Michael Shayne
Miscellaneous Music
Moon Over Africa
Moon River
Mr. President
Railroad Hour
Sears Radio Theater
Smilin Ed’s Buster Brown Gang
Soap Operas
Soldiers of the Press
Speed Gibson
Sports Thrills
Superman
Tarzan
Treasury Star Parade
Treasury Star Salute
Vic & Sade
World Adventures Club
World War II Shows
WSJV Complete Broadcast Day
Your Army Air Force

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Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!

Make sure you read to the end! 

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. 

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive 

29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Thanks Mary

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This was sent to me by by our Texas Classmate, Janet ‘Hall’ Mysinger.

‘Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?’
‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him.
‘All the food was slow.’ 
‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’

‘It was a place called ‘at home,” I explained!
‘Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis , never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.  In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears & Robuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.  Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow)
We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 10.  It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 15 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called ‘pizza pie.’  When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It’s still the best pizza I ever had..

I never had a telephone in my room.  The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line.

 All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers, my brother delivered a newspaper, 7 days a week. It cost 5 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.  On Saturday, he had to collect from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren . Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?

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This will keep you entertained for the next ten years!!

Here is a web site like no other. You can scroll down the list below and click and watch anything. (Or you can view the same things at the web site in the link below.) TV shows (we sure had some good ones), songs (you’ll be singing along) – oh my – what a collection. Just love this. I think you will too.

