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Fri May 18, 2012, 11:26 AM

Name something you used to do that today's whippersnappers have never heard of.

By "whippersnappers" I mean people in their teens and 20s and probably even early 30s.

Here's one:

Do you remember staying by the radio, waiting for your favorite song to come on, so you could try to catch all the lyrics? I even used to switch the channels obsessively, looking for my song again. I had to have those lyrics!

What's yours?

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:33 AM

1. multiplication on a sliderule

I was going to say using a reel push mower on the lawn but I thought it would be treated as a typo

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:33 AM

2. Turn on a TV

and get a test pattern. Or stay up late enough to see a station sign off the air. Not go shopping on Sunday because nothing was open................

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #2)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:10 PM

8. Turn on a TV

using a knob on the TV, not a remote control

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #8)

Sat May 19, 2012, 08:12 PM

163. A knob? A KNOB? Look who's all high and mighty!

We had a pair of pliers and it was good enough for us, Rockefeller!

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Sun May 20, 2012, 02:09 PM

189. That should have been a DUzy.



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Response to NoPasaran (Reply #163)

Mon May 21, 2012, 04:35 PM

341. You were lucky!!

We used to D-R-E-A-M of having a pliers.

We had to change the channel with our teeth.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #341)

Mon May 21, 2012, 06:17 PM

352. We use to dream of having teeth.

We had to change the channel by looking in through a different neighbors window, at night, in the rain, with wolves chasing us.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #8)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:26 PM

196. I was thinking about that the other day

I kinda miss changing the channel with the knob 2 knobs: VHF & UHF

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Response to ashling (Reply #196)

Sat Jun 2, 2012, 01:15 AM

404. And don't forget the antenna rotor control

 

N/T

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #2)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:16 PM

10. Ah, yes, the sign-off. When we stayed at Grandma's

she'd let us sit on the floor in front of the TV (the big black & white console TV, encased in wood and on wooden legs) and watch TV until sign-off. When she heard the national anthem, she'd come in and send us all to bed.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #10)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:49 PM

80. That was America the Beautiful arranged by Carmen Dragon

I played under him at the University of Kansas Music Camp about 40 years ago. He was a very friendly guy. Everyone was nervous because it was the first week of camp. We perfomed the Finale of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #2)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:55 PM

56. Heck, getting up to change the channel or turn it on and off ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #56)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:29 AM

174. turning the color dial so people were somewhere between pink and green skinned.

and the brightness knob, and the contrast knob, and horizontal roll.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #174)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:21 PM

231. The brightness control never worked. We turned it all the way up,

and everything on TV was still stupid.

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #2)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:15 PM

122. ...that Conelrad was a helluva detective!!

and the Indian chief was one of the coolest guys on TV!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #122)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:31 PM

201. Getting up at 5:30 on Saturdays

to watch the Indian Chief test pattern before the farm report came on, then Ann Southern, then December Bride, then cartoons

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Response to ashling (Reply #201)

Mon May 21, 2012, 07:15 AM

311. We must have grown up together.

 

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Response to ashling (Reply #201)

Mon May 21, 2012, 07:16 PM

357. We had someone a bit prettier...



Before that we had a lot of this:



Not as pretty. And definitely not in colour (405 was only monochrome).

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #2)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:02 PM

225. You had TV?!!

Remember first TV stations in the state. Remember what was first broadcast on the one we could receive.

Did not get telephones in my area until I was 10.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:37 AM

3. Put a playing card on the fender of your bike

with a clothespin to make it sound like a motorcycle.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:37 AM

4. Dial a telephone, literally.

 

Get up and walk over to the (often black-and-white) TV to manually change channels or adjust the volume.

Buy gas for .40/gallon.


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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:19 PM

27. Yup, been there, done that. n/t

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:37 PM

76. I remember those things

But it was for a color TV and gas was about $1.25 maybe (Bush 1-Clinton years)?

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Fri May 18, 2012, 07:41 PM

118. hated dialing - I would lose track trying to dial quickly into a radio station

to request my favorite song (it was long distance because I lived in a little town) and with all those numbers I would forget what I was dialing and end up asking some poor confused stranger to play Duran Duran please.

My grandma had mostly touch tone phones, but the one in the spare bedroom I stayed in was a rotary - hated dialing that damn thing.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:00 PM

183. Work on a telephone "cord board"

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:09 PM

188. We lived in the country and had a 'party line.'

Sometimes you'd pick up the phone & could hear someone else's conversation. You'd just hang up & try again a bit later.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #188)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:52 PM

214. we did too, when I was 20

 

a bunch of hippies living on a little farm in the midst of a
conservative farming community... they listened to all our calls.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:22 PM

194. Gas wars--where the prices kept going DOWN!!!

Stations fighting to get the customers, never mind the profit....

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Response to Maeve (Reply #194)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:10 PM

228. Gas prices of 17.9 to 19.9¢

Some gas pumps were not electric. You hand pumped the gas into a glass container on top of the pump. It had markings to show number of gallons and fractions.

When they stopped pumping, you could see the amount in the bulb, then could release it into the vehicle using gravity.

Note that some of the stations did not have electricity at all.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #228)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:33 PM

237. Cigarettes were 50 cents at the Clarke Station.

 

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Response to randome (Reply #237)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:04 PM

241. A lot less than that, but I was in NC

Penny candy was still a penny and might might be 4-5 pieces at that. First class postage was 2¢, Cokes 5¢.

"Welfare Queens" wore fur stoles instead of talking on iPhones, but they still drive Cadillacs.

Women wore hats, gloves, and sometimes stoles to church or shopping in town. Men routinely wore hats, not just caps.

Almost nothing was air conditioned.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #241)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:27 PM

244. I can handle no air conditioning fine now.

 

I turn it on more often for my daughters.

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Response to randome (Reply #244)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:48 PM

250. You must not live in the South.

Summer in NC without A/C is horrible, even with houses and clothes appropriate as possible.

Can you handle weeks on end with highs around 100 and lows 80-85, limited by dew point (near 100% relative humidity)?

Everything mildews. Towels and washcloths, clothes, the walls of buildings. You best shoes get green furry slim from Sunday to Sunday.

You learn to "sleep Southern", not letting any sweaty part of your body touch any other sweaty part. If lucky enough to have an electric fan, trying to stay in front of it.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #250)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:54 PM

252. You're right. I'm sure it's worse in other places.

 

Didn't mean to sound like I thought I was invulnerable.

Even in St. Louis, some days I can't put up with it. It does get bad here, too, though not as bad as in NC.

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Response to randome (Reply #252)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:45 PM

272. And many places worse than NC

While summer was horrible in eastern NC, we at least had winter, even a little snow now and then (once we got past the hurricanes).

There are many areas between NC and about LA, hot and really humid.

No need to apologize; I have been incredibly hot in St. Louis.

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Response to Maeve (Reply #194)

Mon May 21, 2012, 03:27 PM

335. the gas wars were not necessarily good things

it was usually started by a oil company owned store who could afford to sell gas less than cost for a really long time, long enough to put the independent owner out of business and then when they cornered the market they could start making a profit at that store again.

Kind of the same way that WalMart swooped into the small towns and sold things so low for as long as it took to effectively shut down every mom and pop store in the towns.

Selling gas for under cost in most states is now illegal.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Mon May 21, 2012, 03:53 PM

336. Dial a phone - yes and it was originally a "Party Line" in our house.

Remember those?

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #336)

Sat Jun 2, 2012, 07:35 PM

409. We had a party line too. The interesting thing is that,

when mom died, I was closing up her house and found that she still had that party line (2003) but no-one else was on it according to the phone company.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Mon May 21, 2012, 04:38 PM

342. In the laudry room of my house is a working, original equipment, dial telephone from 1962.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Mon May 21, 2012, 06:22 PM

354. I gotta admit back then the phone number was a hoot.

Dead easy to remember too.

My old phone number was 201.

The phone number changed in 1993 to a 6 digit number - which is normal for a lot of numbers in the UK outside major cities.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:42 AM

5. I remember going to the record store...

 

...to buy an album.
I would take the album home, and open the packaging and put the album on the record player.
I would sit in the sweet spot between the speakers, (Dad had a GOOD stereo!) and hold the record, looking at the artwork and lyrics, if they were included, and listen to the entire album from beginning to end.

No TV on at the same time, no comic books or other distractions.
Just sit and listen to the entire album.

Ah! Those were the days!

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Response to RevStPatrick (Reply #5)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:41 PM

16. putting the spindle adapter on the turntable

so that I can play a 45 ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #16)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:18 PM

39. Changing the needle.

 

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Response to RevStPatrick (Reply #5)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:24 PM

44. 78's

Snap, crackle and pop and broke if you looked at them hard.

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Response to RevStPatrick (Reply #5)

Sat May 19, 2012, 12:21 AM

143. My folks bought a good stereo and NEVER used it.

In 1964 we got a Zenith color TV in one of those 3 piece consoles with the phonograph on the left, the TV in the middle, and the radio on the right.

My sister and I played our rock'n'roll records on it but the parents never touched it.

I grew up with one ear on the Top 40 rock station and the other ear in the FM Classical station.

When I was a senior in high school I got an Akai reel-to-reel recorder and a component system with a Marantz amp in it (still going strong at age 41).
I did not know any other girls who had component systems.

