Musing with Cecil Buffington
Biting heads off snakes and such!
Recently I have received e mails from visitors to this site that asked “Why do you publish so much information about the 50s and 60s?" . . . "Why do you think folks want to know what happened 40-50 years ago?" . . . "Why do you spend so much time in the past?"
I didn’t have a problem with those questions because it’s very true that much of my writing, many of my photos and archives do go back into the 50s and 60s.
I have been labeled a "nostalgia nut." Some others just call me a "plain nut."
I am a product of that particular era. A teen of the 50s-60s and an adult of the "modern generation." I really don’t live so much in the past as I just revisit it quite frequently. A large part of what we are today was perpetuated by past generations.
I don't dislike our modern times. Far from it. While I didn't have noticeable problems with the "old days" as far as technology, communication and other life necessities were concerned, I have to admit we are far advanced from that period of my early history.
I can’t really say I have been disappointed with my life after my golden age years of the 50s and 60s. I married a lovely lady and had three wonderful children. I lost my mother and father in their mid-fifties and a sister in her mid-twenties. I have moved on, but these memories will always linger with me. I'll never forget them and through my writings I will never allow them to be forgotten. I had a very successful business career, in which I was fortunate to establish resources that enabled me to retire at a reasonably early age. I developed friendships and made acquaintances that mean a great deal to me at this stage of my life and probably always will.
So WHY do I write and dwell so much on the past?
I think it’s probably because the present is not as readily acceptable to me or in my mind anywhere near as ideal as those years of my youth. I don't deny for one moment I am an idealist. Is that worse or as good as being a realist? You'll have to make that determination. I see God abandoned and banned from schools, state facilities, and all government. Extreme liberalism has moved to the front in virtually all of our present cultural environment. This “If it feels good, do it” attitude is not what I grew up with. It was not a part of my early life and I chose not to go in that direction in my adult life. I can just shake my head and accept it, or through my writing and communication links I can give others food for thought. I have chosen the latter. I believe that religion, a solid life structure which includes marriage and family, and a conservative outlook ( good choices ) are the foundation of our American way of life. I am strongly opposed to the killing of helpless babies and probably about 99% of the liberal agenda.
I choose to write about the way I believe life should be, not how it actually is. Maybe I am not a realist in this way of thinking! It just so happens that more of what I consider a better lifestyle for me and America occured before the 70s, or certainly before the 80s moved in. If this is living in the past, so be it!
I still like the music played by the oldies stations. Some of the newer country music is reasonably acceptable and enjoyable, but the hard rock stuff and vulgar rap music of today, in my opinion, is simply not worth listening to. There are musicians of the last 30 years that actually bit the heads off snakes, swallowed worms and exposed their genitals and posteriors while performing. You didn’t see Elvis, Fabian, the Supremes, Loretta Lynn or Johnny Horton resorting to this type of silly behavior while performing their music.
Now am I being “old fashioned?” Well, yes! I suppose I am. And it is highly likely that I will remain loyal to this belief and upbringing for the balance of my life.
I fully understand the concept of America being a free nation. But the right to freedom should require a responsibility to adhere to certain behavior. I know there are certain basic rights available to any and every one, but I will always feel that somewhere along the way we crossed the line in common sense living and everyday common decency. There is very little worth watching on television now. The Wagon Train, Bonanza and family sit-coms are long gone.
There are some strange things going on in America and some strange beliefs in what is right and what is wrong. We are seeing some decisions come down from judiciary levels that defy the imagination. Heaven forbid the Supreme Court ever becoming a majority liberal. This would end America as we now know it.
I’ll continue to write about the 50s and 60s in my novels. I’ll display photos of these wonderful years on my web-site. And you can bet the mortage that the mention of God and Country will never be forbidden, hidden or viewed as shameful on cecilbuffington.com.
The Walt Disney TV Movie became one of the biggest fads in United States History in 1955.
Fess Parker sings
From Davy Crockett and the River Pirates."
A man cannot free himself from the past more easily than he can from his own body. ~André Maurois
The past is not a package one can lay away. ~Emily Dickinson
Praises for our past triumphs are as feathers to a dead bird. ~Paul Eldridge
The past is strapped to our backs. We do not have to see it; we can always feel it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. ~Lesley P. Hartley, The Go-Between, 1953
The Past lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables
The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it. ~Wendell Berry
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title. ~Virginia Woolf
Bring the past only if you are going to build from it. ~Doménico Cieri Estrada
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. ~Golda Meir
What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now. ~Author Unknown
In the 1956 Sugar Bowl, Bobby Grier of Pittsburgh became the first black player to ever play against Georgia Tech.