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Reminisce Extra July 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
pleasures of the garden

As a young reporter working for a small weekly in southern Ontario, I interviewed a man who was retiring after 30 years as a pyrotechnics display operator. I met him in his garden, where he was pulling weeds in his flower beds. What I knew about fireworks you could fit in a thimble, I told him. Sparklers and bottle rockets—that’s it. He smiled. “My favorites are willows,” he said. I looked around for the trees, but he shook his head. “Not that kind.” That’s when I learned that certain fireworks effects are named after things that grow—peony, chrysanthemum, palm. Willows burst into a sphere of delicate trails resembling a drooping tree. Later that week I watched a spectacular fireworks show over the Detroit River—a joint effort of sister cities Windsor and Detroit to…

1 min
tell us your story!

CARS ON PARADE All summer, lovers of metal and chrome descend on hundreds of car shows across the country. Are you one of them? Tell us why you love car shows. What makes them unique? What keeps you coming back? Label your story and photos “Car Shows” PLANE FUN Tell us about the first time you traveled on a plane. Where were you headed and what was it like? Did you love it or hate it? First class or coach? Label your story and photos “Plane Travel.” JUST LIKE MOM OR DAD We’re looking for photos showing parents and their children dressing alike for a future picture package. Send us your cutest grownup-little version images. Label your photos “Just Like Mom or Dad.” DEPARTMENT STORES What was your favorite department store back in the day? What’s your…

2 min
1941 america joins the allies

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt begins an unprecedented third term as war rages in Europe. Joe DiMaggio goes on a tear, hitting in 56 straight games. Big Bands send their swinging vibes over the airwaves. Whirlaway, affectionately called The Flying Tail, wins the Triple Crown, only the fifth horse to do so. Future classic Citizen Kan e hits the silver screen. General Mills introduces Cheerioats, but later tweaks the name. The Japanese bomb Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, bringing the U.S. into the war. And these words and phrases grab a spot in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. ASTRODOME: Rugged transparent domes on aircraft let navigators scan surrounding skies, above right. CAMPY: An extreme, stylized aesthetic startles audiences in The Maltese Falcon and horror classic The Wolf Man. DREAMBOAT: A very attractive person, the holder of all one’s fantasies.…

1 min
pacifist hero

When a conscientious objector became a Medal of Honor winner and World War I hero, it was a plot twist worthy of Hollywood. Alvin Cullum York was a third-grade-educated Tennessee farmer and sharpshooter known for winning local turkey-shooting contests. A devout Christian from the backwater town of Pall Mall, he declared himself a pacifist when called to duty in WWI. His commanding officers convinced York that war, terrible as it is, can sometimes be justified. To help save the lives of those around him, he reluctantly agreed to become an infantryman. In the waning days of the war, York killed 23 enemy combatants and managed to get 132 more to surrender. Allies France and Italy awarded him military honors, and he was given a hero’s welcome when he returned stateside. Several Hollywood studios…

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star-spangled warrior

A supernatural being who leaves paradise to fight injustice using her enormous mental and physical powers, Wonder Woman was an instant—though controversial—hit when she debuted in All Star Comics No. 8 in 1941. Tell the truth: How much do you know about the superpatriotic heroine? 1 Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity and origin. Name it. 2 This is Wonder Woman’s civilian name. 3 He’s the Nazi-chasing U.S. Army intelligence pilot who captures her heart. 4 This lariat forces those it captures to spill their guts. 5 These bulletproof cuffs can even deflect energy blasts. 6 She uses this razor-sharp accessory—a symbol of her royalty—as a throwing weapon. 7 Wonder Woman joins this all-male superhero club in 1942—as the secretary. 8 Wonder Woman appeared on the very first cover of this feminist magazine in…

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everyone wants to be in his neighborhood

Flying to visit my sister in California in 1988, I had a layover in Pittsburgh. Waiting at the gate for my connecting flight I noticed people whispering excitedly and pointing toward the escalator. I immediately recognized the cause: Everyone’s friend, Mr. Rogers, was stepping off the escalator. It was heartwarming to watch him stop and talk to all who waved or said hello to him. I’m sure he was anxious to get to his destination, but in true Fred Rogers fashion, he took time to acknowledge those around him. He shook hands with each adult and stooped down to the level of each child and talked for as long as every child wanted. Of course each interaction included his warm smile and his full attention. As a huge Mr. Rogers fan, I…