My father’s old nursery grounds were covered in sawdust. Bantam chickens ran loose and ate the bugs under the cans. A mother and her ten little chicks scratching under the cans were a common sight day in and day out.
Besides the chickens we had bug killers - DDT, lead arsenic and other forms of drop dead liquids. We did not worry about after effects of the sprays. We just wanted to kill the bugs that destroyed the plants.
I applied gallons of this stuff. I have never been sick, I never visited a doctor. Only now, in my mid seventies, do I have to see a doctor in order to keep my medical insurance. I don’t have time to get sick. Our children are getting fat – put them outside and put them to work.
After WWII, there was a fantastic energy in the U.S. The returning soldiers wanted to live every moment. Sports was a big energy consumer. No spectating like today, everyone played. After all, we had the New York Yankees in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Sandlot ball where adults and children played together. Street ball, boxing, bike riding, and street skating, 2 on 2 or 10 on 10 whoever showed up.
Casey Stengal and Billy Martin for the Oakland Acorns. The DiMaggios at Seal Stadium. The old wooden stadium in Emeryville, CA. No longer good enough for us. Time out for a donut.