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Driving In and Sleeping In



Trivia Question

Which show featuring a real-life husband and wife debuted in 1950?


Driving In and Sleeping In

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It's finally summer! In my Good Old Days, that meant it was time to pester my parents for the opportunity to go to a drive-in movie. There was bound to be a Disney flick playing at the drive-in that was a mere 12 miles down the road from us. Mom would fill bread bags with popcorn (we rarely bought anything at the concession stand), we kids would put on our pjs, and Dad would pack up the drinks and sleeping bags. We would roll in with our green-paneled station wagon (nicknamed "The Green Ghost") and find the perfect spot to park. Dad would struggle to attach the crackly speaker to our car window, and most of the time, especially if we were sprawled out on the roof of the car, we couldn't hear much. But we didn't care. We were outside watching a movie in our pajamas! And the commercials, with their dancing drinks and hot dogs doing flips, were just as entertaining to us as the movie was. Sometimes we would even stay for two features, which meant we got home very late and consequently slept in the next morning. Those were two rare treats perfectly suited for summer!

The This Week in History feature in this newsletter informs us that the first patented drive-in theater was established by a creative man named Richard Hollingshead from Camden, N.J., in 1933. His invention sparked a phenomenon that has been enjoyed for decades by millions of people. It's also noted that drive-ins are scarce in number these days. I find that quite disheartening, as I truly cherish my memories of going to the drive-ins with my family as a youngster and with my friends as a teenager. It was an integral part of my summer every year.

So here’s to you, Mr. Hollingshead, wherever you are. Without you, my summers would have been much less entertaining.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Did you regularly go to a drive-in theater in your Good Old Days? 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! Here is a response from the April 24, 2019, update question: What was your least favorite childhood chore when you were a kid?

Carol Shoepf remembers, "My least favorite chore goes back a long way: I hated emptying the drip pan on the icebox. Since I was the smallest one in the household, I was closest to the darn thing at the bottom of the icebox. Plus the fact that if, no, when, it spilled out onto the kitchen floor, that had to be mopped up next. I was very happy after the war when we could afford a used refrigerator."


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 George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. Burns and Allen had previously been vaudeville and radio stars. The couple's children, Ronnie and Sandra, also appeared occasionally on their television show. It ran for eight seasons and ended in 1958.

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