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Subject: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 10:54 PM

History Exam

1. In the 1950s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
    a. On the floor shift knob
    b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
    c. Next to the horn

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?
    a. Capture lightning bugs
    b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing
    c. Large salt shaker

3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
    a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk
    b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
    c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
    a. Blackjack
    b. Gin
    c. Craps!

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during W.W.II?
    a. Suntan
    b. Leg painting
    c. Wearing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
    a. Studebaker
    b. Nash Metro
    c. Tucker

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
    a. Strips of dried peanut butter
    b. Chocolate licorice bars
    c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

8. How was Butch wax used?
    a. To stiffen a flattop haircut so it stood up
    b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
    c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust

9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
    a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key
    b. Woven straps that crossed the foot
    c. Long pieces of twine

10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
    a. Consider all the facts!
    b. Ask Mom
    c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo

11. What was! the most dreaded disease in the 1940's?
    a. Smallpox
    b. AIDS
    c. Polio

12. "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey"
    a. SUV
    b. Taxi
    c. Streetcar

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?
    a. Old Blue
    b. Paint
    c. Macaroni

14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
    a. Part of the game of hide and seek
    b. What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores
    c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
    a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
    b. Princess Sacajewea
    c. Princess Moonshadow

16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
    a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high
    b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window
    c. Wrote another pupil's name on! the top, to avoid your failure

17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
    a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum
    b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items
    c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos

18. Praise the Lord, and pass the _________?
    a. Meatballs
    b. Dames
    c. Ammunition

19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song "Cabdriver" a hit?
    a. The Ink Spots
    b. The Supremes
    c. The Esquires

20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
    a. Tony Bennett
    b. Xavier Cugat
    c. George Gershwin

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ANSWERS

1. b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took till the late '60s to catch on.

2. b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?

3. c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.

4. a) Blackjack Gum.

5. b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.

6. a) 1946 Studebaker.

7. c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.

8. a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.

9. a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a around your neck.

10. c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

11. c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the disease.

12. b) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!

13. c) Macaroni.

14. c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A- bomb drill.

15. a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.

16. a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.

17. b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.

18. c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.

19. a) The all male, all black group: The Inkspots.

20. a) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good today.

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SCORING

17- 20 correct:
    You are not only older than dirt, but obviously gifted
    with mind bloat. Now if you could only find your glasses.
    Definitely a GEEZER!

12 -16 correct:
    Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely muddy.

0 -11 correct:
    You are a sad excuse for a geezer or you are younger than
    springtime!


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: artbrooks
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 11:16 PM

Were those supposed to be difficult?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amergin
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 11:21 PM

you got them all right didnt you amos? BG


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,pdc
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 12:55 AM

I am not a geezer! Am not! Not! Oh, damn...


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Mark Clark
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 02:18 AM

Damn, 17! Although Amos only gets 50% on #15. Princess Summerfall Winterspring was played by a real actress from 1951 on.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 02:35 AM

Too easy.......Yeah, that's it....I'm no geezer....yeah..right......

Was just talking about stamps the other day.......TV stamps, S&H Green Stamps, Buckeye Stamps (here in Ohio), Plaid Stamps........Ya' know it's hard to believe you had competing stamp companies but even harder to imagine how truly important stamps were back then! I mean you made shopping decisions based on stamps and I knpw from a business owner's standpoint that the stamps you gave made a difference.

But geeziz what a pain they were for some.....like the poor gas jockey with his pad of stamps on a rainy day......been there, done that one.....

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Hrothgar
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 06:52 AM

Green stamps were all she gave to me ...


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 07:03 AM

As to # 3, milk was not homoginised and therefore, it was the cream that would be at the top, protruding in the frigid temperatures.

My first guitar, a Silvertone was had for 3 3/4 books of TV stamps.

BTW, I had a perfect score -- Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Noreen
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 07:12 AM

Well, I got 12 out of 20, despite living in the UK and being far too young...
We had green stamps too, and Blackjacks and frozen milk and the headlight switch on the floor...
and my mum told me about painting her legs (with gravy browning which dogs tried to lick off) and she used to sing the Darktown Strutters Ball to us when we were little...

:0)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 07:50 AM

Actually the proper answer to question 9 is c) long bits of string cos the big boys always bashed you and pinched the key and tied it to the coalmans horse.

anyone seen me zimmer frame?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: jeffp
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:01 AM

Sheeez! 19! Somebody help me back to bed.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 09:10 AM

19 here too, Jeff.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 09:27 AM

I got 18, having missed on the Studebaker and the uses of Butch Wax. Interesting how we define our periods by these things, innit!?

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 10:13 AM

I never even heard of sniffing mimeograph ink or leg painting, but those were the only possible answers there, so I got a 20...

(and isn't Caroline's pony a bit out of date for the other questions?)

Mebbe I'll devise a cleverer test...*grin*...(lessee, who hollered "yes, you're a Lemac now?" on a quiz program...and what made Red Ryder so different in a gunfight..)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Metchosin
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 11:03 AM

Wow, my husband and I were just talking about the Gestetner machine yesterday, how special you felt if the teacher took you out of class and allowed you to crank the handle and how we missed that smell......and we speculated if we really did get high on it. Syncronicity strikes again for a couple of old geezers here, although we got stumped on the princess.

