Riding Around in the Back of a Truck

Riding Around in the Back of a Truck


Photo- Linda Seccaspina


In the old days we rode around in pickup trucks and no one batted an eye. I remember going to and fro from football games in a back of a pickup with other teens and yes,  we hitchhiked down the road. Were we fearless then, or dumb as a bucket of gravel?


What else did we used to do that we no longer do….

Use a phone book

Figure out math in your head

Make photo albums

Record your favourite TV show on VCR tape

Cut things out of a newspaper

Send a handwritten letter

Look up the spelling of words in a dictionary

Use a phone booth

Get your cheques back from the bank every month

Write a cheque

Buy an encyclopedia

Develop a film

Visit a travel agent

Remember phone numbers

Carry a boombox and cassette player

Make a mixed tape

Buy newspapers





Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Aug 1945, Sat,  Page 22

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Aug 1945, Mon,  Page 11


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



I Was A Free Range Child

Pour Some Sugar on Me! The Demise of the Penny Candy

Antique Furniture? The End of an Era?



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Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour Bridge Street walk with stories of murder mayhem and Believe it or Not!!. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!–


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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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