On the way home these men compared notes and debated which of the girls was the best diver and best looker. The young “girl with the dark hair” seems to have been the winner. This collection of older men — some with graying hair and some with no hair — decided that their names would never be printed in the local newspapers. The reason? If their wives found out, they would be in deep trouble. What happens at Nahant should stay in Nahant.
On the automobile trip home, they sang many choruses of “Oh! You Blondie”, a song that had been sung by a lady at the vaudeville show. The chorus — as best I remember it — goes:
“There are naughty men, who most every now and then, stop to make big eyes at me. Flirting is not nice so I’m as cold as ice and just tell them 23-skidoo. But oh, oh you Blondie. You made a hit with me. Gee, I like you. Do I strike you? All your sins you’re telling to me. Oh! Oh! You Blondie, you made a hit with me!
Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry. His office hours at the Municipal Center are Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.