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Gezer Test (answers at the bottom)
Play fair, don't cheat! Oh, you may need a piece of paper and a pencil to record your answers.

1. In the 1950s, if you had a flat rear tire, you often had to remove the______?
a. Necker knob
b. Curb feeler
c. Fender skirt

2. What color flash bulbs did Dad use for color film?
a. Blue
b. Pink
c. Plaid

3. What was the parking brake called when you were a kid?
a. Emergency brake
b. Pull Stop
c. Breaker. Breaker.

4. Way before Air Jordan , what was a kids shoe of choice?
a. Buster Brown
b. PF Flyers
c. Old Stinkers

5. In what year did Dewey Defeat Truman according to the Chicago Tribune?
a. 1946
b. 1948
c. 1952

6.. Before the Orkin Man, what technology was part of most home bug deterrence?
a. Shoe Fly
b. Fly paper
c. 50 mm Phlit gun

7. Dixie cups had what printed on their tops?
a. Secret decoders b. Movie stars
c. WW II propaganda slogans

8. What was the prevailing method of birth control in the 50s?
a. Heavy lifting and cold showers
b. Fear
c. Girdles and crinoline petticoats

9. Jimmy Durante said what at the end of every show?
a. Aloha, my friends.
b. Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.
c. Remember, wherever you go, my nose will get there first.

10. Popeye the sailor man; Popeye the sailor man.
I'm strong to the finish, _ _ _ _ _ , Popeye the sailor man.
a. cause I eats me spinach
b. my dad was big and Finnish
c. the music a bit tinnish?

11. In the quaint greasy spoon jargon of yore,
what did "knock the horns off one, and drag it through the garden" mean?
a. 86 the customer, then kick him out the back door
b. Rare hamburger or steak with tomato and lettuce
c. Cooties

12. Lincoln Logs were for what use?
a. A diary of the presidency
b. Keep track of fat cats who sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom
c. Building toy structures

13. Ward and June bring what to mind?
a. A popular TV series called Leave it to Beaver
b. A Chicago family of butchers and knife sharpeners called The Cleavers
c. Inventors of the clicker, Jack Ward and Ernest June

14. Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Zorro are all forms of what?
a. Alcoholic beverages
b. Capitalism
c. Children's play

15. What was the cheapest way to turn a bicycle into a motorcycle?
a. Baseball cards in the spokes
b. Rig an electric motor with a very long cord
c. Turning left into the path of a Harley

16. Tinker toys date back to when?
a. 1914
b. 1949
c. 1967

17. In grade school, what was the worst thing that could happen to you when being picked for a team?
a. Getting picked last
b. Getting your uniform dirty
c. Not having the team tattoo

18. If we dared to swear and our parents heard us, we immediately found out what _ _ _ tasted like.
a. Meatballs
b. Soap
c. Sarsaparilla

19. What was one thing the Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers would never do?
a. Kill someone
b. Shot a squirrel
c. Eat lima beans

20. What convertible offered an optional radio that automatically increased its volume as the car accelerated?
a. 1912 Franklin
b. 1943 Jeep
c. 1957 Ford Thunderbird





ANSWERS

1. c) Fender skirts, attached to the rear fenders, covered fully half the wheel streamlining the car.

2. a) Blue

3. a) Emergency brake. We grew up in much more dramatic times.

4. b) PF Flyers. BF Goodrich patented the Posture Foundation insole, an innovation in comfort and performance, and began adding the new technology to its action shoes. Goodrich shoes with Posture Foundation became known simply as PF in 1937. Fashion trends in the Forties and Fifties saw PF Flyers escaping gyms and ball fields to become fashionable active footwear for everyone. Everything you do is more fun with PF read one 1947 magazine ad. In 2001, New Balance acquired the rights to the brand.

5. b) It was November 3,1948, when Truman upset Republican Thomas Dewey in the first postwar presidential election. Trib publisher Col. Robt. R. McCormick got the news late..

6. b) Sticky fly paper hanging from kitchen ceilings was common in American homes until insecticides like Flit became available in 40s.

