We didn't have a party line, I don't think. I can still remember the phone number, though, as well as my grandparent's number... my mother used to talk to her mother about daily! Other phone numbers? Ha. Hell, I could barely remember my work number during my last job... that I had for fourteen years!
Oh, and who else liked Fireball XL5?? Yeah, dating myself there I know!
I still remember our phone number from 1970, which I had to learn as an assignment in the 1st grade - AT3-5840, but I struggle to remember my wife's cell phone number that I call several times per week.
Strangely, I also remember my phone number and my best friend's phone number from '73-'76, the house we moved to after that, from '76-'78... and then *none* of the numbers from after that.
2003 F150 Supercab 4x4, tow pkg, 3.55 gears
2020 Flagstaff Micro Lite 21DS
I have an earlier version of your bike (in my barn). It is a 5-speed, stick shift Schwinn StingRay, narrow tires and a silver metal-flake banana seat. It is about a 1965 model if I recall. Just before I got my drivers license at 14 years old (I'd been driving my '42 Willys MB Jeep for a year or so out on the forest roads).
I also have an Exxon/Enco banana seat (tiger striped) bike that was my brother's. . . . yea, it's time to clean out the barn . . .
Yep, the Willys is still there. I just need time to get the brake kit put in that I bought when I put it in the barn . . .
I use to have to put those chopper bikes together as a teenager in my dad's bike shop, fun road tests around the block of course!
Another happy customer in the photo.
David & Mary Button - Ithaca NY
2011 Dynaquest XL 36' Freightliner
2009 Silverado 2500HD
2008 Corvette - 2011 BMW 335xi - Honda Valkyrie
We still have Sinclair gas stations here in Montana. Though they are becoming an endangered species. The just built a new Sinclair convenience north of Gardiner, Mt at the north entrance to Yellowstone Park. They used to be in "downtown Gardiner", but just moved in the last year or so.
Growing up I remember a Richfield (long before ARCO), gas station in a nearby town. It got converted to a Sinclair station. The big attraction was to go there and get 10 gallons of gas and you'd get a green dinosaur shaped soap.
'07 K3500 Silverado LT Crew Duramax (LBZ)
2016 Salem 27RKSS
1984 CHEV SCOTTSDALE K20 2GCGK24J0E1XXXXXX (Chevrolet Legends-Class of 2019) "...exhaust fluid? We don't need no stinkin' exhaust fluid"
Who remembers going to the movies and the film either breaking or burning up, and they having to stop the movie to repair it?
My kids don't believe me when I tell them about it
I have actual nightmares about this when in the army. I spent most of a year as the senior projectionist at the base theater where I was stationed.
Used to rush to the Projection Room after getting off work so I could inspect the film that had just come in. Had to run it through an "editor", using my fingers pinching the edges to locate breaks. Broken sprocket holes, lousy splices, and just plain lousy film.
The most frustrating was when the last projectionist forgot to rewind a reel or two and one of my "subordinates" would just put it on the projector. Film is now playing from the END back to the beginning. That usually generated a lot of shouts from below in the theater.
The extra money was nice but on hot summer nights, the arc-light Simplex projectors made the room close to 12O degrees.
A funny note, if the movie had any "risque" sceens in it, you could bet your best set of starched fatigues that there would be a splice there. Not only that, but the scene kept getting shorter as the various projectionists would cut one or two frames out. To combat this we had to include any damaged film we removed in a separate envelope when we sent the film cases on to the next base. The courier then sent the film pieces to the Special Services HQ.
"A wise man can change his mind. A fool never will."
"You only grow old when you run out of new things to do"
I was 21 when The Muppet Movie came out. I took a date to see it. I honestly thought the film had jammed and burned. (She wasn’t nearly as upset about it as I was.) (She dumped me not too longer afterwards, too.)
Worked in my dads Alantic Richfield Station (later Changed to ARCO) pumping gas for .25 cents a gallon doing valve jobs and brakes out back, lube jobs and tires. We did it all. also washed windshields and checked oil and radiator levels and I only made 1.00 a hour. Remember getting our first black and white tv and only one channel which went off the air at night. with a test pattern leaving a white dot in the center glowing for hours later. Then first thing in the morning the channel came on with the national anthem playing. Also remember orange crush soda in a glass bottle for ten cents and a two cent deposit when you returned the bottle. I built my first computer a Timex Sinclair with a 8086 processor you had to program with DOS 6 just to get it to say hello on a tv you used for a monitor. My first motor cycle was a Honda SL100 and would only hold 25cent of gas but i could go to school for a week on that. Can remember 5 cent candy bars that were almost three times larger than they are now. Getting up early to get the first bottle of milk delivered so I got the cream floating on top for my cereal. Remember going to the corner grocery store to buy nails by the pound for my tree house. Bought my first fishing pole there and also bait for fishing. Our telephone was a rotary dial with the finger moving stop. and the number started with LU. When we went to the movies mainly drive-ins and we played on the swings and monkey bars until the movies started then wound sit on the car roof to watch. My first car I bought was a Mercury which I bought for $600 dollars and rebuilt the engine myself easy back then no computers. only needed a screwdriver and a cresent wrench to get it tuned up. Tires were only a few different sizes and lasted for years usually wore them until they were bald. Changing the oil only took a few dollars as most cars used the same filter and weight of oil. Most of my vehicles were stick and usually you had the option of a automatic if you wanted it. Still have a truck with a stick . Camping with my mom and dad usually meant a old canvas tent which usually leaked if you touched the canvas when it rained. A camp fire for cooking and getting warmed up before going to bed in a sleeping bag. I know there is more but I just can't remember.
2001 Ford F-350 DRW 7.3
2011 25 RL Wildcat
former fiver 1976 Fourwinds had for 35 years
I remember Heathkit! I built a radio, and a metal detector from them. The calculator I used in high school was a heathkit as well.
I also still have a multitester that i made from a kit from Radio Shack. Still works!
My dad took a correspondence course from Heathkit for his radio/tv repair certificate. Heathkit sent him kits to build a tube tester, volt-ohm meter, capacitor tester, and a signal generator. He built the cases for them from 1/2" lumber cut from logs. All of the kits were still working when he donated them to the electronics department at the local high school in the mid to late '70s.
Richard & Jill
2014 Flagstaff 832IKBS Classic Super Lite
2018 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Z71 4WD All Star Edition
Camping since 1989
Car Shredder Op/Tech, Scrap Metal Recycling - retired
I deserve hazard pay when camping with my relatives.