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Trivia Question

What song about a fictional summer camp called Camp Granada was released in 1963?

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The first bullet point of history trivia in this Good Old Days update made me smile. As a kid, I was always fascinated with parking meters. I grew up in a very small town where there weren't even parking spaces marked off in the square, much less parking meters. But whenever we made a trip to our county seat 15 miles away, we were treated to the opportunity of slipping a nickel into the slot and turning the timer so we could freely shop along Main Street. Clearly it was a sheltered world I lived in where using a parking meter was such a thrill. Someday, I told myself, I will live in a big city like this where parking meters are everywhere.

I did not keep that promise to myself.

Fast-forward 30 years when my husband and I took our kids, who were growing up in a very small town, to the West Coast, specifically Los Angeles, where my uncle lived. As he drove us through the city, my sweet country bumpkin daughter was intrigued by things she saw along the street that were tall and gray. She asked my uncle repeatedly what they were. Perplexed, he pressed her for more details. "What are those poles with heads on them, sticking out of the sidewalks?" she asked impatiently. "They look so interesting!" Of course, the objects in question were parking meters.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What "new" technology fascinated you when you were a kid? 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! Here is an email response from the June 5, 2019, update question: Did you regularly go to a drive-in theater in your Good Old Days?

Diana Bierer shared, "I loved going to the drive-in when I was a kid. The one we went to had a playground in front of the big screen with swings, slides and a merry-go-round. So there would be a bunch of kids in their jammies playing on the playground until the first commercial started; then all the kids went running for their cars. That made us even more tired, so we rarely made it through more than the first movie. Thanks for the memories!"

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

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter From Camp). Allan Sherman wrote the song using his son's letters from camp as inspiration.

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