We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When I was coming up, "Ask Andy" was the first thing I read in the afternoon papers after school, even before the funny pages.
Along with my Dad's interests, Andy was the one who got me interested in science. He even used one of my questions once. I think it was about animal camouflage, but I cannot swear to that. I eventually went on to love chemistry and biochem and geology and every miraculous thing in Creation - as a dilettante, of course.
Yes sir, I remember Ask Andy.
I also remember Bazooka bubble gum, Cherry Tyme, Tweed cologne, Bobbi Brooks... even word for word gossip columns from my Photoplay magazines.
It's where I just put my glasses that has me stumped.
I sure do remember Ask Andy. I read it every day -- I think it was in the old Los Angeles Mirror. Loved it. And my mom always let me stay up to finish reading it if I just happened to be reading it around bedtime. I think it was around fourth or fifth grade.
Remember Py-O-My? And pop bottle caps with a cork lining that you could use to make into badges? The series "Boys of the Western Sea" on the Mickey Mouse Club? In our house we had almost all of the Hardy Boys mystery books ("Yes, Joe -- we can get word to Iola by using this telephone, a machine that can both send and receive messages..." Back then the bad guys were swarthy with hooked noses -- later edited out.) Hula hoops. Running in the sprinkler and then lying on the hot sidewalk until your stomach turned bright red. Necco wafers and playing Holy Communion with them. Wow -- loping down memory lane here. Thank you for the opportunity.