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View Poll Results: What age bracket are you in?
Under 30yrs old 79 6.97%
30yrs-40yrs old 126 11.12%
40-60yrs old 674 59.49%
over 60yrs old 254 22.42%
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:08 AM   #1
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After my visit to Forum Fest, I realized that I am probably in the minority on the site. I wonder what the average age of our members is? Please take the poll
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:27 AM   #2
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I am on the low end of the 40-60 range.
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:57 PM   #3
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Old enough to know better but too young to care.

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Old 09-23-2008, 01:15 PM   #5
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WBB - I'm gonna assume you're about 30?

(AW will be having her 29th b-day for the nineth time this October.)

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33 to be exact. I just noticed I seemed to be one of the younger members at the fest. I know at least one other poster personally that is around my age. I was just hoping that people my age that love the lake were on here as well. I notice in the poll there even seems to be some under 30, good to see!
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:41 PM   #7
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I am going to hit 28 this November!
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I turned 29 this past January...for the 12th time. So, well, actually just do the math.
I try not to.
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I know there are lots of winni lovers my age!! I am 31!
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:43 PM   #10
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I've decided to stop counting.... born 5/6/51 older than dirt!

Youth is wasted on the young!

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Old 09-23-2008, 02:55 PM   #11
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I'm 69 and damn proud of it. Over 57 years of it has been spent at the big lake in Alton and the rest on the ocean half way up the state of Maine.
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39 and I will be 40 in December. I remember as a teen thinking 30 was very old. As you can imagine, I no longer feel that way.
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I was not there, but just turned 37. My wife is going to be 29 for the 6th time on Saturday.
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Turned 55 at ForumFest.
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:26 PM   #15
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WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL US?! (Yes, I'm yelling!)

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Old 09-23-2008, 06:19 PM   #16
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Shoot! I knew it! I'm the oldest...oh well, guess there is no age limit on enjoying the Lakes Region and liking to hear all the goings on.
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Two very good years.......I was born the day of the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin helped me celebrate my 25th by walking on the moon.....I am ....... OLD! I guess that makes me part of the Pepsi Generation.
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I LIKE this poll, lol. I'm just to one side of smack dab in the middle of the 40-60 age group, and I'll firmly deny every word of this whenever I'm lucky enough to meet any of my fellow forum posters!

On another note, I wasn't able to make FF -- yet again -- thought I was going to, then promised my 13-yr-old to take him to Clark's for Train weekend, not realizing there was a clash of dates at the time. I was very sorry to miss yet another one, BUT son and I had a wonderful time in Lincoln. I hope the weather in M'boro was close to as wonderful as it was in Lincoln, and it sounds like Krista did a fabulous job with the organization -- kudos to her, SteveA, rrr, and everyone who donated raffle prizes and to all who participated in the FF!
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"Older than I once was/ Younger than I'll be..."
La La La...
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44 and feeling great!!

I'm 44 and need a nap
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:00 AM   #21
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"...I was born the day of the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler..."
Boy, are YOU old!

Ummm...What date was that?

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After my visit to Forum Fest, I realized that I am probably in the minority on the site. I wonder what the average age of our members is? Please take the poll
I noticed the same thing at ForumFest '08, but anticipated that the number of attendees at a September Forum Fest would include retirees: the average age of members here is probably much younger. (Many at the ForumFest '08 haven't replied as yet, making this poll somewhat more "youthful".)
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47...48 this winter.
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:56 AM   #23
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At 42 years old, I find it amusing to be lumped in with the "up to 60 year old" crowd by a 33 year old. I'm only 9 years older than you, WeirsBeachBoater, but you have me in the same category as someone almost twice your age. Where's the 40 to 50 option?
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Dave R, I meant no offense to anyone, I came up with the categories by what I observed at the FF. It looked to me in my humble opinion, that most at the fest, were between 40-60. According to the poll, it looks like that is true and it is the largest demographic on our site.
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Dave R, I meant no offense to anyone, I came up with the categories by what I observed at the FF. It looked to me in my humble opinion, that most at the fest, were between 40-60. According to the poll, it looks like that is true and it is the largest demographic on our site.
I was not offended at all. Amused, just amused. No worries.
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I think there should have been a 40-50 then 50-60 category.
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I think there should have been a 40-50 then 50-60 category.
I could be in both of those category's
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I may be 54, but from the neck up I'll always be 16......just ask my wife...
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Come on now, you still haven't revealed your age.
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34 years been at the lake since I was 7
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Two very good years.......I was born the day of the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin helped me celebrate my 25th by walking on the moon.....I am ....... OLD! I guess that makes me part of the Pepsi Generation.
I'm not too far behind you, HC. I was 20 (almost 21) when Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon.
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This is my 61st summer at the Lake. Do not remember the first few years.
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Born in June of 1931. So Im working on 78. Just beginning to feel like 50.
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SCOREBOARD: MAY 6, 1951
Boston Braves 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 0 at Braves Field
Boston Red Sox 5, St. Louis Browns 4 at Sportsman's Park III
St. Louis Browns 8, Boston Red Sox 2 at Sportsman's Park III

