Brain Game: The Good Old Days
The following didn't really happen, but pretend it did:Â Â I wasÂ conversing withÂ an older gentleman (yes, older than me)Â outside our local libraryÂ recently. He'd just celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, and was reminiscing about what he referred to as his "courtin' days." The manÂ grinned as he recalled how much fun he'd had with his wife-to-be back in 1956... borrowing his dad's Thunderbird, picking up his girl, and heading to aÂ jointÂ calledÂ Perry's Place to get milkshakes. ThenÂ the couple wouldÂ drive over to a local drive-in theatre for a double-feature, where they'd "get busy in the back seat" (his words, not mine).
"But I always managed to get her home by 11 on a Friday," the gentleman reminded me. "You've gotta keep the parents happy."
The story was a quaint one,
but I knew the old manÂ had toldÂ a fib,
or was at least misremembering things a bit.
How did I know?
HERE'SÂ the answer.
ANSWER: Ford Thunderbirds built before 1958 did not have a back seat. Some have guessed that the double-feature wouldn't have been over by 11pm, and this might well have been the case (especially in the summer, when drive-in theatresÂ were more popular), HOWEVER, the gent made it obvious that neither he nor his companion were paying any attention at all to the movie that was playing, so the curfew would have affected them either way.