Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Popular advertising slogan for Charles Atlas' innovative body building program.  Most young men were awed by this transformation, but hopeful.


Activities were curtailed during "those days" each month - especially swimming.  We stayed at home rather than attend swimming parties wearing normal clothes, since everyone would realize our secret. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


We wore all sorts of undergarments - pointy bras, girdles, waist cinchers, etc - in hopes of obtaining the hour glass figure that was popular at the time.  Our body was not supposed to jiggle.


My first airplane ride took place during senior year in high school.  Family friend, a pilot, took me to Shreveport, LA for a Centenary College choir audition.  It was an amazing experience!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


My parents purchased forty acres and a house that needed much repair in DeRidder, Louisiana, where we moved before my junior year in high school.   Daddy wasn't too crazy about most of the boys I dated.  He slightly approved of one date when Johnny helped Daddy remove a skunk out from under our house.

Hooray, Hoorah! Sis-Boom Bah!

Girls needed to have really good vocal chords and be able to jump up and down while continually smiling if they wanted to be a cheerleader during the Fifties.  Creating fancy pyramids and flipping here and there were not necessary.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hey, Tall Girl in a High School Sweater

Girls didn't think boys their age would ever mature, and  it was especially difficult being a tall girl.  Boys eventually grew, but the wait was long.


Shangri-La is a garden owned by the Lutcher Stark Family in Orange, Texas, featuring exotic flowers, a lake with swans and other unusual animals.  It became a popular attraction for families at Easter, when it was opened to the public.