Wednesday, September 17, 2014



I just learned recently that actually stood for: Lucky Strikes Mean Fine Tobacco. 


All my buddies said it meant “Loose Straps Means Floppy T-t---s.”  You can’t believe teen agers, well maybe it was the crowd I ran with, Vondale and Buddy.


I ran with kids that sang, “On a Hill far away stood an old Chevrolet”

And when the preacher preached all liquor and beer should be thrown in the river, my buddies sang, “Shall We Gather At the River.”

And when the Preacher asked if there would be any stars in your crown, they sang, “No not One.”

Kids have fun, not even thinking sacrilegious, and since we didn’t have the video stuff, we just made our fun. I think I played one season of semi-organized baseball as a kid. We did not have uniforms, but everyone wore jeans and a white T-shirt.  It was probably a forerunner of little league (in that area). There wasn’t a lot of practice and coaching, just show up for a game. I cannot remember a parent being there to yell encouragement or fuss at a call. Just the kids and your ‘coach’ and some onlookers. As a matter of fact I do not remember umpires. I do remember it was for fun and it was.

There were still a few A-model Fords around, I cannot remember a T-model used as regular transportation.  The most unique thing I can remember was a wealthy man in Valdese, Albert Tron (?), he drove a early 30’s model Plymouth. The driver’s seat was worn down to the springs and he had a towel or something over them. A kid wonders why a rich man doesn’t buy a new car?

I played the trumpet growing up, I look back and wonder why I didn’t try the guitar.  On many summer evenings I sat on the edge of the porch at the Page’s ( small farm) while Garland picked the guitar and sang. His sons could also sing well at 10 & 12 years old. they harmonized like the Everly Brothers.

I suspect the youth of today enjoy life as much, we just seemed to have more physical social interaction.

Thanks for coming this way for a trip back in time.

Nite Shipslog

PS: (one more ‘lived’ sermon)

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”

Best sermons are lived; not preached



1954 Chevy



Too bad they made cigarette smoking look so inviting, back in the day. Because of it my husband is now suffering from COPD.

Woody said...

I found some memories floating back, I also recall Lucky Strikes and LSMFT, I loved sweaters, LOL!!!! I still say they put chemicals into tobacco to addict young people, quitting smoking was easy back in the 60's and 70's.

It was later on when it was so hard to quit that it made me believe they put stuff in them to keep people smoking.
We will have another "Frost" so temps are cooler.
Hope you 2 are doing OK!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

I know a man (in his eighties, I think) who said the worst switching he ever got was when the congregation sang "Sweet By and By." On the chorus, when the congregation sang "in the sweet," he and his buddy echoed "pass the meat." "By and by" was echoed with "pass the pie." It seems funny to me, but I'm sure at the time it was quite embarrassing to his mother.
I have longed for days of unstructured play like the kind you mentioned. T-ball, coach pitch, and Little League was a stressful, time-consuming, costly endeavor by the time my son came along.

Unknown said...

Oh, and I'm very disappointed to find out Santa Claus smoked Lucky Strikes CIGARETTES. I thought he was a pipe smoker: "a stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/ and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath."

betty said...

I think the youngsters connect more with technology these days for their social interaction, but I like your way, Jack, of getting outside and actually getting some physical activity :)


Paula said...

I remember all the ads that made smoking look so smart. They even gave us samples where I worked at an insurance company no less. Wish I had a picture of my Grandpa's Model T that he brought his family from Oklahoma to Texas in.

Mevely317 said...

Love your sense of humor, Jack. (Well, yours and Buddy's! That last post had me in stiches!)

Dang, but those cigarette ads looks so inviting .... So bad, but sooooo good.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

A cool start to our day here in Ohio. I've been visiting at one of my sons and not on line much but wanted to stop by and say hi! Hope you all have a great day!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh you broke my dreams and heart - Santa smoking! Tell me it is not so! lol