Name Tag Winners
Our National Thayer Families Reunion brought together Thayers from 22 states, many meeting their “somehow cousins” for the first time, so name tags are a must. Of course, by the third day, attendees tire of wearing them, so to encourage everyone to keep wearing them, we had “Name Tag Winners” throughout the weekend. Maybe on a bus tour, maybe at breakfast, even at the farewell banquet winners were called. I bought a variety pack of tiny stickers containing many different images. Each name tag got a different sticker. I kept a list of the stickers and randomly called out “If you have a sun/puppy/red car/whale/bunny/lollypop/ghost /cactus/whatever on your name tag, you are a winner!” If you use name tags at your reunion, this is a real hit!
Family History Writing Competition
Do you have a story to tell? About your grandmother? Your dad? A cousin? A family tradition? We encourage writers who are age 16 and under to tell us a family story. Entrants too young to write may dictate their story(ies) to someone willing to type it/them.
The winner(s) will be announced at the banquet on Sunday, July 1, 2018 and presented a certificate and a gift.
- Entries must pertain to individuals or families descended from Thomas, Richard, William, or an unplaced Thayer.
- Entrants must be present at the National Thayer Families Reunion 2018.
- Fiction will not be accepted.
- An entry must be original and not have been previously published.
- As many entries as desired may be submitted.
- By entering this competition, the author agrees that, if his/her entry is selected as a winner, the Thayer Families Association has permission to use that entry in any manner.
ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED ON:
- quality of writing and readability (including grammar, spelling, and punctuation), based on the age of the writer
- the choice of an engaging story
- placement of the subject(s) in historical, geographic, and cultural context
- A panel of judges will select the winner(s). Identity of the judges will remain confidential.
FORMAT AND DUE DATES
- Two printed copies of each entry in 12-point Times or Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins may be submitted at the Reunion not later than Saturday, June 30, 2018 by 5 p.m. OR the entry may be emailed in advance, not later than June 26, to email@example.com. Entries will then be forwarded to the judges.
- Entries should be at least 100 but not more than 2000 words.
- Place the title, age of the writer, and the page number on each page.
- Attach a cover sheet containing the author’s name, age, mailing address, phone number, email address, and title of his/her entry. Use one cover sheet for each entry. The sheet will be separated from the entry before forwarding to judges, to ensure the author’s anonymity.
- An image, table, map, chart, or illustrations may be included if desired.
QUESTIONS? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Older Than Dirt Game
A young person and an older person do this as a team.
_____1. In the 1940’s, where were automobile headlight high beam switches located?
- On the floor shift knob
- On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
- Next to the horn
_____2. What did Grandma Pearl Austin (and others) do with an old soda bottle with holes the bottle cap?
- Capture lightning bugs
- Sprinkle clothes before ironing
- Shaker for sea salt
_____3. What did Joanne Grinnell (and others) buy in the 50’s that cost 20 cents?
- Gallon of gas
- Postage stamp
- Loaf of bread
_____4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
_____5. What method did women like Aunt Louise (and others) use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during W.W.II?
- got a suntan
- painted their legs
- wore slacks
_____6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn’t tell whether it was coming or going? Ask Uncle Ellis if he had one.
- Nash Metro
_____7. Which was a popular candy when your Grandpa was a kid?
- Strips of dried peanut butter
- Chocolate licorice bars
- Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
_____8. How did Uncle Bob use Butch wax?
- To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up
- To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
- On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust
_____9. Before in-line skates, how Grandma Barb Austin Withey keep her roller skates attached to her shoes?
- With clamps, tightened by a skate key
- Woven straps that crossed the foot
- Long pieces of twine
_____10. When Aunt Judy was a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
- Consider all the facts
- Ask Mom
- Eeny-meeny-miney- mo
_____11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940’s-50’s
_____12. Caroline Kennedy’s pet pony was named Macaroni. What was Uncle Doug’s pony’s name?
- Old Blue
- Comanche Queen
_____13. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
- Part of the game of hide and seek
- What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores
- How you prepared for an A-bomb attack
_____14. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
- Princess Summerfallwinterspring
- Princess Sacajawea
- Princess Moonshadow
_____15. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
- Immediately sniffed the purple ink
- Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window
- Wrote another pupil’s name on the top, to avoid looking bad when they flunked
_____16. Why did Aunt Chris Cashion (and others) shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
- To keep kids out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum
- They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items
- They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos
_____17. 1930’s college fad
- Swallowing goldfish
- Collecting bottle caps
_____18. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
- Tony Bennett
- Xavier Cugat
- George Gershwin
_____19. How long did the first television evening news shows last?
- one hour
- 30 minutes
- 15 minutes
_____20. What came on television at midnight in the 50’s and 60’s?
- the National Anthem
- adult movies
- repeats of the afternoon soaps
- b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took till the late ’60’s to catch on.
- b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?
- a) Gallon of gas- 20 cents, stamp- 3 cents, bread- 14 cents
- a) Blackjack Gum.
- b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.
- a) 1946 Studebaker.
- c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water. They were called “Nik-L-Nip”
- a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.
- a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a shoestring around your neck.
- c) Eeny-meeny-miney- mo.
- c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the disease.
- c) Comanche Queen
- c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.
- a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.
- a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink.
- b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.
- a) swallowing goldfish
- a) Tony Bennett
- c) 15 minutes
- a) the National Anthem
18-20 correct: You are older than dirt!
12-18 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but you’re getting there.
0-11 correct: You are just a young “whippersnapper” and if you don’t know what that is ask someone who is “older than dirt”.