Cool Video Courtesy of Paul Jorgensen


I got the link for this video from our classmate, Paul Jorgensen a week or so ago. It gets me excited about our 50th Reunion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDc0ID6PJeg&feature=youtu.be

Our reunion is coming going to be here for you know it. Look at the big countdown icon on the left. It is now less then one year away. If you have not ordered your ticket, I urge you to do so. Remember, the early bird special does not last forever.

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Class of 1963 Memories on Pinterest


Pinterest.com is a social website where people put up boards and then pin links to interesting sites they have found on the internet. I began using Pinterest a while back to share interesting places and content I have found on the net.

I have made several boards. One of them is for sharing links to videos, pictures, and stories that will take you back to when we were in high school. Here is the link to that Pinterest board.

http://pinterest.com/don26812/leuzinger-hs-class-of-1963-memories/

I have added only a very few pins so far, but will add more as we move towards our 50th Reunion. One of the pins on this Pinterest board points to our senior class panorama  picture on YouTube. If you have not seen this video since I first posted it about four years ago, you will want to take another look. Like they often do in Hollywood, this video has been totally re-mastered. It should be far easier for you to find yourself in the video as it pans across our class.

Rock & Roll is Here to Stay


The next line from the Danny and the Juniors hit is “and I’m digging’ it to the end”. I certainly agree with that. I love Oldies But Goodies. Tina Edmundson Mason and her husband, Phil “Fang” Volk, are doing a bit more than that. Here is part of an email I received from Tina a few days ago.

Thank you for this email and all the Class of ’63 info.  We’re sending you a YOUTUBE link to our new band video of our concert in Laughlin, NV on 12/31/11. You can share it with as many classmates as you like.  I think they would get a kick out of it, seeing as how I’m still rockin’ after all these years, and now my two daughters are working with Phil and me!!!!  “

Here is the YouTube video Tina is referring to.

By the way, Tina is on the left–hard to tell at times.

As you know, our former Sports Queen was a regular on Dick Clark’s “Where the Action Is” TV show. Back then she met and married Phil “Fang” Volk, one of the original members of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

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Tina and Phil also have a Facebook fan page called FANG ALLIANCE NEW GENERATION (F.A.N.G.).There are additional cool videos and information there. It’s an open group, but you do need to be on Facebook to view it.

Neighborhood Memories


Marvin Parish, Phil Sowers and I recently shared a few memories of our neighborhood malt shop. The three of us went to Williams and then Yukon Intermediate. That was our neighborhood.

The exchange started with the poem at the bottom of this post that Marvin had forwarded to us.

Phil,

Remember when we got in trouble for “acting up” at the Malt Shop?

You know the place where you had to wait 30 minutes for a cheeseburger and a chocolate malt and it was worth it. Les was the barber and his sister ran the malt shop. What was with her? What was with Les? In this day and age the sister would be in some type of “home” and Les would probably be “registered”.

Marvin
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Marv and Phil,

I really liked the 50s version of email. It brings back fond memories.

I too went to the malt shop a lot growing up. Mrs. Grizell was the mother. I did not call it the Malt Shop. It was Mrs. Grizell’s to me. As I remember her, she had red hair. Her son, Les had the barber shop next store. For some reason my mom did not like the way he cut my hair, so I went to Chuck’s on Yukon. The magazines were better there anyway. Mrs. Grizell’s plain looking daughter, who worked in the malt shop was named Chickie. I call her plain, because she wore very plain dresses.

I don’t remember having to wait a long time when I ate there. Our whole family really liked the food. We used to take out our orders. That was when I learned that if you ate your food there, you had to pay sales tax. If you took it home, there was no tax. Chickie’s cheeseburgers were very good, but my favorite were the tacos at $.30.

I would get mine with hot sauce. One day when I was about nine, I asked for extra hot sauce. I may have said lots of hot sauce. Chickie obliged. That afternoon, there was a Cub Scout meeting at my house, and I attended with zinc oxide on both my upper and lower lips.

Don

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Don and Marv,

Hi guys, boy do I remember “those tacos” to this day. I believe they were the first tacos I’d ever had. My wife Pat makes wonderful tacos but I can still taste those from Lamole  street. In fact, My folks thought I’d marry a Mexican girl just because I ate so many tacos. Oh what memories.

Thanks for sharing our youth. I’ll smile all night!

Phil

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And now for the 50s version of email poem.

1950s version of an E-Mail
I have no idea who put this together, but it is wonderful!!
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Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

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For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.

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We learned to gut a muffler, we washed our hair at dawn,
We spread our crinolines to dry in circles on the lawn..

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We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
And Eddie Fisher married Liz , and no one’s seen him since.

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We danced to ‘Little Darlin,’ and sang to ‘Stagger Lee’
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney
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And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice..

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We didn’t have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

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We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.
We had our share of heroes, we never thought they’d go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.

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For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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We’d never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren’t named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.

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And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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We’d never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.

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And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and ‘gay’ meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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We hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

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And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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Buicks came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

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And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

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We had no Crest with fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me
, Me.
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There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill..
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And middle-aged was 35 and old was fifty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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But all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We’ve come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.

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So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they’re using smaller print in magazines..
And we tell our children’s children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.

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If you didn’t grow up in the fifties,
you missed the greatest time in history.

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Take a Look and Enjoy the Trip Back


From time to time, one of our classmates send me an email with a great link that really brings back the memories from when we kids in the 50s and 60s. This one came recently from Paul Jorgensen.

