Nashville Meets Small Town Texas
If I had lived in Nashville in 1957, I might have gone to the Grand Old Opry on a Saturday night. If I'd lived in small town Llano, I might have put on a western shirt and taken in a movie at the fine LANTEX theatre. This past Saturday night, I got to combine both outings. I put on my cowboy boots and joined quite a crowd of locals at the Lantex for an Opry Evening that included 81 year old Stonewall Jackson. He sang some of the hits that put him on the charts back in the fifties in Nashville. I nibbled my popcorn in the old theatre seats that were mostly occupied by the very folks who sat in them as teens in the 50's. What a hoot!
My friend Patti Long gave me the Wonder Bread idea, along with a few other inspiring ideas for my list. I wish we weren't living in different states or I would have had her over for this fine lunch of PB&J, potato chips, pickles and milk. Wonder Bread was first sold in 1921 and Lays was introduced in 1932. So I guess this qualifies for a 1950's experience. However, living in 2014, made me feel so guilty about white bread... I only had half!
On Board Our Vintage Yacht
Last month, Don and I spent the night in a renovated vintage Chris Craft Yacht. (docked in an Arizona desert) The rental came with a fully stocked galley, tons of boating memorabilia and a great collection of island themed record albums. With little else to do for the evening, we sampled numerous fifties era tunes from Harry Belfonte's Calypso to Don Ho's Hawaiian crooning. We have no film footage of our comical attempts at dancing to these albums, so you'll have to take my word for it. We were good. Lawrence Welk would have hired us!
We don't get the newspaper anymore, so today I had to go buy the Sunday paper. It's been a long time since I read the funnies, so I had to make sure I gave it my all. I grabbed a Stewart's root beer (around since 1924) and a couple straws and headed for the hammock. As I opened up the funny papers I started to wonder which of the featured comics were actually around in the '50's. I was relieved to find six! Blondie is the oldest, from 193o with Prince Valiant following in 1937. Beetle Bailey and Peanuts got on board in 1950 with Dennis the Menace and Hi and Lois following in '51 and '54!
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014...My BYB!
I don't remember the 1950's, since they ended when I was 2. But since I turned 57 today and this is my BYB (Birth Year Birthday) I'm going to just appreciate the flavor of 1957! My goal is to celebrate in at least 57 simple ways throughout the year! I will dabble in the fashion, the foods, the music and the culture of those times...just for the fun of it!