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Tracking Down a Train

Just when we are dealing with having lost a lake, Marcia Melton reminds us that we also have lost a steam locomotive--just down the road a piece from Tandy Lake. In 2000 the Star-Telegram ran this story by Sean Wood. The hotel plan has yet to get off the ground, but the details about the lost locomotive are worth the read:

Locomotive Salvage Dream Gathers Steam
An 1885 Crash into an Arlington Creek Bed Might Yield a Decoration for a New Hotel
By Sean Wood

What a publicity gimmick it would be.

Developer Ed Casebier and his partners want to dig up an old steam engine that has been buried in an Arlington creek bed for more than 100 years, refurbish it, and put it in the lobby of a new hotel they plan in Fort Worth.

That would surely create some buzz.

Problem is, nobody knows exactly where the locomotive is. The subject has been the topic of considerable debate in Arlington for decades, and some people question whether the engine might have been hauled away long ago by scrap hunters. And even if Casebier and his group find it, who knows what kind of shape it's in.

But Casebier said that won't stop him and his partners from looking for Texas & Pacific Engine No. 642, which fell into Village Creek during a flood in 1885.

Casebier, Tom Blanton and Halden Conner announced plans earlier this week to turn the historic Texas & Pacific Terminal building in downtown Fort Worth into a luxury hotel, with the vintage steam engine serving as the centerpiece. The T&P Terminal will be the Fort Worth terminus for Trinity Railway Express, a commuter train linking Fort Worth and Dallas, and an old train engine in the lobby would be the crowning touch.

"We already had plans on restoring a T&P engine and putting it on our property for display before we knew that thing was there," Casebier said. "It's an old engine that will be lost otherwise."

But Mark Davis, a spokesman for the Nebraska-based Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the old T&P line, said he believes the locomotive might stay lost.

This won't be the first time somebody has gone looking for it, and salvage efforts have been less successful than attempts to raise the Titanic. At least somebody found the Titanic.

"Our experience with this is that the folklore may be stronger than reality," Davis said. "Every five years or so, somebody wants to go down and look for it, but nobody has ever found the locomotive."

And if somebody does find it, they'd have to get permission from Union Pacific to go digging around their tracks.

There's also the problem that the locomotive might have sunk near a train trestle. That trestle doesn't exist anymore, but it was replaced decades ago by a new one.

"Our concern is with the safety of the right of way," Davis said. "If somebody finds the locomotive and wants to dig it up near the bridge, they definitely would have to coordinate with us on how to prevent the disruption of the soil around the piers that support the bridge."

This much about the locomotive's history is known. A train fell off a trestle that had been weakened by floodwaters. The engine and two cars plunged into 12 feet of water. One person was killed. The mail and baggage cars were recovered, but the engine was left in the mud.

Subsequent efforts to pull the train out failed and the engine eventually sank.

What's unclear is where the train sank and whether it's still there today. Popular belief pins the location somewhere near what is now the junction of Division Street and Dottie Lynn Parkway on the city's west side.

But Jeffery Hanson, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington, believes the train might have sunk farther south of Division Street, closer to Pioneer Parkway.

"I was told that it was over at Pioneer Parkway, just before you get to Green Oaks," said Hanson, who has poked around, trying to find the engine. "There is a trestle that goes across. What I couldn't understand is how a train that size could have fallen in there. There would be some sort of mound."

Hanson thinks somebody dug up the train sometime in the last century and "took it away," possibly for sale as scrap metal.

But 95-year-old Bill Bardin is positive it's still there. He said his grandfather was one of the workers who tried to recover the train from the creek. He said any effort to remove the engine later would have been too hard to hide.

"The old Interurban run was running along there," Bardin said. "If there had been any recovery, people riding that Interurban would have seen it."

To get it out, according to Hanson, would require the use of something like a proton magnetometer. He described the device as being like a metal detector. It reads the Earth's magnetic fields and locates items by the disruptions they cause in the fields.

"The only other way is to guess and start digging in a very systematic way," he said. "That's a crapshoot."

Casebier is prepared to spend $1 million to find the engine, recover it, restore it and put it in the hotel lobby. He's even sparked some interest from two documentary filmmakers who want to chronicle the recovery efforts.

"Hopefully it won't go too far past $1 million," Casebier said. "We're choking on $1 million to do it."

