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What was your favorite fast food?

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

The source of this is “unknown.” I didn’t write it, but I could have!

 ‘Someone asked the other day, “What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?”

“We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,” I informed him. “All the food was slow.”

“C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?”

‘It was a place called ‘at home,’ I explained. 

“Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.”

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table..

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.

Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died..

My parents never drove me to soccer practice.. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, slow.

We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 9. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 15 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called “pizza pie.” When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It’s still the best pizza I ever had.

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home, but milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers–my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers… His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?

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Carol Lutat Jones, ’68

October 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The following email traveled from Carol’s husband Tom through Susan Austin (’68) to teachers Tony Russo and Sally Johnson  to me! More than forty years later there’s still a bond even though the distances are great…

Carol has been fighting lymphoma for 4 years. She is going through hard times right now. Three days after being told she was in remisson following a bone marrow transplant from her brother Dave she got a lung infection and was put on a respirator for 3 days. As you all know Carol is a tough person and is now off the respirator and is recouping. But its still a long road. Carol is getting  a little down and really appreciate hearing from her friends. She is in the Moffitt Cancer Hospital At USF in Tampa. You can call her at (813) 745-4673 or (813) 312-1737 (cell).

You can find the Moffitt Cancer Center on the web… and the address given is: 12902 Usf Magnolia Dr
Tampa, FL 33612-9416. I assume a card sent there would reach her!

Update 11/17/2010 (Thanks to Susan Austin for the news.)

Unfortunately Carol could not keep up her fight any longer and she passed away  with her family at her bedside. She died at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. If anyone wishes to send a donation, The Moffitt Cancer Center is Tom`s request. The address is: Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Usf Magnolia Drive,Tampa , Florida 33612-9416. Carol`s husband`s address is:  6009 Hazelwood Drive, Zephyrhills, Florida 33541. Carol`s funeral will be on November 29th. in Zephyrhills. Carol always told me there was ‘Power in Prayers’ so please lets all say a prayer for her. Thank you.

Click here: Carol (Lutat) Jones Obituary: View Carol Jones’s Obituary by The Republican

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Class of ’61–Where are you?

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Has it really been fifty years? Kennedy was president… you could get a hamburger for fifteen cents… the Yankees won the series… and all these people graduated from Chester High School:

Mary Welch Jones, Doug Besancon, Charles Blanchard, Jan Broga, Duane Buckley, Virginia Voudren Cormier, Dawn Damon Lincoln, Robert Gray, Joan Ferris Clemons, Barbara Miller Henderson, Joan Will Monroe, Jon James, Robert James, Ralph E. Kenyon, Constance Kelly Lafond, Mary Woodis Gleason, Roxanna Whitaker Nowak, Judith Davenport Olson, Agnes Pelkey Mannings*, Robert Podoloski*, Robert Primrose*, James Provost, James Roberts, Loren Scott, Frances Smith Lyon*, Nancy Smith Burrel*, Edith Cooper Whitaker, Paul Libardi*, Philip Monty, Beverly Wilcox Sheehy, Raymond Tufts, and Faith Frisbee Rocke.

*These folks are “missing” — we do not have addresses… if you are on this list, contact the Association soon! Judith Davenport Olson has been trying to keep track of everybody so you can also let her know… we’ll help you get organized for next year’s reunion as much as possible.  I remember Bob Primrose coming a few years ago and it seems like he was out west… in Washington State or perhaps Oregon. We do know that Bob Podolski is in Becket, but do not have a street address…

I can’t help but notice… this class has been and is active in the Association! Judy and Jacki are currently members of the Board and Edith is past secretary. Thanks for your help!

Deceased class members include Bruce Morse, Kathleen Sanders, Wilson Broga, and Marcia Philbrook.

We’ll Miss You, Charlotte…

I know we haven’t traditionally posted obituaries on the site… but the Association has lost a true friend with the recent passing of Charlotte DeMoss Pease, class of 1963. Charlotte served several terms on the Board of Directors when I first became president, only resigning when her health became an issue and even then, I could always count on her for advice and support. Our last project together involved convincing her sister Jackie to accept a position on the board just this past June. Charlotte was also good at making me laugh. We had a good time and succeeded!

I don’t have specific details and haven’t been able to find anything online. I understand there will be calling hours Sunday, a Mass in Russell on Monday followed by interment in Middlefield and a reception at the United Church in Chester…

For those who’d like to send a card or note to her siblings:

Jackie Conklin
53 Patriot Drive
Westfield MA 01085
John and Diane DeMoss
PO Box 17
Chester MA 01011

Online guest book for Charlotte (until October 31, 2010):