There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do for a Good Old Fashioned Ding Dong!
New Ding Dongs
It's still chocolate....but I favor the old ones!
Ding Dong Song - American Soldiers looking for some fun...hilarious!
Even toothpicks were better!
Smoking was untra cool baby...
Creature Feature with Dr. San Guinary
1879 - Nestle made the first chocolate bar
1900 - Hershey chocolate bar and Chicklets gum
1904 St. Louis World's Fair - Ice Cream Cone invented
1921 - The first fast food chain - White Castle
1928 - Sliced Bread!
1952 - The first Mr. Potato Head introduced
1954 - TV dinners go on sale for .98 cents
1958 - Frisbee was pattented
1963 - Fist Disco is opened "Whiskey A Go Go" in LA
1966 - First Star Trek episode aired
1968 - The Big Mac introduced for .49 cents
1969 - The first color television commercial aired in Britain (Birds Eye frozen vegetables)
1970 - Hamburger Helper
1971 - First Star Bucks is opened in Seattle
Note: I was reading the Katy Winslow series by Truckstop Sally and Katy was making a good old fashioned dinner of fried chicken, okra and tomato slices. I started thinking about how much better food used to be. Maybe it's just in my imagination as much as Katy Winslow - but just about everything in my childhood memories was made better and tasted better.
I was born in 1967 so the majority of my childhood memories are of the 1970s. Ding Dongs were my favorite treat. They were wrapped in foil and were so delicious. The reason for the tin wrapping was to keep the treat from melting in a lunch bag. The new ones are individually wrapped but they seem much drier and the filling doesn't seem as "majestic." I bought a box of Ding Dong's just to see if there have been any improvements since I last bought them. There haven't - in fact - I swear my Ding Dong looked smaller.
Sodapop in the glass bottle
Coca-Cola was the very first cola mixed with carbonated water. In 1886 pharmacist by the name of John Pemberton was just messing around, mixing things up when he came up with a carmel colored concoction. He marched down the road to Jacob's Pharmacy, combined it with some carbonated water, a smile and Coke was the new "it." It was the REAL thing.
In 1971 they began to bottle in plastic. In 1980, the price of sugar skyrocketed so Coca Cola products were injected with 50% fructose corn syrup and 50% sugar. In 1985 Coke introduced the "New Formula." No one wanted it and it was a huge set back for the label.
Some of my favorite memories were of scouring the alley ways and neighborhoods for the glass bottles so we could turn them in for the deposit. We bought lots of penny candy for collecting those bottles and stayed out of trouble doing it.
Penny Candy & Dime Stores
I don't think there is any candy that you can buy for just a penny any longer. There were dime stores in the city which have risen with inflation and are now called "Dollar Stores." Penny candy would be displayed in a glass case and a shiny nickle or dime would buy plenty. Licorice whips sat on display next to the huge glass jar of sour pickles.
Smoking was so cool even the kids did it! Candy Cigarettes! Parents and children could enjoy a smoke together for fun times. They even came out with gum cigarettes that you could blow into and "smoke" would come out the end. My personal favorites were Winstons.
Television when I was a child, was discouraged except for certain, preapproved shows. Now I don't know what my folks were afraid of exposing me to back then.....television was much more tightly regulated. There were no remote controls or rewind buttons. I am sure it nearly killed us but we had to change the channel each time - leaving our cozy spots on the davenport. If you weren't there to see it the first time - you missed it. Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph, The Wizard of Oz - all aired one time each year. It was a family event. We enjoyed it together - quiet during the movie and we talked during commercials.
My favorite show was aired on Friday night. I had to beg my parents to allow me to watch it. It was "Creature Feature" hosted by Dr. San Guinary! Sometimes they would have a double feature! I would lay on the floor of our apartment and try to keep my heavy eyelids open because I knew I would be mad at myself the next day for missing the end of the movie. The show would often feature Vincent Price movies. It was the highlight of my young week
In the clip I included - they discuss how television was really fun back then. Dr. San Guinary was a local celebrity. He would show up for almost any cause around Nebraska and Iowa and make an appearance. His comedy was very risky for those times and he would adlib the show - making innuenduos that almost ended up on the floor because they were too racey for those times.
I remember when there were party lines. This meant that there was one phone line for a whole road or neighborhood. You would pick up the rotary dial phone and listen for a second - if the neighbor was on the phone you were supposed to respect their privacy and hang up quickly and wait your turn. Sounds like a good idea but the party didn't last long. Everyone knew everyone else's busniess. Women would be shouting, "Thelma! I know you're on there now hang up and mind your own business!" or "You have been on that phone for hours now hang up and give someone else a turn!"
If you had told me then, that I would be driving around chatting on the phone while I drove down the street in my SUV I would have laughed my head off.
Maybe I ate too many red M & M's but sometimes when I am dealing with the network crashing or the cell phone battery going dead, I wish for a simpler time. When I could go to the dime store, grab a pack of Kool's and a two pack of foil wrapped ding dong's and hurry home on my bike with the banana seat before the street lights came on. If it was a weekend night, I could stay up late, listening to 45's on my record player while I waited for the double feature.
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