I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can Remember

Before Forest Park had the five-mile-long miniature train that was once engineered by our own Jerry Martin, it had a miniature steam engine that was built in a back yard in Poly. Read all about it in a recent Star-Telegram story of what became of the little engine that could:

Lost and Found
A Family Hopes to Get a Tiny Train Back on Track

By Paul Bourgeois

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

ACTON--Old No. 97 is looking old.

The once-powerful little steam engine has blown gaskets and is missing controls. Finding a spot not rusted is virtually impossible.

But Brad Yarborough, great-grandson of the man who built Old No. 97 80 years ago, has a dream that it will run again.

Yarborough, 25, said the locomotive was built by his great-grandfather, Robert Lee Hughes. He built it his back yard in Polytechnic Heights in southeast Fort Worth.

"He built it from car parts, bicycle parts and stuff he had lying around the house," Yarborough said.

In its heyday--1923 to 1948--the miniature train delighted children and grown-ups at Casino Beach, a once-popular recreation spot on Lake Worth just off Jacksboro Highway. Vivian Hughes, 77, Yarborough's grandmother, said she believes that her late husband moved her father-in-law's train to Sylvania Park, in east Fort Worth, in the early 1950s.

"Later it was on University Drive, not far from Forest Park," she said.

Nancy Hughes Yarborough, 47, Yarborough's mother, said she remembered riding it as a child. "We spent our weekends at Casino Beach, and what we did was ride the train," she said. She said the little train could pull 10 or 12 cars with up to 200 people at a time.

Brad Yarborough said the train was lost to his family more than 40 years ago. He believes that it was in the late 1950s, or maybe 1960, when his great-grandfather had a stroke, and the little train was sold to pay medical bills.

Vivian Hughes said it was sold to a Mr. Case. One way or another, it then passed to a woman in Hico, who operated it in Hico City Park.

"She used it for many years in Hico until it was damaged in a fire," Brad Yarborough said. The tender and eight or 10 cars were destroyed. The engine, being mostly iron and steel, survived but was inoperable.

Yarborough said the story goes that the woman in Hico sent it to a man in Pine Bluff, Ark., for restoration.

"He had it for many many years, never working on it," Brad Yarborough said.

In time, the Hico woman died, and the Arkansas man wanted to sell everything he had and retire.

Yarborough said many in his extended family were waiting for the little locomotive to surface.

"We had known where it was. We had tried to get it back in the family for years, but the lady in Hico would never sell it," Brad Yarborough said.

When Old No. 97 ended up on an auction flier last summer in Pine Bluff, the call went out. "I have family in Arkansas. My mom's cousin called her mother, who called my grandmother, who called me and said, 'This is our train,'" Yarborough said.

Several family members pitched in and came up with $1,500 to buy it.

Now the family hopes to find the money to restore the little train and someone with the expertise to do it, Brad Yarborough said.

His hope is to put it back into service at a public park in the area.

For now, it sits in the back yard at his home in Acton, about 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Nancy Yarborough has high hopes that the little locomotive will run again.

"My dad didn't have it for his grandkids, but maybe we can have it for ours," Nancy Yarborough said.

The name, "Old No. 97," by the way, was borrowed from The Wreck of the Old 97, a song recorded in 1924 by Vernon Dalhart, a native of Jefferson. It was country music's first million-seller.

Rock of Ages: Music of the Swordsmen

The Swordsmen minus Frank and Logan

Back in high school, three Poly boys--Jerry Stewart, Neil Wilcox, and Frank Rodieck--and one Eastern Hills boy--Logan Swords--formed a band called the Swordsmen. Recent archeological excavation of a cardboard box in the back of a closet in an unused bedroom in a home in rural Limestone County has unearthed a copy of the 45-RPM record that the band cut. Contacted recently, Logan Swords, who has operated his Swords Music Co. on East Lancaster since he was in college, recalled that each member of the band chipped in about fifty dollars to cut the record at the old Delta recording studio on Curry Street near Farrington Field. Jerry wrote one side--"Our Love"--and Logan wrote the other side--"The Sound of Drums."

Asked which side is the "A side," Logan said, "Well, if you ask me, 'The Sound of Drums.' If you ask Jerry, 'Our Love.'"

The Swordsmen, like the Beatles, later broke up. But Logan has given his permission for "Our Love" and "The Sound of Drums" to be offered here. (The songs are in reduced mp3 audio quality to load faster to your computer's media player.)

