by Emmett Smith
Hey, do you remember when we was all real little and there was Communists all over the place?
My Pop said the Minnesota State Employment Security Division on Raymond Avenue, in St Paul where he worked as an auditor, was “full of the skiving bastards and besides that they’re all after MY job!” Pop was kind of a sceptic and said if it was on Tee Vee that it was “probably bullshit.” A supervisor called Mr Goling wrote him up for saying stuff like that at lunch in 1954 or so, and then there was a big stink.
Mom said he “really got his ass in a sling now” on the phone to my best friend’s mom, Mrs Bergquist, and that “he should know enough to anyway Goddamit shut up around assholes!” Mom was mainly sore that she had to type up all of Pop’s affidavits before it blew over, when a bunch of Mr Goling’s friends got fired for letting their road contractor-buddies cook their workman’s comp insurance accounts.
“See,” said Pop, “this IS America, eventually even the dumbest sonsofbitches will manage to get it right!”
That was back during the Cold war that Mr Cheney and everybody tried real hard to start up all over with Iran and The Moslems, too bad for them, the REAL Cold War was actually cool in some ways! I guess that’s why they miss it so much just like I do sometimes. Everything DID make more sense in those days….
The only thing is we was all real scared (some of the time) about A-bomb attacks, at least maybe after they’d just had another Civil Defense show about it on Tee Vee….
So here is a neat link to the kind of aircraft indentification silhouettes we had to study in Civil Air Patrol ground school even as late as 1965-6, to know if it really was Communists inside…these ones here though are from 1955:
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[21 September 2009]