124. Sunday Drive Revisited

When I checked the email this morning, Linda Lewis had sent two little gems related to yesterday’s blob on “Sunday Drive”, and I think you may enjoy them.  (If you’re not old enough, go to your room.)

Actually, the “Sunday Drive” blob  was triggered as a response to a comment my sister Joan made to the PREVIOUS day’s blog titled “My Norwegian Uncle”.  It’s becoming clear to me that because of everybody’s comments, emails, photos and other input,  I am no longer the sole author of this blob, and that’s just the way I like it.

The first of Linda’s emails this morning included these notes and this photo related to “Sunday Drive”.
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That photo could have been a picture of Linda’s dad, Al Oppenheimer.  Al will be 100 years old in a few months and I wish we all had his looks, stamina, and drive.  If they’re lucky, Linda and her sister have been vested with some world-class genes from that guy.
Now here’s Linda’s second “donation”to “Sunday Drive”. She recommends that you watch this twice: once to eyeball all the photos while listening to the words of the music; and once to read the Burma Shave signs as you “drive by” them.

Do You Remember These?” by the Statler Brothers”
Just click on the URL below.


Here’s the words to the song for the benefit of my niece, Christy Ford, and anyone else who might rather read than hear them .

Saturday morning serials chapters 1 through 15,
Fly paper, penny loafers, Lucky Strike Green.
Flat tops, sock hops, Studebaker, Pepsi Please,
Ahh, do you remember these?

Cigar Bands, on your hand, your daddy's socks rolled down.
Sticks, snow floats and aviator caps with flaps that button down.
Movie stars on Dixie Cup tops, and knickers to your knees,
Ahh, do you remember these?

The Hit Parade, grape Tru-Aid, The Sadie Hawkins Dance,
Pedal pushers, duck tail hair and peggin' your pants.
Howdie-Doodie, Tutti-Frutti, the seam up the back of her hose,
Ahh, do you remember those?

James Dean, he was keen, Sunday movies were taboo,
The Senior Prom, Judy's mom, Rock-n-Roll was new.
Cracker Jack prize, stars in your eyes, as Daddy tore the keys,
Ahh, do you remember these?

The boogey man, lemonade stands, takin' your tonsils out,
Hindenburg, -n- wait your turn, and 4 foul balls you're out.
Cigarette loads, -n- secret codes, -n- savin' lucky stars,
Can you remember back that far?

The boat neck shirts, and fender skirts and crinoline petticoats,
Mum's the word, and a dirty bird and a double root beer float.
Moon hub caps, and loud heel taps, and he's a real gone cat.
Ahh, do you remember that?

Dancin' close, little moron jokes, and cooties in her hair,
Captain Midnight, Ovaltine, and The Whip at the County Fair.
Charles Atlas Course, Roy Roger's Horse, and "only The Shadow knows"
Ahh, do you remember those?

Gable's charm, Frog in your arm, loud mufflers, pitchin' woo,
Going steady, Veronica and Betty, white bucks, and "Blue Suede Shoes"
Knock Knock jokes, and "Who's there?", Dewey, Dewey who?;
Do we, do we remember these?  Yes, we do, Ahh do we do we remember these?


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5 Responses to 124. Sunday Drive Revisited

  1. Linda Lewis says:

    Glad you enjoyed the Burma Shave email. Someone was very clever.
    Well, just a little editing note: Al Oppenheimer. is really Al Opdenweyer…And that’s the reason I did not take back my maiden name when I had the opportunity. No one ever got it right, so don’t worry. (Lewis is my maternal Grandmother’s maiden name.) Now, no one remembers my name. At least when my name was Opdenweyer, people actually remembered who I was. Names certainly are a funny thing!

  2. Tim Fitzpatrick says:

    You are telling Ocoto-Woman who goes by 8 names to the 8th power that names are a funny thing? That’s a laugh isn’t it Gwennie, Patty, Patricia…like I said to the 8th power.

  3. Rene' Melchior says:

    you forgot TiTi

  4. Gretchen Covey says:

    I love this cooperative adventure! Sunday drives reading Burma Shave signs sounds wonderful.
    And yes, my mom has many names. That’s because one name couldn’t possibly describe all of her wonderful attributes and gifts!

    We love you Mom, Grama, Tee Tee, Gwennie, Pat, Octo-mom………..

  5. Christine Ford says:

    thank you, Aunt Patti, for printing the words! I appreciate your kind thoughts when it comes to talking. keep up the wonderful stories!

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