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Reminisce Extra

Reminisce Extra March 2020

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!

ROADSIDE MOTELS Roadside motels were often one-of-a-kind, mom-and-pop shops. Guests could expect an open-air pool, colorful decor and an array of postcards near the register book. Did your family have a memorable stay at one of these places during a trip? Label your story and pictures “Roadside Motels.” HOW WE PLAYED The jungle gym turns 100 this year. To celebrate, we’re collecting stories about the playgrounds of the past. Tell us about your favorite place to play in the neighborhood and what made it special. Label your story and pictures “Playground.” FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL We’re looking for snapshots of kids on the first day of school for a future picture package. Label your submission “First Day of School.” IN FASHION We had poodle skirts and bobby socks in the ’50s, bell bottoms and miniskirts in the ’60s,…

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gulls in the outfield

When I was growing up in the Toronto suburbs, there had been talk for years about bringing major league baseball to the city, but it didn’t happen until the Blue Jays joined the American League roster in 1977. And even then, it took another 12 years for the team to get its own stadium—SkyDome, now Rogers Centre. Before that, ballplayers and fans had to make do with a cordoned-off section of Exhibition Stadium, home of the Toronto Argonauts football team. It was a venue laughably ill-suited for watching baseball. Imagine seats perched high above Toronto Harbor, where winds off Lake Ontario threatened to knock you out of the park like an unsightly homer. Imagine the ballgame suspended as groundskeepers shooed baffled gulls out of center field. Imagine a scoreboard behind…

1 min
roll call

Long-Ago Friend Our November 2019 Reminisce Extra featured the return of Roll Call, which encourages reconnections among former service members and civilians. Nancy Paris of Coupeville, WA, believes she knows one of the men, above, who was pictured on the cover: “It could be Eugene Entriken of Burlington, Washington,” she writes. “He was my first date when we were freshmen at Washington State College (now University) in Pullman.” Known as Gene or Hank, he joined the Army in December 1945 and later served in Korea. After the war, he went back to college and became a teacher in Burlington, at his former high school. “I can’t be sure, but he looked very much like this,” Nancy adds. Do you know Gene or recognize another soldier? Let us know. IN THE NEXT ISSUE • The WPA…

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1942 blockbuster, gizmo and whiz kid

As millions of men are off fighting in World War II, women keep the defense economy going as welders, electricians and riveters. Communities launch scrap-metal drives, while many goods, including sugar, coffee, cars, bicycles and stoves, are rationed as part of the war effort. Major battles at Midway and the Coral Sea mark a turning point in the Pacific Theater. At home, radio’s Red Ryder and The Cisco Kid debut, and Glenn Miller’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” is the world’s first gold record. And these words and phrases get a spot in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. ATOMIC REACTOR: Nobel winner Enrico Fermi builds the first one under the football stadium at the University of Chicago. BEBOP: Rapid tempo, improvisational jazz pioneered by Charlie Parker, top, and Dizzy Gillespie. BLOCKBUSTER: A bomb that destroys a whole block…

2 min
patriotism on parade

James Cagney was Hollywood’s premier tough guy. He was best known as the star of a string of gangster films during the 1930s, including a genre-defining role as psychotic hoodlum Tom Powers in The Public Enemy (1931). So in 1942, many moviegoers must have been surprised to see him singing and dancing in the musical Yankee Doodle Dandy, about veteran entertainer and songwriter George M. Cohan. But as Cagney later explained, the role was not out of character for him. He’d cut his teeth as a musical performer in the 1920s. “I didn’t have to pretend to be a song-and-dance man,” he said. “I was one.” At 43, the 5-foot-4-inch Cagney brought his legendary charisma to this iconic biopic. It opens with Cohan being summoned to the White House, thus…

1 min
who said that?

Words inspire as well as inform, especially during times of war. Do you know which man or woman is associated with each of these famous quotes from 1942? 1 “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But perhaps it is the end of the beginning.” 2 “We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used.” 3 “I’ll come back as soon as I can with as much as I can. In the meantime, you’ve got to hold!” 4 “The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly.” 5 “We shall attack and attack and attack until we are exhausted, and then we…