Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Marilyn's Memories Of Our Mustang

I love the message about the "Mustang"!! I loved that car! I got so much pleasure driving it and weren't we lucky to have such "WONDERFUL PARENTS" to buy us such a fun car at that time in our lives? I'm sure it was a strain on their budget but they loved us so much they "NEVER" would have let us know if it was. I feel blessed every day now thinking back of how caring & loving (in their own way) Mom & Dad was to all of us kids and how hard they worked and all of the great care they provided for us. If I could go back to when we lived on Spring street and start our lives over I would do it in a heart beat because the more I think about how we grew up the more I realize how lucky we were having the best parents in the whole wide world!!! Hope to hear or talk to you soon, Love Always, Marilyn

Marilyn's Memories Of Our Birthday Cards From Mom and Dad

KAYE.....I loved the messages you sent to me about the unique why Mom & Dad sent us kids our birthday cards. I always looked forward to getting my card because I knew there was a lot of "LOVE" and "TIME" they put in each card specially the way Dad very carefully took his time to underline all the caring words/sentences to let me know how special the message is and how important he thought it all meant to him and to me and the one very special signature "love forever"... that meant so much to me to always see because then I knew how deep his love was when he always added "forever" & I know he signed it knowing "Mom" would do & mean the same.
I was so lucky to have such wonderful, unique, loving parents and I will "FOREVER" miss them and each birthday my heart will feel empty since that "ONE SPECIAL CARD" from them will be missed - I can't explain to you in words how much I will miss this and many, many other special things they did for me!! I am so sad that I didn't give them more precious time and do and give them more of any & every thing (which I can't help to think) would have helped made their lives easier and much more satisfying plus add a tremendous amount of love they really needed that I know I was more capable of providing than I did. I know I did what I thought I was capable of but now after they are gone I think about this a lot and know I was very much more capable of doing so much more for them than I did! Sol, now I say a prayer for them every night and I know they are in a better place and I ask God to take very good care of them because they deserve it all.
One thing that helps me is knowing they are now with "Marty" and that gives me a Hugh amount of relieve for my feelings I have for them and I know their hearts have to be filed with so much happiness for this great reunion with the 3 of them to come out of such a sad loss for all of us left behind. May God bless them and keep them in his "best care". Will close for now! Love Always, Marilyn

Monday, March 30, 2009

My 1967 Frost Blue Mustang

We've been working hard trying to figure out more information on the Mustang sales promotion that ran between 1968 and 1969 on the west coast called the Rainbow of Colors which allowed new Mustang owners to order a car in one of 13 special factory of colors which represented the colors in the rainbow. Some of these colors were Madagascar Orange, Whipped Cream, Spanish Gold, Dandelion Yellow, Hot Pink, Caribbean Coral, Forest Green, Sierra Blue, and Moss Green. We've found owners of several cars and have been looking up paint codes to find out more. So here is a summary of what we have found so far.
All Rainbow of Colors promotional Mustangs were special order built in the San Jose plant, and to this date we have only found one's ordered in the Los Angeles and San Jose areas although they are rumored to be also ordered in the Seattle area. So look for Vehicle Identification numbers staring with 8R or 9R with a door data tag DSO code of 71 for Los Angeles or 72 for San Jose and a
four digit special order number following.
So far we have confirmed 72 1187 ordered in Los Angeles as a shipment of dealer Rainbow of Colors promotional Mustangs, 72 3313 a shipment of 10 Rainbow of Colors Mach 1s to Russ Davis of Covina California, and 71 0783 ordered in San Jose. A possibility is also 72 1185 from the Whipped Cream Mustang owner listed below.This morning I had read in the KC Star that President Clinton had a 1967 light blue convertible Mustang which he loaned to the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton Ark. This struck up my memories of my mustang. Dad bought Marilyn and I a Frost Blue 1967 Mustang at Ford dealership in Nevada. This was a teenager girl's ULTIMATE DREAM CAR-SO GIRLIE GIRL! We had the Mustang with front license plates that said "THIS IS FORD COUNTRY' Donna Stark across the street had a 1967 royal blue Camero, her front license plate said "THIS IS CHEVY LAND" what fun competition!
The car in the picture is owned by Chris Simmons & his wife Kris, Tom Simmon's from "growing up in Nevada" son. Tom Simmon's also grew up in Nevada, he was George Simmon's cousin and they were both in Marilyn's class. Well Chris's wife Kris got the mustang from her Grandfather as a college graduation gift. They pulled up one day in front of my model home, I thought it was 2000? in this car-I jumped out of my chair and run out to the street, I knew this had to be my old car somehow?? Well, it was all original and there was something that told me this was not my car-it was a manual and ours was an automatic. I still search for my car and would love to have it back! I found one in Blue Springs once in 1987, private owned they wanted $10,000 for it. I told Dave I wanted that car, he said I was crazy!!
I also search ebay where they sell for as much as $30,000.00!! I still hope someday to buy one like I had to drive just for the memories! What an AWESOME Dad we had!! Thanks Dad for the memories!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Do You Have An Answer For This Question?

