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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:22 PM

Fun pub discussion last night - things your kids will never know or experience

I enjoy some random bar stool diplomacy. Last night we engaged in the "What will your kids never know or experience" discussion.

Some good ones include:

An alarm clock where the numbers flip versus digital
Smoking on an airline
Rest Areas with old outhouse holes in the ground
Records
Record players
8 Tracks
Party Line phone systems
Rotary dial phones


What are some fun things you grew up with that kids now will never experience?

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:24 PM

1. Out all day in the summer

Running around the sub-division with my friends all day during the summer with our Mom's just trusting that if they couldn't see us, someone elses Mom probably could. We all were expected to survive and did exactly that.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:25 PM

3. Man that is a good one...

We didn't have video games and with 5 or 6 channels of soaps there wasn't anything for kids to watch on TV. Unless it was raining we were outside playing HARD. When dad's LOUD whistle blew it was time for dinner. If you didn't come...you didn't eat.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:49 PM

39. Yep we had to be within distance of my dad's piercing whistle.

He used only his lips and you could hear it 3-5 blocks away depending on how still the air was!

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #39)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:27 PM

74. It was my girlfriend's mother's piercing whistle that we listened for 3 blocks away.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:02 PM

181. it was my mom's boat whistle - loud! n/t

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:29 PM

8. I raised both of my sons as free-range kids.

Horrified neighbors used to call and report, your son walked home from school! Gasp!

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Response to FSogol (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:12 PM

126. Too funny.

 

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Response to FSogol (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:08 AM

324. We HAD to walk, in my day! With crossing guards, of course!

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:39 PM

138. Amen. We rode our bikes *everywhere*, then threw them down in the front yard overnight...

Haven't seen a 10 or 12 year old riding a bike in years.

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Response to Romulox (Reply #138)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:12 PM

191. I couldn't be separated from my bike in the summer.

Me and my friends traveled from one end of our little town to another and thought nothing of it. As long as I was home by suppertime...

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Response to susanna (Reply #191)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:36 PM

262. We used to go on "bike hikes" in the summer.

My dad had "cocktail parties" for a group from work. He would rent a black and white portable t.v. with rabbit ears for us to watch in the back.

Sometimes we would put in an appearance and then stay in the back, but I can also remember singing The Road to Mandalay at the Hammond Organ with them. There were some neat folks, but smelled strongly of gin LOL

I remember us boys standing in line to talk to my aunt Helen and grandmother on the phone. We each got a minute or two.

I remember actually learning stuff in school. I teach community college now and a lot of these kids out of high school never learned how to spell, write, or think critically.

I remember when a pay phone cost a dime and a 6 oz coke cost a nickle.

A Haircut was 25 cents . . .in a real honest to God barber's chair.

I remember telephone exchanges . . we were Sherwood _ _ _ and then Homestead.

Postal addresses didn't have zip codes, but zones (2 digits)

I remember $.05 stamps and even $.03 stamps

Gasoline price wars . . . $,25, no $.24, no $.22 ..... $.12 a gal.

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Response to ashling (Reply #262)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:20 AM

307. You must be just a little older than me.

I remember when a pay phone cost a dime, but 10 oz Coke was all there was - it was a dime, too. And a dime was real money. Wow.

Do you remember Bun candy bars and Sen-sen breath mints? (Yuck to the latter.)

(I'm 61 years bold. The last real barber haircut I got was xx years ago - it cost .75.)

I "got in on" the first draft lottery (1969?) - my number was 300!)


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Response to dchill (Reply #307)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:15 AM

345. No, I'm only 60

Remember how things hit in waves. What was cool on the west coast came slightly later to the mid-west etc. It depended a lot on where you grew up.

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Response to ashling (Reply #345)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:26 PM

414. I'm surprised you remember before zip codes.

They came about in 1962 or 63, and I clearly recall all the confusion they caused at first.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #414)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:57 PM

422. We were in postal zone 55

they adde3 digits to make it 77055

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Response to ashling (Reply #422)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:47 PM

433. Interesting. Only some larger cities, if I recall correctly,

had postal zones. It's nice they could keep your zone 55 as part of your zip.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #433)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:38 PM

440. I think you are probably right about the zones

at least urban areas. We were in Houston Texas.

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Response to ashling (Reply #262)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:47 PM

409. Ahhh the Gas Wars!

Fill you tank... 20-25gal for $10 or less

440cuin hot rod cars

Stoplight to stoplight drags... and a lot of cops would watch just to make sure things didn't get out of hand.

Out door A&W's with rollerskate clad waitresses

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Response to PoliticalBiker (Reply #409)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:00 PM

423. Must have been a looser dress code where you were

All the waitresses where I lived wore more than just roller skates

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Response to PoliticalBiker (Reply #409)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:36 AM

447. Ahh, I've never ever owned a car with a gas tank that

took more than 10, maybe 11 gallons of gas and then only if I've had the low gas light on for a while.

In the mid-60's I owned a 59 VW. Convertable. No gas gauge, just the old spare tank thing. It also had a manual choke which I sometimes miss. Anyway, as best I can recall, I'd pay attention to my odometer when I got gas, and at about 200 miles would fill up again. We were having gas wars back then. Gas would be as low as 15 cents per gallon. I never spent as much as two dollars on a tank of gas. I seem to recall always spending exactly $1.70. Sigh.

Oh, and I only ran out of gas once.

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Response to Romulox (Reply #138)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:23 PM

241. Well, come on over to my neighborhood.

The kids run around up and down the st (dead end so it's relatively safe). If they r in front of o e parents home, good enough.. Trustworthy people. And they ride bikes, set up baseball, 4 square, toss the football, ok nerf guns are an add on and they do play video games, but for honest to God, 1/2 of my child's bike and scooter collection is sitting on my front porch because no one takes it and he hates putting things up he'll use again the next day.

It's kind of a treasure trove to find in FL. Not too many places I've been or lived down here that I would ever dream would give him some of the freedoms I had living in the country in VT.

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Response to glowing (Reply #241)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:26 AM

347. Sounds really nice! I enjoyed reading your post. nt

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:05 PM

185. YES....and we had to come in at night when the street light came on

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #185)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:26 AM

300. LOL, we could play in the backyard until 10 if it was summer.

But we had to wash our feet before bed. I got very good at standing on one foot while washing the other in the downstairs bathroom sink.

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Response to gkhouston (Reply #300)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:45 AM

340. Me too!

My Mom used to make me sit on the washer over the laundry sink and Clorox the grass stains off my continuously bare feet before I was allowed to enter the house. Hey! Remember those metal ice cube trays with the silly handle you used to break the ice out? What a pain.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #340)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:41 AM

380. Metal ice cube trays! Yes!

Is it just me or does it seem like those things stuck to your skin more than plastic trays? These days, we have a few old plastic trays for freezing broth cubes. Can't tell you the last time I used an ice tray for ice.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #340)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:33 PM

393. A separate handle, or integrated with the tray?

 

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Response to RC (Reply #393)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:38 PM

426. integrated with the tray...

but I liked the other kind better. I had trouble with the integrated kind! How funny to remember this!

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Response to Rider3 (Reply #426)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:55 AM

442. I liked the separate handle better also.

 

The integrated handle sometimes had trouble getting all the cubes loose.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #185)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:26 AM

348. Yep. That was our rule, too. nt

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #185)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:50 AM

367. At ten years old I was an amateur astronomer...

...so I got to go out looooong after dark in the summertime, lol.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:12 PM

192. +1 10-mile bike rides, on our own, to a local lake. day-long wanderings through the local woods.

 

as pre-teens. no helmets.

bunches of kids riding in the back of open pickups. going to the drive-in in the back of a pick-up and watching the show covered with blankets. making our own skateboards from random pieces of wood & skate wheels and being pulled on the things from the back of a car. everybody walking several miles to school, through residential housing and a utility pipeline at a time when *no one's* parents drove them to school, and going to high school at a time when few to no kids had cars.

using a crank phone at summer camp, the only communication with the outside world -- it went to the ranger station. going to a camp that you had to hike into. using a party line.

the mass culture experience, where everyone gets the same news, watches the same tv shows, has the same cultural references. living in a working class neighborhood where almost all the parents work for the same company.

the experience of rising prosperity and seemingly wide-open futures that was the space age.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #192)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:00 AM

311. thanks ! Had forgotten about the homemade skate boards ! And so true about walking everywhere

and few having cars (mostly whom we called "greasers")

We grew up in Connecticut and at 11-12 years old we were riding the train into NYC, all by ourselves, taking the subway, roaming around, everywhere. At 16 we were down there at the bar in Grand Central Station, drinking rusty nails, because the drinking age was 18 and no one carded you.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #311)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:11 PM

390. at 16 we were at the local bowling alley

drinking Cuba Libres, because the drinking age was 18 and no one carded you

rip Leemark Lanes

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #192)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:09 AM

354. "the mass culture experience, where everyone gets the same news, watches the same tv shows, "

You make such a good point.
There were only 3 tv stations...CBS, NBC,ABC.
Walter Cronkite was at CBS, that was the news we watched.
and the parents controlled the one black and white tv in the house.