>>> http://www.oldiestelevision.com/

20 full episode FATHER KNOWS BEST (1953)
The definitive aspartame family sitcom: Betty & Kathy fued begin over a bathing suit
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin. (CBS)
21 PETTICOAT JUNCTION (1962)
Bea Bernadette and Edgar Buchanan bring up three perky teenage girls in Hooterville,
at the Shady Rest Hotel; this show was the precursor to “Green Acres” (CBS).
22 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BOB MATTHIAS (1956)
1952 Olympic Triathalon Champ Discusses the games & his movie debut with Herb Sheldon.
Sheldon hosted several shows ranging from talk, to teen dance, to Ricky Tick Piano. ( DuMont )
23 DANCES OF THE 1950’s: THE HAND JIVE (1957)
Herb Sheldon’s dancing Teens do their spin Johnnie Otis’ “Willie & The Hand Jive,”
Then see Otis’ original performance of his “Hand Jive.” (Dumont/RKO)
24 GROUCHO MARX YOU BET YOUR LIFE (1959)
Contestants: 11 year old Candice Bergen with dad, Edgar sans Charlie Mc Carthy,
& Groucho’s daughter, Melinda. Are the dads smarter than the 6th graders? (NBC)
25 the original DRAGNET(1959)
Grandaddy of TV cop shows, the definitive police melodrama with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday,
Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith. Cliff Arquette appears as a nut (NBC)
26 THE MAGNIFICENT MUSICAL COMEDY GENIUS OF VICTOR BORGE 1951
Victor performs a new twist to Listz and it is a classic Borge, musical & comedy genius.
Victor Borge’s precision piano and satiric talent are as natural as his warmth. (CBS)
27 EDDIE FISHER SINGS A MEDLEY OF HIS BIGGEST HITS 1953
Eddie croons I’m Walking Behind You, Anytime, With These Hands, Oh My Papa on his TV show.
Like the era crooners, Fisher got 15 minutes weekly to enthrall his swooning fans.(NBC)
28 ABBOTT & COSTELLO: WHO’S ON FIRST? 1951
The signature Bud Abbot and Lou Costello comedy routine often imitated, never duplicated.
The duo did hosting stints on The Colegate Comedy Hour & Hollywood Palace. (NBC)
29 DANCES OF THE 1950’s THE JITTERBUG 1958
It started with Cab Calloway and ended up the most popular moves on American Bandstand.
Here the dancers jitterbug jive to Little Richards’ “Rip It Up.” (AIP).
Kids 8 to 80: Enter your 40s-60s dance video @ Oldies Television & win cash & prizes!
30. THE HONEYMOONERS …IN COLOR! 1969
Ralph & Ed are jailed in Paris , Ed’s plan backfires with hilarious results.
Jackie wanted the show taped in Miami , Audrey Meadows & Joyce Randolph nixed moving.
Shiela Macrae & Jane Kean played Alice & Trixie; audiences didn’t accept the change. (CBS)
31 THE ORIGINAL FLASH GORDON SERIAL theatres-1939; TV-1960’s
Before oldies concerts, PBS used Flash Gordon cinema serials to rattle the tin cup.
Buster Crabbe introduced Flash Gordon fighting evil Ming The Merciless~Charles Middleton/
From Captain Video to Captain Kirk, find your TV galactic faves here @ Oldies Television
32 Full Episode THE LONE RANGER 1955
Hi Ho, Silver! Starring Clayton Moore, it was the top rated of all weekly TV western series.
The Lone Ranger was the top rated #1 of the many Saturday afternoon “thataway” oaters
See the debut episode, Enter The Lone Ranger Hi, Ho Silver! (synd.).
33 THE ENDEARING GRIMACES OF EDDIE CANTOR 1952
From the “lost” The Colegate Comedy Hour kinescopes (off the TV screen made film copies):
Eddie Cantor pantomines a sketch as the hapless victim of a vixen. (NBC)
34 BOBBY DARIN HOSTS A BEAUTY CONTEST 1957
Long before having his own network show Bobby’s first TV gig: hosting a NYC beauty pageant
what a disaster! The contestant names are mixed up as are the sponsor’s promos ( DuMont )
35 DANCES OF THE 50’s: AT THE HOP LINDY HOP-BOP STYLE 1959
In ’59, they bopped the Lindy Hop to “At The Hop” and it was Top!
Kids 8 to 80: Enter your 40s-60s dance video to Oldies Television & win cash prizes!
There’s more Danny & The Juniors here to stay on our Classic Oldies Video Jukebox (below)
36 Full Episode THE GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW 1953
starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, with Bea Bearnedette, Harry Von Zell, Fred Clark
Gracie’s crazy whims get George, Harry Von Zell and Harry Morton arrested! (CBS)
Can you guess how many actors played Harry Morton before & after Clark, or who they were?
37. THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW: MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY 1958
co-starring Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hammer, Angela Cartright; Jane Withers guests
Kids wreak havoc on dad, mom~divide & conquer +Danny’s stand-up comedy. (CBS)
Please support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital founded by Danny. Help save children with cancer.
38 3 Full Length Sketches SID CAESAR’S YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS 1952-57
Legendary pre-SNL skit comedy, co-stars Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howie Morris
Sketches: “Flippity” (musical spoof, 1955), “Sicillian Marriage Contract” (1957)
co-written by a very young Woody Allen & hilarious “This Is Your Life” parody (1952). (CBS)
39 HERE COMES TOBOR! 1954
Before Captain Video got a hold of Tobor, little Robbie donned the prequel.
Madison Ave jumped on ship with a cardboard Tobor mask. Don’t laugh, they sold. ( DuMont )
40 THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 1954
After TV animation came a live Superman series starred George Reeves, Noel Neill as Lois Lane
Lois is abducted by gangsters, Superman sans Clark Kent saves the damsel in distress. (CBS)
