THE SENIOR TIMES
A Publication of The Senior Network
REMEMBER WHEN. . . .
Most cars sold in America were made by the big three manufacturers: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. These are the prices of some typical family cars from the 1950s:
· 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe 6 cylinder 216 cubic inch - $1529
· 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air 6 cylinder 235 cubic inch - $1885
· 1954 Ford 8 cylinder 2-door Mainline - $2020
· 1954 Plymouth Plaza Club sedan - $1980
· 1954 Buick Special 4-door sedan - $2740
Imported cars were not a big part of the US car market in the 1950s. A few invaders did make it from Europe. The German Volkswagen was the most popular..
· 1958 Volkswagen (German import) - $1586
· 1959 Morris Minor (UK import) - $1495
· 1959 Renault Dauphine (French import) - $1645
· 1959 Fiat 500 (Italian import) - $1398
The average price of a gallon of gas rose from 27c in 1950 to 30c in 1959.
June is known for weddings and graduations. Each of these events is special and unique with no two being alike.
Another event we celebrate in June is the honoring of the role of fathers in our lives. These also are very different with each one having his own unusual role and name. We call them Dad, Daddy, Pop, Papa, Pa and Father. Our name for this male figure in our lives often evolves as we grow and as our circumstances change. We even have stepdads and grandfathers and maybe even a Poppy. As these men influence our lives, our love for them grows even stronger.
As wonderful and important as these relationships are, there is a greater “fatherly” connection that is even more vital. It is the one that allows all of us to belong to the same family. This is our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Our Holy Father always wants the best for us and never will leave us. His direction is sure. The Bible says in II Corinthians 6:18, “I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
What a great promise to have! Whether our earthly father is still with us or not, we always have our Heavenly Father with us. This should bring all of us peace and comfort.
” Rolling In Rolesville”
Monday, June 12th, 5:30-7:30 pm
At Arise, 300 Southtown Circle, Rolesville
Benefits The Senior Network
$10 ($12 at door) – FUN!
Networking, Bunco, Beverages, Snacks
Who’d A Thunk….
Ever see an old movie, and notice the driver turning the wheel over, and over—just to make a right at a stoplight? That’s because that car probably didn’t have power steering! We take it for granted today that even the oldest cars have power steering.
For much of automotive history the steering wheel was a mechanical means of turning the wheel. This made it especially hard to turn the wheels when the car was at a complete stop, as friction fought the driver for every degree turned.
The first commercial power steering was made available by Chrysler in 1951. However, the first patent for power steering came in 1876 and improved with a hydraulic version in 1902 by Frederick W. Lanchester. All to no avail, none of these designs were adopted by the handful of car manufacturers operating at the time.
It wasn’t until the Roaring Twenties that the prototypes for later incarnations of power steering were born. Francis Davis invented the first power steering that was actually fitted into a car; in fact the system used by Chrysler in 1951 leaned heavily on Davis’ model.
The true utility of power steering wasn’t fully displayed until the Second World War, when Davis’ power steering patents were used to ease the strains of controlling heavy war machines such as armored vehicles. As with most inventions with military applications, the necessity of battle pushed the fledgling technology to prominence. By war’s end over 10,000 vehicles were stalking battlefields the world over with the aid of power steering.
On an overseas flight, a lawyer and an older man were in adjoining seats.
The lawyer asked the senior if he’d like to play a little game. The older man was tired, and he told the lawyer he only wanted to sleep.
But the lawyer insisted the game was a lot of fun.
“Here’s how it works,” he said. “I’ll ask you a question. If you can’t come up with the answer, you have to give me a dollar. Then it’s your turn to ask me one. But if I can’t answer it, I have to give you $20.”
The senior figured if he just got this over with, maybe he could get some sleep. So he agreed to play.
The first question from the lawyer was “How far apart are the earth and the moon?”
The senior stayed completely silent, reached for a dollar, and gave it to the lawyer. Then he said, “My turn. What walks upstairs backward and comes downstairs forward?”
The lawyer was stumped. He thought and thought. He tried to remember all the riddles he knew. He searched every corner of his brain.
He even cheated and asked the flight attendants and other passengers.
Finally he gave up. He woke up the older man and gave him a twenty. The senior stuffed the twenty in his coat and went immediately back to sleep.
The lawyer couldn’t stand it. He woke up the older man and said, “I must know. What walks upstairs backward and comes downstairs forward?”
The senior got out his wallet, gave the lawyer a dollar, and went back to sleep.
EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
· Saturday, June 17th, 10 –11 AM. Northern Wake Senior Center 235 East Holding Avenue, Wake Forest. Special Feature presented by Philip Carter from NERDS TO GO. Topic is “Cybersecurity”.
