Written by Barbara Boynton:
When my sister and I lived in Jacksonville during 1942-1945, we were given an allowance each week. My sister got $l.50 and I got 50 cents. Every Saturday morning a group of kids from our neighborhood would get together and ride the city bus to downtown Jacksonville. It cost 5 cents to ride the bus. We got off the bus and walked 2 or 3 blocks to the Florida Theater for a movie. After the movie was over we would walk another couple of blocks to a Krystal hamburger place. We got a Krystal for ten cents, a coke for five cents. The movie cost 25 cents; lunch 15 cents and our ride 10 cents so I had used up my allowance.
My sister always had money enough to buy a lipstick, book, or a box of covered almonds.
On one of these Saturday adventures there was this skinny singer named Frank Sinatra who came on doing a show for war bonds and stamps. All of the girls in the audience went crazy when this skinny fellow started singing. He was skinny, had a big nose and a big Adam's apple and I could not see what excited all those girls.
A lot of Saturdays we would know some move star or a big band would be in town for War Bond drives. We would get up early and ride in with our stepfather so we could get good places to see the parades. We saw Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Veronica Lake and others. We heard Harry James, Tony Pastor, Benny Goodman, Sammy Kaye and Artie Shaw.
After a stint at the theatre many of the big bands would perform that night at the Roosevelt Hotel where they drew large crowds and raised a lot of money.
Saturdays were the highlight of our week.