41 full episode THE ADVENTURES OF FLIPPER 1964
Let’s get our minds off killer whales and go back to this beloved, adorable dolphin.
Each week this amazing mammal fascinated kids and adults by solving mysteries! (synd.)
42 SPIKE JONES: COCKTAILS FOR TWO 1951
Spike & the gang of hilarious musical zanies perform their signature musical blowout!
As you see this wild musical circus, know Spike Jones choreographed the wild antics. ( DuMont )
43 CAPTAIN VIDEO & HIS VIDEO RANGERS 1950
Long before Kirk, there was Captain Video chasing those bad guys around the galaxy.
It was the “Star Trek” of it’s time, network directors made the same cancel blunder. ( DuMont )
44. THE ELEGANT STYLE OF LIBERACE 1952
Liberace brought style to candlelight piano music, with brother George on violin.
This rare clip captures the musical heart and soul of the flamboyant pianist. ( DuMont )
45 MEDIC 1954
The first and still best medical drama series, Richard Boone hosts as Konrad Steiner MD.
Still as relevant: up and coming boxer is befelled by Diabetes. As relevant today as then. (NBC)
46 full episode THE BIG VALLEY 1965
An outstanding Western series with Barbara Stanwyck, Lee Majors & Linda Evans
Local town fanatics threaten to blow up the Bartley Mine (NBC)
47 A TRIBUTE TO THE ROOTS OF TV BASEBALL 1950-57
Visual newsreel memories of baseball’s early years: Jackie Robinson~Joe Di Maggio~Yogi Barra
This was the very beginning of baseball gaining more fans via television. (Movietone)
48 full episode Mc HALE’S NAVY 1962
Before Harvey Korman, Tim Conway was sidekick to Ernest Borgnine on this military sitcom
View a full half hour episode and watch Tim fall (literally) for a Lt. Commander Nurse. (NBC)
49 clips HOPALONG CASSIDY 1952
The Saturday afternoon TV Western staple starring William Boyd as frontier vigilante Hoppy.
Of the many Saturday TV matinee oaters, this ranked #2 in ratings. Giddyap! (syndicated)
50 DARK SHADOWS 1966
The first Weekday afternoon TV gothic drama with Jonathan Frid as Vampyr Barnabas Collins.
For a time, this Dan Curtis produced breakthrough out-ranked established soaps in ratings.
Come back to Collinsport as Barnabas takes his bride, Carolyn (Nancy Barett) (ABC)
51 FUN FADS OF THE 50s & 60s
The Hula Hoop, Twist, Palisades Park Bikini Fest, Rock-Ola Juke Box, Ford Thunderbird,
set to the music of The Olympics’ “Dance By The Light Of The Moon” What a gas!!!
52 I LOVE LUCY 1952
Highlights from TV episodes involving the coming of “Little Ricky;”
Ricky gets the news during club performance; he, the Mertzes go frenetic when the time comes
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley. (CBS)
53 full episode THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW 1962
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore with guest Bob Crane (“Hogan’s Heroes”)
Dick is directs local Stage play, Mary sings & dances vampy Calypso! Ohhh, Rob! (CBS)
54 THE BEATLES FIRST TELEVISION APPEARANCE 1963
Not yet on seen in the U.S. , the Fab Four debuted “She Loves You” On The Mersey Sound (BBC)
*More Beatles, British Invasion classics on the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below this menu.
55 BAT MASTERSON 1958
Gene Barry stars as debonair Masterson, this episode “The Stampete In Tent City”
Guest star William Conrad (“Cannon”) as a vigilante out to avenge his brother’s killer (NBC)
56 MARTY ROBBINS ON THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW 1964
Back in the 60’s, Holiday Inn funded shows for Dolly Parton, Bobby Vinton & Marty Robbins
Before his own show aired, Marty sang ” El Paso ” on Johnny Cash’s short lived series (synd)
*A very young Johnny Cash performs two early hits on the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box.
57 A CANDID FRANK SINATRA SPEAKS FROM THE HEART 1954
Would you believe, a humble Frank Sinatra? He talks openly about the bad years,
gratitude to Bob Hope & his all time favorite movie role (can you guess which one?). (CBS)
58 PASSWORD 1962
Allen Ludden hosted this popular game show 1962 to 1971 on all 3 networks & syndication
Allen vies celebs Carol Burnett and Gary Moore against contestants to win $250. (CBS)
59 full episodes STAR TREK TV ON DEMAND 1966-2005
Now you don;’t have to sit up until 3AM to see Star Trek episodes~get them here & now!.
Full Episodes: Star Trek, ST: Next Generation, DS 9, Voyager, Enterprise . Go Boldly Again.
60 TED STEELE’S BANDSTAND 1956
Who introduced Hillbilly Rockers Bill Haley & The Comets To New York?
No, wasn’t Alan Freed, Clay Cole. nor Dick Clark in PA, It was lesser known Ted Steele.(RKO)
61 THE LIVE REFRIGERATOR COMMERCIAL CATASTROPHE 1954
Poor Westinghouse. If their built in antenna TV fiasco wasn’t enough, came this chagrin
the automatic referigerator door that jammed on live national broadcast promo. (CBS)
62 ARTHUR GODFREY: HIS WAY OR NO WAY 1957
He ridiculed sponsors, fired staff on air, fixed talent contests & made Godlike demands at CBS.
Yet, he still garnered big ratings, got a share of the network’s revenue & plays the uke.(CBS)
63 BUILDING THE 1958 DODGE: INSIDE THE FACTORY
An automotive retrospect! A TV industrial film goes inside the Dodge automotive plant.
Plus a gallery of Classic Cars including Jaguar, Porter, Nash-Rambler, Packard & more!
64 BOXING CLASSIC: ROCKY MARCIANO vs. JERSEY JOE WALCOTT 1952
Highlights from that historic championship boxing match in Philadelphia September 12, 1952
You’ll see that boffo KO comeback in the 13th round~this is the true Rocky. ( DuMont ).
