Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Nostalgic Glamorous Air Travel!

Air travel today is so hectic, stressful and unglamorous that we decided to look back at a time when it was an exciting adventure. Apparently the public recalls those good old skies as the latest television drama is the show Pan Am, recalling the 1960s glory days of that long defunct airline.

We found these pics of my grandma Martha Margetich in our archives taken in the late 1950s/early 60s. As you can see her trip back to her native Germany was a grand affair. From her first step out of her front porch, suitcase in hand, dressed to the nines, she is ready!

Can you believe travellers had their families snap pictures of them on the tarmac! Look how nicely everyone dressed up...and they even had an accordion player bidding them farewell.... Wow.

Somewhere I have some old airline menus showing how elegant flying was back then....the menu rivaled a gourmet restaurant....and does anyone recall those great little carry-on bags they used to provide you? The ones with the airline logo on them? Very cool. Of course these would never do today as people carry on bags bigger than what Grandma took to Germany as her check through luggage back in the day.....

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