"us kids" did not watch news, of course, we were too busy doing "other stuff"
EXCEPT
The Cuban missile crisis and Kennedy's assassination. Then, everyone was glued to the screen.

The tv was in a console, it was a piece of living room furniture, and there was a ceramic figurine on top..something about you could not have a tv with a bare top, I guess, it had to have a doily and some kind of "decoration".
For years my Mom had a ceramic black panther on top of the doily.

You had to get up and walk over the tv and manually change the channel.
Usually a kid was told to do it, while the adults sat on a couch or chair and smoked and drank coffee.

Everybody smoked almost everywhere, including on tv shows and there were lots of tobacco commercials.
Your parents would say, with a cigarette in their mouth.." don't you kids smoke when you get older".

Riiight.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #354)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:16 AM

475. So funny..."some kind of ceramic figure" with a doily. haha. It also reminded me that everyone

had to have a box of Kleenix on the rear dashboard (don't know what the name is) and a crocheted toilet paper cover in the bath.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #475)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:35 PM

483. "a crocheted toilet paper cover in the bath."

Never saw those.
I did see the toilet tank and seat covered with some kind of material that matched the rug in front of the toilet.
Surprised there wasn't another damned ceramic cat on the tank...

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #483)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:05 AM

490. OMG here's a pic of TV with ceramics on it

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #483)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:07 AM

491. hahaha Crocheted Toilet Paper cover pic !

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #491)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:49 PM

495. OMG...I DO rememeber those!

And hated them. It was like having to unwrap a present every time you needed the paper.
And that tv brought back memories.
Till she died in 1983, my Gram owned a huge Magnavox tv console with radion and 78 rpm record player in it.
And she had kept a lot of 78's all nicely tucked away in one corner of it.
I heard music on that thing till I was past 30.
The miracle was that it all worked for all those decades.
I think one of my uncles, who was a electronics nut, may have kept it in working order for her.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #192)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:52 AM

371. Take away the crank phone at summer camp...

...and you've described my childhood. We rode our bikes all over town. The towns I lived in though were towns, not cities. So our bike rides often included both town and country cruising.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:18 AM

315. I read an article once about roaming kids

I wish I could find it today. It showed how the range of children has decreased over the years--in the 19th century, for instance, it was nothing for a child to walk miles to go fishing.

I know that in the 1920s, my father dropped out of school at the age of 13 and traveled around Europe on a bike. My mother says that in the 1930s her parents routinely put the children to bed before going out for the night and it was perfectly acceptable.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #315)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:58 AM

372. When I was a kid in the late '60s and into the '70s my range

was much, much further than even my parents knew. It was not unusual for me to be miles from home down to the river or riding with friends to the sandpits where we rode our bikes off 10 foot sand cliffs into the piled-up sand below.

There was literally no limit to how far I could go as long as I was back home when I supposed to be.

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Response to ChisolmTrailDem (Reply #372)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:44 AM

450. I used to ride my Buzz bike to neighboring towns

One day when I was 8 years old, I decided I was going to go to Oklahoma, which was about 35 road miles away. I pedaled about 8 miles to a neighboring town, where I asked some old guy in the street for directions to Oklahoma. "Oh, it's a far piece from here," he said. "On that little bike of yours, it would take a day or two, maybe longer." So I gave up and rode back home.

These days, if an 8-year-old kid alone on a bike did that, someone would freak out and call the cops.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #450)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:30 AM

466. We had our adventures, didn't we? And if a kid did that today, not only

would someone freak out and call the cops, there may even be an Amber Alert.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #315)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:39 PM

406. so different. i think the historical perspective is important to have, to keep people

 

from getting too obsessive and fanatical about child-rearing practices and other things as well.

it's interesting how what was normal in the previous generation or too comes back to our generation in the form of status markers -- e.g. organic food, 'free range kids,' etc.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:39 AM

334. Collecting soda bottles to sell for 2 cents each

I'm 63. I don't think anyone has mentioned being able to pick up extra money by collecting tossed-out glass bottles and taking them back to the store for a refund. I'd use what I got to buy a moon pie and RC Cola at the 7-11. I also remember party lines.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:09 AM

353. Yes. After breakfast Mom would throw us out the door and lock it.

We might be allowed back in for lunch; more often a plate of something was left on the porch. In the evening we were hosed down, fed and camped in front the black and white TV for an hour or two. If we were doing it right, we wouldn't see an adult all day. Good times.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #353)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:16 AM

356. Home for lunch!! Yes

I would get hungry then right back out. My Mom always said if I wasn't outside in the summer I was going to the Doctor because it was obvious I was getting sick.

We also built platforms in trees and climbed up there to survey our domain. No one predicting our certain death and we're all strangely alive in our late 40's now.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #356)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:22 AM

359. I've made it to seventy and sixty years ago I pulled off some hair raising stunts n/t

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:41 AM

365. This is truly tragic...

Almost all of my childhood moments were filled with exploration and adventure. Nothing to keep us inside during those long summer days and we weren't afraid of anything or anyone. I remember hide & seek games that encompassed the entire neighborhood and at times would involve ten kids or more. Parents were more afraid of injuries from us kids playing than they were of child-snatchers. And we all walked to and from school, times that were just as memorable as summertime.

The one thing I lament more than anything else is that today's kids don't have near the freedom most of us had. I only hope that there are kids in some small town or village somewhere still in these United States who can have the adventures and build the memories that I did being a kid.

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Response to ChisolmTrailDem (Reply #365)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 02:15 PM

499. "I only hope that there are kids in some small town ..."

I am not seeing them in our small town.
I know several families with children, all the kids are home or being driven around by parents.
Even the ones on bikes are not allowed to go beyond the block.
And this is a mostly flat town where you could ride bikes to the library or the store easily, not to mention to the schools.
Some of the kids ( under 15, mostly) occasionally play outside, but only in their yards.


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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:25 PM

2. A month with below average temperatures. nt

 

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:15 AM

314. Sorry, But No

Here in Chicago we just had a below average temperature October.
So, kids will still experience that.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #314)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:25 PM

383. Clarification: GLOBALLY, not locally.

 

There are always local pockets of higher and lower temperatures. That's not what NOAA is talking about when they report that it has been nearly 28 years since the last below average month:

The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces during October was 14.63C (58.23F). This is 0.63C (1.13F) above the 20th century average and ties with 2008 as the fifth warmest October on record. The record warmest October occurred in 2003 and the record coldest October occurred in 1912. This is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature. The last below-average month was February 1985. The last October with a below-average temperature was 1976.


http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/11/16/noaa_climate_october_was_332nd_straight_month_with_above_average_temperatures.html

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:16 AM

328. Yep. I used to go ice skating in my youth (NJ) and one hasn't been able to skate on a lake ....

or stream in the last 15 years or more. It either never froze or never froze long enough to do it safely.

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:55 PM

496. Ice fishing on Thanksgiving

Our family spends Thanksgiving at the lake place my grandfather built. When I was a kid we ice fished 90% of the Thanksgiving weekends. Since my first child was born in 2000, we haven't had suitable ice for fishing even one year.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:26 PM

4. Rabbit ears

and having to get up to change the channel on the tv.

Alarm clocks and watches you had to wind up.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:51 PM

40. Raising and lowering the cars antenna by hand!

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #40)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:56 PM

111. Wind wings! n/t

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #40)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:21 PM

157. I had a 96 Subaru Legacy...

That I JUST replaced, and only because I wanted a new car, nothing was wrong with it. It still had the hand raise/lower antenna and at the car wash people would look at me like I was crazy Oye.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:43 PM

97. OMG I hated those little bastards. You had to stand there and hold them just right.

Those just-barely-receivable stations always seemed to have the best stuf on and I'd go nuts trying to keep the things in the right position and squint at the snowy set. Hell, Mars comes in clearer now!

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:04 PM

118. a broomstick that was a 'remote control' for the tv

juuuuust reached from the couch for the push button tv days.

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Response to Whisp (Reply #118)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:01 PM

470. Yeah, kids nowadays could not live without remote controls.

I remember having to get up off the couch and turn the knobs manually to change channels.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:10 PM

123. I still wear a wind-up watch

1929 Elgin Avigo

Keeps perfect time, too.

I also do not know how to send a text message or attach a document or photo to an email.

I'm not about to learn, either, as I can pay people to do those sorts of things.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #123)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:11 PM

151. Hire me!

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Response to gateley (Reply #151)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:20 PM

156. You betcha, gately!

I am launching a new business in January.