*Check out Dynamite Joe Rindone’s fights, too, on Oldies Television Ch 79!
FUTURE ATTRACTIONS: Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Graziano, Joe Louis, Max Baer
65 THE SMALL SCREEN’S BIGGER THAN LIFE ICONS 1952-59
Nixon’s ’54 scandal, John Wayne’s PSA, Marilyn Monroe’s Motor Oil, Jimmy Durante’s Schnozz,
Jack Benny & Dennis Day, Laurel & Hardy, Jackie & Art’s “Hello, Ball!”
66 full episode ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS 1959
“Good evening,” then came the thriller from the Master Of Suspense, Alfred Hitchccock
The man whose big screen flix had us on seat edges brought same to small screens (NBC).
67 THE SATURDAY NIGHTLIVE~~ BEFORE SNL 1954-58
All Broadcast Live Sat Eves: The Bob Hope Show, The Liberace Show, The Ken Murray Show,
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Steve Allen Show, Pat Harrington Show, Jackie Gleason Show
Watch many surprises with shows’ regulars & guests. (ABC-CBS-DuMont-NBC).
68 full episode FELIX THE CAT 1959
In 1928, RCA testing Vladimir Zworkyn’s iconoscope, Felix The Cat was the first image on TV;
Oldies Television’s roster would not be complete without Otto Mesmer’s historic cartoon icon.
Here the ’59 Saturday cartoon show with updated opening.(NBC).
Apr 20 Sky King comes to OTV ch.68 by request. Felix moves to kidvid channel 100.
69 THE DONNA REED SHOW: ‘JOHNNY ANGEL’ DEBUTS 1958
Donna mugs nervously when daughter, Mary (Shelley Fabares) sings at a school dance.
It’s Shelley’s first new vinyl 45 release, “Johnny Angel.” Dad (Carl Betz) gleams proudly (NBC)
70 full episode THE GOLDBERGS 1952
Gertrude Berg served as executive producer and co-writer as well as star
of this beloved sitcom about the matriarch (Molly) of a middle class Jewish family.
Frank Sutton, who would later be Gomer Pyle’s Sarge, guest stars in this episode. (synd.)
71 LUCILLE BALL & CAROL BURNETT 1965
Two queens of comedy together with Gale Gordon as straight man on “The Lucy Show”.
Lucy wants to join Carol on a trip to Palm Springs , they scheme to fool Boss Mooney. (CBS)
72 full episode THE LITTLE RASCALS 1955
A top Saturday morning TV attraction of the 50’s was re-worked MGM “Our Gang Comedies”
This favorite classic episode has Darla wooing Alfalfa on Valentine Day.
The other guys throw a hilarious gremlin in Alfalfa’s romantic ballad crooning. (synd.)
73 full episode HIGHWAY PATROL 1956
Stars Broderic Crawford. Think global dope smuggling recent? Here’s a bust in the 50s!
The popular, syndicated series was considered the “Dragnet of the highways.”(MGM).
74 full episode LOST IN SPACE 1966
Danger Will Robinson! The world’s first and last outer space sitcom OMG!.
Episode guest stars Mercedes Mc Cambridge (“The Exorcist”), as matriarch of alien hillbillies
Her shop of horrors is intruded by Dr Snith (Jonathan Harris) & Will (Bill Muny) (ABC)
75 full episode ETHEL WATERS AS BEULAH 1951
Long before The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son even before Amos & Andy on TV.
there was the talented Ethel Waters as supermaid Beaulah & Butterfly Mc Queen as Orio
Sadly, Proctor & Gamble canceled the highly rated, popular show after only two seasons. (CBS)
76 full episode BEWITCHED 1966
Wriggle your nose, it’s Elizabeth Montgomery as that saucy, sassy, beautiful, bedazzling witch
& Dick York as befuddled hubbie, Darren (or as Agnes Moorehead said,”Durwood” (NBC)
77 full episode I DREAM OF JEANIE 1966
Out of the bottle comes that ravishingly capricious Jeanie, Barbara Eden (blink-blink).
Larry Hagman is her adopted master, Bill Daly is the bewildered buddy (CBS).
78 full episode SEA HUNT 1957
The “Dragnet” of the ocean floor, Lloyd Bridges fights underwater crime with only a snorkle.
This syndicated show got high tide ratings in it’s era (ZIV)
79 full documentary DYNAMITE JOE RINDONE 1954
Like Rocky Marciano, Joe Rindone was the son of Italian immigrants who rose to boxing glory.
Dynamite Joe in action from the era when boxing was true sport (Producer: Andrew Bertino).
80 THE MILTON BERLE SHOW 1957
Featuring Arnold Stang & guest Mickey Rooney; Berle’s swan song after 8 Tues. Nite Years.
Bit: Berle wants Gleason like publicity, so he feigns a broken leg for a press conference (NBC)
81 DOO WOP BOULEVARD: 50s-60s STREET CORNER HARMONY (1949-69)
DJ Gus Gossett called it Doo Wop, the group harmony that will never die,
Back Seat Love Ballads, Jive Jumpin’ Group Vocals, your vote names the top 20!
Here are video specials which tribute the unforgettable part of R&R and R&B
Plus REMEMBERING SUNDAY NIGHT DOO WOP RADIO “
video documentary hosted by “Doo Wop Shop’s” Don K. Reed, The Crests, Frankie Lymon, more.
And our own Doo Wop Boulevard DJ hosted web radio show on demand (audio)!
82 MIKE WALLACE & EDWARD R. MURROW 1952-54
If you thought Mike Wallace was tough on “60 Minutes,” wait ’til you see him in the fifties!.
You won’t believe what he said to Steve Allen, but Kirk Douglas got his say)
+Edward R. Murrow & Sen. Joseph McCarthy go at calling the other “un-American.” (CBS)
83 full documentary A TRIBUTE TO AMOS & ANDY 2004, TV clips 1949-53
Profile & clips from this hilarious, enormously popular television sitcom.
Spencer Williams & Tim Moore starred in the series axed in secrecy by CBS despite high ratings
TV Historian Bob Greenberg provides perspective and commentary. (CBS)
84 THE ROCKIN’ CHARLESTON 1959
“Rock & Roll Rebellion” was no Oscar prize, but it did bring back the 30’s Charleston craze.
The flapper dance was put to rock and roll music. (American International)

