Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

I can still smell that pungent hot tar. I was 7 years old and my friend Nadine and I were sitting cross-legged along the edge of Water Street, poking at the emerging tar bubbles with sticks. It was another sizzling summer day in Ohio in my Good Old Days, and we, as always, were out in it. There was no air-conditioning in our homes, so it was no use retreating indoors to escape the humidity. Besides, our moms would have quickly shooed us back outside, saying, "A little heat won't hurt you." We had to figure out how to endure the oppressive weather one way or another.

When the temps soared, popping the resultant tar bubbles was just one favorite, mostly sedentary activity. If we got bored with that, we moved on to the tire swing behind the garage -- at least that activity stirred up a little breeze as we swayed back and forth.

No one we knew had enough money to have a swimming pool, and our little town didn't have one either, so eventually we would resort to hooking up my dad's garden sprinkler to the hose in the backyard and running through the refreshing water.

In this issue of Good Old Days, our readers recount those sultry seasons in the sun before the advent of commonplace air-conditioning, when we all had to get creative to stay cool. Treats like Popsicles, lemonade and ice cream worked wonders! Or perhaps we stretched out under a shade tree and reached for a favorite comic book -- we reminisce about those always colorful, often addicting distractions in this issue as well.

And we can't forget how a ride on a roller coaster thrilled us from head to toe and made us oblivious to the sweltering heat of the day. Those local parks and carnivals were a treasured part of our summer experiences. So go ahead and grab an ice-cold lemonade, step into the shade, and enjoy the stories of summer in the Good Old Days!

'Til next time,

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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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