Nostalgia Dept. Peter Lemongello


Does anyone remember this late night commercial?



Retro Commercial Of The Day Apr. 13, 2013 Brylcreem



Retro Commercial Of The Day Apr. 12, 2014 Oscar Meyer, Parkay, Star Kist, Kool Aid, Coke, Fig Newton, Tootsie Roll Pop



Retro Commercial Of The Day Apr. 11, 2014 Palmolive



Retro Commercail Of The Day Apr. 10, 2014 Comet Cleanser



Retro Commercial Of The Day Apr. 8, 20914 Ajax



Fillmore East

Found some old program brochures from The Fillmore East when I went there. CLICK TO ENLARGE













Circus Magazine April 1972




Trip Down WPIX Memory Lane




T’was Another World


The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads in the U.S.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools,
many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth paste.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2, Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD…all in a matter of seconds!
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


Things You Don’t See Or Hear Anymore


It’s fun to watch reruns of shows or movies that were made 20-50 years ago or even longer, and see how society as a whole have changed in their behavior and habits. For instance, you could be watching a show or movie where people in a hospital environment thought nothing of lighting up a cigarette including the doctors. After a couple of generations of awareness, society has seen the cigarette go from a cool and even good image, to one of a disgusting, foul, and unhealthy habit.


Another example of how society’s mindset has changed occurred to me when I recently watched an episode of Emergency. A woman flagged down Squad 51 and led them to a mall parking lot. Around a car stood a number of people peering inside. The woman told the firemen that they saw what they believed to be a small child in a blanket in the backseat. Well Gage and Desoto (the firemen characters if you don’t know), looked at one another with perplexed looks on their faces, debating what to do. The woman was who flagged them down demanded to know what they were going to do and when a decision was made to break into the car, some of the other people questioned whether they had the right to. Long story short, they opened the vehicle and found a small toddler asleep inside. Still flummoxed as what to do next, the child’s mother comes running from the hair salon she was at with curlers still in her hair demanding to know what the firemen were doing with her baby. At that point the fireman holding the child sheepishly gave the kid back and the crowd dispersed all mumbling amongst themselves. The two firemen look at each other as if they committed a crime. Can you imagine that scenario going down today?


So that got my mind to thinking of things we don’t see anymore or as much. How life before VCR’S ( who still has one?) and DVD players, and having zillions of movies at your fingertips, consisted of waiting as long as three years for a hit movie to go from theater to TV and then show it all chopped up with commercials. So let’s see how many things we can come up with that today’s generation don’t experience.



Firemen standing on the back and sides of a firetruck racing down the street.



Limburger Cheese



Horizontal/Vertical Lines On TV


Mink Stoles



White Wall Tires





Rotary Phones


Metal Ice Cube Trays


People Dressed Up To Go To Church


bikeWhy can’t you remember to roll up your pant legs? Getting them
caught in the bicycle chain so many times is tearing them up.

spa nk

If you get a spanking in school and I find out about it, you’ll get
another one when you get home.


8 Track Tape Players


Powder Detergent


Nurses Wearing White Starched Hats


Keypunch Cards


Pegged Pants


Getting Gold Watch After 40 Years Of Service



Sunday Driver



If you keep making that face, it will stay like that.



Draft Card Burning (or draft cards for that matter)



Homemade Go Carts



Transistor Radios



Roof Antennas



Vibrating Belt Machines




More to come…….






