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Reminisce Extra

Reminisce Extra November 2018

Get even more "time capsules" of life from the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's filled with reader-written stories, pictures from the past, embarrassing moments, ads from the Old Days and much more!    Relax, Laugh and Remember.   Reminisce EXTRA is delivered in between your issues of Reminisce.  

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1 min.
tell us your story!

HOME REMEDIES Gargle with salt water for a sore throat. Wrap duct tape on your warts. Take a spoonful of baking soda for indigestion. Place a whole clove on a sore tooth. What old-fashioned remedies do you remember that you still use today? Label your story “Home Remedies.” HOME EC PROJECTS Remember making a jumper, an apron or a pillow cover in your home economics class? Did you bake a casserole or a pound cake? Have those skills stayed with you? What was your best creation? Label your story “Home Ec Projects.” CIVIL RIGHTS Voting rights, fair housing, school integration and equal employment opportunity—our history is rife with civic efforts that have led to change. Did you participate in sit-ins, marches or other activities? Tell us about it. Label your story “Civil Rights.” FAVORITE TV ANIMALS Animals…

2 min.
the company we keep

Where were you when The Wizard of Oz premiered? Did you see the movie in a theater? Or did you come along later, as part of the generation that watched the beloved fairy tale on TV each year while digging in to a bowl of hot popcorn on a cold, rainy night? In our house it was a November tradition. I also remember being sick with tonsillitis just about every year at that time, downing my medicine with warm tea and honey as the monkeys chased Toto and pulled straw from the Scarecrow’s body. Many years later, in my 20 s, I watched the movie with my husband and was totally amazed by the color transformation when Dorothy opened the door to Oz. I had only seen the movie in black-and-white.…

1 min.
remembering when…

On Aug. 12, 1939, the Strand Theater in Oconomowoc, WI, hosted the movie premiere of The Wizard of Oz. Next year marks the movie’s 80th anniversary, so get ready to celebrate. The Potawatomi living in Indiana were relocated 660 miles west in 1838. Today a caravan retraces the group’s journey. See the story on page 24. Indoors or out, roller-skating spans the seasons. Check out some happy skaters on page 62. A Thanksgiving treat—cheesecake with a trace of pumpkin spice. The winning recipe is on page 55. Davy Crockett, played by Fess Parker, was adored by boomers in the mid-’50s. One reader got to meet him. See page 12.…

2 min.
1956 sneezes, highways and hip rotation

The H 2 N 2 avian influenza A virus, now known as Asian flu, originated in China in 1956 and set off a two-year worldwide pandemic killing almost 2 million. The Suez Crisis (initiated when Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal) took U.N. involvement to resolve. In the U.S., President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized more than 40 , 000 miles of interstate highways. Elvis Presley shook up the music industry with his gyrating pelvis. New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw a perfect game in the World Series. And the invention of Certs sparked our obsession with minty fresh breath. JAN. 1 Sun Records in Memphis, TN, releases “Blue Suede Shoes,” written and recorded by Carl Perkins. FEB. 23 Norma Jeane Mortenson (aka Baker) legally changes her name to Marilyn Monroe. MARCH 12 The…

1 min.
trivial pursuits

From humble beginnings, Dean Martin, a suave crooner, and Jerry Lewis, a slapstick comedian, together hit their stride as comedy royalty. They were kings of comedy on stage and screen—and America’s No. 1 box-office earners from 1950 to ’56. See what you remember about this droll duo. 1 What was Dean Martin’s real name? Jerry Lewis’ real name? 2 Which one was born in the Midwest, and where? 3 Where did their act debut on July 25, 1946? 4 Name the 1949 NBC radio show they hosted together. 5 What was the name of their televised variety show? 6 Name their first movie together. 7 The duo appeared as mystery guests on what game show in 1954? 8 Name their last movie before they split in 1956. 9 Where was their farewell appearance? 10 Who reunited the duo at the…

1 min.
1956 tops in entertainment

~ ACADEMY AWARDS ~ BEST MOTION PICTURE Marty BEST ACTOR Ernest Borgnine, Marty BEST ACTRESS Anna Magnani, The Rose Tattoo MUSIC (SCORING OF A MUSICAL PICTURE) Oklahoma! ~ EMMYS ~ BEST ACTRESS, SINGLE PERFORMANCE Mary Martin, Peter Pan (Producers’ Showcase) BEST ACTOR, SINGLE PERFORMANCE Lloyd Nolan, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (Ford Star Jubilee) BEST ACTRESS, CONTINUING PERFORMANCE Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy BEST ACTOR, CONTINUING PERFORMANCE Phil Silvers, The Phil Silvers Show BEST COMEDY SERIES The Phil Silvers Show, CBS BEST AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SERIES The $64,000 Question, CBS BEST CHILDREN’S SERIES Lassie, CBS ~ NEW ON TV ~ As the World Turns, CBS Circus Boy, NBC Queen for a Day, NBC The Edge of Night, CBS The Huntley-Brinkley Report, NBC The Price Is Right, NBC To Tell the Truth, CBS…