Diablo Class of '58 Mini Reunion

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 Old-Timer's Test

1.  Where did headlight dimmer switches used to be located? 
     a.  On the floor shift knob  
     b.  On the floor, left of the clutch  
     c.  Next to the horn
 2.  The bottle to
p of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in  it.  For what was the cap used?  
      a.  Capture lightning bugs.  
      b.  To sprinkle clothes before ironing 
      c.  Large salt shaker
 3.  Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern  winters?  
      a.  Cows got cold and wouldn't produce 
      b.  Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled 
      c.  Milkmen left deliveries outside doors and milk would  freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.
 4.  What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of  chance?  
      a.  Blackjack 
      b.  Gin 
      c.  Craps
 5.  What method did women adapt to look as if they were wearing stockings when none was available, due to rationing during W.W.II?  
      a.  Suntan 
      b.  Leg painting 
      c.  Wearing slacks
 6.  What postwar WWII car turned automotive design on its ear  when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?  
      a.  Studebaker 
      b.  Nash Metro 
      c.  Tucker
 7.  Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?  
      a.  Strips of dried peanut butter 
      b.  Chocolate-licorice bars 
      c.  Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
 8.  How was "Butch wax" used?  
      a.  To stiffen hair cut into a flattop so it stood up 
      b.  To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing 
      c.  On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust
 9.  Before in-line skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?  
      a.  With clamps, tightened by a skate key 
      b.  Woven straps that crossed the foot 
      c.  Long pieces of string or twine 
10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a  decision?   
      a.  Consider all the facts  
      b.  Ask Mom  
      c.  Eeny-meeny-miney-mo 
11. What was the worst thing you could catch from the  'opposite' sex?
      a.  A cold  
      b.  VD 
      c.  Cooties 
12. Song line: "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey?" 
      a.  SUV 
      b.  Taxi 
      c.  Streetcar 
13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?  
      a.  Old Blue 
      b.  Paint 
      c.  Macaroni 
14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?  
      a.  Part of the game of hide and seek 
      b.  What you did when your mom called you in to do chores 
      c.  Hiding under your desk, covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill 
15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody  show?
     a.  Princess Summerfallwinterspring 
     b.  Princess Sacajewea 
     c.  Princess Moonshadow
 16. What did all really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?  
      a.  Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to  get  you "high" 
      b.  Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window 
      c.  Wrote another pupils name on the top, to avoid failure 
17. Why did your mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?  
      a.  To keep you out of mischief licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum 
      b.  They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items 
      c.  They were given to the kids to be used as stick on tattoos 
18. Song line: "Praise the Lord, and pass the _________?" 
      a.  Meatballs 
      b.  Dames 
      c.  Ammunition 
19. What was the name of the group who made the song  "Cabdriver" a hit?
      a.  The Ink Spots  
      b.  The Supremes  
      c.  The Esquires 
20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?  
      a.  Tony Bennett 
      b.  Zavier Cugat 
      c.  George Gershwin  



1.  - b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch.   (Hand controls,  popular in Europe, took till the '60s to catch on) 

 2.  - b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing.  Who had a steam  iron?  

 3.  - c) Cold weather caused milk to freeze and expand, popping  the bottle tops.  

 4.  - a) Blackjack Gum.  

 5.  - b) Special makeup was applied followed by drawing a seam  down the  back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.  (no kidding!) 

 6.  - a) 1946 Studebaker.  

 7.  - c) Wax Coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.  

 8.  - a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.  

 9.  - a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key you wore on a  shoestring  around your neck. 

10. - c) "Eeny-meeny-miney-mo"

11. - c) Cooties. 

12. - b) Taxi.  (Better be ready by half-past eight!)

13. - c) Macaroni. 

14. - c) Hiding under your desk in an A-bomb drill, covering  your head with your arms. 

15. - a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring; (She was another  puppet)

16. - a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get "high."

17. - b) Put into a special stamp book, they could be traded  for household items at the local S&S 'Green Stamp' store. 

18. - c) Ammunition, ("and we'll all be free!"). 

19. - a) The Inkspots. 

20. - a) Tony Bennett (and he sounds just as good today!)  


17 - 20 correct: You are not only older than dirt, but obviously  gifted  with  mind-bloat.   (Now, if you could only find your glasses...)

12 - 16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely  muddy.
 0 - 11 correct: You are a really sad excuse for an old timer.   Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.....and all is  well.