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at was a redone Woody. This car was completely made out of wood. It looked almost like a pathfind!er type of car from the fifties. This automobile was used mostly on the west coast by the surfers who would strap on their very heavy longboards and jet down to the beach. I was told by the owner of the Woody that there are not many of these cars still around today because termites like to eat away at the wood, and strip the whole car. The other car that my dad told me about was a Lark. He said that my grandfather used to own one and that it was not much different from DeSota as far as style and material that were used. Comparing these cars to the modern day cars, I would have to say that people probably spent a lot less money repairing the appearance of their cars because they do

not look like they dent too easily. They compare best to a modern day tank. The information that I gathered on family and school life was plenty. For one thing children had to get dressed up almost every day in a shirt and tie to go to school, especially on Wednesdays. In the beginning of the school day the pledge of allegiance was said, like today, and also morning prayers. This is very hard for someone like me to see because I have experienced a type of hatred towards school prayer. There are currently endless debates to get school prayer reinstated in public high schools. After school, no matter what you were doing, no matter how much fun that you were having, you better have been home in time for dinner. The entire family had to be home to eat dinner as a family. Dinner was

the highlight of the day during the fifties. It could have been life threatening for someone to have missed dinner. Unlike modern day there were no real supermarkets like “King Kullen,” there were only specialty markets. There were food markets, fish markets, and the! butcher. You could not get something like a cantaloupe from the fish market, or shrimp from the butcher. My dad tried to explain to me the style of the furniture inside the average home during the fifties, he said that there was an Art Decko style. Kitchen were remembered to be very simple with a lot of iron and plastic to their style. Around my fathers poker table (they only play for fun), the men remember that they joined gangs and used to get in rumbles like in the movie “The Outsiders.” Supposedly all of

the young men joined gangs. There was also a lot of prejudice, not only between black and whites, which there were, but also between all of the nationalities. The people that I talked to, all Italian men, how they used to get into fights with the Irish men. Another thing that made this decade so much different from the rest was that in the fifties they did not have to many real fears. A household could leave their front doors unlocked and not have too much to! worry about. Youth in the fifties had many different means of entertainment. Ice skating and Roller skating rinks were a common hangout for teens to gather and socialize. A style that was lost, but picked up again after the disco era into the eighties, however this has been lost again to modern society. Another common

hangout believe it or not were the Burger Joints with the waitresses on roller skates. Apparently you would drive up in your car and a roller- skating waitress would come up to your window and take your order. When your order was ready a tray was placed on the window of your car with the items of your selection. This might be considered the first form of drive- thru. “Drag racing your souped up hot rods up and down the strip was one of the cool things to do,” claims Tony Epifanio. Making box cars out of wood and roller wheels also seemed to be a very popular hobby among the younger boys. They had things like skates that slipped over your shoes, Bazooka bubble !gum for a penny, rock candy, and chocolate egg creams as well as early forms of comic books. Black and white TV s

were brought into just about everyone s homes, making the radio programs obsolete. Many people believed that TV brainwashed your mind. Shows like “Leave it to Beaver” and “Superman” were common shows of entertainment. On the big screen rebels like Marlon Brando and James Dean were influencing young minds. Ed Sullivan was showing the world so many different talents from all sociaties. This is an interesting little story that I have to tell because I can not take credit for this theory. I was riding the train home one weekend and I sat next to a lady who looked to be in her mid fifties. We started chating and she came across as a very intelligent lady. Her name was Pat Lin and she was a playwright in Washington and New York. When I started asking her a questions about the