|April 09, 2021
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
Beds in 30 seconds! Both Nash front seat backs recline to
fill space between front and rear seats, creating a roomy
bed for hunters, fishermeneveryone who travels.
was a little simpler back in the 1950's, I graduated from
high school in 1961, boys had ducktail haircuts, button-down
shirts, charcoal and pink was all the rage, seams sewn on
levi legs, and white buck shoes (wish I'd saved mine),
thanks to the latest teen hero, Pat Boone. "April Love"
was extended all year.
The girls had fuzzy
sweaters, crinoline skirts, bobbysocks, and gum. I remember
a lot of chewing gum. In our school, there was this one girl
who was rumored to be "loose", but nobody actually
knew for sure. "Candy" came to school every day
with the bleach blonde hair, fuzzy filled-out sweater, short
skirt with bobby socks, and gum. Another, the guys would
joke, had the nerve to call herself "Virginia",
but again, nobody knew for sure.
A bed in 30
seconds! Both Nash front seat backs reclined to fill space
between front and rear seats, creating a bed. Teenagers
With bench front seats in all the cars,
you could easily identify the couples "going steady",
the girl would be right over next to the driver. Later,
those new bucket seats ruined all of that.
Saturday night, with only one AM radio station within range,
cruising the main street was so cool to watch and be
involved in, with every car radio tuned to the same station.
The latest rock n' roll song would get
doppler effect as dozens of cars went up and down the
main street of town, everyone listening to the same song.
Gasoline was 20¢ a gallon, cheeseburgers were 15¢,
a kid could have a good time on Saturday night for a buck.
I had a friend with a Nash Rambler automobile, the
company offered that "makes into a bed in 30 seconds"
option for several years. He told me one day that he'd
finally lined up a date with this really good looking girl,
all the guys were after her, and he drove over to pick her
Bad timing, the mother had just watched a Nash
Rambler commercial on television, with a happy family
sleeping in their car at Yellowstone Park. She Looked out
the picture window (having a "picture window" then
was the latest thing) and saw my friend pull into the
driveway. No way was she going to let her daughter go out
with a guy who, as she said, "has a car that makes
into a bed!".
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