Things I Miss

Having passed the milestone of my 60th birthday last January, I reflected on the many changes I have witnessed in my life. I’m a sucker for nostalgia, yet I embrace the new technology (embrace I said, not understand). However there were a lot of things that I found to be better than they are now, and I’m glad to have lived in that era. Following are a number of things that I lament that may never come back.


boyBeing A Kid- When you are a kid your mindset is completely different than that of an adult. Hence while you have responsibilities, they are much less noticeable and demanding. You see the world through innocence, ignorance, and naivety. You don’t know what a mortgage payment is, or a paycheck, and you are comforted by the security of your family and home. Worries are relevant to what age you are but they are worries you usually don’t have when you are grown up. As you watch your own kids and grandchildren grow up, you pull from the memory bank of your childhood to relate better to them. Sometimes it works, sometimes the mindset can’t be recaptured. I speak only for myself here, as I realize unfortunately not all childhoods were as happy as mine.


leavesBurning & Smelling Leaves In The Fall– I can remember raking leaves to the edge of the street and piling them high. Then stuff some newspaper in the sides and light them. The odor of burning leaves had almost a medicinal effect as it enveloped your sense of smell. Raking didn’t even seem like work because the goal was to get them piled for the burning. Damn stupid environmental laws.


ventVent Windows In Cars– Those little vent windows in cars were great. If you wanted a breeze aimed at you, you opened and adjusted the air flow to hit you. Was good for smokers and in the rain you didn’t have to get wet like you do now, when cracking the window open is the whole length of the window. It also served as a defogger when adjusted right. Damn Detroit






parkUnorganized Sports With Neighborhood Kids– We would get together at the park and choose up teams. Yeah there was always the kid who got picked last, but we let him play. And it wasn’t always the same kids on the same team all the time, we mixed it up. If there was a dispute or lousy call we worked it out and continued playing. If the other team was shellacking us, or us them, we didn’t stop the game, we humiliated each other and gloated. But at the end of the game we all walked off the field friends with vows to get even next time. But as I said there would be different makeups next time. And guess what? We did all that and had fun without any parents, coaches, or officials around. Damn Busybodies


fishMy Old Fishing Hole At Perrys Pond– Ok technically it wasn’t Perrys Pond which was over a bit, but Mill River going through Perrys Mill. We had special places to fish but usually wound up circling the entire body of water. I spent a lot of time fishing there, some days we caught nothing, other days we couldn’t miss. I remember one day we caught 22 largemouth bass. Mostly we caught sunnies, bluegills, yellow perch, or bass. Every once in awhile we would hook a pickerel, or white perch, or rock bass. Looking back it was amazing how many different types of fish went through there. I took my son a few times when he was small but even then the perimeter was overgrowing with brush, and I imagine today there may be one or two openings to cast your line. But I remember the haven it was for me and the fun spent there. Damn Nature Overgrowing.


swimSwimming At Fairfields Beaches– As a kid I used to swim a lot in the water usually at Sasco Beach. Maybe it was never that clean as I didn’t pay attention to that sort of stuff back then, but you wouldn’t catch me dead in that water today. Damn Polluters



nunNuns In Habits– While I’ve renounced organized religion, I remember going to St Thomas church every Sunday and then to the school for religious classes and seeing all the nuns in black habits. They lived in the convent right next to the church. While some came across as Attila The Hun most were soft spoken and very grandmotherly. The habits to me symbolized religion and meant obedience and respect were in order. Damn Womens Lib


gridlockRoads In Town Without Gridlock– I can remember when I first got my license. I lived off of Mill Plain Rd and can remember pulling out of my street onto that road and even though I did, you did not need to look to see if any cars were coming. Ok that’s a little exaggerating but the point is that traffic was so light back then that chances are a car wasn’t coming down the road. Today almost every intersection on the Post Road is gridlock. At noon forget about crossing Unquowa Rd to the Old Post Rd. Damn Population Growth


sawThe Smell Of Sawdust– My father was a fireman in Fairfield when I was growing up. As with all firemen, they held a second job or occupation. My father was a carpenter. He built the addition to our house and did many jobs throughout his life. He worked down in the basement (we called it the cellar growing up), where all his saws, tools and benches were. He could take any old pieces of wood and make some beautiful furniture out of it. Coffee tables, desks, tables and benches still grace all of our houses leaving his mark behind. Whenever I get a whiff of sawdust it brings me right back down to that cellar. Unfortunately I didn’t inherit my dads genes in that department, having neither the patience or mechanical skills necessary. Damn Genes Going Haywire


