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Favorite board games from the '50s and '60s

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Ah, the '50s and '60s! Who remembers all those board games we used to play? My twin sister Teresa and I used to sit around with our friends during the blistering months of summer, getting lost in many board games. Some only took an hour. Others could go on for days…

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Here are some of my favorites:

Monopoly: This was a great way to pass the time as we dabbled in a grammar school version of capitalism. Everyone tried to score property on Boardwalk and Park Place. The railroad properties were always a winner, but going to jail was such a drag unless you got lucky with those Chance and Community Chest cards. Remember winning a beauty pageant and getting $10?

A few of my neighbors and I played recently, and that competitive spirit was as crisp as it was in grammar school. I think I usually chose the Toto dog or the racecar, but sometimes I was stuck being the iron. I’m not big on domestic chores.

Candyland: We were all hooked on sugar during the '50s and '60s so what better way to extend our fix than by playing a game devoted to sweets? We probably developed cavities just by playing that game. I’ll bet Candyland was invented by a dentist.

Concentration: I wasn’t very good at this game, because I had a very short attention span. What more can I say?

Parcheesi: I seem to remember this being a primitive version of Backgammon, a game I still enjoy today. A roll of the dice and then strategy took over. Remember when your opponent landed on your pawn-shaped piece and you had to start over?

Chinese Checkers: I loved playing with those colorful round balls until our dog stepped on the game and all the orbs went flying across the living room. Checkers was easier.

Battleship: This was one of my favorite mindless games. Remember trying to bomb all those boats, and the dismal sound of your opponent replying “Miss!”

Chutes and Ladders: Climb those ladders if you’re lucky. Otherwise, you’ll have a dismal ride down the slide and have to try again. It was truly The Myth of Sisyphus.

Clue: Who did it in the blue room with the lead pipe?

Ah, those board games…. so many memories. What were some of your favorites?

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