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I love Lucy, butt...

I love Lucy, butt...My cousin Nancy and I were walking the authentic brick streets of Newport Indiana when she was 12 years old and I was three years younger. I was much more 10 than 9. I was very grown up. 

Newport Indiana had (and still does have) a population of approximately 400. Believe it or not it was the county seat. This was our city. We walked the tree lined brick laid and cobblestone streets enjoying the blue sky's and the lack of any traffic. I am a lucky person. I have actually existed in a town with no-one. Everyone, (that was important to me) was there yet no cars were in sight.old fashioned fountain  Phosphate City!

There was always a person at the soda fountain to make us a Phosphate. I'm not sure where they came from. They were just there. Smiling and happy to serve us for our 10 cents.

It was a little bit Twilight Zone. 

I would hop on top of a red covered swiveled round bar seat and rest my elbows on a black and white counter top while watching the waitress add green juice, ice and a clear soda to my Phosphate. Then she would place it under a big metal machine and would mix it with a fervor. She would then drop in ice, a cherry and was a Phosphate.

Nancy and I would sit and talk about everything. Our schools, our boyfriends, our parents and our wanting to spend more time with each other. We would dream of being able to be together always. It wouldn't happen but we stole every minute possible. Nancy was my cousin and I was an only child. Nancy was as close as a sister and I cherish every moment we had together.

We would hop off the bar seats with a smile on our green mouths and head back out to the square. Off to the next store that was the epitomy of perfection for children with money!

OMG, it was the candy isle of the General Store! We were in heaven. Candy, candy everywhere and we could afford a bag of it. We held in our hot little hands at least 20 cents each and this candy was a whole penny a piece. Wow. Heaven in the 1960,s.

I was a bit spoiled because I was an only child and my parents were raising just one. lucy1-1.jpg i  love lucy image by fickle_02I had a black and white TV (12 inch) in my bedroom. Not many other little girls could say the same.

My favorite show in the world, the one I wouldn't miss, the show I would hang the phone up for and the one I would go to bed for was...I Love Lucy! 



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She, Ricky, Fred and Ethel all smoked cigarettes. My mom and dad smoked. The neighbors smoked. The news men smoked, the commercials were all about dancing cigarettes, Ed Sullivan smoked on camera and so did his guests, Johnny Carson smoked, my teachers smoked. Back then it was simply a way of life.smokin'









My purchase at the candy store included a pack of Candy Cigarettes...yes, the adults were ignorant enough to manufacture candy cigarettes for their children. Both my parents a the freezing weather...while I was wearing wool and riding in the back seat. I bought this stuff...

What does this mean? Oh yeah, an addiction. I breathed second hand smoke from the time I was an infant. I was addicted to nicotine by the time I could speak. Age 1.

I was a smoker before I ever had a cigarette.

I bought the candy cigarettes and I remember laying my head back, taking a fake puff, tasting the sweetness of the sugar, and deciding this was the right thing to do.

They got me before I even knew it. I was brainwashed and hooked.

I can still remember seeing the Marlboro Man the first time ever! He looked so strong and fatherly. The commercial made me think of one of my favorite songs...Home On The Range!

All this was in front of us along with the Saturday morning cartoons.

Yep, cartoons and Marlboro. Dancing cigarettes and men that would rather fight than switch...Hey Mulligan man, Roto Rooter, and Joe Cool, the Camel that taught us that is was cool to smoke and not cool not to smoke. Pure brainwashing.

Thank God we're wising up. Now, take the damn things off the market instead of taxing them obscenely and sending the money straight to the government. Quit preying on others addictions.

Just MHO! And, oh by the way, I DO LOVE LUCY.

Later in the rain~Deb




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Comment balloon 22 commentsDeb Brooks • March 15 2009 12:10AM


Love the new profile!

Yup...that's how I got all started with those cigaretter stick gum thingies.

I'm glad I quit too.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Great new pic Deb - and love the story - the photos - the trips and zips through memory lane........i too smoked and quit............thought the Marlboro man was a hunk and loved candy cigs..:-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 10 years ago

OMG!  JUST the other day, I was talking about candy cigarettes!  Funny but, I think we're about the same age and I TOTALLY related to your post--it's amazing how things change, isn't it?

Great story, as always, Deb--I just love your posts!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 10 years ago

??? What the heck is phosphate.. I used to like that show too.. :)

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 10 years ago

I cant say that I grew up when Lucy was newer or when it was okay for a teacher to smoke in the classroom, but I do remember all the other things you mentioned.  The commercials, the candy cigarettes, etc.  As for Lucy, she is FUNNY!  I watch the repeats still.  Lucy makes my wife laugh a lot, so its enjoyable for both of us.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 10 years ago

You are right on that. I remember those commercials and programs too. Funny, our biggest cash crop was tobacco and our whole existence depended a lot upon that crop...

