Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

My favorite part of elementary school was, true to my personality, lunching in the cafeteria. I loved jumping into line with my classmates and heading down the hall (always dutifully walking three floor tiles away from the lockers), handing over my lunch ticket to the school secretary so she could hole-punch it, and then beelining to the stack of lunch trays, hoping I would get a pink one.

While most of my friends turned up their noses at the school lunches and instead packed their meals in pretty metal lunch boxes with matching drink thermoses, I could hardly wait to see what menu items would be spooned, plopped or slid onto my tray.

But the real magic came at the end of the line, where an eighth-grade girl would be standing next to two crates -- one filled with cartons of white milk and one filled with that sweet, rich concoction I rarely got at home: chocolate milk. I waited for the eighth-grader to ask my preference. I always made her ask. And then I proudly handed over my nickel. Chocolate milk cost 5 cents -- 2 cents more than white milk -- but it was worth the splurge. I can almost taste it now! I pulled open the cardboard spout and slurped the flavored milk with gusto throughout my meal, usually forsaking a straw. I drank it all every day, right down to the bubbles at the bottom of the carton, until it was time to scramble out to the playground.

Oh, the memories of lunch lines, favorite teachers, sharp No. 2 pencils, and games at recess! Enjoy the school stories in this issue, sandwiched between the recollections readers share about their serendipitous meetings with famous folk and the nostalgic spins on first haircut and shave experiences. It's a fun-filled fall issue ready for your perusal and it's even more enjoyable than a 5-cent carton of chocolate milk back in the Good Old Days.

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Mary Beth Weisenburger, Editor

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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