Rona Barrett Foundation: Old’s cool – not old school

Rona Barrett Foundation: Old’s cool – not old school


Raise your hand if you know what Throwback Thursday means. tells me — and any of you who didn’t raise your hand — that it’s “the name of a weekly social media posting trend game that users participate in to share and look back fondly on some of their favorite memories.”

With all these 21st-century words that are being thrown at us of a certain age, it got me thinking nostalgically of words that no longer have a place in our language. So, here are some “old-school” words that have passed so far from our lexicon, college students 25 and under, when recently asked, had no clue of their meaning.

Penny Candy: The students’ best guess? Penny Candy was an actress. XXX-cuse me if I don’t mention which type of film she would star in. I hear “penny candy” and I immediately taste fruit slices, Annie Rooneys, Boston drops, Trilby cuts and Humbugs.

Green stamps: I remember when the S&H Green Stamps’ reward catalog was the largest publication in the U.S. The students’ response? “Like what they do at Disneyland when you want to re-enter?”

Rumble seat: They thought it had something to do with professional wrestling. This flesh jiggling exterior seat at the rear of a jalopy finally disappeared in 1949. 

Gams: Our generation’s slang for a nice pair of female legs. Their guess?  “That orange potato thing.”

Galoshes: They: “Aren’t those the eyelashes sold by Lady Gaga?” If you grew up in any state east of Arizona you must remember the rubber outer shoes worn in the rain or snow.

Instamatic: As ubiquitous as our cell phone cameras are now, remember the easy-load cartridge “Pocket Instamatics” when you wanted to grab a moment? The students guessed “Instamatic” was some sort of coffee machine.

Mary Janes: They had no idea about the tooth-extracting peanut butter and molasses candy or the children’s shoes. Their guess was “something you smoke at a party.”

Mercurochrome: Try describing the orange chicken-like glow of the topical antiseptic now banned because of its mercury content. One student thought that it might be a science fiction movie from the ’50s.

Service station:  “A place you visit in Las Vegas,” one student joked.

Bouffant:  Remember those ’60s beehive hairstyles balancing on top our heads? The closest student guess was a puffy shirt — like those made famous by Seinfeld.

Rabbit ears:  Students thought the top-of-the television antenna that brought in VHF signals was something you ordered in a restaurant—like Buffalo Wings.

LOOK: “At what?” was all they could say when they heard the name of the magazine that biweekly sold 7.75 million copies.

Oh well, despite the vast new knowledge of the under 25 set, I still think these 20th-century “old-school” words are very cool.

Well, maybe I shouldn’t use the word “cool” (year of origination: 1930). Neat (1806)? Just dandy (1794)? Nifty (1865)?

I think I’ll go with my 21st-century buds (translation: pals) and just say, “They’re sick!”

Until next time … keep thinking the good thoughts.

Spring Into Sustainability with SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning

Spring Into Sustainability with SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning



SBCC CLL SpringSpring classes through the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning feature topics such as how to use fresh produce and grow a sustainable garden. (SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning photo)

By Kelly Kapaun for the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning | Published on 04.15.2015 6:18 a.m.

Spring is in full swing with National Gardening Month and Earth Day in April, making it is the perfect time to start living a more sustainable life and protecting the environment.

This spring, the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning is offering classes that teach students how to use fresh produce, grow a sustainable garden, reduce water use and more.

Here is a sampling of spring CLL classes that will focus on gardening and sustainability.

» Sustainable Garden Design Walkabout: This class includes a walkabout of local gardens, including Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden. Students will gain a better understanding of the multiple roles plants can play in landscape and will discover how proper plant selections and spacing results in a low-maintenance environmentally superior landscape. This one-time course will take place on Saturday, May 16.

» Water Wise, Dollar Wise Landscape Solutions: This class teaches students how to apply principles of sustainable landscaping while still retaining the beauty and usefulness of their garden. Students will discover how to analyze the needs of their property and maintain their gardens with reduced water use. This course takes place on Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 9.

» Cooking Fresh from the Farmers Market: This class explores sustainable shopping and cooking. Students will meet at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market for an educational shopping experience and then will return to the kitchen to prepare a meal with those fresh ingredients. This one-time class takes place on Saturday, April 25.

» Scrumptious Seafood: Reel in some new recipes using the ocean’s bounty. In this class, you will grill, bake and fry some of the favorite sea foods fresh from Santa Barbara Fish Market. You’ll even get to try some sea vegetables! Experience these residents of the underwater world in a whole new way. This one time class takes place on Tuesday, May 26.

How to Register for Classes

Spring class schedules are available at the SBCC Wake and Schott campuses, at newsstands throughout Santa Barbara and online by clicking here. Spring registration began March 16 and classes start throughout the term, which runs from April 6 through June 13.

The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning mission is to be responsive to the diverse lifelong learning needs of adult members of the Santa Barbara Community. CLL aims to be the educational, cultural and social hub for the Santa Barbara community, continuing a nearly 60-year tradition of excellence. CLL is online by clicking here, and on Facebook (sbccCLL), Twitter (@sbccCLL) and YouTube.

— Kelly Kapaun is a publicist representing the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Holding Lottery Thursday for Casas de las Flores Complex in Carpinteria

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Holding Lottery Thursday for Casas de las Flores Complex in Carpinteria



Peoples’ Self-Help Housing will be holding a lottery drawing this Thursday, April 16, for applicants wishing to live in the all-new Casas de las Flores affordable housing complex, which is slated to open in September in Carpinteria with 43 townhouse-style apartments.

Applicant lottery numbers will be pulled individually from a tumbler during the drawing to be held live at Peoples’ Dahlia Court II affordable housing complex, 1305 Dahlia Court in Carpinteria. The lottery begins at 10 a.m., and applicants and the general public are welcome to attend.

There are more than 300 households on an interest list for the beautiful new apartments. Qualified households’ rent-to-income ratio shouldn’t exceed 40 percent.

Casas de las Flores is under construction at 4096 Via Real in Carpinteria, the former site of the Carpinteria Camper Park. Peoples’ purchased the extremely blighted camper park from an absentee landlord more than a decade ago and successfully located replacement housing for the 80 households who were living in very poor conditions on the property. After years of preparation, Peoples’ broke ground on the project in April 2014.

Click here for more information.

— Angel Pacheco is a publicist representing Peoples’ Self-Help Housing.


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