I wore out two turntables (garrard and the basic AR) and am on my third one.
I wore out one cassette deck and am on my second one.
I have a Denon CD player that is a six-stacker with a cassette for the CDs, circa 1990.
The idiot at the store couldn't understand why anybody would need a six-stacker instead of a single player. Symptom of short attention span America.



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Response to RevStPatrick (Reply #5)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:43 PM

211. At Robbie's Records they had booths with turn tables

and you could listen to the record to see if you liked it first

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Response to RevStPatrick (Reply #5)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:44 PM

270. I can still do that.

I'm a whippersnapper too.

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Response to RevStPatrick (Reply #5)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:25 PM

360. I'm a 20something and I still do that

Records have come back in a big way.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:44 AM

6. recording songs off the radio

while my little brother did his best to make noise during EVERY song! took 4 weeks of listening to the top 40 countdown to get a clean copy of Coward of the County.

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #6)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:03 PM

64. putting my hand on the back of the radio

-which was warm because of all the glowing vacuum tubes- because grounding it would make a distant station louder and clearer. I lived in SC, but my favorite station was out of Cleveland and it had the 'Beatle Countdown' with Jerry Gee every night at 7 or 8:00.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:09 PM

7. Work

 

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Response to zzaapp (Reply #7)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:14 PM

9. Aw, that's rather unkind, zzaapp, and unfair.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #9)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:23 PM

12. +1

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #9)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:26 PM

13. Bertha, you don't know my kids. LOLOL

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #9)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:28 PM

29. Bertha, it's probably none of my business...but

 

Your DU name is Bertha Nation. Was that taken from the movie "Birth of a Nation'? If so, I would re-think that.
"Birth of a Nation" was a movie made by DW Griffith praising the Klan (among other things)

just sayin'

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Response to zzaapp (Reply #29)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:52 PM

55. A lot of people have questioned me on this.

My name isn't in praise of DW Griffith, or his movie, or the klan, or racism.

It's taken from a play/movie by Harvey Fierstein called "Torch Song Trilogy." It's the name of a drag queen.

That's all.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #55)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:56 PM

57. oooops, now I get it. Thanks.

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #55)

Sat May 19, 2012, 09:52 PM

171. Pssst...I knew that, actually!

My brother "made me" watch it..I was the only member of the family who stuck by him when he came out.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:20 PM

11. Listened to radio dramas.

Fastened roller skates to my shoes with a skate key.
Rode streetcars with my mom to go downtown shopping.
Nearly fell out of the back seat of my parents' 1948 Plymouth because the doors opened forward and there were no seat belts.
Fought with my brother in the back of a station wagon all the way to Yellowstone Park (also no seat belts).
Watched for Burma-Shave signs on road trips.




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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #11)

Fri May 18, 2012, 07:14 PM

115. I still have a skate key

I keep it on my keyring along with the dog tag of a dear dog who has been dead many, many years, the key to my first home in Germany (a very old-fashioned thing), and my military dog tag (as wife of service member). Oh, yes, I have a few keys on it, too.

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Response to HeiressofBickworth (Reply #115)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:09 PM

215. I have a friend who's

dad kept the key to his old house till the day he died. The house was in Haifa, Palestine, and they were forced out of their home in 1948. He was 3years old.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #11)

Sat May 19, 2012, 05:38 AM

147. And a skateboard was a board with a pair of roller skates you nailed onto it

In the early '50s, the back seat of my dad's car was a couple of orange crates to sit on, because there was no back seat.

You'll probably remember Melanie...

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #147)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:54 AM

364. In our early 50's Hudson

my "seat" was the back floor board on the right hand side, My sister got to ride up front between my parents, three older teenage brothers on back seat and our dog got the left side of the floorboard next to me. Putting my head on the floor hump used to make me carsick! Oh, the fun or being the youngest of five!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:33 PM

14. Make a scooter or skateboard from a 2x4 and old clamp-on skates.

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #14)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:19 PM

40. With bottlecaps.

 

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #14)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:26 PM

91. Roller skate with clamp-on skates.

I don't think they even make them any more. I know they make the boot kinds still, even though most skaters use the in-line skates.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:40 PM

15. closing the door of a phone booth ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #15)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:49 PM

273. They have phone booths at O'Hare airport.

Except it's for people with their cellphones to have privacy.

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Response to zbdent (Reply #15)

Sat Jun 2, 2012, 07:41 PM

410. Do you remember the really nice wood paneled

ones they had in department stores in big cities? When you closed the door, the light came on and you folded down the little seat?

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:42 PM

17. almost before my time, but ... setting a turntable to 78 rpm so that I could

listen to a few old records I found in our attic ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #17)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:03 PM

22. Or to listen to 33s or 45s to make 'em sound like The Chipmunks.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #22)

Fri May 18, 2012, 07:32 PM

116. That's what I was going to say

We had hysterics listening to 33 rpm Little Richard songs like Tutti Frutti at 78 rpm.

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Response to zbdent (Reply #17)

Thu May 24, 2012, 07:37 PM

383. Spinning the turntable BACKWARD in order to hear "turn me on dead man". n/t

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:47 PM

18. Man, I hope I never get old...

...old people are lame.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #18)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:05 PM

65. You'd BETTER hide, e....z!



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Response to elleng (Reply #65)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:13 PM

68. *Oww...*

Stop hitting me with your hybrid cane-paddle. This isn't Catholic school!

(we don't have an emoticon that sufficiently expresses the pain I feel)


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Response to ellisonz (Reply #18)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:33 PM

279. Well, consider the alternative...

 

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Response to crunch60 (Reply #279)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:39 PM

377. Either way, old or young...

...someone is going to have to clean up the poop in my pants.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #18)

Mon May 21, 2012, 04:44 PM

345. Well, there's only the one alternative...

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #18)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 05:45 AM

414. You woudn't like the alternative! nt

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:49 PM

19. Used to go up to Rexall Drugs and use one of these.....

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Response to kayakjohnny (Reply #19)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:02 PM

21. Those were so cool!

 

They're actually sort of collectible now in high-end hifi circles. The indy drugstore in my neighborhood had one too.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #21)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:05 PM

24. Ha! I always thought I'd get zapped by electricity or that my tube would blow up when testing.

Unfounded fear. No glitches.

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Response to kayakjohnny (Reply #19)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:04 PM

23. I remember those.

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Response to kayakjohnny (Reply #19)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:40 PM

50. My dad had one of those

he had a side business of TV repair. My brother absconded with all the old tubes still in the boxes after my dad died in 2005.

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Response to kayakjohnny (Reply #19)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:20 PM

230. Still have my RCA receiving tube manual

Remember building my first crystal radio, first tube one. Making a microphone from two single-edge razor blades pushed through a shoe box with a piece of pencil "lead" balanced across them.

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Response to kayakjohnny (Reply #19)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:01 AM

314. ?

What is that?

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Response to onpatrol98 (Reply #314)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:01 PM

329. A test machine for

vacuum tubes from when you could still fix a broken TV or radio.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:56 PM

20. Giving a friend a "buck" on my bike.

I don't think my kids know what that means.

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Response to LNM (Reply #20)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:26 PM

98. Yes. We'd give seat bucks or

if you were feeling adventurous a handle bar buck.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #98)

Sat May 19, 2012, 03:47 PM

151. Yep, a handlebar buck

Barefoot!

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Response to LNM (Reply #20)

Thu May 24, 2012, 08:48 AM

379. We called those "pumps" nt

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:10 PM

25. Deliver newspapers before and after school.

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #25)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:28 PM

28. I delivered the evening Star

Which is now the Star Tribune. The Tribune was the morning paper. I delivered that on the weekends.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:15 PM

26. Walk 10 miles to school,uphill both ways,in 3 feet of snow.

In the summer!

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Response to Swede (Reply #26)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:57 PM

34. And you didn't complain!

 

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Response to Swede (Reply #26)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:59 PM

59. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed,

drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.

And you try and tell the young people of today that ..... they won't believe you.

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Response to zbdent (Reply #59)

Sun May 20, 2012, 12:40 PM

182. Thank you!

That was hilarious, and I needed a laugh.

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Response to Swede (Reply #26)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:34 PM

108. Luxury!!!!

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Response to Swede (Reply #26)

Sun May 20, 2012, 10:23 PM

297. Except for the 10 miles part, I actually did that

St. Maries, Idaho, is in a valley. The town is on the south side of the St. Joe River (highest commercially navigable river in the world), and the school is on the north side of the river.

In the morning you would walk downhill to the bus stop, ride the bus to school, and walk uphill from the bus turnaround to the school building.

In the afternoon you would walk downhill to the bus turnaround, ride the bus back to town, and walk uphill from the bus stop to your house.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:30 PM

30. Since you mention it,

How many of today's 'whipper-snappers' have ever played 'snap the whip', where kids hold hands to form a chain and 'snap' the kids at the end off?

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:36 PM

31. I'm 36, but I'm willing to bet some people just a little younger me....

have never seen one of these:

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Response to sadbear (Reply #31)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:57 PM

58. how about the 8 inch disks?

Let alone the 5.25s ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #58)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:11 PM

67. That's before my time

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Response to sadbear (Reply #67)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:13 PM

69. I still have the Radio Shack "flyer"/catalogue where, for a mere $8000,

you could get a fully tricked out computer with 64K ram (3 8-inch "floppy" drives + system 16K).