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CAR RADIO, AN INTERESTING TRUE QUINCY STORY     

CAR TUNES

Radios are so much a part of the driving experience, it seems like cars have always had them. But they didn’t. Here’s the story.

SUNDOWN

One evening in 1929 two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering drove their girlfriends to a lookout point high above the

Mississippi River town of Quincy, Illinois, to watch the sunset. It was a romantic night to be sure, but one of the women observed that it would be even nicer if they could listen to music in the car. 

Lear and Wavering liked the idea. Both men had tinkered with radios – Lear had served as a radio operator in the U. S. Navy during World War I – and it wasn’t long before they were taking apart a home radio and trying to get it to work in a car. But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds: automobiles have ignition switches, generators, spark plugs, and other electrical equipment that generate noisy static interference, making it nearly impossible to listen to the radio when the engine was running. 

SIGNING ON

One by one, Lear and Wavering identified and eliminated each source of electrical interference. When they finally got their radio to work, they took it to a radio convention in Chicago . There they met Paul Galvin, owner of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. He made a product called a “battery eliminator” a device that allowed battery-powered radios to run on household AC current. But as more homes were wired for electricity, more radio manufacturers made AC-powered radios. Galvin needed a new product to manufacture. When he met Lear and Wavering at the radio convention, he found it. He believed that mass-produced, affordable car radios had the potential to become a huge business. 

Lear and Wavering set up shop in Galvin’s factory, and when they perfected their first radio, they installed it in his Studebaker. Then Galvin went to a local banker to apply for a loan. Thinking it might sweeten the deal, he had his men install a radio in the banker’s Packard. Good idea, but it didn’t work – half an hour after the installation, the banker’s Packard caught on fire. (They didn’t get the loan.) Galvin didn’t give up. He drove his Studebaker nearly 800 miles to Atlantic City to show off the radio at the 1930 Radio Manufacturers Association convention. Too broke to afford a booth, he parked the car outside the convention hall and cranked up the radio so that passing conventioneers could hear it. That idea worked – he got enough orders to put the radio into production. 

WHAT’S IN A NAME

That first production model was called the 5T71. Galvin decided he needed to come up with something a little catchier. In those days many companies in the phonograph and radio businesses used the suffix “ola” for their names – Radiola, Columbiola, and Victrola were three of the biggest. Galvin decided to do the same thing, and since his radio was intended for use in a motor vehicle, he decided to call it the Motorola. 

But even with the name change, the radio still had problems:

When Motorola went on sale in 1930, it cost about $110 uninstalled, at a time when you could buy a brand-new car for $650, and the country was sliding into the Great Depression. (By that measure, a radio for a new car would cost about $3,000 today.) In 1930 it took two men several days to put in a car radio – the dashboard had to be taken apart so that the receiver and a single speaker could be installed, and the ceiling had to be cut open to install the antenna.  These early radios ran on their own batteries, not on the car battery, so holes had to be cut into the floorboard to accommodate them. The installation manual had eight complete diagrams and 28 pages of instructions. 

