Ertl Toy Tractors from 1973

Ertle was another big name in metal toys just like Tonka.  We had the tractor on the right and all of the accessories, except our tractor was red.

Ertyl Toy Tractors from 1973
Ertyl Toy Tractors from 1973

Ertl could take a beating. If I am not mistaken, I think my parents still have that tractor in the basement. The accessories didn’t survive, but even so they lasted a long, long time before they broke.

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday – Little Twelve Toes

I always thought this one was a little weird…

Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand
He’d also have 12 toes or so the theory goes
Well, with twelve digits, I mean fingers
He probably would have invented two more digits
When he invented his number system
Then, if he saved the zero for the end
He could count and multiply by twelve
Just as easily as you and I do by ten

Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand
He’d probably count: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, dek, el, doh
“Dek” and “el” being two entirely new signs meaning ten and eleven
Single digits!
And his twelve, “doh”, would be written 1-0
Get it?
That’d be swell, for multiplying by 12

Hey Little Twelve Toes, I hope you’re well
Must be some far-flung planet where you dwell
If we were together, you could be my cousin
Down here we call it a dozen
Hey Little Twelve Toes, please come back home

Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand
His children would have them too
And when they played hide-and-go-seek they’d count by sixes fast
And when they studied piano, they’d do their six-finger exercises
And when they went to school, they’d learn the golden rule
And how to multiply by twelve easy: just put down a zero
But me, I have to learn it the hard way

Let me see now:
One times 12 is twelve, two times 12 is 24
Three times 12 is 36, four times 12 is 48
Five times 12 is 60, six times 12 is 72
Seven times 12 is 84, eight times 12 is 96
Nine times 12 is 108, ten times 12 is 120
Eleven times 12 is 132, and 12 times 12 is 144

Hey Little Twelve Toes, I hope you’re thriving
Some of us ten-toed folks are still surviving
If you help me with my twelves, I’ll help you with your tens
And we could all be friends
Little Twelve Toes, please come back home



When it is time to put your animal down…

This post isn’t about the 70s, it is about country life vs city life. I had overheard “someone” talking the other day, and they were making fun of a individual who said they had to shoot their dog. That “someone” thought it was a barbaric country hick act.

We have always put our own animals down. That is just the way it was. My dad grew up on a farm and they put their animals down, so I am sure that is why we did it too.

I guess I am actually kind of upset at this nonchalant attitude that it’s a barbaric thing to do. Do you really think it’s that easy to pull the trigger on a dog that you have played and grown up with for the last 14 years? Then dig a grave and bury them?

Know what I think is barbaric? People who leave their pets at the vets to be put to sleep and they don’t even take the time to be with them as they pass away. I know people like that. Sorry if you fit that category, but when your pet has given you years of enjoyment I think you should at least be there to comfort them as they go.

At least I comforted my pet and said my goodbyes before I pulled the trigger.

Tiny Might Mo

I really enjoy looking thru old Wishbooks. No matter how many times I have looked thru them, something new always catches my eye. That was the case for Tiny Might Mo. I came across this ad and it triggered a memory about watching Might Mo commercials on Saturday mornings.

Tiny Might Mo from 1976
Tiny Might Mo from 1976

(Another catchy tune that you will probably thank me for later. 🙂 )

I am fairly certain that I remember a commercial for the jeep too.

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: Elementary, My Dear

Another catchy tune. I am guessing that the religious reference on the story of Noah’s Ark would not go over well today.

Forty days and forty nights
Didn’t it rain, children
Not a speck of land in sight
Didn’t it, didn’t it rain
But Noah built the ark so tight
They sailed on, children
And when at last the waters receded
And the dove brought back the olive tree leaf
He landed that ship near Mount Ararat
And one of his children grabbed Noah’s robe and said
“Hey Dad, how many animals on this old ark anyway, huh?”

Elementary, my dear, two time two is four
Elementary, my dear, two time three is six
Elementary, my dear, two time four is eight
Elementary, my dear, two time five is ten

Two times one is two, of course
And it must occur to you
You get an even number
Every time you multiply by two

Elementary, my dear, two time six is twelve
Elementary, my dear, two time seven is fourteen
Elementary, my dear, two times eight is sixteen
Elementary, my dear, two times nine is eighteen

Two times ten is twenty, eleven twice is twenty-two
Double twelve that’s twenty-four, thirteen twice is twenty-six
Fourteen twice is twenty-eight, fifteen twice is thirty
Now you build it up on thirty
Sixteen twice is thirty-two, elementary
Seventeen twice is thirty-four, elementary
Eighteen twice is thirty-six, elementary
Nineteen twice is thirty-eight, elementary
Twenty twice is forty, and it must occur to you
You can double any number
All you do is multiply by two

Elementary, my dear, two time two is four (Woo!)
Elementary, my dear, two time three is six (Yeah!)
Elementary, my dear, two time four is eight (Woop!)
Elementary, my dear, two time five is ten (Yeah!)

Now, if you want to multiply two times 174
Or some big number like that
Two times 174 equals two times 100 plus two times 70 plus two times 4
That’s all
So two times 174 equals 200 plus 140 plus 8 . . . or 348
It’s elementary!

Elementary . . . elementary . . .

Twice 32 is 64, elementary
Twice 33 is 66, elementary
Twice 34 is 68, elementary
Twice 35 is 70, elementary
Yeah, yes, it’s elementary, yeah

Now, what’s two times 98?

Aww! That’s hard!

No, it’s very simple
Two times 98 equals two times a hundred, minus two times two
That’s 200 minus four . . . 196

Forty days and forty nights
Didn’t it rain, children?

