|“Now, When I Was A Kid…” recalls a 1940s boyhood in a semi-rural town near Chicago. World War II notwithstanding, it was a swell time to be growing up in small-town America. With all the adventures of “the big city” just a streetcar ride away, Danny McGuire and his playmates enjoyed the best of two worlds.
It was an era when housewives shopped atnearby mom-and-pop stores. Folks would stop to “set a spell” on a front porch and share neighborhood news. Kids roamed anywhere, played everywhere and could be gone for hours without worrying Mombut they’d best be home in time for supper “if they knew what was good for them!” Because grown-ups sheltered smallfry from most of the bad stuff, Danny and his boyhood pals were free to revel in the sheer joy of just being kids.
Be the first kid on your block to join Danny and his pals on a fun-filled nostalgia trip back to those “good old days” when the family’s “entertainment center” was a table radio or the Philco console in the center of the living room. Order extra copies for your favorite seniors or long-ago playmates. “Now, When I Was A Kid…” is guaranteed to evoke warm memories for “kids” of any age.
Softcover, 6x9, 302 pgs., dozens of period photos
Dan McGuire, revised edition 2008, Back When Books, ISBN 1403383758