A t my age, everything is nostalgia. I realized that more than ever this past week with a seemingly unrelated series of events. While having dinner Saturday night at Jake’s in Saginaw, my husband and I were trying to figure out what we were going to do with the rest of our child-and-grandchildless evening. I’m a movie buff and usually drag my husband to a new movie every weekend, but this time he refused to go to the one movie I hadn’t seen. Just between you and me, he’s afraid of scary movies.
Then we overheard our waiter mention to the next table that it would probably get very busy soon because 1964 The Tribute, a longrunning Beatles tribute band, was playing at The Dow. We ran over and got tickets for the nose-bleed section where we figured there wouldn’t be a lot of people, and we could comfortably sprawl out. We spent a fun couple of hours singing along to songs from a band that became popular before either of us had started elementary school and filled the soundtrack of our growing-up years. Nostalgia.
We are both fans of “The Godfather” trilogy – me more than he. The first two and “Jaws” are movies that make me stop anything I’m doing and watch whenever they’re on television. My husband once asked me how many times I could watch “The Godfather.” My response: Every time! We’ve had many debates over which is better – “The Godfather” or “The Godfather Part II.” “The Godfather III” is never part of the argument, except to point out that it just does not measure up to the first two. It’s always a contest to see who can more accurately recite favorite lines from the movies. A few months ago, we finally saw “The Godfather” on the big screen. And on Sunday we jumped at going to see “Part II.” More nostalgia. Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. Nothing fit that definition more this past week than coming back to my newspaper roots, covering news and features and writing columns like this one. I’ve worked as a reporter, copy editor and page designer at daily newspapers for most of the past 30 or so years. I most recently took a couple of years off to substitute teach and achieve the longtime goal of earning a master’s degree. And now I’ve come back to my first love in working for The View Newspapers. I’ll be writing news and feature stories covering Davison, Burton and Flint Township.
So, if you recognize the face that goes with this column out and about, say hello and suggest a story idea. I’m looking forward to learning more about the area, and I hope to hear from our readers. But don’t wait to bump into me out there. If you have a story idea for me, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 989-225-2223.