Back in the Day… We had Party Lines, Landlines, and Made Collect Calls

We not only had landline telephones, but what were known as party lines. I'm old enough to remember sharing a phone line with not one, but two other families who lived on the same road. This was not uncommon forty-some years ago, especially in rural areas. Having a private line back then was kind of... Continue Reading →

Back in the Day… We Had Roller Skating Parties

The roller skating parties in junior high were the Oscar parties of the Midwest in our generation. Tickets went on sale about two weeks prior to the big event. Outfits were selected and the rumors started. Who would ask someone "to go with them" right before the skating party? Who would break up with someone... Continue Reading →

Back in the Day… We Pretended to be Bionic

Throughout much of the previous century, kids everywhere wanted to be doctors, teachers, fire fighters, and ballerinas. But most kids I knew growing up in the 1970s just wanted to be bionic. Lindsey Wagner and Lee Majors were our heroes. Their alter egos, Jamie Sommers and Steve Austin, weren't only attractive, smart, and successful, they... Continue Reading →

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