Our Love

The Sound of Drums

Movie Stars and Burger Bars

Several months ago Bud Kennedy wrote a Star-Telegram column about Fort Worth's single-screen movie theaters, including the Poly Theater. He also mentioned the family who started the Griff's Burger Bar regional chain. A Griff's is still servin' 'em up on East Lancaster next to Logan Swords's music store. Here is the column:

Even Intact, Old Theater Never Merited Such Zeal
By Bud Kennedy

Texas has plenty of old movie theaters worth saving.

The half-wrecked 7th Street Theatre in west Fort Worth was never among them.

Until April, the 7th Street was a dinky old neighborhood movie house with a great location and a handsome neon sign. Now it is a tumbledown shell in the way of potential development around a stately traffic plaza.

The owners want it torn down. Period. In a comedy of errors, City Hall gave them the OK and then took it away. A city commission told them to stop until Oct. 14, further wasting everybody's time.

It's the worst opus to hit the big screen since Ishtar--and it's leaving other movie house owners dazed and confused.

"My theater is larger," said Harold Griffith. He's selling the 66-year-old New Isis Theater in the historic Stockyards. "It's older. It's much more historic.

"If they're so interested in saving an old theater, I wish they'd talk to me."

For three years now, historic preservationists locally and nationally have called the 7th Street the "last single-screen theater" in town.

That is wrong.

At least two complete movie houses and three other theater facades are available to be "saved" in Fort Worth. They simply aren't on prime property.

Yet another, the 80-year-old Rose Marine Theater, was restored as a performing arts center last year with public money.

True, the 7th Street was the city's last traditional one-screen theater to stay in business. But that doesn't make it any more historically essential than the vacant New Isis, closed in 1988, or the South Side's Berry Theater, closed at least that long.

Two movie houses in southeast Fort Worth, the Grand on Fabons Street and the Poly on Vaughn Boulevard--built by the 7th Street's owner, the late Boyd Milligan--also stand intact as churches. Not far from the New Isis, the facade and neon sign of the old Azle Theater still mark Azle Avenue.

On the West Side, the two good movie houses have been "saved." The beautiful Ridglea, where a Julia Roberts movie premiered in 1988, is a music club. The Bowie--the theater of my youth--is a bank.

Look, I'm a sucker for old stuff. But I'm not a big enough sucker to turn down an elegant Cultural District "gateway plaza" of some kind--roundabout, crossroad, whatever--in favor of an old second-run theater.

Griffith's family ran movie houses across West Texas in towns such as Pecos and Hereford for most of the 20th century. He bought the New Isis in 1970, about the same time he moved here to help expand his family's Griff's Burger Bar restaurant chain.

When the Stockyards still smelled of manure and hog pens, he eked out a profit showing westerns and karate movies.

"We catered to the children and families on the north side, and to the working men in the Stockyards," he remembered. "There were a lot of real characters down there along Exchange Avenue, nice people. Then the characters started drifting away, and so did the movie business."

For 40 years, Fort Worth's favorite movie theaters were downtown. The classic Seventh Street "show row" began shutting down when multiscreen mall theaters opened.

The 2,284-seat Worth closed in 1971, followed by the Palace in 1974 and the Hollywood in 1976. The Hollywood space remains partially intact next door to the Star-Telegram inside an apartment tower.

Downtown went without a theater--not counting the 1970s porn shops--until the AMC Sundance opened in 1991.

Between 1976 and 1988, the closest theater for inner-city children and families was the 967-seat New Isis. The theater was a sparkling addition to the North Side when the Tidball family opened it March 27, 1936, featuring a Popeye cartoon and a movie starring South Side girl Ginger Rogers. The theater replaced a 1914 Isis Theater built in the days of silent movies.

Compare that to the sparse history of the 1946-vintage 7th Street Theatre, described even in a 1988 historic survey as a "simple, stucco box."

A similar neighborhood theater, the Rosedale, was demolished recently with no protest.

"I just don't see how the 7th Street can be that big of a deal," Griffith said. "The Bowie is nice. So is the Ridglea. Not the 7th Street."

It's only a big deal because it's at Seventh Street and University Drive and because a few petty people in town want to bully the owners into changing their plans for the plaza.

The 7th Street is not the "last" theater in town.

If you think it is, then you need to see the rest of town.

Some Familiar Faces

How many cultural icons of the '50s and '60s can you identify?