Who knows?, there might be some room.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #156)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:43 AM

336. No hire me!

You're in the Tx Panhandle right?

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #123)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:24 PM

199. i would if i could find one for a decent price. i'd use a wind-up alarm clock, too.

 

i had one from the 60s and broke it by winding it too tight. man i was bummed.

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #206)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:48 PM

210. thanks!

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #210)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:44 PM

247. here's another ebayer to check out, i love his watches

http://www.ebay.com/sch/watchrecyclers26/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=50&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2654

read them carefully, but he's an old time watch guy who offers some lovely wind up watches at reasonable prices

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #247)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:17 PM

259. interesting. i wonder if he has a website, i'm not that keen on ebay. i see a watch

 

that would suit me fine, actually.

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #206)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:22 PM

239. Holy shit! I have that first one:



Paid $6 for it some years ago. A little Break Free, and three new screws has it working to this very day..

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #199)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:05 PM

255. I think I had a Baby Ben alarm clock.

Wind it up, set the alarm, horrible loud noise every morning.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:34 PM

137. We still have rabbit ears.

We refuse to pay for cable.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:26 PM

147. A student smoking section in the high school cafeteria.

Or a teacher's smoking lounge, for that matter

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Response to Nevernose (Reply #147)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:26 PM

200. +1. also, people smoking in the grocery store, at work, and in many public buildings.

 

lots of people smoking, yet that generation was the longest lived in US history.

The present generations will probably not live so long, for all their health obsessions. Because the country and the people will be poorer.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #200)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:01 PM

219. heh...one my older memories was my dad walking into a newberrys...

...smoking a cigarette, and then just casually tossed it on the ground and ground it out with his shoe. There were hundreds of cigarette butts on the floor because everyone would do that. When they swept up the floors of the store in the mornings, there were a million little black spots on the floor.

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Response to tjwash (Reply #219)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:13 PM

229. it seems so odd in retrospect, even if you lived it.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #229)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:59 AM

373. Yeah, and people used to smoke in hospitals...incredible, it seems now. nt

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Response to tjwash (Reply #219)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:09 AM

313. Newberry's....wow, that's a blast from the past !

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #313)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:14 PM

403. Yep.

The original discount store. May Co....Fedmart...hell even Gemco is gone now. Gobbled up and swallowed by giant conglomerates.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #313)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:20 PM

437. Even small towns had locally owned departmment stores

--and what they used to call 5 and 10 cent stores. Linn & Scruggs, Block ahd Kuehl, Newmans--all gone, with downtowns hollowed out by malls on the outskirts. Woolworths & Grants in addtion to Walgreens. You used to be able to buy goldfish there cheap, and little turtles with painted shells

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #200)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:24 AM

308. Only the bigger corporate stores forbid smoking by checkers. At any small store the person running

the till would more often than not be smoking. I became a regular smoker right at the end of that era. For some reason I was never one to smoke everywhere. Almost never in my car and never right while I was working, even when I could. I guess that's why it always amazed me that anyone could go through two packs or more in a day. Some of those people never really smoked half of their cigarettes though. I remember seeing bartenders catch themselves with one in an ashtray at each end of the bar.

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Response to brewens (Reply #308)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:21 AM

358. For some reason, smoking in public had rules for a woman.

Dunno where I got the idea, but in early 60's, when I was old enough to smoke, I had it in my head that a woman did not smoke in public unless she was sitting at a restaurent/cafe/diner.car.
Certainly not while walking around in public.


for all the cigs that our parents smoked, I am amazed that we kids did not get lung problems.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #358)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:35 PM

415. There was a general consensus

early on that the only women who smoked in public were prostitutes. So decent women, for a very long time, at least into the early 60's, did not smoke in public unless sitting at a restaurant, etc.

There are some urban legends out there about an American woman visiting some other country, lighting up a cigarette in public, being promptly arrested, and needing to purchase a license as a prostitute to be able to smoke without going to jail. Again, urban legend, but it's the kind of thing that kept women smokers from smoking as much when out of the house.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #415)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:51 PM

419. I sort of "knew" that "rule"

but for the life of me cannot point to where I was told it was a no-no.
Maybe it was from the graphics of "True Detective" etc magazine covers of a woman leaning against a lamp post with a cigarette in her mouth.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #419)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:51 PM

434. It was a sufficiently embedded idea in our culture,

that nice women didn't smoke outside, but hookers did as a way of signaling their profession, that probably no one ever directly told you. It was somehow just magically understood by all of us.

While I have never been a smoker, I bet that for women who smoked it was really nice when that "rule" disappeared.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #200)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:01 AM

463. Smoking at the movies! In the hospital! In the doctor's office waiting room! nt

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Response to Nevernose (Reply #147)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:07 AM

306. Little ashtrays in the arms of the chairs at beauty salons. A highlight I now

regret, trying to impress the woman who cut my hair with how mature I was as a teenager smoking. I had a huge crush on her! They probably laughed after I left but I was sooo cool! LOL

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:29 PM

159. Along the same vein, listening to AM radio at night...

trying to listen for call letters from far away states.

I grew up in Central NY. I recall listening to some station from Tennessee. It was very cool...

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Response to LVdem (Reply #159)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:10 PM

165. AM radio at night

In the 1950's I remember listening at night to a station in Gallatin, Tennessee that played blues by Muddy Waters, The Howling Wolf and others. About all we could hear in Texas at time was hillbilly and pop music.

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Response to peachcobbler (Reply #165)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:03 PM

220. Thought It Would Last Forever

CKLW, the motor cityyyyyyyy (sung in four part harmony) in the mid 1970s. To be uptodate with our Black songs, I listened to WKLR, the call letters of which were shouted out rhythmically by the "fly" DJ of the moment (for a while there, the kept getting killed and dumped in remote places).

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Response to garagedoor (Reply #220)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:40 PM

265. We used to listen to CKLW in Cleveland.

Something about the station's signal being stronger than most other stations... I can still hear the jingle. Thanks for the reminder.

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Response to LVdem (Reply #159)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:29 PM

201. listening to lots of different kinds of things on radio, not just top 10 playlists. with

 

real non-canned hosts.

jazz, classical, experimental, political, old-time county/religious...

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Response to LVdem (Reply #159)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:01 AM

312. OMG, yes, remember that too. WBZ Chicago - you could pick it up everywhere.

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Response to LVdem (Reply #159)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:08 AM

374. I had no idea others were doing this! And this was an

activity that was indeed best done at night because during the day the interference made it impossible to hear stations in other parts of the country.

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Response to LVdem (Reply #159)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:18 PM

391. living in NYC

the two stations i could pick up the best at night were CKLW in Windsor ON, and WOWO in Fort Wayne IN.

back in the glorious days where the top 40 in your area wasn't the top 40 somewhere else.

my DH is from Montana, and each of us recalls 1960s hits from our respective geographies that the other one has no idea about.

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Response to LVdem (Reply #159)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:28 AM

449. My favorite station was WWL, New Orleans

It was a good 500 miles away from my house, so the signal faded in and out on occasion, but I liked it because it played an eclectic blend of music ranging from contemporary pop to classical. The station offered a free tour guide of New Orleans, so I sent away for it, back in 1967. Included in the tour guide was the menu of one of the station's sponsor restaurants-- T. Pitari's, which offered, among other exotic dishes, hippopotamus, and turtle soup au sherry.

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Response to LVdem (Reply #159)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 02:20 PM

501. I assumed that everyone listened to Beaker Street!

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:07 PM

188. with supplemental tin foil

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:26 PM

5. Rabbit Ear Antennae...

...and their attendant contortions, though it has a modern analog in trying to find a good signal.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:27 PM

6. Adjusting your car's carburetor with a screw driver until the fuel mixture "sounds right."

25 cent comic books
15 cent Popsicles
Crossing the Canada border for 10 cents without ids.
Flash cubes on cameras
Lego sets than came with no instructions
Developing Film
Meeting the pilot and sitting in his chair when flying (My 21 year old son got to do that. My 16 year old, no way.)

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Response to FSogol (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:37 PM

19. Cameras you had to look down into

Slides (photographic kind) and slide shows.

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Response to JHB (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:17 PM

235. And Polaroids

those were pretty cool, though a bit expensive.

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Response to JHB (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:47 PM

271. And flashcubes

Remember those? Bad enough you needed film. Now we needed those tiny little boxes good for only FOUR pictures - then you threw them in the garbage.

I won't miss them.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:40 PM

92. Weren't those flash cubes disposable??? You just jogged my memory! Wow!

How cool were,they?

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Response to adigal (Reply #92)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:22 AM

512. I had a archeology course once and we were excavating a supposedly unmolested area of

Mt. Vernon (George Washington's home) where there were believed to have once been slaves quarters. After digging down 5 feet or so, all we found were used flashcubes and a muddy Barbie head.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:53 PM

212. in my childhood i remember 10, then 12, then 15-cent funnybooks, & then i got

 

too old to care...

