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01/08/24 05:27 PM #3435    


Jim Cejka

So, the young, untested quarterback, who had a bad game last year, and the too young, inexperienced receiver corps, made it through the season.


Not bad for a bunch of beginners. 

01/13/24 01:43 PM #3436    


Marilyn Griffith (Bauer)

have no idea who put this together, but it is wonderful, especially if you’re North of 70!

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me.

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one's seen him since.

We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee'
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice..

We didn't have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn't talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had our share of heroes, we never thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.
For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We'd never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and 'gay' meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We hadn't seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.

T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

But all things have a season, or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.

01/13/24 02:50 PM #3437    


Nancy Davison (Boerger)

Thank you, Marilyn, for the look back. I had one last week, talking with our grand daughter ( almost 13 ). She could hardly believe it when she learned that girls were not allowed to wear slacks in school ( not to mention ripped jeans ). Not having put on a pair of panty hose in years, I'm not so sure what was so "good 'ol days"  about that.



01/13/24 04:35 PM #3438    


Jim Cejka

How cold was it Wisconsin?


01/13/24 06:20 PM #3439    


Ray Thompson

Just a little follow up for you Jim--18 inches of snow in 2 days & current temp is 10 degrees up Nort Wisconsin

01/13/24 06:30 PM #3440    


Garry Sellers

Thanks Marilyn, made me smile!  (Which I needed after 16 days of Covid over Christmas!)  I would add something to your poem:

The Ritz didn’t have 50 shades of any color
Nor was there everything, everywhere all at once to see,
But “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Gigi”
Were Oscar worthy stuff … in the land that made me, me.
Stay tuned to the home page in the next couple of days because there will be a new version of "Bet You Didn't Know" focused on the movies!

01/13/24 07:31 PM #3441    


Jim Cejka

Ray, I used to live up Nort in dat Phillips place hey. I know dat snow and cold der. Now, down here in South Carolina, we brrrrr and freeze when it gets below 50. And, we did get some snow, I think it was 2, maybe 3 years ago. They closed the schools here this week bcause it was going to rain hard. 

01/14/24 04:12 PM #3442    


Marilyn Griffith (Bauer)

Well, Nancy - I threw away my panty house as soon as I walked out of my last teaching gig. 

Speaking of the Ritz Theater (Gary) - I remember Marion "Tootsie "Brigham had a job selling tickets in the little booth. If we got there in time and there weren't anyone else in line, she would sneak us in. Sadly, Marion left us all too soon.

Well, it's the third day of wicked snow and cold here in Madison, WI.  Record breaking. Getting sort of cranky angry



01/15/24 05:11 PM #3443    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

Remembering the days of panty hose and mandatory dresses makes me appreciate today's clothing. For men and women, any age, it seems we are dressing more for comfort than for following rigorous fashion dictates and avoiding fashion "no-nos". It was about 1970 when all the women on my teaching staff marched en masse to the principal's office demanding to be able to wear pants/slacks. We were told we could wear pants only as part of a coordinated pantsuit. Everyone bought ONE pantsuit, which were soon replaced by slacks and sweaters, whatever we had! 

01/26/24 10:27 PM #3444    


Barbara Blair (Brenzel)


I remember when we "office gals" marched into our boss's office and also demanded that we be "allowed" to wear pant suits.''

And thanks, Marilyn, for bringing back sooooo many memories.


01/31/24 11:30 AM #3445    


Garry Sellers

I'm sure you're wondering how Melody Jones Parker is doing after we received news that she may be moving to hospice care.  Here's a wonderful email just received from Mel:

"I'm still an extension from God!  Seriously, my kidney numbers IMPROVED Which is a miracle.  So hospice won't put me on their list, yet.  Don't know why I got more time, God didn't tell me.  But I am clearing my space, making frequent trips to Goodwill; as well as printing some of my writings from the last 50 years that probably no one is interested in readingEmoji  You are on my list of people my son will email after I am gone."

