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Cheyenne Mountain

Ever wondered what Cheyenne Mountain is all about?  Where did it gets its name? What’s its history? What do you know about Cheyenne Mountain? What are those towers on top?  Is NORAD still in Cheyenne Mountain?

Just some of the answers to the questions above:

Where did Cheyenne Mountain get its name?

Named for the Cheyenne people. Native Americans found that Cheyenne Mtn was a good wood source for teepee poles. It was also visited by the Arapaho people. They sought spiritual inspiration from the mountain’s waterfalls.  The Mountain was also used by the Ute Tribe to safely cross from the plains and benefit from its steep slopes and hidden valleys.

Its history – what do you know about Cheyenne Mountain?

Cheyenne Mountain is a triple-peaked mountain. The mountain serves as host for military, communications, recreational, and residential purposes. It was designed to withstand bombing and the fallout from a nuclear attack.

The underground operations center for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was built in the 1960s during the Cold War to monitor the potential intrusion to North American airspace Soviet missile launches and military aircraft.

Homesteading activity began in 1867. The mountain was the site of resorts and retreats beginning in the 1880s. Spencer Penrose, who built and widely promoted The Broadmoor in 1918, bought several properties on the mountain.  

Penrose built the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Highway, Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, a lodge on one of the mountain peaks, and a retreat at Emerald Valley.

The site of the lodge recently became the wilderness Cloud Camp. Emerald Valley is now the site of The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley. Land on The Mountain once owned by The Broadmoor is now the site of numerous luxury homes.

The two parks on and at the base of Cheyenne Mountain are Cheyenne Mountain State Park and North Cheyenne Cañon Park.

What are those towers on top?

You cannot miss the noticeable tower feature on the top of one of Cheyenne Mountain’s peaks.  Those features are an antenna farm with transmitters for cellular phones, radio, television, and law enforcement transmitters.  They are not related to the military installation in the mountain. They are obviously hidden from public view.  

During the 1950s, an antenna farm was built on the middle peak of the mountain when Bert Swisher deeded ten acres to Bud Edmonds and several backers and Swisher signed a non-compete agreement.  Edmonds, John Browne, and Buck Ingersoll agreed to replace the trails to the area with a real road, which was opened in 1960 by the Cheyenne Propagation Company.  

Currently there are 700 cell phone, television, radio, and law enforcement transmitters on the antenna farm.  The Cheyenne Mountain radio repeater site, 145.160, covers south central and southeast Colorado along the Interstate 25 corridor from Monument to the New Mexico border.  Since 2002, it has been operated by Cheyenne Propagation Company.

Is NORAD still in the Cheyenne Mountain?

NORAD used to offer public tours, but due to security concerns they were suspended after 9-11.  Most of the center’s operations moved to Peterson Air Force Base in 2006,. Then in April 2015, the Pentagon reported that some operations would be moving back.

Find out more about Cheyenne Mountain:

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Oh, What a Crock!

Slow cooking, also known as crock pot cooking, is a favorite in many households.

The slow cooker is a counter top electrical cooking appliance that is used for simmering which allows for unattended cooking for many hours. That is the beauty of a crock pot!

The Crock-Pot is a trademark that is sometimes used generically. It was first made by the Naxon Corporation and later purchased by Rival in 1970.

crock pot

Why do cooks love these slow cookers?

* It allows them to have the dinner ready at dinnertime, when they’re usually the most tired.

* Families eat healthier because a meal is ready for them and they won’t be tempted to hit the drive-thru for fast food.

* It’s really like magic in that individual items are thrown together in the morning and will turn into an amazing meal in the evening.

* The crock pot can turn tough cuts of meat into tender pieces of deliciousness.

* You don’t have to micro-manage the cooking and in fact, you don’t even need to be present.

* You can save money by using a crock pot because you can use cheaper cuts of meat as well make your own broth, etc.

Today, slow cookers have gone hi-tech with digital timers, self-stirrers and other sophisticated settings. You can also buy pre-made, ready-to cook meals—how easy is that!

Crock pot cooking has many benefits for you and your family including saving money and eating healthier. And it’s not just for winter meals…using them in the summer when it is hot means the oven doesn’t have to be turned on!

 What do you like most crock pots?

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Television Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday – The Television, an Old one and a New one.


What a difference in technology spanning about 30 years.


Old TV

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Newer TV


Did you know?

During the 1950s, television was the primary medium for influencing public opinion.

In the mid-1960s, color broadcasting was introduced in the US and most other developed countries.

In the late 2000s, digital television transmissions greatly increased in popularity.

By 2013, 79% of the world’s households owned a television set.

According to Wikipedia:

“The replacement of early bulky, high-voltage cathode ray tube (CRT) screen displays with compact, energy-efficient, flat-panel alternative technologies such as LCDs (both fluorescent-backlit and LED), OLED displays, and plasma displays was a hardware revolution that began with computer monitors in the late 1990s.”

