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Growing Up in the 50’s: The American Legion

My father was a sucker for joining organizations. He was a Shriner. He was Mason. He was a Jester. While most of these organizations touted some socially redeeming qualities he was proud of noting that the Jesters had no purpose … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: The Corner Store

                  An institution of 1950’s culture was the corner store. It was a predecessor to the modern day convenience store and somewhat similar to the urban bodega. The corner store invariably had … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Christmas Time in Paterson

One of the things that I most looked forward to as a child when Christmas time approached was a night of shopping with my Aunt Ann. My aunt was a wonderful woman who did more nice things for me than I … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: School

A lot of planning goes into preparing for my 10-year-old’s school year. It may start in February when we have the chance to tour other schools in the district and decide whether to stay put or switch schools. We will … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: The Gym

            “The gym” had a completely different meaning in the 50’s than it does in the 21st century. First of all, in the 50’s exercise was free. There was no gear or equipment of any … Continue reading

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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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