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Response to FSogol (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:02 AM

342. omg.. the smell of a flashbulb!

a toasty, acrid kind of burnt.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:28 PM

7. Cassettes

Big, table-top VCRs.
Betamax.
Instamatic cameras.
Milk delivery.
Charles Chips.
"Duck-and-cover" drills.

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Response to Seeking Serenity (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:30 PM

10. Charles Chips is back!

http://www.charleschips.com/

(Not an owner, just a fan.)

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Response to FSogol (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:31 AM

318. I want some....did you try and order?....they need some work on the

website, for sure. $25 for tin (assume has chips in it, doesn't say). Then nowhere does it explain how you buy refills.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #318)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:35 AM

319. Yes, but it took 4 weeks to get, because they only make small batches

and the demand has been great. I got some for my Dad who liked them.

On this page, the cans are on the top and refills are on the bottom:

http://www.charleschips.com/shop-chips.php

(They now have a 7-10 day wait)

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Response to FSogol (Reply #319)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:15 AM

453. Thanks for Posting

I remember them years ago and they were among the best!

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Response to Seeking Serenity (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:37 PM

20. Milk delivery still exists here in Colorado. It's called Royal Crest Dairy

 

their stuff is pretty good, but only need milk once a week.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:45 PM

208. Grew up in Lakewood, when much of it was new,

near 6th Ave and Garrison, back in the 1950s. Milkman drove a truck that had huge blocks of ice in the back; during the summer, we'd wait for him and he'd chip off chunks of ice for us. We'd sit just inside the open back doors of that truck while he made some deliveries on foot. If I close my eyes I can still smell that ice . . .


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #208)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 09:08 PM

486. How dare you! Those are MY memories!

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:19 AM

331. We had a milkman who delivered milk, eggs, cottage cheese, and bread! nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #331)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:38 AM

363. We had a bakery that had home

deliveries. They had the best chocolate chip cookies too!

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Response to Seeking Serenity (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:59 PM

48. Add to that milk delivery ICE delivery.

Right after WWII we got our first refrigerator. When it came all our neighbors came down to see. Big event in the neighborhood until then we had ice delivery 3 times a week. Also add to the list wringer washing machines.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:29 PM

9. Car vent windows, tape recorders, correction fluid, carbon paper, fountain pens.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:30 PM

13. I was thinking crank handles in a car and...oh my gosh...physically locking a car door. NT

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Response to titaniumsalute (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:38 PM

23. I have a Jeep which has both. When I drive other people's kids around, they often do not

know how to open the window or door.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:26 PM

243. I actually got trapped in my car once

the power locks wouldn't work and I forgot I had manual locks. It took me a while but I finally figured it out. But it took me about 3 years to learn that I didn't have to drive down dark roads with my brights on by continously holding the little bright light switcher stick that comes out the steering wheel. My sister finally told me that you push it forward to run with brights and I was pulling it back and holding it.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:12 AM

506. Ha--I still do both! Hand crank windows, two keys for the car; door/trunk and ignition!

Of course, the car is 26 years old...~!

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:46 PM

99. God, carbon paper. I would never have been a writer in the age of carbon paper.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:33 PM

261. I still use correction fluid a lot. I white out all the

holidays I don't observe (from all over the world apparently) printed on my desk calendar, so I don't get confused when making appointments.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:08 AM

275. I was enslaved on my grandfolk's dairy farm

before they even had a car.
They had a tractor but didn't get a used Chevy until I was 12 years old (a horse and wagon took them to town). They still milked cows by hand and put up all the food they ate. It was hard work but I remember those days very fondly.

What surprised me, a couple of years ago, was my discovering that high school aged girls didn't know how to thread a needle or sew a button back onto a shirt.
I was having some students make simple dolls for a larger art project they were working on, and was taken aback to find that many of the students had never sewn anything. Three girls in one class struggled to get a thread through the eye of a needle then tied the knot just behind the eye, expecting to pull the thread through fabric that way. They did not even cut the thread from the spool so the set-up was needle, knot, thread to eternity. What were they going to sew that way?

Later, I discovered that people don't have button jars any longer. No one keeps clothing until it is good only for rags. No one cuts the buttons off worn clothes. Old clothes go to charity, thrift stores, the Goodwill, or yard sales.
I think buttons that make it through more than one generation in a family are cool.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:30 PM

11. Bringing guns to school during bird and deer hunting season

Going down to the bar with fellow students for a liquid lunch during high school noon hour.

Being allowed to smoke on the bus when the bus driver himself lit up a cigarette.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:30 PM

12. My son is 26. He's used outhouses plenty

and an old fashioned pump. When he was little we didn't have electricity. We did have a record player.

True, he never experienced smoking on a plane (some loss) and rotary phones and and party lines, but he had a childhood that was without a lot of gadgetry.

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Response to cali (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:32 PM

15. Hi Cali

My world revolves around younger kids (8 and 14) so they missed more of this stuff than your 26 year old. I should say that we still have a VCR and Cassette deck so they know what they are BUT we don't use them.

They haven't dealt with that cassette exploding a mile long spew of loose tape inside the machine LOL.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:42 PM

31. hey titaniumsalute

I don't think it's so much that your kids are a decade and some younger than my son, as it is that he grew up in a different way in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont heavily influenced by the hippie culture that still thrives here.

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Response to cali (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:12 PM

190. Hi Cali....you didn't have electricity? wow.

bet that was cool. My niece goes to an alternative private school in VT and when they are seniors they all live in a log cabin dorm without electricity. I think it's the greatest. At a restaurant the other day, I saw a table of 6 teens and not a word was spoken among them, they all had their heads down on their I-Phones.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #190)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:24 AM

316. It was cool. For light we had kerosene lanterns built into the walls

fridge was gas, hot water and cooking was gas- though we also had a wood cook stove, water was gravity fed.

It was beautifully quiet.

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Response to cali (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:32 PM

203. the point, as i'm sure you know, is that your son's experience is no longer the

 

norm.

most kids of my generation came into contact with outhouses in one way or another. few do today.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #203)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:20 AM

357. Hmmm. Of course globally flush toilets are not 'the norm' so most kids today do

come into contact with them. And of course 'Porta Potties' are outhouses, so most American kids do in fact wind up using one, if not at a work site, then at a campsite or festival site.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #357)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:47 PM

408. not sure what your point is. the op is about what american kids today will not

 

experience that their parents did, so global comparisons have nothing to do with the op.

neither are porta-potties outhouses; they're portable chemical toilets manufactured by corporations.

outhouses were constructed by individuals, generally outside the commodified corporate economy, and were low-tech, a hole in the ground with a shelter covering it.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:31 PM

14. Huffing mimeograph vapors

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:05 PM

55. LOL!! We love to tell our kids about that one

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:08 PM

58. The great smell of freshly mimeograqphed handouts in school.

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #58)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:09 PM

59. Handed out while still warm and damp

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #59)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:31 PM

78. My students thought that was the best thing about taking a test - the fumes from the paper.

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #58)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:16 PM

169. I'd give my hat & front seat in hell just to smell those purple-printed sheets again!

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #58)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:09 PM

225. OMG, I loved that smell!

Something else that's missing... library paste. I used the term "paste-eater" in front of my 6th grader the other day and she had no clue what I was talking about.

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Response to gkhouston (Reply #225)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:37 PM

504. Yes! Mild minty fresh smell.

And the little red plastic stick to smear the paste around. Oh what good memories this thread is bringing back for me.

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:56 PM

252. YES!

What a treat it was to be chosen to go wait for them to be finished so you could bring them all warm back to your classroom.

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:51 PM

469. If you got an opportunity to operate the "Gestetner Stenciller" you could get a noseful

of that magic elixir!

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:33 PM

16. Computer command cards

The heavy-stock paper cards used to input commands and programming into computers.

I was too young to have actually used those, but close enough that they were still around in the form of "useless stuff sitting in the backs of storage rooms".

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Response to JHB (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:38 PM

21. That was the new "modern way" we registered for classes at Berkeley...

...circa the late 70's.

And "this computer stuff," I reasoned, "is only going to get more prevalent." Why the hell didn't I invest then, using that same logic!?

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Response to JHB (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:07 PM

56. Floppy disks that were actually floppy.

Remember the old 5-1/4 inch floppy disks that were in a floppy paper sleeve? Or if you want to get even more old-school, 8 inch floppies!

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #56)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:09 PM

60. Dot matrix printers that screeched as they printed.

Or "letter quality" printers that essentially printed with an electric typewriter golf-ball head, and sounded like a machine gun nest.

Oh, and paper with the sprocket strips on the sides for tractor feeding.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #60)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:11 PM

62. Manually typing in programs in BASIC out of a magazine, then saving them onto a cassette tape.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #62)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:59 AM

288. Our family's first computer was a Commador 64

I loved that computer. In fact it was because of that computer that I took a programming class in high school.

