And That’s Why We Make Faygo…
Posted on April 14, 2011
Okay, let me just say it. CDs sound much, much clearer than anything else, but vinyl sounds authentic. And the Star Wars figures I grew up with are much, much better than the ones they came up with for the second trilogy. It seems like they made everything smaller in recent years, including the ships. In this case, bigger is definitely better. Heck, I’m sure I still have my anatomically correct large size Darth Vader in a box somewhere, too! Fine. I miss my pair of Zany Zappers. There, I said that, too.
Remember when they used to sell green Slime? My mother refused to let me own any, but the neighbor down the street had some! It was pretty gross. We didn’t even get cable TV until I was in college. Any movie and MTV watching I did was at my aunt’s or friend’s places. And, darn it, I miss Peanut Butter Boppers. Do you ever have those for a snack? Mmmm… Of course, I also remember when microwave popcorn had to be kept in the freezer before you popped it and more often than not, it burned anyway. And oven pretzels turned hard as a rock.
I was never entirely comfortable around people my own age and tended to get along well with folks older than myself. Funny how things change. I’m now actually very comfortable around folks my age and I think it’s because I’m discovering how much more in common I have with them. We listen to much of the same music, share the same nostalgia, remember some of the same foods and restaurants that used to be around…
Okay, restaurants. Anybody remember a place across the street from Macomb Mall called The Rustler Steakhouse? What about Sign of the Beef Carver on 16 Mile and Gratiot? There was also The Six Pence on 12 Mile and Hayes, The Keg & I (with the Egg & I) on Van Dyke and the list goes on. The best halibut fish, though, was at Sutherland’s Fish & Chips in Livonia. One place that is still around and great fun to go to is Eddie’s Drive-In on Jefferson! Nothing hits the spot like an orange malt or shake and some clams with tarter sauce.
I don’t mind the aging thing so much. I DO mind those little bastard gray hairs that are creeping their way onto my head and the occasional one in my eyebrows, but I’m plucking them out as quickly as I find them. Getting older really isn’t a bad thing. It’s like playing a board game and the further you go, the more of the board you see. Well, some folks see. I’ve noticed that some people like to keep a very narrow view of what’s in front of them and revise what’s behind them. They’re fortunately in a minority.
But, this leaves me kind of curious. What sorts of things do you remember? View-Masters? Speak & Spell? Stretch Armstrong? Silly Putty? LiteBrite? Evel Knevel? Do tell.
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
4 Responses to “And That’s Why We Make Faygo…”
Dorien Grey says:
April 14, 2011 at 10:24 am
Ah, you young whippersnappers! Still wet behind the ears. Now, in MY day…Glen Miller; Kate Smith singing “God Bless America”, movies with at least two short subjects AND a cartoon; Fibber McGee and Molly, Jack Armstrong, Baby Snooks. Now THOSE were memories and you young’uns were deprived of them all. Pity.
But the main thing is that we all do have our own memories…those things which soften the harsh edges of reality and wrap us in the warmth of the past.
Phoenix Emrys says:
April 14, 2011 at 11:42 am
Funny, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been staying up late to watch the Banana Splits on the Teletoon Retro channel. A tiny window to a younger, happier, uncomplicated time. For some reason that half hour of bittersweet nostalgia has become very important to me. Mentioned it to my oldest daughter and she just gave me the blank look. Before her time.
April 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm
I like the way you think, Dorien, and I agree. These things give us a place to go (mentally and sometimes physically) that’s familiar and that offer comfort.
Oh, Phoenix…I loved the Banana Splits!!! I was pretty geeked several years back when Kroft Super Show started releasing VHS tapes of some episodes. Used to get a kick out of Electro Woman & Dyna Girl.
April 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm
I’ve been thinking about this all day. Which is saying something. And I’m feeling like I don’t want to look it up. What’s a Peanut Butter Boppers?