7. b) Movie Stars Most people over 55 recall with nostalgia the Dixie Cup ice cream picture lids that appeared all over America from 1930 to 1954. In the final year, the lids were in 3D, full color, and styled in left and right action poses. These were used in stereo card viewers for the 3D effect.

8. c) This is a tough one, but the answer is girdles and crinoline petticoats.

9. b) Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.

10. a) cause I eats me spinach

11. b) Rare hamburger or steak with tomato and lettuce.
Other examples:
Axle grease: butter; Blowout patches: pancakes;
Bowwow, barks, or groundhog: "hot dog; Baled hay: shredded wheat;
Bessie: roast beef; Bessie in a bowl stew;
Cackle berries: eggs; Rabbit food: salad;
Sinkers donuts; Sweep the kitchen: hash.

12. c) Building toy structures.

13. a) A popular TV series called Leave it to Beaver, perhaps the most unrealistic, misleading and shallow depiction of family life ever produced for TV.

14. c) Children’s play.

15. a) Baseball cards in the spokes. Who among you never did this?

16. a) 1914 Good then, 1935 Good now, 2000 Good always, read the back cover of a 1935 Toy Tinkers catalog. Charles H. Pajeau and Robert Pettit, the founders of The Toy Tinkers of Evanston, Illinois, and the creators of the TINKER TOY construction set, knew that the Thousand Wonder Builder would continue to inspire the imaginations of children because of its easy-to-use, yet versatile construction system.
They are still made today, now by Hasbro.

17. a) Getting picked last. As an expert on this particular humiliation, I assure you that getting picked last was far better than not getting picked at all.

18. b) Soap. Was this a regional thing? Where I grew up, spanking was the generally preferred method for punishing any childhood misdemeanor. We wouldn't have known a time out to save our lives.

19. a) Kill someone. I can't remember ever seeing the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers or other cowboy heroes actually kill someone. They would just shoot the gun out of the bad guys hand. There was no blood, no violence, just folks wondering who that masked man was.

20. c) 1957 Ford Thunderbird. Hard one but, let’s face it. The option was available only that year.

SCORING
17-20 correct: You are not only older than dirt, but obviously gifted with mind bloat.
12-16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely muddy, ready to muck up others.
0-11 correct: You are one sad excuse of a geezer.
 
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Well, I'm officially older than dirt. I got 17 correct. I missed on the Tinker Toys. I suspected that they dated back to 1914 but wasn't sure so I picked 1949.

I missed the one about the Dixie Cups. I just didn't remember.

I also sort of missed the one about birth control. Where and when I grew up it was fear that kept us on the straight and narrow. In high school one girl got pregnant and she and here boyfriend had to get married. That, and what our parents would do to us, scared the rest of us enough that we abstained until we were quite a bit older.
 

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Wow - I am a full-fledged Geezer. I got every one right!

I knew nineteen answers butd had to guess at the Tinker Toy one, but since I had remember having a set of my Dad's ones from when he was a kid, I knew it had to be from way before I was born.

Thanks,

This brought back memories.
 

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18, with a couple of lucky guesses... so I'm older than dirt, but dementia hasn't set in yet.
 

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As a child of the late 60's and 70's, some of the questions were a bit out of my scope of experience but some, thanks to reruns and continued use of flypaper well into the 70's, I got some of them right....

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I’m in the same boat as Lee, and got them all.
 

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As a kid, I don't recall ever seeing lids on Dixie Cups, so I got that one wrong. Got all the others, tho.
 

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I wore PF Fliers. You could run faster and jump higher. When I was a kid the first time I saw fly paper I touch it and it stuck to my fingers with all those flies on them. I freaked out. Cowboys and Indians we also played Army. The monkey bars became battle ships or space ships. There were bushes by the playground and those became a castle or haunted house. The Good Humor ice cream truck came ringing his bells and kids would cone out of nowhere to by ice cream.
 

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OK, I got 18 - missed on the Dixie cups and birth control. Fear and damnation were the prime motivators against non-matrimonial sex around our area.
 
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