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #288)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 01:24 AM

293. Mine was an Atari 400.

Last edited Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:05 AM - Edit history (1)

The really gnarly programs in the magazines were the ones written in assembly language, then assembled into a binary, converted to hexadecimal, and put in a BASIC wrapper - most of the typing consisted of hundreds of long lines of license plate numbers. And one typo meant your program crashed!

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #62)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:26 AM

361. I worked at two of those magazines

Creative Computing first, then SoftSide.

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Response to Silent3 (Reply #361)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:25 AM

376. Some of those games were awesome.

I spent hours typing them into my Atari, then debugging them to fix the typos. Totally worth it!

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #62)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:35 AM

378. Yes! We did that too!

You had to "load" before you could "run" if I remember correctly. We had a VIC 20.

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Response to ReasonableToo (Reply #378)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:38 AM

379. Yep. It took fifteen minutes to load a program.

I'd type the load command into my Atari, put the tape in the player, fast-forward or rewind it to a specific counter-number, press play, then press enter on the computer to start the load. The computer would sit there, loading bytes from the tape for fifteen minutes, and hopefully, it would finish and get you back to the READY prompt so you could run your program.

Of course, after a while, tapes wear or stretch, so there were a lot of times when the load would error out.

Can't say I missed that part...

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #56)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:22 PM

172. Yes, I remember those 8" floppies. I thought I had died & gone to heaven

when I could type & print out a letter using a "word processor". I took typing classes in 1965 on manual typewriters. Most of my first jobs were using manuals. Got lucky in 1969 when I went to work for a company that had electrics. When the correcting IBM Selectric typewriter came out a couple of years later, it was such a huge change.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #56)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:07 PM

187. you just reminded me of when we asked someone in another office to send us a copy of

a file and they sent an actual photocopy of the floppy disk

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #56)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:18 AM

507. I thought those were a miracle! And when they came out with the 3 and a half inchers, I

just wondered how much more "modern" things could possibly get!



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Response to JHB (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:13 PM

145. They're called Hollerith cards

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Response to TrogL (Reply #145)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:57 PM

397. I can't believe those cards have a name other than punch cards.

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Response to JHB (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:53 PM

213. "Do not bend, fold, staple or mutilate." n/t

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #213)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:20 PM

238. Those instructions were widely ignored when they were "stuff in the back of the storage room"

Engineering students can fold, spindle, and mutilate EOF (end of file) cards in an amazing variety of ways.

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Response to JHB (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:12 PM

227. Watching someone you dislike dropping a deck of cards.

Saw a guy who really annoyed me drop a smallish deck (600 cards) in a mud puddle once. Bliss.

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Response to JHB (Reply #16)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:25 AM

317. My First Exposure To Computers. . .

. . .in my 3rd year of high school (1972) use paper tape. Sort of a streaming program card. Had to make two copies, then roll them and clip them so they wouldn't get all frayed. That way when you reloaded them they wouldn't get stuck the reader.
Still more advanced than the stack of cards, i guess.
GAC

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #317)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:36 AM

351. I don't know if "more advanced" is the right term...

...so much as "better suited" for whatever purposes that type of machine was being used for.

But, not being a historian of computing technology, I don't actually know well enough to say.

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Response to JHB (Reply #16)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:29 AM

377. Now every time people hear the word "chad", they think of Florida...

Back in the day, the prank to pull was to slip a "lace card" - a punchcard with every hole punched. When it went through the card reader, it would jam it, and you'd get two hundred cards jammed into a space a quarter inch thick. The operator would then use a card knife - first to unjam the machine, then to stab the joker who fed it the lace card.

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Response to JHB (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:28 AM

494. We called those "IBM cards", because they were the only computer company.

Of course, I learned later they were really Hollerith cards, and pre-dated computers. I remember a fad of making Christmas wreaths out of them. They were, effectively, WORM memory.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:35 PM

17. Freedom from government intrusion into their personal communications.

A functioning Fourth Amendment.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:38 PM

24. ...and reasonably predictable weather

n/t

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Response to villager (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:32 PM

82. Weather is more predictable than ever.

More extreme does not equal less predictable. Modern meteorological forecasting is way more accurate than it was a few decades ago.

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Response to gcomeau (Reply #82)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:21 PM

132. interesting point. I suppose I meant in a more "Farmer's Almanac" vein

i.e., "the seasons here are good for growing wheat," "apple trees can thrive here," etc...

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:36 PM

18. a slide rule..

that used to be the status symbol for geeks.. the more scales the better

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:39 PM

25. Dad has one of those..

 

Could never figure out how to use it right.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #25)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:09 PM

224. easy.. i can still remember...

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:01 PM

49. I still have mine.

Used to keep it in a cup on my desk at work, just to establish my history of geekiness.

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:35 PM

87. I put together a nice collection of slide rules, when hand calculators first became available.

I still have the collection.

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:13 PM

230. LOL, I won a trophy in slide rule at a math competition. Total geekdom. n/t

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:11 PM

257. I have one. Still know how to use it

For some basic log work.

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #18)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:31 PM

439. I showed mine to my nephew once

He looked at me like I'd chopped it out of flint or something.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:38 PM

22. Black and white photography

Involving development and print making.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #22)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:40 PM

27. Did that in high school in '92

 

Took Photography classes (3 semesters) and learned how to develop films. Interesting.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #22)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:55 PM

45. Actually, it's still a hobby with a good following among younger people.

Now, if you mean "that's what we do because that's all we had," then I suppose not...

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:22 AM

454. Good old Panatonic-X ASA 64

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:40 PM

26. Encyclopedias in book form (nt)

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #26)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:40 PM

28. World Books!

 

My parents still have 3 or 4 books from the '60s somewhere.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:41 PM

29. Going on vacation on all two lane roads.

I did that as a kid with my two sisters and parents. We played license plate BINGO and as the evening came on would sleep in the back seat, one on the floor, one on the seat and one on the rear window shelf.

Fun times.

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Response to longship (Reply #29)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:42 PM

485. Long Sunday drives and NO freeways.

First freeway came to Seattle around 1957...58.
I clearly remember saying..." I will never drive on one of THOSE".
I was mad because my grandparents had to sell their farm to the state which planted part of the freeway thru it.
Whole little commuity wiped out.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:41 PM

30. 3 video games or pinball machines in the lobby of every 7-11 store.

Making mix cassette tapes from the FM stations on the little stereo in your bedroom.

Sunday morning cartoons which were actually good and lasted the whole of Saturday morning.

Connecting to CompuServe on your Atari 800 or Commodore 64's blazing 300 baud modem (1200 if you were cutting edge) and watching largely useless text slowly scroll down your screen for the low, low price of $6 per hour on off-peak times. Fuck if I remember what the peak rate was.

Atari 2600 and Intellivision games being blown out of K-Mart, Kay Bee Toys and other locations for as little as $3 - $5 each. Good ones; in many cases the coolest and newest games. The market crashed hard in 1983, so it was a fire sale trying to get rid of all that overstock. If you were a video game nerd and had a few extra dollars to spend, you made out like a bandit, and some of those games go for $50 or more today.

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Response to Systematic Chaos (Reply #30)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:53 PM

43. And floppy disks

any size.

Also forgot to mention, AOL CD-ROMs that came in the mail with x-thousand free minutes!

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:42 PM

32. Ashtrays in the doctor's office

In fact, I remember ashtrays everywhere, even on elevators.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #32)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:46 PM

35. Yes. And if you were hospiltilized, you could smoke in your room in some sitiations.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #32)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:15 PM

66. In the bank and the grocery store!

I still remember being angry to see butts on the floor at Krogers after the ban went into effect.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #32)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:28 PM

173. Smoking in movie theatres. Smoking everywhere! SMOKING, SMOKING, SMOKING.

I've been clean for years, but might take it up again if I found out I had a terminal illness. It was one of the most pleasurable experiences I've ever had. Also the most time-consuming. It's amazing how much time I spent smoking. I probably spent years just doing nothing but smoking.

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Response to japple (Reply #173)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:43 PM

268. It did seem to be the national pastime back then

Even more than baseball.

I smoked once myself, but not during the 60s or 70s.

I hated it. I hated always needing it, always reaching for that pack. It was too available, too ubiquitous.

I'm glad my son will never know such a world.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #268)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:24 AM

508. Farting around online has replaced it!

The reason productivity hasn't suffered as much as one might think owing to "farting around online" is because people have substituted that for tobacco!!

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Response to japple (Reply #173)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:04 PM

399. I never smoked buy my parents and relatives did. I remember the wide variety of ashtrays.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #32)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:15 PM

194. Funny to see old clips of Senate hearings and they are all smoking

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:43 PM

33. Over-head projectors.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #33)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:07 PM

222. Art History classes

In senior yr, 1979 and later art history classes at one of the seven sister colleges. Couldn't imagine another way...