We also missed the peppermint taste of white paste, the slightly salty taste of ink from fountain pens and red pens holders you stuck the nibs in and the smell of new text books. Can't remember why they didn't let us use ballpoints, I'm sure they were around.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 11:04 AM

I didn't keep track, but I got several right, even though I was born in 1967.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 11:25 AM

Yo! Yo! Unless my memory has completely gone, I recall Princess Summerfallwinterspring (Question 15) was a live person, along with Buffalo Bob and Clarabell. I'm calling for a recount...


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,misophist
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 11:33 AM

All this is Nothing. How many of you remember Howdy Doody on the radio?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 11:44 AM

Claymore:

You are right as well. There were both versions, live and puppet, of the Princess. The one I fell in love with was live, though. The puppet somnehow never diod anything for me. Funny, feel the same way about the Resident.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: maire-aine
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 12:06 PM

I used to watch Howdy all the time. And I remember that my mother wouldn't let me play with the other kids running under the sprinklers in the summer, for fear of polio. And I still have furniture (a rocking chair and a table) that were bought with Gold Bell Gift Stamps.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 12:37 PM

I remember when my daddy used to give me fifteen cents at the bowling alley and I could buy a drink AND a bag of chips.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 12:50 PM

I would like to know how come Cecil the Sea Serpent, Rootie-Kazootie, Polka Dottie, and Froggie didn't make the cut for this examination!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 02:17 PM

Amos, what was Froggies famous saying? Hint: "Bang the magic -------...." Who was Buster Brown's dog and where did he live?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: jimmyt
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 03:06 PM

Perfect score, and it is kinda depressing! By the way, is it just me, or does the duck and cover drill seem particularly ineffective? Perhaps if it had been duck, cover, and kiss your ass goodbye?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 03:53 PM

HA! I only got 16 right.

Robert Frost (I think) wrote a poem about frozen milk bottle. For some reason I thought it was a bit halloweenie-scary when I was a kid. Must go try to find it to see why it seems creepy in my memory.

Amos, I LOVED Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent - Beanie got second billing as sidekick. Yep, I had a board game with a little Cecil puppet that talked when you pulled a string. My mom did something with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 03:58 PM

If you REALLY want to see who is a geezer, lets see who comes up with the lowest answers to the following:

1. What is the lowest wage you ever worked for. A real wage with a real paycheck, not just a tip for mowing the lawn. 87.5 cents per hour for me!

2. What is the lowest you can remember paying for a gallon of gasoline? Afraid this may only apply to US and Canadian Catters, but those of you who do not spend dollars please reply too! Its 19 cents per gallon here!

Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 04:03 PM

95 cents an hour at my first "official" job - but remember gas at 12 cents a gallon.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 04:08 PM

I can't remember my wage or the price of gas, but I do remember when comics cost 10 cents, gum cost a penny, and a model airplane cost 50 cents.

I got 13 on the test, but might have scored higher with a few lucky guesses. I left some of them blank, cos I had no idea what the answer was.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: RangerSteve
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 04:29 PM

Claymore, I believe it's "pluck", not "Bang", as in "pluck your magic twanger, Froggy". It's not your fault, the frog made you say the wrong word. As the Italian stereotype on that show would say
"Stupid-a Frog, always make-a me say da wrong-a ting"!

I got all 20 questions right, which is better than Amos did because it was the Mills Brothers, not the Ink Spots who sang Cab Driver.
(I do not have a self-satisfied smirk on my face as I write this).

There's an Amish-run grocery store at the flea market in Columbus NJ, (Burlington County, on Route 206) that sells those wax bottles of colored sugar water. I almost bought some, but passed them up, opting for a bag of rootbeer barrels instead.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 04:37 PM

It was Smilin" Ed McConnell who said the words "Plunk your magic twanger, Froggie!"

"I'm Buster Brown; I live in a shoe.
"This is my dog, Tige, he lives in there too."


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 04:41 PM

I worked 2 weeks at 35¢ an hour...but that was for a cheapskate..75¢ was more standard on my next job in a grocery store.

Paid 17.9¢ per gallon of gas once, during a gas war..(does that count?)

and I remember as a kid paying 6¢ for ice cream bars/popsicles...we were outraged when it went up to 7¢!(yes, it WAS past the days of ½ cent pieces!)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: RangerSteve
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 05:07 PM

I don't remember Smilin' Ed; my memories of Froggy were from Ed's successor, Andy Devine on "Andy's Gang".

I've got a gang, you've got a gang, everybody's gotta have a gang.
But the only gang that's good enough for me is GOOD OLD ANDY'S GANG!


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 05:19 PM

I have to admit that i first encountered the Buster Brown Club on the radio before the TV was common. I seem to recall that Smilin' Ed started on tv, but died early in the run, but not before Andy Devine had become famous as "Jingles."

Don't forget "Midnight" the cat who meowed "Nice."