When Shelley was little she asked her Mother "Do Chicken's have ears?"

NO not Peep's! Real Chicks for Easter!

Jennifer and Nicholas's visited yesterday. Nicholas was on his way to his other Grandparent's to build a chicken coop for baby Easter chicks they were buying him for Easter. That reminded me of getting our own real Easter chicks when we were kids on Main Street. Dad would go to the hatchery uptown and buy us a dozen baby chicks for Easter. We had a grand time letting them run around the yard. They grew big real quick! I remember one time the chicks we had formed a line and marched down to the creek behind our house, it was so cute! When they got to big we took them to Mrs. Cubbage's farm. What a great childhood!

Friday, March 27, 2009

The envelope of my last Birthday card

Dad wrote my name on this envelope, neither him or Mom recognized that my name had an E on the end. I did not realize this until later in life when I found my original birth certificate. What I think happend was when Grandma Brittingham named me, Sondra Kate and when Dad relayed the name to Mom at the hospital, it turned into Sandra Kaye, thus the E on the Kay.
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Inside of my last Birthday card from Mom and Dad

The last few years of Mom's life she had a really hard time writing in cards and checks. Dad signed my card, with the "with all our love forever," Mom wrote Mom & Dad.
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My last birthday card from Mom and Dad

Dad ALWAYS underlined the words that he truely wanted to express. This was so special! He always put his heart into the giving of a card. The words had to be exactly what he wanted to say. Mom would always chose a card she thought was pretty and the right one for each one of us. The paper clips at the top of the card held a $10.00 check for my birthday gift. They were very special cards which Mom ALWAYS made sure arrived days or a week before.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Things I Never Knew About The History of Cottey College

Virginia Alice Cottey http://www.cottey.edu/home/alumnae/virginia.html
Portrait of Virginia Alice Cotteypainted by Brisgalott in 1959. March 27, 1848 — July 16, 1940 Cottey College was founded in 1884 by Virginia Alice Cottey. A glimpse of the spirit of the founder and the reasons for the founding of Cottey College are expressed in the foreword of the first announcement:"In presenting to you for the first time the claims of our school, we ask your sympathy and prayers, as well as your hearty co-operation in the work we are about to undertake. Fully realizing, we trust, the great fact that God has called woman to a high and holy destiny in that He has commissioned her to be a co-laborer with himself in the great work of enlightening and saving the world, we desire to open a school that shall have for its prime object the adjustment of woman to this her natural and God-given relation. A school for the education and training of girls demands vastly more that that which is contained in the ordinary curriculum. The moral, religious and domestic elements are all necessary for a symmetrical development."Religion, education, and society were strong influences on Virginia Alice Cottey. She was born in a log cabin on a farm nine miles southeast of the village of Edina in Knox County, Missouri, on March 27, 1848. Her parents had followed many members of her mother's family, the Eads, from Bracken County, Kentucky, to Missouri. At that time, the Southern Methodist Church was organizing congregations in the same area, and meetings were held in the Cottey home for many years. These meetings were a source of inspiration and fellowship for isolated farm families, and a strong influence on Virginia Alice Cottey.
President's House
Located at 738 W. Cherry, it is one of the oldest historic homes in Nevada. Built in 1903, it was purchased by the College in 1940 and has served as the residence of Cottey Presidents since 1953. It was renovated in 1982.
We lived at 915 W. Cherry.

The Chew's and The Brittingham's

I read the Nevada Daily Mail online. This morning was a fascinating event to me which brought back many happy childhood memories of growing up on Cherry Street in the late 50's.

