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Party Like It’s 1999 – Throwback Thursday

Oh yes, Prince or that artist formerly known as Prince who became Prince again.

Remember his song – Party Like It’s 1999?  A kind of tune that just sticks in your head!

Well, here it is (forgive me for the ad at the beginning):

Prince was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and director.

He was a musical innovator who was known for his flamboyant stage presence, eclectic work, extravagant dress and makeup as well as his wide vocal range.

His music represented a wide variety of styles, which included funk, rock, jazz, R&B as well as other styles. He was very successful and sold over 100 million records worldwide.

He was one of the best-selling music artists of all time according to Wikipedia. His awards included eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards and a Golden Globe Award. He also received an Academy Award for the film, Purple Rain.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.

Sadly, Prince died of a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57.

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Pre-filled Christmas Stockings – 1975

What’s behind the custom of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace?

According to Wikipedia:

While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas Stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example:

Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. After dark he threw three bags of gold through an open window, one landed in a stocking. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.
Other versions of the story say that Saint Nicholas threw the three bags of gold directly into the stockings which were hung by the fireplace to dry.

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

According to the Smithonian:

As far back as 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore (or possibly Henry Livingston Jr.) wrote “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” stockings were hung near the fireplace, awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. At the end of the poem, St. Nick “fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,/And laying his finger aside of his nose/And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.”

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I remember getting one of these for Christmas.

Christmas Stockings are an important part of Christmas traditions!

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Resurrecting the 1967 GT 500 Mustang

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OK…I want a Mustang!  How about resurrecting the 1967 GT 500 Mustang?  Well, it is available through a company called “Revology Cars.”

From Fox News Channel article:

“Revology Cars has unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas an officially-licensed reproduction of the 1967 version of the classic muscle car built on a modern platform.”

And you can get one for yourself, but the price is up there and may be prohibited for most.

“The GT 500 features picture-perfect styling, but comes powered by a new Roush Performance supercharged 5.0-liter V8 rated at 600 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque.”

OK, want to know the price?

From the article again:

“Another thing it has in common with the authentic 1967 car is the price. At least the prices they sell for today.

The Revology GT 500 starts at $219,000, but it does come with a one-year bumper-to-bumper/two-years powertrain/five year body warranty.”

To see the entire article Click Here!

I love Mustangs, especially the original ones from the 60’s and early 70’s.

resurrecting the 1967 gt 500 mustang

(All Photo Credits for Fox News Channel article – November 1, 2017)

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Wrigleys Vintage Chewing Gum Machine

Do you remember, Over 50 crowd, when you could buy chewing gum from a machine for 5 cents? Well, this chewing gum machine is definitely an antique!

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, known as the Wrigley Company, is an American food company founded in 1891 by William Wrigley Jr. It is based in the Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois. The company is now owned by Mars, Incorporated. It is currently the largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum in the world.

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In 1892, Wrigley Jr. began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder. The chewing gum eventually became more popular than the baking powder; thus, Wrigley’s reoriented the company to produce the gum.

Wrigley’s Chewing Gum machine was produced by Kayem Products Co., Inc. in 1947.

Kayem Products Co., Inc. released 3 different machines under this trade name, starting in 1940.

Other machines made by Kayem Products Co., Inc. during the time period Wrigley’s Chewing Gum was produced include Beech-Nut Chewing Gum, and Reed’s Aspirin.


A vintage chewing gum machine – it’s fun to remember the good old days!

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Vinyl Sales Are Going Strong!

Do you know that vinyl sales are steadily increasing each year even though on-demand audio streaming continues to grow in popularity?

The latest news is that vinyl records are projected to sell 40 million units in 2017. Wowzers!  That means that sales are nearing the $1 billion benchmark for the first time this millennium. The peak of the industry was in the 1980s.

According to Deloitte, in 2017 new vinyl records and revenue will enjoy a seventh consecutive year of double-digit growth. However, vinyl will account for only 6%. The broader music industry revenues are projected to be approximately $15 billion this year!

According to one 37-year-old collector, his “modest” collection is a very highly-curated mix of 2,000 albums. Some are old and some are new!