boxFull Sized Packages Of Anything– Product shrinkage today is ridiculously out of control. It’s enough to give anyone a stroke going shopping today and every trip find something else that is smaller in size. With some products the manufacturers succeeded in making them small enough that you are forced to buy two of them. Then when they get the public used to the smaller size, they come back with the regular size they use to be, only now they have the audacity to label it “Family Size”. I’m a capitalist all for making a buck, but don’t resort to ripping the consumer off. Damn Greedy Sons Of Bitches


opTV Sitcoms Where Kids Act Like Kids- Enough with giving kids lines that are uncharacteristically something a kid would say. Nothing else to say about this except bring back Opie Taylor who knew how to act like a kid. Damn Hollywood Know-It-Alls






Ok that’s my rant for now. There will be another column of some more things I miss as soon as I remember how much I miss them.


Beatles Recording Debut Album

beatlesInteresting trivia on a recent Beatle song of the day There’s A Place. From Slate:

Nothing better demonstrates the speed at which The Beatles found themselves as songwriters than this stirring period piece, the first title to be taped during the ten-hour session for their debut LP, Please Please Me. Borrowed from Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere (There’s A Place For Us),” the lyric is a young man’s declaration of independence—an assertion of self-sufficient defiance which, matched by music of pride and poignancy, marks a minor milestone in the emergence of the new youth culture. The strength of feeling in this record is inescapable and, arriving at no. 2 in the U.S. singles chart in April 1964, it duly transfixed American adolescents used to the bland commercialization of their lives in ‘beach movies’ and ‘teen music.’

Some of the forcefulness of “There’s a Place” may have derived from Lennon’s original intent to emulate what he referred to as the “Motown, black thing,” though little of this survives in the finished song. (He was presumably thinking of the Isley Brothers, then signed to the Wand label.) Recorded in thirteen takes, it’s a rough-house performance whose two-part harmony in fourths and fifths shows, if nothing else, that Lennon had a heavy cold; yet the passion of his and McCartney’s singing cuts through, while the band’s drive is fiercely urgent. Lennon supplies the low harmony for McCartney, stepping forward only on the first and third lines of the middle eight and dropping back again to an octave unison for the aerial answering phrases.*

Taking into account the taming effects of compression and the then-standard U.K. studio practice of damping the bass to stop the stylus jumping on domestic record decks, this is the authentic contemporary sound of the Beatles live—the singers miked in front of their backline of amps, unsegregated by baffles. With the studio clock ticking implacably and a near-impossible schedule to keep, the immediacy of the take was everything and no concession to tidiness could be afforded. Pitches wobble, microphones ‘pop,’ drums stumble, larynxes tear: 1:47 of the real thing.

*According to Barry Miles’ biography of Paul McCartney, the song is a co-composition “but with a bias towards being Paul’s original idea” since he owned a copy of Bernstein’s West Side Story in which “Somewhere (There’s a Place For Us)” appears.


You Might Rabbit, You Might



16 Magazine. Teen Idols Never Go Out Of Style

Remember 16 Magazine? Edited by Gloria Stavers, it was a must buy magazine growing up. Some of who were considered hot back in the day elicit a smile today. Luke Halpin? (Flipper), Dino, Desi, & Billy? (Sons of Dean Martin, Lucy/Desi Arnez and good friend Billy Hinsche), David MaCcallum? (Illya Kuryakin from The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Nick Adams (The Rebel), Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Bobby Vinton.


16-1816-1916-20The headlines were always a tease. I remember one headline stated “The Night John (Lennon) Hit Cyn And Knocked Her Out). Well the story when read related how John & Cynthia were on a yacht as guests and during the night they hit some rough weather and John fell out of bed and landed on Cynthia and knocked her out. Ooooh how devious! But it kept us coming back for more. See how many idols you spot on these covers that you forgot about.


