Culture & Literature


October/November 2020

Relax, Laugh and Remember with Reminisce Magazine. Each issue is a "time capsule" 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!

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in this issue

1 min.
feasting on treats

My memories of Halloween growing up remain vivid, perhaps because it was—as it still is for most kids—the only time of the year I was given free access to candy. I’m reminded of that Jerry Seinfeld bit about Halloween: “Everyone that we know is just giving out candy?! Are you kidding me?” Back then, costumes seemed more for the amusement of adults than the kids. Case in point: my brother Ted, who is the little clown on the right above. He’s got some candy in his left hand, and his mouth is smeared with what looks like an unholy mix of greasepaint and chocolate. He’s clearly annoyed at having his gluttony interrupted. Besides, Ted adds, “I probably hated having to pose for the camera in such a ridiculous costume.” Where I lived,…

1 min.
there’s no time like family time

Share moments of lasting joy with this charming keepsake collection of memories from the readers of Reminisce. NOSTALGIA Stories about backyard games, beloved pets, road trips and holiday celebrations highlight the special bonds of family. PHOTO ALBUM Hundreds of reader snapshots form a tender and intimate portrait of life at home. POP CULTURE Colorful vintage ads in every chapter bring the past alive in all its fun—and kitschy—glory. ORDER TODAY: reminisce.com/FAMILY IN THE NEXT ISSUE REMINISCE EXTRA • Coming to America• Legacy of WWII• Green Bean Casserole…

1 min.
tell us your story!

NAME THAT CAR Once again, we’re in the market for Name That Car challenges. Send us a story about your vintage car or pickup truck, along with a high-resolution image, and tell us something about how you found it and why you love it. We prefer vehicles with minimal alterations, but all submissions are considered. We’ll do the rest, including writing the clues. Label your story and pictures “Name That Car Challenge.” DEAR DIARY This could be a fun one: Dig out your old diary and recount some of the pages from your teenage years. Did you lock up your diary? Or—horror of horrors—did your little brother or your mom find it and read it? Don’t forget to give us a photo of yourself in those days. Label your story and photos “Dear…

2 min.

President John F. Kennedy enters America in the race to the moon after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin beats astronaut Alan Shepard to outer space by a few weeks. Calls grow for civil rights here, while abroad, the Cold War divides Berlin with a wall. Roger Maris hits a record 61 homers. Kids have a gas at 101 Dalmatians, and adults are jazzed about The Guns of Navarone. On the small screen, Ben Casey and Kildare are top docs. The songs of Roy Orbison and The Shirelles fill the airwaves. Mattel’s Barbie gets a boyfriend named Ken, and these terms are in common use, says Merriam-Webster. A-OK: The “voice of the astronauts,” NASA public affairs officer John “Shorty” Powers, utters this upbeat assessment during Alan Shepard’s suborbital flight. BIONIC: Biologically inspired engineering—like the…

1 min.
shape-changing protector

Buoyed by the international success of their Godzilla and Rodan films during the 1950s, Japan’s Toho Studios unleashed a third major monster character in 1961’s Mothra. The movie’s slim plot line involves a research group investigating the irradiated Infant Island in the South Pacific. The outfit discovers a primitive culture that worships the deity Mothra, ministered to by twin foot-tall cave-dwelling priestesses. When a group member kidnaps the sisters for exploitation as a Tokyo nightclub act, Mothra hatches from her egg and swims to Tokyo, where she slithers in larval form through the city, enacting mass destruction. Under attack, Mothra forms a defensive cocoon on Tokyo Tower, where she metamorphoses into a giant winged creature. She flies to rescue the twins and finally returns them safely to their island cave home. Mothra was the…

1 min.
country music expands range

The Country Music Hall of Fame is born in 1961, and though its first three inductees—Hank Williams, Fred Rose and Jimmie Rodgers—are honored posthumously, their influence is already inspiring a generation of rising female stars. Sing out the names of these future Hall of Famers. 1 Her 1961 cover of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” changed the sound of country music. She’s also the first woman elected to the Hall of Fame, in 1973. 2 “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” made her a star in 1952. 3 Coal Miner’s Daughter, this singer’s autobiography, inspired a 1980 movie by the same name starring Sissy Spacek. 4 This singer-songwriter won her first Grammy with the hit single “Here You Come Again.” 5 George Jones joined her (pictured) on “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.” 6 Her…