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Trivia Question

Which 1942 film portrayed the life of baseball great Lou Gehrig?

Leaving It All Behind

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It's that time of year again -- time to rake those leaves. When I was young, we lived on a large lot on the edge of town with a multitude of shade trees circling the house. That meant a lot of raking for us kids. Back then, we raked all the leaves to the edge of the road in the front yard, and then we, like everyone else in town, lit them on fire and burned them down to ashes.

Nowadays, this action would guarantee a citation from city officials. But oh, the fun we had with those big piles of leaves back then! We made forts and houses and mountains out of them. We hid things in the piles and played "find the needle in the haystack." And we jumped in them endlessly.

When my dad decided enough was enough, we dutifully pushed the leaves to the road. But that wasn't the end of the fun. Now I needed to find a good, stout stick from the yard and get it ready for new responsibilities. Mom would bring out a pack of hot dogs and a bag of marshmallows, and the roasting began. Soon a dozen neighbor kids would get a whiff of the smoke and make their way to our house. They would scurry to select their own sticks and supper was served five minutes later; hot, gooey marshmallows and half-burnt hot dogs never tasted so good.

I'm headed out the door soon to do a little raking around the house where I now live. It's not the same, as my leaves will be mulched and carried to the back lot. There will be no fire, no marshmallows and no hot dogs. I guess I will "leave" those special fall memories behind, firmly embedded in my Good Old Days.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

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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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Trivia Answer

The Pride of the Yankees. The movie documented the life of Lou Gehrig including his famous streak of consecutive games and his battle with ALS, which later became known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Actor Gary Cooper played Gehrig in the film. A few of Gehrig's teammates, including Bill Dickey and Babe Ruth also appeared in the film. 

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