Nostalgia

What Is It About Old Books?

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Books, College, Dictionary, Nostalgia, Reading, Writing | 0 comments

I just looked up the spelling of “gratuitous” in my freshman English dictionary: Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, a Merriam-Webster, based on Webster’s New International Dictionary, second edition.  Copyright, 1956, the same year I bought it. The spine is held together with clear plastic packing tape.  I love this old dictionary. Maybe you’re wondering (probably not) why I haven’t replaced it, bought a new one, or how I function with a dictionary that is 56 years old. I muddle through with online help and spell checker, but they don’t give me comfort like  my Merriam-Webster.  I just...

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Neckties, Bowl Games & NFL Playoffs

»Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in College, Common Sense, Fashion, Football, Humor, Manners, Nostalgia, TV | 0 comments

  I grew up in the 1950’s, in the “Happy Days.”  Contrary to common thinking among Gen Xers and Millennials, we knew some pretty cool stuff. In the 50’s we weren’t ashamed to watch TV with our parents or our kids.  Telephones were attached to wires, and we actually talked on them.  Gen Xers and Millennials  own cell phones, but they mostly text, even in the same room with the person they’re texting. We listened to music on transistor radios and funny-looking, box-like devices called record players and stereos.  Music was recorded on 78s, 45s, and LPs; Gen Xers and Millennials have...

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