Back in the Day

I have long been a “church going” person. For me, attending church on a regular basis stems from my upbringing in a very religious household. As a result of my parent’s guidance, when I was seven, I was baptized, at White Rock Baptist Church’s old 52nd and Arch Street location under the past…

I do not like to physically go inside a bank for transactions. Using the drive-thru window can be just as annoying. When doing so, it always seems there is someone in line taking a great deal of time to complete their business; invariably there is someone asking questions or carrying out tra…

Traveling around the city was challenging, if you did not have access to an automobile back in the day. It was even more challenging to get to the train station or airport. How did people get to their various destinations? They used public transportation, sometimes they were forced to walk, …

There are a variety of things that are clear indicators that you are from back in the day. Let me share some of them with you: the ice box, a wood burning stove, windup alarm clocks, black and white televisions, typewriters, bank books, rotary telephones with party lines, Blue Laws, plastic …

For many, our elementary school days contain unforgettable memories. There were the games played during recess, class projects, particularly in science classes, assembly programs with interesting speakers, indoor and outdoor safety patrols, and for me, Goldie Watson’s Drama Club. But there w…

As I sat at my computer one day last week, I began typing an email to a friend. I thought about what I was doing, and my thoughts focused on something I have not done in years; I suspect the same is true for many of you. You must recall the days when most homes had a box of stationery, a fou…

I place great value in maintaining old friendships and as a result talk regularly with a couple of friends. These conversations often inspire my back in the day columns. A call to one of my closest friends last week was surprising in that he answered the telephone with perfect diction and sp…

Another Black History Month: a month that purports to recognize the contributions of Black and brown people, to the growth and development of our country. Truth be told, a celebration for one month of the year is one that I hesitate to embrace. For me, every day is a cause to celebrate who w…

I become annoyed when I receive a telephone call at home, on my mobile telephone or in my office and the caller asks for me by my first name. More annoying are telephone calls to my home where the caller asks for my wife by her first name. In all of these instances, I ask the caller if he or…

As I travel to the Tribune offices, I see long lines of automobiles at the drive-through lanes, of fast food establishments with passengers picking up breakfast. On those mornings when I arrive at The Tribune offices, I often observe many employees arriving with bags from one of the popular …

My friend sent me a joke email about The Pillsbury Dough Boy, a great icon of the mascot community, but what I took away from this email was the memories of other brand and service mascots. What product or service mascots do you remember some that have even survived the test of time and resu…

I have no doubt that you occasionally have difficulty spelling a word or using it in its proper context. You may also be like me and find yourself using a word improperly or saying something that only you and a handful of others have given meaning and understanding. This has nothing to do wi…

Whenever there is an observance or recognition of a special event or holiday, I recognize it in my column that falls around the same date or time of the year. In past years, I would not hesitate to give attention to and celebrate the contributions of this great man; The Reverend Dr. Martin L…

NEW YORK — The theatrical magic keeping Broadway going during the latest coronavirus surge has been the unheralded performers ready to step into any role in an emergency. Then there’s Carla Stickler, who had actually left show business but returned to rescue “Wicked.”