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Reminisce Extra

Reminisce Extra May 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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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the bottom line on bic pens

DARING BARON Baron Marcel Bich (pronounced “Beek”), above, was born in Italy, studied law in Paris and served with the French air force. In later years he used part of his Bic riches to compete in America’s Cup yachting races. CLEAR DESIGN A brass tip holds a 1 mm tungsten carbide ball that is as hard as a diamond. The ball and socket form a partial vacuum—and a hole at midbarrel ensures that ink flows freely. The shape is easy to grip, and the Cristal’s clear barrel makes the ink level visible. ART IN MOTION Bic Corp.’s contemporary art collection includes works made with or inspired by its products. More than 80 artists from around the world are represented. INK SPOTTED Some famous people pictured using a Bic Cristal include Salvador Dali, President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary…

2 min
a very long day

AS A MILITARY POLICEMAN IN A TRAFFIC squad of the 89th Infantry Division, I was often the only MP assigned to an intersection or area. Traffic section MPs usually work alone or in pairs, so it can take time to get to know your fellow soldiers. And I was assigned to the 89th only the day before it was committed to combat. Shortly after we crossed the Rhine in March 1945, we had the Germans on the run. We were moving fast, covering as many as 40 miles a day. We often passed pockets of the enemy, making the “front” a loosely defined area instead of a line. At this time, many German troops realized the war was lost. Their morale was low, so most of the isolated units gave up…

1 min
tell us your story!

BEAN THERE Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole recipe turns 65 this year. Is this famous side a staple of your Thanksgiving table? Do you make it in a special casserole dish? Is the recipe entrusted to the same person each year or do you share the responsibility? Tell us about the first time you made it, why you love it (or not) and what it means to you. Label your story and pictures “Green Bean Casserole.” SHRINE ON Did you belong to the Shriners, Masons, Elks or a similar society that had secret vows and strict rules for joining? What was it like to join and was it all you were expecting? We’re gathering stories for a longer feature, so be sure to expand on your experiences. Pictures are welcome. Label your story and…

2 min
how cole porter went cowboy

When he wasn’t promoting tourism for the state of Montana, Robert Fletcher was writing poetry and music about the American West. During the Depression, he published several of his poems in a book called Corral Dust. Fletcher had a movie producer friend named Lou Brock, who was set to shoot a film called Adios, Argentina for 20th Century Fox, and when Fletcher mailed Brock a copy of Corral Dust, one poem—“Open Range”—caught the movie man’s attention. In 1934 Brock suggested Fletcher write a song based on the poem and call it “Don’t Fence Me In.” Fletcher did as asked and, at Brock’s request, mailed the tune to Cole Porter, who saw potential in it and offered Fletcher $250 (about $4,800 today) for the rights. That done, Porter rewrote many of Fletcher’s lyrics…

3 min
two soldiers, one moment

My father, Amos Flowers, told me the story of the two soldiers many times. Shortly after his death, I wrote it down so it wouldn’t be lost. IT WAS LATE DECEMBER 1944, BITTER COLD, windy and snowy. We were somewhere along the German-Belgian border. I trudged through the snow, thinking of home. How I yearned to be back on the farm in North Carolina with Mama, Dad, my wife, Grace, and the rest of my family for Christmas. I was tired of the cold, the rain, the snow, the sloppy mud, the C rations and the stench of cordite and death. I was in Gen. Patton’s 6th Armored Division, the Super 6th, in the 3rd Army, attached to the 106th Infantry. I’d never been away from home before being drafted. After basic…

2 min
perfectly mom

The Party Can’t Start Without Mom SHE GRACIOUSLY FOOTS THE BILL. LORI K. JOHNSON COEUR d’ALENE, ID JANICE MATHE, MY MOM, worked nights at the telephone company when I was growing up. We lived on Dakota Street in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in the early ’70s, and one summer evening after Dad was asleep, my brother Tim, my cousin Joe and I wanted a pizza. Our neighbor Rob sneaked out of his house to get in on the fun, too. Our favorite pizza place was West End Pizza. Since we were 12 or 13—way too young to drive—we arranged to have it delivered at the time Mom would be coming home from work, around 11:30. While we waited, we set up lawn chairs and TV trays in the driveway. When she pulled in, she was…