Crave more? Here's a second set

Sheet Music of School Song
Shuffling Down Memory Lane

Recently, we here at Nostalgia Central have been remembering the good old days, as we often do when we have forgotten to take our brain medicine. We remember:

The Hollywood, Palace, and Worth theaters downtown; the Poly, Varsity, and Gateway theaters in Poly; Sutter's, Clover, and Griddle restaurants; Mansfield, Twin, Riverside, and Cowtown drive-in theaters; Leonard's, Everybody's, Monnig's, and Stripling's stores downtown; Atlantic Mills, Clark's, and Spartan's discount stores; these phone exchanges: JEfferson, GLenview, TErminal, AXminster, WAlnut, MArket, EDison, PErshing, and LOckwood; Houlihan's, Buddies, A. L. Davis, and Collup's grocery stores; the Sycamore Park miniature golf course and the driving range in Cobb Park; public swimming pools on Beach and East Berry; bowling alleys on East Berry and East Lancaster; bicycle shops on Vaughn, Bishop, and Nashville; LaGrave Field on North Main, Del Murray Little League field on Maddox, and the Pony League field next to the nine-hole Sycamore golf course; Poly Elementary and the original D. McRae Elementary; Kragen, Kissinger, and Riley's auto parts stores; the goldfish pond in the original Burnett Park downtown; Pete the python and Fireman Bill; the Cellar and Panther Hall; the Fort Worth Press and the Poly Herald; Poly Drug and Cloud's Pharmacy on Vaughn, Moreland Drug on East Seminary; Mr. Quick and Griff's fast food restaurants.

And we remember when Arlington Lake was still under construction in 1957 when heavy rains filled the lake bed in just twelve days, leaving some heavy equipment submerged to this day; when Katy Lake was drained and Seminary South (now Town Center) mall was built on the site. Did you know that Katy Lake's lesser-known twin, Echo Lake, is alive and wet just across the South Freeway? Both lakes were built to provide water for steam locomotives.

We remember prayer in school, taps on shoes, baseball card chewing gum, crew cuts, moon and wire-rim hubcaps, desks with ink wells, Uncle Joe orange soft drinks, four-track audio tape cartridges, Fun in the Sun Country Club; Icky Twerp, Mickey and Amanda, Captain Swabby, Gorgon, and the apes Arkadelphia, Ajax, Linoleum, and Delphinium on KFJZ-TV; telephone party lines, the TV test pattern with the Indian chief, Cold War duck-and-cover drills, butch wax, English Leather, book covers, steering wheel knobs, Mark Stevens, Randy Robbins, Rod Roddy, Charles Hobby, Ken Dow and Granny Emma, and Jimmy Rabbit on the radio, TV weathermen Harold Taft, Warren Culberson, and Dale Milford, Ron Chapman as host of the local TV dance show Somethin' Else, spit wads, paisley and madras, bookmobiles, Super 8 movie cameras, white Levis, penny loafers, fishnet hose, C. A. Thompson (principal of Poly High from the beginning of recorded history through our freshman year), house calls, lightning bugs, horny toads, and "asp" caterpillars; polio shots, Ward's Plaza at Berry and Riverside, the amusement park rides at Forest Park, hardware stores like Burge's on Rosedale and Poly Hardware on Vaughn that sold all the BBs and fishing tackle you'd ever need, used cars that you could buy for $100 and that would run much of the time, vacation Bible school, the smell of a Mott's variety store, Leonard's Toyland at Christmas, the smell of Baird's bakery on the West Freeway, pet turtles, milk in glass jugs, three-speed English racers, Lambretta and Vespa scooters, Chevy Super Sports, GTOs, Ford Mustangs for $2,400, Wide Oval tires, Ovaltine, playing league basketball at the "Rec" across from the high school, the Pied Piper jingling of the ice cream man's truck, home delivery by companies such as Boswell Dairy and Manor Bakery, and, last but not least, those urban legends about psychopaths with hooks for hands who attacked couples parked in local Lovers Lanes--legends that were intended to scare teens into celibacy. Well, they didn't, so there!

We bet that you can add to this list. Just jot down your memories of the old days--the old people, places, and things--at our guestbook.

