When Good Old Days First was published in the early 1960s, the focus was primarily on the era of the Great Depression through the end of World War II. We had a few stories on the "Gay '90s" -- read that as the 1890s -- and the "Roaring '20s" (the 1920s). Written by its readers, Good Old Days is an ever-changing reflection of their lives. In 50 years of publication, the magazine's focus has of necessity moved forward.
Just think of the historic markers we have crossed since the first issue of Good Old Days. Apollo 11 and the first moon landing. The advent of personal computers. The first Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). Medicare. We have seen more wars, assassinations, famines and natural disasters than any of us care to think of.
Through it all, Good Old Days continued to remember the best of times, even as those times were steadily moving forward.
In 2012, my last year as editor, I selected a story from a reader about her memories of watching space-flight launches on television with her father. She sat up until late at night watching the first moon landing, remembering it as one of her fondest memories of time spent with him.
I couldn't help but smile. Our magazines of the 1960s remembered the first "horseless carriages." Now we have documented space travel, as witnessed by a youngster in the 1960s.
Think of it: The December 2063 issue of Good Old Days will see our grandchildren finding good things to reflect upon from 2013! That is as it should be in a magazine that remembers the best of each generation.