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:44 PM

34. Having to have someone paged in a crowded store, airport, event center etc.

pre cell phone activity

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Response to yankeepants (Reply #34)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:48 PM

101. Oooh. Good one. Can't remember the last time I heard someone paged.

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Response to yankeepants (Reply #34)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:05 PM

119. I was paged for a phone call once at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

it was pretty cool, actually.
I felt very James Bond at that moment.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:46 PM

36. halloween thanksgiving and christmas being separate holiday seasons. ;-)

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Response to JustFiveMoreMinutes (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:30 AM

302. +1000. It used to be special to ride the bus downtown to see all the decorations.

They're nowhere near as pretty when they're up for two friggin' months.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:48 PM

37. setting the points on a distributor

with a matchbook cover as a guide.

Actually having enough room in the back seat of the car for.................................fun

drive in movie speakers.

the Ghost Buster posters placed everywhere before the first movie came out.

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #37)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:03 PM

52. VW Rabbit quit on us on a country road in Montana in about 1976.

Points had burned out. Hitchhiked into a nearby town, bought a set of points, came back and installed and gapped them with a Swiss Army knife, the only tool we had.

You can't fix your car with a Swiss Army knife any more...

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #52)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:45 PM

98. Your car doesn't burn through a set of distributor points every 20,000 miles anymore, either...

I won't miss that, and the kids won't either.

When your typically unreliable car of the era inevitably left you stranded in the middle of nowhere, accepting a ride from a stranger to a garage "back in town" was usually your best option (or you could walk a mile or 5 to the nearest house and ask to use the phone).

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:49 PM

38. Places that were all field

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:52 PM

41. Getting slapped around by a teacher, then being sent to the principal to be beaten by him.

And then to finish off a bad day, when you got home from school, you got whipped by the parents for causing trouble in school.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #41)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:09 PM

61. yep. Teachers could hit the kids. still can in same states.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #41)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:28 PM

244. Where did you grow up?

Must have been one crappy community. My life growing up wasn't perfect, but if I'd been in your shoes, I'd have made one last noisy and disruptive exit and permanently cut off contact with the school & the family, and hoped they'd all rot in hell with the Nazis, Stalin, et al.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #244)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:46 PM

248. Upper Michigan. That's the way things were done back then. At least where I lived.

I remember seeing Mrs. K knock out one mouthy older boy with one punch. She was one tough woman. I still joke with friends to this day saying I thought I was going to go bald in the 4th grade becasue Mrs. K ripped so much hair out of my head. Mr. R used to like to grab you by the short hairs near the ears and lift you out of your seat or grap your hair at the back of the head and slam your head against the desk. Mrs. J wasn't bad. She'd just slap you across the face.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #248)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:53 PM

250. I can't help but be reminded of how many blacks were often treated under slavery.

It may sound a little over the top to some, but slaves, at least on some plantations, were often whipped, beaten, etc. for even perhaps the slightest perceived offense.

By the way, I came across something interesting on Jordan Riak's NoSpank website a while back, which offers an explanation on how modern CP may have come to be. Send me a DU Mail message if you're interested.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:52 PM

42. Being able to be fairly certain you weren't on some security camera

while shopping or just out having fun with friends.

There's a feeling of freedom that was there back then that I don't think they'll have now that it's common sense to assume you will appear at least one security cam at least once during the day.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:55 PM

44. Cars with no seat belts. Escorted air travel for children. Ditto copying machines.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:58 PM

46. my grandkids probably won't learn cursive writing in school

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:59 PM

47. i bought a record player this summer.. it has a cassette deck, cd, and radio in it too.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:03 PM

50. The typewriter, but it sure wasn't fun.

The drive in theater - along with their grindhouse flicks
Sliderulers
Airline meals
Customer service that was real customer service
Products that weren't packaged in tons of plastic

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #50)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:05 PM

54. I still have my Dad's old Smith Corona portable from about 1946.

I typed all my college papers on it in the late '60s. Quite the relic, but it did the job.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #54)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:12 PM

64. Typing your college papers

#%^*#>...my kids have no idea how lucky they are never having to do that.
Having to wait for summer reruns of you missed an episode of your favorite show.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #64)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:26 PM

72. If you made a mistake (which I did, often)

you would have to erase it with a typewriter eraser, assuming you remembered to use erasable paper, and if you were also using carbon paper (because the Xerox machine at the college library, which was the size of a refrigerator and took a couple of minutes to produce one page at a nickel each, was too much of a pain in the ass to deal with, and anyhow the library closed at midnight) you also had to erase the mistake on the carbon copy. Or else you used White-Out, once that got invented, but that left messy white blots all over everything.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #72)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:31 PM

77. I was a pretty good typist (despite hating it)

I made some extra $$ in college typing grad students' papers. No one does that anymore!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #72)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:48 PM

100. I actually had a whole course on correcting mistakes on the typewriter!

We were taught a lot of tricks such as touching up the erasure with chalk, so it looked better!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #72)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:08 PM

223. You got to erase? I'm retroactively jealous!

First college term paper (1966), had to be typed on non-erasable bond paper, watermark centered, upright and facing forward, all ibids and op cits properly rendered... Got it finished and in a folder in time to race to class to turn it in. On the way, I glanced in the rear view mirror and saw my work wafting away from where I'd placed it on the car roof as I fished for my keys. My kindly professor was graciously accepting of my dilemma (not new to him, I'm sure) and let me go home for the carbon copy which he noted; but I still had to retype the paper and turn it in late for a reduced grade.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #72)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:50 AM

509. Eaton's "Corrasable bond" paper--a modern miracle! Beat the hell out of white out! nt

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Response to Freddie (Reply #64)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:30 PM

202. +1. white-out & erasable paper. when knowing how to type 30 wpm would get

 

you a job, & 50-60 wpm was gold.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #202)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:00 PM

217. I took an IBM Standard with me to college forty years ago.

They were heavy. My dad had to bring it in my dorm room on move-in day. I was serious. I think my roommates were horrified, since that meant I was there to study, not party. I could type 80 wpm in college on an IBM Standard (the kind with separate type keys, not the Selectric with a ball). I could jam any IBM b/c I was too fast. I typed term papers for extra money.

It wasn't until about 1999 that I took a computer typing test that I could not jam.

I scored 114 Words Per Minute, and that was going back and correcting it so it was perfect!! (braggity brag) I'm a piano player. That helps A LOT.

Carbons and onionskin and erasers. In high school I took one semester of typing on a ^%$#@ manual. After that I used Mom's IBM and never looked back.

My mother, my grandmother and I all constantly wrote to each other by typing our letters.
Grandmother would type "Dearest Children" on hers and put in 2 carbons, having 3 kids.
She used an old Royal and typed with 4 fingers.
Mom and I used an IBM. I eventually got a 9-pitch Selectric
for my court reporting transcripts.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #217)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:21 PM

430. I enjoyed reading your post.

I was a medical transcriptionist for 30 years, quitting back in July. The Selectric II with correction tape was the hot new thing when I started in the field. I did transcribe a few times from the old vinyl belts and they were truly awful! That field was very good to me up until the last few years, but offshoring ruined the wages for us home-based transcriptionists and I finally hung up my earphones.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #50)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:21 PM

260. Gas station attendants who pumped your gas and washed your windshield

while you waited:

"You can trust yoru car to the man who wears the starthe big bright Texaco staaarrrr!

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:03 PM

51. Lawn Darts...

the heavy ones with the awesome metal tips...you could fling one of those damn things over the telphone lines in the backyard....after a while, we didn't even bother to play the actual game, we just made a game out of seeing how high we could throw them, and not getting hit when they came back down.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:04 PM

53. Rather young myself, so...

- blowing into the cartridge to get the game to work
- Video rental stores
- Six hours of toy commercials posing as cartoons every saturday morning
- Pumpable shoes
- learning stuff that isn't on the SAT
- Floppy disk drives
- dial-up noises (Skrillex doesn't count!)
- Music that intentionally sounds like shit because that's what made it good
- Automobiles with right angles in the design
- 1 900 numbers for kids ("talk to the Ninja turtles! $3.99 a minute, get your parents' permission before calling!")
- Stores devoted wholly to comic books
- Whipping downhill at 50mph without a bike helmet and without a worry
- Landlines
- The Republican Party (hey, I'm an optimist)

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #53)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:52 AM

341. Automobiles...

automobiles with right angles in the design...YES, i am glad someone mention that. Haha i thought i was the only person in the world who thought about that.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:08 PM

57. X-ray machines in shoe stores

before they figured out that these were bad for you. I remember looking through this viewer thing on top of the machine and seeing the insides of my feet! That was cool.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:11 PM

63. pulling, with all your might, an 8 track out of a stereo.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:13 PM

65. Smoking weed that was so mild - you had to use your imagination to get stoned !!

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Response to RagAss (Reply #65)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:32 PM

80. Maybe that's why I was never impressed with weed and

so I never used it afterwards. I said to myself, "Is that all there is?"

