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What singing duo made All I Have to Do Is Dream famous in 1958?


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The September/October 2018 issue of Good Old Days magazine features readers' delightful memories of waiting impatiently for mail-order items to arrive.

I can relate. One of my favorite childhood pleasures was filling out a form from the back of a cereal box and sending it in with $1 or so for an "exciting" offer. If I could succeed in fending off my brothers for first chance at the form, I would grab a pair of scissors and hack away at the box, whether it was empty or not (the latter scenario caused my mother much chagrin, but because we kids went through cereal like a swarm of locusts, the remaining flimsy inner cereal bag never lasted long afterward anyway). Then I was off to scrounge for my stash of chore money from the top drawer of my bedroom dresser. Next stop was the kitchen drawer for an envelope and stamp. Finally, 10 minutes later I was on my way to the post office, three blocks away. I was determined to be the first kid on the block to get the amazing offer, whatever it was!

For the next several weeks, I would dutifully volunteer to ride my bike and "go get the mail" at the nondescript storefront that served as our small town's postal center. I had to stand on tiptoes to reach Box 272. My fingers trembled with anticipation as I dialed the combination, swung open the fancy metal door and grasped the contents inside. Rats! Another day of flat envelopes was disappointing. But I knew that, eventually, a package would arrive, stuffing the mailbox to the gills. I would grab the contents and rush home, throwing the rest of the mail on the counter and hurrying out to the porch to open my special delivery. Oh, sometimes I was sure I could hear angels singing when I unsealed the package!

It was such sweet joy.

Sadly, today my trips to the mailbox at the end of our driveway to gather mostly bills does not have the same effect.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What mail-order prize do you recall receiving? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at Editor@GoodOldDaysMagazine.com, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Below are several email responses from the July 25, 2018, update questions: Do you make a dessert or dish that your mom or grandma first made popular? How did she pass on the recipe to you?

Beth McSweeney shared, "My mom's mom made nut bread at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was my favorite. I would even eat it for dessert rather than the traditional pies. I have made it many times since she passed away, but she must have had a magic touch because, even though I follow her handwritten instructions, it just doesn't taste as good. Thank you for letting me share this wonderful memory."

Nancy Owens remembered her family's favorite recipe -- Grandma Triplet's Chocolate Cookies -- saying, "We never see any chocolate cookies like hers: round and cakey and made with cocoa. My mom, always being in a hurry to get some made for my five brothers and me, improved the recipe by chopping up cold butter and stirring that in, which resulted in little pockets of melted salty butter in the cookies. Yum!"


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

The Everly Brothers. Isaac Donald "Don" Everly and Phillip "Phil" Everly were inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (2001).

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