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 05:33 PM

On the radio, the jingle went:

"I've got shoes, you've got shoes, everybody's got shoes,
"But there's only one kind of shoes for me, good old Buster Brown Shoes."


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 05:37 PM

"And this is my DOG, TIGE!!!!...."


"Wrooofff!"

LOL. Ah, memory....


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:19 PM

That's impressive Noreen - I only got five. But I'd have thought you'd have to be a bloke to be a geezer, so you don't qualify.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:25 PM

For old New Englanders only:

What did Big Brother Bob Emery do with his glass of milk?

What did he inadvertantly say when he though that the sound was turned off?

What was the phone number of Adams and Swett Carpet Cleaners?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:28 PM

Geezette then. What the heck was that poem!? I'm going to have to go scrounging in the basement for my kiddie books if someone doesn't know what I'm talking about. Poem. Milk freezing and tops popping off. Oy.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:31 PM

Does anyone else remember Mister I-Magination with Paul Tripp; Lucky Pup, starring the Great Phoodini and his assistant Pinhead the Peerless?

In The TV Adventures of Robin Hood, who played Robin, Maid Marion, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Little John?

In the TV Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, who played Holmes, Watson, Lestrade?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:33 PM

Was the TV Sherlock Holmes the one with Basil Rathbone?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:36 PM

No.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:36 PM

*pedant alert!!!!*

the jingle went: "I've got shoes, you've got shoes, everybody's gotta have shoes, but there's only one kinda shoes for me, good ol' Buster BROWN shoes"

and the intro went: "Wrooofff!, Wrooofff!" "..that's my DOG, TIGE, he lives in a shoe. I'm Buster Brown- look for ME in there, too!!!!...."

*end pedant alert*

Ah, selective memory! (don't ask me what I had for breakfast this morning!)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:42 PM

Frozen milk would break the milk bottle! What a bunch of idiots. Still, I only got 17, not being up on things like TV shows and popular music.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, summer of '42


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:47 PM

Charley -- Not with loose fitting cardboard tops.

Bill D -- Thanks for resurrecting my feeble memory. Yours is amazing. Whisky before Breakfast?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:58 PM

*grin*...or even DURING breakfast! (what pedantsgeezers do is, they expound loudly on those things they DO remember well, and look the other way when it's fuzzy! as is often the case.)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 09:56 PM

Charlie, it squeezes out the top. Up, not out and 'kablooie'. I know you're way older and much more geezerish than I, but did you grow up with milk boxes and milk men? I can remember the stuff freezing!

Freezing milk de-homogenizes it. It wasn't homogenized in the first place, so it didn't matter much. We'd just bring it in and let it thaw somewhere drip-proof. Neighbors used to use the milk box to drop stuff off.

Do you remember (in the US) when your telephone number's first 2 digits were letters? When telling someone your phone number, you usually didn't say the letters, but a word containing the letters. Our letters were FR and the word was Franklin.

Remember when there was no such thing as a zip code?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 10:36 PM

Bill --

I am not going to quibble but just for the record I believe it went:

"Hi!! I'm Buster Brown -- I live in a shoe!
And here's my dog, Tige -- he lives there too!"

None of which made much sense to me, but hey, it was the Fifties.

Regards,


A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: kendall
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 10:51 PM

16, believe it or not.

Ok, who played The Cisco Kid in the movies?
what was his sidekicks name? his stage name.

Hopalong Cassidy?
his sidekick?

Who played Tom Mix on radio?
what was the sheriffs name?
Toms horse?
His sponser?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 01:02 AM

Purdy good, Kendall, considering it was your second childhood!! LOL!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 12:13 PM

Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carillo as Pancho

William Boyd
More than one sidekick over the years. But George "Gabby" Hayes come to mind.

Curley something or other
Sheriff Mike Shaw
Tony
Hot Ralston


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Mark Clark
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 02:30 PM

I remember Smilin’ Ed very well. Saturday morning radio was Smilin’ Ed with Froggy, Big John and Sparky (No School Today) and Comander ‘Buzz’ Corey and the Spaaaaaaace Patrolllll.

My lowest wage for an actual job was $0.75/hr at Compton's Car Wash in Phoenix, AZ, early in 1961. My buddy and I were on the road and trying to get enough money together to get on to Denver.

In the 1950's a favorite pastime was to fill one of our jalopies with kids, take up a collection for gas money, get a total of $0.85 or so and drive around all night drag racing the other kids in their jalopies, a la Henry Gregor Felson. The places Felson wrote about were my old stomping grounds.

I missed #5—hadn't heard of leg painting, must have been a metropolitan thing, #16—why smell ink when you can swallow bits of the core from benzadrine inhalers, and #19—I listened to the Ink Spots but don't rememember a song called Cabdriver.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Don Firth
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 06:10 PM

That was a pretty good test for the kids. Now, how about one for us real geezers?

Here are a couple for you:
1. What high school did Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy go to?
2. What were the names of the "three comrades" in the the radio drama "I Love a Mystery?" (No, not Larry, Curly, and Moe!)
and here's a dandy!
3. How are the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet related? (They are, you know.)

