Put on your thinking cap and see how many of the following you remember (answers on the bottom of the column).
2. Mock chicken legs
4. Autograph books
7. Fly paper
8. Ditto machines
9. Fels Naptha
10. Party lines
Payson Senior Center
Love those classic movie musicals? If so, mark your calendar for April 30 when "The King and I" will be shown at 9:30 a.m. in the Senior Center Dining Room. "Carousel" is scheduled for May 11 and "Music Man," May 25. There is no charge and refreshments are available.
Check out the various activities offered mornings at the Senior Center. Monday is Old-Time Music Makers from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays, choir from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, Bible study; Thursdays, aerobics.
The Senior Center is now offering tram service from 7:45 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. weekdays for those who need transportation around town. The vehicle has wheelchair access. Cost is $3 round trip and advance reservations are required.
Walk Aerobics, a walking exercise program designed to improve mobility and promote good health, is offered from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center. This is an AARP-approved program.
For more information, call the Center at (928) 474-4876. There is no charge to participate.
Both men and women are needed to volunteer a minimum of four hours a week in a variety of capacities at the Senior Thrift Store. Benefits include a free lunch in the Senior Dining Room and a discount on merchandise purchased in the store. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call (928) 474-3205.
Payson Regional Senior Circle Association
This being National Volunteers' Week, the Mogollon Health Alliance and Senior Circle are treating all the Pink Ladies at the hospital to a day at the movies tomorrow. Our thanks also to these dedicated women.
Dr. Street will be resuming his popular "Doc Talk" programs beginning May 10 at the Senior Circle. Reservations may be made by calling (928) 468-1012.
If you need a pillbox, be sure to stop at the Home Health booth sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance at the Saturday, April 24 Business Showcase. Pillboxes and information about their services will be distributed to visitors.
Registration for persons interested in round-trip bus transportation from Payson to the AARP National Convention Oct. 13 through 16 in Las Vegas must be in and paid for by April 30. You can pick up a schedule of activities for the convention at the Senior Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
HealthPERKS is the health benefits portion of membership in Senior Circle. It includes the EyeMed Vision plan, which offers deep discounts off regular retail prices of eye care and eye wear; ScriptSave prescription discount card, private hospital room upgrade and monthly health education programs.
Senior Circle membership is now open at a cost of $15 per person per year, or $27 for two people at the same address. Visit the Senior Circle office or call for more information.
Brochures and registration forms are now available for the sixth annual Women's Wellness Forum May 8 at the Payson High School. The Forum is open to all women ages 18 and older but attendance is limited to 300. Call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for information.
Answers to the memory quiz
1. Bluing was a blue liquid added to white laundry loads to make them whiter
2. Mock chicken legs were made of finely ground meat of indeterminate origin, molded around a skewer-like stick to resemble a drumstick, and breaded. They were available in some butcher shops and meat markets, and were cooked by sautéing them in butter
3. Heebie-jeebies -- an uncomfortable feeling, as in "He gives me the heebie-jeebies."
4. Autograph books were just that -- small bound volumes especially favored by young girls, in which their friends wrote suitable sentiments along with their signatures
5. Betsy-Wetsy -- a doll that came complete with a baby bottle. When the bottle was inserted in the doll's mouth, it ran through a tube inside the doll and exited the other end. Oh yeah, she also came with a diaper.
6. Kilroy made his appearance from nose and fingertips up, during WWII, complete with the saying "Kilroy was here."
7. Fly paper was just that, a tube from which you pulled a ribbon of sticky paper that attracted flies and, of course, they got stuck on it. Not a pretty sight.
8. Fels Naptha was a strong scented brown laundry soap that kept more than one child from uttering naughty words.
9. Ditto machines were the precursor of today's copy machines. They used a slick paper and heavy ink carbon paper. You typed on the front, the image, in reverse was impressed from the carbon onto the back of the sheet. A smelly solvent then wiped over the image which printed out purple copies until the ink layer was exhausted.
10. Party lines were when the telephone company provided service to a number of households through one line. Subscribers were identified by the number of rings; one long and one short ring was for Smith, two long for Jones, two long and one short, Brown, etc. If you wanted to make a call, you picked up the phone first to make sure it was not already in use by another subscriber. This also made confidential calls nearly impossible as "listening in" to the other subscribers' conversations on the same line was common practice.
A word to the wise -- never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.