Category Archives: 50s

TONIGHT IS NOT HALLOWEEN

Halloween has been celebrated on Oct. 31 for most of my entire life, but two year a Connecticut State representative floated an ill-conceived idea to re-schedule the holiday to fall on a weekend. “Halloween is fun night for the whole family, but not so much when you have to race home from work, get the […]

THROWING LIKE A GIRL by Peter Nolan Smith

My introduction to baseball came in the early spring of 1958. I was sittingMy father dragged me away from our Zenith black-and-white. My favorite show, THE THREE STOOGES, was on the TV. Even a six-year old boy knew better than to resist a man his size. “Too nice a day to waste in front of […]

The Trade Route Of The Orient

From 1956 until 1973 20 Thai baht bought $1. A flight to Penang on Thai Airway cost about $130US. I checked Air Asia current ticket fare from Bangkok to Penang and discovered the price is about the same. Some things never change.

Quote of the Day – Jack Kerouac / ON THE ROAD

“One of the biggest troubles of hitchhiking is having to talk to innumerable people, make them feel that they didn’t make a mistake picking you up.” Jack Kerouac / ON THE ROAD Truman Capote commented about the writing style of ON THE ROAD, saying it wasn’t writing so much as typing. I read ON THE […]

GUNS GUNS GUNS by Peter Nolan Smith

American boys loved guns in the 50s. Plastic weapons lay gift-wrapped under the Christmas tree. Our movie heroes slaughtered the country’s enemies on the silver screen and tough cops performed gun ballets on prime time TV. Guns were good for the country and America was good to guns. Armed with air rifles my older brother, […]