Hi folks! Well, summer is almost over for school-age children in Ohio as they are busy gathering up last-minute items necessary for the learning year ahead.

As I was pondering what to write about this week, I received a cool piece about growing up in the 1950s and it started the old brain to investigate other decades as well. For the next few weeks, we are going to take a glimpse back into those decades and remember.

The 1950s

Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.

Curry was a surname.

Taco? Never saw one till I was 15.

All chips were plain.

Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.

Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.

Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.

None of us had ever heard of yogurt.

Healthy food consisted of anything edible!

Cooking outside was called camping.

Seaweed was not a recognized food.

'Kebab' was not even a word ... never mind a food.

Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.

Prunes were medicinal and stewed.

Surprisingly Muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.

Pineapples came in chunks or were round with a hole in the middle, in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.

Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.

There were three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties ... elbows, hats and cell phones!

... and there were always two choices for each meal... "TAKE IT" OR LEAVE IT"

The 1960s

Those were the years that everybody drank Tang, that powdered orange drink mix that was to be best and Kool-Aid was the drink of choice after school.

If you lived in town, your milk was delivered to the door and potato chips were sold in large metal cans, so they would stay fresh longer.

You or one of your siblings was the remote control for the family’s Zenith TV and we all watched "Little House on the Prairie" as a family.

Do you remember the encyclopedia salesman coming to the door with the latest in study materials and they cost an arm and a leg?

Most girls had a portable phonograph that could be carried from house to house and looked like a small overnight suitcase and it was still cool to catch a drink of water from the garden house.

Picture taking became exciting when the Polaroid One Step came on the market and rotary phones replaced calling the local operator and giving the phone number.

We were trained to go the lowest part of the schools for protection against a nuclear blast due in part to the Cuban missile crisis and we watched Neil Armstrong take "one giant step" for mankind.

As kids, we grew up quite a bit on Nov. 22, 1963 when U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

These are just some of the memories of the 50s and 60s and next week we will investigate the 70s and 80s.


Birthdays being celebrated this week include: Aug. 21 – Doug Leckrone, Sue Long, Mick Zody, Dee Hinkle and Terry Slusser; Aug. 22 – Steve Allerding, Tom Puskar, Jim Seibert and Chris Spreng; Aug. 23 – Jane Baldner, Joan Lozier, and Denise Gallagher; Aug. 24 – Grace Arnholt, Barb Hill; Aug. 25 – Elmer Kline, Doug Schrader, Jamie Easterday, Bryan Derr and Debbie Kline; Aug. 26 – Jason Herman, Norma Zody, Bernard Sprang, Lee Roesch and Patty Hunter; Aug. 27 – Elsie Vaughan. Many happy returns of the day!


I have received numerous phone calls concerning the Days Gone By photo of Loudonville Rotarians and have listed the names as follows: Front row, left to right: Franklin McClain, Dr. Clinton Liechty, Dr. Lorand Reick, Dr. Fabrigar; Albert Arnholt, Tony Grant, Jim Gribble and Bill Brody. Second row, left to right: Jim McClure, Ron Farquhar, Bob Koppert, Jon Truax, Russell Ramsier, and Dr. Eugene Byers. Third row, left to right: Bob Perrone, Dr. Charles McMullen, R.F. McMullen, Charles Hale, Bob Dubler, Pastor Strom (Loudonville Baptist), and Gene Lifer. Fourth row: Alan Scheaffer, Ralph Arnholt, George Winters, Bob Stewart, Sr., Jim Vickers, Rev. Jim Greenwalt, J. Frank McClure and Henry Helbert.

Thursday morning another caller, Barb Leasure of Toledo, said that the gentleman standing beside Dr. Byers is Bill Coulter, who managed City Loan.


Celebrating wedding anniversaries this week include: Aug. 21 – Josh and Micki Buzzard and Tom and Dori Zody; Aug. 25 – Ron and Marilyn Kettering and Marty and Sally Snow; Aug. 26 – Ron and Vivian Etzwiler; Aug. 27 – Matt and Marissa Burd, Ron and Judy McFarlin and John and Wende Lance. Congratulations!


Finally – Please drive carefully this week as children are heading back to school and are excited and don’t always pay attention to the traffic!