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Where Have All The Christmas Songs Gone?

One of my fondest memories of the Christmas season growing up, was  the Christmas songs that were played in our house, either on the radio or on the reel to reel tape recorder. The songs were a generous variety of Christmas classics played by a generous variety of singers and conductors.  Over the years the playlist of Christmas songs has dwindled to a few artists, mostly newer versions of old classics by more contemporary singers. First, let me say my genre of music is Rock N Roll. I grew up on it and and most of my record/CD collection is made up of it. However, I must say, rock artists should not cover Christmas songs. For the most part they are horrible.


I’m not talking original Christmas songs written by rock rock/pop singer, I talking about covers of  traditional Christmas songs. Some originals that are good are Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, Rockin Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee, Blue Christmas by Elvis, All I want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey, Step Into Christmas by Elton John, Do They Know It’s Christmas/Feed The World by Band Aid, to name a few.


Some songs that don’t cut it are Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Bruce Springsteen, Silent Night by Stevie Nicks, anything by the Carpenters, and one of the worst is James Taylor singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, which is so morbid sounding,  you feel like you are at a funeral.


Gone are the songs that seldom if ever get any airplay. When was the last time you heard Away In The Manger? Do kids today know Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem? Traditional Christmas songs that were played constantly included Joy To The World, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Oh Holy Night, What Child Is This (Greensleeves), We Three Kings, and O Christmas Tree.


How about Let It Snow, The Little Drummer Boy, Good King Wenceslas, Do You Hear What I Hear, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Silver Bells, Twelve Days Of Christamas, and White Christmas.


You hardly ever hear Silent Night, Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly or God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen unless it’s done by Mannheim Steamroller.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Mannheim Steamroller, they do some of the best arrangements ever. But what about the classic standards done by Percy Faith, Mitch Miller, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Andy Williams, The Ray Coniff Singers (my favorite).


The best and most balanced mix of  Christmas songs and artists was on the old Yule Log that used to play on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. It blended both older and newer versions brilliantly. Perry Como one song, Amy Grant the next and so on. There’s so much great music out there that is never played, and in its place is substandard versions. Some things never get old.


Comic Strips Of Yesterday


 Mickey Finn


Moon Mullins



Winnie Winkle


 Rex Morgan MD


Smokey Stover

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The Smokin Old Days









When I was a kid my mother would send me down to Rexalls with  22 cents to get her a pack of cigarettes. Back then the stores sold them to kids after asking if they were for your parents. Around the age eight or nine I became aware that my older brother was smoking, and soon after my friends and I decided it was the cool thing to do.


We had usually two ways of getting them, either stealing a couple at a time from our parents stash, or buying a pack under the guise they were for our parents. A pack of Kents would last us weeks and we would bury the pack under a rock on the top of Sturgis Hill where we would light up and be cool. My  parents smoked Pall Malls without a filter so I got introduced to the smoking environment the tough raw way.


Some of us had trouble inhaling and I was one of them. I can remember sleeping out with a friend in his back yard one night, and we had a pack of Larks. We waited til dark before we pulled out the cigarettes and lit up. Well I decided that I was going to give inhaling all I had and proceeded to do so. I was amazed at how easily I was able to suck in the smoke and let it out. I remember feeling quite proud of myself for overcoming the inhaling stigma and leaned back to continue smoking like a pro. I don’t know how long I was on this trip but I finally realized the cigarette wasn’t lit. Don’t ask me how I couldn’t see the tip of the cigarette light up in the dark but my life has been full of those not the brightest bulb moments.


Eventually I learned how to inhale and that has been one of the biggest regrets of my life. I smoked like a fiend after that. My father quit smoking and my mother switched to Tareytons. Now they were actually so light they felt exactly like the unlit Larks I was smoking only this time it was lit.Didn’t steal too many of those.


Before I was sixteen and could buy them legally, we smoked anything we could get our hands on. Newport, Kool, Parliment, Viceroy, and even the unfiltered ones like Camels, Lucky Strike, Chesterfield.






