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   Rake King  Surf your beloved OKC holds the distinction of being the first city to install "Parking Meters", July 16, 1935.
April 10 at 14:04 EST .

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   Rake King  File that away for your next Trivia night....incase they ask.
April 11 at 11:02 EST .

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   Surfhut  And the first "shopping cart" in 1937. Love my OKC.
April 11 at 14:19 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  When I was a boy, my grandfather, the WWI vet who served in Russia, built a crystal radio out of some wire in a coil, and other parts. No electricity needed. It was something like the diagram below.
   April 3 at 19:45 EST .

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   Lights_Camera_Action  We made one of these for a science project in high school. WW's diagram appears to be a more refined one. Note the headphones in the background, no volume control. A target was KDKA, in Pittsburgh, and KMOX in St Louis - they had powerful transmitters.
April 4 at 19:22 EST .

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   Safetydude  If I remeber correctly, I had a 2-3" speaker connected to my radio and after dark, in St.Paul, I could listen WLS from Chicago or WSM from Nashville.

If I took my radio down into the basemant the reception improved????
April 4 at 21:51 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Not sure why that worked about the basement... But the reception for distant AM stations is due to the lifting of the ionosphere after dark to a higher altitude thus allowing the signal to bounce further. A a lot of the early crystal radios could only be listened to by an earphone by one person at a time.
April 6 at 19:55 EST .

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   Rake King  Speaking of radios, the ones below ran on electric. Out on the farms in those days they were not yet electrified, and my uncle had a radio (Brand ? ) that ran on a car battery. He had two sons in WWII, so he used to listen to Gabriel Heater for war news. He opened his news show with one of two sayings: "Ah Yes, there's "good new"s tonight"....or..."Bad News Tonight" depending on how our troops were doing. That news passed through censors so any strategic information was not let out, and was weeks, maybe a month old. A far cry from today and our instant worldwide news, like the missing jet from Malaysia. Today only time and space delay things, as when a news anchor asks a correspondent (in say China ) a question, there is a lull, while the transmitted sound travels to the man in China before he can answer. My uncle would have been much happier with the speed today, as his one son was with George Patton, swinging north to relieve the boys at Bastonge.
March 18 at 09:54 EST .

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   StormCnter  On the ranch, there was (and is ) no electricity, only the generated kind. During the War, my parents hardly used any at all in order to save it for the news in the evenings. The ranchhands would come to the house and stand around the living room wall while trying to hear the staticky reports, my dad doing his best to keep me shushed in his lap.
April 1 at 11:15 EST .

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   Safetydude  Don't know if this is nostalgia or if it should be on the Jokes Wall. Bear with me...

March 14 at 22:40 EST .

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   Rake King  When I told my grand children that as a boy we sat around evenings listening to the radio, and sent in cereal box tops for secret decoder rings and such....they looked at me like I was teasing. "Grandpa, why didn't you have a T.V." "There weren't any yet, I said". You got back a look of awe.

The above might be an old "Atwater-Kent" radio, with tubes as big as a roll of paper towels. placed in a position of importance and pride. If it was placed on an outside wall, you hooked up a wire and poked it outside under the window for better reception.

Today you can hold that same instrument in the palm of your hand. Amazing is all I can say.
March 16 at 07:52 EST .

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   Safetydude  Well RK,

You and I are becoming relics, just like the Atwater-Kent, Philco or Silvertone radios that we grew up with.

Just for a comparison, between your car(I don't know what you drive )and cell phone you have more 'computing power'(whatever that means )in your hands than what controlled the first 'nuclear ship' the NS Savannah.

Rememer when your radio didn't work right you pulled the tubes out of the back and went to the drug store where they had a tube tester? You found the bad tube and bought a replacement, went home, plugged it in and 'bingo' you were back in business.

We did the same thing with car radios, pulled it out of the dash and took it to the 'repair shop' and it was made good.

Today if the radio in my Jeep stopped working properly I'd pull it out, throw it away and get a new one.

Anyway, I'm glad to see you back on the Connection.
Hope you're felling well.
March 16 at 21:02 EST .

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   Rake King  You have described exactly what was a norm on radios, and other things we "Fixed".
March 17 at 05:01 EST .

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   Gerty  That picture of the radio---my Grandmother had one like that in the living room. You pressed buttons to reach a station. Here's the amazing thing, one of the buttons said "TV"!

We used to keep pressing it and never knew what it was!
March 18 at 18:41 EST .

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   Rake King  As a child we used to make "Ice Cream Sodas", with cream soda and vanilla ice cream. I had one last night....must have been 60 years since I last had one.
It was as good as I remembered...except due to years of inflation it was not 20 cents anymore. And so it goes.
March 14 at 08:20 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  I was thinking today how good simple snacks used to be. A lunch cake or pie, Coke in the little bottles, fountain drinks, hot dogs cooked over a fire with a bit of mustard. Baked potatoes cooked in the ashes of a fire, marshmallows toasted... A can of Vienna sausages and some crackers. We have now regulated and improved so much of our food that it just doesn't taste the same.
I suppose that hunger and youth might have flavored things a bit also...;- )
March 14 at 21:20 EST .

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   Rake King  WW you've captured other foods of my youth, and the potato baked in fire embers one I miss. Also skin "on" hot dogs are near impossible to find any more...which are the greatest when cooked over an open fire. Yummy!
March 15 at 17:49 EST .

