June 2, 2010


By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Boy, talk about a busy weekend! I spent two days covering the State Track Meet in Bismarck where everyone, especially the athletes, suffered under 90-plus degree temperatures on Friday, only to freeze on Saturday. And then it was back to Watford City to get ready for graduation on Sunday and Memorial Day on Monday.
And here it is Monday night and I’ve finally gotten all of the hundreds of photos that I took over the weekend downloaded onto my computer and picked out the ones that will appear in this week’s paper, and got all of my stories written. (No wonder that the Memorial Day weekend is the one holiday that I dislike the most.)
So here I am on Monday night sitting at my computer wondering what I was going to put into this week’s column, when like a miracle, an e-mail arrives that I couldn’t resist sharing.
If you like to remember the “good old days” this little exam will get you thinking.
History Exam For Old People
1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
a) On the floor shift knob; b. On the floor board, to the left of the  clutch; c. Next to the horn.
2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?
a. Capture lightning bugs; b To sprinkle clothes before ironing; c. Large salt shaker.
3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
a. Cows got cold and wouldn’t produce milk; b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled; c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.
4. What was the popular chewing gum  named for a game of chance?
a. Blackjack; b. Gin; c. Craps
5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during WW II.
a. Suntan; b. Leg painting; c. Wearing slacks
6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn’t tell whether it was coming or going?
a. Studebaker; b. Nash Metro; c. Tucker
7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
a. Strips of dried peanut butter; b. Chocolate licorice bars; c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
8. How was Butch wax used?
 a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up; b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing; c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust.
9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
 a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key; b. Woven straps that crossed the foot; c. Long pieces of twine.
10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
 a. Consider all the facts; b. Ask Mom; c. Eeny - meeny - miney - MO.
11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s and 1950s?
 a. Smallpox; b. AIDS; c. Polio
12. ‘I’ll be down to get you in a ________, Honey’
a. SUV; b. Taxi; c. Streetcar
13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy’s pony?
a. Old Blue; b. Paint; c. Macaroni
14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
a. Part of the game of hide and seek; b. What you did when your  Mom called you in to do chores; c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.
15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
a.. Princess Summerfallwinterspring; b. Princess Sacajawea; c. Princess Moonshadow.
16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high; b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window;  c. Wrote another pupil’s name on the top, to avoid their failure.
17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum; b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items; c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos.
18. Praise the Lord, & pass the _________?
a. Meatballs; b. Dames; c. Ammunition
19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song ‘Cabdriver’ a hit?
a. The Ink Spots; b. The Supremes; c. The  Esquires
20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
a. Tony Bennett; b. Xavier Cugat; c. George Gershwin
1. (b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took till the late 60s to catch on.
2. (b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?
3. (c) Cold weather caused  the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.
4. (a) Blackjack Gum.
5. (b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.
6. (a) 1946 Studebaker.
7. (c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.
8. (a) Wax for your flat-top (butch) haircut.
9 (a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a shoestring around your neck.
10. (c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.
11. (c) Polio. In the beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the disease.
12. (b) Taxi, Better be ready by half-past eight!
13. (c) Macaroni.
14. (c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.
15. (a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.
16. (a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.
17. (b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.
18. (c) Ammunition, and we’ll all be free.
19. (a) The widely famous 50’s group: The Inkspots.
20. (a) Tony Bennett.
17- 20 correct: You are older than dirt, and obviously gifted with mental abilities. Now if you could only find your glasses. Definitely someone who should share your wisdom!
12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but you’re getting there.
0 -11 correct: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your experiences.