HIT THE ROAD

Selling complicated car radios that cost 20 percent of the price of a brand-new car wouldn’t have been easy in the best of times, let alone during the Great Depression – Galvin lost money in 1930 and struggled for a couple of years after that. But things picked up in 1933 when Ford began offering Motorola’s pre-installed at the factory. In 1934 they got another boost when Galvin struck a deal with B. F. Goodrich tire company to sell and install them in its chain of tire stores. By then the price of the radio, installation included, had dropped to $55. The Motorola car radio was off and running. (The name of the company would be officially changed from Galvin Manufacturing to “Motorola” in 1947.) In the meantime, Galvin continued to develop new uses for car radios. In 1936, the same year that it introduced push-button tuning, it also introduced the Motorola Police Cruiser, a standard car radio that was factory preset to a single frequency to pick up police broadcasts. In 1940 he developed with the first handheld two-way radio – the Handie-Talkie – for the U. S. Army. 

A lot of the communications technologies that we take for granted today were born in Motorola labs in the years that followed World War II. In 1947 they came out with the first television to sell under $200. In 1956 the company introduced the world’s first pager; in 1969 it supplied the radio and television equipment that was used to televise Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon. In 1973 it invented the world’s first handheld cellular phone. Today Motorola is one of the second-largest cell phone manufacturer in the world. And it all started with the car radio. 

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO….

The two men who installed the first radio in Paul Galvin’s car, Elmer Wavering and William Lear, ended up taking very different paths in life. Wavering stayed with Motorola. In the 1950’s he helped change the automobile experience again when he developed the first automotive alternator, replacing inefficient and unreliable generators. The invention lead to such luxuries as power windows, power seats, and, eventually, air-conditioning. 

Lear also continued inventing. He holds more than 150 patents. Remember eight-track tape players? Lear invented that. But what he’s really famous for are his contributions to the field of aviation. He invented radio direction finders for planes, aided in the invention of the autopilot, designed the first fully automatic aircraft landing system, and in 1963 introduced his most famous invention of all, the Lear Jet, the world’s first mass-produced, affordable business jet. (Not bad for a guy who dropped out of school after the eighth grade.) 

Some of us have been fortunate to have met both of these gentlemen and they were – gentlemen.

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The following was submitted by Gail Triplett

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress; lawn mower in his hand, and dish-towel in hers. It was the time for fixing things.. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful.. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more.
But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more. Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away….never to return. So… While we have it…. Its best we love it… And care for it….. And fix it when it’s broken…… And heal it when it’s sick.
This is true… For marriage…. And old cars…. And children with bad report cards…… Dogs and cats with bad hips…. And aging parents…… And grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends.. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend who moved away or a classmate we grew up with. There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…. And so, we keep them close in heart and mind and spirit.
I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper’, so I’ve shared it woth the people I think of in the same way…..
Good friends are like stars….. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there..

Thanks Trip, this touches most of our lives.

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The following was submitted by Ronald Balzer.

$5.37. That’s what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bell said to me.
I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher. Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change when the kid with the Elmo hairdo said the harshest thing anyone has ever said to me.   He said, “It’s OK. I’ll just give you the senior citizen discount.”

I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of me.  “Only $4.68” he said cheerfully.  I stood there stupefied. I am 56 , not even 60 yet? A mere child! Senior citizen?

I took my burrito and walked out to the truck wondering what was wrong with Elmo. Was he blind? As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil. Old? Me?

I’ll show him, I thought. I opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile.

Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in front of me, like I could be that easily distracted!  What am I now?  A toddler?

“Dude! Can’t get too far without your car keys, eh?”   I stared with utter disdain at the keys.  I began to rationalize in my mind. “Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly! It could happen to anyone!”  I turned and headed back to the truck. I slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn’t turn. What now?  I checked my keys and tried another. Still nothing.  That’s when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror.  I had no purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror.

Then, a few other objects came into focus. The car seat in the back seat. Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard. A partially eaten doughnut on the dashboard.

Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle.  Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot, relieved to finally be leaving this nightmarish stop in my life. That is when I felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger! My stomach growled and churned, and I reached to grab my burrito, only it was nowhere to be found.

I swung the truck around, gathered my courage, and strode back into the restaurant one final time.  There Elmo stood, draped in youth and black nail polish. All I could think was, “What is the world coming to?”  All I could say was, “Did I leave my food and drink in here?” At this point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle, and then go straight home and apply for Social Security benefits..