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:15 PM

67. Gas station attendants.

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #67)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:24 PM

70. Still there in Oregon at least

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #70)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:33 PM

83. Yes, and the gas is cheaper in Oregon than it is in other states where

you have to pump your own. Go figure.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #70)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:58 AM

322. And in NJ too.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #70)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:41 PM

505. Lucky duck! The gas fumes are the worst thing about filling up.

That and pulling up the metal handle with bare hands on a freezing day. Brrr.

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #67)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:35 PM

88. And free stuff when you bought gas.

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #88)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:37 PM

264. S&H Green Stamps--and the things you could trade them for! nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #264)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:06 AM

305. I saved S&H green stamps

and traded them for a 2 night stay in a hotel in Washington DC.
Took family - hubby and 4 young kids and dog.
Left dog in the room while we went sightseeing.
Dog was lonely (?) and clawed the carpet loose.
Hubby taped it back when we left.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #305)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:29 PM

405. And don't forget Blue chip stamps. Both my Grandmothers saved them for me and when I visited them

we would sit together and glue them in the book. Then go to the store to redeem them. I still have a manicure set I got with those stamps.

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #88)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:14 AM

375. Free dishes that came in laundry soap boxes

and I swear I remember this...oatmeal boxes???????

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #67)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:11 PM

167. How about elevator operators?

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #167)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:10 PM

189. my sister's first job!

it was the employee elevator but she still had to wear heels, nice outfit and white gloves!

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:19 PM

69. Collecting soda pop bottles for the 2 or 3 cent deposit

Hey, extra candy money!

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Response to Trailrider1951 (Reply #69)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:06 PM

120. now that's a business for people.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #120)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:34 PM

205. for homeless people, and not much of one. stipping wires for copper, stealing bricks

 

= also a "business"

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:25 PM

71. On a positive note: Pretty soon all kids under 8 won't have experienced a white President

How interesting is that ?

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:27 PM

73. Cruising the main drag, "American Graffiti" style.

That is a thing of the past, for two reasons:

1. Graduated drivers licenses, with multiple restrictions such as no more than one other teenager in the car, etc., are causing most teenagers to either defer getting a license or just forgoing one at all.

2. Beefed-up Loitering laws, that many municipalities are enforcing to the hilt in order to "keep kids off the streets." In my hometown, the police will physically sit in the parking lot of the "turnaround" in what was the main drag in my day, and if they see the same car cruise through twice within a certain amount of time, they'll pull it over and start writing tickets. No shit.

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Response to apocalypsehow (Reply #73)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:01 PM

116. cruising the Sunset Strip in L.A. is illegal and they will cite you.

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Response to apocalypsehow (Reply #73)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:30 PM

160. that sucks!

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:28 PM

75. Roller skates with metal wheels that clamp on to your shoes. n/t

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Response to Cleita (Reply #75)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:28 PM

174. And wearing the key on a string around your neck. n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #174)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:12 PM

428. in this song...

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Response to DBoon (Reply #428)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:06 PM

471. Considered suggestive back in the day. n/t

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Response to Cleita (Reply #75)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:50 PM

395. I still have my pair. I used to go down hills in them and to this can't i did it.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:31 PM

76. Segregated public schools

"Whites Only" public accommodations.

All male medical staff, lawyers and other professionals.

Polio.

Jagged edges on broken glass in car windows and storm doors.

Pull tabs slicing their feet in parks.

Lead in gasoline and house paint.

Quaaludes.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:32 PM

79. Carbon paper. I hated that stuff, especially when one part was more used

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Response to catbyte (Reply #79)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:35 PM

86. You reminded me of the old fashioned typewriters with the strike keys.

I really hated them.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #86)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:43 PM

96. Yeah. I remember when the IBM Selectrics came out & you could actually change the font, lol

And electric typewriters didn't cause what amounted to trigger finger caused by smacking on keys.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #96)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:05 PM

149. I could change the cartridge ribbon in my electric typewriter.

There was even a cartridge to put in with white out. It was a miracle. My heart sank when I dropped it in my classroom one afternoon. After being fixed the keys did not hit hard enough to make an impact on the mimeo master sheets. That was a crisis for a teacher in the 70s.

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Response to badhair77 (Reply #149)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:59 PM

179. I also remember when the first ones with a memory came out. You could save 5 whole letters

I thought that was da bomb! How times have changed.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #179)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:54 PM

214. The first IBM memory typewriter cost $5,500 in the early '70s.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #214)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:56 PM

215. WOW

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #214)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:13 PM

228. I was making $7000 a yr as a teacher then.

I don't think that fit in the budget. lol. I was thrilled when my parents bought me an electric at $150 for xmas. Yes, my only gift was something to use in my job. The year before I got a $50 cassette player to help my kids with reading. I also recorded my favorite records off my stereo so I could use it one summer at grad school. How things have changed.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #214)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:43 PM

267. Early handheld calculators cost $200--just very

basic ones that could add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

People were delighted and impressed that you could do tricks and spell words with them--like entering 1134 and turning it upside down to spell "hell."

Now businesses and sales reps give better ones out as favors--like pens with a company's logo--to customers, and cheap stores sell them for a dollar or less!

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #267)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 08:06 PM

472. In 1971 I paid $750 for a used mechancial printing calculator that would multiply and divide. n/t

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Response to catbyte (Reply #79)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:59 PM

254. Just yesterday I found a carbon credit card receipt from 1993.

The ones they made by sliding the bar over the charge slips and across your card. There would be 2 or 3 copies made.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:32 PM

81. Adjusting the Horizontol on the tv to stop those lines.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #81)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:34 PM

85. Bang on the side of it...

..at just the right spot, with just the right force.

If that doesn't work, then hit it hard on the top right.

Turn it off, and watch that little white dot fade out.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #85)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:39 PM

90. lol You must have had the same make.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #90)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:57 PM

144. Now I can watch THIS in 1080i HD

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #81)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:40 PM

91. Adjusting ANYTHING on any screen.

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Response to DireStrike (Reply #91)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:24 AM

299. LOL, remembering overadjusting the vertical and getting a screen that rolled up

wacka-wacka-wacka like a roller shade? You could get dizzy watching it.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:33 PM

84. Relatively recent, but

big computer monitors with green screens

large hand held phones

car phones with separate numbers for the car (how cool you had to be to have one of those in the 80s)

cassette decks in the car

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:38 PM

89. Towels or glasses that came inside boxes of laundry detergent.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #89)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:53 PM

105. Or given to customers at a gas station with a fill-up!

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:40 PM

93. hmmmm

Putting notes on car windows to communicate with your friends (no cell phones).

No 'on line' sitting in front of a computer.

Slower pace.

Dressing up for airline flights. Comfortable flights and good food on an airline.

Ties and suits for most white collar jobs

Smoking *anywhere*.

No security cameras everywhere you go.

Watching movies in class 'backwards'.

Radios with 'radio buttons'. AM stations.

Brakes that skid when you lock them up (no anti-lock).

Manual steering and/or brakes.

Diners with real plates and silverware everywhere you travel.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:41 PM

94. As my daughter

likes to call it: homemade popcorn.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:42 PM

95. Pre-teens being allowed to walk alone to a neighborhood store to buy milk and bread

 

Or go trick-or-treating on Halloween without being accompanied by an adult.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #95)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:52 PM

104. Or pre-teens being allowed to walk on their own to the store to buy cigarettes

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #95)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:54 PM

107. When I was about 9 or so my mom would give me a quarter and send me to the bakery

to buy a loaf of bread. The bakery was only about 3 blocks away, but I had to cross a couple of busy-ish streets to get there. I was also allowed to go unaccompanied or with a friend my age to the drugstore to buy a comic book or a cherry phosphate, and to the dime store to shop for doll clothes, kiddie makeup and wax lips.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:51 PM

102. Black & white TVs.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #102)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:54 PM

108. Getting up the change the channel on it also (nm)

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #102)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:59 PM

114. I still have a little black and white TV.

It's the one I watched Nixon's resignation speech on - I kept it as a souvenir.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #102)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:05 AM

323. And TV stations that went off the air and you woke up with the buzzing

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:52 PM

103. Cap guns. Brody knobs. Chemistry sets. Leaving doors unlocked overnight...

-Insurance agents who came to your home, and knew everyone in the family.
-Doctors who made house calls
-Baby Ben Alarm clocks (wind-up mechanism)
-$3.00 tickets to a major league baseball game
-White sidewall tires
-Watching as your country puts a man on the moon
-Well built American cars
-Household-name network newscasters such as Walter Cronkite, Howard K. Smith, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, etc.
-TV Westerns

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Response to VOX (Reply #103)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:12 PM

152. chemistry sets - wow

I desperately wanted one but my parents gave my brother one instead. He was a male, after all, although he was not allowed to use it unless they supervised. Meanwhile there were more dangerous chemicals under the sink.

