Category Archives: 50s

Juvenile Mobile Lock-Up

The Catholic Church promoted procreation in hopes that those of the faith would demographically overwhelm the other religions. My mother was a devout Catholic. She gave birth to six children through the 1950s. Our family car was a Ford station wagon and my father child-proofed the spacious car by affixing aluminum tubes to the windows. […]

TONIGHT IS NOT HALLOWEEN

Halloween had been celebrated on Oct. 31 for most of my entire life, but last year a Connecticut State representative floated an ill-conceived idea to change the holiday to always 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 […]

Ava Gardner Forever

No words. Set the Time Machine for 1950. Cast me as Burt Lancaster.

The Year Of The Crow

My grandmother traveled by ship from Ireland to Boston at the age of 14. Once on a visit up to Maine someone asked what was the year of her arrival and Nana responded, “The Year of the Crow.” None of us knew what she meant by that. My mother hazarded a guess. “It refers to […]

Slingshot Dragster 1954

The other day an old nightclub owner was denigrating the influence of Islamic thought on civilization. “They really created nothing.” “What you mean nothing?” I didn’t mention that algebra succinctly meant ‘reunion of broken parts’ in Arabic. “No rockets, no telephones, no TVs.” “That’s all crap.” “Crap?” John and I liked to argue. “Yes, plus […]