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|Ahh... don'tcha just long for the good old days...
well then let's take a look back at our past. Actually, for Baby Boomers the good old days weren't so long ago...
like maybe the 60's, 70's' 80's and 90's.
These articles will help to take
you back to earlier times.
The Day the Music Died
Why Do Music Lovers Still Prefer To
Nostalgia Meets Hi-Tech: Grandma's
Finding Your Past
Addicting Games for Every Age!
A Nostalgic Flashback Of The 1950s Era
7 Reasons Why You Should Be Listening To Old Time Radio Shows
The Day the Music Died
by Jennifer Jordan
No matter what
generation you are from, if you're a music lover, you remember certain events:
those of the Baby Boomer's generation remember where they were when Elvis died,
those of Generation Jones remember where they were when John Lennon was shot,
and those of the MTV Generation remember where they were when it came out that
Milli Vanilli were fakes. Different generations tend to remember different
things. But, there is one event - due partly to Don McLean's tribute song - that
transcends eras: if you love music, then you probably know about the day it
The Day the Music Died is the term often used to describe
a plane crash that took place on February 3, 1959 in Iowa. One of the biggest
musical tragedies in history, this crash killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens,
J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), and Roger Peterson, the pilot.
The events that led up to the crash were protocol in the
music business. Holly, Valens, and Richardson, as well as their respective band
members, were on "The Winter Dance Party" tour, a tour that was to stop in 24
Midwest cities in the span of three weeks. When they had an open date, their
promoters called The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa and booked a show. The
Surf Ballroom, until that spur of the moment decision, was not a scheduled stop.
When Buddy Holly arrived at the ballroom, he suggested
that he and his band mates charter a plane to an airport near Moorhead,
Minnesota, the destination of their next performance. Holly, and many of the
other musicians, were tired of riding in the tour bus. Not only was it crowded
and confining, but it also suffered a broken heating system, causing all the
band members discomfort and one band member to be taken to the hospital with
The musicians found a plane they could charter and a
pilot, Roger Peterson. The plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza, a single engine
aircraft with three passenger seats. Holly and Waylon Jennings had two of the
original seats but The Big Bopper, having grown ill, asked Jennings to give him
his seat. Jennings obliged.
Tommy Allsup, Holly's other band mate, procured the third seat but Ritchie
Valens, having never flown in a small plane, asked Allsup if he could have it.
Allsup agreed to a coin toss, whomever won the coin toss won the seat. Valens
proved victorious, at least initially.
Dion DiMucci, the fourth act on the Winter Dance Party
tour, was also offered a seat. He, however, refused, stating that the price was
As for the crash itself, no one can say for sure what
happened. A little after one in the morning on February 3, the plane left Mason
City Municipal Airport. Peterson, at the controls, had planned to file a flight
plan once he cleared the tower, but instead, he never called. Before take off
was the last anyone ever heard from Peterson or the three musicians on board.
At nine a.m. that morning, Jerry Dwyer, the owner of the
plane Peterson was piloting, boarded a plane to search for the missing
Beechcraft Bonanza. This came after several unsuccessful attempts by Dwyer to
After searching by air for only a few minutes, Dwyer
spotted the plane's wreckage in a cornfield below. The plane was found at a
downward angle, sloped to the right. It was estimated to be traveling 170 miles
an hour when it struck the ground, rolled 570 feet, and ended up balled against
a wire fence. The pilot died inside while all three musicians were thrown from
the aircraft. The medical examiner concluded that all four onboard died
instantly from trauma to the head.
As investigators sought to piece together what happened,
they concluded poor visibility brought on by bad weather conditions played a
huge role in the crash. They also believed Peterson may not have been well
versed in using flight instruments and may have been used to relying on his own
vision. Investigators also believed he was not given an accurate account of the
severity of the weather. Had he known how bad the conditions were, he may have
never taken off.
When Buddy Holly's .22 pistol was found in the cornfield a
few months later, theories of foul play began to surface. However, no evidence
ever supported these theories and the accident was ruled just that: an accident.