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Response to zbdent (Reply #58)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:36 PM

92. Or, punch cards?

I used them some in grad school, right as they were becoming completely obsolete. But, I remember them mostly from grade school, where we used them Xmas wreaths--something else young whippersnappers will never do:

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #92)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:56 PM

255. I made one of those in the 5th grade! n/t

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #255)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:01 PM

257. Me, too.

We made roses from styrofoam egg cartons, too. And, "stained glass" vases using tissue paper bits that were decoupage-glued on. Such are the joys of grammar school arts and crafts.

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Response to zbdent (Reply #58)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:17 PM

192. We had the tape with holes punched.

I actually learned to read those darned things.

The computer was the size of a refrigerator.

Or the card punches for payroll and inventory.

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Response to zbdent (Reply #58)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:38 PM

219. I'm 36 too, and yep, seen the 8 inch diskette

 

Dad had a data processing company and I loved hanging there.

That was my first introduction to computers...

(Business has long been closed)

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Response to sadbear (Reply #31)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:34 PM

102. I am 32 and remember those

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Response to tabbycat31 (Reply #102)

Sat May 19, 2012, 03:48 PM

152. 26 and I used some

Though they were in their waning years I think

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Response to sadbear (Reply #31)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:32 PM

204. Awesome!

I'm 39 - I remember those.

I tried explains the concept of dial-up to my twelve year old niece two days ago . . . She couldn't believe it.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #31)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:40 PM

289. I'm 26 and I remember those.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #31)

Mon May 21, 2012, 02:32 PM

333. sadbear

sadbear

I have a lot of them - to my C64.. BIG, ugly, for the most part imposible to handle... But it worked...

Today I doubt children would reqonize that type of devices - if it is not in any form of museum, and you have to tell them, what it was...

Diclotican

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Response to sadbear (Reply #31)

Mon May 21, 2012, 06:03 PM

348. Computers

 

Still have a few 8 inch floppies laying around.

The oldest computer terminal I ever used was an ancient Teletype (brand) with a 50 baud modem & a paper tape puncher/reader.

I spent many an hour hooked up over a 300 baud modem to do grad school work.

Never used a tube computer, but DID use a transistor-only (no ICs) computer.

Programmed a VAX 11/45 using the front panel switches to load assembly directly into memory.

Still have my Timex Sinclair.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:53 PM

32. Run out to the huckster's truck to get fresh fruit and vegetables

and bring in the home delivered milk from the insulated box that sat on the front porch. Wait for the doctor as he came on a house call.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:56 PM

33. Receive tests and homework on purple-inked "ditto" paper.

 

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #33)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:20 PM

42. And sniff them.

 

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Response to rug (Reply #42)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:33 PM

46. Oh yeah. They were most pungent when they were fresh off the machine and still drying.

 

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #46)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:25 PM

125. Now, THAT's what I call HIGH Technology!!!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #125)

Sat May 19, 2012, 04:43 PM

154. Mmm hmmm...

 

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Response to lastlib (Reply #125)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:39 PM

220. The mimeograph was a favorite of mine

 

when I was in 7th grade... and they haven't gotten around to buying copying machines...

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #33)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:28 PM

99. Yep. I loved those things.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #33)

Fri May 18, 2012, 07:01 PM

114. I still occasionally embarrass myself ...

by referring to copies as "mimeographs."

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Response to hay rick (Reply #114)

Sat May 19, 2012, 04:47 PM

155. Aw, that's okay, Gramps.

 

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #33)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:41 PM

268. i miss those

i attended a old catholic high school in the early '90s that still had one of those in service

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #33)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:42 PM

291. What's ditto paper?

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #291)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:47 AM

310. From retroland.com:

 

"Kids now-a-days don’t even know what they’re missing with their fancy Xerox and digital copy machines, but students of a bygone era can recall the bluish-purple print and unforgettable aroma of a freshly printed page was a hallmark of school life the Ditto machine era. (Perhaps “Ditto” wasn’t the name your school used; some called it a “spirit duplicator.”)

The process never involved ink, and involved elusive ‘master copies’ that the teacher would keep filed away, far away from the reaching hands of students. The master would be typed on, drawn on, or written upon, and the second sheet was coated with a layer of wax that was impregnated with one of a variety of colors, usually a deep purple since the pigment was cheap, durable and had contrast with the paper. As the paper moved through the printer, the pungent-smelling clear solvent was spread across each sheet by an absorbent wick. When the paper came in contact with the waxed original, it would take just enough of the pigment away to print the image on the sheet as it passed under. Here’s a look at the process:



The ritual of sniffing the paper after it was handed out was a practice carried out in classrooms from coast-to-coast, prompting a reference in the 80s movie classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Unfortunately, we later discovered that the ditto solvents and the aniline (the pigment that made the purple color) are highly toxic. Of course, kids today don’t have to worry about good ol’ ditto paper. After the quick efficiency of Xerox hit copy rooms and secretaries’ offices everywhere, the smelly ditto machines were shown the door. But the memories, especially of that intoxicating smell, linger in the hearts of millions of former students."

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #310)

Thu May 24, 2012, 05:19 AM

378. Mimeograph and ditto/fluid duplicator were different technologies

Your description of the fluid or spirit duplicator is correct, but the video is showing a mimeograph. The fluid duplicator master was still paper, slightly raised indentions made by typewriter or ballpoint pen with only the small amout of pigment from the backing sheet. This limited the number of copies you could reliably make to 50 or maybe 100 if you were careful and skilled.

Mimeograph has a master made by typing on a master sheet and thus removing the way-like substance where the key struck. The mimeograph master is attached tightly around a ink pad like drum. The drum is filled with ink and saturates the pad. Ink fills the places within the master where the wax was removed. This ink is transferred when contact is made with paper fed past the rotating drum. This system could produce thousands of copies from a single master.

Ditto could leave your fingers purple; mimeograph could leave ink on everything in sight. While most teachers and many students could make and use ditto, I remember maybe 3 of us at my school able to mimeograph

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #33)

Mon May 21, 2012, 11:52 AM

323. All I ever remember seeing in grade school

 

and junior high were dittoed worksheets and exams. Sigh.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:58 PM

35. Semi-private phone lines

My family had one until they broke up Ma Bell. You'd have to pick up the phone, make sure the other family wasn't using it and then dial.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #35)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:19 PM

89. Even worse was the "Party Line". Up to 5 families on the same line.

And sometimes you heard different rings as well. So you had to know your ring pattern.

We kids used to pick up the phone real carefully and eavesdrop on the neighbor ladies gossiping. Sometimes we would start giggling and they would yell at us.

Other times you would want to make a phone call and couldn't because the gossips were tying up the phone. Of course no one could call you either. Altogether a pain in the neck.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #89)

Sat May 19, 2012, 12:40 AM

145. Five families? We had ten on ours.

There were two "ends of the line." We only heard the rings for our end, but both ends used the line.

The rings were one long, one long and one short, two short, three short, and four short.

We could always tell when one elderly woman on our line was listening to our calls, because you could hear her rocking chair creaking!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:03 PM

36. Enema parties on acid

No shit.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #36)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:22 PM

43. No shit?

 

What the hell kind of enema parties were you having?

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Response to rug (Reply #43)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:35 PM

47. I shit you not

Whacked out loaded enema parties. Weird California friends introduced a bunch of us to it. It didn't last long.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #47)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:42 PM

52. what a shitty party that had to be.

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Response to LaurenG (Reply #52)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:48 PM

53. One bathroom, too

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #47)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:01 PM

61. you really had to have some close friends for that kind of party ...

the pictures alone would be ... odd ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #61)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:21 PM

72. We were all seriously crazy

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #72)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:54 PM

81. did you bring a roll of toilet paper to a crap game??

Old aggie joke.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #81)

Fri May 18, 2012, 07:59 PM

120. Aggies knew how to use toilet paper?

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #120)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:59 PM

133. Don't know.

Haven't gone to Stillwater, OK or College Station, TX, to ask.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #36)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:16 PM

97. Driving a manual transmission car with the shift lever on the steering column

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #97)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:31 PM

100. Three on the tree?

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #100)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:56 PM

130. My first car had one of those.

1959 Chevy BelAir.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #130)

Mon May 21, 2012, 11:56 AM

325. So did mine - 1965 Ford Club Wagon van.

 

Goofy vehicle but it easilly held the huge bass amp I hauled around in those days (mid-1970s). The throw of the gearshift were about two feet from first to second.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #100)

Mon May 21, 2012, 06:06 PM

349. 1975 Ford F-100

 

Owned one with "three on the tree". I had to bleed the brakes about once every 3 months because of a recurring problem, and learned how to do it by myself (tricky).

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #97)

Sat May 19, 2012, 07:15 PM

160. How about driving a car with push-button automatic transmission?

It was big in the late 1950s. My dad's '59 Plymouth Belvedere has it.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #160)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:34 PM

238. Loved push button.

Drove a 57 Dodge in high school. The Chrysler MoPar transmissions were very good for the time.

If someone were following too close too fast (we were in HS), you could shift into Reverse at 60 mph or whatever, a safety feature prevented the transmission from engaging, but the bright backup lights would freak out whoever was on your bumper. Anyone trying that stunt with other makes of cars might have had some explaining regarding what happened to the transmission of their car.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #160)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:58 PM

283. Yes..

Drove a early 60's chrysler/plymouth w/the pushbutton tranny

(That sounds sooo wrong)

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #97)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:20 PM

359. Whoa!

I learned to drive a stick shift in a gold Chevy Biscayne, on the old airstrip in Kona on the Big Island. Then we drove to where my boyfriend worked and he parked on a hill and said, "now get yourself home." From they day forward, I was an excellent hill parker!!