“Most TV sets sold in the 2000s were flat-panel, mainly LEDs. Major manufacturers announced the discontinuation of CRT, DLP, plasma, and even fluorescent-backlit LCDs by the mid-2010s.”

“In the near future, LEDs are expected to be gradually replaced by OLEDs. Also, major manufacturers have announced that they will increasingly produce smart TVs in the mid-2010s. Smart TVs with integrated Internet and Web 2.0 functions became the dominant form of television by the late 2010s.”

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Old Fashioned Diners – A Bit of Nostalgia

Old Fashioned Diners – A Bit of Nostalgia – they go “way back” with the first diner being created in 1872. 

old fashioned diner

Interesting facts about old fashioned diners:

1) The first diner sold food out of a horse-drawn wagon.

2) Diners have evolved from a diner in the shape of a streamlined train to pre-fabricated buildings. This change allowed a diner to set up a food service business quickly.

3) With the advent of fast-food restaurants in the 1970’s, many diners were challenged to remain in business.

4) There are still many old fashioned style diners across the country.

5)  Diners attract a wide spectrum of the local populations. They are generally small businesses.

6)  From the mid-Twentieth century onward, old fashioned diners have been seen as classic American.

7)  Old Fashioned Diners reflect the perceived cultural diversity of the country at large.

Diners are characterized by offering a wide range of foods, mostly American food. They also have a distinct exterior structure, a casual atmosphere, and a counter. Many diners also have late operating hours.

Some diners share nostalgic, retro style decor also found in some restored drive-ins and old movie theaters.

In some parts of our country, diners were historically placed near factories which operated 24 hours a day. The night shift workers provided a key part of the customer base. The downside of this meant that diners sometimes served as symbols of loneliness and isolation. This was illustrated in a 1942 oil painting by Edward Hopper entitled Nighthawks. It portrays people in a downtown diner late at night. Source…

old fashioned diners

“Classic American Diners” are often characterized by an exterior layer of stainless steel. This is a feature unique to diner architecture.

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 Old Fashioned Diners – An Iconic Place to Eat!

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Party Like It’s 1999 – Throwback Thursday

Oh yes, Prince or that artist formerly known as Prince who became Prince again.

Remember his song – Party Like It’s 1999?  A kind of tune that just sticks in your head!

Well, here it is (forgive me for the ad at the beginning):

Prince was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and director.

He was a musical innovator who was known for his flamboyant stage presence, eclectic work, extravagant dress and makeup as well as his wide vocal range.

His music represented a wide variety of styles, which included funk, rock, jazz, R&B as well as other styles. He was very successful and sold over 100 million records worldwide.

He was one of the best-selling music artists of all time according to Wikipedia. His awards included eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards and a Golden Globe Award. He also received an Academy Award for the film, Purple Rain.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.

Sadly, Prince died of a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57.

 party like it's the 1999

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Pre-filled Christmas Stockings – 1975

What’s behind the custom of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace?

According to Wikipedia:

While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas Stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example:

Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. After dark he threw three bags of gold through an open window, one landed in a stocking. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.
Other versions of the story say that Saint Nicholas threw the three bags of gold directly into the stockings which were hung by the fireplace to dry.

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

According to the Smithonian:

As far back as 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore (or possibly Henry Livingston Jr.) wrote “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” stockings were hung near the fireplace, awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. At the end of the poem, St. Nick “fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,/And laying his finger aside of his nose/And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.”

christmas stockings

I remember getting one of these for Christmas.

Christmas Stockings are an important part of Christmas traditions!

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Resurrecting the 1967 GT 500 Mustang

resurrecting the 1967 GT 350 mustang

OK…I want a Mustang!  How about resurrecting the 1967 GT 500 Mustang?  Well, it is available through a company called “Revology Cars.”

From Fox News Channel article:

“Revology Cars has unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas an officially-licensed reproduction of the 1967 version of the classic muscle car built on a modern platform.”

And you can get one for yourself, but the price is up there and may be prohibited for most.

“The GT 500 features picture-perfect styling, but comes powered by a new Roush Performance supercharged 5.0-liter V8 rated at 600 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque.”

OK, want to know the price?

From the article again:

“Another thing it has in common with the authentic 1967 car is the price. At least the prices they sell for today.

The Revology GT 500 starts at $219,000, but it does come with a one-year bumper-to-bumper/two-years powertrain/five year body warranty.”

To see the entire article Click Here!

I love Mustangs, especially the original ones from the 60’s and early 70’s.

resurrecting the 1967 gt 500 mustang

(All Photo Credits for Fox News Channel article – November 1, 2017)

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Wrigleys Vintage Chewing Gum Machine

Do you remember, Over 50 crowd, when you could buy chewing gum from a machine for 5 cents? Well, this chewing gum machine is definitely an antique!

