Hollyhocks in Hollywood

 

Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What’s more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties.

This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the Hollyhock House.

 

The sprawling, high altitude acreage was used for annual Easter sunrise services until the tradition was permanently moved to The Hollywood Bowl.

 

Visitors to the grounds also enjoy unparalleled views of Griffith Observatory and the iconic Hollywood Sign.

 

From Daylight ’til Dusk

 

Many other works by Frank Lloyd Wright remain open:

 

Homes to Tour

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

Pastimes in Tennessee

 

 

Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!

 

 NYT Unveils World’s Fair

 

The 1982 World’s Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the entrance pavilion, we watch Ronald and Nancy Reagan officiating the May 1st festivities and celebration.

 

Since I’m using my backpack to carry extra water bottles and souvenirs, I ask for a large Dr. Pepper in a commemorative cup. What kind of beverage will you choose before we start our discoveries?

Next door is the Kodak lab where we each buy a roll of film and get a rental camera to use all day for free. Later on, we’ll get state-of-the art, one-hour film processing.

 

The 150 foot Ferris wheel ahead is the highlight of the amusement rides, and we quickly get in line. An attendant tells us a whale of a story about the wheel: it seems some of the parts were lost at sea when they went overboard during a storm en route to the U.S. They had to be remade within 2 weeks’ time, then flown on the largest plane manufactured: a 747 Flying Tiger.

 

 

Views during our Ferris wheel ride make the lengthy loading and unloading painless. We are on top of the world, nearly level with low-flying clouds the sky!

 

The “new” Rubik’s cube is featuring a contest. We watch a 14-year-old boy solve it in only seconds. Will you take one of these novelty puzzles as a souvenir of the day?

 

We stop for a break to enjoy a gastronomic creation of Frito’s brand corn chips, chili and toppings, called the Petro. A cupful is plenty; this is rich and hearty. Yummm!

 

 

Live shows by famous talented musicians and other performers are scheduled each day of the Fair. At opening, they had Dinah Shore and Porter Wagoner. Today, we get to see ….drum roll… Red Skelton!

This guy is still as funny as ever. We love being part of his live audience, laughing in tandem at all the corny jokes.

Later tonight, would you rather see a concert by Jerry Lee Lewis, The Chieftains, or Kenny G.?

 

We walk into an exhibit of the world’s largest wooden bed, covered by the world’s largest handmade quilt. Just look at this huge piece of furniture! And, the giant quilt was made by 97 women in North Carolina.

 

 

While we’re talking about wooden logs, we should catch the logging water ride while the day is still young.

What a doozy! We’re simply soaked after that last, steep plunge down to the finish line!

 

Thanks for suggesting we sit outdoors to watch an authentic Punch & Judy puppet show. We’ll be distracted from our wet clothes while drying in the sunshine. If the show doesn’t hold our full attention, the funnel cakes and cotton candy will do the trick.

 

Someone sitting beside us says they just heard over the radio that a healthy baby boy was born around 4 pm to Princess Diana and Prince Charles in London. This happens to also be Britain’s National Week at the Fair.

We’ll not tell these kind folks that the baby will be named William, and how he’ll have a baby brother, Harry.

 

 

 

The Texaco, “Pay at the Pump” exhibit, and high-tech car with a built-in mobile phone excite us, especially as visitors are amazed by these revolutionary inventions.

 

What are your dinner recommendations? We can pack a picnic with a few tasty choices along the food fairway. I like the look and smell of the Steak-on-a-Stick, and I noted a couple of things caught your eye as we strolled!

 

 

The concert is about to begin. I’m glad you wanted to see Jerry Lee Lewis! He’s so full of energy, we will get our second wind while reveling in his joyful dancing, piano playing and singing. This is absolutely unbelievable!

 

Let’s drop off our cameras and film, and pick them up after the fireworks display. We’ve just enough time to find our prime seating before the 10pm show starts.

 

 

What a day! We have our photographs, souvenirs, and amazing memories. Buckle up, now, for our return to 2020. And, I’ll see you again soon for more time travels!

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

The Third Time is the Charm

 

What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?

 

The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario Brothers and The Legend of Zelda.

 

Was Nintendo a part of your life back in the day? Click on any or all of these clips if you’re a (past or present) gamer!

 

Theme Guessing Game

 

Game System Unboxing

 

 Playing the Games

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love?

A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette?

Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition – my dream car. The next year (’79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.

 

Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly doubled after one series hit the airwaves 60 years ago today:

Route 66, an American adventure crime drama thriller-themed series, followed two young men from different backgrounds on a cross-country journey to find themselves – in a Corvette.

The 4-season series originally starred Martin Milner and George Maharis. Glenn Corbett later took over Maharis’ role during the final year of filming. All episodes were filmed in black and white.

 

The Theme from Route 66 by Nelson Riddle

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

September’s Song

 

We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it’s the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year’s.

 

September is ending this week, so it’s time to recognize a piece of our modern musical heritage of the same title as the month itself. You may be mutually fascinated by the details surrounding the creation of this hit.

 

Television, commercials, movies, sporting events, video games, and even political conventions (of both major parties) have spotlighted this memorable song! And, how fitting for co-songwriter Allee Willis to be honored while she was still with us. Music video links are found here:

 

 Earth, Wind, & Fire’s September

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra:

“We’re not in the burger-and-fry business; we’re in the people business!” Well spoken!

What’s not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana?

Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!

I invite you to check out the photos on TripAdvisor for the

Trammell Brothers’ Woolworth’s Luncheonette.

And their official Facebook page.

Bakersfield CA Woolworth’s Diner

Luncheonette FB Page

 

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

Honey of a Song

 

How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title?

No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully.

Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which you’ll easily recognize.

100 Songs About Honey

I’m featuring a song from the hit charts of its day, although not widely remembered today. There’s awkward monologue inserted, a misfortune of several 1950s and 60s tunes.

Sentimental country-western fans always appreciate hearing the speaking voice of great music legends, regardless. Especially when that soul is no longer walking the earth, and we can’t hear them talk in real-time any longer. What’s more, the crying chorus glosses over any lyrical lack of substance.

Let’s sit back now and bask in the blend of lilting notes and addictive emotion. Glen may convince us why Honey fits this song title perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

 

One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don’t be surprised if you see misty eyes across the room when the nostalgia really hits home.

 

US Drive-In Directory by State

This theatre in North Georgia is touted for its great burgers, too. How I’d love a week-long bus tour to visit a handful of these fun finds!

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)

 

Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?

 

The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual tradition of Americana since the early 1930s.

With this year’s competition suspended until safer times, we have the perfect opportunity to honor soap box derby car lovers everywhere. 

Let’s take a look at how the Derby got started and hear about young drivers enjoying the process of designing, building, and “driving” their cars.

 

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands.

Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions.

 

A modern-day model:

The Personal Jetpack

 

(Header photo courtesy of Brecht Bug) USPS issue 1993 Space Fantasy Strip #2741-5.

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...