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11-29-56, and my personality matches much of my astrological sign's attributes! Pity my wife!
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OK, to be specific, I'll be 55 on October 19th.
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I am a member of Generation Jones, which is 1954-1965. Arguably, the most catastrophic (for lack of a better word) event to happen in the US in this time frame happened the year I was born...can you guess the year?

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Sorry, I can't just come out and tell you my age...you have to work for it.

JFK's assassination?

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John, I guess I have a couple of years on you. However, only my hairdresser knows for sure! Good to see that there are so many in our own age bracket.
Oh, and whoever else cares, I am 47, no grey.!!!
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Well, I am 48 (just typing it makes me gag) and I live for those days on the lake.

Now, my boys are 12 and 14 and they, too, live for their days on the lake. I clearly remember thinking Lake Winnie was in the sticks, boring as all get out and the worst place ever during my teen years and early twenties. I guess we start out smart and then have a middling period when we are incredibly stupid. My boys aren't quite there yet and I hope they never get there.

Of course, having a TV and a boat helps. Didn't have those back in the 70's. We didn't even have a regular phone. We had a party line well into my high school years.

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I am a member of Generation Jones, which is 1954-1965. Arguably, the most catastrophic (for lack of a better word) event to happen in the US in this time frame happened the year I was born...can you guess the year?

Sorry, I can't just come out and tell you my age...you have to work for it.
Blue Thunder got to answer before me!' I remember watching his funeral on a black and white TV. I was glued to the set. I was almost 3! Probably one of about 3 memories of my really,really younger years. BTW I was born in '61 and have always been facinated by the Kennedys.
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And you're younger than me!!!

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I was in an undergrad enginering class in fluid dymanics at UCONN that Friday afternoon and looking out at the steps of the student union we saw a large group assembled. Someone came down the hallway shouting "Kennedy has been shot". That Sunday morning watching live TV I saw Jack Ruby shoot Oswald. So that puts me somewhat into the 60+ group.
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...I remember taking surveys on paper, and checking the first set of boxes, then saying "oops" as I checked the second set of boxes, etc.

Now I am checking the last set of boxes (62, but who's counting), and am feeling really good about it, especially since this past Wednesday, my wife has to check the same box as I do (no M-n-M, not the M box!!!!).
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I'm 41 and hubby is 43, but we both feel better than we did in our 20's - here's hoping the trend continues!
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PS. White Rock. I was the proud owner of a genuine Matel Seargent Saunders tommy gun! 'Used red dot caps!

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Hi Misty Blue,

I don't recall the Mattel Sgt. Saunders Tommy Gun however, I did have a 'Rifleman' rifle that used red dot caps. Too cool.
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I am 27, but, I will be turning 28 on Oct 11th woo hooo 2 more yrs to 30 lol.

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I remember when a cell was a jail room.
I remember when good music was in HiFi monaural.
I remember when a simple computer took up a huge warehouse.
I remember when a scanner was a radio and not a computer accessory.
I remember the thrill of my first video game at home, PONG.
I remember cars with fins.
I remember the Lakes Region Playhouse (near Sawyers)
I remember the Margate when it was a great place to stay,
I remember a nicer more innocent time.

Hey, WeirsBeachBoater, you youngster, were you feeling out of place at the FF due to your age? Are you younger than you look? There must be younger people on the forum that just are not posting in this thread.