More devastating than the loss of musical talent was the
loss of youth. At the times of their deaths The Big Bopper was 28, Buddy Holly
was 22, Roger Peterson was 21, and Ritchie Valens was 17.
In memory of The Day the Music Died Ken Paquette, a music
lover from Wisconsin, built a monument of stainless steel. The monument contains
a steel guitar, and three records. It bears the names of the three musicians who
perished as well as the pilot's. It is located near the sight of the crash.
A similar monument was unveiled on July 17, 2003 outside
the Riverside Ballroom in Wisconsin. The RiverSide Ballroom was where Buddy
Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played on February 1, 1959, roughly
thirty hours before the world of music changed forever.
Why Do Music Lovers Still Prefer To Buy Records?
by Mark Jones
In the late 1940's, the
45-RPM record replaced the 78-RPM record. The 45 was smaller, less breakable and
could be made and sold more cheaply. Despite these advantages, it took ten years
before the 78 became obsolete, and in the meantime, record companies sold their
product in both formats. In 1982, the major record companies introduced the
compact disc, which offered a smaller size, "perfect" sound, and less likelihood
of damage in day to day use.
As the compact disc offered a much larger profit margin
than did the long-play record album (LP) the record companies were eager to rid
store shelves of records once and for all. Given that the 78 lasted ten years
after the introduction of the 45, it seemed likely that the LP would be gone
from the market by 1990. The expected disappearance of the LP never happened.
Despite the efforts of the music industry, music fans and collectors not only
continue to buy records today, but sales of records and record-playing equipment
are on the rise.
Each year in January, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
is held in Las Vegas. At this event, audio and video manufacturers show off the
latest and greatest in their product lines. An unusual sight this year was not
the large number of cutting-edge compact disc players, but the largest number of
record turntables that had been seen at the event in years! Sales of both new
and used records are hot, and equipment manufacturers are eager to reintroduce
the turntables they quit making years ago. Why are record sales increasing when
compact discs are supposed to provide perfect sound in an unbreakable format?
There are several reasons:
Price is always a factor when consumers buy anything and the prices of new and
used record albums are less than the prices of new and used compact discs,
respectively. Used CDs may sell for $5-8; used record albums sell for $3-5
A lot of people prefer the larger size of record albums. They don't store as
easily as compact discs, but the covers and lyrics are easier to read, and the
product feels more substantial. Buyers feel like they're getting "more" for
their money, even if it's just extra weight.
The digital sound of compact discs has a certain cleanness and purity to it, but
many listeners find the sound of compact discs to be "artificial" or "metallic",
lacking the "warmth" of the sound of a record. Arguments have been going on for
years, and fans of compact discs claim that there really is no difference in
sound, but millions of record fans would probably disagree.
A lot of Baby Boomers grew up listening to records, and records have a fond
familiarity to them that listeners like.
New record albums continue to be released every day. Aided
by artists who are still recording who demand that their albums be released as
both records and compact discs, such as Diana Krall, Pink Floyd, and Metallica,
record album sales continue to thrive. Despite industry efforts to kill the
format back in the 1980's, It appears that the record album will continue to
live on, well into the twenty-first century, and music fans couldn't be happier
Nostalgia Meets Hi-Tech: Grandma's Gone Digital
by Patricia Frye
Scrapbooking has been
popular for many generations all over the world and seems to be gaining in
popularity once again. Wanting to preserve special moments has encouraged us to
collect mementos such as pictures and small souvenirs, and then arrange them in
a creative manner to remind us of those memorable times. While some scrapbookers
prefer to use traditional methods using paper, scissors and paste, many have
gone hi-tech with digital scrapbooking. It is the 21st Century version of a
photo album or a journal.
Digital scrapbooking is steadily growing in popularity.
Many traditional scrapbooking magazines have written special issues featuring
how to make a scrapbook on your computer. Some hobbyists have introduced digital
art to their paper scrapbooks by just crafting certain elements on their
computer and then printing them out to put in their normal paper albums.