Then and Now

(Thanks to Ramiro Garza for forwarding this)

Thirty years make a difference: 1970: Long hair 2000: Longing for hair 1970: The perfect high 2000: The perfect high-yield mutual fund 1970: KEG 2000: EKG 1970: Acid rock 2000: Acid reflux 1970: Moving to California because it's cool 2000: Moving to California because it's warm 1970: Growing pot 2000: Growing pot belly 1970: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor 2000: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor 1970: Seeds and stems 2000: Roughage 1970: Popping pills, smoking joints 2000: Popping joints 1970: Killer weed 2000: Weed killer 1970: Hoping for a BMW 2000: Hoping for a BM 1970: The Grateful Dead 2000: Dr. Kevorkian 1970: Going to a new, hip joint 2000: Receiving a new hip joint 1970: Rolling Stones 2000: Kidney stones 1970: Being called into the principal's office 2000: Calling the principal's office 1970: "Screw the system" 2000: "Upgrade the system" 1970: Disco 2000: Cost-co 1970: Peace sign 2000: Mercedes logo 1970: Parents begging you to get your hair cut 2000: Children begging you to get their heads shaved 1970: Taking acid 2000: Taking antacid 1970: Passing the driver's test 2000: Passing the vision test 1970: "Whatever" 2000: Depends


(Thanks to Cathy Hardisty Adams for forwarding this)

The perfect age is somewhere between being old enough to know better and being young enough not to care. How many of the following do you remember?

Candy cigarettes Little Coke-shaped wax bottles with colored sugar water inside Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes Blackjack, clove, and teaberry chewing gum Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers Party phone lines Newsreels before the movie P. F. Flyer shoes Butch wax Telephone numbers with a word prefix (JEfferson 6 2801) Peashooters Howdy Doody 45-RPM records Green Stamps Hi-fis Metal ice cube trays--with levers Mimeograph paper Reel-to-reel tape recorders Blue flashbulbs Tinker Toys Beanie and Cecil Erector Sets Roller skate keys The Fort Apache play set Cork popguns Lincoln Logs Drive-ins 15-cent McDonald's hamburgers Studebakers 5-cent packs of baseball cards with that awful pink slab of bubble gum Washtub wringers The Fuller Brush man Penny candy Gasoline at 35 cents a gallon And do you remember a time when . . .

Decisions were made by reciting "eeny-meeny-miney-mo." Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming "do over!" "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening. It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties." Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot. A foot of snow was a dream come true. Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures. Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down were cause for giggles. The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team. War was a card game. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon. Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle. Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin. The phrase "oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense. If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!

The Class of 2005

(Thanks to June Gipson Bates for forwarding this)

Are you feeling old today? No? Well, we can fix that. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to give the faculty a sense of the mind-set of the year's incoming freshmen. Here is this year's list:

The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1983.

They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.

They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged. Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.

There has been only one pope.

They were eleven when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.

They have never feared a nuclear war.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Tiananmen Square means nothing to them.

Bottle caps have always been screw-off and plastic.

Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.

The expression "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.

They have never owned a record player.

They have likely never played Pac-Man and have never heard of Pong.

They may have never heard of an eight-track. The compact disc was introduced when they were one year old.

As far as they know, stamps have always cost about thirty-three cents.

They have always had an answering machine.

Most have never seen a TV set with only thirteen channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.

They have always had cable.

They have always had VCRs, but they have no idea what Beta was.

They cannot fathom not having a remote control, to say nothing of a remote connected by wire to the TV or VCR.

They don't know what a cloth diaper is.

Feeling old yet? There's more:

They were born the year that the Walkman was introduced by Sony.

Roller skating has always meant inline for them.

Jay Leno has always been the host of the Tonight Show.

They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

They have never seen Larry Byrd play.

They have never taken a swim in the ocean and thought about Jaws.

To them, the Vietnam War is history as ancient as WWI, WWII, and the Civil War.

They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.

They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard "I'd walk a mile for a Camel."

They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. was.

The Titanic was found? They thought we always knew.

Michael Jackson has always been white.

Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not rock bands.

McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.

There has always been MTV.

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

Do you feel old yet? We thought so.

How Much Do You Remember?

(Answers Below Quiz)

(Thanks to Kathy Tull for forwarding this)

1. Name the Beatles.





2. Finish the line: "Lions and Tigers and Bears, ______ _____!"

3. "Hey kids, what time is it?" _____ ______ _____ _____.