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, known as the Wrigley Company, is an American food company founded in 1891 by William Wrigley Jr. It is based in the Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois. The company is now owned by Mars, Incorporated. It is currently the largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum in the world.

chewing gum machine

In 1892, Wrigley Jr. began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder. The chewing gum eventually became more popular than the baking powder; thus, Wrigley’s reoriented the company to produce the gum.

Wrigley’s Chewing Gum machine was produced by Kayem Products Co., Inc. in 1947.

Kayem Products Co., Inc. released 3 different machines under this trade name, starting in 1940.

Other machines made by Kayem Products Co., Inc. during the time period Wrigley’s Chewing Gum was produced include Beech-Nut Chewing Gum, and Reed’s Aspirin.


A vintage chewing gum machine – it’s fun to remember the good old days!

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Vinyl Sales Are Going Strong!

Do you know that vinyl sales are steadily increasing each year even though on-demand audio streaming continues to grow in popularity?

The latest news is that vinyl records are projected to sell 40 million units in 2017. Wowzers!  That means that sales are nearing the $1 billion benchmark for the first time this millennium. The peak of the industry was in the 1980s.

According to Deloitte, in 2017 new vinyl records and revenue will enjoy a seventh consecutive year of double-digit growth. However, vinyl will account for only 6%. The broader music industry revenues are projected to be approximately $15 billion this year!

According to one 37-year-old collector, his “modest” collection is a very highly-curated mix of 2,000 albums. Some are old and some are new!

There are many reasons why vinyl is superior to any other music listening format. These reasons include the fidelity, romanticism and ritualistic nature of the experience. “Listening to vinyl is a physical act – it’s an active choice to go to the rack and pull out a record from the sleeve and then eventually flip the side to continue listening. It physically forces you to interact, contrary to telling Alexa to play a playlist on Spotify.” Source…

Another reason for people wanting vinyl is to own something that you can hold in your hand. The artwork on the cover of an album is another massive draw. “You can go into a record store, buy the first Velvet Underground record and bring home a Warhol!” Source…


It isn’t a coincidence that the vinyl resurgence in 2008 coincides with the launch of Spotify. You might say that vinyl is similar to the print industry. As streaming continues to grow (and change), there will always be a market for the emotional impact of something tangible such as a vinyl record. That nostalgic tie is powerful!

For a little more background on the growth of the vinyl record sales, here is information for the time period of 2005-2015.

According to the Nielsen ratings, 2015 was the tenth straight year for growth of vinyl sales. In 2005, there were about 900,000 vinyl records sold in the U.S. This grew every year with sales reaching just under 12 million for the year 2015.

The most popular genre was ‘Rock.’ Independent music retailers find vinyl sales very important to their music revenue. CDs haven’t done so well with sales falling from 141 million in 2014 to 126 million in 2015.

Here are the numbers from 2005 – 2015:

Vinyl Sales Have Grown For 10 Years Straight


Vinyl Sales – Going Strong and the Over 50 Crowd is Loving It!

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Music from the ’70s for the Over 50 Crowd!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the Music from the ’70s!

“The 1970s created a perfect musical bridge from the rebelliousness of the 1960s and the happy songs that are characteristic of the 1980s.” (People History)

The ’70s actually created a trend of dance music as well as relaxing music. Other music genres of the 1970s include Disco/Club, Progressive Rock, Punk Rock/New Wave, and Funk & Soul.

People may have grown tired of the fighting that happened during the ’60s. Perhaps they sought a refuge in dance clubs and other places to enjoy a good time. Disco emerged during this decade.

Singers and songwriters were also popular during the ’70s…John Denver, Carly Simon, Elton John & Glen Campbell…just to name a few.

music from the '70s

The 1970’s was not a unique decade in terms of creating innovations in musical styles and genres, but it was unique in that it was a musical bridge connecting the hippie lifestyle of the 1960s with the characteristic yuppie lifestyle that was about to occur in the 1980s.

According to Retrowaste, 

“There was more variety in music in the 1970s than ever before. Music listeners had dozens of genres to choose from and many of them rose to popularity at different points during the decade.

Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hard Rock, Soft Rock and Disco all carved out their place in the music world in the 1970s. The late 70s also witness the birth of another young music style: hip-hop.

Some of the best rock n roll of all time was recorded in the 70s. From David Bowie to Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd, the list I could make would keep you scrolling for days.

The 70s were a golden era for vinyl records. They were affordable to everyone and everyone had a record player. It seems like almost every song ever made in the 80s had a 70s sample in it.”

Suggestions to add to this list are:

Bee Gees, Doobie Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, The Association,

Who would you add to the list? “Comment” below to let us know who you think was left out!

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