Methinks you're getting older if you can remember when we spent hours pasting green stamps in books, trying to save enough books to earn that special gift. ... when cigarette packs had coupons on the back and you tried to collect enough coupons to get a certain item. ... when you pasted stamps in a book hoping to get enough to buy a U.S. Savings Bond.
Me knows you're getting older if you can recall when boys wore chinos with buckles in the back and girls wore skirts with poodles and crinolines underneath and bobby socks. Boys also wore T-shirts with the sleeves rolled up to hold a pack of smokes. ... when white bucks, saddle shoes and blue suede shoes were the rage. ... when boys had DAs saturated with enough grease to service their hot rods and girls had pageboys or ponytails with scarfs around them.
Among the No. 1 hits in 1960, according to Billboard, were "Running Bear" by Johnny Preston, "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning, Theme from "A Summer Place" by Percy Faith, "Stuck on You," "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley, "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly Brothers and "Alley-Oop" by the Hollywood Argyles.
Also, "I'm Sorry" and "I Want to be Wanted" by Brenda Lee, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," by Brian Hyland, "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, "Mr. Custer" by Larry Verne, "Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters, "Georgia on My Mind" by Albany's own Ray Charles and "Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs. Funny, how even 50 years later we can immediately recall the words to all those hits, but never could remember how to solve an algebraic equation or what William Shakespeare was trying to say in one of his plays.
You definitely are enjoying senior-priced meals at local restaurants if you remember being glued to the TV watching the 1960 presidential election results as Sen. John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon. ...when Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," featuring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, petrified moviegoers. ... when Columbia University Professor Charles Van Doren and 13 others were arrested in the quiz show fix. ...when the "Payola" scandal, ignited by New York DJ Alan Freed and American Bandstand host Dick Clark, stunned the rock 'n' roll music world. ... when Caryl Chessman, aka "Red Light Bandit," died in San Quentin's gas chamber in California for rape and murder in 1960 after avoiding the death penalty eight times during his 10-year stay on death row. Chessman's story was made into a 1977 movie "Kill Me if You Can" starring Alan Alda.
Me knows you still have a soft spot in your heart after all these years if you remember when girls swooned over Elvis Presley ... James Dean ... Ricky Nelson ... Frankie Avalon ... Troy Donahue ... Bobby Rydell ... Paul Anka ...Dion ... and Fabian and the guys had crushes on Marilyn Monroe ... Annette Funicello ... Brigitte Bardot ... Sandra Dee ... Sofia Loren ... Elke Sommer and, later, all of "Charlie's Angels."
You must have "grand" before your name if you can recall these three early TV Westerns ...
"Sky King," starring Kirby Grant as Sky King and Gloria Winters as his teenage niece, Penny. In the series that aired from 1951 to 1959, Sky King always used his airplane, "Songbird," to help capture the bad guys.
"Annie Oakley," the famous rancher/sharp shooter, was played by Gail Davis in the series' that ran from 1952 to1956. Among the series other regulars were Jimmy Hawkins, who played her brother Tagg, Fess Parker as Tom Conrad and Shelly Fabares as Trody. Both Parker and Fabares used this show as a springboard to greater success. Parker played Davey Crockett in the immensely popular TV miniseries in 1954 and 1955 and later played the lead role in "Daniel Boone" from 1964 to 1970. After her stint on "Annie Oakley," Fabares played Mary Stone on the "Donna Reed Show" from 1958 to 1963, Francine Webster on "One Day at a Time" from 1981 to 1984 and co-starred on "Coach" with Craig T. Nelson from 1989 to 1997. She also had a smash hit with "Johnny Angel" in 1962.
"The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" starring child actor Lee Aaker as Rusty, a boy orphaned in an Indian raid who was being raised on a U.S. Calvary post by the soldiers. James Brown played Lt. Rip Masters, the head of the post, in a series that aired from 1954 to 1959. The series made Rin Tin Tin one of the most famous German Shepherds in history.
And don't look now, but there are only 17 more days until one of the most beautiful phrases in the English language is uttered: Pitchers and catchers report.
Barry Levine is a copy editor at The Albany Herald and you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.