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I've said this before and I'll say it again. The Scrapbook is something I am proud of. Many great people have sent in their memories to be archived on this site. Thanks one and all.
This email from John ..... Class of 1959
"The officer knelt down, and pulled a pack of "Lucky strikes" out of his shirt pocket, and tried to push the pack between the pavement and the lake pipes."
The front bumper, was five inches above the ground, Denny and I had just finnish putting a Olds V-8, in Dennis 48 Plymouth coupe, the front coil springs collapsed, but we thought it looked cool. We installed lake pipes, then to finnish out the "Rake Look" we put a set of use 850 tires on the rear. The "Rake" look was cool in 1957 in the Seattle area.
One sunday morning we headed out of town in Dennis Plymouth, to do a road test of the new power plant. We ended up in a little town, 40 miles north east of Seattle, called Monroe. Main street was only seven blocks long, but half way down main street, there were a set of four railroad tracks, we had to cross. Denny stop the car, I got out, to make sure the lake pipes would clear the rails. Once over the rails, I hopped back into the car, then a red light came on behind us, it was the local Johnny law.
We pulled over, the police officer got out of his car, and came walking up to Plymouth, and told us to step out of the car. With Dennis driver license in hand, he walked to the front of the Plymouth. "Your car is to low" Denny and I, both started talking at the same time, I was telling him the lake pipes, made it look low, Denny was saying something about coil springs, the officer said "Hold it" Then walked back to the drivers door of the Plymouth. The officer knelt down, and pulled a pack of "Lucky strikes" out of his shirt pocket, and tried to push the pack between the pavement and the lake pipes, it would not fit. Denny was given a ticket for defective equipment.
When we got back to school on Monday, we found out other students were stopped over the weekend and went through the same cigarette pack test. We believed this test came up from California?
Thanks John ..... "Praise the Lowered" 02/20/99
This email from Carol
I was doing some searching for goodies when I found your wonderful "Rewind the 50s" page at http://www.loti.com/page1.html. Being a product of the 50s myself (graduated high school in '56) I appreciate this stuff more than you know. Question...may I link to your site? I maintain the Far Rockaway (NY) High School Alumni Online Database and do their Online Newsletter and we have over 2,300 online members. I already have a link to the 50s & 60s site called "Heartbeats One & Two" at http://www.web-access.net/~elliott/ and would love to feature your site as well in our newsletter. If you'd like to see my FRHS pages, they are all listed below this letter.
Thanks so much for providing this GREAT site.
What's really remarkable about our school and home town is that they do not exist as we knew them...we definitely can't go home again. Our town died a horrible death when the beautiful paradise-by-the-sea known as Far Rockaway, NY, was destroyed by the advent of the New York subway system (in 1957) running a line right into town and therefore invading our quiet, safe haven. Our school now resembles something from a futuristic "Blackboard Jungle" and the town itself looks like a third world country. Our families and friends have long departed for safer grounds, leaving the lovely beaches and formerly quiet, Victorian-styled, graceful homes to be destroyed by the onslaught of what's laughingly called "today's civilization." There is, in my opinion, nothing "civil" about it.
Enough grousing. We did have a wonderful centennial celebration in 1997 with around 3,000 people coming from all over the world to attend this three-day event. By keeping in touch we can remember how it was "back then" and keep the memories alive.
Thanks Carol 02/17/99
email and photo from jbirdie...check out the fuzzy dice!
My 51 Poncho...Shaved, decked, frenched, electric doors/trunk, power windows/antenna, late model drivetrain, a/c, cruise, red-light finder, and Alpine sound. Drove this from Dallas to SF...turned lots of heads.
Thanks jbirdie... cool ride... 02/15/99
You have to read this.....
"In 1954 I was in the 9th grade, I was 6 foot 4 inches tall and 200 pounds, I was the biggest kid in school, I put the word out, if anyone "Pants" me I would beat them up."
Jim was the "Tom Thumb" of the ninth grade. Actually, he looked like he belonged in grade school, standing barely five feet and weighing no more then 90 pounds. This was a terrible disadvantage in 1954, a time when, if you failed to look like "Elvis" your social life was dead. The "Elvis" look, consisted of an expensive black jacket with white leather sleeves, a shirt with its collar turned upward, the mandatory eight once of Brylcreme to hold your "Duck tail" in place, and a thin white belt. The belt was used to accent the perilous placement of your jeans, which were worn far below the hip bone, in a region around the rump and complete revelation. This strategic placement caused the actual seat of your jeans to dangle somewhere in the area of the back of your knees. This look once achieved, guaranteed you a elevated position in the circle of "Cool cats."
