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Reminisce Extra

Reminisce Extra March 2021

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
skating along

Growing up in Southern Ontario in the ’60s and ’70s, I couldn’t escape the long reach of hockey. Canada’s love affair with the sport is a cliche by now, but even by that exaggerated standard, our household took hockey obsession beyond the pale (or should that be beyond the goal post?). Both of my brothers played and my dad was a volunteer coach and referee. About 10 years separated me from my brothers, which means I was born about the time their hockey activities were picking up. Both were good players from an early age, and in demand for the best local teams. By the time I was 5 or 6, the town rink felt like an extension of our living room. I have an indelible memory of feeling my face…

1 min
tell us your story!

« CAMPING OUT How did you camp growing up? Did you pitch a tent in the backyard? Did Dad pack up the station wagon for a two-week jaunt—and wake up everybody at 4 a.m. to “get an early start”? Or perhaps your first camping trip was with a crew of eager fellow Boy or Girl Scouts? Share your memories—was it all s’mores and sleeping bags or more bruises and bug bites? Label your story and photos “Camping Out.” OUR HEROES Two calls under this category this month: We’re looking for more stories covering military service during the 1960s and later, including Vietnam; and tell us about your experiences dining (or cooking) in the military. Spam, MREs, mess halls—what was the grub really like? How did you celebrate Thanksgiving or other holiday meals while serving?…

2 min
1950 time capsule

The birthrate is the highest it’s ever been, as many Americans build on postwar stability and prosperity. Dealing with anti-Communist bombast at home, President Harry S. Truman opposes Soviet expansion abroad, and commits troops to defend South Korea. Creativity flourishes: Your Show of Shows delivers Saturday night comedy to TV. Bette Davis stars in All About Eve . Couples dance to Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa.” Charlie Brown appears in his first syndicated Peanuts comic strip. Kids play Candy Land for hours. And Merriam-Webster says these words are in common use. ACTION FIGURE: Plastic takes over the toy industry, replacing lead and making figurines such as little army men, bottom right, more popular than ever. BERMUDAS: Some businessmen decide baggy shorts, paired with suit jackets, dress shirts, ties and knee socks are…

2 min
trivial pursuits

TINSELTOWN’S DARK SIDE Sunset Boulevard, a biting critique of Tinseltown at midcentury, is styled as a film noir, a genre director Billy Wilder knew well. It opens on a corpse floating in a pool on the grounds of a Hollywood mansion—the dead man, it turns out, will be the story’s narrator. Former silent-screen queen Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) dwells in exile on her decaying estate, ignored by the industry she once ruled. Struggling scriptwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden), the narrator, meets Desmond and they begin work on a comeback vehicle for the forgotten star, who is filled with grandiose delusions of her triumphant return. “Sunset Boulevard remains the best drama ever made about the movies because it sees through the illusions.” —Roger Ebert Wilder uses Gillis’ cynicism to tell a cautionary tale about faded glamour,…

1 min
charge card

Diners Club introduced a new way to pay in 1950: Charge it. The Diners Club Card, and the many cards it inspired, went hand-in-glove with expense accounts, which multiplied after World War II. Rather than hand it over to the IRS, companies could use their income to entertain clients, and paying for an expensive meal with nothing but a card and a signature gave a businessman cachet. The balance was due at the end of the month, although there was no penalty for late payment—Diners Club made money from the 7% fee it charged merchants.…

2 min
front & center miles davis

By his own account, trumpeter Miles Davis “changed music five or six times.” Birth of the Cool , released in 1957 but recorded when Davis was in his early 20s, marked one such shift. The album’s innovative sound, which included French horn and tuba, was the blueprint for a new jazz genre, and the musicians Davis assembled for three separate recording sessions in 1949 and ’50 showed his genius for collaboration. One critic complained that the album was “not really jazz,” but today, it’s regarded as nothing short of revolutionary. He was playing with pros at 18 Miles Dewey Davis III was raised in East St. Louis, Illinois. His dentist father started him on private trumpet lessons at 13. In 1944, Davis performed with jazz greats Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. He dropped…