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Do You Recognized These Images?

If you recognized these icons, you were raised in the fifties and early sixties.

Contributed by:  Kathy Distefano Griffiths


We have no idea who did this but it was e-mailed to Judy Seegmiller and we thought we would share it with you.  It’s Great!.

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,

Before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot.

There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,

Where Navels were for Oranges, and Peyton Place was Porn.

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,

Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one’s seen him since.

We danced to ‘Little Darlin,’ and sang to ‘Stagger Lee’

And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,

And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see,

A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,

And when they made a movie, they never made it twice..

We didn’t have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,

Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,

And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,

And Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had our share of heroes, we never thought they’d go,

At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.

For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,

And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We’d never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,

And Airplanes weren’t named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,

Madonna was Holy Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We’d never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,

And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and ‘gay’ meant fancy-free,

And dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,

And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,

And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Buicks came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,

And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,

And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,

We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea.

Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions

In the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,

And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill.

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,

And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

But all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them say,

And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.

They send us invitations to join AARP,

We’ve come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,

And wonder why they’re using smaller print in magazines.

And we tell our children’s children of the way it used to be,

Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.

If you didn’t grow up in the fifties,

You missed the greatest time in history,

Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as we did.

Contributed by: Judy Carter Seegmiller – Thanks Judy

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Oh, The Cost Of Living

Remember when three of your friends would match your twenty-five cents and you could purchase four gallons of gas and “Cruse Center” for the evening?   Boy howdy!  Today, that would hardly get you from the turning point at “Berg Mortuary” to the other turning point at “Sixth West.”  Oh, the cost of living!

Here are a few cost of living facts, as if you need any.   Here it goes anyway!


Bread: $.21

Snickers Bar: $.05




First Class Stamp: $.04

Gas per gallon $.25

Big Mac $0.28   (Hamburger at Allen’s Hi Spot on 3rd South….. $0.20)

T-Bone Steak: $.89 per pound

Newspaper $.05



Ground Beef: $.25 to $.33 per pound

New Chevy: $2,529.00

Fridge: $450.00





Royal Manual Typewriter: $150.00

Average home: $12,000 to 16,000

Average Income $5,315.00



Bread: $2.78 – $5.00

Gas: $3.69 and rising  (I heard it could be up to around $5.00 per gallon by Memorial Day if the conflict in the Middle East doesn’t settle down.)  Backyard BQ for us this year!

Snickers Bar: $.50 to $.75

T-Bone Steak: $4.50 per pound





First Class Stamp: $.44




New Chevy $18,000 …..  32,000 for the new, exciting electric car “Volt” (clever name)  Hmmmm… did my power bill just climb out of site…. Boy, those windmills better start churning.  Pray for windy weather.

Ground Beef: $1.99 to $2.50  per pound

Newspaper: $.75 to $1.00

Fridge: $1,200 to $2,000 +

Big Mac: $3.57





Royal Manual Typewriter: $150.00 (On ebay!  Some things never change.)

Average Home: Well… what can we say here?

Average income: $45,000


Looking back to 1961… purchases could be considered “dirt cheap”…. but remember… we worked for $1.00 per hour too.

Contributed by: Kathy Distefano Griffiths

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Timpanogas ’55 – Blast From The Past

Do you recognize a few of these folks.  In 1955, families were not as mobile as they are today.  In other words, they didn’t move around much.  So, many of the this 6th grade class at Timpanogas went on to graduate with the class of 1961.  Who do you remember?




Music teacher, Dorothy Thompson was a traveling teacher.  She traveled the district teaching  music.  I remember her at Joaquin.

Contributed by: Photos contributed by Miriam Webb Clegg.

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Guess Who?

Do you recognize these young women?  Don’t cheat and look at the names below until you’ve made an honest try.

Yep…. It’s a few of the “Maser Girls” from Maser Elementary School.  Actually, I probably do a better job of recognizing them in this photo than I would if I saw them in Costco today.   Opps… of course no one has changed… have they?  At least that’s what I say when I look in the mirror.  How about you?

Contributed by: Photo contributed by Maurine Trotter Penrod.  Author: Kathy Distefano Griffiths

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Sliced Bread

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

In 1928, sliced bread was introduced and was sold by independent bakeries.   By 1930, Wonder Bread started marketing sliced bread nation wide.

