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When Spring Sprung

Trivia Question

Which sports car was first produced in March 1964 and is sometimes referred to as a 1964 1/2?

When Spring Sprung

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Spring officially begins this year on March 19. From my vantage point in northwest Ohio, where the winters are often long and overcast and gloomy, I look forward to the change of seasons with great delight. Nothing radical happens that day, of course. In fact, we are still likely to suffer through a snowstorm or two afterward. But the mere notation of the words "First Day of Spring" on the calendar instantly kindles hope of sunshine and warmer days right around the corner.

When I was a kid, I liked winter more than I do now. I was always a little sad to see the snow forts disappear, the sleds be put away, and the snowmen melt into the ground. To me, winter meant fun; spring meant little more than mud and floods. It was too chilly to go barefoot and too wet to play in the river bottom behind our garage. Spring was nothing but a holding pattern until summer arrived and the real fun could begin. When spring sprung back then, I barely noticed.

The older I get, however, the more this season means to me. I notice everything -- the awakening of the trees, the birds returning to fill the air with song, the greening of the lawn. It's all so inspiring and uplifting. Spring gets top billing with me now; it's my favorite time of the year.

Young me can have winter; old me will take spring.

Happy spring to all of you!

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

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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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Trivia Answer

The Ford Mustang. The car was officially introduced at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. Designed to woo 18- to 34-year-old buyers into the showroom, it became available to the public four days after its debut, and 22,000 were sold the first weekend. The base price was $2,500.

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