However, there are many testing the waters and making their scrapbooks entirely
on the computer. They are finding that it saves time and materials, as well as
provides many more options that are not available with traditional methods.
Many digital scrapbookers are also avid photographers
using digital cameras and have their pictures stored on their computers. The
beauty of their work would be wasted if they were relegated to be stored there
forever in folders. Some interesting ways to showcase them have developed. Not
only can a digital scrapbook be made relatively quickly, they can also be easily
distributed and shared with nearly anyone with a computer.
Digital scrapbooking is really quite simple. There are few
must have items in order to make digital scrapbooks though. First, you will need
a computer with a relatively decent graphics card. Next, you need digital
imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop or software specifically designed for
digital scrapbookers such as Scrapbook Max. The advantage of having Photoshop or
other similar software is that not only is it designed to edit photos but it can
also be used to make layouts such as used on scrapbook pages.
Obviously, you need to have the photos. You may also use
scrapbook templates such as those that are available online. They can help
beginners with design ideas. If you are wanting to print your work, a good
quality photo printer and photo paper is also needed.
Once you have assembled these materials, digital
scrapbooking is a breeze. Like traditional scrapbooking methods, it essentially
involves designing backgrounds, adding the pictures, inserting accents, adding
text and titles, and so on. You can make the background look like 50's wallpaper
or something far out from the future. You can even scour the internet to find
pictures of historic or news events that would add a time frame to your page.
The great thing about digital scrapbooking is everything
can be easily edited and mistakes can be quickly fixed. If you don't like how a
piece of paper is torn, put it back together and do it again!
Go ahead and manipulate the photo itself adding color to a
black and white photograph or make a color photo black and white. You can crop
it, make it fade, or add a celebrity to it - digital scrapbooking totally
removes all of the limitations and allows your creativity to flow.
Making your scrapbook digitally also means that you will
be able to e-mail it or even display it on the internet. There are many places
online these days that allow you to store your images and share them with family
and friends just by giving them a simple URL to view them. On the other hand,
you could choose to print out copies of your scrapbook pages to give as gifts.
If you are printing them, you will want to be sure that you have purchased the
correct size binder to go with the paper you have chosen. You could also burn it
to a CD to have it printed at a copy center if you prefer. Not only is your
creativity unlimited, you aren't limited to a single option for sharing them.
About the Author: Patricia Frye is an avid scrapbooker and
has most recently
enjoyed the fun and creative freedom that designing digital scrapbook pages and
elements for her own and her family's scrapbooking endeavors have given her and
blogs about it.
Finding Your Past
by The Doll Palace
something to be said for a bit of nostalgia. You might be cleaning
out and find old love notes or the CD you burned for your now
ex-girlfriend. A song comes on the radio and you find yourself
singing along. Fashions you thought had come and gone are back again
and you just can't decide if you want to give them a second try.
After all, the first round of the eighties wasn't too great for you
On a rainy afternoon, when you just happen to
be thinking about your old self, you might try bringing back of
those few old memories just for the simple amusement of it. Certain
television shows even specialize in creating shows about the 70s,
80s or 90s. You can make your own mini-show right over your
Your past is all over the internet. You can
look through the white pages or do a more complex people search to
see what happened to all your old buddies. MySpace actually has
divided people into high schools and colleges which means you can
spend hours reading about your ex girlfriend or crush without
feeling like too much of a stalker. When you get bored with that,
you can go back and relive even earlier memories.
The Early Stuff Most of the toys you loved as
a child are still around. Light-Brights, Barbies, Legos and more can
be bought online and enjoyed again. If you feel funny buying
yourself toys and don't have a niece or nephew to use as an excuse,
consider trying something else. Coloring pages and paper dolls are
online now, too, through websites like
can spend time carefully shading in the coloring pages on the site
and playing with the doll makers.