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: toadfrog
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 06:42 PM

One answer is wrong. Mimeograph machines did not use purple ink. Ditto machines did.

Question: What was the radio show, where the sponser's advertisement was:

I stood on the bridge at midnight.
They took the bridge away!
But I didn't care,
For I was still there,
Eating a Milky Way?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 07:07 PM

Gee, Don -- I think you and Kendall must have been pals in a past life -- this one! :>)


A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: michaelr
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 07:16 PM

I think of myself as a geezer-in-training. :-)

When I was a kid, our phone number was 806!

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 07:19 PM

I recall having real words in my phone numbers -- POrter 2-3882!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: kendall
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 07:39 PM

Curmudgeon, you are good! However, I was asking the character's name. He had 5 of them. Hint first one was Chito.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Don Firth
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 03:56 PM

Answers to the quiz for real geezers, posted 19 Sep 03 - 06:10 PM19 Sep 03 - 06:10 PM:

1. Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy went to Hudson High School when he was not out having fabulous adventures with the younger Betty and Billy Fairfield and their Uncle Jim, who if I remember correctly, was an explorer. Billy Fairfield was the one who kept saying things like, "Well, criminentlies, Uncle Jim. . . ." (oft quoted by comedian George Gobel—do you remember George Gobel?). The theme song of the program was "Wave the Flag for Hudson High, Boys," and the program was sponsored by Wheaties, the "Breakfast of Champions." It ran from 1933 to 1951.

2. The names of the "Three Comrades" in I Love a Mystery were Jack, Doc, and Reggie—Jack Packard (generic American adventurer), Doc Long (Texan, with a mouthful of grits and gravy), and Reggie Yorke (Englishman with quite prominent accent). They were world traveling adventurers seeking out mysteries, both natural and supernatural, and rescuing women in distress (many of whom were played by well-know radio actress Mercedes McCambridge). Also, a young Tony Randall was in the cast (may have played Reggie, but I'm not sure). The show ran from 1939 to 1952. Sometimes it got sufficiently scary that parents didn't want their kids listening to it. It was one of my favorites.

(One of my favorite series' of episodes of I Love a Mystery was entitled "Stairway to the Sun" in which the Three Comrades, lost in the Andes Mountains, discover a stairway up through the clouds to a plateau on top of a mountain. On this plateau is a sort of Arthur Conan Doyle style "Lost World," full of bizarre dinosaur-like animals, gigantic man-eating plants, and an ancient Inca civilization. They rescue somebody (probably Mercedes McCambridge) from being sacrificed to some god or other and barely escape with their lives. Back when I was a kid, nine-year-olds really got off on this stuff!)

3. A group of Texas Rangers went out to capture the notorious Cavandish Gang. The gang ambushed the rangers and presumably massacred them all. A lone Indian, Tonto, happened on the scene of the slaughter and found that one of the rangers, though badly wounded, was still alive. He took care of him and nursed him back to health. Determined to finish the job he had been sent out to do, John Reid, the lone surviving ranger adopted the enigmatic sobriquet The Lone Ranger, and added to the enigma by hiding his true identity behind a mask. With Tonto's help, he succeeded in bringing the Cavandish Gang to justice, then went on to bring justice to the Old West—600 episodes-worth from 1933 until it morphed from radio to television in the Fifties.

[Theory: This was at a time when many solo heroes and superheroes were taking on a younger "apprentice." Batman, who had been solo in his earlier adventures, was joined by Robin, Captain America was joined by Bucky, Buck Rogers was often joined by the pubescent Buddy and Alura Deering, Col. Wilma Deering's nephew and niece, and so on. Usually it was someone's nephew. I think the idea was that since these programs and comic books were aimed at kids, it would be a good idea to include a young character that the kids could identify with. Nonsense, say I! I always identified with the Lone Ranger, or Batman, or Buck Rogers, not the young sidekick.]

In later episodes (and I can't remember exactly how it happened), the Lone Ranger and Tonto were joined by the Lone Ranger's teen-aged nephew, Dan Reid, and the threesome continued the crusade for justice.

Years later, a young man named Britt Reid was the editor of a crime and corruption-fighting newspaper. Determining that, all too often, there were criminals that the authorities simply couldn't get the goods on, Britt Reid, remembering the stories his father, Dan Reid, had told him about the adventures he'd had with his mysterious masked uncle out West, Britt decided to go the same route—the masked crime-fighter—and The Green Hornet came into existence. Parallels: the hidden identity; the Lone Ranger never killed anyone, if someone drew on him, he beat him to the draw and shot the gun out of his hand (damn good shooting!), and the Green Hornet used a gas gun that put his quarry to sleep until the police arrived; The Lone Ranger's sidekick was the Indian Tonto and the Green Hornet's sidekick was his Japanese valet Kato (early in WWII, Kato suddenly became Filipino); the Lone Ranger had The Great White Stallion, "Silver" and the Green Hornet had his souped up car, "The Black Beauty." The biggest parallel of all was that both characters were created by Fran Stricker. And, of course, that most of the same actors were heard on both shows.

So the relationship? The Lone Ranger was the Green Hornet's great-uncle.

