|Memories of candy floss : summer and winter shows in the 1950s|
Didn't have that much spare time as she was growing up, did jigsaws or listened to the radio at nights, enjoyed cross stitch, board games,
"You certainly didn't go out at night"
Entertained family and friends at home. Went out more as she got older, met a boy through church,
"But I was very strictly to the pictures and then home afterwards"
Chaperoned to teenager dances, friends around for tea, Saturday pictures, swimming in Hamilton Lake.
Recalls seeing `The Sound of Music', `The Student Prince'. Discusses James Dean and Elvis Presley.
Talks about Sunday afternoon request session on radio 1XH,
"So usually Sunday afternoons if we were home, it was the Sunday requests, much to my parents' disgust who hated it because it was all teenagers that wrote in asking for the music they wanted"
Mentions The Satellites dance band and the Starlight Ballroom, dances at Matangi and Whatawhata, caught the bus from Garden Place.
Talks about the `bodgies' and the `widgies', congregated near the Carlton theatre,
"And right across the road was the milkbar that the bodgies and widgies hung about at. But if you weren't involved in that crowd you only heard about them or used to see them whizzing down with their motorbikes"
Went steady with one boy from 16-20,
"But then when I was 20 and actually going to the dances with girlfriends, every now and again you'd be adventuresome enough to come home with a boy who had his parents car, and he would bring you home at midnight, and he would kiss you on the doorstep, and you went inside and he went home"
Talks about dances,
"You sat on one side [of the hall] and the boys sat on the other, and yes, if you were a good dancer you were fairly fortunate to dance all night ..... I would have the odd shy girl friend that I'd have to take along sometimes and I'd have to push her in a bit, otherwise you'd turn around to see where she was and she'd be out in the ladies room, everyone went out in the ladies room and had to do their hair a bit more if they didn't want to dance"
Discusses fashions worn at the dances. Very keen on rock and roll, tells story about this. Didn't spend too much money on clothes, mentions wearing hats.
Mentions the Dolly Varden milkshake bar; very first coffee bar was the Black and White Coffee Bar in Ward Street. Talks about picnics,
"The annual railway picnic that we went to the Mount on the train was the highlight of the year for a lot of people"
Very keen on reading, especially Enid Blyton. Mentions teenager idols - Elvis, Rock Hudson, Esther Williams. Recalls comics,
"Comics were frowned upon because they weren't things that were going to give you any knowledge"
"There was the New Zealand Truth but I didn't get to read that .... that wasn't one that was given to children to read because it used to have the odd murder ..... they used to have a page for divorces in the Truth .....so parents didn't really show their children the Truth, it might be put under the cushion"
Continues talking about newspapers - The Students Digest . Remembers Selwyn Toogood and "It's in the Bag", John Maybury. Fondly remembers the winter and summer shows,
"You had a hot dog and you had some candy floss, and boy that was something"