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #97)

Sat Jun 2, 2012, 07:49 PM

411. I had one of those - a '63 Mercury Comet. Also had a '64 Dodge Dart with

a push button automatic transmission (the buttons were on the dash).

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:04 PM

37. Drink Root beer kool-aid by the gallon!

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Response to RedCloud (Reply #37)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:36 PM

103. Make your own root beer with the Hires root beer kit

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:17 PM

38. xray machines

When I was a child, the children's shoe departments had xray machines. You would put on the new shoes and slide your feet into the machine. You could then see your toes in the xrays...

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Response to book lady (Reply #38)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:37 PM

109. They had those things in the company store!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:20 PM

41. Type reports with 5 carbon copies

Attached different colors. Told by boss I can't make one mistake!

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Response to marlakay (Reply #41)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:48 PM

79. yeah

mistakes were a bitch!

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Response to marlakay (Reply #41)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:56 PM

113. Snopake correction fluid.

Didn't work so great on carbons though.

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Response to hay rick (Reply #113)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:58 PM

131. Liquid Paper, invented by Michael Nesmith's mother.

Same thing.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:29 PM

45. Hit bottle caps with a wooden stick.

Those suckers hurt!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:36 PM

48. Write a Program on Key Punch Cards

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #48)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:45 PM

78. use an adding machine

with a handle, and there was no multiply key, so you had to keep adding zeroes to the number.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #48)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:41 PM

129. DO NOT fold, spindle or mutilate!!



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Response to lastlib (Reply #129)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:12 PM

275. Close cover before striking.

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #275)

Tue May 22, 2012, 04:44 PM

373. When I see your username I think of

Whoa, Black Betty
Bam-a-lam
Black Betty had a child
Bam-a-lam
The damn thing gone wild
Bam-a-lam . . .

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #48)

Sat May 19, 2012, 06:07 PM

157. I punched cards in my first year of college.

At least I think I did, it was Chico State, there was a little partying going on.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #48)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:42 PM

222. Knowing Fortran, or Assembly language.

 

Today's young whippersnappers wouldn't even understand that, or Pascal or BASIC...

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Response to Woody Woodpecker (Reply #222)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:04 PM

227. I Took A Pascal Class from Asian Prof with a thick accent

I thought that it was Pascow.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #227)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:36 PM

267. My Pascal/Fortran education came from a British instructor

 

Very nice guy too. He ran the computer magnet program for about two years before moving on. Hell if I can remember his name...

(mostly because I was playing Chip's Challenge on his PC instead of studying Pascal.)



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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:37 PM

49. Crochet

Garden, use a phone book, cook meals from scratch...

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Response to LaurenG (Reply #49)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:40 PM

51. Re Using the phone book

Re-watch the movie, "All the President's Men", and look at how out-dated everything is. When Redford is looking for the head of the Republican party in MN, he flips through phone books to find him.

Today, a two second google search gets that info.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #51)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:02 PM

62. you want a laugh, look at the reel-to-reel drives on the computers on the Death Star

in Star Wars IV

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Response to LaurenG (Reply #49)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:42 PM

93. Lots of people still crochet.

Granted, knitting is probably more popular among the younger set.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #93)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:26 PM

106. I have no idea what the young people do as far as needlework.

Quilting is boring; needlepoint is boring. I like sewing and crewel embroidery.
I do know how to knit and crochet but haven't done it since I was a kid --as in 1965, when I learned one summer.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #106)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:46 AM

176. They do all of it.

It's all come back and still going strong.

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Response to LaurenG (Reply #49)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:38 PM

104. I can't crochet (thought I can knit and want to learn)

But I do cook from scratch all the time.

I'm 32 so probably a "whippersnapper" according to this thread.

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Response to LaurenG (Reply #49)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:46 AM

175. Hey, I do all of those still.

I also know some youngsters who do (mostly my own children, but there are others).

It helps to be Midwestern.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:51 PM

54. Cut out 45s from cereal boxes and play them on a turntable.

 

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #54)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:21 PM

71. I loved those things.

Wow. Thanks for the memory!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #71)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:23 PM

73. Sure!

 

The one I remember in particular was getting the Archie's "Sugar Sugar" from Super Sugar Crisp.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #73)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:01 AM

369. I had that one.

And The Jackson Five off Rice Krinkles (my favorite cereal) or maybe Alpha-Bits.

http://www.bubblegum-music.com/cerealbox

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #54)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:32 PM

101. Totally!

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #54)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:31 PM

107. They had those in MAD Magazine too!!

She Lets Me Watch Her Mom and Pop Fight

And Friday night is something wonderful to see
When her dad comes home with only half his check
We split a candy bar, and watch World War Three;
it's got neckin' beat to heck!!

I'm gonna make that gal my steady,
cuz they're at it every night;
I love her, I love her, oh boy how I love her,
Cuz she lets me watch her mom and pop fight.



Truly intellectual.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #54)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:02 AM

370. Excellent resource:

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:00 PM

60. All of the above

plus washing my babie's diapers by hand because I didn't have a washing machine and no money to go to the laundromat.

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Response to Worried senior (Reply #60)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:05 PM

285. When babysitting and a kid pooped his diapers, had to wash it out in the toilet while flushing,

 

hang tight to the diaper so it wouldn't go down, then, into the diaper pail, ready for washing. For me, all these duties and babysitting many kids, was my birth control.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:03 PM

63. Star Wars ...

not Episode IV, just ... "Star Wars" ... the original title.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:18 PM

70. Adjust the manual choke on the car

Extra points for explaining what the choke actually did or even what it was connected to.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #70)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:01 PM

83. Adjust the idle screw on the carburetor

Did that on my 1983 RX-7. Mazda had a problem with trannys. This one died at 70,000 miles and I traded it in.

Dad taught me how to check the oil, jump the battery, drain the oil without dropping the screw into the oil pan. check the water, add antifreeze.

Mom taught me how to cook, how to sew (I got three old electric Singers that still work fine), and gardening. Proper names for the plants.

A friend of ours who was my #2 grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #70)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:31 PM

126. Or change the points & condenser....

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Response to lastlib (Reply #126)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:12 PM

138. You knew how long it took the tires to warm up and loose the little flat spot.

That formed on the bottoms overnight. This was pre-belted and pre-radial.

Oneshooter

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:29 PM

74. Or sitting in the car till the end of a song.

Who knows when it would come up again.

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Response to bikebloke (Reply #74)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:58 PM

132. I sit in the car waiting for the end of NPR programs.

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Response to bikebloke (Reply #74)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:56 PM

256. 'Driveway songs' they call them in England.

 

The last one I heard described that way was Marzan Mozetich's 'Affairs of the Heart'. It's a great contemporary classical piece!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:34 PM

75. When I was 18 (in '68) I used to hop the freight trains between Salem, Oregon and Seattle

God, it was fun and adventurous. Wait in the trees until the train was moving and run out and throw your pack into the open boxcar and then jump in. Let your legs dangle out the door while the train went through the woods and along rivers and over bridges.
Once in Seattle, my buddies and I would head for the university, and we camped in buildings under construction.
I don't think that kind of thing is possible any more.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 03:43 PM

77. I used to "neck."

Do whippersnappers know what that means?

Put iodine in baby oil for suntanning.

Remember "kotex belts"? okay, was that too crude?

Lie on my back and deeply inhale one cigarette after another in order to "float." Wow, THAT was good for us.

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #77)

Sat May 19, 2012, 06:52 PM

159. No, belts to hold pads were horrible.

Combine that with wearing a garter belt with nylon stockings, making sure the garter belt was under the panties, was a real engineering challenge.

Sticky back pads are one of the great inventions of the late 20th century.
i'm not sure when those came on the market.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #159)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:13 PM

190. Ah yes but did you use the thin tissue paper wrapper of a Tampax

to roll a joint?

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Response to Sedona (Reply #190)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:21 PM

232. No, sorry. Missed that fad.

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Response to Sedona (Reply #190)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:42 PM

290. You are one sick puppy!

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #159)

Sun May 20, 2012, 10:31 PM

298. Tampons too

Bless the person who invented those. I hated those pads and even the sticky ones!

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #77)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:23 PM

287. Necking for hours, by the lake at the boat harbor, full moon, listening to Johnny

 

Mathis on the radio, in a vw beetle. Lots of steamed windows, but No actual sex. Jeez, I sound like Clinton.lol

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Response to crunch60 (Reply #287)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:39 PM

288. yeah sure

like we believe "no sex" right?

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #288)

Mon May 21, 2012, 12:41 AM

304. Cross my heart and hope to die! No "S-I" until I left my home, the RCC, and the country.

 

I was 21. But what we did in those high school years, was so romantic wasn't it, miss that.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:01 PM

82. Type a research paper for college.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #82)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:51 PM

112. Using one of these?

 



When we got IBM PCs running WordStar, I was in heaven.

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Response to baldguy (Reply #112)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:40 PM

127. I typed my senior thesis....

...100+ pages, four(!) drafts one one a little newer than this! Can't remember the manufacturer or the model, but I DEFINITELY remember the pain!! Soaking my hands in ice water after long sessions. I think that's a big part of why I'm getting arthritis in my fingers now! God, that was insane!

