Observations:Words & Phrases You Don’t Hear Anymore

I’m 59 years old. My life has been lived through incredible changes from when I was a child to now. From the innocent (some may say ignorant) 50’s, of Howdy Doody,to the assassination of a President, to the invasion of the Beatles, to the revolution in the 60’s, to the  70’s and Watergate, the resignation of a President, high inflation, the horrible disco craze, and the Iranian hostage situation, to the 80’s where high tech became a reality and way of life for the world, to the 90’s where the internet came along in what is probably the biggest change in our lives as we’ve lived it, to the new millennium and the attack on our nation on 9/11, to the present. Looking back, it all seems like so long ago of the world I lived in growing up.

Every generation has phrases, slang words, etc that lose their usage as the next generation comes along and replaces them with their own. I never heard “you’re the bees knees”, or “23 skidoo” when I grew up, yet a generation used those terms on a daily basis back when. Which got me to thinking of all the words and phrases I heard AND used growing up.

I  remember when I was a kid and Twilight Zone was on.  The scene right before going to commercial showed a man telling someone else as the music reached a crescendo, that it was “impossible for that to be true”, and the accuser replies “why ?”, and the man with his eyes bulging out on a closeup (in black and white no less), saying “because Jenkins has been locked up in an insane asylum for the last 20 years!!!” Scary stuff for a 10 year old kid who has to go to bed after the show, but when was the last time you heard of anyone going to an insane asylum?  Or being institutionalized? I believe they are call rehabilitation centers now. read more


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Some Classic Lines From Hollywood Squares

If you remember the Original Hollywood Squares and its comics, this may
bring a tear to your eyes. These great questions and answers are from
the days when ” Hollywood Squares” game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course.

Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q. If you’re going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should
you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You’ve been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or
a woman?
A. Don Knotts: That’s what’s been keeping me awake.

Q. According to Cosmopolitain, if you meet a stranger at a party and you
think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he’s
A. Rose Marie: No; wait until morning.

Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older? A.
Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say “I Love You”?
A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

Q. What are “Do It,” “I Can Help,” and “I Can’t Get Enough”?
A. George Gobel: I don’t know, but it’s coming from the next apartment.

Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your
hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I’ll
give you a g! esture y ou’ ll never forget.

Q. Paul, why do Hell’s Angels wear leather?
A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q. Charley, you’ve just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to
get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I’m too busy growing strawberries.

Q. In bowling, what’s a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist
camps. One is politics, what is the other?
A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet? A.
Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I’m always safe in the bedroom.

Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a
goose do? A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to? A.
Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into
the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it? A.
Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn’t neglected.

Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head,
what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your
A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex? A. Charley
Weaver: I’ll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and
has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they? A.
Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in
bed? A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh


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Remembering The Hardy Boys

Here’s a look at some Hardy Boys book covers from different periods and some interesting trivia.











Interesting history and trivia from The Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page

I always suspected that Bayport was based on Westport. Shore Rd sounds like Greens Farm Rd, and  there was a Dr Montrose in the books and there was a Dr Montrose in Westport. As you can see from these links, nothing is conclusive.


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