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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Herewith from me to Al, we must have had a correspondence going on, then below his response & story:
"do you remember his (Mark Twain's) cousin Cyril Clemens walking up and down Kirkwood Road in our youth? He was still there for many, many years, having died I'd say only within the past 5 years. He was a fixture on North Kirkwood Road where he lived.... " me to Al.
"Hi, Leslie-- Share this if you wish.
Once my pal and fellow '65 grad John Andreas got a speeding ticket. My mother was the court clerk. It seems hard to believe now, but my mom spoke to the judge and worked out a plan in which John wouldn't even have to show up with his parents and would receive only a lecture.
I was sitting in the back of the crowded night court and couldn't take my eyes off Cyril, who was twitching on the polished-wood bench, looking scruffy and clutching a lurid-cover paperback. I remember the title of the book to this day--"Hollywood Lawyer." He had a place marked with this thumb and kept opening the book to study the passage. Cyril was agitated, and couldn't wait for his turn. He jumped up in the middle of another minor case and yelled:
'Your honor, I insist on a change of ven-OO!'
He meant "venue," of course, but he pronounced it "ven-OO," with no "y" sound and the accent on the second syllable. The judge was outraged. He banged his gavel and opened his mouth wide, only to have his top dental plate fall with a clack onto his lower. (I later found out from mom that he had just had new dentures made. A little ironic, since John later became a well known dentist.)
The evening continued with a few more interruptions and reactions, but the judge, despite our anxieties, remembered his agreement and gave John only a stern talking-to.
That's my memory of Cyril. I hope he enjoys his new 'ven-OO'.
Regards, Al Lawrence, '65"
Monday, January 23, 2012
Soda Jerk - the person behind the soda fountain had to jerk the handles of the dispensers back and forth to get them to spew their contents, thus the "soda jerk" was born.
If you put all the Coke sold to date into 8oz bottles and string them end to end they would reach to the moon and back 1300 times. These kinds of statistics just blow me away!
Why donuts have holes - Sea Captain Hansen Gregory was eating a cake (an oily cake, the original name for doughnuts) in a huge ocean storm and finally had to use both hands on the wheel. Not wanting to pitch his cake, he stuck it onto the spoke of the wheel and voila, the donut was born. There is more to this story on Wikipedia but I got this version elsewhere.
Have you ever used the phrase "he had a lot of Moxie"? I have and never wondered where it came from! Seems like Moxie was the name of the first bottled soda and it was very fizzy. If you could drink two of them you had a lot of Moxie. It morphed into meaning you are pretty determined & have a lot of know-how.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
1. Wrigley’s Chewing Gum. Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun. Blackjack Chewing
Gum. Bazooka Bubble Gum. Juicy Fruit Gum.
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water. NIK-L-NIPS.
3. Candy cigarettes with pink tips in their own box as you faked ‘taking a drag’!
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
5. Coffee shops or diners with tabletop jukeboxes. 5 cents each or 6 songs for 25!!!
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers with pull-off tab.
The milkman left the bottles by one of your doors.
7. Party-lines on the telephone….Oops, sorry! Rarely did people ‘Listen In.’
8. Newsreels before the movies. Up to date world news.
9. P.F. Flyers. U.S. Keds.
10. Butch Wax. For that slicked back greasy look.
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows
started again in the morning (there were only 3 channels....if you were fortunate).
12. Peashooters. Ouch!
13. It's Howdy Doody Time...It's Time to Laugh and Play! His freckles!
14. 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM Records.
