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June 29, 2001

See where the Seventh Street Mall, now on the west side of the square, has moved back to the former location on the east side, known as the Sixth Street Mall. That somehow seems kind of reassuring, like a restoration of the old balance of things, and that makes it good to see. Also, our Main Street folks are in the midst of helping Nancy Nida with improving the exterior looks of her Perry Deli building on the west side. All this is in preparation for the grand opening in just a few weeks. Renovation of the interior is progressing nicely and the early indications are, this soon will be another fine place for local diners. We're going to miss Barbara Lancaster, her curly haired granddaughter and all the other young ladies when the Shady Lady closes in just a day or so. The Lancasters are retiring, along with their sumptuous variety of home-baked pies, but Barbara is promising to write a cookbook containing her culinary secrets. Meanwhile, the Shady Lady remains for sale, along with the Cattle Baron Restaurant on east Fir. Thankfully, we will continue to enjoy the venerable Kumback Lunch of Tony and Mary Lee Macias on the north side and the popular cuisine at the Macarena on the south side plus the other Perry eateries. Along with this information, I understand the Main Street program is laying plans for reconditioning the fronts of at least two more downtown buildings-Sandy Ellis' shop on the north side and the LJR Enterprises Home Decorating Center on the south side of the square, where the old Famous Department Store used to he located. These projects will add a great deal of interest to our downtown business district. The Main Street program is having a positive impact on many towns, large and small, in this state and throughout the U.S.

You say you want to see more of those nostalgic quotes from the 1950s? Read on, good friend. Here are a few for your enjoyment.

"Why in the world would you want to send your daughter to college? Isn't she going to get married? It would be different if she could be a doctor or a lawyer."

"I just hate to see that young couple smoking. As I tell my kids, ‘don't take a cigarette from ANYONE. You never know what might be in it'."

"The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on."

"There is no sense going to Tulsa or Oklahoma City any more for a weekend. It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel."

"No one any more can afford to be sick. $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.

"If a few idiots want to risk their necks flying across the country, that's fine, but nothing will ever replace trains."

"I don't know about you, but if they raise the price of a cup of coffee to 15 cents, I'll just have, to drink mine at home."

"If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it. I'll have my wife learn to cut hair."

"We won't be going out much any more. Our baby sitter informed us she now wants 50 cents an hour. Kids think money grows on trees."

"Cars which dim their lights by sensors, automatic transmissions, and who know what else? Pretty soon they will have electric windows."

"It is all relative. I couldn't afford to live in the dorm in 1955 because the room and board was a whopping $65 a month. My salary for my part-time job, after my first raise, was $5.55 per hour."