the Years 1962 - 1965 (Remember When?)
Most of us have forgotten many of those things that we took for granted in our high school years like....
Telephones: We had just gotten rid of the four-party lines and had the new rotary dial phones. Southern Bell had just started the six-digit phone numbers by adding the "NEWTON" designation for all Cocoa phone numbers. We now had to dial NE before the other four digits. Most homes only had one extension and that was in the living room. Ever try and talk to your high school sweetheart when everyone in the family could hear every word that you were saying? Remember when half the girls in class worked at Southern Bell as operators?
Television: TV's were still black and white. Few people had color TV's and they were the ones who had enough technical savvy to order a Heath Kit Color TV and build it themselves. There was only one TV in the home so you were stuck watching whatever your parents wanted to watch. And have we forgotten that we could only receive three channels and that was when weather was good. Every home had a TV antenna on top of the house.
Gasoline: Remember the gas wars when gasoline would drop to 19 cents a gallon and someone from the station would actually pump the gas for you as well as check your oil and clean your windshield?
Food: Bread on sale was four loafs for a dollar. Sugar was 39 cents for 5 pounds. Coffee on sale was 39 cents for a pound. Cokes and Pepsi were 10 cents for a bottle. Favorite brands of soft drinks were Orange Crush, Grape Nehi , Yahoo and RC Cola. And yes, people did put peanuts in their RC Colas! Winn Dixie was the favorite shopping place for food. Most days there were nine cashiers working and each line had ten or more carts in it waiting to check out. Each food item had a price stamps on it except for the produce which had to be weighed and priced and placed in a brown paper bag.
Stamps: Stamps were still 3 cents but soon went to 5 cents.
Air Conditioning: What was that? Cars were just starting to offer air conditioning and that was an option that most people could not afford. Air conditioning in homes was almost unheard of. Remember what it was like trying to sleep at nights in the summer before air conditioning. Remember when we had to leave the windows open and you could hear the train coming for 15 minutes before it reached Cocoa or you could hear a dog bark 8 blocks away.
And speaking of trains: Remember when the passenger trains came through Cocoa headed for Miami? There were four trains a day and people could board the train in New Your and brings their cars with them on the train.
Health: In the early 60's ambulances were run by the local funeral homes. When an accident happened the police would call the funeral home. The funeral home would have to call the person taking call that night to go get the patient at the accident scene. The driver would put the person in the back of the ambulance and drive to the hospital. There was no paramedic in the ambulance at the time. It was only later in our high school years that Brevard Ambulance started. And speaking of health: remember when you caught something - one shot of penicillin would cure it!
Restaurants: Remember when the Dixie Dinner and Chastain's were about the only restaurants in town other than Myrt's restaurant across from the theater. There was no Burger King, Wendy's or McDonald's. We did have an A&W in Rockledge and a Big Boy's on the beach.
Shopping: Remember when we had to go to Orlando to shop for school clothes? Byrd Plaza was a blessing when it opened. Want to do all your shopping there now?
Milk: The milkman actually delivered milk to your doorstep twice a week.
Mosquito Control: The mosquito control truck would drive down your street every night with the jet engine spraying kerosene fog and all the kids in the neighborhood would get on their bikes and follow in the fog cloud. It's a wonder any of us are still alive today! There was also a biplane that would fly over Rockledge spraying for mosquitoes.
Beach: Remember when everyone from Orlando would drive over to the beach? There would be as many as four lines of cars parked right on the beach. And yet there would always be one that got caught in the rising tide and had to be pulled from the water by a wrecker. Remember when you could drive on the beach and even build a bond fire there at night?