15. Licking S & H Green Stamps and pasting ‘em in the books! Plaid Stamps. [And Eagle Stamps at Famous Barr here in St. Louis]
16. Hi-Fi record players.
17. Metal ice trays with release lever.
18. Mimeograph machines. [And the fabulous smell of mimeo ink]
19. Blue Sylvania flashbulbs.
20. Packards, Studebakers, DeSoto ‘fins’ and VW Beetles.
21. Roller skate keys that you hung around your neck.
22. Cork popguns.
23. Drive-in restaurants with trays that hooked over the driver’s window.
24. Drive-in movies.
25. Wash tubs with wringers. Outdoors clothes lines with wooden clothes pins.
26. Pez dispensers with different flavored brick shaped candies.
27. Hop Scotch, Bingo, Old Maid, Go Fish, Dominoes, Scrabble and Hula Hoops.
28. Wax lips, teeth, mustache and red tongue candies that tasted waxy and awful.
29. Sherry Lewis and Lambchop..and Kookla, Fran & Ollie.
30. Winding film in camera and taking photo by looking DOWN into viewer. Hold real still!
31. Saddle shoes and penny loafers. [I'm still wearing penny loafers!]
32. Good Humor trucks with bells. Double-stick popsicles. Fudgesicles. Creamsicles.
33. Pesticide trucks spraying DDT up and down the streets at the Jersey shore for pesky
mosquitoes while kids ran behind breathing in the fumes for a ‘high.’
34. Three Musketeer Bars that had 2 grooves on each side so you could share them
with your other 2 Musketeer friends.
35. Matching ‘Sticky Pins’ made to look like swords for you and your buddy & worn on collar.
36. Praying mantis, lightning bugs, Japanese beetles, blue mud daubbers and lady bugs.
37. Candied dots on paper strips in 5 colors. Try not to eat the paper attached to them.
38. Malt balls, Sprinkles, Jimmies, Red Hots & Pixie Stix. Straws with chocolate & strawberry
flavoring in them. Fruit flavored Fizzies you’d drop in water to drink.
39. Hi Ho Silver, Away! The Lone Ranger. Kemosabie! Who was that masked man?
I didn’t even have the chance to thank him.
40. The Honeymooners Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) and Alice (Audrey Meadows).
Friends Ed Norton (Art Carney) and Trixie (Joyce Randolph)
Someday, you’re going to the moon, Alice. Pow, right in the kisser!
High beam head light and dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Bicycle ‘pant leg clips’ so pants wouldn't get caught in the chain. (Before guards)
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals in cars when turning.
Man, am I old.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
Having some “Senor or Senorita Momentos”?
Mmmm...We really ARE “Official Members” of the J.O.Y. GROUP!
J-O-Y = Just Old Youth!!!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Dr. Burns joined the KHS staff as an assistant principal in 1979 and served a total of 23 years at the high school. He was raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, as one of six children. After his high school years, his family moved to St. Louis. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State, his master's degree from University of Missouri at St. Louis, and his doctorate from St. Louis University. Dr. Burns began his career in education as a teacher at Beaumont High School and later moved to University City High School before coming to Kirkwood.
After his retirement in 2002, Dr. Burns continued to mentor, tutor, and teach. He was an adjunct faculty member at several universities in the St. Louis area. Franklin McCallie, former KHS principal and close friend and colleague, refers to Dr. Burns as "one of the most caring, creative, and effective educators I have ever known."
It was Dr. Burns' wish to be an organ donor. Upon his passing, his liver was donated so that another person might live. Dr. Burns is survived by his wife, Debbie, and two sons, Richard, KHS '97 and Jesse, KHS '00.
Family and friends are planning a "Celebration of the Life of Dr. Rick Burns" to be held this coming Saturday, January 14, 2012, in the Keating Theatre, Kirkwood High School. Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. in the Walker Commons for friends to mingle and share memories of Dr. Burns. Family members will be available in the Walker Commons after the ceremony to greet those who loved and admired Rick Burns.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations go to the Rick Burns Fund, which supports Kirkwood High School students. Checks should be made out to Kirkwood School District, memo line: Rick Burns Fund, Community Relations Office, 11289 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, 63122. All donations are tax-deductible.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Let this photo take you back a bit to a simpler time.
THANKS Sue and Mike for sharing this. It brought back a ton of memories for me, but that'll have to wait for another post! Yes Mike, he sold cigarettes! And we were sent there to buy them for our parents, no one asked for an ID! PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE COMMENTS FOR THIS POST, JAKE'S FAMILY IS SO EXCITED TO HAVE THIS PHOTO OF HIM AND THE STORE! THANKS FOR GETTING IN TOUCH!
Paul S. Fauks