Thursday, September 25, 2014

For the Nostalgia That's In It

From an article in the Hemmings Daily Newsletter...



 There's a lot to like in this film... the cars, the styles, the attitude, and especially the young boys and girls.  I looked a LOT like the kids in this film, mainly coz I was nine years of age in 1954.  None of the school districts I attended as a child had a program like this and that's too bad.  OTOH, I dunno if I'd have enjoyed "driving" a pedal car around simulated city streets.  These kids seemed to like it, though.

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  1. I agree - there's a lot to like in this film! I think I would have loved the pedal cars in elementary school. We did not get drivers ed until high school - and, of course, my Dad trying to teach us. My experience was that it is better to learn from someone unrelated to you - and not in the family car.

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    1. I had the same experiences, Anne. I tried to teach The Second Mrs. Pennington how to drive a stick but after about ten minutes in I decided our relationship just MIGHT be at risk if we continued the way we began. So, I took over and drove back to our place, where I gave her the keys to the car, told her to have a good time, and to come back when she'd figured it out. Relationship saved. (We weren't married at the time, so technically we weren't related... but we'd lived together for a couple o' years, so that's close enough.)

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  2. Heh. . . I had one o' them pedal-cars when I was a kid.

    Not for a few years later than this, tho. . . In 1954 I was still a year or so away from bein' a twinkle in my, ummm. . . birth-father's eye. . . (or, you know, whichever part of him eventually got to twinklin'. .

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    1. I THINK I had a pedal car, too, but I wouldn't bet my life on it.

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  3. That was something else, Buck. Loved it. Brought back memories it did!

    Where did we go wrong as a society? Seems we had it together back then.

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    1. Where did we go wrong? Let me count the ways...

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  4. Old school! Nothing wrong with that!!!

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  5. Hen, when my Father tried to teach my Mother how to drive (I was a witness in the back seat) it ended in a flood of tears. He thereafter enlisted an old friend, neighbor on our street , ex-WW II Navy Destroyer CPO and head of the Driver Training School at Eastern Illinois Univ. to mercifully intervene: "Peace in Our Time." LOL!

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  6. PS: The Navy CPO was from Brockton, Mass and not only looked like Rocky Marciano, he was built like him too! Massive arms and the requisite tattoos. (Only a few pounds heavier as the years passed, lol) And the same Bulldog attitude/temper. (Although he was an even tempered , patient, instructor) A real character, he spent the war in the Med on convoy duty getting bombed by Ju-88s. His wife was named Freya (after the Norse goddess) and they named their son THOR! (LOL! they really did, swear to God)

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    1. Two good stories, Virgil. Thanks!

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