Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 28, 1960 · Page 18
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 18

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, July 28, 1960
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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1980 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH PAGE According to Survey The 'Good Old Days 9 Are Now And Tomorrow, Say Teen-Agers Pinch Stem Tips tor fuller Annuals A little experience in garden- heads to get prolonged bloom. ing will tell you when you Cut delphiniums after they need to take off the old flower finish blooming. By Kt:OENE GILBERT Prftftlrtent of the Ollbrrt Vnnth Research Co. If you had it in your power to re-live one portion of your life, which would it he? Gram- mrr school days? High school days? Your first sweetheart? The young married years? We put this intriguing thought to 1,042 teen-agers throughout the country to determine how the panorama of life appeared to those who have yet to viev. it through the rose colored glasses of nostalgia. For most of us, the "good old days" are hut a pleasant myth invented by a convenient memory, which clouds over tbe had things of the past and enables us to see only the good. We relish the memory of the old swimming hole, the nights around the campfire and the happy days chasing after the ice wagon, hut we forget the frigid mornings waiting for the coal stove to bent up, the burden of carrying out the ashes, the lack of modern conveniences like electricity and air conditioning at homo and in school. For teen-agers, the past short thought it is -has much more validity. It is closet. far more real and iincolored by the silting process of rnerr- ory. Our survey shows thnt they look upon high school and college years as the happiest and tend to view the long off retirement years as the unhappiest. Almost without exception, these youngsters view the young unmarried years as happy years and look with growing trepidation to the slow but sure approach of middle- age. Happy or Not? For purposes of this survey, we asked them two questions: 1. When you are old, what do you think will have been the happiest period of your life? 2. What do you think will have been the least happy? The wording enabled them to project themselves into the future and view the pagt as If it had already happened. Their opinions ranged over the whole span of life, from preschool days to the retirement years, but for most, there was nil time like the present or the immediate past : '.',~ per cent chose high school days as the happiest. 20 per cent chose the college years. Z1 per cent chose the young married years. Only 2 per cent thought that middle-age would make them the most happy girl or fellow, and 1 per cent or less chose pre-school, grade school, junior high days or the retirement years. High school age. according to 16-year-old Sheila Syring of Eugene, Ore., "is the time of most freedom and least responsibility. Kverything is provided by your parents, leaving you free to pursue many interests." Steve Gould, 15. of Webster Groves, Mo., took a short leap into the future and voted for the college era because "I think it will be a good feeling to be away from parents and home. The thing I look forward to most is the opportunity to run my own life." Teeners Look to Marriage Many teen-agers chose the years of high school and college because they contained their first experience with both love and life. As 15-year-old Julie Ellman of Lakewood, N. J., put it: "when you are young and courting, everything seems new and wonderful." Surprisingly, most of those who voted for the young married years as the happiest were under 17 and looking forward to what 16-year-old Garry Soss of Kenmore, N. Y., called "the happy state of oblivion that seems to engulf young married couples." Even middle age had its advocates. "By then," mused 15- year-old Sharon Bogiss of Webster Groves, Mo., "I will have seen my family grow up and be able to look back at all the things that have happened during my life." The survey also turned up a teen-ager who could wait to retire. To 18-year-old Bob Floring of South Bend, Jnd., the retirement years will be the happiest because "they finally give you a chance to relax—I think." What about the least happy years of life? Again the teen-agers unique vantage point for viewing the past provided some interesting choices. The greatest number, 32 per cent, figured retirement years 8-Hour Service ui iiur now Mtay D*Uvwy On CUANIRS MOl Stete >U. 1M»* *W »•*»** By BLAtnfe WENOLER Otrnnty Home Advtoer Gardenfers often ask, "Why do my annual flowers grow so tall and stringy instead nf full and bushy as they should he?" The plants probahly were not "pinched" or topped during their early growth. An expert recommends removing the tips of scoots when the young plants arc only a few inches tall. This prartice induces growth of the side branches and makes a well-formed plant, even though the first flower or two is seemingly sacrificed. Experience has shown that about the only garden annuals that should not be topped are Celosia (cockscomb* and perhaps the large flowering zinnias. Most annuals will give almost continuous bloom from early summer until frost if \oii pick or shear off the whith- ered flowers or old bloom stalks. On the other hand, petunias continue flowering without this special attention. Another Sensational Purchase Jamaica Shorts Regularly 5.98 1 From one of our better makers. You'll recoq- nize the label in these finely tailored cotton tarpoon. Colors lime, teal, flame. Sizes 8 to 16. FINAL Jacqueline and r.orellt t)res« Shoes 7 00 Too good to believe? .Fust rome in and see 'em . . . thtt season t- white*. spr>c«. pastels, lustre? . . . always chic pat' ents, navies, blond.', red*. High 'n little heels In all sites. Don't wait loo luti-,'! SF ECIAL GROUP LARK CASUALS Regular (o 9.99 AND FLATS $eoo s would be the least happy. Beyond that, there was little agreement: 15 per cent thought grammer school days the unhappiest. 15 per cent chose junior high years. 9 per cent voted for high .school years. 5 per cent said middle-age. 4 per cent picked college and young adulthood. Remembered Troubles Only 2 per cent, the bottom of the list, were pessimistic enough to think that the young married years would be their unhappiest. Most of those who picked school years already past associated their choice with some unhappy experience in their own lives. "My pre-school years were the urih.rtppie.-it." related 15- year-old Hill Socket- of Sprint; Lake, Mich . "because I wanted so desperately to m> 'u school.'' "High school days were rny unhappiest." said 17-year-ol'l Bill Frederick of Fort Wayne. Incl.. "because I did not MSP my abilities to the uiimst degree." Marcia Klumptire r i> 1*1 "f Grand Haven. Mich fnuiv! h*r junior high school year.* { u*i completed, "stric'ly f-ir ih<- Hrds. There was .1" e 1:i"-i:;i«n challenge, fat to , r>an> clicques and everybody was mixed up. These were the lost years." Helen Kreuger of Green Bay, \Vis._ spelled out fears of middle age in a particularly baleful analysis. I can see myself now." described her vision of •he future. "People by this have usually lost all ap- ey] for each other, physically :nd emotionally. They try to -tM-.r to each other that they i" still young and fit. As a •-jit, jealousies and fights , vir If people could only •MM to this time, it could be e.ry happy period of life, •ve are all only human and •• : 'i.-e to admit to themselves : me had made its inroads. •• n we are old. we know we • old. When we are young, •udy has to tell us. When .e are middle-aged, we cannot iv'ie figure out' whether we ••e young or old. which is why :>m sure it will be the most •hanpy time of our lives." Our August Coat Sale I960 the fashion coat year, makes savings in new fall-winter styles doubly exciting! Luxurious fur trims, rich colors dramatize new shapings. Fur Trimmed Styles $' 79<» $ 149 Wool coats trimmed with fabulous mink. Not in years have fur trims been so fashion right. Untrimmed Styles Look Fall-ward in Dark-Tone Cottons Colon and styling which tpeak of fall and will breach the seasons beautifully. Shewn it muted chock that d*fff iff jacket for after-five. Price 11.95 — Junior sizes. Others to size 20. $1A95 10 to $25.95 to Tweed, chinchilla, plush and novelty wood . . . styled into Couture Americana looks. Misses and petite sizes. 100^ Cashmere Coats $ 64 100% cashmere, 100% perfect. A Vogue exclusive. In misses or petite sizes. Beige, Bahamas, red or blue. Cashmere With Full Mink Collars 104 For that extra luxury touch select any full skin collar from our largo selection to go on a pure cashmere coat.

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