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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Wow, Deb, I'd forgot about the Candy cigarettes...or that everyone, including Lucy smoked on TV.  I sure loved those old mom and pop Candy Stores though.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

I remember watching that as a kid too although I was much more fond of Leave it to Beaver.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb, Great new picture! My 14 year old daughter loves I love Lucy but thank God she has had enough education from her Dad and me (both non-smokers) that I don't think she would even consider it. She thinks it's gross!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 10 years ago

First Deb I love the new photo!!!!!!! Second I remember the candy cigarettes. I bought them too, but lucky for me I never tried the real thing, I hated the smell and it pushed me off of them!

Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate ( over 10 years ago

HI Deb, I love your new photo, looks great. Gosh I was in a store recently an old local store and they still sold those things. Amazing how far we have come. I use to have them too. My parents both smoked,  so I played with them too.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

Deb, I did the candy cigarettes too but luckily never touched the real stuff. Been around too much second hand smoke but luckily it is diminishing more in our lives nowadays. I love Lucy too.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb - you really did a great job on this post!  And how right you are...  growing up in the 50's and 60's who didn't smoke???

P.S - your new pic is great!  I thought I had the wrong Deb for a minute!!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 10 years ago

Oh yes, those candy cigarettes. Yep...I was guilty of it too. It's funny because up here in Seattle, smoking has really become fairly socially UNacceptable. It's always a shock to me to get off a plane and see people smoking out in the open. Here people tend to huddle together behind buildings or off to the side of a building. Almost every place has a no-smoking policy (even bars and bowling alleys) and there's a 15' (I think) rule about not smoking too close to a building. I LOVE IT!

Great new pic too btw

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb... Great story with a great message!  My parents both smoked when I was a child.  My grandmother died of emphysema at far too young of an age.  And I too had candy cigarettes.  I remember as a child in suburban New Jersey that my Aunt Mildred would come to visit from New York City and she would always bring my brother and I chocolate cigarettes from and expensive confectioner in NYC.  It was a pervasive part of our culture that has taken too many lives and made too many people ill.  The madness needs to stop.  In the 1950's we didn't know better... but now we do.

And BTW, I love Lucy too!  And if she hadn't have been lighting up a cigarette when she met William Holden she might not have lit her nose on fire and would have gotten away with her disguise!

Thanks for posting this... sorry if I ranted a bit, but when you watch someone you love die from nothing more than smoking and see what a painful horrible death it is, it all becomes crystal clear!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago


I used to love thoise phosphates at the local Woolworths. Very nice picture of you


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Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

 hi Deb, first things first... I LOVE YOUR NEW PIC. 2nd, I grew up in a house of smokers and fortunately never picked up the habit.

 When I was a teen all the "cool kids" smoked. One of my "cool friends" now has lung cancer. End of story!

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( over 10 years ago

Deb, Yes we've banned the cigs WHICH IS GREAT, but now all kids see is sex on TV...I LOVE YOUR NEW PICTURE TOO!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 10 years ago

I TOO love this new look! I wondered how the new "DO" was coming!

Candy Cigs were one of my first choices as a youngun....because I wanted to be like my Papaw (who smoked liked a chimney!). He smoked Camels and I wanted my pack with a camel on them too.

I did smoke for a very short time in my late teens and early twenties (THAT was a LONG time ago) but put them down because of allergies.

Wouldn't it be great to go back to a simpler time? I don't know, sometimes I would love it and then I think of all that I would miss being alive right now. Great post girlfriend, as usual.


Posted by Kathy Fisher, Realtor Wise County Texas (Parker Properties) over 10 years ago

Howdy there Deb

This here post sure did take me back in time. I miss does days, where you could leave your home, and not have too, locked the door.

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Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 10 years ago

Deb - Yup, Sounds like my childhood observations too. Snuck into my neighbors garage and smoked my first at age 10. It was easy to do. My parents never noticed anything was even missing from their carton! I don't smoke today. Well, sometimes when there is a drink in one hand.  

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 10 years ago

Deb, this post reminded me of good times with my cousins.  And yes, we would buy the candy cigarettes too and pretend we were smoking.  Almost everyone in the family smoked, so it was only natural that we would imitate them.  Luckily, at some point in my teen years, I decided that I would not smoke -- I never even tried one.  :)

And, yes, I Love Lucy too!!!  

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 10 years ago