Consumption rose considerably because it was so easy to “grab another piece.”  Thus, butter, jam and jelly to put on the bread increased in consumption also.

However… in 1943… guess what… the Government put a ban on sliced bread because of the cost of a thicker wrapper, which was used to keep bread from drying out. (Surprise!)

The thicker wrapped bread cost a couple of pennies more and the nation needed to conserve.  (Oh Really?) It also was suppose to counter the extra 10% increase in flour costs that the “Price Administration” had authorized.  (Sounds Familiar!)

The government food administrator announced that there would be stern consequences for bakeries that continued to slice their bread before selling it.  (Scary!)

There was public out cry!  (Yea!)

  • “I should like to let you know how important sliced bread is to the morale and saneness of a household. My husband and four children are all in a rush during and after breakfast. Without ready-sliced bread I must do the slicing for toast—two pieces for each one—that’s ten. For their lunches I must cut by hand at least twenty slices, for two sandwiches apiece. Afterward I make my own toast. Twenty-two slices of bread to be cut in a hurry!”

After a few months, the Government backed down by saying… “There is not as much savings as anticipated”… so bakeries began to sell sliced bread again. (Thank you very much!)

Cost of bread in 1943:  9 Cents.  (Now… is that sliced or unsliced?)

Contributed by: Kathy Distefano Griffiths

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Movies of 1961|Provo High School 1961

The Movies We Watched In 1961

Academy Awards

Best Picture: West Side Story

Best Actress: Sophia Loren –  Two Women

Best Actor: Maximilian Schell –  Judgement at Nuremberg

Best Song: Moon River

Other Top Movies

Pocketful of Miracles 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

El Cid

Flower Drum Song

The Guns of Navarone

The Hustler

Splendor in the Grass

Parent Trap

Contributed by: Kathy Distefano Griffiths

I remember sneaking in to see “Splendor In The Grass.”  My mom thought it was too risque’ for me to see.  She was right… of course!

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“Down Memory Lane” Music Of 1961

Enjoy these music selections from 1961.

Johnny Cash – Oh Lonesome Me

First… let’s hear it for the talented Johnny Cash”   Yea!   Clap! Clap!  Stomping feet!

Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack

Now….. Presenting the great, wonderful Ray Charles! (Just take a look at those chicks!) Clap! Clap!  Whistle!  Holler!

Connie Francis – Where The Boys Are

Who can forget the wonderful, beautiful Connie Francis with “Where The Boys Are.”  Whistle!  Hoot Hoot!  Throwing kisses!

Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight

Finally… the one and only King of them all…. Elvis Presley singing, “Are you Lonesome Tonight”  Scream! Holler! Faint!

Contributed by: Kathy Distefano Griffiths

Boy, Did I forget how good lookin’ that guy was. Scream! Throw kisses! Faint!

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The 1943 Penny | The Steelie

The “Steelie” Was Born

Members of the Provo High class of 1961 were born in late 1942 through November of 1943.   We were born during the height of World War II.  Because of the war effort, there were shortages in everyday personal commodities… such as sugar, gasoline, tires, nylons, canned milk, jams and jellies.  (My mom said there were no rubber pants to cover diapers.)

On a larger scale, dependence on commodities like, rubber, and copper were being diverted toward the war effort.  Copper was being used for the production of needed ammunition… and other war time equipment.

Thus… in 1943, the “Steelie” or zinc coated steel penny was introduced.

However, the freshly minted penny was often mistaken for a dime.  Because the coating process did not always cover the edges well, sweat from the hands would rust the metal.

The production of this coin was short lived.  In 1944, production was stopped and new pennies were made of brass shell casings and a bit of copper.

However, the “Steelie” stayed in circulation into the 1960’s, when the mint collected large numbers of the 1943 penny and destroyed them.

Contributed by: Kathy Distefano Griffiths

I found one of these little gems in an antique store in northwest Arkansas and purchased it for $2.00.  Unfortunately, they aren’t worth much… under $2.00. However, it’s a fun keepsake.  The mint made a mistake and printed fifty 1943 pennies in copper.  If you own one of them… they are worth $40,000.  Keep your eyes open.

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