The Exhibit of Harry Chew's art, reception set for March 28th, 2009.
The family of Harry Chew is holding a reception of his art. When we lived on Cherry Street, we lived in the area of Cottey College. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottey_College

Mr Chew was an Art Professor at Cottey and they lived behind us and down the alley a way. Their house was magnificent! It was contemporary, a big 2 story white stucco home on the corner across from Cottey. Galen and I always played at The Chew's, I think Pam and Galen were the same age. I remember her little sister who later as a teenager was killed in an auto accident. Then there was Winston the baby that was born around the time we lived on Cherry Street.

One thing about the Chew's house I vividly remember was a hugh painting of a nude lady over the fireplace in the living room. The first time I saw it I stopped dead in my tracks and just stared! I had never seen any picture like that or as big as that picture was!

For some reason the Chew home was demolished?? I think Cottey owned it, but why they torn it down I will never know?

Exhibit of Harry Chew's art, reception set for March 28th,2009 Nevada Daily Mail
A unique reception with Dodi, Pam, and Winston Chew celebrating an exhibition of the late Harry Chew's art work, which is to be on display at Cottey College will be held in Nevada this weekend.
The reception will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 3-5 p.m., in the foyer of the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts on the Cottey College campus.
Harry Chew began teaching at Cottey College in 1951 and was a professor of art for 27 years. He was chair of the Fine Arts division and held the Gene Wild-Missouri Professor of Fine Arts Chair at Cottey College. He earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. His art work was recognized nationally.
The exhibit will be inside the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery of the Center for the Arts.
The Center for the Arts is located on the northeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada.
The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Mom's Good Morning Forecast

I remember getting up every morning and Mom was always there.
She never said "Good Morning" she would instead give the weather.
She would say "it's really cold out"
"it snowed last night"
"that sun is shining bright" "it's going to be hot today" "it's really pretty out, those birds are singing away" "it's really raining hard" "that wind is really blowing" I never had to worry about what to wear! Nor did I ever have to listen to the radio or TV for the forecast!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Visit to The Cemetery March 17th 2009

Marilyn and I made a trip to the cemetery to replace the Christmas flowers for Mom, Dad and Marty. The cemetery looked nice and peaceful. We decorated for Easter. We are also in need of donations for the flowers, if you would like to help us keep flowers for Mom, Dad and Marty send anything you can to my address.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Two Weddings And A Dress 1992 & 1999

Marilyn and I were talking today about how Mom used to dress us alike. Well, as adults we both wore the same dress to two very special weddings! This was Marilyn's dress she wore to Shelley's Wedding in 1992. In 1999 Bill's daughter got married and I borrowed the dress from Marilyn to wear. Pretty cool pictures! Dad always said we could have been models or Miss American! Oh, that handsome dude with me is Andrew!
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Electrified Donkey Song

Bill just left for Odessa, I was on my way down stairs to put on Dad's CD's and I remembered a silly song Dad used to have on one of his country records. I can remember playing the record up stairs on Main Street when I was probably 8 or 9. I remember the entire words to the song, we would play it and laugh the whole song-here it is! I bet Galen will remember this song.

Well, I bought me a donkey, about four foot tall

To plough my cotton in the early fall

He's runnin' around, it was an awful sin

I had to build a fence to keep my donkey in
I rigged up the wire with a battery charge

To keep my donkey from a-running at large

Inside this bin I turned him loose

Thrilled by volts of electrified juice
[Chorus]Which way did my donkey go

If you see him let me know

I haven't seen my donkey since

He backed into that electrified fence
Now, the first time he backed up against it

He threw back his ears and he had a fit

He brayed real loud and he hit high gear

He jumped up into tyhe stratosphere
I just got word from Albuquerque

A donkey up there was looking for work

He's my donkey and his name is Jack

Oh, how I wish he'd come on back
Now, more word came from Palamar

A man up there was a-watching the star

While looking through his telescope

He nearly had himself a stroke
He saw something riding up the rainbow trail

Two long ears and a puckered up tail

This thing he saw when he 'firmed the states

Was a donkey heading for the pearly gates
Hee-haw (hee-haw)Hee-haw (hee-haw)

Friday, March 13, 2009

I Remember Once Dad Was a Mason Shoe Rep

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The Nevada Daily Mail and Memories of Papa and Grandma By Marty & Kaye

I remember Shelley and I telling Papa that we wanted some play money. I must have been around nine or ten. Papa used the copy machine at the Daily Mail or the bank to make copies of the money in his wallet. He put down 20s, 10s, 5s, and 1s. He would copy both sides and bring them home in sheets for us to cut out and paste together. This was back when making photocopies was a fairly new technology and expensive, so it was a special treat. I recall having huge stacks of fake cash but I don't remember what we did with it -- pretended we were a bank or a store or just rich maybe.

