You'll really get a kick out of this. It's an article from the March, 1960 edition of Ladies Home Journal. Actually, it's more like an "exposé" of the wild teenagers at Catalina High School, aka "Blueblood High." Give it a look. Click Here.
The hot topic was, "Do Your Parents Worry About You?" It was the Tucson Daily Citizen's Just in Passing column of June, 6, 1959, the night after we graduated. It featured Susanne Smith and Burt Schneider from our class plus other CHS students.
(1) "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, its
going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20.00."
(2) "Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long
when $5,000 will only buy a used one."
(3) "If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a
pack is ridiculous."
(4) "Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just
to mail a letter?"
(5) "If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire
outside help at the store."
(6) "When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would
someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the
(7) "Kids today are impossible. Those ducktail hair cuts make it impossible
to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as
long as the girls,"
(8) "I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they
let Clark Gable get by with saying damn in "Gone With The Wind", it seems
every new movie has either hell or damn in it."
(9) "I read the other day where some scientists thinks it's possible to
put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows
they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."
(10) "Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for
$75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday that
they will be making more than the President."
(11) "I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be
electric. They are even making electric typewriters now"
(12) "It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married
women are having to work to make ends meet."
(13) "It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire
someone to watch their kids so they can both work."
(15) "I'm just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a
whole lot of foreign business."
(16) "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes
half our income in taxes. . . I sometimes wonder if we are electing the
best people to Congress."
(17) "The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I
seriously doubt they will ever catch on."
(18) "I guess taking a vacation is out of the question now days. It costs
nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel."
(19) "No one can afford to be sick any more, $35.00 a day in the hospital
is too rich for my blood
Thought you would get a "kick" out of this.
I remember those days, and boy were they fun!!!
Regards and Happy Trails
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the
1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we
rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE
actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but
we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back
when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down
the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the
bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no
99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell
phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat
rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we
were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the
worms live in us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang
the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't
had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They
actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers
and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO
DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as
kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
Sandi Valley Goldstein
I DON'T BELIEVE IT! Here on the front page of today's (Mar. 21, 2005) Star is a picture of Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant. You mean that place is still in business?
In 1959, while a senior at CHS I had a part time job at KTUC radio running their "Courteous Driver of The Day" show. A cop and I would go out and find a courteous driver. He would pull him over, I would interview the driver and give him some prizes. Big deal.
One day when I got back to the station the manager asked me who the winner was. I told him, "A nice Negro fellow", using the parlance of the times. He asked what prize I gave him. "Dinner for 2 at Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant."
All of a sudden the manager's face got red and he spit out, "Well call him and get the certificate back. They only serve white people there." I told him to "do it yourself" and I quit on the spot. It was my first experience with bigotry, something I never gave any thought to. That was Feb., 1959. I suppose that Mama Louisa serves African-Americans now. And, I'm sure she would be embarrassed to read this story. -Ray, your humble webmaster.