There are many reasons why vinyl is superior to any other music listening format. These reasons include the fidelity, romanticism and ritualistic nature of the experience. “Listening to vinyl is a physical act – it’s an active choice to go to the rack and pull out a record from the sleeve and then eventually flip the side to continue listening. It physically forces you to interact, contrary to telling Alexa to play a playlist on Spotify.” Source…

Another reason for people wanting vinyl is to own something that you can hold in your hand. The artwork on the cover of an album is another massive draw. “You can go into a record store, buy the first Velvet Underground record and bring home a Warhol!” Source…


It isn’t a coincidence that the vinyl resurgence in 2008 coincides with the launch of Spotify. You might say that vinyl is similar to the print industry. As streaming continues to grow (and change), there will always be a market for the emotional impact of something tangible such as a vinyl record. That nostalgic tie is powerful!

For a little more background on the growth of the vinyl record sales, here is information for the time period of 2005-2015.

According to the Nielsen ratings, 2015 was the tenth straight year for growth of vinyl sales. In 2005, there were about 900,000 vinyl records sold in the U.S. This grew every year with sales reaching just under 12 million for the year 2015.

The most popular genre was ‘Rock.’ Independent music retailers find vinyl sales very important to their music revenue. CDs haven’t done so well with sales falling from 141 million in 2014 to 126 million in 2015.

Here are the numbers from 2005 – 2015:

Vinyl Sales Have Grown For 10 Years Straight


Vinyl Sales – Going Strong and the Over 50 Crowd is Loving It!

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Music from the ’70s for the Over 50 Crowd!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the Music from the ’70s!

“The 1970s created a perfect musical bridge from the rebelliousness of the 1960s and the happy songs that are characteristic of the 1980s.” (People History)

The ’70s actually created a trend of dance music as well as relaxing music. Other music genres of the 1970s include Disco/Club, Progressive Rock, Punk Rock/New Wave, and Funk & Soul.

People may have grown tired of the fighting that happened during the ’60s. Perhaps they sought a refuge in dance clubs and other places to enjoy a good time. Disco emerged during this decade.

Singers and songwriters were also popular during the ’70s…John Denver, Carly Simon, Elton John & Glen Campbell…just to name a few.

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The 1970’s was not a unique decade in terms of creating innovations in musical styles and genres, but it was unique in that it was a musical bridge connecting the hippie lifestyle of the 1960s with the characteristic yuppie lifestyle that was about to occur in the 1980s.

According to Retrowaste, 

“There was more variety in music in the 1970s than ever before. Music listeners had dozens of genres to choose from and many of them rose to popularity at different points during the decade.

Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hard Rock, Soft Rock and Disco all carved out their place in the music world in the 1970s. The late 70s also witness the birth of another young music style: hip-hop.

Some of the best rock n roll of all time was recorded in the 70s. From David Bowie to Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd, the list I could make would keep you scrolling for days.

The 70s were a golden era for vinyl records. They were affordable to everyone and everyone had a record player. It seems like almost every song ever made in the 80s had a 70s sample in it.”

Suggestions to add to this list are:

Bee Gees, Doobie Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, The Association,

Who would you add to the list? “Comment” below to let us know who you think was left out!

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 Music from the ’70s – The Songs Will Live on Forever!

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Baby Boomer TV Favorite – M*A*S*H!

Who doesn’t remember the TV series, “M*A*S*H,” with its memorable characters – Pierce, Major Houlihan, Radar, Major Burns and others? “M*A*S*H” is a Baby Boomer TV favorite. In fact, it is one of the favorite televisions shows of all time among the Over 50 crowd!

“M*A*S*H” was an American TV series that was developed by Larry Gelbart. It was adapted from a 1970 feature film “MASH” which was based on the 1968 novel by Richard Hooker – “MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors.”

The series premiered in the U.S. on September 17, 1972 and ended on February 28, 1983.

Interesting facts about “M*A*S*H” – A Baby Boomer TV Favorite:

1) The finale “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the most watched TV episode in U.S. TV history at the time

2) It also had a record-breaking 125 million viewers according to the New York Times.

3) The series, which depicted a three-year military conflict, spanned 256 episodes and lasted eleven seasons.

4) Many of the stories in the early seasons are based on tales told by real MASH surgeons who were interviewed by the production team.