If dolls aren't your thing, there are other
sites out there with free access to the original Atari or Nintendo
games. There is no time like the present to reclaim your position as
Donkey Kong champion or see if you can still find all of the warp
zones with Mario and Luigi. Even PacMan and his wife are still
around and chomping.
Who Cares? Even if you claim to hate every
minute of your own childhood, or more commonly, your teenage years,
there is no reason you can't make up a new one. If you were deprived
of Barbies and coloring pages as a child, make up for lost time now.
Grab a hairbrush and sunglasses and jam out the way you always
wanted to the tunes of Tiffany or Slayer.
If you had a pretty normal childhood and still
don't care about the memories, you just haven't fully experienced
them yet. Have you kept up with old friends? Do you have all your
favorite songs from high school on your iPod yet? If not, you
probably just don't know what you're missing!
Games for Every Age!
by: Chris Robertson
With so many forms of entertainment available
today, games and puzzles remain a fun way to pass the time, a means
of instilling good sportsmanship in children, and a way to bring
families together. In fact, there are addicting games for people of
all ages. Monopoly, however, has to rank on almost everyone's list
of the most addicting games of all time.
When thinking about addicting games, Monopoly
is one of the first board games to come to mind. Who hasn't spent
hours scheming to trade railroads, or hoping beyond hope that they
will manage to avoid landing on the Boardwalk space with the hotel
on it? Debates continue to rage as to whether money paid to the
banker goes in the middle of the board and the lucky person to land
on Free Parking rakes in the cash (the official rules say no, but
every family seems to have its own tradition of rules).
There are over two dozen great versions of
Monopoly, some of which incorporate themes and others of which are
designed as kid's games. Monopoly Jr. is a great way to get the
younger ones involved in and excited about Monopoly, and is still
fun for adults. In fact, a child's movement from the Junior version
to the "real" version of Monopoly is almost like a rite of passage.
When it comes to themes, there's a Monopoly
game for virtually everyone. Star Wars and Lord of the Rings
Monopoly themes appeal to the sci-fi crowd, while the NFL and Dale
Earnhardt Monopoly editions are a sure bet for sports aficionados.
Those who love nostalgia will enjoy playing the I Love Lucy version
of Monopoly, while kids of all ages enjoy the Pokemon, Spider-Man,
and Disney Monopoly editions. Other themes include Harley-Davidson,
The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, and Peanuts - and there's even a .com
Of course, while two people can play Monopoly,
the best Monopoly games involve at least three or four players. When
it comes to addicting games for twosomes, card games are always a
favorite. Kid's games include educational card games like Learning
Journey and card games that feature historical figures like the
Pioneers in Medicine Card Game or the Inventors Card Game. For
adults, rummy cards are a fun way to pass the time, as are cribbage,
Uno, and Skip-Bo.
Completing jigsaw puzzles are on the top of
many people's list of addictive activities. It's a great solo
activity, as well as being a fun family pastime. Puzzles come in all
shapes and sizes, and are suitable for kids as well as adults.
Especially appropriate for rainy days, jigsaw puzzles keep idle
fingers busy and make the time go by quickly.
When it comes to addicting games, no one can
dispute that video games are completely absorbing. Even so, Monopoly
is one of the few unique board games that people of all ages can
play, enjoy, and become addicted to.
A Nostalgic Flashback Of The 1950s Era
by: Barbara Wangelid
Since I grew up in the 1950's it is fun for me
to reflect on some of the nifty things during that era.
Drive In Theatres
Known then as the "passion pit", Drive In Theatres bring back many
happy memories! My birthday being in July was the prime season for
Drive In movies. I would invite all my friends over to celebrate my
birthday complete with my mother's homemade barbeque sandwiches
which was my favorite. She would make it from sliced rump roast and
then lay the meat in an electric skillet smothered in barbeque
sauce. Just before dark we would all pile into a car and head for
the drive In.