· Monday, June 19th, 11 AM-12 Noon. Rolesviille Community Center, 504 Southtown Circle, Rolesvillej
· Monday, June 26th, 10:30-11:30 AM. The Lodge. 1151 South Main Street, Wake Forest/Music by Don & Laura Bowen. Judy Davison shares something in her life.
There is no charge for the above events and all are welcome.
Door Prizes – Favors for ALL
CANDY CANE STROLL
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2ND
TRIANGLE TOWN CENTER, RALEIGH
Put your team together now!
Grandma’s Cooking Corner
From a beloved grandmother and famous actress, here is the recipe for Betty White’s Chicken Wings:
INGREDIENTS (Serves 7):
· 3 lbs chicken wings (use the plumpest chicken wings you can find)
· 1 cup soy sauce
· 1 cup brown sugar
· 3⁄4 cup water
· 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
3⁄4teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
DIRECTIONS (Prep Time 3.5 hours):
· Arrange wings in shallow baking pan.
· Heat butter, soy sauce, sugar, water, mustard and garlic powder if using, until butter and sugar melt.
· Cool; pour over wings and marinate at least 2 hours, turning once or twice.
· Bake in same pan at 375 for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours, turning occasionally. (Use the plumpest chicken wings you can find; if your food market only has the normal scrawny ones, don't cook longer than 75 minutes)
· Drain on paper towels and serve.
300 Southtown Circle
Rolesville, NC 27571
There are so many Seniors!
There are so many stories!
There are so many needs!
Will you help?
“Senior of the Month”
Algia sings the hits for all audiences and occasions. As a teenager, he appeared regularly on the “Ace Anderson’s” Sunday morning gospel television show, Selma, Alabama, 1966. His gospel group quartet appeared at the famous “Apollo Theater,” New York City, November 1973. He was a recording artist for Enjoy Records 1979-80, and made two appearances on the Joe Franklin televised talk show in New York City that year. Algia, now, is mostly a solo artist. He has provided live entertainment for parties and weddings at the “Tavern on the Green,” Central Park, and the “Waldorf Astoria,” in New York City. Following are a few of the many wonderful quotes Algia has enjoyed from places he has performed: "Algia has devoted himself and his talents to making a difference in the lives of so many elderly people. He sings romantically to the ladies; he sparks beautiful memories and raises spirits sky-high. It is magical to watch him transform a room full of lonely, older people into an audience of senior adults who feel young, sexy and alive. He just keeps getting better and better! " "Algia is a singer/entertainer with a voice of an angel, handsome looks, and a smile to die for. Anyone who has been a part of his audience agrees that, not only does he have the most magnificent singing voice, but he’s also a warm and very charming gentleman. He sings with his eyes and his heart.” The Senior Network agrees with all of the above and gives Algia credit for putting together and being the Master of Ceremonies at the very first "April Love" Senior Talent Show in April 2022. He has performed at so many of TSN's monthly events and performed alone and with his 11-year-old grandson, Eli, as we attempted to “bridge the gap” at this year’s “April Love”.
Algia stays very active. He not only makes people happy with his performance; but he is currently learning to play the piano and writing his memoirs.
Algia has been married to a wonderful woman, Nancy, for a dozen years. He loves spending time with family and is proud of his two children and four grandchildren. With them and Nancy’s three children and seven grandchildren, it keeps them busy and is a rewarding experience.
Happy Father’s Day, Algia!
Non-Profit of the Month
VETERANS BRIDGE HOME
Veterans Bridge Home connects Veterans and their families, in any state of transition, to the community. Through our network of partners, we help Veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families. We look at the whole Veteran and connect them to the resources needed to be successful and thriving leaders in our community.
PAUL BERRY, SgtMaj USMC (ret)
Regional Network Director
704-332-8802 - Office
WORDS OF WISDOM
“Don’t click on or otherwise respond to untrusted communications (such as calls, emails, or texts) asking you to provide account information.”
NERDS TO GO
Seniors are everywhere. Some are your neighbors. Some you see in stores and restaurants. Some are extremely active; and some rely on someone else to help them daily. Some are surrounded by family and friends; and some have no one and are very lonely. THE SENIOR NETWORK strives to help seniors from all backgrounds and walks of life. We find a need, fulfill it and make a friend. Whether you are a senior or a future senior, you can help.
We are all volunteers; and we need your help.
Can you spare one hour a week? A month? A year?
Can you spare $20 a month? $10 a month? $5 a month?
What a difference you could make!
Partners, Friends, & Sponsors May 2023
Christ Our Hope Church, Wake Forest
Domino’s Pizza, Rolesville
Law Offices of Michael Paul, Rolesville
New Bethel Church, Rolesville
Paco’s Pizza, Wake Forest
Pearl Nails, Rolesville
Stewart’s Bistro, Wake Forest
Ting Network Services
Triangle Dry Cleaners, Wake Forest