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Cruisin': A look back in time
In Nov. 15 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

A year has gone by since I started doing this column. How time flies when you are doing something you enjoy.

I have people tell me how much they enjoy reading the column and remembering the past. I would like to say thanks to all of you who read and enjoy it.

Here is a little poem that kind of wraps it all up for all of us that  were lucky enough to grow up in the 50’s and 60’s. I hope you enjoy it and it brings back some memories for you.

Do you remember the vinyl that used to spin round and round, When we danced at the Sock Hops to the Doo Wap Sound. There was Elvis the King, Buddy Holly too, Bill Haley and the Comets, just to name a few.

The girls wore Bobbi socks with skirts to their knees, Hair back in a pony tail and make up to please.

Everybody looked good out doing their thing, Up and dancing when we heard Fat’s sing, The guys were cool with their hair all slicked back, Bryer's lce cream and cologne made us leaders of the pack.

The penny loafers with bright shiny pennies, On the top of the shoe, that is if we had any. The hang out was jumping on Saturday afternoon, Coke floats and french fries were all over the room.

Chocolate sundaes with cherries and whipped cream All looking to meet that special king or queen. Going to the movies was a favorite date, Go to the early show, don’t dare be home late. You sat through the show just holding hands, That was about all her parents would stand.

The drive in movies were special indeed, But to get there a car was what you need. Even though a good movie was showing,

There was more loving in the car than on the screen. Going steady with someone was all the big rave, That cost you money so you’d sure have to save.

Strings of yarn on a ring was a common sight, That’s what the girls did to make the ring fit tight. The hay rides, sleigh rides and car rides too, Hot steamy romance could be waiting for you.

But come Monday morning we were all back in class, Wishing the weekends forever would last.

I hope that brought back a few memories for you and made you stop and think abut how the times have changed.

I know every generation says they grew up in the best of times but I really believe we did back then.

It was the end of the depression and times were getting better.

It was the beginning of Rock and Roll and hot cars and cruisin the streets at your favorite drive in burger place, simpler time with some fantastic memories.

Until next time, just keep cruisin.

If your Car Club is having an event and you would like us to tell everyone about or someone who you would like to see featured in this article send all information to djron47@yahoo.com

All information on upcoming events needs to be in at least two weeks before the event.

If your Club or church or group is having an event and you would like to display some classic cars at that event let me know at least two weeks before the event.

I will put you in contact with one of the clubs that will gladly bring their cars out for display. Until next time, Keep Cruisin!

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