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In what year did Bugs Bunny make his first appearance, and what was the name of the cartoon short in which he appeared?

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A few weeks ago, my college-age daughter and I decided to tackle her clothes closet. The plan was to dive in and emerge victorious a few hours later with bulging bags of unwanted clothing ready to be donated. But when she reached into the very back of the closet, behind the shelves, she pulled out a heavily protected garment on a thick hanger. Much to her delight, she had uncovered my wedding gown from 1987. As you may have guessed, the closet-cleaning goal rapidly disintegrated from that point.

"Can I try it on?" she asked. At 21, she is a few years younger than I was at the time I got married. She slipped the heavy satin over her head and wriggled into the gown with a little assistance from me. It reminded me of the time I was in a high school musical production of Oklahoma! playing the part of farm girl, Laurey, and in need of a wedding-dress costume for the finale. I asked my mom if I could try on hers, and she was tickled at the prospect of my wearing her gown on stage. There was only one problem: I inherited my dad's height, and I couldn't begin to fit into my petite mother's 1953 wedding dress! I ended up wearing her veil; the drama department had to rent a (significantly larger) wedding gown for me.

My daughter had the opposite problem: my gown was a bit big for her (that's her in the photo above, mugging for the camera). And of course, the dress was way out of style. We giggled over the extra-puffy sleeves, the frilly veil and the "gazillion" (her word) satin buttons down the back. We took lots of pictures and shared them with amused friends and family. Still, I think she looked beautiful; there may have been a tear or two that welled up in my eyes. "There's a popular TV show that takes a mom or grandma's old wedding dress and recycles it into a new gown for the young bride," my daughter informed me. "Maybe we can do that someday!"

Maybe. But for now, my gown was put carefully back into its protective wrapping, along with the memories of my mom's gown and dreams of my daughter's future gown.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

Did another bride wear your wedding gown (or perhaps you wore someone else's!)? Or did you do something creative with the material after the ceremony? Send a brief response to me at and it could appear in a future newsletter or in Good Old Days magazine! Keep your replies coming!

Here are several email responses from the May 14, 2014, newsletter question: What unforgettable lullaby did your parents sing to you or did you sing to your children?

Pat emailed: "In answer to your question, I can just see Mom, sitting in her rocking chair, cradling one of the babies and singing Pony Boy. I have no idea what it even means, but she sang it to everyone and probably to me:
Pony Boy, Pony Boy
Won't you be my Tony Boy
Don't say no, here we go off across the plains!

Marry me, carry me
Right away with you
Giddyup, giddyup, giddyup, whoa!
My Pony Boy.
"I remember one of the boys letting go of his bottle and grinning up at her, milk running down his chin, when she sang it. And now, its going on and on and on in my head!

Melinda E. told us: "While my mother sang the traditional lullabies, the song I remember most was Summertime from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Perhaps it was wishful thinking, as I recall the line about 'Your daddy's rich, and your mamma's good-lookin'.' I don't know where she learned it (although she knew hundreds of songs), but my sister and I were lulled to sleep with it as early as I can remember."

Michele B. shared: "When I was still in my crib (and for many years after), my mother would wake me each morning by gently singing Lazybones. The lyrics I remember are:
Lazybones, sleepin' in the sun,
How you gonna get your day's work done?
Never get your day's work done
Sleepin' in the noonday sun

Lazybones, sleepin' in the shade
How you gonna get your cornmeal made?
Never get your cornmeal made
Sleepin' in the evenin' shade.
"When I was about 3 years old, we lived in a basement apartment (this was in 1950 and rental housing, as well as standard housing, was in short supply). I have a vague recollection of a heater or boiler being smack in the middle of the place, but my clearest memory is my mother's voice, sweetly singing me to wakefulness with this gentle tune. I also remember her waking me in the same manner when I was in high school, and when I was home on break from college! My parents both died in 2007, but I can still hear my mother's lullaby, and when I do, all's right with my world!"

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

Bugs Bunny made his first appearance in the cartoon short "A Wild Hare" on July 27, 1940. A Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies animated short film, A Wild Hare was the result of many years of directors and writers experimenting with cartoons focused on a hunter pursuing a rabbit.

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