Family First » jfk Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sayonara for Now Sun, 23 Nov 2008 07:56:43 +0000 Well, friends, my on-again-off-again relationship with FamilyFirst that has lasted ten years is, I’m sorry to say, off again. The company which owns this blog has decided to go a different direction, which doesn’t include me.
I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. And I hope that some day their plans once again include Ye Olde Bald Guy.
In the meantime, thanks to all you readers who have helped provide me with a nice paying gig all of these years, and I urge you to keep tuning in here to see what’s next. And finally, I’m featuring a final plug for my Boomer nostalgia blog, I Remember JFK. Its success has continued to grow day by day, and I am very excited about it.
So sayonara for now, FamilyFirst readers. The very, very best to you.

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Take Me Back to the Sixties Thu, 06 Nov 2008 00:33:25 +0000 As you probably know, I’m all about nostalgia.
My I remember JFK site has been a labor of love for two years now, and the site’s basic premise is nostalgia, specifically of the Baby Boomer flavor.
Today’s FamilyFirst pick is a flash movie that runs about five minutes. It’s called Take Me Back to the Sixties.
It’s loaded with great music, great memories, and lots of nostalgic images.

Boomers, have lots of fun reminiscing.
Children and grandchildren of Boomers, enjoy the description of an era that was the stomping ground of the Baby Boomer generation.
And perhaps gain some understanding as to why your parents enjoy loud guitars in the music they listen to, and why they just don’t “get” rap.

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100 Acorns Fri, 13 Jun 2008 00:13:42 +0000 Today’s FamilyFirst pick is a site to keep an eye on.
First of all, let me tell you how I found it.
I had a tremendous spike of traffic yesterday at my Boomer nostalgia blog, I Remember JFK, for this particular page. Further investigation revealed that the StumbleUpon folks were blitzing John Lennon sites, for some reason.
Well, I was intrigued.
In the midst of my investigations, i found today’s FamilyFirst pick: 100 Acorns.

The site is a blog set up by, as far as I can tell, Mrs. John Lennon herself, Yoko Ono.
Is it legit? I think so. If not, my foolish naivete will be exposed to the world. trust me, it won’t be the first time!
But this site has the ring of truth about it, IMHO. The next post is scheduled, according to the webmaster, for June 15, 2008.
Personally, I’m subscribing to the feed.

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Spread Firefox! Mon, 19 May 2008 00:25:36 +0000 Just think about it.
Way back when, you had to pay for your copy of Netscape, unless you met certain restrictions.
Without Netscape, you didn’t surf the net. True, there were other browsers out there, but Netscape was the standard by which all others were judged.
Then, Microsoft took one of the “others,” Mosaic, and turned it into Internet Explorer.
Sheer massive numbers of machines with the Microsoft O/S spelled the end of Netscape as boss.

As time went by, IE’s 95% dominance in the browser market meant that it was a great time to be a hacker.
Fortunately, the FOSS (free open source software) community fought back. They gave us the browser that eventually became Firefox.
A recent check of traffic at my I Remember JFK blog ( shows that visitors (mainly an audience of forty- and fifty-somethings) are using Firefox, some 23.4%!
IE is down to 65%.
Spread the word about Firefox! Help the growth of this secure, quickly-patched browser.

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Open Source for Windows Fri, 08 Feb 2008 00:11:07 +0000 Ok, so 85% of you out there (I’m taking the figure from those who visit my I remember JFK blog) are still running Windows.
Fair enough.
After all, Windows 2000 was a quantum leap for the manufacturer of operating systems, and XP was even better. Those two versions comprise 73% of what you run.
Only 10.5% run (eww) Vista.
So you’re happy with what you have. i respect that. Now, I’m going to tell you how you can obtain any of hundreds of great programs free for your Windows operating system. No sales pitches, no catches, no bundled spyware.

Our developer friends who post their work at Source Forge are letting you take advantage of their hard work.
There are office apps, CD/DVD writing software, graphics editors, internet utilities, OS emulators, programming languages/compilers, and much, much more.
So if you find yourself tempted to spring for a commercial Windows product, why not check out Source Forge first?
If you’re really pleased, you can always slip the author a few bucks via pay links.

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James Best Wed, 16 Jan 2008 00:51:12 +0000 Perhaps you’ve heard of James Best. Perhaps you haven’t.
But I’m betting you’ve seen him, especially if you watch Nick at Night.
James Best was (he’s still around, just retired) was a character actor. He played in over 600 TV episodes as a tough in shows like Gunsmoke, The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, rawhide, Wagon Train, and more.
But his most famous role was Roscoe P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard.