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   StarFire  Five years ago, my sisters and I were cleaning out my parents’ house after Mother’s death (Daddy had passed the year before ). In his office, we found a collection of valentines in a cigar box. No, not from my mother. They were from an elementary class in their hometown of Memphis, TX.

Like thousands of other small town boys, Daddy had joined the Army Air Corp to fight the axis powers. He was in training as a glider pilot about the time he received the cards. The valentines were signed in childish scrawls. One was even addressed to Daddy by his nickname, “Mr. Teeny”.

It says something very special about the act of writing with pen and paper that a man like my dad would keep a handful of children’s valentines for 65 years. Unlike an email, paper is something you can hold in your hand as solid proof that you are loved and cared for. For a soldier, it is a physical reminder of those you have sworn to protect.

This is more than a Valentine’s Day story. It’s a reminder to the rest of us that emails, facebook and twitter can never replace a card or a letter to those who need a reminder that they are loved and remembered whatever the occasion may be.

   February 28 at 13:43 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Lovely story, StarFire, shows your Dad had a soft spot and that's always nice. Those Valentines must have meant an awful lot to him for him to keep them that long. I sent cards and letters to special people all the time and have noticed the people I've sent them to tend to keep them tucked into mirrors or in a book, it's a reminder that someone loves and cares somewhere. Thank you for the story.
Mrs. Cow
March 2 at 18:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks Starfire, I really love this story.
March 9 at 07:54 EST .

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   Surfhut  Love this story, too. My son and I live half a continent away from each other. We talk on the phone, text each other all the time. But once a year he hand-writes a letter to me for Mother's Day. I treasure them.
March 9 at 09:40 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Surfie, you did a fine job of raising that young man.
March 10 at 12:39 EST .

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   Charactercounts  My dad died many years ago. He had been a Marine, fighting in the Pacific during the war, and he was a reserved, hard-working blue-collar guy. When we were going through his bureau, I found all the little hand-written cards we children had made him, back in the days when we were encouraged to make them in school. One look at my childish scrawl saying "Happy Father's Day" was all it took to make me cry, because he had kept them all those years. A handwritten card or note is so much better than an e-mail!
March 15 at 03:05 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  A little trip down memory lane... Hauntingly told.
January 22 at 21:55 EST .

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   Linder  Passed this up for several days. Finally read it. Glad I did. Poignant. I will read him again.
January 31 at 22:34 EST .

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   Safetydude  R.I.P. Professor.

aka Russell Johnson, passed away today. He was 89.
January 16 at 20:12 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  FOX did a nice tribute to him, guess only Tina Louise and Dawn (Maryann ) are left. I keep getting potato ads from Dawn, that's OK.
January 17 at 16:20 EST .

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   Safetydude  Miss Tina gave me a pair of Nikes for Christmas and they were a little tight so the other day I went to trade them in.
Remember the salesman with the shoe horn and the thing you stepped on(in your stocking feet )so he could get your size and width? No more. You better know your size.

Also, after you found a pair of shoes that you liked you stepped up to a device and put your foot into space at the bottom and looked at a screen on the top and there was an x-ray of you foot, so your mother could see that your toes weren't cramped.
January 11 at 17:22 EST .

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   Gram77  I remember all of the above. Does this mean I have a good memory or am I rather old?
January 11 at 18:34 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I remember them, too. I never got an ill fitting pair of shoes until I got into basic training.
January 11 at 20:22 EST .

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   Safetydude  C'mon Top,

You were fitted with a lot of care and concern for a proper fit by the AB who worked in Supply as an extra duty.

You certainly are not old, Gram, so you must have a good memory.
January 11 at 21:13 EST .

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   StormCnter  I am afflicted with narrow feet. Now, there are lots of shoes for skinny feet, but not so in my childhood. I lusted for a pair of saddle oxfords, but they simply didn't come in my width. At one frustrating shoe-buying trip, the salesman, after bringing out pair after pair, finally told my mother, "Well, she can forget the shoes and just wear the boxes!" My mother grabbed my arm, glared at the guy and we never went to that store again.
January 12 at 07:28 EST .

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   Straitpath  Oh, I long for narrow little feet. I am the one who could wear the boxes
January 14 at 19:50 EST .

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   Gerty  Me too, Miss Straitpath---and, I am also flat-footed!

But then I've always considered that a sign of intelligence.
January 15 at 07:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  I wear a size 5 wide, or square. They don't even make boxes to fit!!

Interesting though, I pay the same as a size 13 wide.
January 17 at 20:55 EST .

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   Mike PHX  I really miss the songs of the eighties. New Order...Thompson Twins....
Ahh... Good times, good times...
Then Nirvana happened...even better.
January 10 at 22:53 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I'm more partial to the music of the '70s: Led Zepellin, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Santana, and just about anything in the Blues genre.
January 11 at 20:22 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I have 1,508 songs on my iPhone, almost all of them music from the 60's and 70's, and they run the gamut from ABBA to ZZ Top
January 14 at 11:21 EST .

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   Eagles Dominion  I tend to lean towards Oribson, Pitney, Everly Bros.,Rightous Bros.,Ricky Nelson and the like.
January 15 at 11:31 EST .

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