The Land That Made Me, Me

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.

My Favorite Cars From The 1950s – Part 3

As indicated in my initial post on this subject titled My Favorite Cars From The 1920s I remarked that there weren’t many beautiful cars until the 1930s and they produced some absolutely gorgeous automobiles in that era.

Cars from the 40s were pretty nice too, but many cars from the 1950s are special to me because that’s when I got my drivers license and my love of cars began.

Here are more of my favorites from the 1950s.

1954 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva Coupe
1954 Austin Healey 100

1954 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

1954 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 2-Door Hardtop

1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

1954 Buick Special Convertible

1954 Buick Special Station Wagon

1954 Buick Special Estate Wagon

1954 Buick Super Convertible

1954 Buick Wildcat Concept Car

1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

1954 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

1954 Cadillac Series 62 2-Door Hardtop

1954 Chevrolet 210 Station Wagon

1954 Chevrolet Corvette

1954 Chevrolet Corvette And Special Models

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad

1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Convertible

1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlineta
1954 Ford Crestline Convertible

1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner

1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner

1954 Jaguar XK 120

1954 Jaguar XK 120

1954 Kaiser Darrin

1954 Kaiser Darrin

1954 Lincoln Capri Convertible

1954 Lincoln Capri Convertible

1954 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 Convertible

1954 Oldsmobile Kids Toy Car

1954 Packard Panther

1954 Packard Panther

1954 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible

1954 Bentley S1

1955 Buick Series 40 Special Riviera

1955 Chevrolet Bel Aire Nomad

1955 Chevrolet Bel Aire

1955 Chevrolet Corvette

1955 Chevrolet Nomad and Pontiac Safari

1955 Chevrolet Nomad

1955 Chrysler 300C

1955 Chrysler 300C

1955 Chrysler Falcon Concept Car

1955 Chrysler Imperial Convertible

1955 Chrysler Imperial Convertible

1955 Chrysler Imperial Custom Convertible

1955 Chrysler Imperial Custom Convertible

1955 Chrysler Imperial 2-Door Hardtop

1955 Chrysler Imperial 2-Door Hardtop

1955 Chrysler St Regis 2-Door Hardtop

1955 Continental

1955 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible

1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlineta

1955 Ford Sunliner

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1955 Jaguar XK-140 MC Roadster

1955 Maserati A6GCS 53 Spider

1955 Maserati Coupe

1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing

1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing

1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing

1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SE Coupe

1955 Mercedes Benz 300 B Coupe

1955 Mercedes Benz SC 300

1955 Mercury Montclair

1955 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Resto Mod (Mine)

1955 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Resto Mod (Mine)

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday (When I Was In College)

1955 Pontiac Safari Nomad

1955 Pontiac Safari Nomad

1955 Pontiac Starchief

1955 Porsche 356 Speedster Racer

1955 Studebaker President

1955 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster

1956 AC Aceca

1956 Austin Healy 100M Le Mans

1956 BMW 507

1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

1956 Buick Special Convertible

1956 Buick Super Convertible

1956 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz Convertible

1956 Cadillac El Dorado DeVille

1956 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

1956 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

1956 Chevrolet Corvette Road Racer

1956 Chrysler 300 B

1956 Chrysler New Yorker

1956 Chrysler Windsor Nassau Hardtop

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible

1956 Continental Mark II
1956

Continental Mark II

1956 Dodge Custom Royal

1956 Dodge Lancer Convertible

1956 Ferrari 250 GT

1956 Ferrari 250 GT

1956 Ferrari 250 GT

1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria

1956 Ford Skyliner

1956 Ford Fairlane Convertible

1956 Ford Thunderbird

1956 Fords In Dealership

1956 GMC Suburban

1956 Jaguar XK 140 Drophead Coup

1956 Lambretta LD MK

1956 Lambretta LD Scooter (Had one just like this when I was a kid)

1956 Maserati 450S Spyder

1956 Maserati A6 2000 Spyder

1956 Maserati A6G Berlinetta

1956 Mercedes Benz 300C Station Wagon

1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1956 Mercedes Benz 300C Station Wagon

1956 Mercury Montclair 2-Door Hardtop

1956 Mercury Montclair Convertible

1956 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday

1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible

1956 Pontiac Safari Station Wagon

1956 Pontiac Star Chief 2-Door Hardtop

1956 Ford Crown Victoria

1956 Studebaker Sky Hawk

1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

1957 BMW 507 Roadster

1957 Buick Century Caballero Station Wagon

1957 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

1957 Buick Roadmaster 2-Door Hardtop

1957 Buick Roadmaster 2-Door Hardtop

1957 Buick Special 2-Door Hardtop

1957 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

1957 Cadillac Custom Van

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

1957 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

1957 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Cameo

1957 Chevrolet Corvette

1957 Chevrolet Corvette

1957 Chevrolet El Morocco

1957 Chevrolet Nomad

1957 Chrysler 300C

1957 Chrysler 300C

1957 Chrysler New Yorker

1957 Continental Mark II

1957 Dodge Coronet Convertible

1957 Dodge Coronet Hardtop

1957 Dodge Stepside D100

1957 Dodge Stepside D100

1957 Edsel Ranger Convertible

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Top Down

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Top Up

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Hardtop

1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible

1957 Ford Ranchero

1957 Ford Thunderbird With Top

1957 Ford Thunderbird No Top

1957 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible

1957 Jaguar XK 140

1957 Jaguar XKSS

1957 Lincoln Premier

1957 Lincoln Premier

1957 Mercedes Benz 220SW Ponton Cabriolet

1957 Mercury Montclaier Turnpike Cruiser Convertible

1957 Mercury Montclaier Turnpike Cruiser Convertible

1957 Mercury Monterey Convertible

1957 Mercury Montclaier Turnpike Cruiser

1957 Mercury Montclaier Turnpike Cruiser Wagon

1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe With J2 Engine

1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Station Wagon

1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible

1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe

1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe

1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari

1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari

1957 Pontiac Star Chief

1957 Porsche 356 Carrera

1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk

1957 Desoto Firesweep
Click Here For My Favorite Cars From The 1950s – Part 2