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Old Time Marshalltown video

You Know By Today's Standards None Of Us Was Supposed To Ever Make It This Far In Life. LOL
HIGH SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2012

Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2012 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2012 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it

Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2012 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2012 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school..
1957- Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock
2012- The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.
1957- Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2012- Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2012 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents -- and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2012 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.



A virtual Vietnam Wall - honoring those lost during the Viet Nam war with the names, bio's and other information.

Amazing Grace

A menu from the 50s. Do you remember Woolworth's?


Living in Iowa!

60 above zero:
Arizonians turn on the heat.
People in Iowa plant gardens.

50 above zero:
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Cedar Rapids sunbathe.

40 above zero:
Italian & English cars won't start.
People in Iowa drive with the windows down.

32 above zero:
Distilled water freezes.
The water in Des Moines gets thicker.

20 above zero:
Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
People in Iowa throw on a flannel shirt.

15 above zero:
New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Iowa have the last cookout before it gets cold.

People in Miami all die.
Iowans close the windows.

10 below zero:
Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in Iowa get out their winter coats.

25 below zero:
Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in Iowa are selling cookies door to door.

40 below zero:
Washington DC runs out of hot air.
People in Iowa let the dogs sleep indoors.

100 below zero:
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Iowans get upset because they can't start the Mini-Van.

460 below zero:
ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale.)
People in Iowa start saying..."Cold 'nuff fer ya?"

500 below zero:
Hell freezes over.
Iowa public schools will open 2 hours late. 



A group of 40 years old buddies discuss where they should meet for their reunion dinner. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at Ruby's Restaurant because the waitresses there wear low cut blouses.

10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group again pools their thoughts and discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at Ruby's Restaurant because the food there is very good and the wine selection is good also.

10 years later at 60 years of age, the group again decides to discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at Ruby's Restaurant because they can eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant is smoke free.

10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group again discusses where they should meet for reunion dinner. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at Ruby's Restaurant because the restaurant is wheel chair accessible and they even have an elevator.

10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group again discusses where they should meet. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at Ruby's Restaurant because that would be a great idea since they have never been there before.


William Tell "Mom Overture"


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Do you remember when the Internet first started? - 1996 - 2004 - 1994 - 1996 - 1995 - 1995 - 1995

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The great drive-in culture of our era was a unique and fascinating experience, and a very special treat on a Saturday night. I remember my Mom making this huge paper bag full of popcorn to put on the backseat between my legs. I loved watching her salt it, and the grease stains from the butter along with the huge brown stains on the bottom of the sack. I always went in my pajamas. That was the best part of all. Then, when the sun sank down below the rim of the trees and the majestic rectangle of the movie screen, the action commenced.

There was also nothing like the snack bar. Between movies, the snack bar was Grand Central Station. And was it any wonder? They had all sorts of candy, popcorn, ice cream and soft drinks. If you needed it, they had it. If you wanted to check out the girls, go to the snack bar. If you just wanted to get away from your parents- well, snack bar city.



School Days






First Grade



Second Grade



3rd & 4th Grades





5th Grade



6th Grade



It was a well known fact that girls were smarter than boys. It didn't matter who she was; if she was female, she was smarter.

Girls were well-behaved and paid attention in class. They had good penmanship and raised their hands often. Is it any wonder why us guys would have nothing to do with them?


How about the safe monkey bars at the playground?



What about those school holidays?



Any of these look familar?


Wasn't that the best .10 you ever spent?



How about those Root Beer floats?



Then of course.........






Click below for a photo/music compiliation of the last 50 years -

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Who can forget those colorforms?



Remember how fast you had to dial to be that "First Caller"?


Who didn't love Sunday Mornings with Davey & Goliath
Captain Kangaroo?



Remember this Dept. Store? - The "Walmart" of the 70's




What's SPF anyhow?

Wasn't this the stuff that turned you orange?



"Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific" Shampoo -

This stuff couldn't have been that bad, as they still sell it today
at only one place - The Vermont Country Store in Weston, VT.










This one was way too funny!



Cancer, Yes....But at least No throat irritation



Wonder how this vegetable would sell today?



...the world was young and so were we.



Some of our all time favorites



A woman's place was in the kitchen in 1955



We were taught our values.....



Remember Mom collecting these at the grocery store?



What's a PC? Forget the plastic ones today



How about that Little League excitement?



When gas station attendants not only pumped your gas but fixed your car



Forget the iPods at the beach...



Remember when aluminum foil was an electronic term?



How about those sophisticated fads...







Remember these people back then?
























The following is taken from and it's just titled "Momisms"

"As a kid and even during our growing up years, we receive some sound scolding from our mothers time and again. These sharp comments and directives raise our indignation and irritation and we love to dismiss them as "unnecessary criticism" or "momism". But the fact is, we would not have mended many of our wrongdoings and grown up to be socially amiable without many of these timely utterances from our mothers. Amusingly, most of us grow up to mouth the same sayings of our mothers when we find ourselves in her shoes. This mother's Day, let us take a look at some well known "momisms". With little variations, these phrases have been repeated again and again by mothers around the world, irrespective of race, caste, social standing and religion. You may even find some of your own mom's sayings here. Enjoy this article and have a great reading time.

1. What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?
2. If I talked to my mother like you talk to me....
3. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
4. "If you see a penny pick it up, put it in your drawer and it will grow".
5. "Peel one potato per person, and one for the pot".
6. "What goes around comes around."
7. What's meant to be, is meant to be.
8. I've got eyes in the back of my head, that's how!
9. You tell that bully to cut it out or you'll tell the teacher...
10. You have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!
11. Honestly... You'd lose your head if it wasn't screwed on!
12. Who'll end up walking, bathing and feeding it...?
13. Get that thing out of your mouth!
14. You'll understand when you have kids of your own.
15. I hope that when you grow up, you have kids "Just Like you"!
16. I've told you a thousand times not to do so.
17. If you hurt yourself, don't come running to me.
18. Work hard! You were not born with a silver spoon in your mouth.
19. Close that door! Were you born in a barn?
20. It doesn't matter what you accomplish, I'll always be proud of you."