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Yes, Your Parents Were 'Awesome'; So Why Not Show The World?

Arthur Memmott, 1935, in Colorado. Memmott family photo.

Dad, 1935. Memmott family photo. hide caption

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You may not want to admit it. But your parents were probably pretty cool in their day (and I bet many still are, for that matter!)

Sara Pickley (later to be Sara Memmott), 1936.

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One guy's made it his mission to show the world that our parents were — and are — awesome.

Eliot Glazer talked with All Things Considered host Michele Norris this morning about My Parents Were Awesome, the blog he's running that so far has collected more than 3,000 photos of parents from "back in the day."

As it says at the blog, "before the fanny packs and Andrea Bocelli concerts, your parents (and grandparents) were once free-wheeling, fashion-forward, and super awesome."

So why not show the world by sending Glazer a photo?

He's careful to point out, by the way, that he isn't implying that parents somehow lose their "coolness" once they have kids:

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By all means, check out My Parents Were Awesome when you have the time. As Michele says, it can be addictive.

For a taste, here's a photo gallery of shots from the blog that our friends at NPR's The Picture Show put together:

You can hear more from Michele's conversation with Glazer on today's ATC. Click here to find an NPR station near you.

And yes, those are my parents in the photos at the top of this post, before they married in 1939. That's dad — Arthur Memmott — on a fishing trip in Colorado in 1935, looking like he's a pal of Hemingway's. My mom — Sara Memmott — is looking to the future from her Elmira College yearbook in 1936.

Awesome.

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