We seniors have so many fun things stored in our memories. Many of these make me laugh, and I'm sure they can give you a smile or two as well.
Looking at our old photos or watching a movie that depicts the '40s to '60s, we can see wallpapers that are just atrocious looking now. Back then, of course, we thought they were beautiful and loved them.
Remember in the late '60s that avocado and gold were the only colors to have in your home? I had avocado shag carpets throughout my house with gold and white marble in the bathrooms. My furniture was also done in those colors as well as my bedspread. The towels in both bathrooms just had to be tones of avocado green or gold and white.
I was watching TV the other day and had to laugh at all the commercials we have to suffer through to watch our favorite programs. Back in the '50s and early '60s, all TV programs were free, no cable or satellite dishes to pay for then. We all had antennas on our roofs or rabbit ears on top of the sets.
TV sets were mostly in cabinets and had all kinds of tubes inside of them. You had a book that would tell you which tube needed to be replaced if something went wrong with your set.
Most grocery stores had a supply of tubes and a machine to test the tube you brought in to make sure it was bad. You just bought the new tube and installed it yourself, and the TV worked once again.
Then companies offered cable TV, and almost everyone wanted to pay for it to get rid of the commercials. I tried to explain to those who would listen that there would always be commercials, but alas, they chose to have pay cable. That ended the free transmission, and we were still bombarded with commercials.
The sideburns worn by males made a big comeback mainly due to Elvis Presley. Even those ridiculous muttonchops came back in style in the late '60s. It seems that no one person or time period can take the credit for originating those hairy creations. One thing for sure is that anyone wearing them now would get the rolled eyes look.
Styles come and go over the years, and you just never know which one of them will come back into fashion. I've saved a great suit that has bell-bottom pants, in the hopes that they will return to be in style before I die. With so many pants being worn now with the boot flares on the bottoms, bell-bottoms can't be too far behind in my thoughts.
Just thinking about those pants brings back thoughts of Rowan & Martin's TV show, "Laugh In." That program was watched by almost everyone and never failed to make you crack up over something said on it.
It ran from Jan. 22, 1968-May 14, 1973, and many of the people in the show went on to become big stars in entertainment. We got many new sayings from watching it: "Here comes the judge," "Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls," "Very interesting," "Sock it to me" and many others.
The day after it was shown, it would be the topic of conversations by most people. No nudity, no cuss words, no blood, just old-fashioned fun, and it was a hit show. It's too bad we can't have something refreshing like that on our sets today.
One show that had a lot of commercials for us to suffer through was "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," but we didn't mind them as much then. He was just so funny and enjoyable to watch that we just took all the commercials he had as part of the price to pay to watch him.
The show was filmed in the afternoon and then televised that night. It always started with his sidekick, Ed McMahon, shouting, "Heeeeeeeeeere's Johnny" and the audience would roar. I had the privilege of seeing one of his shows in person and almost got to be on the "Stump The Band" portion. I sure miss him.
A native of Minnesota, Carol Olson grew up in South Dakota and Walnut Creek and now lives in Pittsburg. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.