I find this sort of thing lots of fun. But it's undoubtedly more than you ever wanted to know.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 04:42 PM

Well, knock me down and call me shorty, Don!! You got the goods on me, fair and square!! lol!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 06:10 PM

Jeri-

I grew up on a dairy farm, a small herd of Jersey cows, no pasturization, no homogenization, just the real stuff in glass bottles. Father would run the milk around town to about 60 customers. When he'd run for town selectboard, no one would dare to vote against him because he had the goods on everything going on in their homes.

We did have a tractor but no bailer for hay, just an old Dimond Reo truck which we'd fill with hay stacks, and then unload in the barn. Haying as I remember it was 3 weeks of Hell, very little time to lean on pitchforks and sing songs about milkmaids.

Who remembers those red ration coins from WW II, and the blackout curtains!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, happier and wiser


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 06:30 PM

My fondest memories of youth were of working a dairy farm on a boarding school I went to. Didn't do haying, though -- just spreading and shoveling manure and milking.   And they couldn't make it too hard on us.

Diamond Reo!!A blast from the past indeed, Charlie. I think they went out of business around the time the Stanley Steamer did!! lol!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 06:45 PM

Man what a buncha old geeezers!**bg** I got 16 right, but only knew some of them through osmosis from older sibs; I hadn't even heard of duck and cover and a lot of other things until I was an adult! I think my kids would do as well on the test as I did, as we had milk delivered, still, when my youngest was a baby, 26 years ago; they've heard all about green and gold stamps and seen the items I bought my sibs with them for Christmas, way back when, as my mom let me save some of them up for that; and, when we moved to MA in 1983, a small store there had wax bottles of sugar water, PLUS wax lips and harmonicas at Halloween. I loved green stamps!!

Has anyone noticed that towels today don't even last as long as those thin, skimpy ones which used to be in boxes of laundry detergent? And, how on earth to young folks build up their sets of glassware without boxes of detergent with glass tumblers inside?

katontheshysideofbeingageezette:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Nancy King
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 06:49 PM

Well, I got a 17. It never occurred to me to sniff the mimeograph/ditto ink. If only I'd known!

Anybody else remember kneading the little dye pellet into the margerine?

Or looking at the bones in your feet through the X-ray machine (or was it a fluoroscope?) in the shoe store?

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 07:10 PM

OLEO!! THe little red bullet in the plastic bag of lard. I musta been about four! LOL!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: MAG
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 09:08 PM

17. and those were real x-rays, doing horrible things to our feet no doubt.

I really liked the milkman, because when he saw I was trying to learn how to garden, he brought me his extra tomato plants. Only in small towns ...

AXtel 9 -


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Don Firth
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 09:56 PM

Yeah! My job during WWII was to break the little red bullet and knead the bag of lard until was the color of butter. Sometimes I'd take a Mason jar (remember Mason jars?) full of heavy cream and shake it until it turned to actual butter. It was pretty bland (salt free) until Mom dinked with it a bit. Saved red points that way (anybody old enough to remember red points during WWII?).

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 10:39 PM

My sister-in-law is from Buffalo and was a member of the Peanut Gallery.

We had bread delivered as well as milk. And once in a while the breadman came with tiny wrapped loaves for children.

Before TV was on 24 hours a day, the screen would be filled with test patterns and the sound was an annoying whistle. But just before they went to the pattern they showed a Burl Ives cartoon of Barbara Allan and another of Susie Snowflake. I knew Barbara Allan before I was five years old. The TV was in my cousin's house. We didn't have one at the time.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Ely
Date: 20 Sep 03 - 10:50 PM

Whoa, I'm 26 and I have at least a "muddy mind", going on full-blown geezer.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Padre
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 12:02 AM

I have a song book of tunes 'made famous' by Smilin' Ed McConnel - he did a radio show before the Buster Brown Gang, where he sang gospel songs.

It's bad enough that I got 18/20 on this test, but every car I lusted after in High School now has an 'antique' license tag on it. And whatever happened to Nila Mack and 'Let's Pretend,' or 'The National Farm and Home Hour?'

Padre (who feels 10 years older just reading this stuff)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Gloredhel
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 02:23 AM

Pardon me, but I am not as old as dirt. I got 18 answers right, and that happens to be my age. It's just my parents who are older than dirt, and I actually listen to all those stories.

Papa has a 1951 Studebaker Champion. Bullet-nose and everything. Pretty baby, but not as pretty as the '47 Lincoln that lives down the street. Oh man!


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 05:02 AM

At school the little free-milk bottles used to freeze some mornings, and the milk monitor had to stick the bottles on the radiator to thaw. You drank it with lumps of ice floating around in it.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 05:06 AM

That free-milk post was mine - my cookie had crumbled.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Mark Clark
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 02:27 PM

I remeber fluoroscopes in the shoe store, breaking the red berry and kneading the marjarine to make it yellow, I remember WWII ration stamps, our telephone number was 5 digits long—all our relatives still counted rings—and I remember seeing the milk bottle caps (a small cardboard disc) raised up by the frozen cream in the winter but how many had the milk delivered by horse-drawn wagon in a city of 200,000 or more?

