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This website is constantly growing.  What started out as a one page site listing links to nostalgic sites has now become one of the most extensive on the web, thanks to contributors from around the country. It was first published in 2002 and has been constantly updated, scrutinized, and tweeked since.  I hope you enjoy your visit and may you always be ready to "let the good times roll."
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I grew up in the fifties in Huntington, West Virginia, a college town ( Marshall University) at the tri-state meeting of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Huntington was a city of 80,000,( now about 50,000) where everyone seemed to know everyone else.  Marshall University was a growing place of learning at the time, not yet attaining the designation of University.  There were numerous grade schools, many Junior High Schools ( Middle Schools ) and three High Schools;  Huntington High School, East Huntington High School and Vincent High School.  Today, there exists but one, all combined to form Huntington High School.  Most of the middle schools and grade schools are closed as Huntington’s population decreases each year.  Oh the winds of change!

 

Thinking back to the fifties and sixties, growing up in a fresh air, blue sky, birds singing environment made me want to preserve those days for myself, my children and their children.  It was a time of caring and sharing. A simple, uncomplicated time.  A time when a quarter would buy you a Big Cola drink and two of your favorite comic books and you would still have a few pennies left to buy some bubble gum, a few licorice sticks and your favorite flavored syrup wrapped in a tube of paraffin wax. A time when you listened and learned from your Parents and Teachers, when you sang songs to yourself, got together with all the other kids in the neighborhood and shared a Watermelon.  A time when life was new and exciting and begged to be explored. It was the foundation of the advancement and technology break through's that we enjoy today. 

 

So I have put this site together for all those things of that wonderful time to remind us all of just how far we have come and just how much we have left behind.

 

Have fun looking around and …………Let the good times roll!

It was only appropiate to open this site with  portraits of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King due to the influence and the culture they represented during the decades of the fifties and sixties. I present them, not to be idolized but rather in rememberance of a time gone by.
 

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some acheive greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."  SHAKESPEARE, Twelveth Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sycamores

 

 

When I was young,

the rainbow was a bridge

to sheer delight,

the autumn leaves were little

brown elves

that danced with all their might.

Raindrops strummed

on silver strings,

as the wind a symphony begun,

and the sycamores stretched

their long white arms

with joy to sky and sun.

 

When I was young.

 

I’ve come to think differently,

now that I am old.

reality flows beseechingly

and the truth is told.

 

That rainbow bridges never reach

the shore of wonderland,

that leaves blow swift

with wild despair,

and now I understand,

 

that rain and wind join in a dirge,

while the sycamores, oh me,

stretch their arms into the sky,

in twisted agony.

 

Pauline Collier Pouch, 1948

 

 

 

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John F. Kennedy May 29, 1917 - Nov. 22, 1963

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Robert F. Kennedy Nov. 11, 1925 - June 6, 1968

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jan 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

  

Music: Let The Good Times Roll