I still remember the intermission jingle
"Let's all go to the lobby" with the hot dog, soda drink and popcorn
dancing across the screen. The Drive In was the favorite place to go
on a date and the after the show we would go to the Steak n Shake
for a hamburger and fries. At that time you stayed in your car and
your food was brought to you. A tray holder was placed on the
drivers side window to hold the food. It was just brought to my
attention from my teenage grandchildren that "going steady" is no
longer used. I asked them what do you call it now? They replied just
Makes no sense to me, but that is how times
change. Back in the 50's and 60's when you were "going steady", the
girl would be given her boyfriends ring to wear. Because they were
always too big to fit, we would wrap the back with white bandage
tape and then cover that with fuzzy angora yarn in different
colors.. way too cool! The only place you could buy the angora in my
town was a department store downtown and I can still remember that
they did not have cash registers at the counters, but instead the
clerk would send your money through a vacuum tube that led upstairs
to the cashiers office. It was much like the drive in banking tube
that is used today.
Rock n Roll
The summer of 1955 with Bill Haley's song "Rock Around the Clock"
changed the music we listened to forever. I was hooked. Then came
Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and the rest is
Every Saturday I would walk downtown to
Lindstrom's Record store and listen to the latest hits and always
come home with at least one new 45. In my bedroom next to my bed was
my radio that I would listen to every night just to hear the newest
songs. Radio at that time was AM only and at night with less
interference in the airwaves I could pick up a station from Little
Rock which was about 600 miles from where I lived. The commercial
that I will never forget was for White Rose Petroleum Jelly.
I was so excited the night I heard the song
"Sea Cruise" that I ran down to Lindstrom's to buy it only to find
out that it wasn't available yet. My parents did not like Rock n
Roll and would say it sounds like noise. They did however "put up"
with it and allowed me to play my record player as loud as it would
go which was not very loud when compared to today's stereos.
Now we have a stereo in the living room, a
portable stereo in the garage complete with subwoofer, subwoofers on
our computers and a subwoofer in the car. My love for music has
stayed with me and the music and the equipment to play it with just
keeps getting better.
Cuffed bobbie socks worn with suede "buckskin" shoes or saddle shoes
that came in all color combinations and styles from light weight to
the original heavier oxford in black and white. The sleeves were
always cuffed and rolled on the girls short sleeve shirts, and
finished off with a scarf around the neck. Wool skirts with the
length at the middle of the calf with a slit in the back.
The favorite hair styles were pony tails, and
shoulder length hair that was rolled at the ends with bangs and
usually a side part. Barrettes were often used as decoration and to
hold the hair away from the face. The boys typical clothes were blue
jeans with cuffed legs, a t-shirt with rolled sleeves, or a shirt
with the back of the collar turned up. They wore various short hair
styles ranging from the butch to slightly longer Elvis style that
was combed back and held in place with VO5 Hair Dressing into a duck
tail or DA as it was called. Going to church on Easter Sunday was a
sight to behold! All the women and young girls (me included) wore a
hat adorned with artificial flowers along with white gloves.
Toys and Hobbies
I wasn't much into dolls as a child because I preferred to be
outside exploring or making something with my hands. The one doll
that I did enjoy for a short time was the Ginny Doll that is tucked
away in a closet complete with all the clothes, accessories and
furniture along with a Toni Doll still in the original box almost
The Toni Doll was a Christmas gift and I was
evidently at the age that it just didn't interest me much. Easy Bake
Oven has been around for 50 plus years as I was given one for
Christmas when I was 8 years old and made and ate all the cakes the
first night. Needless to say, I got very sick later that night!
One of my weekly downtown stops was the local
Hobby Shop that sold Paint by Number products. I would sit at a desk
in the sunroom and paint for hours. I painted a black tole waste
basket and Kleenex box holder that was given to my Mother as a gift.
They also sold magic tricks that fascinated me and I would give
magic shows at home on the piano bench covered with a black antique
crazy quilt. Two other toys I have fond memories of was the Hula
Hoop and the Slinky.
The old motels are now a thing of the past having been replaced with
travel hotels. More rooms in a smaller space, but not as convenient
as the motels where you would park right in front of your room. When
our family would take car trips we would see the Burma Shave signs
along the road and read them out load as we passed them.