Papa and Grandma would bring all kinds of thrown away or leftover stuffhome for us from the buildings that they cleaned. Shelley and I each had a fully supplied 'office' complete with various carbon-copy forms, paper,rubber stamps, pens, pencils, ink pads, bank bags, file boxes, scissors,etc. I kept my office supplies in a cardboard flat and spent hours stamping papers and drawing.

From the newspaper buildings, they would bring us old clip art books. They had illustrated art of people shopping, cars, household items,televisions, cars, Christmas decorations, turkeys for Thanksgiving,Valentine's day hearts, and so on. The papers used them for filler or to create ads. I remember Shelley and I cutting images out of the books to make cards or posters. We also got long, wide rolls of newsprint that were the last remnants of the massive rolls used for the printing presses. They were great for coloring. We thought we had it made and looked forward to Papa and Grandma coming home to see what new stuff they would bring us.

By Marty

Marty and Shelley also got a bunch of the 1978 Nevada Coloring Book printed at the Daily Mail-they threw away the misprints and Papa brought them home to Marty and Shelley. Barbara still has copies of the original Coloring Book. By Kaye

1978 PEO coloring book makes a lasting mark on the area

Thursday, August 28, 2008 Nevada Daily Mail
The 1978 Nevada Coloring Book, published by PEO Chapter KK, Nevada.

Inspiration can come from anywhere; and in 1978, the inspiration for a coloring book distributed as a fundraiser for the PEO Chapter KK in Nevada came from all around them.
Beverly Denman, Nevada, said that her mother had suggested that Kansas City had a coloring book around that same time, so why couldn't Nevada? The book was popular by all accounts, and included 27 pages of local structures and sights to be colored. Made of heavy paper, with a still heavier cover, the volume also includes brief section of historical information about each of the sketches, current as of publication in 1978.
"A lot of women from out of town sent for the book," the only one of its kind that has been produced by the PEO chapter, said Dodi Chew.
Denman pointed to names on the first page, where artists and others are credited with the work -- some of them well-known local artists. "Nancy Denman, that's my daughter. Then this one, of course (Pam Chew Duckwall) is Dodi's (Chew) daughter."
Sketches were by Dodi Chew, Nancy Denman, Pam Chew Duckwall, Terry Patterson and Susan Vickers. Harry Chew -- decease some 30 years, now is credited with the cover design and Betty Sterett is credited with historical design. Guy Krause and Kendall Vickers worked on the project as consultants, and Bill Pugh was the typist.
Later, the coloring book was the inspiration for yet another project, an embroidered quilt created by the United Methodist Women that now hangs in the Vernon County Arts Council's gallery -- fittingly, located on the lower level of the Carnegie Building, one of the structures featured in the coloring book. The quilt project used a dozen drawings, several of which were from the book.
"They didn't use all of the designs for the quilt," said Dodi Chew, who recalled that artists had simply chosen some of the historical structures around the city to sketch -- more than could be included in one quilt project, and only some of the designs featured on the quilt were from the book.
Other drawings featured on that quilt were by Gwen Dryer, Mary Ann Lovekamp, O.T. Simmons and Jason Testman.
(Advertisement) The United Methodist Women have produced other quilts as well, some featuring additional historical structures and themes.
"That one was last year's," Chew said.
The 1978 effort was the only such coloring book the PEO chapter has produced; but, Beverly Denman said, reflectively, "Maybe we could do another one."

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Mom's Winter Scarf

I have my Mom's winter scarf, the one she always wore with her red coat. It is black and white check with red trim. When I wrap it around my face; it has the wonderful scent of my Mom.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I will never forget Mom and Dad watching Ted Mack Amateur Hour

Long before TV's American Idol became a mega-hit,there was one radio and television series that started the talent competition craze. It was called "The Original Amateur Hour". On television the host was Ted Mack. On radio it was Major Edwward Bowes and on cable it was Willard Scott. Almost 50 major stars of movies,records,stage,screen,and television got their start on this series.
This was a show that made the "gong" famous(long before Chuck Barris)as well as "the wheel of fortune" and the phrase: "round and round she goes,and where she stops nobody knows." From there,the contestants would show off there talents in between the commercials. Yes,it was a simpler time,indeed.
The Amateur Hour made the transition from radio to television in 1948,joining the Dumont Network,then went from NBC to ABC and finally over to CBS. The series was shown on all three major television networks where it ran until 1970,where it was last shown as part of CBS' Sunday afternoon lineup of special shows,in its final season after 22 years from 1948 until 1970.

