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Cruisin': The Good Old Days
In Oct. 17 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

Anyone that knows me well knows I like the good old days. It really don’t matter what it is, it could be cars, music, it just don’t matter, I like it all.

That’s one reason this article is so much fun to do. As I write and put it down on the computer screen it gives me the chance to look back and remember times gone by, people I knew and things I did when I was younger.

It brings back memories of my parents, who I miss a lot, the first cars I had, old friends, and back when my wife and I were dating. All these things are well worth remembering also.

The way things are today, the economy, and politics, and all that goes with it, for me it’s a pleasure to think back to a more simple time and smile.

Back when people did not have to worry about someone suing them because they said something offensive to them. People had a sense of humor and enjoyed life.

People did things as a family, ate together, traveled together and went to church together.

It was a simpler time. Don’t get me wrong, not to say things are awful now, I just like remembering as they say the good old days.

As I think of that it reminds me also that these days are going to be good old days for some of the younger people today. Each generation has its own memories.

I just happen to think the Baby Boomers grew up in the best of times. We saw a lot of changes and progress, new ideas and inventions.

We saw cars with style and class. They didn’t all look alike. From a block away you could tell if it was a Ford Custom or Galaxie.

It didn’t matter, they were different enough you could just tell. Today it’s hard to tell a Cadillac from a Chevy.

Anyway I guess I’m just trying to tell you how much I enjoy writing this article and want to thank everyone who reads it. The folks who come up to me on the street and say, “I read your article Saturday and really enjoyed it.”

That gives me plenty of good memories for the future.

Here is something I ran across in my files from a long time ago I wanted to share with you. It really tells how I feel about the Good Old Days, and the memories I have

Bobbie Sox and Bow Ties, precious memories lost in time,

These things we all remember, old friends both yours and mine.

Penny Loafers, saddle oxfords worn with rolled up jeans,

A little duce Coupe in colors of black and green.

Drive In movies, 5 cent candy bars,

Cherry Cokes and cheese pops, dreams of a trip to Mars.

Algebra and geometry boggled the mind,

English and History stories each of a different kind,

Sock Hops and Roller Rinks washed our worries away,

The lines we memorized for the school play.

Girls in Poodle Skirts, boys in whirling beanies,

Toasted marshmallows and weenies. All the joys of yesterday.

Happy Days, Sad Days, all a part of growing up,

Pictures from the past tell tales all about us.

Would we really want to do all these things again?

Or just be happy telling this generation all the places we’ve been.

If you want to look back and remember a lot of those times come by the Jamestown Center tonight, Oct. 17th at 6:00 PM. Enjoy the cruise in and at 8:00PM the old fashioned sock hop in the building with all the great music from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. Hope to see you there..

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, .

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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