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Growing Up in the 50’s: Groceries

Groceries in my house happened once a week on Friday night. My father came home with his pay and handed my mother some cash. Before making dinner that night, since there was absolutely nothing left from last week’s shopping excursion, … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: My First Concert

My first concert was at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. The Steel Pier was an entertainment complex, with various shows, including an aquatic show of some type at the end of the pier. At one time I think that … Continue reading

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A Growing Up in the 50’s Book Review: Ike and Dick

Prior to reading Jeffrey Frank’s book my opinion of these two men was that Eisenhower was probably a decent man and fairly good president. Nixon, on the other hand, was Tricky Dick. I was half right. If your image of … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Thinking in Ethnic Slurs

I often wonder what idiotic backward thinking might still be lodged in the recesses of my brain based upon what I was exposed to growing up. My father ranked high among the most prejudiced men on the face of the … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: The Night Two Guys Burned Down

What were the most important events of the 1950’s? Maybe the Korean War, the Soviets launching Sputnik, or the Cuban Revolution. But for me none of those events made much of an impression. I was born on the last day of … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Religion

The 50’s are a decade that was all about conformity. And conformity is all about appearances. Nothing symbolized that better that my family’s attitude toward and participation in religion. We were a devout, Christian, church member, believer sort of family. … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: A Decade of DIY

A few years ago I read Shop Class as Soulcraft, by Mathew B. Crawford. The premise of the book is that modern man experiences a level of alienation because he is disconnected from his environment. He doesn’t know how anything … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Tricky Dick on Main Street

It’s 1956. I’m in first grade at Washington Park Elementary School in Totowa, N.J. It must be in the fall, shortly before the presidential election that year, and one day my whole class was lined up and marched in formation … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Bomb Scare!

Like most suburban houses built in the 50’s, ours had a stairway to the basement in the center of the house. Under the stairway was an empty space with progressively lower head room, since the ceiling was in fact the … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Baseball

For an American boy growing up in the 50’s there was one sport, baseball. For a substantial part of my childhood I played baseball every day. Day after day, I would eat breakfast, pick up my glove and head out … Continue reading

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