Smith wanted to relocate. The gas lamps that give the world of Meet Me in St. Louis its warm glow were fountains of soot that left a grimy residue everywhere, blackened ceilings, corroded metal and killed houseplants. They also had a nasty tendency to explode. Before the advent of meat inspection, there's no telling what was actually in the corned beef and cabbage that Katie the maid cooked up for the Smith family.
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Then there were the somewhat later "good old days" that Archie Bunker rhapsodized about in the theme from Norman Lear's TV sitcom, "All in the Family":. Of course, songwriters Lee Adams and Charles Strouse puncture Archie Bunker's gauzy reminiscence with the next line: "Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
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Well, maybe there were a few things wrong with those good old days, too. Indeed, when Archie was growing up in those "Hooverville" days, families like his were probably in bread lines. Even when the economy turned around, that old LaSalle had no airbags or seatbelts, much less GPS navigation, and got less than 10 miles a gallon; automotive fatality rates per mile were at least five times what they are today.
The song goes on, "People seemed to be content. And even people's "contentment" was no doubt tempered by the constant fear of contracting polio, which peaked at 58, cases in the United States in — before the Salk polio vaccine was introduced in The past, it turns out, seems alternately hideous and ridiculous from our contemporary perspective.
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So sit back in your house with central heat and air conditioning, flick on a light bulb without fear of fire or electrocution, perhaps sip a cool beverage untainted by toxic chemicals or human waste, and ponder the real "good old days" as I have. I promise, the terrifying truths about yesteryear will leave you breathing a sigh of relief that you live in the 21st century.
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