Billy Jack – 1971

I ran across this movie on Netflix the other day and decided to watch it (again?). When I was a child, the only thing I really remember about this movie was that after it aired, the kids at school were practicing their “Kung-Fu” out on the playground. I wasn’t allowed to watch it, but I don’t remember having any desire to see it anyway.

I am not sure I have ever watched it before. Parts of it seemed vaguely familiar, but now that I am in my mid 40s all I could really see was the underlying political message. I am not saying it wasn’t a good watch, just the message was so in your face that I felt it distracted my enjoyment of the bone breaking action. You know, the real reason why we watch these movies.

Armour Hot Dogs

How many of you remember this little tune from Amour Hot dogs?

Hot dogs, Armour hot dogs
What kind of kids eat Armour Hot Dogs?
Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks
Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox
love hot dogs, Armour Dot Dogs
The dogs kids love to bite!

The good ole days, when political correctness didn’t matter.

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: Interplanet Janet

On a Wednesday…


Sorry 🙂

Still running a tad behind on my life.

They say our solar system is centered around the sun
Nine planets, large and small, parading by
But somewhere out in space
There’s another shining face
That you might see some night up in the sky
Interplanet Janet, she’s a galaxy girl
A solar system Miss from a future world
She travels like a rocket with her comet team
And there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen
No, there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen

She’s been to the Sun, it’s a lot of fun
It’s a hot-spot, it’s a gas!
Hydrogen and helium in a big, bright, glowing mass
It’s a star, it’s a star!
So Janet got an autograph!

Mercury was near the Sun so Janet stopped by
But the mercury on Mercury was much too high
So Janet split for Venus but on Venus she found
She couldn’t see a thing for all the clouds around
Earth looked exciting, kind of green and inviting
So Janet thought she’d give it a go
But the creatures on that planet looked so very weird to Janet
She didn’t even dare to say hello

It’s a bird, it’s a plane!
Why, it must be a UFO, but it was:
Interplanet Janet, she’s a galaxy girl
A solar system Miss from a future world
She travels like a rocket with her comet team
And there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen
No, there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen

Mars is red and Jupiter’s big
And Saturn shows off its rings
Uranus is built on a funny tilt
And Neptune is its twin
And Pluto, little Pluto, is the farthest planet from the Sun

They say our solar system is not alone in space
The Universe has endless mystery
Some future astronaut
May find out that what he’d thought
Was a shooting star instead turned out to be
Interplanet Janet, she’s a galaxy girl
A solar system Miss from a future world
She travels like a rocket with her comet team
And there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen
No, there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen

My Name is Nobody

I loved watching spaghetti westerns when I was young. I think I have mentioned it before, but the ones with Clint Eastwood are my all time favorite. They hold up well even today.

Sergio Leone, who directed the Clint Eastwood movies, was the writer for My Name is Nobody. I was maybe 10 or 11 when I first watched it on TV, but there was something about that movie that I loved and I would never forget about it. It was a great pleasure to finally see it again after so many years.

It stars Henry Fonda as Jack Beauregard and Terence Hill as “Nobody”.  Jack is a gunfighter that wants to retire and move to Europe but “Nobody” idolizes Jack and he wants to see Jack enter the history books by fighting the Wild Bunch, a band of 150 bad guys.

A little movie trivia: This would be Henry Fonda’s last western.



Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: The Four Legged Zoo

I like this one too. 🙂

We went to the four-legged zoo
To visit our four-footed friends
Lions and tigers, cats and dogs
A goat and a cow and a couple o’ hogs
A rhinoceros, and of course a hippopotamus
And, oh yes, a horse!

There were elk and bison, a gnu or two
Giraffes and elephants, quite a few
A llama, alpaca, vicuna too
Zebras, ibexes, and one big kudu
It was swell, I liked the gazelle

Now Miss Simpson said –
She teaches school, you know –
Yeah, she took us there
Well, Miss Simpson said
If we counted every head on these quadrupeds
Then multiplied that number by four
We’d know how many feet went through the door
If we turned them all loose
Oh no, don’t do that!
It’s really a groovy zoo
But, anyway, what Miss Simpson said
It was a good chance to work on our fours in our head
One, two, three, four!

I’ll take a lion . . . (one times four)
He’s got four legs and maybe a roar
Give me two camels . . . that’s two times four
Eight legs walking across the desert floor

A tiger and a lamb and a fat kudu
Would be three times four (equals twelve legs too)
But we might have to subtract
When that tiger was through! (Rowr!)

Four four-footed friends, no matter who
Would have 16 legs, and it’s always true
That four times four equals 16
And five times four is 20

Now a coach and six, if you were Cinderella
Would have you home by midnight
If those 24 legs ran fast as lightning
Six times four equals 24 and seven times four equals 28
Anyone knows that, who cares about seven

And eight antelope have 32 legs because eight times four is 32

Here come a small herd of buffalo
They say they’re getting extinct, you know
I can count nine – that’s 36 legs
Nine times four equals 36
Here comes a baby buffalo
That’s good! That’s ten!
And ten times four, you know, is 40

Eleven coyotes . . . (eleven times four)
Went slinking over the prairie floor
On all of their legs
Equals 44

Now twelve times four is as high as we go
Twelve times four equals 48
But there were so very, very, many, many more
Animals standing there by the gate

But we’d have to use a pencil if we counted them all
And we really had fun
And we saw every one
A bear, a cougar, a jackal, a yak
A fox, some deer, and a sweet giraffe

And I can’t remember how many, many more
But we multiplied them all by four
And some of them thanked us with a roar