I’ve been publishing my own Boomer nostalgia site at I Remember JFK for better than a year now, and one of the many fellow Boomer friends I’ve met online is JoJami Tyler, who runs her own Boomer blog over at Fabulous After 40.
Well, this week, I learned that JoJami’s father is none other than James Best!
And Mr. Best is a multi talented individual indeed. Check out his impressionist paintings on display at the site. I’m a big fan of the genre, and may I say I’m impressed.
You never know what connections you’re going to make online!

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Jean Shepherd Archives Mon, 01 Oct 2007 08:05:20 +0000 Man, what a sheltered life I’ve led.
A couple of weeks ago, a visitor at my I Remember JFK nostalgia site suggested that I write a column about Jean Shepherd.
I went “Who?”
Well, I am now a dyed-in-the-wool fan of this absolutely captivating radio storyteller.

Jean Shepherd was born in 1921. His first radio gig was at a Cincinnati station in 1948. Eight years later, he landed at WOR in New York City, which would be his home for many years. He had a late-night show where he would wax poetic for hours with rambling tales about all sorts of things that his listeners found irresistible.
Shepherd was once fired by WOR for his refusal to allow commercials on his show. Finally, he relented, and endorsed Sweetheart soap. The problem was that Sweetheart soap was NOT a sponsor. He was promptly released, and the public went wild with rage.
The station was besieged with angry phone calls and letters. Even Sweetheart soap offered to become a genuine sponsor. So Shep was rehired and stayed there until 1977.
He narrated a movie based on one of his stories called A Christmas Story that was released in 1983 that was a huge hit, and holds a rating of 8.0 at
Today’s FamilyFirst pick is an archive of Shepherd recordings that contains many hours of this amazing storyteller’s accounts. My suggestion: Visit the site, load up a track, and continue to surf the web while Shep rolls on in the background.

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Wikipedia Mon, 03 Sep 2007 00:55:03 +0000 Wikipedia is coming up rapidly on its two millionth article.
The online anyone-can-edit encyclopedia has been around since January 15, 2001. It has developed into the internet’s ubiquitous source of knowledge.
I have been amazed by a few wonders that have hit huge on the web. Google, for example, continues to blow me away. I thought the ultimate search engine was Alta Vista before Google hit it big. Now, I don’t hesitate to use it for online searches, and would never use another unless the big G simply failed to deliver. That’s saying a lot coming from a man who writes 3-4 daily columns.

And that’s one of the reasons I rely so strongly on Wikipedia. Google consistently places Wikipedia entries near the top on searches.
That’s significant. Google works hard to put the most generally appropriate searches near the top. The fact that Wikipedia rates so highly gives me a good feeling about their content.
True, certain cases have arisen where articles have been discovered with bogus information. But when you’re talking about perhaps ten articles a year out of 1.98 million, that’s pretty insignificant.
All I know is that I do lots of research before producing my six-days-per-week columns at I Remember JFK. And if it wasn’t for Wikipedia, it would be much, much more difficult to assemble my finished product.

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Howdy Doody Wed, 25 Jul 2007 00:12:05 +0000 Say Kids! What Time Is It?
Those words began a five-evening-a-week show that debuted way back in 1947. It entranced millions of kids, and it became a very strong part of American culture.
The show was Howdy Doody. It featured Buffalo Bob Smith, Clarabell the clown, Chief Thunderthud, and a host of other human characters. But the show’s real star was a marionette named Howdy Doody.

The show broke ground with a large number of innovations. Children’s shows continue to be modeled after it. And the devotion showered upon it by its fans was nothing short of phenomenal.
Today’s FamilyFirst pick is the I Remember JFK writeup of Howdy Doody, told with a Baby Boomer audience in mind.
.So take a trip back in time and enjoy a show that you may or may not remember. But even if you’re too young to have experienced Howdy Doody, you have no doubt heard of it and are familiar with at least part of its castmembers.
Click here

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Blogger.com Thu, 24 May 2007 00:11:09 +0000 Sometimes, I like to just site back and marvel at how the web has changed since I first ventured out into its expanse back in 1995. Back then, a web site involved writing html, using an ftp program to upload it, and then having to explain to people what a tilde was. The default UNIX-hosted site was typically something like
Somewhere along the line, blogging arose. slick, painless back ends were now available, complete with pre-configured, attractive templates. If you have an internet connection, there’s no reason why you can’t quickly and easily create your own blog.
Today’s FamilyFirst site is one of the easiest to use. It’s Here’s how it works:

You create an account. If you have a Gmail account, you can use those credentials for your Blogger account.
Next, you give your blog a unique name.
Third, you select a template.
You just created a blog! Log in and use the easy interface to add text, post photos, or anything else you want to share with the world.
Don’t want just anyone seeing your stuff? You can make your blog password-protected.
My I Remember JFK blog was built in Movable Type. It’s great blogging software, but a lot of work to set up. has done all of the hard work for you! Give it a try.

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