I love TV Land, The Beatles, and bell flare bottom pants. If I had a million dollars I would have bid at the recent auction of the Bat Mobile from the 60’s TV show starring Adam West. Shag carpeting is my flooring of choice and the last movie I saw was James Bond—in a small main street theater.
Speaking of Main Street – I adore towns with thriving main streets made for strolling on a Saturday afternoon (like this one where The Authors of Main Street hang). I moved to a place where I could walk everywhere—like I did as a kid.
So does this make me a throwback? Let’s put it this way, if they had a club for those who appreciate the good old days, I would be the queen president. My second favorite TV channel is American Movie Classics where I tune in regularly for Doris Day-Rock Hudson romantic comedies. Did you ever see Pillow Talk? I think this is where I say something like, ‘They don’t make ‘em like they used to,’ and then heave a big sigh.
Instead of joining a club to indulge my tendency, I wrote a book. The Throwbacks. The characters unabashedly adore old-fashioned pop-culture while living in this current new-fangled age of high tech gadgetry. The heroine, Grace Rogers is a decorator who loves the movie Pillow Talk and refers to the dashing detective hero, David Young (irony) as Batman. I’m not even embarrassed by the retro character quirks. After all, who among us doesn’t know and love a quirky character in real life?
But in real life all this nostalgia retro-love has been associated with old middle age rather than quirkiness—but should it be? After all, lots of young people are wearing bell-bottoms flare leg pants—or over the knee boots. The last time I wore those I was –it was 1971. Plenty of twenty year olds love The Rolling Stones and The Who.
Of course, every time I see and hear those old groups I break out into reminiscences about…the good old days… when we were all not middle-aged young. What are your favorite retro things?