Class of 54 Memorial Page
Like the Rest of Us Born Before 1945
YOU WERE SURVIVORS!!!! CONSIDER THE CHANGES
We were born before television, before penicillin,
before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses,
Frisbees, and the PILL. We were before radar, credit cards, split
atoms, laser beams and ball point pens. Before pantyhose,
dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners,
drip-dry clothes .....and before man walked on the moon.
We got married first and THEN lived together. In our time closets
were for clothes, not for "coming out of". Bunnies were small rabbits,
and rabbits were not Volkswagons. Designer Jeans were scheming girls
named Jean, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along
with our cousins.
We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent, and Outer Space
was the back of the Madison Treatre. We were before house husbands,
gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and commuter marriages. We
were before day care centers, group therapy and nursing homes. We
never heard of FM radio, tape decks, CD players, electric typewriters,
artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt and guys wearing earrings.
For us, time-sharing meant togetherness.....not computers or condominiums.
A chip meant a piece of wood or a golf shot. Hardware meant hardware an
software wasn't a word.
Back then, "MADE IN JAPAN" meant "JUNK" and the term "making out"
referred to how you did on your exam. Pizzas, McDonalds and instant
coffees were unheard of. We hit the scene where there were Five and
Dime Stores where you could actually buy things for five and ten cents.
Sams sold ice cream cones for a nickel. For one nickel you could ride
a street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail
one letter and two postcards. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for
$600....but who could afford one? A pity to because gas was only 11
cents a gallon.
In our day, GRASS was mowed, COKE was a cold drink and POT was something
you cooked in. ROCK MUSIC was a Grandma's lullaby and AIDS were helpers
in the Principals office. We were certainly not before the difference
between the sexes was discovered, but were surely before the sex change.
We made do with what we had. And we were the last generation that was so
dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder there's
a generation gap.
But, Together We Survived!!!
What better reason to celebrate?
Thank each of you for being a part of our lives.
We miss you!