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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The past is passed

A former colleague of mine and I got in touch recently and have been exchanging some photos from our past. These two, that I received today, are of a going away party when my friend went across town to become my competitor. In the first photo, I have surprised him with a small gift of some kind. In the second photo he is being gracious and saying goodbye.
Two things stand out to me. #1, look how skinny we are! I've put on close to a hundred pounds since those days. #2, notice I am not without a cigarette in either photo. And that was inside of our studio, on the second floor. Nearly everyone smoked in those days and there were no laws about it. "Those days" - this was in 1968, some 41 years ago! (Incidentally, I stopped smoking, finally, 18 years ago but I still had to have a pacemaker installed a few years ago.)

13 comments:

  1. The pictures remind me of scenes from the movie, "Goodbye And Goodluck".

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  2. Judy - LOL! That's about how it was!

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  3. Yes, it does look like the set of Goodbye and Goodluck. You look like Dick Van Dyke!

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  4. Willow - Heavens to Murgatroyd! I wish I had some of his money.

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  5. I always love going through old photos like that. Amazing how much things change and how quickly they do.

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  6. M.I. - As you get older, you'll be amazed at how that quickness becomes more and more quick.

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  7. Hey, we were both journalistas & to be a journo back then, a cigarette in one hand at all times was part of one's persona. I still feel naked, though I quit over 25 years ago.

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  8. I never miss it anymore and am surprised to see one in my hand in old photos.

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  9. What a treat to get a little slice of time like this! it looks like as Mad men set.

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  10. Joan - You may (not) be surprised that you're not the first one to say that!

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  11. Joan stole my comment. I love the series Mad Men, but oh how I cringe now when I see the smoking that went on... to say nothing of the drinking!
    Wonderful photos, wonderful memories!

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  12. Middle age does unkind things to the body. Mine is expanding, and it never asked my permission!

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  13. Meggie - Yes, the smoking is something I am happy to have left behind.

    Kitty - Isn't that the darndest thing?

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