By Kevin Williams
I had a fleeting memory last evening as I was playing toy cars with Aster. I was just playfully running one of the cars over me and, for a split second, it felt like one of those hand-held massages, which got me thinking of something my grandma used to have. So that'll be the first item on my throwback Thursday nostalgia post. SIGH, sometimes I think I'm too nostalgic for yesterday, for days that will return and I need to just heartily embrace today, but sometimes that's tough to do. There was innocence and optimism in the 1970s and 80s, I feel like. Although those who remember times earlier than that may beg to differ. How many of you remember the following?
FAT JIGGLING MACHINE: Man, I wish theses worked. I had forgotten completely about these. But you stood on some sort of platform, put a belt around you, pressed some sort of button and this belt would wildly shake you, jiggling your fat and supposedly melting it away. Yeah, right.
SEA MONKEES: Often featured and advertised on the back of Archie (and probably other) comics and, to a young boy, anyway, they looked like these large exotic mermaid type creatures. In reality, I think they were tiny brine shrimp or something like that.
COCA COLA SYRUP: I can't find a lot online about this, but, darnnit, this stuff was bad/good. You used to be able to find this at drug stores (chemist if you are in England?). I remember it was sold in tiny bottles in the medicine section of the pharmacy. Mom would keep some on hand and give some to us if we had a stomach ache. Does anyone remember it? Can you still get it? What did it do? Was there actual medicine in it or Coca Cola syrup? I think it was brilliant marketing on Coke's part back then because it lent the drink a "medicinal aura" that I still carry with me today. If I have an upset stomach sometimes I'll think "well, a cold Coke might settle my stomach." That's probably pure nonsense, but it is a vestige from the days when Coke, at least it's syrup, WAS medicine.
COCA COLA CLOTHING: Back when I was in junior high Coke came out with a line of clothing and I had a Coca-Cola shirt, one of my favorites. Even back then...
GREEN STAMPS: I can't recall my parents doing much with these, but I have a vague memory of my Grandma talking about these. Interestingly, as recently as maybe 5 years ago, I saw an S & H Green Stamp sign on a small store in Owenton, Kentucky. Whether that was just an outdated, old sign that had never been taken down or whether they survived in some form until more recently than what I can find online, I don't know....