Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

"A pound of Bucky Bologna, please," I said to the meatcutter behind the massive chrome counter. I could barely see him from my short, 5-year-old's perspective. But he knew who I was and he was familiar with my request so he grabbed the chilled chunk of meat from its position behind the glass and began slicing it "just so." Despite the lack of eye contact with his pint-sized customer, the butcher handed over his package, neatly wrapped in white paper, its contents called out in black grease pen. I caught a glimpse of his smile. "Thank you, Mary Beth," he said. "Tell your folks I said hello."

That was what it was like to go to my corner grocery store in my Good Old Days. Just a hop, skip and a jump down the block, through the alley and around the corner, The Hub was family owned. My mom had no car and no reservations about sending her young children to The Hub with a list and some cash to get what she needed for supper. And we kids always enjoyed the jaunt to the old store with its plank floor and a cowbell on the door that announced our entry. Inside, we were treated like part of the family.

In this issue of Good Old Days, we go behind th counter and experience firsthand what it was like to work in those long-gone and still-missed family establishments. Readers share the work ethic they adopted, the customer service skills they honed, and the business acumen they acquired through the many hours of work logged for their parents or grandparents.

We also take a look at some wintry escapades that literally left some readers out in the cold. And with a tip of our hat to Valentine's Day, we look at puppy love, first dates and matches made in heave.

I invite you to sit back and enjoy the mix of stores, snow days and sweethearts that will be sure to warm your day.

'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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