Fabulous Fifties….

The Fabulous Fifties

 Do you remember the fifties? A lot of us still do and since I went to High School in the fifties, that’s where a lot of memories are.

I remember that our school mascot was a Husky Dog and we were the North Hollywood Huskies. I rode to school with my  friend whose dad was Nudie, the famous tailor to the western stars like Roy Rogers and western singers like ————-. The car was a big white Cadillac convertible with steer horns on the front, a cow horn he blew all the time, and the gear shift was a Colt 45 Pistol.

I think we were mostly embarrassed to be seen in it! Also rode to school with my best buddy Dwayne in his florescent green convertible. We were good friends most of our High School days. And anyone who says a boy and a girl cannot be friends, I will call him a liar.

The school had an 8’ chain link fence all around it and we could not leave the grounds at any time without a pass, even at lunchtime. Of course on the corner across the street from the school were two fast food places! Now in those days, girls were not allowed to wear slacks to school. We had to wear skirts or dresses. Have you ever climbed an 8’ high chain link fence in a skirt?! We actually did wear ‘poodle ‘ skirts and bobby socks. For a while it was in the fashion to also wear a dog collar around your ankle.

I worked in the Library at school. I often wished that my life had gone differently and I had been a Librarian. I love books and I love research but that was not in the cards for me. I learned a lot there, though. Read all the time.

My favorite thing to do was climb up a tree with an apple and a book and I could spend hours there. And this went on until I was over 17! Lol

The fifties were good growing-up years I think, with family values at the top of the training schedule. We were mostly polite and thoughtful with each other and common courtesy was very much in vogue. Then I graduated and went to work for the City of Los Angelesat Georgia St. Receiving Hospital.
A whole other story for later……….

Something to ponder: Ten men and a woman were hanging onto a rope dangling from a helicopter. Suddenly the rope began to fray!  They realized that unless one person sacrificed themselves and dropped off, they all would die.  The silence was deafening…

Finally the woman gave a passionate,  touching speech. “I will give up my life to save the rest of you, because women are used to giving up things for their husbands and children, giving in to men, and not receiving anything in return.  When she finished speaking, all the men started clapping.     

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2 Responses to Fabulous Fifties….

  1. Dee H. says:

    I kinda remember the 50’s–I started high school in ’59. I think with my traditional Italian family, I would have been raised with “’50’s values” no matter what decade I grew up in. Movies like American Graffiti and Grease helped cement the flavor of that era in those of us of a certain age. BTW, I climbed my share of trees as a kid. I loved the fact that my four granddaughters were/are all little monkeys, too!

  2. MarkNChaplin says:

    Love your blog….

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