Frontier airlines, Ronald Reagan and Chux

Saturday, October 11, 2003
Mary Poore of McCook with the Wedgewood blue lamp she purchased at Rick and Linda Hein's sale.

More than 90 people attended the informational meeting Sept. 12, 1960, organized by the Hillcrest Home Association. Several levels of service were discussed with plans calling for single rooms, double rooms and semi-apartments for married couples.

Guests needing hospitalization would be hospitalized. Rev. Goldbeck of Hastings, director of the Good Samaritan Village, a retirement colony in Hastings, suggested no less than 10 acres be set aside at the minimum.

That would allow future expansion for individual cottages. Art Herrmann was serving as moderator and was quoted as saying that the bond issue was the first step in obtaining their primary goal, "a home for our senior citizens."

Future expansion would be anticipated but "first we must get a start." I noticed in the days following, the subject of the "old people's home" was discussed at several civic and social club meetings.

Meanwhile, at nearby Oxford, they were celebrating their fourth Turkey Days festival. A ton of rolled turkey meat was fed to more than 6,000 people, along with 570 gallons of Kool Aid, 400 loaves of bread, 210 pounds of potato chips and 53 gallons of barbecue meat.

Frontier Airlines out of McCook offered "Thrifty Fares," one-third off the regular fares on Saturdays and Sundays. With the new fares you could fly from McCook to Omaha for $27, to Denver for $28, Lincoln for $22 or Kansas City for $39. You could fly to your chosen city one weekend; return on another ... the tickets were good for 30 days.

I found a letter during the sorting for my auction from John T. Harris Sr. to the president of Frontier Airlines, his good friend, Lou Diamond. It was a letter of recommendation for me. He told Mr. Diamond what a marvelous employee I would be, but I never got the opportunity ... it just wasn't to be for me to be one of those golden girls of the sky in the 1960s. John T. sure wrote a nice letter though ... that's worth a lot!

Ronald Reagan was interviewed in the Sept. 14 issue of the Gazette. He was at that time an actor-producer and had the G.E. Theater, which was starting its seventh year on television. He was asked about television's "lack of daring" and "reluctance to experiment." The actor and future President of the United States said, "We feel that it is our obligation to entertain people. If, in the course of entertaining them, we find a way to uplift them or to better them, that is a plus value. But if our show refuses to go in for sordid, unpleasant themes and unsavory subjects, it is not because of the "cowardice" of the sponsors. It's just that we don't think that's our job."

I'm seeing ads in the September Gazette's of 1960 that bring back memories of relics just sold at my auction last Saturday. An ad by R.F. Pate Hardware, 208 Norris Ave., for Boonton Ware, a melamine product, reminded me of his chair that I had. It was a wonderful old oak office chair that tilts waaay back. My friend and next-door neighbor, Peggy is looking forward to it being her computer chair and was happy to hear the history on the sturdy piece. An ad for Manny Olds and Cadillac reminded me of the Wedgwood lamps that came from Manny ... my friend Mary went home with those. I kept one of the vases as a memento for Rick. Daughter Crystal slept in the bedroom set we got from Manny and Ardis Reynolds for many years and a picture of them still graces our hallway.

I got a shock reading the McMillen Drug Co. ad in the Sept. 14, Gazette. They advertised Chux disposable diapers for $1.98. The subject came up when Crystal had her little Isaac James almost a year ago. I launched into the old "back when I had Dennis, they didn't have disposable diapers...we had to rinse them out every night and wash them" routine.

Now, I find out that they did have them! I was in no position to be buying them in any case but truly was not aware that they even existed. No one I knew ever used them. Of course, on a monthly salary of $200, the $1.98 for one box of disposable diapers might add up awfully fast.

To make our consumer dollars go further, businesses and grocery stores were giving gift premium stamps. Safeway was giving Gold Bond stamps, DeGroff's and Sheldon's Markets were giving S&H Green Stamps and Hinky Dinky was giving Top Value stamps. Spend more, save the stamps and get free gifts. I ran across several full books of S&H Green Stamps in getting ready for the auction too. Amazingly enough, I'm still finding new "stuff" every day as I pack ... even though the auction is a memory. If anyone ever needs a "poster child" for Packrat Inc., I think I might fit the bill!

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