I wasn't even allowed to have an Easy Bake Oven. Geesh.

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Response to VOX (Reply #103)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:59 PM

216. I just have to disagree with the well built American cars

All cars today including American cars are 1000% better than back in the day.
They run longer, don't rust thru in less than 2 years, they are safer, practically no maintenance, power steering, air conditioning, satellite radio, power windows, doors, seats,
heated steering wheels, heated and cooled seats, I could list many more.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #216)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:54 PM

416. Yep. They don't make them like they used to,

thank God.

Back in the day to odometers only had 5 digits, because cars were never expected to get anywhere near 100,000 miles. And anyone who could afford it bought a new car every two or three years, because they just didn't last as long. And how long did the tires of the day last? 20,000 miles? 30,000?

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #416)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:02 PM

420. I had one car that rusted thru in 18 months and I paid extra for rust-proofing

When I first started my working career I bought a new car every 3 years. If you kept a car over 50-60,000 miles they started to nickle and dime you to death. My pickup is 7 years old today and it looks and runs like new. You have to give the Japanese credit, they made the American companies wake up and build better cars or go out of business. I live in eastern Ohio hill country and you were lucky to get 15000 miles out of a set of tires. The best tires had nylon cords but until they got warmed up it was like driving on square wheels.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #420)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:00 PM

435. And I'm willing to bet that your pick-up has a lot more

than 50-60,000 miles.

Oh, and remember the days before safety glass? I knew a couple of people with terrible facial scars because of car accidents. Most people today wear seatbelts. Cars are designed with "crumple zones" which do just that in a crash, so plenty of car body damage is done, but far less to the humans inside.

And yes, we can thank the Japanese and the Germans (think VW) for making inexpensive and eventually good cars. I recall quite well when the earliest Japanese imports really were small and somewhat like tin cans. Their main virtue, along with the VWs, was they didn't cost much and were very economical on gas. In about 1982 a friend commented that the American manufacturers were beginning to get quite nervous about the Japanese car manufacturers because the Japanese now understood the American market, were making larger and more luxurious cars, still keeping them relatively inexpensive and fuel efficient.

And now, the American cars have caught up. We all benefit.

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Response to VOX (Reply #103)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:50 PM

384. Brody knobs?????

are you talking about those knobs on the huge steering wheels?
I remember them being called .."nicky..or niki..knobs"
and being given many dire warnings of how you could break your wrist if the wheel turned too fast.

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Response to VOX (Reply #103)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:06 PM

400. Are you saying that cap guns have gone the way of the dodo?

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:53 PM

106. Never having a house key because we never locked our doors

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:55 PM

109. Fountain pens

The Hopalong Cassidy Show

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:56 PM

110. We're in suburban Chicago- and our forest preserves have hole-in-the-ground 'outhouses'...

 

but i can't remember the last time some guy was found down in the ladies one.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:57 PM

112. Actually Vinyl records are making a comeback..

Lots of new releases are coming out on vinyl and lots of old reissues are on vinyl. Audiophiles love their vinyl.

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #112)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:15 PM

429. so do some hipsters

shops selling vinyl are now "in" among those too young to have been born when CDs took over

http://www.origamiorigami.com

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Response to DBoon (Reply #429)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:22 PM

431. I actually saw a bunch at "Fry's"

We don't have them here in Colorado but when I was in California last month I spent the better part of a day in what was the coolest store I have ever seen. Fry's Electronics".

I still have some of my old vinyl, but truth be told I prefer CD's...

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #431)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:05 PM

436. Fry's is awesome!

It is geek central.

You should try to get one in Colorado. Every town should have a Fry's.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:58 PM

113. Sex before AIDS came into play. and admiring someone without being hit with a sex harrasment charge

 

I do not know how kids today get past that.

How really do you ask someone you are just falling in love with if they have been tested?

Same with sexual harrassment. How does one even introduce themselves any more when a young teen, without worrying about oops, sexual harrassment charge?

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:00 PM

115. Blackboards and chalk

Getting news and music and entertainment via RADIO.

Knowing the difference between 78's and 45's.

Family dinner time - you HAD to be there for familial reflections on the day just past and support for the day ahead. Rather then scattered sport games and practices and classes and late meetings and technology addictions interrupting this communal time.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:04 PM

117. S&H greenstamps

Raleigh coupons

MalloCup coupons

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #117)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:25 PM

133. We were talking about Green Stamps just last night

When I was a kid, we were dirt-poor.

We had saved enough Green Stamps to fill a shoebox full of those little books. On our way to town to redeem those stamps, we stopped at my aunt's house so she could see our fine collection. As we were leaving, Mom placed the box on the roof of the car.

You know the rest.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #133)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:42 PM

266. I remember buying sheets for my college apartment with S&H green stamps

They came in handy. The Weis market near our home always gave S&H green stamps.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:09 PM

121. Green spaces. Lots and lots of green spaces.

I watched Florida pave over or develop nearly every bit of open ground.

Here in Texas I've seen the same thing happen over the past 20 years. Absolutely huge swaths of grass and trees were replaced with subdivisions, strip malls and more roads.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:10 PM

122. xacto knives and wax for pasting up type

in the graphics/printing biz.

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Response to Whisp (Reply #122)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:17 PM

411. Yes! And cutting film. And making stats or veloxes.

And ordering type "tight, not touching," then cutting each headline letter apart and kerning by hand.

And penning borders, or using that damn border tape, which was never straight enough--never mind the corners! And rapidographs and the sin of not cleaning them daily.

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Response to xfundy (Reply #411)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:19 PM

418. Letraset and when being a negative stripper

didn't mean a surly pole dancer. ;D

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:10 PM

124. Party lines

and rotary dial telephones.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:11 PM

125. life without Walmart

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Response to Skittles (Reply #125)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:35 PM

161. stores being closed on sunday. or holidays.

or at night.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #125)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:09 PM

164. Life without any big box stores.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #125)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:18 PM

236. I Remember Traveling

To White Marsh, MD while on a business trip in Baltimore just to see what a Walmart looked like. I was actually impressed. No, it wasn't Nordstroms but it was like a Kmart had exploded and somehow got cleaner. This was late 1997... A time of naivete.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:13 PM

127. any of the 3 Kennedy sons being alive and in the world. The football NY Jets winning Super Bowl

 

Watching the 1969 moon landling live time

Being alive when LBJ signed the voting rights/civil rights acts

Knowing any of my grandparents, though one did make my wedding.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:13 PM

128. Winter and snow.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:15 PM

129. TV stations going off the air at midnight.

Or any other time.

Also, the TV test pattern.

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Response to subterranean (Reply #129)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:41 PM

140. Radio stations that went off at night

Allowing WLS to blare rock n roll into rural areas.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #140)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:34 AM

441. With Larry Lujack!

Lawrence of CHICAGO!

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Response to eridani (Reply #441)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:58 AM

448. I remember him. WLS rock n roll gone and turned to talk :(

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Response to subterranean (Reply #129)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:59 AM

510. Yes, indeed--and the round ones, as well....

And of course, from the dark ages, the B/W variety....

Here's an assortment:



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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:18 PM

130. Glaciers.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:19 PM

131. Hostess Twinkies.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:26 PM

134. The first time we apent $20 at the grocery store. My mother cried all the way home.

We were sooo poor.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:30 PM

135. The smell of freshly made ditto copies at school.

BTW, analog vinyl records and turntables are still around. Serious audiophiles prefer them to digital sound. High-end turntables sell for as much as $170,000.

Needle Doctor

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:34 PM

136. The State Recreation areas here in Michigan still feature hole-in-the-ground style

outhouses. No running water in the stalls, though often there is a pump-operated well nearby.



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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:41 PM

139. A little older

Slide rules, abacus,fountain pens, manual lawn mower, white walls and skirts, Continental kits,foot X-ray shoe fitter, iodine and Mercurochrome, 19 cent gas and hamburgers.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:42 PM

141. Toys in cereal boxes

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:42 PM

142. Gas stations that allow checks are going bye-bye

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:52 PM

143. Hardware stores

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:22 PM

146. Well, mine all know LaserDiscs, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and VCRs.

 

And I do have a rotary wall phone that's going back up as soon as I find it (in a box in the basement somewhere).

What they will NEVER experience are those "A-1" food bars that were popular during the Apollo missions. They don't make them anymore. On the other hand, they were sort of the human equivalent of Pupperoni snacks.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:52 PM

148. My favorite:

Screechy modem dialing sounds!

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Response to titaniumsalute (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:06 PM

150. Paper drivers licenses (no pictures), silver coins, Fizzies, car exhaust fumes