About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nostalgic Message For America From Malaysia

Thanks to a subscriber to ReturnToExcellence.net - he is the best Chemical Engineer I ever worked with - for sending this link re nostalgia for America from the 1950s. My dear friend & I built sludge incineration portions of sewage treatment plants all over the world in the 1970s - including the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world in Detroit. I am sure he & his wife are nostalgic for the times shown on this link. Even before visiting Carol & me in NJ last fall they accepted an assignment starting this past January to run the operations of a chemical plant in Malaysia. Our messages do get around don't they?


  1. Doug, I loved this. I was born in 1953, and my childhood was very like that depicted.

    I miss privacy. I miss modesty. I miss business clothes, men in suits with hats and ties. (If men knew how attractive a well cut suit makes a man look, they'd wear them mowing the lawn.

    I miss the absence of profanity. I can remember my father swearing only once.

    I miss getting a 200+ Christmas cards - and my Dad worked in the post office and my mom not at all till I was in high school.

    I miss libraries that are silent, men that give me their seat on the subway and hold the door open for me.

    I miss the assumption of the virtue of honest labor, irrespective of the color of the laborer's collar.

    I miss being "Miss Powers" or, for 35+ years, "Mrs. Morrow": speaking to someone using their first name should be a privilege, not an entitlement.

    But it's a great comfort knowing that there are quite a few of us who share a number of these sentiments.

    Hope you're well. Hugs to Carol!

  2. I well remember much of what was on the video....feel so blessed to have been part of those wonderful years.

  3. Nostalgic piece was very good. Brings back memories riding NYC subway when the fare was 5 cents & traveling by car using Brooklyn Bridge to NYC from Brooklyn - toll fee -zero (no tolls at that time).

    Also I remember going to see "old" movies at local theatre - husband ran the projector and wife took in the money (two cents) from small booth located at entrance to theatre - you could sit there all day seeing same movie several times, which some people did.

    You may not recall - at end of World War II General Eisenhower was being groomed to run for president. During the war, he was stationed in London and had a pretty female jeep driver. Whether he had an affair with her is not known but they were close. Ike was told he had to say married. He was to eliminate romance with the driver - if he did not his chances of being Pres. nil.

    The rest is history - he ran and won.

  4. Hate to admit it but during these years I was married already and my own kids heard this music on Bandstand!! Talk about old!!