- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0740771086
- ASIN: B003P2VBSK
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,633,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Too Old for MySpace, Too Young for Medicare Paperback – Bargain Price, April 1, 2008
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Joey Green is the author of forty books, including Joey Green's Magic Brands, Marx and Lennon: The Parallel Sayings, and The Zen of Oz: Ten Spiritual Lessons from Over the Rainbow. Together, he and Alan Corcoran wrote You Know You've Reached Middle Age If . . . , Senior Moments, and Champagne and Caviar Again? Both middle-aged authors live in Los Angeles, California.
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Here are a few things that I would like to contribute.However, since I was born in 1935,and well remember WWII,some of these things were never even known to the "Baby Boomers "who much of this book seems to cover.
Everyone knew who the Good Guys and Bad Guys were."We" were the good Guys and The Krauts or Nazis and Hitler,Stalin and the Ruskies,and Tojo and the Japs were the Bad Guys.In the movies, the Bad Guys wore black hats and the Good Guys wore the white ones.Dissenters running around suggesting maybe "We" were the the Bad Guys simply didn't exist,not like today.
If you wanted Ice Cream,you had to go to the Ice Cream Parlour.It wasn't sold in the Grocery Store.It wouldn't have been too practical since many had no refrigerator at home till after WWII" was over.The same with Soda Pop.
Pea Shooters and a pocket full of peas or beans,a slingshot made from a tree branch,a leather tongue fron an old shoe and rubber from a bicycle tire tube;a pocketful of allies or marbles;and for the older kids a pocket knife to play a game of "Jacknife" in the school yard were all standard items at recess time;while the girls had skipping ropes and sold fudge to raise money for the Red Cross.I guess any one of these things could cause a panic if found today.
Then, what about when every boy you grew grew out of playing "Cowboys & Indians with cap pistols and now wanted and got his BB Gun.The only instruction you would get was "Make sure you don't shoot out anybody's eyes or windows;because John Brown (the Chief of Police who every kid said hello to when he met him) will catch you,and you'll go to Reform School,and don't come to me or your father for sympathy." By the way,with just about every boy having a BB Gun,I never heard of anyone getting their eye shot out.Maybe it would make more sense today to bring back the BBGuns and Jacknives,Reform Schools,and Police that were respected;and getting Drugs out of the schooyards.
When I see the re-runs of the movie "A Christmas Story" written by Jean Shepherd where the kid wanted a BBGun,probably a Red Rider model,I wonder what the Baby Boomers are thinking of;it was something they came along too late to know about.
All I got to do to think about what were popular in my youth ,is to remember the Comics.
Those were the days of "Dick Tracy",(which BTW can still be read on the Net),"Little Orphan Annie","L'il Abner",Smilin'Jack",Mutt and Jeff",Red Ryder",Henry",Smokey Stover,Pogo",Captain Marvel,just to name a few.Political Correctness took over and who reads the Comics anymore?
And that's the way it was.......