The Good Old Days

I wasn’t sure what to write about today. With all that is going on in the world I really wasn’t in the mood to visit life at present. I’ll save that for another day.

Instead, I started thinking about the “good old days”. Those days vary depending on the age of the one dwelling on them. For me, I thought about what the world was like when I entered it back in 1951. So, thanks to Google I was able to time travel back to the year I was born to se what was happening way back then. Here are some of the things I found out.

There seemed to be a shopping spree going on. People were buying new houses in the suburbs, televisions, and refrigerators. Gas was the unbelievable price of 19 cents a gallon. Consumerism was on the rise.

Nuclear testing officially began on January 27 at the Nevada test site with a 1-kilotron bomb. There were a total of 1021 tests between 1951 and 1992. Some were atmospheric and some were underground.

On February 27 the twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution was ratified limiting an elected president to two terms in office. Question: why couldn’t that be expanded to all elected officials?

AT&T became the first American corporation to have one million stockholders. I am not a stockholder, but they do provide my cell phone service.

The first Jack in the Box fast food restaurant opened in San Diego. I have never eaten at one.

In June the first S&H green stamps were given out at King Sooper. a Denver food chain. We collected green stamps and redeemed them for many items over the years. We also collected the plad stamps given out at the A&P.

In an armed forces survey banana cream pie was voted the favorite dessert. A survey by the New York bartender’s union listed the three most popular drinks as being manhattans, martinis, and daquiris.

In 1951, Ben Carson, Charles S. Dutton, Chesley Sullenberger, Jane Seymour, Jill Biden, John Mellencamp, Luther Vandross, Michael Keaton, Olivia Hussey, Phil Collins, Robin Williams (1951-2014), Rush Limbaugh (1951-2021), Sting, and Tommy Hilfinger were all born. I guess I am in some pretty good company.

Were these really the good old days? I guess you would have to ask an adult from that time. What frightens me right now is that some day in the future a person might think back to now being the good old days.

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12 responses to “The Good Old Days

  1. Such a fascinating slice! Thank you for sharing and for giving me a somewhat terrifying question to ponder!

    • I was at a loss as to what to write about today so I thought I would go back to the past. I wonder of adults in 1951 had the same thoughts about the 50s being someone else’s good old days.

  2. Frightening for sure if 2017-2020 was or ever believed to be The Good Old Days!

  3. Maureen Young Ingram

    What a sobering final line – yikes! “What frightens me right now is that some day in the future a person might think back to now being the good old days.”

  4. Banana cream pie!! I really like this reflection on the past.

  5. Bob, thanks for all the interesting information about your birthday year. There were some scary facts during that year also. I can’t imagine calling the past year part of the good old days. If this is true, what are we to expect in the future?

    • Carol, it is scary to think about what the future holds if these days could be considered someone good days. I probably should not have ended on such a pessimistic note.

  6. Lainie Levin

    Good old days. I think you’re right about nostalgia taking over when thinking about previous decades and generations. *could* these be the good old days? I hadn’t quite thought of that.

    I guess the thing that sticks with me is the idea that for folks at the margins, the “old days” were often just as bad as current times, if not worse. Which makes me wonder about nostalgia as a cultural phenomenon…

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