Looks to me like all the well-wishes, prayers and hugs you sent her were heard and felt.  Well done!!!

02/01/24 02:37 PM #3446    


Karsten Boerger


All we needed was a good kicker, and your team would have been toast.

I know you know this, anyway, anything to make you feel better


02/01/24 03:10 PM #3447    


Jim Cejka

Or a Packer's defensive coordinator. At least we have one now - whoever he is.


02/01/24 03:18 PM #3448    


Karsten Boerger

Anyway the better team lost. We will be back next year, watch out SFO



02/01/24 03:25 PM #3449    


Nancy Davison (Boerger)

You're all going to be shaking in your boots when the Packers explode out of the starting gate next year, ready to take no prisoners.

02/01/24 04:39 PM #3450    


Jim Cejka

You mean Garry will be shaking in his boots - of course, he lives out there on the shaky side, so he's shaking, 49ers or not.

Between the Packers and the Lions, the 49things (and Mr. Irrelevant) were irrelevant through 7  quarters (3 1/2 x 2), 

02/01/24 07:06 PM #3451    


Garry Sellers

Karsten - The Lion's kicker would have been fine if he'd been given a chance to kick instead of going for it TWICE on 4th down!  Not likely he was going to miss all three chances.  But your coach proved he was really macho, not smart, but a real stud!  And the 49ers hadn't stopped a run all day, so naturally Mr. Stud Muffin called two pass plays!  We Left Coast misplants are beholding to your Midwest hospitality!

02/02/24 09:12 PM #3452    


Karsten Boerger


The Detroit coaching was terrible and thus they lost the game. But they will also be back next year




02/08/24 06:48 PM #3453    


Jim Cejka

Hope The CCC (Custer California Contingent) is all ok out there. If they are, they can be thankful - and shower and flush for a year or so without feeling guilty.

02/12/24 05:10 PM #3454    


Jim Cejka

Love conquers all (and 49ers)- even in Super Bowl games.


02/22/24 09:59 PM #3455    


Garry Sellers

The country lost one of its true Vietnam war heros last week in the passing of General "Russ" McCarthy, husband of our classmate Patricia McCarthy.  Those of you who attended the 50th and/or 60th Custer Reunions may have met Russ, a friendly and modest man whose decorations and awards include the some of the highest in the land.  But more than his service to his country, he was Patricia's life partner.  I'm sure you'll join me in sending Pat your comforting hugs, prayers and well wishes.  Pat is a strong lady and we'll be there for her when she's ready to deal with life without Russ.
There's an excellent story about General McCarthy's life story and passing in the San Antonio newspaper but I'll be darned if I can get passed their subscription page.  If you can figure it out, let us know.
If you can't get passed the paper's blocking, here's background information about General McCarthy from the Military Hall of Honor:
We love you Pat, and are here when/if you need us.

02/23/24 01:49 PM #3456    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

Oh, dear Patricia - so sorry to hear this news. Both Jon and I, but especially Jon, enjoyed meeting Russ at the reunion, and I know Jon stayed in touch with him afterward, and had great admiration for him. Please accept my sincere condolences and some hugs across the miles, from California!

02/23/24 07:00 PM #3457    


Jim Cejka


So many poets and people have said it so much better than I ever could, but you have my sympathy and my heart.



02/28/24 02:54 PM #3458    


Marilyn Griffith (Bauer)


I don't know if this helps re: Ted Giencke, because this is was too easy to find, but here is what I found on the the web

Ted William Giencke:

Saint Cloud, MN



Marilyn Bauer

02/29/24 01:22 PM #3459    


Garry Sellers

Thanks Marilyn, don't know how you found that info on Ted but I have suspected all along that you're a spy ... just can't figure for who!  I've taken Ted's contact information out of your post because anybody can read the Message Forum.  Don't want his wife or kids having somebody try to take advantage of them.  I've place a call to the Sun City number and left a message.

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