By the time I was twenty two I was smoking two and half packs a day and enjoying only two cigarettes out of them all. I was working in a factory at the time and my job required me to work with oil and as a result when I smoked, I would get oil on the paper and be inhaling that on top of the smoke. Needless to say it wasn’t pleasant. I had tried to quit numerous times and on Thanksgiving Day 1975 I had my last cigarette. Cold Turkey. It was hard in the beginning especially when my wife was still smoking (she gave it up a year or two later).





Little by little I became acclimated to the world of non smokers. Food tasted better, the smell on my clothes was no longer there, I didn’t have very many hangovers after a night of drinking because when I drank, I smoked twice as much. I became aware of just how disgusting the habit was now that I was no longer was a participant. My sense of smell became much more acute in picking out the smokers in the crowd. I’m sorry I took up the habit  but am glad I quit at a young age and never looked back. As a reminder, cigarettes cost around 60 cents a pack when I quit. Today around $9. Damn I should be as rich as Warren Buffet


When Niagra Falls Went Dry

Russ Glasson/BarcroftUSA

A Connecticut man discovered some amazing photos of  Niagra Falls completely dry while the US Army  Corp of Engineers embarked on a project to remover loose rock at the base of the falls, a project later abandoned for financial reasons months later. The event took place in 1969 and it’s been 41 years since anyone has seen pictures showing the riverbed completely dry. Russ Glasson found the photos at his in-laws house in Connecticut.

For full story and more amazing pictures click here


60’s Cartoons


How many of these do you remember?


My Three Sons


One of the highest rated shows of the sixties and seventies was the sitcom My Three Sons.The sitcom centered around a widower Steven Douglas (Fred MacMurray) and his three sons, and their maternal grandfather Bub O Casey (William Frawley).The series ran for twelve years on two different stations and had a growing and changing cast throughout its run.


Originally broadcast on ABC in 1960, the show remained with that network through the 1965 season. The original cast had Fred MacMurray as the father, Tim Constantine as Mike the oldest son, Don Grady as Robbie, the middle son, and Stanley Livingston as Chip. In addition William Frawley served as the Bub the resident caregiver in a household devoid of a mothers presence. The setting for the series was the fictitious town Bryant Park.


The 1966-67 season saw a number of changes in cast members. Bub was replaced by Uncle Charley played by Wiliam Demarest, Mike was written out of the series and the “third” son was aquired into the fold when Steve adopted one of Chips friends Ernie, who was an orphan awaiting new foster parents. The family also moved from Bryant Park to Los Angeles California due to Steves job promotion.


In the 1967-68 season Robbie gets married to Katie Miller played by Tina Cole and in the 1969-70 season Katie gives birth to triplet boys aka My Three Sons.


In the 1969-70 season, Steve marries a widowed schoolteacher Barbara Harper played by Beverly Garland, and adopts Barbaras’ daughter Dodie played by Dawn Lyn. Chip marries his girlfriend Polly played by Ronne Troup.


The series ended in its twelfth season when it was moved from its 8:30 time slot to 10:00 effectively killing the show with plunging ratings.

Some trivia of the show:

William Frawley was written out of the series when he became ill and could no longer be insured by the studio. Frawley was not happy with that and in his book Meet The Mertzes, he held a grudge against his replacement William Demarest.


Mike the oldest son played by Tim Considine was written out of the series after five years because he was devoted to car racing which his contract forbade. That along with a falling out with executive producer Don Fedderson over his wish to direct but not co star in the series.


The series moved to CBS in the 1965-66 season because ABC wouldn’t commit to the expense of producing the show in color, which had been shown in black and white.


Stanley Livingston who played Chip, and Barry Livingston who played Ernie were brothers in real life.


William Frawley died in 1966

William Demarest died in 1983

Fred MacMurray died in 1991

Beverly Garland died in 2008

Don Grady died in 2012









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