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Sat
18
Mar

Television, music were different in the good old days

My parents bought our first television in the mid-1950s. It was a black-and-white RCA. Some of the shows we watched on a regular basis were “The Jack Benny Show,” “I Love Lucy,” “I’ve Got A Secret,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Dragnet,” “Bonanza,” “The George Gobel Show,” “Alfred Hitchcock,” “Gunsmoke,” “Father Knows Best,” “Leave It To Beaver” and “The Perry Como Show.”

“The Ed Sullivan Show” was a family favorite. I remember the show in 1956 when Elvis Presley first appeared on it. During one of his performances, he was only shown from the waist up. My dad was definitely not impressed with Elvis’s gyrations or his music. He preferred songs like “Kaw-Liga” by Hank Williams, “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Eddie Arnold’s “Cattle Call.” He sang them often, slapping his knee and encouraging me to join in.

Sat
11
Mar

Growing up in ’50s much different than today

I wonder how many of you remember going to Papendorf’s store? It was located on the south side of Shawano; a popular place that sold a large assortment of penny candy. Remember the candy lipstick with gold paper? There were candy cigarettes, marshmallow cones, Turkish taffy, Boston baked beans, Chicklets gum, licorice snaps, Necco candy wafers, wax bottle candy, candy lips, atomic fireballs, Chuckles jelly candy, licorice pipes, circus peanuts, Cloves and Blackjack gum and so much more. A Sugar Daddy or Black Cow sucker would last through an entire afternoon matinee. Eating the button candy stuck on paper was no easy feat; I think I ate more than my share of paper.

Elmer Papendorf was very patient, allowing us as much time as we needed to decide how to spend our pennies. Once when I got into the store I discovered the nickel tied into a handkerchief had fallen out. Elmer noticed me standing back not selecting anything. He quietly placed some coins in my hand.

Sat
11
Mar

Letter: Clintonville children’s future depends on April 4 vote

To the editor:

On April 4, voters in the Clintonville School District have an important decision to make, whether to vote yes or no on the referendum to approve $24.9 million for the construction and equipping of a new elementary school.

Before deciding on how you will vote, please take the time to become fully informed on the issue. The Clintonville School District website (http://www.clintonville.k12.wi.us) has up-to-date information, FAQs and video tours available. If you missed the March 6 public information meeting, make a point to attend the second meeting at 6 p.m. March 23 in the elementary school cafeteria. Tours of the building will be available. You should have received information sheets in the mail. Contact board members or the central office with any questions.

Sat
11
Mar

Letter: Oconto Co. resident appreciates Shawano parks

To the editor:

Dear friends in Shawano, I am your neighbor from Oconto County, but I come to visit your city twice a week to swim at the Shawano Recreation Center. In the summer, I often eat lunch at Huckleberry Harbor afterwards.

Those two wonderful facilities alone would be worth the $25 per year on $100,000 of assessed valuation that you are being asked to approve in the advisory referendum next month.

There are more parks that I have yet to experience — 26 in all, according to the city of Shawano website. Currently, I can only imagine all of the baseball and soccer and basketball and football and swinging and sliding and hiking and running that must be happening there.

Another way to look at your $25 would be to say that it’s less than one buck per year per park. A really good deal.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Democracy under attack by Trump

To the editor:

President Trump has denounced the American media, accusing them of reporting fake news and calling them the enemy of the people.

Thomas Jefferson said if the United States could have a government or a free press, he would prefer the latter.

Sen. John McCain said the first thing a dictator does in taking over a country is silence the independent media.

President Trump is now selectively inviting representatives of the press to briefings, excluding those media that have been critical of his policies and leadership.

The moment for America is more serious than Watergate and Nixon.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Social Security under attack from Republicans

To the editor:

Each month, those of us on Social Security look forward to the day that our check will arrive. Those of us still working hope that the money we paid in will be there when we retire. Currently, 39 million retired workers receive these payments averaging less than $1,300 per month.

Under Social Security, workers earn retirement benefits by making payments during their working years. In 2005, President Bush and other GOP leaders proposed to have Wall Street manage Social Security funds. The public rejected this plan. Now, Social Security is under attack again.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Clintonville students need proposed new school

To the editor:

On April 4, you and I will have a decision to make. It will affect the lives of all the children that will be educated in the Clintonville Public School District for the next 20 years or more. We will be voting to build a new building for them or to work with what we’ve got now.

How they learn and what they learn in those 20 years will be affected by our votes. What do you want them to learn? What will they need to know to get a job 20 or 30 years from now?

When I think of how much our world has changed since I went to school, I consider myself fortunate to have found a job that I enjoyed. We want, for them, the same opportunities we had. We want them to be prepared for the world they will grow up in and raise children in. With how amazed I feel by the power of electronic communication in our world today, who can predict what these students will need?

At the very least, we can give them an adequate, comfortable building.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Media should forgive Trump; he knows not what we does

To the editor:

It hurts to hear the bitter criticism of the news media.

The press, in all its dizzying variety, makes available to us “the great conversation.” There is an array of talent from our own Shawano efforts to New York tirelessly moving the conversation along.

What is its purpose? Knowledge. Honest news brings us ideas, but not so we can oppose or demolish the others’ ideas. We need to include those others into a larger story. Without this larger structure, the conversation stops and pitchforks come out.

We have a big job to find the Walter Cronkites of our day, who know the danger of fake news versus real news, truth versus lies. They are out there fact-checking their own stories, committed to our great free press.

Fri
03
Mar

Letter: Trump doesn’t mind bad press if it’s true

To the editor:

On Feb. 17, you carried an AP story about Donald Trump’s Thursday news conference. The article said that “Over and over, he accused the political press of being dishonest and suggested that any negative coverage of his administration was ‘fake news.’”

Actually Trump said that if he makes a mistake and the press writes bad about him, he can handle that. He doesn’t mind bad stories if they are true. This is just the opposite of what the AP article said. I recommend that the Leader fact check the stories it publishes to make sure they are true.

Michael Richter,

Shawano

Fri
03
Mar

Reflections on life in the 1950s


Contributed Photo Conrad Bobb operated Tommy Store Lunches, better known as Connie Bobb’s or Conrad Bobb’s, located across from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in the 1950s.

I doubt the good Lord is concerned about what we wear to church; He is just glad to welcome us to worship.

However, back in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up, most wore their very best clothes to church. Everyone looked so nice. Women wore their finest dresses or suits. Many wore hats, some wore matching shoes and gloves. Men often wore hats, too, and suits with white shirts and ties.

I had Sunday clothes that could only be worn to Sunday school, church or a wedding. I don’t ever remember anyone wearing T-shirts, tennis shoes or blue jeans to church or Sunday school back then; not even if they were new. Everyone dressed up for weddings and funerals, too. Maybe it was a form of respect.

Saturday nights were busy. Mother checked our Sunday school work, shoes were polished, a bath was a must, and hair was shampooed.

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