Before I went back to grad school, I spent a whole summer's savings on an IBM Selectric--PCs for me were still a decade away.

Ahh, the memories! (good and bad!) You kids don't know how good you have it today!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #127)

Sat May 19, 2012, 12:15 AM

142. I typed too fast for a manual. Besides it hurts.

Took one semester of typing in high school on a dreaded manual and hated it.
That was enough to get me to 40 WPM, so I got faster on mom's IBM.

They didn't make a typewriter I couldn't jam. Eventually they got computer typing test programs that could keep up with me.

My record is 114 words per minute, going back and correcting!!!


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Response to baldguy (Reply #112)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:34 PM

245. I was at a yard sale today and a 10-yr-old girl there did not not what a typewriter was - there

was a decent small Underwood for sale - for $45!

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Response to baldguy (Reply #112)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 09:07 PM

395. Using a slide rule to calculate lens curves

Kept it at my side well into college because calculators were so expensive. They gave the guys with the slide rules an extra 30 minutes on exams. Key punches, typing term papers on an underwood manual. Tuning the B&W TV with rabbit ears and aluminum foil. Getting my first PC, an original 8088 fully loaded with 32K ram and a 5.25" floppy, upgraded to the amber screen...

Watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan when they first came across the pond....

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Response to baldguy (Reply #112)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 03:49 AM

413. Where do you plug in the flatscreen?

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:05 PM

84. Take the car to the garage to get snow tires installed.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #84)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 10:33 PM

396. Change the points and plugs...

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:07 PM

85. I had a red IBM Standard and typed other peoples' papers as well, for money.

The sucker probably weighed 50 pounds, but it produced beautiful work.

My mom had an IBM Executive with variable spacing. The back space clicked and it was in 32nds of an inch. So a W would be wider than an I. I learned to eyeball it.

My dad hauled my IBM into my dorm room when I went off to college in 1972. My roommates looked shocked. OMG, she types her own term papers! She must study!! How awful!! She's serious about college!!

They probably did stupid crap to join a sorority. I had no interest in sororities. No intelligent life, and no boys.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #85)

Mon May 21, 2012, 07:27 AM

312. I charged $2 / page to type in college. $4 if I corrected the grammar.

 

I always had beer money.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:08 PM

86. Paste S&H Green Stamps into a book.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #86)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:55 PM

254. I knew someone would remember S&H Greenstamps!

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:10 PM

87. Super 8 home movies



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Response to Ptah (Reply #87)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:25 PM

105. My childhood was preserved in 16mm COLOR home movies!!

I should be a movie star by now.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:18 PM

88. Drove a stick shift.

I mean a real one. With a clutch.

On a related subject- fixed my own car.

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Response to WhoIsNumberNone (Reply #88)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:44 PM

94. You'd be surprised at how many of us still drive stick shift.

With a real clutch. Lots of young whippersnappers, too. Including my nephew. I know that for a fact, because he's driving my old truck that has manual transmission.

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Response to WhoIsNumberNone (Reply #88)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:42 PM

269. i do that now...

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:19 PM

90. Pay for porn

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:48 PM

95. Go in search of a phone booth

after my friend got a page on her pager.

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Response to XemaSab (Reply #95)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:51 PM

213. A coke run perhaps? LOL!

 

I know when pagers came out big, you were either a doctor, or a coke dealer. Good ole 1985. How about using a can opener to drink a can of soda. If you went to the beach or drive-in and forgot the can opener, you were screwed. Oh and play outside till the sun went down. Kids today have no idea what real playing is. It's not loading your game and playing.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #213)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:21 PM

276. Catching lizards. That was playing.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:13 PM

96. My youngest step-son didn't know what a phonograph was.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:42 PM

110. 3 TV stations

if the weather was right we got 4

They were actual TV shows with the talent weeded out but the lack of avenues.

Actually when I was in the Army in the early 90's we had ONE (1) TV station - AFN - I didn't see Seinfeld or The Simpsons until early 1993.

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Response to underpants (Reply #110)

Sat May 19, 2012, 08:36 PM

165. When we were stationed in the Azores in the 1960s

All we had was the single AFRTS TV station and it didn't sign on until 5 PM. We would always have the TV on early to make sure it was good and warmed up.

Eventually they started coming on at 8 AM on Saturday mornings to show cartoons. Oh bliss!

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Response to NoPasaran (Reply #165)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:19 PM

193. "Warming up" the tee vee!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 06:51 PM

111. hopscotch. jacks. and

mudpies. My kids have no idea what a real child's play is.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 07:38 PM

117. Using the card catalog at the library

Having a set of encyclopedias at home to write my book reports

Having the librarian stamp those cards in the back of library books (or just signing your name on the card and seeing who checked out the book before you)

Self-checkouts and computers at the library aren't as much fun!

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Response to nadine_mn (Reply #117)

Sat May 19, 2012, 04:03 PM

153. Do they not stamp due dates anymore??

I haven't checked anything out in a few years, but just a few years ago (2009ish), my college library still did that. What do they do instead now?

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Response to a2liberal (Reply #153)

Sat May 19, 2012, 04:47 PM

156. They give you a receipt

Sometimes it comes in handy (bookmark) but others it is simply annoying. And you never know unless you find the damn piece of paper.

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Response to tabbycat31 (Reply #156)

Sat May 19, 2012, 09:44 PM

170. Well, that's just silly

I wonder why... are stamps just too old-fashioned? I don't even see a cost savings printing a bunch of receipts vs. using a stamp.

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Response to a2liberal (Reply #170)

Mon May 21, 2012, 08:19 PM

358. librarians were getting carpal tunnel from the stamps

besides the process is all on the computer so the manual date stamp doesn't always match the true records.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 07:49 PM

119. Selecting from only four TV stations.

CBS, NBC, ABC and a local independent that showed kid shows and movies. This was before NET that was only in schools.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #119)

Mon May 21, 2012, 06:17 PM

351. Four? You should be so lucky!

I had 3 in my childhood. On the older black and white TV we could only get two because that was using the old VHF system... you needed UHF to get BBC 2.

Admittedly with a good antenna we could have got London and Southern but my parents just had the antenna for Southern.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 08:02 PM

121. Rewind the videotape before taking it back to the corner Videorama

Or use a pencil to rewind and tighten a cassette tape.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:24 PM

123. Smoking cigarettes in the official high school student smoking lounge.


Those were the days.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #123)

Sat May 19, 2012, 06:25 PM

158. I remember having professors in college smoke during the lectures

and having smokers lounges

Something about that haze brings back fond memories

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:24 PM

124. I had a stereo with not only a turntable but also an 8 track!!!!

We also used to get totally baked/blasted/bombed/(insert your own old time word for it here) and we'd make party tapes and DATE tapes. Party tapes were exactly as described. Date tapes were music that you'd put on when you got alone with somebody, and the pace had to gradually slow down to the "make out" portion of the tape...

I really AM old!



Laura

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:40 PM

128. Sat in the back of the bus..

at age 6 or 7, living in the South, going downtown to shop with my mom. There were few seats in the front, so being a kid, I sat next to the friendliest looking lady on the bus. My mom was pissed! Btw, this was in Greensboro, N.C. I remember the Woolworth's sit-in. I just didn't see why people treated each other that way.

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Response to mwdem (Reply #128)

Fri May 18, 2012, 10:25 PM

136. Wow. You have the winner here.

All other posts are meaningless.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #136)

Fri May 18, 2012, 10:43 PM

137. Didn't want to do that!

But I do remember those days.

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Response to mwdem (Reply #128)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:24 PM

216. Was in line at a burger stand

back in the early sixties and the person at the window told the black gentleman in front of us that he would have to go around to the back door to order, so mom took us kids around back, too.

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Response to ashling (Reply #216)

Mon May 21, 2012, 11:59 AM

326. Really. That's It.

So cool.

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Response to mwdem (Reply #128)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:55 PM

292. EPIC WIN!!!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 10:06 PM

134. play "stretch 'em" by throwing knives at

each others bare feet. It was the forerunner to Twister, but with an edge - a sharp one.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #134)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:26 PM

217. We called it "mumbly peg"

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Response to ashling (Reply #217)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:30 PM

277. I wish we had. I like that name for it

better. I wonder where that name came from. Mumbly peg. Interesting.

I still have a few scars on my feet from my friends aiming poorly. Or maybe they hit where they aimed.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #277)

Sun May 20, 2012, 11:49 PM

301. As I recall, the idea was to

get as close to the other guy/s foot as possible (without drawing blood) and the first one that flinched lost

Boy were we dumb!

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Response to ashling (Reply #301)

Mon May 21, 2012, 12:58 AM

305. Yep, same game. And yep,

we were dumb all right. :-D

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 10:06 PM

135. Real nylons and garters.

hubba hubba.

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Response to cliffordu (Reply #135)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:00 PM

284. The horrible straps

 

that held sanitary napkins in place.
Before anyone ever heard of tampons.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:15 PM

139. Opening a soda, or beer bottle using a "church key".

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Response to oneshooter (Reply #139)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:28 PM

199. LOL!

I'm 51 years old and never heard it called a "church key" until just last year. We always just called it a "bottle opener".

A friend of mine bought some Coke in the glass bottles and asked me if I would get him the church key. I said "WTF are you talking about?" He had to explain to me what it was. ROFLMAO!