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All you have to say about that is..$$$$$$
and remember The Wizard of Oz changing from black and white to color half way thru the Movie?
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Do you remember "bop bop beetle"? Did you ever play that?
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I remember when a cell was called a Car Phone (mounted in vehicle)
I remember when good music was on tape.
I remember when a simple computer was the Apple IIe
I remember when a scanner was a police radio.
I remember the thrill of my first video game at home, Donkey Kong or pitfall?
I remember cars with fins, I remember seeing them, at the antique car show!
I remember the Lakes Region Playhouse (near Sawyers) I remember B Maes!
I remember the Driftwood Motel it was a great place to stay!
I remember a nicer more innocent time. Ya it was called when we were kids.

I just know I was definately the youngest member at the FF. I never feel out of place. I am comfortable in any crowd. Comes with the territory. But I wish there had been more people representing the Gen X Winni Lovers!

PS. Actually I am hoping for a smoking hot Cougar, who lives lakefront and wants to take me in, so I can retire early and help her spend her millions!!! Is that so much to ask???? LOL
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I sometimes pretend to be on the cougar hunt (to look, not capture) and I must say...the lakes region does not provide many sightings. There are some...but it is not a place cougars tent to settle...in my opinion.
Now, head north, to say Ottawa, Canada, and...oh, my God...
Perhaps it is because cats are afraid of water?
A bit off topic, I know...
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You dont have to be old to remember Bmae's lol I used to stay there every summer from 1988-2000, thats when the price went up too much and i do long for the restaurant there with the breakfast buffet back in the 1980s and early 1990s those were the days lol.
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Have to play the "do you remember" a little
Do any of you remember...
When REALLY large numbers of what we kids called "four-motored bombers" would fly overhead..lots of times at night. They made a very deep, loud droning sound that was scary. Never realized back then I would not ever hear that sound again. That's OK, though!
When the time was announced on the radio ,it would be "It is now 8 o'clock, Eastern Wartime."
We would race home after school to listen to "Superman", "Tom Mix", "The Lone Ranger" on the radio and pray it wouldn't be too filled with static. It would stay light quite a long time at night, even in winter, because of "Eastern Wartime"
We would save up Box Tops forever and send away, along with 25 cents, for a magic ring or some marvelous artifact Superman or Tom Mix was using. We'd wait an eternity for it to arrive...and...omigod, what a piece of junk it was!! Even a kid knew it...not that you could admit it. I wonder if anyone actually saved one of them...through all these years.
Later on, there were "real cars" again on the scene. My family had one with fins, actually. It shifted with push buttons!
Cool music (!) arrived, like Bill Haley and the Comets...and you had 45's.
And, finally...my family being the last ones on the planet to get one...we had television!
Anyone remember that stuff??
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Orion, I bet you have just been waiting for a chance to say that, right??
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I remember it all. Guess we must be of the same vintage. I, too, was a member of the Tom Mix Straight Shooters Club and there wasn't a premium I didn’t send for. Let me see, there was the Look Around Ring, the Whistling Ring and who can ever forget the Indian arrowhead that glowed in the dark? It had a magnifying glass and compass built right in. Does it get any better than that? Once on a roll with the glow-in-the-dark items, along came the spurs with the same marvelous properties. Amazing!

I believe the cost of the rings was 10 cents, but then inflation began to set in and the arrowhead and spurs were a quarter. Junk, you say? What do you expect for a dime, the Hope Diamond? To purchase all of these “can’t do without gems”, you needed a box top from Ralston cereal. Oh, how I hated that stuff, but always promised my Mom I would eat it if she would only purchase a box. Once I got my grubby little hands on the box top, the promises usually went out the window. Needless to say, it had a very long shelf life at our house. The first child at school to receive their long awaited prize was surely the most popular kid of the day and all gathered ‘round to marvel at the wonders of it all.

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I remember it all. Guess we must be of the same vintage. I, too, was a member of the Tom Mix Straight Shooters Club and there wasn't a premium I didn’t send for. Let me see, there was the Look Around Ring, the Whistling Ring and who can ever forget the Indian arrowhead that glowed in the dark? It had a magnifying glass and compass built right in. Does it get any better than that? Once on a roll with the glow-in-the-dark items, along came the spurs with the same marvelous properties. Amazing!

