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New Year, New Habit?

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What was the name of Dale Evans' horse on The Roy Rogers Show?

New Year, New Habit?

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Happy new year, dear friends of Good Old Days!

Do you remember jotting down your daily happenings in one of those cheap, lined composition notebooks back in grade school? I do. I had an English teacher who required that we students put pencil to paper on a regular basis. We were to record our thoughts, our actions and events of the day, just to get used to writing. There was nothing earth-shattering between the pages of my notebook, trust me. In fact, I'm quite sure my hand-letterings about my pesky little sister, my mangy tomcat and my hatred for liver and onions was quite yawn-inducing for my teacher. But there was a method to her madness. That habit taught me to bring the written word into my everyday existence. It taught me to pause and reflect and capture my thoughts. It taught me to appreciate a good story. And it taught me the reward of sharing a good story too.

At Good Old Days, our mission is to preserve and share the precious, all-American childhood memories we all have. Good Old Days is, after all, "the magazine that remembers the best!" But we can't do that without your help. If you are a subscriber to our magazine, you will notice a special plea from me in the "Looking Back" editor's letter of the January/February 2020 issue. I want to extend the same appeal to you as a Good Old Days update email subscriber: Try a new habit in 2020 -- preserve your memories in writing! And then send us a story or two!

As the new year unfolds, please consider capturing your childhood, teen and early adult stories in whatever way works best for you. Buy a notebook at the dollar store and grab your favorite pen, or sit down at your keyboard and start typing away. If you don't know where to begin, see our Contributor Guidelines on our website,, or download a free PDF of questions (under Looking Back - Capture Your Memories in the left-hand column of our home page) that will jumpstart your imagination. If you don't end up submitting a story to us, you've still succeeded in preserving a bit of your Good Old Days on paper. And that's priceless!

Even if you used a cheap notebook to do it.

Many blessings to you and yours in 2020, and best wishes as you capture and preserve your memories!

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Did you keep a journal or diary in your Good Old Days? 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 Nov. 20, 2019 update question: What is your favorite family tradition from your Good Old Days?

Brenda Adcock shared, "Our boys always made butter in a fruit jar each year. I would put the cream with a dash of salt in a fruit jar and they would take turns shaking it. As they shook the jar they would say, 'Shake, shake, shake, butter we will make.' Although it was a lengthy process, it was how they contributed to our Thanksgiving dinner. The butter was delicious on the hot rolls I always made."

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

Buttermilk. The Roy Rogers Show debuted on Dec. 30, 1951. Dale's husband, Roy Rogers, rode a horse named Trigger. The show featured the theme song Happy Trails to You, which was written by Evans and performed by the couple at the end of each episode.

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