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Response to oneshooter (Reply #139)

Thu May 24, 2012, 07:47 PM

384. My uncle and aunt had pop-top curtains hanging in the doorway leading from the living room.

 

Damn hippies.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:17 PM

140. Going to the library to do research for school papers..

And using the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:46 PM

141. Play with my Whipper Snapper

 

I did have one of these.

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Response to begin_within (Reply #141)

Sat May 19, 2012, 08:41 PM

166. Don't do that.

 

You might go blind.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 12:22 AM

144. Buy A Four Finger,10 Dollar, Lid...

 




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Response to WillyT (Reply #144)

Sat May 19, 2012, 09:30 PM

169. Us poor folk had to settle for a nickel bag...

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Response to WillyT (Reply #144)

Sat May 19, 2012, 10:01 PM

172. Good times, good times.

Wonder when they stopped calling them "lids".?

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 04:58 AM

146. Turning in soda bottles for spending money/Picking cotton/Using a party line phone...

and waking up at 5 am in the summer to work the garden and the fields.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 11:29 AM

148. Walk around the neighborhood without a leash on my dog..

 

We used to be able to hang around in the neighborhood all day with our dogs just running with us. Now there are leash laws.

Being able to look out the window from our beach house and see the ocean...rather than see nothing but a bigger, more expensive house built between our cottage and the dunes.

Freely driving our jeep on the beach...anywhere on the beach.

Playing with "Clackers" and wondering who would be the first kid to have to be taken to the emergency room.

Paying 25 cents for a Dr. Pepper.

Doing homework with a pen, pencil, crayons and paper...and without a computer. Using Encyclopedia Brittanica rather than Wikipedia.


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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 02:31 PM

149. soda fountain counters in drug stores and woolworths

where you could get ice cream, soda, sandwiches and stuff like that... the best new york egg creams too

and corner candy and newspaper stores that also had a soda fountain counter. I remember they sold pretzel rods for 2cents.




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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #149)

Sat May 19, 2012, 02:32 PM

150. tightening your roller skates with a key

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #149)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:59 PM

294. We had one of those old-fashioned drug stores until 1994.

It closed when the elderly gentleman who owned it died. I was 8 at the time and I was so sad when it closed..

I loved the cream soda.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #149)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:27 AM

309. Still have one of those drugstores here

If you ever visit Chapel Hill, you must go to Sutton's Drug. You think you have tiurned the clock about 50 years. The works, even the stools that swivel.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 07:31 PM

161. Drive-in theatres....

 

rebuild an engine...

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 07:34 PM

162. Rewind a cassette with a pen/pencil to save batteries on my walkman/boombox.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 08:32 PM

164. Seeing weekly serials at the movie theater

And it cost 25 cents to get in.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #164)

Mon May 21, 2012, 12:26 AM

303. We went to serials on Saturday, double feature, .12 cents, box of good and plenty

 

My favorite was "Shena, Queen of the Jungle" Sat. was Mom and Dad's special time alone.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 08:45 PM

167. "Play RECORDS."

And yeah, in the trendy, hipster crowd, "vinyl" has a place, but in my youth, we didn;t call it vinyl. We called it "records."

12 inch by 12 inch art on the "record cover"...if you were lucky, posters or postcards or some other kinds of goodies inside...and you would sit and listen to the music and trip on the artwork. Sometimes you'd hear pops and snaps because a diamond needle was physically dragging itself through the vinyl grooves.

These days, my music collection is primarily digital. The "record" days were more fun.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Reply #167)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:19 PM

264. on, what else, a record player . . . in a box! a portable 45 player. eom

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 08:47 PM

168. Sneaking friends in to the drive-in theater

by hiding them in the trunk of the car.

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Reply #168)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:09 PM

187. LOL. I remember doing that too. I doubt I would have remembered without your post

 

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Reply #168)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:45 PM

271. going to the drive-in in the family station wagon in our pjs. eom

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Reply #168)

Mon May 21, 2012, 11:44 AM

322. my son tried this

problem was the fat kids were the ones hiding and management prosecuted the bunch for trespassing. one even cried and called his drunk mother who made sure everybody knew what trhey did

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Response to dmrtndl1 (Reply #322)

Mon May 21, 2012, 11:55 AM

324. Not a good outcome!

One of my friends tried it once, but the cover was blown when the kids in the trunk started giggling, which turned in to audible laughter. The manager just gave them one of these and told them to leave the premises.

Sheesh, I can't believe what goofuses we were back then.

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Reply #168)

Mon May 21, 2012, 12:04 PM

327. I did that a few times.

 

Getting both the cooler full of beer and a couple buddies into the trunk required some packing skills.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 10:06 PM

173. Playing outside ALL day long, till dark.

We could and would go anywhere and everywhere on our bikes, the whole day.
no one's parents seemd to mind.
Everyone knew it was time to come home at dusk.
Kids were never hanging around the house on the weekends unless it was raining.d
And the bikes were the only transportation, cause the car was with dad at work.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #173)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:38 PM

207. Flashlight tag!

 

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Response to randome (Reply #207)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:21 PM

242. oh wow...I missed out on that. drats.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #173)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:37 PM

246. Yeah! I regularly sound like an old fart when I tell ppl "kids don't do anything anymore except

stare at a damn screen." Mostly because the ppl I'm talking to don't do anything but stare at a screen either.

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Response to Nay (Reply #246)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:35 PM

266. When I was a kid, our screen was in the front door.

" don't slam the screen!"
remember that?

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 11:08 AM

177. Playing outside with the neighborhood kids

Jumping rope and hopscotch. Pick-up sticks. Hand clapping games. Everyone riding their bikes together. Outdoor stuff that didn't require adult supervision because life was safe back then.

Oh! And having to wear bulky kotex. Ugh!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #177)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:30 PM

278. Playing baseball in a friend's back yard, using various fruit trees as the bases.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 11:22 AM

178. Used to sit and listen to my dad's shortwave radio.

As well as good ol' am radio. I thought it was fascinating hearing stuff from around the world even if it was the announcement of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 11:38 AM

179. Saturdays in the summer

Watch cartoons until about 11:00 or so, then go bowl a game or two at the bowling alley (25 cents/game plus 15 cents shoe rental). Then stop off at the dime store to buy a box of Milk Duds or a fruit-filled chocolate bar from Finland (10 cents) to eat at the Saturday matinee (25 cents). After the Saturday matinee, head for the municipal pool for several hours of fun in the sun (25 cents). After that, go home for supper, and then go to the roller rink with a friend (35 cents plus 25 cents skate rental) and skate to tunes like Snoopy vs. the Red Baron, Dizzy, MacArthur Park, Penny Lane, Mony Mony, So Happy Together, Winchester Cathedral, Indian Lake, Laugh Laugh...

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 12:26 PM

180. Watching TV B.C. (Before cable)

NT

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 12:32 PM

181. Sleeping out in the backyard on summer nights

Can't do that anymore-- you'll be sure to get abducted or murdered. Or both.

Sorry to be so negative, but it's the new reality.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #181)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:02 PM

185. 1+ wake to the sounds of morning doves overhead.

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Response to patrice (Reply #185)

Thu May 31, 2012, 07:15 PM

388. Hope they weren't directly overhead!

We awoke to the sound of Scrub Jays and (Northern) Mockingbirds. Great alarm clocks!

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #388)

Thu May 31, 2012, 07:21 PM

389. he! he! . . . I was thinking yesterday about an edit to that post. You read my mind.

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Response to patrice (Reply #389)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:03 PM

393. Sorry, Patrice

Could not resist!

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #181)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 02:31 AM

412. Most places you could still do that

Helicopter parenting just makes people think you're sure to get abducted or murdered or both. We're turning into a nation of sissies.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:01 PM

184. Ride saplings in the summer, especially along the banks of a creek. nt

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:04 PM

186. I've heard of almost all things listed in this thread

Done or saw more than a few things listed here as well.

Only thing I can add to this thread since I'm in my mid-20's so there isn't anything that I've done that another person in their 20's haven't heard of.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:13 PM

191. Take pictures on film with an instamatic using flash cubes!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:23 PM

195. Turning the fucking channel with the needlenose.

 

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #195)

Sat Jun 2, 2012, 07:03 PM

407. OMG. I had forgotten about that. We must have had the same TV. nt

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Response to Still Blue in PDX (Reply #407)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 01:04 PM

416. Those knobs were great weren't they? Especially when the plastic finally wore out.

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:27 PM

197. When I was seven years old, my mom would give me some change and let me walk alone to the store

 

About four blocks away, to buy things like bread and milk.

The quarters and dimes were all 90% silver, and nobody called Child Protective Services to report her.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #197)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:36 PM

206. My mom sent me for smokes!

.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:27 PM

198. CLACKERS!

&feature=player_embedded

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:31 PM

200. Trip acid and listen to King Crimson records...









... w-hell- didn't every kid in the early '70's????

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Response to stlsaxman (Reply #200)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:49 AM

317. Oh yeah !

Actually, still do.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:31 PM

202. CREEPY CRAWLERS!



I gave myself a few third degree burns with this

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Response to Sedona (Reply #202)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:44 PM

212. Creepy Crawlers were AWESOME!

 

I can't say how many shrunken heads I created.

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Response to randome (Reply #212)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:45 PM

248. Totally forgot about Creepy Crawlers!!

LOVED them!!

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Response to Sedona (Reply #202)

Thu May 24, 2012, 08:44 PM

385. Glow-in-the-dark-goop. That did it for me.

I knew flying cars were just around the corner...

