Friday September 7, 2012

Editor's note: Mr. Patrick, who has lived for more than 100 years, has written a series of letters about his memories through the years. We will run them periodically.

I remember when ...

I graduated from high school in Springfield, Mass., in 1929.

At that time, there were no radios, television, cell phones or iPods. Computers were not made until WWII for the armed services to decipher enemy codes. They weighed tons.

My last year in high school our class made crystal radios. They would receive radio signals if the broadcasting studio was under 100 miles away. So how did we enjoy our leisure time? Well, we did lots of things indoors and outside.

Outside, family and friends got together and played hide and seek. We played tag, jump-rope, marbles, hop-scotch, ring around the rosie.

Inside, we could play pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, or board games such as checkers, parchesi. With cards we played slap-jack, pinochle.

Perhaps you will agree that some of these activities were healthier than sitting in front of television screens or computers.

Warren S. Patrick is 101 years old. He writes from Townshend.