I believe the cost of the rings was 10 cents, but then inflation began to set in and the arrowhead and spurs were a quarter. Junk, you say? What do you expect for a dime, the Hope Diamond? To purchase all of these “can’t do without gems”, you needed a box top from Ralston cereal. Oh, how I hated that stuff, but always promised my Mom I would eat it if she would only purchase a box. Once I got my grubby little hands on the box top, the promises usually went out the window. Needless to say, it had a very long shelf life at our house. The first child at school to receive their long awaited prize was surely the most popular kid of the day and all gathered ‘round to marvel at the wonders of it all.

Thanks for the memories
I guess we in the following "Cracker JacK" generation got your leftovers ... the trinkets they couldn't sell .....

Back when the only service was full service. (self service, what's that ?)
Back when air for your tires was free and they were checked while you filled up .... for $7.25 ... in the station wagon.
Back when the best gas station was the one that gave out the most S&H Green stamps.
Back when Dad went "through town" to avoid the toll on the highway ... saving $0.25.

And I'm a youngun .... relatively speaking.
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For awhile there I was afraid nobody would remember those "way back" days.
I apologize for the "junk" comment, but I guess, when you are seven, you do expect The Hope Diamond...especially when you've waited so long for that wonderful thing to arrive! I will admit, too, that the glow-in-the-dark items were a little classier than the ring which sported that "tin can-ish" material so "one size fit all". My husband, on his lunch break at home from Mechanic Street School in Lakeport, was fortunate to discover his Whistling Ring had arrived...after waiting for the better part of forever. You are right--when he went back that afternoon he was--indeed--the Man of the Hour (for about two minutes), until the ring accidently dropped down the register! He said he threw a spectacular fit ,and all possibilities for learning ceased until the custodian somehow retrieved the ring. Yes, those were the days!
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I turned 40 this year and have been on the lake for 40 summers.....(except the summer of 1994 - was in Korea serving in the Army that year. Couldn't afford a flight home.)
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I am on the upper end of the 40-60 group. I have been lucky enough to have spent all of those years on the lake and still own the family place with siblings, and also our own places. I think I belong with riverrat and Joe Kerr.
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I grew up in the 60's & early 70's, and remember spending summers at the Margate riding in John's cruiser, I also remember the White Owl Hotel that was across the street from the Margate and had the outdoor pool, traffic was going so slow it was no problem running across the street to swim in the unheated pool.

I also remember when Caramel Corn was available in several places on Weirs and the Ballroom was at the end of the warf. Another memory was watching David Cassidy's father and James Whitemore at the Playhouse in Gilford. Oh those memories, ones that can never be taken away with development and change.
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WinnDixie - Losing that precious ring down the register can only be described as a near catastrophe, but luckily it was retrievable and life-long trauma was prevented. I must admit that the rings were not 24-carat gold, but the arrowheads and spurs were of a better quality material and workmanship. I have most of those items tucked away in a box of childhood souvenirs somewhere, and the last time I checked, the whistling ring was still operational, although a bit tarnished. I wonder how many toys of today will still be whistling along in 60 years? It was actually a good investment, as I probably could more than double my investment if I were willing to part with it and offer it for sale to a collector.

Mechanic Street School? Ah, yes I remember it well. Who can ever forget the beautiful artwork we created with love and a gob of paste? The paste incidentally came in a huge jar and was distributed to each child on a piece of arithmetic paper. It had the distinctive aroma of teaberry gum and many a student was seen licking his or her fingers after applying it to paper. The inkwells were filled from a large jug and often leaked down into our desks, ruining everything it came in contact with, including the beautiful art we had worked so hard to complete. Music class was my favorite and I still can remember many of the songs we learned. As with all things in life, there are good and bad memories associated with school days, but we survived and can now look back upon them with fondness (for the most part).
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Since I just celebrated my 70th this summer with a party at the lake, I guess I'm at the high end of this rating and I'm still boating.
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Remember when there was no Grocery Store in the Gilford area - then Dan's Star Market came with its directional arrows on the floor?
How about when the Kellerhaus was not up the hill from the Wiers?
How about when Gunstock ran the chairlifts in the summer so you could walk down the moutians?
Remember when there was no Patricks Pub?
Silver Sands Motel and White Sands Motel right next to each other?
No St Helenas Church?
The Big Banana?
No Laconia By-Pass?
No Tilton Outlets?
Saunders Bay Motel and Cottages?
The Kings Grant Inn and the cruise boat that went out twice a day from its' dock on Dockham Shore Road?
The Saturday Night Dances at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club?
The Mart?
Fireworks every Sunday Night at the Weirs?
Hickory Stick Farm?
Wendys on Paugus Bay (where you could get to by boat?)

