was 10 cents and you were the best if you heard a 'POP' and won a
free game. You were the king if you heard 2 POPS or everyone knew
your score was the high score! When we were all out of money we crowded
up against the pinball machine sides and watched everyone else play.
Oh, and we tried all kind of 'slugs' in the coin slot hoping we'd
never need to use a real dime again!
came in 16oz green glass bottles sealed with metal bottle caps that
were lined with cork and required you to pry them off on an opener.
They cost a dime and you got 2 cents back when you returned the empty
to the concession (hey, 5 bottles and you had pinball money!). The
Casino soda vending machine looked very similar to the one pictured
the hallway with the telephone and restrooms where the walls were
written all over? Remember how it smelled?
about the "Rain Day Activities'? They were so boring I don't
know how anyone could stand them. But we survived them like little
many times did you find yourself swinging from the Casino awning outside
only to get screamed at by Mr. Bellak?
the old piano on the stage and how someone was always trying to play
or "Heart & Soul"
on it ad nauseum?
frequent yell heard in the Casino: "REJECT IT!!".
Logs - 3 for a nickel.. thank God for that.
frequent beg heard in the Casino: "5 MORE MINUTES!" when
Sid or Morty was standing there with the mic and was about to call
Pops. Yum, tasted like the cardboard it came wrapped in. But the wooden
stick was really cool.
everyone in the Casino stopped cold in their tracks and stared at
the door when an unexpected stranger walked in the Casino at night.
Maybe he came in here to kill us all? (I know all of us were thinking
announcements everyday telling the whole bungalow colony what the
lunch special was. If you were there in the mid to late 60's you'll
remember those announcements always ending with "...and a Hoffman
how we had to beg and promise to behave just to get them to give us
the oars to the rowboat? And getting the shuffleboard equipment...
well, that took an act of God.
Guns of Navarone. Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round. Lee Marvin, James
Coburn. Ahh... what would the Casino be without movie night? Same
films every summer -same great memories. Oh, and don't forget the
Saturday afternoons there always came a cryptic announcement over
the colony PA system: "Tally-Ho... Tally-Ho in the Casino, Tally-Ho
in the Casino!". It wasn't until later in life we realized that
this cryptic message was an alert that a poker game was about to get
started in the Casino for those who were interested. Yeah, our dads
loved to play poker on the weekends!
pizza was brought in from town and reheated behind the counter. It
really was very good. On late Saturday nights, when they knew our
parents were finished eating, they would sell the left-over slices
of pizza out the back door of the kitchen to us for 25 cents. You
just had to remember to say the magic words: "put it on my tab
forget...EVERY Sunday morning at the Ornstein's bungalow is
PANCAKE BREAKFAST...all the pancakes, bacon and chocolate
milk you can eat...be there at 9:00 AM SHARP!
the candy necklaces and bracelets they sold at the Casino concession?
They would come on these flimsy elastic strings that we would wear
around our neck or wrist and we'd have to bite one off every time
we needed another sugar fix. If you bit down too hard you'd cut the
string with your teeth and send all the sweet little candies flying
all over the place. They had this strangely unique flavor to them..
very different than all the other candies we knew as kids. (I think
it was like Banana or something).
But the question is: How many times did you jump into the pool and
forget you were still wearing one? Yeah, I thought so. Me too.
prettiest girl I ever saw was sipping Hoffman's right through a
How many of us are old enough to remember hearing that commercial
jingle playing on the concession's radio?
CAMP BINGO: We played it in the Casino using those heavy cardboard
cards with the sliding red windows that covered the numbers. The wooden
bingo balls were pulled from a wire tumbler on the stage. We usually
played for Bazooka bubble gum and the final game was always "stand
up bingo" where you had to sit down if you got a number. The
last kid standing won.
remembers going up to the Casino when the Jukebox guy was there at
the end of the summer and buying the old 45's from him for 10 cents
apiece? I still have all the ones I bought stored in a shoe box in
you remember standing outside the Casino on a Saturday night and trying
to get our parents attention? Of course our ultimate purpose was to
have either our mom or dad bring us out a handful of pretzels or potato
chips, usually in a napkin.. I bet we all did that many times!
was a major treat when they allowed us to make a telephone call announcement
over the bungalow colony PA system. Just knowing that the whole colony
would hear you and all your friends would know it's your voice was
really cool. Except for the one time I got a shock from that old mic...yep
kids, The Casino is a designated Fallout Shelter.
So in the extreme unlikely event of an emergency, remember
the rules and always "Duck & Cover".
this kind of stuff just scare the piss out of us back in the 50's