Like "American Idol",the "Amateur Hour" was a phenomenon among the highest-rated shows on radio and then on television. In 1992,a new version of the series was revived on cable and was hosted by Willard Scott of "The Today Show",where it lasted one season. Like "American Idol,"the public chose the winners,calling operators on duty or sending postcards. Three-time winners won cash scholarships or other prizes. Unlike "American Idol",or another show on the same level,"Star Search", "Amateur Hour" was short on glitz. Contestants performed on a simple stage and exchanged scripted pleasantries with Bowes(who hosted the show on radio)and his successor Mack(who hosted the show on television).

No fireworks,no bombastic sound or lighting effects. Ted Mack was forever introducing one-man bands,impressionists,bottle players,bird callers and other acts that were considered entertainment value at the time.Some of these first-time of struggling amateurs who got their start on "The Original Amateur Hour" are a who's who of great American artists of the 20th Century.

These artists included
Frank Sinatra,
Gladys Knight,
Nick Carter,
Pat Boone,
Connie Francis,
Jim Stafford,
Robert Klein,
Raul Julia,
Maria Callas,
Beverly Sills,
Joey Dee And The Starlighters,
The Primettes,with a teenage looking Diana Ross,long before she was ever discovered by Motown,and
Penny Marshall in a tap-dancing number.
There were others too including Robert Merrill,and also a young man by the name of Louis Wolcott,who came to be better known as Louis Farrakhan,minister of the Nation of Islam. By the way,Farrakhan,it should be noted can really play the violin. There was others as well of these great stars that appeared on the show when they were still virtually unknowns.

This was a show that became the forefront of the talent competitions shows that were to come. This was a show that nourished those showbiz dreams and went on to become something even bigger beyond belief-long before "American Idol" came to view.