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:32 PM

203. I would obsessively tape-record my favorite monster movies.

 

And then write down the dialog in narrative form.

I now have more than 840 videotapes and a thousand CDs and 500 cassettes that are all useless because I have it all on a hard drive now.

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Response to randome (Reply #203)

Mon May 21, 2012, 10:59 AM

320. And the monsters were cheesy.

No special effects to speak of. Godzilla was a guy in a lizard suit, another plant creature wore a blanket covered with leaves and twigs and yet another monster looked like--to quote the ever-snarky Elvira--"Gumby on steroids."

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:35 PM

205. smoking on busses and planes

There were ash treys in the seat arms of busses. They were always in need of cleaning because they would quickly fill with gum, gum wrappers, empty match books and etc. as well as ciggarette butts. These contents rarely mixed well with a still lit ciggarette butt.

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Response to chknltl (Reply #205)

Sun May 20, 2012, 10:34 PM

299. The smoking sections in restaurants

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Response to chknltl (Reply #205)

Mon May 21, 2012, 04:12 PM

339. Also cigarette lighters in cars.

I remember I used to love popping them out and then watching the red go out of the coil.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:39 PM

208. I used to go to bed with my transistor radio.

Come to think of it, I now go to bed with my iPod. I guess things haven't changed THAT much.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #208)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 10:53 PM

399. I had a 4 inch cube Sony transistor radio.

The Top 40 station was KILT-AM, the BIG 610. After midnight they played Bill Cosby comedy routines. I heard about Fat Albert the Champion Buck Buck Player, and Weird Harold and HEYYY-HEYYY-HEYYY!!!''

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #399)

Sat Jun 2, 2012, 12:57 AM

401. I listened to KOMA out of Oklahoma City.

Being in Colorado, I could only pick it up late at night, but it was worth staying awake for.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:39 PM

209. S&H Green Stamps, Plaid Stamps, the premiums that came in the boxes of

laundry detergent (nice kitchen towels, glassware, etc.) and when gas stations gave away premiums when you bought their gas instead of buying from the station across the street. How 'bout the toasters or other stuff given away by the banks when you opened an account at their banks.

And speaking of banks! Getting four to seven percent interest on your savings account! (Now I'm lucky to get 0.05 percent interest).

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 02:40 PM

210. Horrible Hamilton. Zeroids. Leif Ericsson starship models.

 

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Pilgrim space station.
Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Jarts.
Glow-in-the-dark Aurora models.
Being able to walk into a grocery store shirtless.
Strange Change Machine.
Smuggling comic books into the house by hiding them under my pants legs.
Quisp. Frankenberry. Count Chocula.
Johny Quest. Spaaace Ghoooost.
Battling Tops (my favorite was always Hurricane Hank).
Drive-in theaters.
Erector Sets.
Tinker Toys.
Lincoln Logs.
Trouble.
Superballs.
Electric, vibrating football.
Collecting bottle caps. (I had a huge box in the basement with thousands.)
Dreaming that we would one day go to the stars.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:28 PM

218. Being able to go to a public college full time for $120.00 a semester.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:39 PM

221. IRONING BOARD...Funny story....My daughter saw an ironing board in my mother-in-law's bedroom.

It was folded up and against the wall.

My daughter asked her what it was.

She said "That's an ironing board, doesn't your mother iron?"

My daughter said "What's IRONING, I thought it was a SURFBOARD".

My mother-in-law never got tired of telling that story.

I really liked her....RIP Merrill, I miss you.

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #221)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:28 PM

235. How cute. I remember when I cooked for my neighbors 3 little girls. She had to come back

 

to the states for an emgerency. I was babysitting them because their daddy was working. Any way I made mash potatoes. The girls said they didn't like them. I asked why that are just regular mashed potatoes and you can't sccrew them up. Well the one little girl said our momma makes it from a box. Oh your momma makes it out of a box. Well when she comes back you can eat that way but in my home I make everything from scratch.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 03:45 PM

223. Tape recording songs off the radio

 

And doing it by holding the tape recorder next to the radio speaker

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:03 PM

226. Buying a gallon of root beer from A&W (before they sold it in grocery stores).

You couldn't get it in cans or bottles, just plastic jugs direct from A&W.

The Dairy Queen was right next door in the town I grew up in, so we'd ride over there on our bikes, buy the gallon of root beer, go next door and buy 6 "Dilly Bars" (a round vanilla ice cream bar with a hard shell that came in butterscotch, cherry and chocolate) (which were also pretty cheap at the time, I don't remember the exact price). Then we'd ride home FAST before all the ice cream melted so my little sisters could each have an ice cream bar .

That and buying a tractor size inner tube from the local garage and using it to float down the river .

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Response to ET Awful (Reply #226)

Sun May 20, 2012, 10:07 PM

296. Here in Moorhead, MN we have one of the oldest DQs in the country.

It was built in '49, no indoor seating, you eat outside. It's a local landmark and everyone loves eating there.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #296)

Mon May 21, 2012, 12:10 PM

328. There's one of those in Richfield, too.

 

At 66th and Nicollet. No burgers or anything, just ice cream and the frozen treats. Used to hang out there all summer when I was a kid, drinking "Suicide" Mr. Mistys. Ah, those were the days. Hit the DQ then every drug store we could bike to and check for new comic books. There were no comic shops in those days.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #328)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:49 PM

375. In the 50s there was a DQ at 48th and Nicolet in south Mpls near my house.

small cones were 5 cents, 10 if you wanted it dipped in chocolate. I used to dream about getting ahold of 65 cents so I could buy a banana split.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:17 PM

229. Walking around town with my new "transistor Radio" up to my ear.

 

listening to Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Elvis busting loose with
a whole new ecstatic vibration I'd never experienced before..

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:22 PM

233. I remember being 10 yrs old living in Germany on the military base with my family waiting

 

for the Long Ranger to come on the radio while my mother was cooking a great Italian meal. Sure miss those days when you used your ears to pay attention. Also remember all the kids going outside and playing soldiers. Back then girls and the boys all played soldiers. Gee we kids had alot of fun.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:27 PM

234. I used to READ newspapers.

Last edited Mon May 21, 2012, 06:42 AM - Edit history (1)

And they had actual news in them, with carefully checked facts and everything.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:31 PM

236. you used to do.....

 


I used to have to peel potatoes and fry sourkraut to make pierogi....

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 04:54 PM

239. Winky Dink

Actually drawing on the front glass of your TV, best if you had bought the protective slate and special marker rather than using your Crayola directly on the glass or cabinet.

That was before they started warning us not to sit too close to the television.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:01 PM

240. At the risk of revealing my age...

Use a rotary phone

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Response to demilib (Reply #240)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:25 PM

243. Typewriters. Electric typewriters.

 

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Response to demilib (Reply #240)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:21 PM

265. You're just a youngster!

Our first phone, shortly after WWII ended, was one of those straight shaft desk stands (think they're called) with the speaker thingie on top and the receiver cradle on the side, which when lifted and placed against the ear, got a voice that asked "Number please?". Then the Hello Girl, as phone co. operators were known, did her magic and made the connection. I even recall our family's very first phone number--2526J. Wowie! Mostly I try to forget my kid-hood, but that is forever etched in my brain. Today I'm frustrated because I can't seem to locate my Blue Tooth so I can drive while talking on my cell phone. Sheesh, they times they do change!

Blessings.

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Response to classof56 (Reply #265)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 10:42 PM

398. That's called a candlestick phone.

When I was a little kid I had a turquoise plastic toy version of a candlestick phone. The dial was gold plastic.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #398)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 05:22 PM

417. Thanks!

Couldn't remember what it was called (happens with age!), but found it listed on e-Bay as a shaft desk phone (I think). We didn't have one of those shiny chrome-plated ones, it was dull black. Interesting about your plastic toy version--when I was a kid, plastic had not been invented. I do recall WWII rationing and blackouts and all kinds of shortages. Thus the candlestick phone we got when I was maybe 10 was a big deal--that and indoor plumbing. Lordy, I'm old!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:41 PM

247. chase after the truck that was spraying pesticide in the neighborhood to control mosquitoes

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Response to dmrtndl1 (Reply #247)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:55 PM

253. It was like a call to a parade!

 

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Response to dmrtndl1 (Reply #247)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:53 PM

274. fortunately, my mother would make us get inside when the mosquito sprayers went by.

she was ahead of her time in protecting us from pesticides, x-rays and any other toxin she could. probably paranoia but glad for it.

ellen fl

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Response to dmrtndl1 (Reply #247)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:51 PM

282. OMG. My brother and I did this in Fla. I'm surprised I'm not dead yet. nt

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:48 PM

249. The Top 40

WLS radio,Chicago had their top ten survey and each day they would play part or all of those tunes till the last one which was #1 at the time would be played at 6 p.m. It was great for those of us who did not have that record,knowing that at least once every day we got to hear it! They also had their DJ's visit what we called teen clubs(little more then old stores--mainly grocery store size). The stages were little more then a couple tables smacked together at many of these "clubs" and the DJ's would have some silly contest to give away promo 45's or T-shirts. It was all music then. Politics never entered our top 40 radio station. In the late 60's WLS had competition come to town. I can't remember the station but they had a wonderful studio in Marina City Towers that fans could visit and hold up signs that DJ's may or may not announce on the air. It was a fun time. Girls especially would carry a case of 45's to a party or simple get together. We seemed to treasure those 45's. Later when we could afford to advance to albums girls would actually carry them to school(they usually left the LP's at home) but that cover of The Beatles,Stones,Monkees--whatever went with them to their classes. I can remember sitting with several other girls who studied the music/words of artists such as Dylan,Garfunkel and discussed what they thought the songs were about. We wanted a better world and many thought nothing of handing out flowers to anyone who looked like they needed a bit of cheering up in the park. Peace was more then a word in those days.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:51 PM

251. Burning leaves

We had two big sugar maples in the front yard and every fall, Dad would rake the leaves down to the street and set them on fire. That's a smell that always brings back wonderful childhood memories.