Elmo had no clue. I walked back out to the truck, and suddenly a young lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention. He was holding up a drink and a bag. His mother explained, “I think you left this in my truck by mistake.”  I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.

She offered these kind words: “It’s OK. My grandfather does stuff like this all the time.”

All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40. Yes, I was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius.  And no, I told the officer, I’m not too old to be driving this fast.

As I walked in the front door, my wife met me halfway down the hall. I handed her a bag of cold food and a $300 speeding ticket. I promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blankey.

The good news was I had successfully found my way home.

Ronald wanted me to pass this on to the other old fogies in our class.

Notice the larger type? That’s for those of us who have trouble reading.

P.S. Save the earth.. It’s the only planet with chocolate.

Thanks Ron, it is something that most of us have experienced.

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QUINCY, IL historical pics….

>>> http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=151695
 
Don’t forget to click on the houses parts one, two and three….many wonderful, stately old architectural houses !!
May take a while to download but really worth it !

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Gail Triplett contributed this:

An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: ‘They’ve stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!’ she cried. The dispatcher said, ‘Stay calm.. An officer is on the way.’ A few minutes later, the officer radios in. ‘Disregard.’ He says. She got in the back-seat by mistake..’
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FAMILY
Three sisters ages 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96 year old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters, ‘Was I getting in or out of the bath?’ The 94 year old yells back, ‘I don’t know. I’ll come up and    see.’ She starts up the stairs and pauses ‘Was I going up the stairs  or down?’ The 92 year old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, ‘I sure hope   I never get that forgetful, knock on wood.’ She then yells, ‘I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.’
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I CAN HEAR JUST FINE!’
Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other, ‘Windy, isn’t it?’ ‘No,’ the second man replied, ‘it’s Thursday.’ And the third man chimed in, ‘So am I. Let’s have a beer.’
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SUPERSEX
A little old lady was running up and down the halls in a nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say ‘Supersex…’ She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair Flipping her gown at him, she said, ‘Supersex.’  
He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, ‘I’ll take the soup.’
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ROMANCE
An older couple were lying in bed one night. The husband was falling asleep but the wife was in a romantic mood and wanted to talk. She said: ‘You used to hold my hand when we were courting.’Wearily he reached across, held her hand for a second and tried to get back to sleep. A few moments later she said: ‘Then you used to kiss me.’ Mildly irritated, he reached across, gave her a peck on the cheek and settled down to sleep.

Thirty  seconds later she said: ‘Then you used to bite my Neck..’ Angrily, he threw back the bed clothes and got out of bed.. ‘Where are you going?’ she asked…

To get my teeth!’
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DOWN AT THE  RETIREMENT  CENTER
80-year old Bessie bursts into the rec room at the retirement home. She holds her clenched fist in the air and announces, ‘Anyone who can guess what’s in my hand can have sex with me tonight!!’  An elderly gentleman in the rear shouts out, ‘An elephant?’ Bessie thinks a minute and says, ‘Close enough.’
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OLD FRIENDS
Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, ‘Now don’t get mad at me. I know we’ve been friends for a long time but I just can’t think of your name! I’ve thought and thought, but I can’t remember it. Please tell me what your name is.’ Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, ‘How soon do you need to Know?’
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SENIOR DRIVING
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, ‘Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!’

He said Gail, ‘It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!’
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DRIVING
Two elderly women were out driving in a large car – both could  barely see over the dashboard.. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection.. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through.

The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself ‘I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light.’ After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again.

Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through.. So, she turned to the other woman and said, ‘Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!’

 Mildred turned to her and said, ‘Oh! Am I driving?’
           
Please !!!!   TELL ME THIS WON’T HAPPEN TO ME
 
 Old, Mean & Cunning will always triumph over  Youth, Ability & Enthusiasm!!!
Thanks Trip

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Keith Humphrey contributed this:

An Old Farmer’s Advice:
 
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. *
 
 *Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.*
 
 *Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.*
 
 * A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.*
 
 * Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.*
 
 * Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.*
 
 * Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.*
 
 * Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.*
 
 * It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.*
 
 * You cannot unsay a cruel word.*
 
 * Every path has a few puddles.*
 
 * When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.*
 
 * The best sermons are lived, not preached.
 
 * Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.*
 
 * Don’t judge folks by their relatives.*
 
 * Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.*
 
 * Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.*
 
 * Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.*
 
 * Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.*
 
 * If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.*
 
 * Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.*
 
 * The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.*
 
 * Always drink upstream from the herd.*
 
 * Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.*
 
 * Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.*
 
 * If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.*
 
 * Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.*

*Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.*
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 * Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight,
he’ll just kill you.
 Thanks Keith

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Dick Sturhahn contributed this:

 Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.”