For those of you who are
old enough to remember……………

JUST CLICK ON A DATE AND SIT BACK
AND ENJOY

1. JACKIE GLEASON ON THE ROCKY MARCIANO SHOW THE
MAIN EVENT
(1960)

2. JAMES DEAN: HIS
FINAL TV APPEARANCE
(1954)

3. ELVIS SINGS BLUE
SUEDE SHOES
(1956)

4. A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS
PRESLEY, THE KING OF ROCK & ROLL
(1959-62)

5. THE EDSEL
INTRODUCED ON NBC
(1957)

6. BOBBY DARIN’S
“MACK THE KNIFE”
(1959)

7. WESTINGHOUSE DEBUTS
HI-TECH “ADVANCED TV”
(1951)

8. WILLIAM BENDIX AS
LOVABLE CHESTER A. RILEY
(1956)

9. ICONS I: WHAT MADE
50’S TV GOLDEN
(COMPILATION, (1952-60)

10. THE PATTI PAGE
SHOW
(1958)

11. BLOOPERS FROM THE
HONEYMOONERS
(1957-58)

12. THE CENSORED JERRY
LEE LEWIS HERE UNCENSORED!
(1957-59)

13. A TRUE 50’s DOO
WOP TV CLASSIC
(1958)

14. FAMILY AFFAIR (1966)

15. ALAN FREED’S BIG
BEAT DANCE PARTY DANCERS
(1959)

16. THE STEVE ALLEN
SHOW
(1957)

17. The Inventor Of TV
Sketch Comedy ERNIE KOVACS
(1954)

18. THE RED SKELTON
SHOW
(1959)

19. ICONS: THE
DELINQUENCY RAMPAGE!
(COMPILATION, 1957-60)

20. FATHER KNOWS BEST (1953)

21. PETTICOAT JUNCTION (1962)

22. OLYMPIC GOLD
MEDALIST BOB MATTHIAS
(1956)

23. DANCES OF THE
1950’s: THE HAND JIVE
(1957)

24. GROUCHO MARX YOU
BET YOUR LIFE
(1959)

25. DRAGNET (1959)

26. THE IMMORTAL
MUSICAL COMEDY OF VICTOR BORGE
1951

27. EDDIE FISHER SINGS
A MEDLEY OF HIS BIGGEST HITS
1953

28. ABBOTT &
COSTELLO: WHO’S ON FIRST?
1951

29. MORE DANCES OF THE
1950’s THE JITTERBUG
1958

30. THE HONEYMOONERS
… IN COLOR!
1969

31. THE ORIGINAL FLASH
GORDON SERIAL
theatres-1939; TV-1960’s

32. THE LONE RANGER 1955

33. THE ENDEARING
GRIMACES OF EDDIE CANTOR
1952

34. BOBBY DARIN
NERVOUSLY HOSTS A BEAUTY CONTEST
1957

35. MORE DANCES OF THE
1950’s: THE LINDY HOP
1959

36. SHAKE, BABY,
SHAKE! IT’S THE KILLER AGAIN!
1958

37. THE DANNY THOMAS
SHOW
1958

38. SID CAESAR: YOUR
SHOW OF SHOWS
1957

39. HERE COMES TOBOR! 1954

40. THE ADVENTURES OF
SUPERMAN
1954

41. THE ADVENTURES OF
FLIPPER
1964

42. SPIKE JONES 1951

43. CAPTAIN VIDEO
& HIS VIDEO RANGERS
1950

44. THE LIBERACE SHOW 1952

45. MEDIC 1954

46. THE BIG VALLEY 1965

47. THE ROOTS OF TV
BASEBALL
1950-57

48. Mc HALE’S NAVY 1962

49. HOPALONG CASSIDY 1952

50. DARK SHADOWS 1966

51. FADS & FANCIES OF
THE 50s & 60s

52. I LOVE LUCY 1952

53. THE DICK VAN DYKE
SHOW
1962

54. THE BEATLES FIRST
TELEVISION APPEARANCE
1963

55. BAT MASTERSON 1958

56. MARTY ROBBINS ON
THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW
1964

57. FRANK SINATRA
SPEAKS CANDIDLY
1954

58. PASSWORD 1962

59. STAR TREK TV ON
DEMAND
1966-present

60. MORE DANCES OF THE
50’s: THE SWINGBACK
1958

61. THE LIVE TV FRIDGE
COMMERCIAL CATASTROPHE
1954

62. THE ARTHUR GODFREY
SHOW
1957

63. BUILDING THE 1958
DODGE
1957

64. FIGHT CLASSIC:
ROCKY MARCIANO vs. JERSEY JOE WALCOTT
1952

65. AND MORE GREAT
ICONS OF THE 50’s VOL III
1952-59

66. ALFRED HITCHCOCK
PRESENTS
1959

67. SATURDAY
NIGHTLIVE~~ BEFORE SNL
1954-58

68. FELIX THE CAT 1959

69. THE DONNA REED
SHOW
1958

70. THE GOLDBERGS 1952

71. LUCILLE BALL &
CAROL BURNETT
1965

72. THE LITTLE RASCALS 1955

73. HIGHWAY PATROL 1956

74. LOST IN SPACE 1966

75. BEULAH 1951

76. BEWITCHED 1966

77. I DREAM OF JEANIE 1966

78. SEA HUNT 1957

79. DYNAMITE JOE
RINDONE
1954

80. THE MILTON BERLE
SHOW
1957

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