The Days of Black and White

Red Skelton ended each of his TV programs with “Good night and God bless..”

The Days of Black and White 1Go all the way to the bottom past the pictures. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Whoever wrote this must have been my next door neighbor because it totally described my childhood to a ‘T.’ Hope you enjoy it.

Black and White TV

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tv_snowYou could hardly see the TV program for all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
‘Good Night, David – Good Night, Chet.’
My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and? I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.
The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE…and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked’s (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option… even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

If we got into trouble, it was time for a HACK on the butt from either a principal or our teacher. We weren’t cocky and smart-ass [excuse the expression] to our teachers . . . because of this. There wasn’t any law suits for abuse.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses?

Ours wore a hat and everything.

The Days of Black and White nurseI thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can’t recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah… and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played ‘king of the hill’ on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn’t sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it’s a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn’t act up at the neighbor’s house either, because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

The Days of Black and White spankingI recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off.

Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house.
Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run a muck.

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To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family.

How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes.
We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive?

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Bad Boy

My dad had this record and I remember him playing it when I was a kid.

The Jive Bombers were an American R&B group from New York City and consisted of members of two previous vocal groups, Sonny Austin & the Jive Bombers and The Palmer Brothers.

The group first recorded under the name The Sparrows in 1949 for Coral Records and changed their name to The Jive Bombers in 1952 to record for Citation Records. The member was Earl Johnson, Al Tinney, Wiliam “Pee Wee” Tinney, and Clarence Palmer.

Their 1957 Savoy Records single “Bad Boy”, co-written by Avon Long and Lil Hardin, was a hit in the U.S., peaking at #7 on the Black Singles chart and #36 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] The song has since been covered by The Escorts, Mink DeVille, Ringo Starr, Buster Poindexter (a.k.a. David Johansen, Sha Na Na, and others, and was used in the 1990 film Cry-Baby.

What distinguishes The Jive Bombers from similar bands of the same era is the unique and often downright bizarre vocal style of lead singer Clarence Palmer. Apart from his powerful normal singing style, he would frequently scat-sing an indescribable “UAH-UAH-UAH” sound at the end of certain words or lines.

In “Bad Boy” he uses this effect every time he sings the song title. From then on he used it in nearly every Jive Bombers recording.

  • In “Stardust”, he scat-sings seemingly at random points between the words, i.e. “The little nightengale sings his fairytale of uah-uah-uah-uah-uah-uah-uah-uah-paradise”.
  • In “Cherry”, the band drops out at near the end to let Palmer bellow out two huge unaccompanied “UAH-UAH”s
  • In “Just Around The Corner”, he only says one recognizable word (“bluebird”) twice, the rest of the song being taken up by the backing singer’s lyrics and Palmer’s outrageous free form vocalizing.