“M*A*S*H” Trivia:

* Klinger was only going to appear in one episode. However, he proved so popular that he became a regular.

* In an interview, Harry Morgan said he wanted to play Colonel Potter forever.

* Hawkeye’s home town of Crabapple Cove, Maine, is the only fictional hometown of all of the “M*A*S*H” characters.

* Colonel Potter fought in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. At age 15 he joined the cavalry, lying about his age to enlist.
* The hat that Alan Alda wears in the opening credits is the same as the one Donald Sutherland wore in the movie, but never appeared anywhere else in the series.

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on M*A*S*H, passed away on December 31, 2015 at the age of 82. RIP

M*A*S*H – A Baby Boomer TV Favorite – Fun and Entertaining!

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Back From 44 – WWII Book Based on Real Events

Based on Real Events, Back from 44 – The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few

A World War II story where a B-26 crew struggle to return back to base in a severely crippled plane. The story is fiction based on a real person and events. The main character’s 44th mission is described with flashbacks to his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Force to joining the 320th Bomb Group at their Sardinia, Italy air base. He recalls the memories of basic training, advanced flight engineer training, gunnery school, saying goodbye to a new wife, and traveling across the Atlantic to Sardinia. Mission experiences are highlighted in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations. Missions were not always “Milk Runs”; they included enemy flak, German fighter attacks and the emotional impact of losing close friends.

See the Author Interview and link to Buy!

Read the Review from Goodreads! 

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Back From 44 – A Good Read of WWII History!

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The Slinky Toy – Didn’t Everyone Over 50 Play With This?

The Slinky Toy

Didn’t we all have one of these?

* The Slinky is a toy that is a precompressed helical spring. It was invented by Richard James, a naval engineer, in the early 1940s.

* It was demonstrated at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia in 1945. It immediately became a hit, selling its entire inventory of 400 units in 90 minutes.

* The Slinky was originally priced at $1 and has remained modestly priced throughout its history.

* The Slinky is best known for being able to travel down a flight of stairs. It goes end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the help of gravity and its own momentum.

* The Slinky was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2000.

* Slinky was named to the Toy Industry Association’s “Century of Toys List.” This is a roll call of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the twentieth century. That’s quite an honor!!

*It has been estimated that in its first 60 years Slinky has sold 300 million units.

*In 1999, the United States Postal Service issued a Slinky postage stamp.

*The rules that govern the mechanics of a slinky are due to Hooke’s law (a principal of physics) and the effects of gravitation.

*Plastic Slinky toys are also available. They were marketed in the 1970s as a safer alternative to metal slinkys. (As they did not present a hazard when inserted into electrical sockets!)

*The plastic spring slinky toy, known as the Plastic Slinky was invented by Donald James Reum, Sr. of Master Mark Plastics in Albany, Minnesota.

*The good news is – you can buy a metal original giant slinky! Yes, you, your kids and grand kids can all play with it.  And, you will have fun reminiscing and telling stories about your childhood. Just do a search online for availability. They make great gifts for birthdays and Christmas.

Slinky ad


From the National Toy Hall of Fame:

An advertisement with a memorable jingle familiarized a national customer base. “What walks down stairs alone or in pairs and makes a slinkety sound? A spring a spring, a marvelous thing. Everyone knows it’s Slinky!” Slinkys glided effortlessly down stairs on television, but alas most household steps proved too tall and wide for long descents. Still, at the end of the 20th century and 250 million Slinkys later, people continued to buy them.

Slinky Toy – Fun for all ages!

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Wax Bottle Candy – Oh, What Fun for the Over 50 Crowd!

Wax bottle candy was created in the early 1900s and is officially known as Nik-L-Nip. It is now marketed by Tootsie Roll Industries.

The brand name (Nik-L-Nip) is a combination of the original cost of a nickel and the preferred way to open the wax bottle which was to bite off the top (Nip). Once the top of the small, bottle-shaped wax containers has been bitten off, one can drink the fruit-flavored syrup inside. Afterward the wax can be chewed like gum.

Although the wax bottles are food-grade and non-toxic, they are not meant to be eaten. The juice inside the wax bottles comes in a variety of flavors.

wax bottle candy - a popular candy for Baby Boomers as they were growing up

What was your favorite flavor of wax bottle candy?

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