4. What do M&M's do? ___ ___ ___ ___, ____ ____ ____ ____

5. What helps build strong bodies 12 ways? ______ _______.

6. Long before he was Mohammed Ali, we knew him as _______ ______.

7. You'll wonder where the yellow went, ____ ____ ____ ____ _____ _____ _____."

8. Post-baby boomers know Bob Denver as the Skipper's "little buddy." But we know that Bob Denver is actually Dobie's closest friend, ______ G. _______.

9. M-I-C: See ya real soon; K-E-Y: _____? ____ _____ _____ _____!

10. "Brylcream: ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ _____."

11. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone _____ _____.

12. From the early days of our music, real rock 'n' roll, finish this line: "I wonder, wonder, wonder . . . wonder who; ____ ______ _____ _____ _____ ____?"

13. And while we're remembering rock 'n' roll, try this one: "War . . . uh-huh, huh . . . yeah; what is it good for? ____ _____."

14. Meanwhile, back home in Metropolis, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and _____ ____ _____.

15. He came out of the University of Alabama and became one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. He later went on to appear in a television commercial wearing women's stockings. He is Broadway _____ _______.

16. "I'm Popeye the sailor man; I'm Popeye the sailor man. I'm strong to the finish, ____ _____ ____ ___ ____ ______. I'm Popeye the sailor man."

17. Your children probably recall that Peter Pan was recently played by Robin Williams, but we will always remember when Peter was played by ______ _______.

18. In a movie from the late sixties, Paul Newman played Luke, a ne'er-do-well who was sent to a prison camp for cutting off the heads of parking meters with a pipe cutter. When he was captured after an unsuccessful attempt to escape, the camp commander (played by Strother Martin) used this experience as a lesson for the other prisoners and explained, "What we have here, ____ ____ ____ ____ ____."

19. In 1962, a dejected politician chastised the press after losing a race for governor while announcing his retirement from politics. "Just think, you won't have ____ ____ to kick around anymore."

20. "Every morning, at the mine, you could see him arrive; he stood six foot six, weighed 245. Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didn't give no lip, _____ _____ , _____ _____ _____."

21. "I found my thrill _____ _____ _____."

22. ________ ________ said, "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, _____ _____ _____."

23. "Good night, David." "_____ ______,______."

24. "Liar, liar, ____ ____ _____."

25. "When it's least expected, you're elected. You're the star today. _______! _____ ______ ______ ______."

26. It was Pogo, the comic strip character, who said, "We have met the enemy, and ____ ___ ____."


1. John, Paul, George, Ringo 2. Oh, my 3. It's Howdy Doody time! 4. They melt in your mouth, not in your hand. 5. Wonder Bread 6. Cassius Clay 7. when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent 8. Maynard G. Krebbs 9. Why? Because we like you. 10. A little dab'll do ya. 11. over 30 12. who wrote the book of love 13. Absolutely nothin' 14. the American way 15. Joe Namath 16. "'cause I eats me spinach" 17. Mary Martin 18. is a failure to communicate 19. Richard Nixon 20. Big John, Big Bad John 21. On Blueberry Hill 22. Wherever you are. 23. Good night, Chet. 24. pants on fire 25. you're on Candid Camera 26. he is us


24-26 correct: 50+ years old 20-23 correct: 40s 15-19 correct: 30s 10-14 correct: 20s 0-9 correct: You're, like, sorta a teenage dude

Official Old-Timers' Quiz

(Answers Below Quiz)

(Thanks to Kathy Tull for forwarding this)

1. "Kookie, Kookie, lend me your ________________."

2. The "battle cry" of the hippies in the sixties was "Turn on; tune in; _____________."

3. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, "Who was that masked man?" Invariably, someone would answer, "I don't know, but he left this behind." What did he leave behind? _________

4. Folk songs were played side by side with rock and roll. One of the most memorable folk songs included these lyrics: "When the rooster crows at the break of dawn, look out your window and I'll be gone. You're the reason I'm traveling on, ______________________."

5. A group of protesters arrested at the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968 achieved cult status and was known as the ________________.

6. When the Beatles first came to the United States in early 1964, we all watched them on the "___________________Show."

7. Some of us who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning our ____________.

8. We all learned to read using the same books. We read about the thrilling lives and adventures of Dick and Jane. What was the name of Dick and Jane's dog? ______

9. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk (what there was of it) in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ________and ______

10. A Broadway musical and movie gave us the gang names the _____________and the ___________.

11. In the seventies, we called the dropout nonconformists "hippies." But in the early sixties, they were known as ________________.

