A TEST FOR OLD KIDS(See how many answers you can get before checking the answers at the bottom of the page.) 

1.  After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, “Who was that masked man?” and invariably someone would answer, “I don’t know, but he left this behind.”  What did he leave behind? _______________

2.  When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them on The ____________ Show.

3.  “Get your kicks, _________________.”

4.  “The story you are about to see is true.  The names have been changed ___________.”

5.  “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ______________.”

6.  After the Twist, the Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we “danced” under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the “_______________.”

7.  “N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestlé’s makes the very best _______________.”

8.  Satchmo was America’s “Ambassador of Goodwill.”  Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us.  His name was _________________.

9.  What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? ______________.

10.  Red Skelton’s hobo character was named ________________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, “Good Night, and  _____________.”

11.  Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their _____________.

12.  The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW.  What other names did it go by? _____________ and _____________.

13.  In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about “the day the music died.”  This was a tribute to ______________________.

14.  We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit.   The Russians did it.  It was called ___________________.

15.  One of the big fads of the late 50s and 60s was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist.  It was called the ___________________. 

So, how’d you do?  Answers are down at the end of this entry. I’m just getting started on most of my Friday work.  We had another meeting of the minds at the office yesterday about a new system we are implementing, so the day was pretty much shot after I got home close to 4 p.m.  My head was spinning with new ideas and techniques, so doing any intellectual type of work was out of the question last night.  However, true to form, I went to bed and DREAMT about it!  And, I think I came up with a solution to one of our problems in my dream!

Can’t wait to see what the Daylight Saving Time will do for us tomorrow.  I’m assuming, maybe optimistically, that my computer, just purchased 2 months ago, will be all programmed to change the time over tomorrow morning at 2 a.m.  I have heard that if you have an “older” computer (but they never say just how old) then you may need a “patch” to restore the settings so it will know when Daylight Saving Time occurs as well as when to reverse it, a week later in November (I think I saw somewhere that it was around November 11th, but don’t quote me on that).  I don’t mind actually doing this (but I wish they’d just let us alone all year with no time changes at all), but I do mind the fact that not everyone else in the world is doing this, as well.  That messes things up, I would think. 

Well, time for work.  Catch up with you later.

Rice Crispies,


P.S.Oh!  You want the answers, don’t you? OK – here they are:

1. A silver bullet.

2. The Ed Sullivan Show.

3. On Route 66.

4. To protect the innocent.

5. The lion sleeps tonight.

6. The limbo.

7. Chocolate.

8. Louis Armstrong

9. The Timex watch.

10. “Freddy the Freeloader”, & “Good Night, and may God Bless.”

11. Draft cards (bras were also burned).

12. Beetle or Bug

13. Buddy Holly

14. Sputnik

15. Hoola-hoop.



11 thoughts on “A TEST FOR OLD (American) KIDS

  1. Nope, not Yorkshire “downs” – the North Yorkshire Moors actually. I took that picture myself the last time I was there, when the rape seed oil fields were in all their glory. Oh how I miss England.


  2. Just a little note to any of you who peek back in here… Regarding Red Skelton… my mother babysat for his kids way back when. He used to live in the metro Boston area and she sat for his kids at one point in time. My father also worked at a bank in Boston with (the late) Walter Brennan! Those are just two of claims to fame…


  3. Oh, heck! I think I am older than all of you. Since my memory works fine, this was a snap. (Who did the best Nestle’s commercial? Jimmy Nelson and his puppet dog Farfel.) My dad called VW’s coffee grinders.


  4. Fun. Thanks. My answer to the American Pie question was “Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens” since all three died in that plane crash on the day the music died.


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