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: kendall
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 02:40 PM

Well, I guess no one cares what the Cisco Kid's sidekick was called. sniff


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 03:40 PM

You really have me stumped, Kendall.   My memories of the Cisco Kid go back to the third grade (1950) at the latest; I cannot recall any partner but Pancho. I even saw them together at a rodeo in the Boston Garden -- Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 03:51 PM

I remember horse-drawn milk-delivery-carts in what's now called Inner London - they came back during the war and a few years afterwards.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: kendall
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 07:23 PM

Ok, so my memory is fading. Maybe it wasn't the Cisco Kid. Then who was Chito, Jose' Gonzales, Bustamante Rafferty?


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 07:47 PM

If you don't count getting $1 a day for raising and lowering the seats for customers renting water-bicycles on Green Lake in Seattle back in 1940, my first real wages were $.40 an hour working for Consolidated Printers & Stationers in Salina, Kansas, in 1944. I think I was paid about the same extravagant sum for pumping $0.135 (thirteen and a half cents) per gallon gas at a Dixie Oil Co. station, also in Salina. That's why I felt RICH when I dumped that job to follow the harvest in the wheat fields and was paid $14 a DAY, plus food and lodging, although the lodging was frequently a pile of hay in the loft of an old barn. It may have been a bit crude, and occasionally itchy, but I thought it was the bee's knees!
    I got 19 out of 20. The Ink Spots answer stumped me. I suspect the proper answer should have been the Mills Brothers. Our milk bottles were just left standing on the back step, but fancier folks had those metal-clad, insulated boxes to hold them. Kenwood 1427 reached us on the first phone we ever had -- Arlington, Virginia, 1942.
    I knew Jack, Doc & Reggie because the boys double octet in which I sang always practiced on their broadcast night and had to take a break to listen when they came on. It was years before I realized the announcer wasn't saying "Isle of a Mystery!" at the opening of the program. (For the Brits: actually, he was saying "I Love a Mystery" -- an early Mondegreen for me.)
    Sorry, Kendall, I can't answer the hard ones. What product sponsored "Little Orphan Annie" on the radio? Can you still sing the introductory song?
    Sandy (a curmudgeon, for sure)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Don Firth
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 08:22 PM

EGAD, Sandy, I only lived a couple of blocks from there! Just up Latona Avenue. About the time you were flipping up seats on the water-bicycles, I was just a couple of blocks away, passing out numbers to people standing in line at DeMent's ice cream shop on the corner of N.E. 71st and E. Green Lake Way. Dement had the first soft ice cream machine in town, and on Saturdays and Sundays hordes of people used to line up around the block to get a soft ice cream cone, and he didn't want them getting into arguments about who got there first. Now, little machines do what I used to do. You just walk up to it and "take a number." DeMent paid me two-bits an hour, and on my breaks, I got a soft ice cream cone. The pay wasn't much, but the bennies were very good!

And Kendall, if I remember rignt, the Cisco Kid's sidekick was Pancho. At the end of each program, as Cisco and Pancho were riding off into the sunset, Pancho would crack some horrible pun, and then:

CISCO (with a mixture of horror and disgust, and in spite of himself, amusement): "Oh,PANCHO!!"
PANCHO (in the spirit of "HA! I got off another good one!"): "Oh, Cisco!"
(Ride off, both laughing uproariously.)

(I suspect there may have been some allusion there to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza)

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 08:24 PM

Wasn't there also a "Red Feather Man" on the radio who used to tell stories about battles between red and gray squirrls?

There was also the Fairy Tale program sponsored by Cream of Wee-Wee.

Our phone number was 16W2.

Now who served in the GROUND OBSERVOR CORPS, what did you observe, and what were your call letters?

Cheerily,
Fox-Trot-Popa-1-4-Black


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: kendall
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 09:22 PM

My first job paid 63c per hour. Cleaning the stables for the pony express.

No, actually it was in a sardine packing plant.
As a teen I dug clams for $6.00 per bushell. They now sell them by the pound in super markets.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 12:39 AM

100% on the test for this geezer


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 01:47 AM

Way to go, y'auld phart!! :>)

Nice to hear from you after such long absence!!

Warmest regards,

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 08:47 AM

Toadfrog is right about the mimeograph/Ditto machine distinction. "Ditto" was a brand name; the generic term was "spirit duplicator." (Don't feel bad; many people confused the two even when they were new.)

And as I remember it, we sniffed the pages because they smelled good. I never heard of "getting high" until several years later.

Ditto machines used a paper "master." You could write or type on the master, and the thick purple ink would be deposited on the back of the paper from another sheet that was something like carbon paper. (How many people remember carbon paper?) You would tear off and discard the back sheet and attach the front sheet to the Ditto cylinder with the back side of the paper facing out, so that the print appeared backwards. As the cylinder rotated, the master would be coated with a thin clear aromatic solvent that partly dissolved the ink and allowed it to be deposited on the paper that passed through the machine. The ink that was initially present on the master was all the ink there ever was; there was no way to replace the ink when it was used up. As the ink was used up, the copies gradually got fainter until they were illegible. Then the master was useless. As I recall, you could only make about 50 copies.