I could go on and on - thanks for letting me take a storll down memory lane
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The more I hear, the better it gets! Thanks, again, Chickie! Now I can admit I, too, licked my fingers when using that slippery, icky pale white glue!! Some time I wish you would post a picture of some of those bygone treasures...I am in awe that you actually still have them.

mrportjeff: I remember when Dan's Star Market was pretty much the "go to" supermarket( I shopped there for years, even after it became Jackson's Star Market)...but I most of all missed The Big Banana when it left...and why did it?? It was always mobbed.

Flboater...I am right there..turned 71 this summer ( I can't imagine how this has happened!!). I would say that I still golf, but that would be a stretch, considering how I bash the ball around...but...to everyone...isn't it great we are all on the correct side of the ground and having this much fun! A great thread, esp. considering all the "downer" news we contend with!
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Amen, WinnDixie.....and thanks for reminding us all to take the proper perspective!
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When my grandparents were my present age, they were OLD. Hard to believe. We were the last family on the block to get T.V. There was Milton Berle on Tuesday nights along with "professional" wrestling as well as Howdy Doody and I Love Lucy. My favorite was "Winky Dink." The deal was you sent in for a sheet of clear plastic to put over the T.V. screen so you could draw directly on the TV along with Winky Dink.

This year, the big excitement was that I am now on Medicare.Now if I can only figure out Part D.
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I had that!!!! I think it lasted about a week before my evil older brother used regular crayons on the plastic which wouldn't come off. I'd forgotten the name...thanks for the reminder.
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Some people are discussing the Gilford/Laconia town line area on Rt 3. The Big Banana I remember, but what was the ice cream store to the left of the building? I remember McIntyre Circle as it was called back then in the late 60's early70's( and I think into the early 80's?) I remember if you wanted soft serve icecream, it was DQ on the Ave, but if you wanted hard ice cream with more flavors in the sugar cone you had to go to McIntyre Circle. Also, if you kept on the road headed toward home, Meredith, there was a KFC almost across the street from the Margate. AND if Dad didn't stop for ice cream at DQ or the circle, we would cross our fingers and hope for the Tamarack with all of their flavors. Sometimes we would get our icecream there and Mom would shop in BasketWorld while we sat in the car savoring every lick. To be so young and innocent again. Thanks to whoever started this thread!
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I have a few 1980s memories as well

1. Staying at Bmae's then going to the buffett in the AM

2. going to Frankensundae at nite for my ice cream fix

3. going to Sawyers the original for 830m Fries lol

4. I used to never like the train rides back until 2001 cause it took too long

5. spending the day with my dad as my Mom and Grandparents antiqued shopping

6. going to dinner with Dad while my Mom and Grandparents went to William Tell Inn

7. spending the day at Funspot ( i still go there but for not as long as I used to)

8. I also remembered when we used to get off at exit 20 and when we saw the Bmae's and Funspot billboards my grandmother would turn around in the car in front of me and my Dad and wave that we made it
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:04 AM   #97
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Penny,Penny - The restaurant next to the Big Banana was called the Red Barn in more recent years, but had been Foster's Restaurant when first built in the late 1940's. They had a good variety of ice cream flavors and a take-out window. For a short time there was a soft serve place on the other side of the Big Banana, as well. It looked like a small chalet and was better than DQ in my estimation. They had more than just the usual two flavors and their orange-pineapple was to die for. The first soft serve I ever had was called frozen pudding. Remember?
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anyone remember the short-lived Road Kill Cafe in this same general vicinity?
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anyone remember the short-lived Road Kill Cafe in this same general vicinity?
Sure do remember the Road Kill Restaurant. I thought it was around for a few seasons. Somewhere in my "well organized" file system is an old menu from the place. Item names on the menu that Granny Clampett would probably cook for the Beverly Hillbillies crew.
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Been reading this forum for awhile and finally decided to register! I'm right smack in the middle of the 40-60 age group! Some days I feel like closer to the next group up!
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