The Original Amateur Hour
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The Original Amateur Hour was an American radio and television program. The show was a continuation of Major Bowes' Amateur Hour which had long been a radio staple from 1934 to 1945. Bowes left the show in 1945 and died the following year.
Bowes's field assistant was Ted Mack, who scouted and auditioned talent for the program. Mack brought the show back in 1948 on ABC radio, where it ran until 1952. When Mack assumed the host duties, his position in the field was taken by Albert Fisher. The official archives of "The Original Amateur Hour" and the rights to the original programs and related material are now owned by Fisher. Fisher has donated the radio recordings and television films and tapes to the Library of Congress, and has compiled a DVD collection of highlights from the series.
The television debut came on January 18, 1948 on the DuMont Television Network with Mack as the host. The regular staff for the television show included Lou Goldberg (aka Lewis Graham); Lloyd Marx, musical director; accompanist Dotty Marx, his wife; and Jac Hein, writer/producer, all of whom were with the show for Mack's entire tenure. The show regularly traveled to other cities across the United States and made at least two trips to Europe for the USO. In the early 1950s, the show went to Washington, D.C. for a memorable benefit featuring contestants from Congress and the Truman administration.
The series is one of the few shows -- others were The Arthur Murray Party, Down You Go, and Pantomime Quiz -- to have appeared on all four TV networks during the Golden Age of Television. It was broadcast weekly on the now-defunct DuMont network until September 25, 1949, then moved to NBC in October 1949 where it remained until September 1952. NBC then hosted it from April 1953 to September 1954.
The show moved to ABC (October 1955 to June 1957), then returned to NBC (July 1957 to October 1958). It then ran from May 1959 to October 1959 on CBS, before returning to ABC for a last prime-time run from March 1960 to September 26, 1960. Even then the show wasn't finished -- it ran for another decade as a late-Sunday-afternoon feature on CBS, beginning on October 2, 1960. Many long-running CBS shows were cancelled in 1970-71 because they attracted viewers of an advanced age; Ted Mack beat CBS to the punch and terminated the Original Amateur Hour of his own volition. The final show was broadcast on September 27, 1970.[1]
The format was almost always the same. At the beginning of the show, the talent's order of appearance was determined by spinning a wheel. After it was announced how many episodes the current one marked (which counted back into the radio days, so the numbers eventually got into the thousands, with the final broadcast on CBS being the 1,651st), the wheel was spun. As the wheel spun, the words "Round and round she goes, and where she stops nobody knows" were always intoned. (From the late 1950s forward, the wheel was gone: it was symbolized by flute arpeggios as Ted Mack invoked the traditional phrase.)
Various acts, sometimes singers or other musicians, quite often vaudeville fare such as jugglers, tap dancers, baton twirlers, and the like, would perform, with the audience being asked to vote for their favorites by postcard or telephone. The telephone number JUdson 6-7000 was on a banner at the bottom of the screen for viewers to call. As the show gained markets outside New York, Mack would give the address ("Box 191 Radio City Station") where viewers could send their postcards; he did this after every act. The winners were invited to appear on the next week's show. Three-time winners were eligible for the annual championship, with the grand-prize winner receiving a $2000 scholarship.
Ted Mack ensured that the show was very fast-paced. Despite the program's title, it was generally only a half-hour show, the only exception to this rule being from March 1956 to June 1957 on ABC, when it was expanded to an hour.
Some contestants became minor celebrities at the time, but few ever became really big show-business stars. The two greatest successes of the show's television era were Gladys Knight, then only a child, and Pat Boone, singing sweet ballads or occasional "covers" of songs which had been written and recorded by black artists which were then largely unknown to the show's predominantly white (some would say "white bread") audience. In fact, Boone's appearances on the show probably caused the closest thing that it ever had to a scandal. After he had appeared, and won, for several weeks, it was revealed that he had appeared on the popular CBS Television show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, meaning that he was technically not an "amateur" singer. He was removed from the program, but by then his fame was assured. Other future celebrities discovered on the show include Ann-Margret (in 1958) and Irene Cara (in 1967). Future child actor Roger Mobley appeared with an older brother and older sister in a musical trio.
The greatest fame attained by anyone appearing on the show was that achieved by Frank Sinatra, who appeared on the show during its radio days with "The Hoboken Four". During World War II it was widely rumored among the U. S. Armed Forces that someone involved with the program was a Nazi sympathizer, "proof" being that shortly after many of the programs, an American naval vessel would supposedly be sunk; this was allegedly due to coded information being passed out in the course of the broadcast of the program. Some went so far as to accuse Bowes himself; obviously nothing of this sort was ever even remotely proven. As a matter of fact, Bowes was one of President Roosevelt's closest friends and was personally responsible for having the swimming pool constructed at The White House when FDR was president. As the years went by, the audience for this program aged as well; the best proof of this was that the CBS Sunday -afternoon version of the 1960s was invariably sponsored by Geritol and other patent medicines.
That this exact format was truly timeless may have been proven in 1992. That year, Albert Fisher revived the program (as The New Original Amateur Hour) on cable television's Family Channel (now ABC Family), hosted by weatherman Willard Scott. This revival lasted one season, in spite of its popularity and high ratings, and also featured the debut of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. The show also revived the practice of counting the number of episodes, with the first being show number 1,652 and the last, show number 1,664.
The show is a progenitor of later, similar programs such as Star Search and American Idol.

Mom & Me Memories

"Before Love Blooms it gets it's start deep within a Mothers Heart"

Angles do exsist on Earth. Mom was one. Mom was very optimistic. She was funny. She loved to laugh. I think back as far as I can remember and Mom was always there. She was always up and around in the early mornings before any of us kids got up. She had 6 children to send off to school each day at one point.

When I was very little I remember Mom feeding Thurman baby food on Spring Street. I perched on the arm of the chair beside her for she would let me lick out the jar. I remember ducking behind the sofa and chairs on Spring Street and licking Dad's ash trays. Mom would say to Dad, it's o.k., Kaye stop doing that, it will make you sick.

I remember on Ash Street a quick memory, a flash of Mom ironing in the living room, Mable the next door neighbor pounding on the window, and Mom told us to be quiet because she did not want to visit with Mable. Mable was an "Old Maid" that lived in a tiny house next door to Mom and Dad. She liked Mom and us kids. I remember when we moved to Main Street after years and years of not seeing Mable, she would walk by on the way to town. She always had on a coat and hat on, even in the summer. When Marty died, I remember she came up to the house, Barbara walked out and met her and they hugged, I am sure she loved Marty also.