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
 
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Remember that I will always share my spoon with you!

Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

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Thanks Dick.

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Steve Dulaney sent this little poem that most of us can relate to…

Forgetter Be Forgotten

My forgetter’s getting better,
But my rememberer is broke,
To you that may seem funny,
But, to me, that is no joke

For when I’m ‘here’ I’m wondering
If I really should be ‘there’
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven’t got a prayer!

Oft times I walk into a room,
Say ‘what am I here for?’
I wrack my brain, but all in vain!
A zero, is my score.

At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!

When shopping I may see someone,
Say ‘Hi’ and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, ‘who the hell was that?’

Yes, my forgetter’s getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it’s driving me plumb crazy
And that isn’t any joke.

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Thanks Steve.

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The following was contributed by Dick Sturhahn

ENLIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE  

If you will take the time to read these. I promise you’ll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:

They’re written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy…….

I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I’ve learned…That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned…. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned…That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and heard to understand.  

I’ve learned…. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned…. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
I’ve learned….That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned…. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned… That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned…. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned…. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned…. That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned…. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned…. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned… That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned…. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned…. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned…. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I’ve learned…. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned…. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned…. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
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Thanks Dick

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The following was contributed by Lyle Shelor

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, work shirt and a hat; and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.  It was the time for fixing things: a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

 It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.  All that re-fixing, re-heating leftovers, renewing; I wanted just once to be wasteful.  Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more.

But when my mother died, and I was standing in that clear morning light in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away…never to return. So… While we have it, it’s best we love it…And care for it…. And fix it when it’s broken… And heal it when it’s sick.

This is true: For marriage… And old cars… And children with bad report cards… Dogs and cats with bad hips… And aging parents… And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep, like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special… And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper,’ so I’ve sent it to the people I think of in the same way… Now it’s your turn to send this to those people that are ‘keepers’ in your life.  Good friends are like stars…You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there!

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Thanks Lyle

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The following was contributed by Roy Nothnagel

A Birth Certificate shows that we were born

A Death Certificate shows that we die

Pictures show that we lived! Have a seat . . . Relax . . . And read this slowly.

I Believe…That just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do love each other.

I Believe…That we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I Believe…That no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe…That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I Believe…That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe…That it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I Believe…That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe…That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

I Believe…That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe…That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe…That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe…That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I Believe…That my best friend and I, can do anything, or nothing and have the best time.

I Believe…That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe…That sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

 I Believe…That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I Believe…That it isn’t always enough, to be forgiven by others. Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe…That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I Believe…That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe…That you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life Forever.

I Believe…Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I Believe…That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

I Believe…That even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you – you will find the strength to help.

I Believe…That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe…That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe…That you should send this to all of the people that you believe in.

‘The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything.

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Thanks Roy

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Blind Copy

I have had several people ask me how to send a ‘blind email copy’ and also how to ‘delete the email addresses that are on emails’ before you send them on.   I will try and explain it below:

When you click “create mail”, you mailbox should pop up and next to it, it should say To:, Cc: and Bcc:   The Bcc is a Blind Carbon Copy and if you highlight the names in your address book you want to send to, then click the Bcc, they will all go into the Bcc box.  Then the name of each person you send it to will see just their name. 
 
Also, if you put your curser (whether it is an arrow or just a line, letting you know where your mouse is) on the addresses that are above what you are sending and at the same time hold down the shift key and the  left side of your mouse and drag it across what you want to erase, it should turn black.  Then hit your delete key and it is gone.  If you accidently erase something you didn’t mean to erase, just click the ‘undo’ key in your toolbar above.

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This is truly Mike’s Prayer.

 Lord, You know better than I, that I am growing older and will someday be dead. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.  Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.  Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy.  With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all; but You know, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.  Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.  Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.  I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility, and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.  Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.  Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.  Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people, and give, O Lord, the grace to them so.  Amen.        Mike Schuttler

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This was sent in by Gary Nelson

Time Gets Better With Age

Read it through to the end, it gets better as you go!

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.”  Age 5

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either.  Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.  Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.  Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.  Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me.  Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.  Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures. (Brushing your pet’s hair too)  Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there.   Age 29


I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.
Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it.
Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note.  Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.  Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.  Age 47


I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow.  Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours.  Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.  Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.  Age 51

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.  Age 52

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.
Age 53

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.  Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.  Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.  Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.  Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.  Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.  Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer.  Age 73

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.  Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  Age 90

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.  Age 92

Thanks Gary

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