All posts tagged History

COVID-19 in the 1970s

Published April 8, 2020 by Maryanne


Everyone can use a laugh right now, so I came up with an idea. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and imagine, what if COVID-19 happened in the 1970s?

CB radio

In the 1970s truckers were communicating to each other on CB radios, a citizen’s band radio for short distance communication. If they were dealing with COVID19, the conversation would go a little something like this…

TRUCKER 1: Breaker Break. This here’s Social Distancer, can I get a check-point Charlie on a picklepark that has toilet paper?

TRUCKER 2: Good Buddy, this here’s Coughin’ Mouth. Negatory on the T.P.


There would be no dancing. The movie “Saturday Night Fever” would be known as “Saturday Night Fever, Tiredness, and Dry Cough.”


Jaws would be irrelevant. No one is going in the water. No one is going anywhere. But if we did, and the shark got us, he’d definitely spit out those nasty latex gloves!


Streaking would still be a thing. Nudists social distancing — from their clothing!

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper’s hit song “School’s Out” would also be relevant, especially the line, “School’s out forever.”

Corona Virus

Lava lamps would contain floating images of the COVID19 virus.


And like we’re doing today, we’d just have to take it One Day at a Time.

Stay safe and healthy!

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A Journey to the Gallows

Published March 18, 2015 by Maryanne


A shout out to Tommy Coletti, co-author of “A Journey to the Gallows” (available April 14, 2015).

Last year, around this time, Tommy Coletti used my services (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com). I was honored to edit this amazing book, the fictionalized story of American hero Aaron Dwight Stevens who fought for the rights of African Americans during the Harper’s Ferry raid.

For more information on “A Journey to the Gallows” by Vic Butsch and Tommy Coletti, please visit: http://www.ajourneytothegallows.com/

Contact me for proofreading and editing services by phone 908-276-1514 or email: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Rates are reasonable. Free consultation, up to one-hour by phone or in-person.

And the best of luck to Vic Butsch and Tommy Coletti! Thank you for choosing Pear Tree!

Thomas Edison: A Man with Bright Ideas

Published January 25, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3531Edison’s Library, statue from Paris, France (Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

A cold, snowy day in New Jersey, well spent inside the historic Thomas Edison museum in West Orange, New Jersey.

SAM_3536Where Edison napped in his library (Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

SAM_3543Bright ideas! (Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

SAM_3544Time clock for workers to punch in

One might be intimidated by a man of Edison’s genius, but he punched in and out like everyone else! How cool is that?

SAM_3546Mr. Edison’s elevator, used in later years (Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

SAM_3551Me, going up to the music room!

SAM_3558Hey, Jack White, here’s the birth of the music industry!

SAM_3589Old school Christmas lights!

SAM_3596Reel to reel

SAM_3608Manufacturing plant, last standing … who knows how long this will be here.

This was my second trip to the Edison Museum, a very cool trip back in time to learn about the man of so many inventions — who was hard of hearing since childhood!

These few photos are just a tidbit of what you can see. For more information, visit: http://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm

All photos taken by or courtesy of Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta … if you use them, PLEASE CREDIT!