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Response to blaze (Reply #251)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:39 PM

280. But not until after we'd spent some time jumping in them!

I DO miss the smell of burning leaves.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:04 PM

258. beer

Beer pull tabs:


Radio "push buttons" the kind you pulled out to set the location of the station:

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:14 PM

259. Use a footswitch to dim the car lights

I also remember a rural gas war - competing prices of 7 and 9 cents per gallon. We had a gas pump on the farm and we bought all we could at that price to fill our tank. This would have been mid 1960's.

Leaded gasoline. Not today's unleaded ethanol added stuff.

And I remember visiting elderly family members who lived in a very remote area. Electric lines came to their area while I was a small child. One of my earliest memories is treking out to the outhouse in the dark with Mom. Again, mid 1960's.

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Response to Coyote_Bandit (Reply #259)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:46 PM

261. I had a foot switch too!

 

Why didn't they keep that? It seems more user-friendly.

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Response to randome (Reply #261)

Fri May 25, 2012, 05:50 AM

386. MY first car, a 1976 Camaro, had a foot switch.

God, I loved that car. It was a metallic brick red with a red and black interior. It had the little tail wing on the trunk lid.

It had a powerful 8 cylinder engine and it used up so much gas that I could watch the fuel level needle move down as I drove!

It was one fast car. I got my first speeding ticket in it. My cousin owned it first. He topped it out at 145 MPH once.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:17 PM

260. Set a tape recorder to 1&7/8, 3&3/4, or 7&1/2 ips. Splice a tape to edit it.

My grandfather had a whole pile of old tape recorders -- "portables" of the day -- and he gave me a bunch of them. Wish I'd saved some just for the nostalgia. One was about the size of a book, could play only the small reels which could hold only a few songs, an amazing "compact" for its day.

"Hi-fi" they were not.

We used to play an old Mercury 1 7/8 demo reel -- a real miniature, less than 2" diameter -- at double speed to hear the singers on helium. And after I graduated to a "big" deck -- with 10.5" reels -- I played a lot of songs at half speed (this is a trick used to transcribe jazz solos), just for weird kicks. I especially enjoyed one bari sax solo which ended with a bell note -- played at half speed, it was the closest to hearing a contrabass sax I could get at the time.




ETA: Interesting reads at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reel-to-reel_audio_tape_recording and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_tape_sound_recording and

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:51 PM

262. Grass cutting jobs

I had about 6 of them each week in the summer. I used to cut each yard once a week, including my dad's. We used to hustle for money then, doing odd jobs. I never see kids doing this any more.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:52 PM

263. what fun!

remembering. . .getting the milk --in glass bottles!-- out of the milkbox where the milkman left it when you weren't home, searching the ditches for pop bottles to trade in for 2 cents each, playing Jarts.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:48 PM

281. Winding clocks...

though my kiddos (ages 9 and 11) know all about that activity, I bet most of their peers don't.

We have 2 cuckoo clocks, which we wind by pulling the chains every day, and 2 mantle clocks, which need to be wound with a key every week.

They never quite chime at exactly the same time...which is sort of fun at midnight on New Year's Eve.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:15 PM

286. Ordering toys from the milkman when I had finally cut out enough circles from the paper milk

cartons. I saved and saved, and finally got my dream - 3 white plastic horses, a stallion, mare and foal. I had those horses for many years - I wonder what I did with them?

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:58 PM

293. Great OP!

Here's my short list:

Clean all coal oil lamps, and trim the wicks.

Empty the chamber pot every morning.

Light the tinder box and pull the coffee pot over.

Milk the cow, slop the hogs, and open up the chicken house.

Gather eggs from the hen house.

Churn butter.

Wield a post-hole digger and use a come-along to string barbed wire.

De-horn cows.

Castrate piglets and clip their tusks.

Heft hundred-pound sacks of feed and carry them out to the barn.

Field dress squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, and deer.

Dust sulfur in socks and around waistbands before berry picking.

Carry water up from the 'crick.'

Skinny dip in the river for a bath (only in summer--in winter, we had to use the wash tub in front of the wood stove).

I could go on, but I have to go split wood.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 10:06 PM

295. I used to wait for my fave son to tape it!

 

LOL

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 11:22 PM

300. Leaving the house with no phone (nt)

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Response to Shankapotomus (Reply #300)

Mon May 21, 2012, 05:25 PM

347. I still do that.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #347)

Mon May 21, 2012, 06:30 PM

355. I hope to again someday (nt)

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 12:21 AM

302. Early music piracy.

Hold a tape recorder to the radio speakers during the Top 40 countdown. The tape decks with the dubbing feature were a few years away at the time.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:07 AM

306. Buy a Hershey bar for a nickle.

Keep a savings book that the bank would stamp when you made a deposit or withdrawal. Hang the carseat over the back of the seat with big hooks. Bring home pizza in a greasy paper bag.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:08 AM

307. Polaroid Cameras

That only took black & white photos that had to be coated after they developed!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:11 AM

308. Chopping wood for a wood-fired stove.

I actually stayed in a cabin once where we had to cook on a wood stove - took some practice not to burn anything. It had no electricity or running water, either - we pumped our cooking water and bathed in a creek. There was an oil lantern, a bunkhouse for guests to sleep, and a crankup Edison Victrola record player! The place was enchanting.

Now I'm old enough to remember growing up with these things:

Telephones with party lines.
Hand-writing high school essays. By college, I had an old Royal typewriter, then later an electric one.
Believing self-correcting typewriters were a major innovation while on my first job after college. No more white out!
My first home computer had half a meg, with a screen that had amber letters. I wrote a novel on it and sold my first book!
Getting our first color TV just in time to watch Neil Armstrong take that first giant leap for mankind on the moon. Dad was a rocket scientist - what a thrill...
Having three channels - ABC, NBC and CBS - to watch. Everyone saw the same popular shows.
Kids actually spent most after-school time playing outside. Nobody had a computer and computer games weren't invented yet.
Until Pac-Man came along...I remember my brother getting one.
45 records that played single songs with those little disks in the middle to make them work. Then 8-tracks, cassette tapes, CDs, and now DVDs. Seemed like every music player got obsolete in no time.
Hand-crank ice cream makers -- every family had one, and you'd have ice cream socials on hot summer nights; kids would catch fireflies while the grownups made dessert.
Times were so much more innocent - we all walked to school, and kids ran all over the neighborhood - over open fields, down to a lake nearby, ducking through a farmer's corn fields. Nobody worried about wackos out there snatching kids.



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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 08:45 AM

313. In grammer school

Opening up the windows (no screens) with "the pole". Then closing and locking at the end of the day and "pulling" the shades....all had to be even. On warmer days out came the biggest metal fan you ever saw. If you stuck a finger in there while running full speed, damn, you would loose it. No one ever did.

Hoping I got picked to go outside and "clap" the erasers.

Always started the day with a read from the Bible...this was public school.

Then I would run home to turn the antenna towards Philadelphia to watch Bandstand and then turn it back towards New York so my parents wouldn't know I watched it.

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Response to Highway61 (Reply #313)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 11:09 PM

400. Aww, that Bandstand antenna story is cute.

I wasn't allowed to watch "Dark Shadows," but fortunately had a friend who was. There's always a workaround!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:06 AM

315. I loved to climb trees.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:21 AM

316. Having to buy porn from that nice lady at the Convenient store on the corner....

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #316)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:57 AM

319. Duck and cover drills

in grade school.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:56 AM

318. Getting bread from the Helm's truck

Those big sliding drawers smelled so good.

And, going next door to watch a show on the neighbor's COLOR tv.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 11:21 AM

321. Helping my grandmother in Des Moines in the '50's

wash clothes was a half-a-day job. She had a "soap tub" and a "rinse tub" in the basement. We'd run the washed clothes into the rinse tub via a wringer, stir them around with a big wooden stick, run them through the wringer once more, then carry them out to the back yard and hang them on clothes lines.

Had my own little washing machine for doll clothes, too!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:02 PM

330. count change back

 

Cashiers today would have no clue how much money to give back if the cash register didn't tell them. Instead of counting change back they just dump the money in your hand. Even worse they put the coins on top of the bills so the money slides off.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:06 PM

331. There is way to much to list

Technology since the 70's is advancing so fast that I can't think of many parts of life that are not completely different.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:21 PM

332. Have my transistor radio confiscated

... for bringing it to school.

Here is one nobody mentioned: being paid in cash from something called a "payroll department."

-- Mal

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 02:53 PM

334. gotcha beat ...


read a book, a real book, with marbled end papers, deckled page edges

I just picked up a 1934 copy of Walden

no batteries required

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 03:55 PM

337. Sending a telegram, leaving the house and cars unlocked all the time, and

getting change back from filling up the car with a $5 bill (gas was ($0.249/gal, the car was a 1952 DeSoto).

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