Mimeographs were used when more copies were wanted. A mimeograph "stencil" was a thin sheet of waxy plastic, which you would put in a typewriter, disable the ribbon, and then pound hard on the keys (This was before electric typewriters.) so that each keystroke would cause the letter to actually cut through the stencil, making holes that ink could later flow through. But you couldn't pound TOO hard, because that would cause the enclosed parts of letters like "a" and "e" to fall out, making them appear solid black in the finished copy. The ink was thick, black, and not very aromatic. You poured it directly into the center of the drum and spread it around with a brush. As the copies got faint, you could add more ink. I never saw a mimeograph stencil wear out. I think you could use them to make 1000 copies or more.

So, if a teacher was making copies for one class, it was probably a Ditto machine. If the principal was making copies for the entire school, it was probably a mimeograph.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: LindaG
Date: 06 Nov 03 - 08:30 AM

The school I worked in in 1980 was still using both the stencil and the ditto machine (maybe still is--who knows?). I remember when the milk man would let us kids ride down the street in the truck with him.

Nancy King reminded me of two favorite '50's things of mine that abruptly disapeared. They were looking at my feet in the x-ray machine in the shoestore, and a tv program where you sent away for a green transparent piece of plastic that you stuck on to the tv screen and drew pictures on, along with the tv host. (Probably fears of radiation killed both things --along with the doctor's fluoroscope.) I recall as a three year old being mesmerized by Kate Smith on tv in the afternoons.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: LindaG
Date: 06 Nov 03 - 08:45 AM

Ah, I also meant to say that when xerox machines came out, the copies were white on black. I kept copying a diagram of the skeleton and bringing it home, but I could never learn the bones because wherever I put that paper my cat would find it and chew it to bits--it smelled like dead fish. "--But my cat ate my homework!!"


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Ebbie
Date: 06 Nov 03 - 03:39 PM

I remember coffee and a piece of pie for a quarter and a gallon of gas for 17 cents. During a 'gas war', I believe it went even lower but 17 was the least I paid regularly.

I once switched to Raleigh cigarettes in order to get their stamps.

The lowest wage I ever got: In Virginia, $7.00 per a 5-day week for helping in a woman's house up the road- and the money went to my parents. The woman was outraged when I used the 'colored' man's hand towel.

I remember a pack of gum for 5 cents. I was totally nonplussed when it increased in price. It never had, in my memory.

I don't remember Smilin' Ed, but I do remember Smilin' Jack, in Dick Tracy. He was so good looking they never showed his face.

Ya didn't color lard- that was oleomargarine. I understand it was the dairy industry that won legislation that forbade ready-mixed, butter-colored spread.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Nov 03 - 07:34 PM

somehow lost track of this thread...but, Amos...*grin*..unless they changed it at some point, I KNOW my version of the Buster Brown opening is right....the "wroof, wroof" is what alerted you!

green plastic on the TV screen.."Winky-Dink & You"

who remembers green TV screen? Hoffman!
singing
"I like Hoffman, yes I do,
My whole fam'ly likes it too.
That's because I realize,
It protects my children's precious eyes"

yes, I kneaded the margarine, put my feet in the fluoroscope, had an easy phone #--329J in New Orleans.. ("number, please!" "get me 329J, operator"), and ran both the ditto machine and the mimeograph.

Wow, I long for the days before all this nostalgia!


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 06 Nov 03 - 08:46 PM

Yeah, Bill, nostalgia ain't what it used to be...

The lowest wage I ever got (other than 35 cents per hour for babysitting the minister's kids) was in 1962 or thereabouts, when I got $10 per week for waitressing at an inn in Maine. The idea was that tips would make up the difference. Of course, the inn had virtually no guests at the time, so there were no tips. Then the owner decided that the waitresses should be making themselves useful, and put two of us up on ladders, outdoors, with buckets of ammonia water to clean the windows. At that point I quit.

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 06 Nov 03 - 09:52 PM

Jeeze! I got a buck an hour for jerking sodas and making cones in my first job. Part I loved best was using the blender!! Whirrrrrrrr!!! (Easily Amused Department).   :>)

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Nov 03 - 05:26 PM

Hey, I found my 1959 Ground Observer Corps certificate and a badly corroded set of wings. (I've been sorting through important documents stored in my late father's files.) We used to live near a naval air station, so we always had plenty of patrol bombers to report. I think our record was 24 in one day. But, you know, not a single Russian bomber got through!

What we'd do when we were on duty was fill in the blanks with regard to any airplane we saw, and then phone in the information to air command headquarters, which in our case was Bangor. After a while we set the whole routine to the tune of "The Old Oaken Bucket" and it went something like this:

Aircraft flash, one bi-motor bomber,
Overhead, no delay,
Foxtrot Papa, 1-4 Black,
Flying southeast, very high.

No one else seemed amused.

Some idea of our status, from the perspective of the military, may be inferred from our retirement ceremony where we got our certificates and wings. The officer who presided had his leg in a cast; we assumed that he couldn't vacate the room as fast as the other potential volunteers, or had injured himself in the process.