I remember the 2 bedroom house on Spring Street. Marilyn and I slept in a full size bed in Mom and Dad's bedroom. Thurman and Galen had cribs in the same room. So six people in one bedroom. Barbara and Marty shared the other bedroom. I remember the Hirshman's next door, they also had 6 children. I remember summer's and just running back and forth between both houses. Mrs. Hirshman doing her laundry with a wringer washer on the back patio. I do not remember Mom having a washer, but do remember her hanging laundry on the clothes line.

I remember going to Spring Street park to play on Big Rock, I am sure Big Rock is still there, I need to go back and see. Perhaps it would not be as "Big" as I remember.

I remember going to the people's house that Mom and Dad rented from on Spring Street. They had a dog that I got to close to and it bite me in the face.

I remember moving from Spring Street to Cherry Street and we use Glen's Tree Trimming Truck. Dad was hauling stuff to the City dumps and he would back onto the cliff edge and pertend to not be able to stop!! He could have went over the edge!!! He did this to scare us and was just playing. Today when I think of this I am terrified! I remember the Trash Picker's at the City Dumps, they were always there and had pokers and dug through the piles of trash that people dumped.

We moved to Cherry Street and I remember Mom answering the door on the 1st day of every month to greet the land lady, Mrs. Todd. Mom always was cleaning, cooking and do laundry on the back porch in her wringer washer. I helped her hang the clothes on the clothes line in the back yard.

I remember Midnight our dog getting into a dog fight with a neighborhood dog and Mom would get the garden hose out to spray on them to break up the fight.

Then we moved to Main Street. I remember Mom watching her favorite TV shows. One evening after I went to PTA meeting with Debbie and her Mom at Bryan School, I came home and Mom was lying on the couch and laughing till she cried, she said "it's a new show about these Hillbillies that come to Hollywood" The Beverly Hillbillies" she loved Granny Clampett!

For some reason, Mom and I ended up at home together on Sunday afternoons, all the other kids were gone somewhere and Dad would go, what they called "check the buildings" before the worker's came back on Monday morning. They were fearful if they cleaned on Friday night that some of the employee's may come in and work Sat or Sun and they wanted to make sure that all was clean by Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. Mom and I watched TV, I remember the watching the Twight Light Zone, especially and epsoide with Agnus Moorehead, where she was trying to get little spacemen out of her house. It turns out that the spacemen were normal size humans and she was a giant.

Opening narration “This is one of the out-of-the-way places, the unvisited places, bleak, wasted, dying. This is a farmhouse, handmade, crude, a house without electricity or gas, a house untouched by progress. This is the woman who lives in the house, a woman who's been alone for many years, a strong, simple woman whose only problem up until this moment has been that of acquiring enough food to eat, a woman about to face terror which is even now coming at her from the Twilight Zone.”[edit] SynopsisAn old woman (played by Agnes Moorhead) is apparently living alone in a very rustic cabin. She is dressed shabbily and there are no modern conveniences in evidence. After hearing a strange noise from the sleeping loft, she is accosted by small intruders that come from a miniature flying saucer that has landed on her house, equipped with two tiny people in spacesuits. In proportion to the old woman, the intruders appear to be only a few inches high.She battles them for many minutes, finally killing one and following the other back to his ship. There she hears one of the space-suited intruders, speaking in English with an apparent American accent, send off a desperate warning to other potential invaders that the people from the planet are giants and very difficult to defeat, after which she destroys the ship with an axe.The camera pans and we see the side of the ship display U.S. Air Force Space Probe

Mom and I would make Tuna Casserole and fry beef liver and onions. It was one of the most special times I can remember spending with Mom.

Mom was always up before 6:00 a.m. in the morning with all the laundry and ironing done, house clean and ready to fix us any breakfast we wanted. There were many nights when Mom worked with Dad until the early morning and still got up before 6:00 a.m. I remember Mom would go to work with Dad at 5:00 to do the "buildings" as we called them. Then after the buildings they would go to grocery stores that closed at 8:00 or 9:00 and clean and scrub the floors unit early in the morning. Mom would come home, shower and go to bed, Dad would start cooking and watching TV. It was quite a routine.

Memories of Mom 9/13/1921-3/11/2008

"Photographers and or "the person taking the picture/recording the memory" deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.