12. William Bendix played Chester A. Riley, who always seemed to get the short end of the stick in the television program, "The Life of Riley." At the end of each show, poor Chester would turn to the camera and exclaim, "What a ________."

13. "Get your kicks ________________."

14. "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed ________."

15. The real James Bond, Sean Connery, mixed his martinis a special way: _________.

16. "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________."

17. That "adult" book by Henry Miller--the one that contained all the "dirty" dialogue--was titled "_________."

18. Today, the math geniuses in school might walk around with a calculator strapped to their belt. But back in the sixties, members of the math club used a _________.

19. In 1971, singer Don Maclean sang a song about "the day the music died." This was a reference and tribute to _______________.

20. A well-known television commercial featured a driver who was miraculously lifted through thin air and into the front seat of a convertible. The matching slogan was "Let Hertz ________________."

21. After the Twist, the Mashed Potatoes, and the Watusi, we "danced" under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the ________________.

22. "N-E-S-T-L-E-S; Nestles makes the very best _____________________."

23. In the late sixties, the "full figure" style of Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe gave way to the "trim" look, as first exemplified by British model ________________.

24. Satchmo was America's "ambassador of goodwill." Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was ________________.

25. On Jackie Gleason's variety show in the sixties, one of the most popular segments was "Joe, the Bartender." Joe's regular visitor at the bar was that slightly off-center but lovable character: ____________________ (the character's name, not the actor's)

26. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it; it was called ________________.

27. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? ____________

28. One of the big fads of the late fifties and sixties was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist; it was called the ________________.

29. The "Age of Aquarius" was brought into the mainstream in the Broadway musical "________________."

30. This is a two-parter: Red Skelton's hobo character (not the hayseed; the hobo) was _______. Red ended his television show by saying, "Good night, and __________."


1. "Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb." If you said "ears," you're in the wrong millennium, pal; you've spent way too much time in Latin class.

2. The "battle cry" of the hippies in the sixties was "Turn on; tune in; drop out." Many people who proclaimed that thirty years ago today are Wall Street bond traders and corporate lawyers.

3. The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet. Several of you said he left behind his mask. Oh, no; even off the screen, Clayton Moore would not be seen as the Lone Ranger without his mask!

4. "When the rooster crows at the break of dawn, look out your window and I'll be gone. You're the reason I'm traveling on; don't think twice, it's all right."

5. The group of protesters arrested at the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968 was known as the Chicago Seven. As Paul Harvey says, "They would like me to mention their names."

6. When the Beatles first came to the United States in early 1964, we all watched them on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

7. Some of us who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning our draft cards. If you said "bras," you've got the right spirit, but nobody ever burned a bra while I was watching. The "bra burning" days came as a byproduct of women's liberation movement, which had nothing directly to do with the Vietnam War.

8. Dick and Jane's dog was Spot. "See Spot run." Whatever happened to them? Rumor has it they have been replaced in some school systems by "Heather Has Two Mommies."

9. It was the VW Beetle, or more affectionately, the Bug.

10. A Broadway musical and movie gave us the gang names the Sharks and the Jets: "West Side Story."

11. In the early sixties, the dropout nonconformists were known as beatniks. Maynard G. Krebs was the classic beatnik, except that he had no rhythm, man; a beard, but no beat.

12. At the end of "The Life of Riley," Chester would turn to the camera and exclaim, "What a revolting development this is."

13. "Get your kicks on Route 66."

14. "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent."

15. The real James Bond, Sean Connery, mixed his martinis a special way: shaken, not stirred.

16. "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight."

17. That "adult" book by Henry Miller was titled Tropic of Cancer. Today it would hardly rate a PG-13 rating.

18. Back in the sixties, members of the math club used a slide rule.

19. "The day the music died" was a reference and tribute to Buddy Holly.

20. The matching slogan was "Let Hertz put you in the driver's seat."

21. After the Twist, the Mashed Potatoes, and the Watusi, we "danced" under a stick in a dance called the Limbo.

22. "N-E-S-T-L-E-S; Nestles makes the very best . . . chooo-c'late." In the television commercial, the word "chocolate" was sung by a puppet--a dog. (Remember his mouth flopping open and shut?)

23. In the late sixties, the "full figure" style gave way to the "trim" look, as first exemplified by British model Twiggy.

24. Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was Louis Armstrong. 25. Joe's regular visitor at the bar was Crazy Googenheim.