I liked to torment Jim, and on several occasions made his life miserable. But Mother nature has a way of keeping every thing in balance. On the one hand, she had short changed Jim in the height and weight department, but she had seen fit to bestow on Jim an agile, scheming and deviant mind. His mind was more then a match for my brawn, and he proved it on a beautiful spring day with me as his victim.
We all rode the bus home together. It was an opportunity to flirt with the girls in the back of the bus. I normally took up my customary position next to the back bench seats, which were brimming with "Cool girls." I like to hang on to the overhead rail with one hand and assume an incredibly "Cool" stance, which without a doubt, must have really impressed the girls. Jim always sat on the fringe of the "Cool" group, right next to the back door of the bus.
On May 18, 1954, Jim put his masterpiece of retaliation into effect. I was in my usual position, looking very cool, and Jim was standing near the back doors, because his stop was next.
In one moment, I became uncool. During that moment, the four girls I was talking to, stopped giggling in mid giggle. Their mouths dropped open, I felt a distinct draft, as the bus doors opened, Jim vanished. Then it hit me, I realized that my jeans, accompanied by my shorts, were now around my ankles, I just stood there, then a fraction of a second later, I dived for cover into a seat, sending my books flying. Two seconds later, the bus was filled with gales of uncontrollable laugher.
I thought of 10,000 ways to kill Jim, over the next couple of weeks, murderous thoughts sprung to mind, every time someone referred to Jim's coup as a David and Goliath tale. Jim rode to school with his mother for the next two weeks. No doubt about it, the kid was smart.
The next time Jim was on the same bus, he sat next to an open window. He didn't get off at his usual stop. My stop was next, so I quickly decided that as soon as I got off, I would reach through the window and smack him along side of his head.
I stepped off the bus, turned, as I reached in to hit him, he grabbed my arm and bent it downward, just as the bus started to move. He held it firmly. The bus picked up speed, and as I ran backwards, along side the bus, I was screaming at Jim to let go of my arm. I was no longer cool, and as I watch the approaching parked cars come nearer and nearer, I didn't care if I was ever cool again. The bus driver heard my screaming , he put his foot on the brakes, at that moment, Jim let go of my arm, and I bounced off a 1950 De Soto, with a entirely new view of life.
Thanks for the memories... here's a thought... maybe in some ways by publishing this tale you finally got the upper hand... and Jim, if you're out there... you know who you are!!! 02/15/99
email from Bob
I'm still in the 50's, loved your page, hope you can use pics of my vehicles for people to enjoy. My wife Bonnie & I go to a lot of cruise ins and shows and we can't think of a better way to relax and have a lot of fun! This is my "Too Pink" 50 merc it is low and lower. I like to think of it as the Ultimate cruiser.
This is pic of my 57 GMC Pickup. It is named "One Bad Boy", it is a 355 supercharged sneaky pete, as I have kept hood intact with out revealing what is underneath it.
Pic of my 57 chevy. It is a 468 big block powered built to TAKE NO PRISONERS. I call it "See ya later Alligator!!"
Thanks again Don hope you got pics ok and hope people get to have a uplift in spirits and get to recall when the good times will never be forgotten.
Thanks for the Photos Bob. Wanna sell the Merc? 01/26/99
email from Richard "Vz"
I grew up in a small central Ohio town and during summers we would have street dances every Friday night. We'd gather on a side street, really an alley, between the Methodist Church and Welsh's Grocery, spread a bag or two of corn meal on the pavement and dance for 3 or 4 hours. The Aladdin Restaurant was only a few doors away so we could get refreshments as needed. I believe these street dances went on for six or seven years. What I remember most about the fifties is the optimism, the innocence and the naivete, and most of all the faith and comfort in our future. I really do not remember "duck and cover". I remember some apprehension over Sputnik but not paranoia. I remember the fifties as some of the happiest times of my life. It really was a time of white sport coats and pink carnations (albeit mine was red).
many thanks Richard (12/24/98)
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