ON A SLOPE
UNLESS YOU HAVE
If computers had come along 45 years sooner, I
think my life would have been very different. Oh well, better late
Barbara Wangelid along with her husband Tobbe
are the owners of
JackandFriends.com where you can purchase vintage and retro
reproduction signs, enamelware, antique labels, 1950's retro,
Crosley Radio Replicas and classic American pedal cars.
7 Reasons Why You Should Be Listening To Old Time Radio Shows
by: Seth Corwin
Are you sick
of reality TV shows and the rest of the garbage that makes up the TV
schedule these days?
Oh yes, there are still a few classics around
such as CSI, but many people would agree that ninety per cent of
what's on these days is hardly worth watching.
There is an alternative and it's one that has
a lot of advantages over the square box in the corner of the room.
This alternative is called old time radio and I'm going to give you
seven reasons why you should switch of your large screen plasma TV
First let me quickly tell you what old time
Old time radio covers the period from the
start of the 1930s through to the very early 1960s. It's often
referred to as the "Golden Age of Radio". These were the decades
when radio was the main medium of mass entertainment and when
America led the way in creating some of the best, and most loved
radio shows ever to have been broadcast.
Old time radio covers everything from classic
drama like the Lux Radio Show through to spine-tingling thrillers
like Orson Welles War of the World and The Shadow. You'll hear
hilarious comedies like The Bob Hope Show and Fibber McGee & Molly
and shows for children and the young at heart such as Superman and
The Green Hornet.
You might be thinking "I'm too young for that
kind of stuff" or maybe you're thinking "Okay, but where can I hear
those classic broadcasts these days" well let me give you the "7
Reasons Why You Should Be Listening to Old Time Radio Shows".
Reason 1 - Great entertainment has a long
If old time radio shows were poor
entertainment these shows wouldn't have stood the test of time. The
fact that there are over 30,000 old time radio show recordings still
in existence makes it, without doubt, one of the most well archived
formats of entertainment of all time.
Reason 2 - Who needs more misery?
Isn't there enough misery in the world? Wars,
famine, crime, corruption. Isn't it good to have a break from all
this misery? Old time radio can provide you with that break. Just
put on your headphones and escape to mysterious lands whenever you
get the urge. It's got to be one of the best forms of escapism ever
Reason 3 - It's not expensive?
For the price of a burger and fries you can
enjoy hundred and hundreds of hours of classic radio shows. You can
burn them to CD and listen in the car. You copy them onto your MP3
player and listen whilst you jog. You can enjoy the shows again and
again whenever you like.
Reason 4 - No bad language
You can listen to old time radio shows for
thousands of hours and the worst word you're likely to hear will be
"darn". This is a medium that boasted some of the most talented
writers in the world, many of whom went on to be best-selling
authors or top script writers in Hollywood.
Reason 5 - Ideal for Children
Do you worry about what you are exposing your
children to when they watch TV. Even shows that are supposed to be
appropriate for youngsters seem to be full of innuendo or even
inappropriate language. With old time radio show you don’t have to
worry about what they might hear as the shows of this era adhered to
far stricter ethical codes.
Reason 6 - Collecting old time radio shows is
a great hobby
Not only are these shows great to listen to,
but they're also great fun to collect. There are few things more
satisfying than tracking down that final elusive episode that gives
you the complete run of a series or uncovering a gem that few people
have heard for half a century.
Reason 7 - Brush up on your history
Old radio shows are a wonderful way to learn
more about history. Without making any effort you'll learn about
everything from the Civil War right through to World War II. You'll
hear news broadcasts covering events as they happened and even the
advertisements will help you to learn about how different things
were back in the middle of last century.
Well, that's seven great reasons why you
should be listening to old time radio shows. It's a wonderful form
of entertainment and more accessible today than it ever has been
since its glory days.
So turn-off and tune-in today!
you'll find a large collection of Time Radio Shows.