26. The Russians put the first satellite into orbit; it was called Sputnik.

27. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? A Timex watch.

28. The large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist was called the Hula-Hoop.

29. The "Age of Aquarius" was brought into the mainstream in the Broadway musical "Hair."

30. Red Skelton's hobo character was Freddie the Freeloader. (Clem Kadiddlehopper was the "hayseed.") Red ended his television show by saying, "Good night, and may God bless."

Cheap Thrills

Maybe we didn't think so at the time, but thirty-three years ago life was a bargain. The following prices are from ads in a 1967 Star-Telegram:

Women's dresses at Leonard's $2.67 Women's shoes at Montgomery Ward $4 Men's sport shirts $1.95 Refrigerator $218 Electric blanket $7.88 Living room suite at Texas Giant $139 Snow suit at Clark's discount store $3 Tax preparation at H&R Block $5 All seats at the 7th Street Theater $2.50 All you can eat at Lavender's cafeterias 98 cents Ground beef 49 cents a pound Dog food 10 cents a can Tuna 25 cents a can Fryers 29 cents a pound 3-bedroom Ranchero homes in Crowley Park from $11,950 3 rooms and a bath on the North Side $12.50 a week A new Falcon at Dub Shaw Ford (Walnut 6-5381) $1,995 4 tires, any size, at A/G Tire $26.88 Job opening: assistant staff attorney $9,000

More Cheap Thrills

Oh, what we could do with a time machine and a shopping cart. The following prices are from ads in a 1967 Star-Telegram:

All the shrimp you can eat at Zuider Zee $2.25 White bedsheets at Myers $1.69 Sport shirts at International Super Stores 2 for $3 Pork roast at Buddies 49 cents a pound (Scottie stamps given) Bananas at Buddies 10 cents a pound Oranges at Buddies 15 cents a pound Biscuits at Safeway 8 cents a tin Coffee at Safeway 69 cents a pound Wheat bread at Safeway 19 cents Lucerne 2% homo milk at Safeway 75 cents a gallon T-bone steak at Safeway 99 cents a pound A new Rambler American at Garrett Rainbow Rambler $1,795 A new Opel Kadett at Tyson Buick $1,695 Rayette Creme Oil permanent and set at Monnig's $7.50 Men's wool worsted suits at Foreman & Clark $34.88 Men's felt hats at Cox's half off regular price of $11.95 Full-length mink coat at Neiman-Marcus $1,975 1- and 2-bedroom furnished apartments at Park Villa Apartments $125 a month Job opening: company physician $12,000 Job opening: Kip's Coffee Shop $1.15 an hour

That Was the Year That Was

Remember? It Happened in 1967

Twiggy took the American fashion scene by storm. The Boston Strangler (Albert de Salvo) was sentenced to life in prison. Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run. Mrs. Daisianne Younger was elected Poly's first Teacher of the Year. Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first heart transplant. English singer Gerry Dorsey changed his name to Engelbert Humperdinck. The Six-Day War was fought between Israel and the Arab nations. Sandra Torti was president of Distributive Education at Poly. Prime time TV shows included "Lost in Space," "Gentle Ben," and "Wild, Wild West." Popular songs included "Eleanor Rigby," "Strangers in the Night," and "Born Free." The Poly senior class song was "The Impossible Dream." Oscar winners in 1967: Best Picture: "In the Heat of the Night" Best Director: Mike Nichols for "The Graduate" Best Actor: Rod Steiger in "In the Heat of the Night" Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy in "Cool Hand Luke" Best Supporting Actress: Estelle Parsons in "Bonnie and Clyde" "Billboard" magazine's number one records in 1967: "Kind of a Drag," the Buckinghams "Ruby Tuesday," the Rolling Stones "Love Is Here, and Now You're Gone," the Supremes "Penny Lane," the Beatles "Happy Together," the Turtles "Somethin' Stupid," Nancy and Frank Sinatra "The Happening," the Supremes "Groovin'," the Young Rascals "Respect," Aretha Franklin "Windy," the Association "Light My Fire," the Doors "All You Need Is Love," the Beatles "Ode to Billie Joe," Bobbie Gentry "The Letter," the Box Tops "To Sir, with Love," Lulu "Incense and Peppermints," Strawberry Alarm Clock "Daydream Believer," the Monkees "Hello Goodbye," the Beatles
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