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Jun. 3rd, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
I knew some - but some of the NYC specific stuff I missed. We were Kenmore 8-2365 (in Virginia).

We never did duck and cover drills - I guess they figured with our school about three miles from DC we would just get vaporized anyway...

Missing from the list are mimeograph machines - and that glorious weird smell they gave off and the strange shade of blue ink. You were super select if the good Sisters of Notre Dame picked you to run the mimeograph machine.
Jun. 3rd, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
I don't know why, but I was fine with the NYC stuff except for the telephone interchanges.

I could sing the Palisades jingle to you right now, start to end—that's how deeply it was burned into my brain back when we first got cable TV in the '60s.

For our duck-and-covers, we were supposed to pull down the shades, too. That would have been a *huge* help ...
Jun. 3rd, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
At old PS #4, we had a basement hallway where we were all herded for Duck & Cover. My best friend used to call them "Kiss Your Ass Good Bye" drills.
Jun. 3rd, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
I think the alternative drill we had was to face the hallway wall and lean against it. That would have saved lives, no doubt.
Jun. 3rd, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
But much of this would only be known to East Coast denizens, especially New Yorkers. Chock Full o' Nuts is virtually unknown here in CA. So is 2 cents plain, and Palisades exists only in an oldies song.
Jun. 3rd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
2 cents plain got me; so did the New York City telephone exchanges. I don't think the Palisades Amusement Park ("shows and dancing are free, so's the parking, so gee, come on over.") would be known on the West Coast either. So you can grade your exam with some kind of California curve.

How 'bout this (easy) one: Who sings the song that includes the following lyrics?

Look at those mountains.
Look at those trees.
Look at that bum over there he's
Down on his knees.
Look at these women:
Ain't nothin' like 'em nowhere.
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Randy Newman!
Jun. 3rd, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
The album that song is from, Trouble in Paradise, includes my favorite Newman song: "My Life is Good."
Jun. 4th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
I didn't get 2 cents plain or the telephone exchanges either... and even though I got cable the same time you did, I do not remember the Palisades jingle. But if you sing it for me sometime, I will return the favor by singing for you the entire theme song for the Patty Duke Show. Or not.
p.s. Idlewild and Jackson Heights are both in the theme song for Car 54 :) Do I get a gold star for knowing that?
Jun. 4th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
All I know about Patty Duke is that she only saw the sights a girl could see from Brooklyn Heights, she loved rock 'n' roll, and a hot dog made her lose control.

Her cousin Kathy, in the meantime, had lived everywhere from Zanzibar to Barkley Square. She adored the minuet, the ballet russe, and crépes suzette.

Moral: You can lose your mind when cousins are two of a kind.

At least, that's how I remember it.
Jun. 4th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
That was fun - I did ok, but there were enough I didn't know. The one I was especially proud of was the -40- vs. -30- because I see that at the end of hubby's press releases. Loved the Chock jingle, never heard the amusement park one, at least not that I can recall.
Jun. 4th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
30 vs. 40? This old newsguy is impressed!
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