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Who starred as Alice Kramden in the TV show The Honeymooners?

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The month of May always makes me think of my high school graduation, all the pomp and circumstance that went along with the ceremony, and of my class ring. My graduation day was the last day I wore it.

My ring was made of some kind of silver composite. It was the cheapest option at a time when the price of gold and silver had skyrocketed. It had a simulated ruby stone in the middle, my school mascot on one side and an image of musical instruments with the word "Band" scrawled across the other side. I participated in a variety of sports in high school, but my love for my high school band experience must have won out when it came time to design my ring. It was not a thing of beauty, but I was proud of it.

I lost and found that ring several times during high school. I also gave it to my "steady" boyfriend for a while; he wore it on a chain around his neck while I sported his ring on my left hand (complete with yarn wrapped around it so it would fit my finger). I took my class ring with me to college, but I never wore it there; I didn't want to seem "uncool" by wearing something from high school.

But the most important story connected to my ring is how it was purchased. Even with the cheaper silver option, my ring was a strain on the budget. I had saved enough to pay for half of it, as my older brothers had done for their rings, and the remainder was to be a gift from my parents. But with the inflationary prices at the time, the cost was still high. So my mom went to her dresser drawer and fished out her class ring from 1950 and, with a smile on her face, gave it to me so the gold could be used as partial payment on my ring.

I often think about that sacrifice my mom made. It was a classy, generous move by a classy, generous woman, and today I wish I had her class ring instead of mine in my jewelry box.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Do you still have your class ring? Is there an interesting story tied to your ring? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Below is a response from the April 6, 2016, update question: Did your mother or grandmother give you excellent marriage advice?

Karen S. shared: "I don't remember any sage advice that my mother gave me before my wedding, but I definitely remember the advice my father gave my husband-to-be: 'Never plan a garden larger than your wife can take care of.'"

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

Audrey Meadows. Meadows and Jackie Gleason, who played her on-screen husband, Ralph Kramden, starred in The Honeymooners. The comedy show, which debuted in 1955, centered on the not-so-newlyweds who lived in a run-down apartment in Brooklyn.

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