Dick Cavett: Fireworks Way Better in the Good Ol' Days
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2009 10:41 AM CDT
Mike and Bernie Winters, dressed as a tramp and a guy, collecting money for the Variety Club of Great Britain fund for under privileged children, October, 1968.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Talk show legend Dick Cavett didn’t just like fireworks as a kid. “I loved them,” he writes in the New York Times. Not the pro displays, and definitely not “the despised ‘safe & sane’ fountains, sprinklers and snakes” that “girls and sissies liked.” No, he liked “the big stuff. The heavy ordnance." Think cherry bombs. And when he was a Nebraska kid in the '40s, you could buy as much as you pleased.

“LAY ON GROUND. LIGHT FUSE. RETIRE QUICKLY,” the directions read. “I pity anyone for whom those words were not a feature of youth.” Now the “do-gooders have legislated away everything but sparklers,” even though sparklers cause more injuries than every other kind of firework. “I long for the good old days,” he writes. “I find it hard to believe that the resonant date will pass and I won’t light a single fuse.”