Here's another excerpt from my book, THE ME GENERATION... BY ME (GROWING UP IN THE '60s). It's loaded with photos and videos, and here's the best part -- If you want to buy the book, you can! Seriously! It's for sale! Just go here.
But for now it's 1964. We take a family trip to the Magic Kingdom.
My other grandmother, Nana Pearl, surprised me later that summer by
saying, “Fuck!” You don’t expect to hear your dear sweet old world,
refined grandmother scream, “FUCK!!!” And at Disneyland no less.
The family made a sojourn to the Magic Kingdom and took Nana Pearl with
us. At the time she was probably in her mid-60s. No one knew the ages
of their Jewish grandparents back then. They all came over from Europe
or Russia and no one arrived with accurate documentation. If Cher had
entered the country via Ellis Island she’d claim to be 36 today.
But Nana Pearl was a kick. Always full of life. Your basic
strudel-baking furniture-cleaning grandmother but game for
So at Disneyland she was not interested in any roller coasters. We
found ourselves at the Matterhorn bobsleds and of course Corey and I
wanted to go. My father suggested Nana Pearl join us. He told her it
was just a nice lazy boat ride. Dad has a mischievous streak in him.
Either that or he was getting back at her for grounding him one weekend
in 1939. Anyway, Nana Pearl agrees to go.
I’m in the back of the bobsled and Nana Pearl is in my lap. The sled
slowly ascends up the center of the mountain. About halfway up she
figures it out. That is when, for the first time ever, my grandmother
dropped the F-bomb.
The bobsled begins hurtling down the mountain and all the while she is
yelling, “I’m going to KILL him! If I ever get off of this damn thing
I’m going to fucking KILL Clifford!” I didn’t help matters by laughing
I think she chased him through three Lands.
Among the House of the Future’s visionary features – an oven that cooked
food within seconds not hours, a TV that hung like a framed picture on
the wall, telephones that allowed you to see the other party, and the
most unbelievable wonder of all – a toothbrush that was electric! You
would just push a button and the bristles rotated all by themselves!
I’m sorry, this was beyond science fiction.
Like all kids, and probably adults too in 1964, we thought that by the
year 2000 we’d all be living like the Jetsons. We’d all be flying
around in space ships that folded into briefcases and even brushing our
teeth without having to move our hands up and down.