Anyway, I'm real happy to have rediscovered my wings.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Joybell
Date: 07 Nov 03 - 06:06 PM

No fair! I always wanted to be a Geezer but not only am I a woman I'm an Australian woman! Please may I have an Australian translation? I worked for almost nothing as a student nurse in 1962, 6 days a week, AND I had to wear a long white apron, thick grey stockings and lace-up shoes. I reckon I qualify for Geezer status for the outfit alone.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 07 Nov 03 - 11:31 PM

I'm glad to say I did not get a perfect score. Didn't have a clue what Howdy's princess' name was. So there. I think that missing one puts me in contention for non-geezerhood. After all, at my age I will be forgetting the answers to the other questions very soon won't I.

Nice test, Amos

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Miken
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 02:08 AM

Joybell, you do indeed! I can't imagine it. You are hereby a full geezerette, with all honors .
Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Joybell
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 04:40 PM

Oh Miken, Thank you! Geezerette sounds great.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: annamill
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 12:14 AM

Shut up!! I don't wanna talk about it!

BTW, is there an off-chance that anyone remembers Uncle Fred who played Farmer Grey(brown) cartoons with the stick mice and cats?

The cats would drive Farmer Grey(Brown) nutso until he threw them into a bag and throw them into a river and they would come back thru the faucet on his sink.

Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpsons kinda remind me of them.

I knew almost all the answers, Amos. I didn't know 1,6,8,19.

Annamill


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,Kathy B Marion OH
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 12:05 PM

The Mills Brothers did the song "Cabdriver" on question #19, Not the Ink Spots. Whoever made up this test must be under 65.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 12:09 PM

98


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 12:10 PM

99


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 12:10 PM

100 and thank you me lords


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:33 AM

re: question #19.
Didn't the Mills Brothers sing "Cab Driver"?
          Not The Ink Spots


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: PoppaGator
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 01:57 PM

I got 19, since I didn't even guess at the "Cabdriver" question. Now I see that the answer to that one has become a matter of controversy anyway; that is, the quiz-writer may not have gotten it right, either.

I'm younger than some of y'all: by the time I was old enough to work legally and officially for the Federal minimum wage, it was all the way up to $1.25. I bagged groceries. Only girls were allowed to run the cash registers; boys worked as baggers and occasionally ran out to the parking lot to collect shopping carts.

I remember the price of gas staying at around thirty-some-odd cents for years, both before and (briefly) after I began to drive myself.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 03:15 PM

My first real job was also grocering for $1.25, including making milkshakes and serving cones at the icecream counter; followed by gas-station handy boy at the same rate. Learned to fix tires, change oil, pump gas and clean windshields. I got my first letter of recommendation from that jobm citing me as a "fast man at the island", something that has served me well exactly nowhere. The gas station owner loved to talk about his male parts. I was distinctly uininterested in them (perhaps because I was enthralled by my own at that age).

A


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Becca72
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 05:29 PM

The test is rigged. I got 18 correct and I'll be 36 on Monday...

My first job was at a grocery store for $4.25/hour and I remember gas at $.99/gallon. I don't know WTF the rest of you are talking about which just proves the test is more trivia than memory. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: DonD
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 10:35 PM

I don't believe that Blackjack gum was named after a game of chance (which we called '21'). I think it originated sometime around WWI and honored General John J. Pershing who was known as 'Blackjack', and the gum itself was black and licorice flavored.

My fond memory as a ten- or eleven-year-old in The Bronx (always capitalize the T in The!) was when the 'gang' could each save up a quarter each, and on a Saturday, we'd take the subway to Times Square to wander around. A nickel each way for the train, a dime for a hot dog (with a free root beer) and a nickel to spend 'foolishly'. A favorite pastime was to hang around the burlesque joints ogling the pictures of the strippers outside until the doorman/barker would rasp, "Hey, you kids, come back in ten years!"

I'll just hum 'The Bard of Armagh' and toddle off to bed.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Don Firth
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 10:41 PM

On the quiz that led off this thread, I scored a 17 (took it a few years back). I missed Princess Summerfall Winterspring because I never saw the Howdy Doody Show, except once or twice by accident. I was in college when it first appeared on television (!!).

Never heard about the purple ink thing. And I only vaguely remembered the Cabdriver song and couldn't recall who had done it.

The family car was a Packard (we had five of them over time, from boxy in 1935 to pretty sleek in 1954) before they sold out to Studebaker. That was back in the days when you could tell what make a car was just by looking at it from a distance. Great cars.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Peace
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 10:21 AM

"It's Howdy Doody time,
It's Howdy Doody time,
It's time to start the show,
So kids let's go."


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: GUEST,B-Western Fan
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 11:06 AM

"Ok, so my memory is fading. Maybe it wasn't the Cisco Kid. Then who was Chito, Jose' Gonzales, Bustamante Rafferty?"

Chico Jose Gonzales Bustamante Rafferty was Tim Holt's sidekick.


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: Peace
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 11:08 AM

Kicked him in the side once a day, faithfully . . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US)
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 12:05 PM

I don't geeze as much as I used to


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