Some of the things that I miss: Part two
Published 7:00 am Friday, August 22, 2014
As the years go by and I look back on all the things we had and enjoyed decades ago, I have come to realize just how much I miss them. I have assembled a partial list and hope that many of you will recall these same items and some of you “youngsters” will learn a little something.
I miss a good mystery or “whodunit” movie and TV show where you do not know the identity of the guilty person until the last few minutes. You were able to work along with the investigators and try to determine the guilty party. Alfred Hitchcock was the master at writing and directing such shows.
Speaking of movies, I miss writers for movies and TV shows who had a good vocabulary and did not have to use so many cuss words and vulgar terms so the actors would have something to say. For some reason, today’s writers seem to think all that trash talk is entertaining.
The mention of entertaining reminds me that I miss the really funny and entertaining greats in show business in years gone by. People who did not need all the cuss words and vulgar terms to make an effort at being funny. People such as Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Carol Burnett, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman. I know that some of these can be seen in reruns on some of the cable channels. The generation of today and future generations need quality entertainment like we enjoyed in the past.
Two contemporaries of some of those mentioned above were Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Everyone talked about what a great dancer Fred was. Do you realize that in all those movies, Ginger made the same dance steps as Fred and she was moving backwards at the time and often wearing high heels?
I miss variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show. The acts included singers, tap dancers, jugglers, acrobats, comedians and magicians. There were also ventriloquists such as Senor Winces. It was a very entertaining hour and the people in the audience were well dressed. These days the only reasonably well dressed audience I see is on the funny videos show.
I miss Burma Shave signs. For all of you who are too young to know, in the days before Interstate Highways and four lane roads, many of the two lane roads were mostly lined with farms where crops were raised or cattle and dairy herds. The fields and pastures were fenced and little advertising signs were attached to the fence posts. Burma Shave was a company that sold shaving lather and their signs were a series of four to six signs with three to five words on each little sign. The last sign in each group said, “Burma Shave”. Here are three examples: “No matter the price”, “No matter how new”, “The best safety device”, “In the car is you”. Burma Shave. “Car in ditch”, “Driver in tree”, “The moon was full”, “And so was he”. Burma Shave. “Passing school zone”, “Take it slow”, “Let our little”, “Shavers grow”. Burma Shave.
The persons riding shotgun (front passenger seat) or someone in the back seat would read the signs aloud while the drivers kept their eyes on the road.
By: Jim Towler