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User currently offlinegeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

I have been reading ( and enjoying immensely ) Zippyjet's brilliant thread about "things we wish would go away";
( probably one of the best threads of the year, IMHO; ) After having made several contributions of my own, it got me to thinking about several such subjects that really have already gone away, and again, IMHO, a very good thing;

For example..........does anyone remember the Syclone ? ( Even the very name was dumb; most people spell it Cyclone.

Anyway, the Syclone, ( for those who were fortunate enough to have not noticed it ), was a very feeble attempt on the part of General Motors to produce and market a high performance P/U truck, based on the then popular S-10, and actually get people to buy the things. It had a HUGE motor, a HUGE price tag, (and, as it turned out, a very minuscule following. )

( I'm not sure, but I think they sold about three of them. )

At the time this thing came along, I was still driving and hauling cars for Complete Auto out of Norwood, Ohio, where the S-10's were built at the time. ( The Syclones were made someplace else, don't remember, but possible in in Antarctica by penguins ?) Anyway, we started getting a Syclone now and then on the rail, which we reloaded and delivered around our area, ( which basically consisted of the United States )

Also at the time, we had this driver named Bubba; (name changed to protect the ignorant) I don't remember if he had a first name or not, but probably not. Bubba was a..........well......a squirrel; ( one of those guys that always has the "latest & greatest" ), especially if it's real dumb, and no one else either has it, needs it, or wants it. This guy always seemed to have such things ! So one day, in comes Bubba to work, in his brand new Syclone !

I should mention, these things were supposed to go 150 MPH, 0 to 60 in 3 seconds, get about 3 gallons per mile, etc.
In other words, exactly the kind of things Bubba was always noted for buying / owning, etc. The guy was.........odd; never talked to anyone much.........as though he was convinced they would be incapable of comprehending his brilliant mind; ( you know the type ) he was also noted for something else that REALLY "endeared him" to his fellow drivers;........he beat up on his wife a lot ! Sometimes after she had driven him to work.

Shortly after becoming the only driver to own ( or even want to own ) a Syclone, he appeared one day in check-in with his next "only driver" "thingie", ( and my second item on my list of things that have gone away, and thank heavens ), a ridiculous looking big battery operated telephone, in a big brown canvas "bag". ( I can just see it now ) Bubba arrives back from a run, big bag hanging from his shoulder, shows up in check-in, ( where drivers check in all paperwork after each trip ).

Probably the most amusing aspect to Bubba's Bag Phone, was the fact that Bubba didn't have anyone to call ! No one wanted to talk to the guy, because he was such a "squirrel"; so he always called his wife..........( who he just beat up on, last time she drove him to work )

I don't remember anymore what ever happened to the bag-phone; possibly he was conversing on it when he wrapped the Syclone around a steel utility pole about 3 times, and ended it's rather brief, and un-insured existence. Bubba survived though, and went on to transfer to the Moraine Assembly Plant, where we all hauled Blazers until I "hung it up" in '97; I don't know much about it after that.

So I hereby nominate as my two least-needed, least useful "things", that have come along, and have "gone away", to everyone's joy, and no one's sorrow. Hopefully, we may all be able to forget all about them, given enough time.

Does anyone else have any candidates for this list ?

Charley


Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
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User currently offlinehomsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

Respect, decency, and intellectual honesty in the nation's political discourse.


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15713 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4009 times:

Quoting geezer (Thread starter):
Anyway, the Syclone, ( for those who were fortunate enough to have not noticed it ), was a very feeble attempt on the part of General Motors to produce and market a high performance P/U truck, based on the then popular S-10, and actually get people to buy the things. It had a HUGE motor, a HUGE price tag, (and, as it turned out, a very minuscule following. )

Feeble attempt? The Syclone, and it's Jimmy based counterpart called the Typhoon, are cult classics. There was nothing feeble about a sub-five second 0-60 sprint in the early 1990s. The SyTy trucks could embarrass quite a few sports cars of the same vintage, including the Ferrari 348. (Though that was far from Ferrari's best effort)

Quoting geezer (Thread starter):
I'm not sure, but I think they sold about three of them.

Off by a factor of 1000. Plus about 4700 Typhoons.

Quoting geezer (Thread starter):
a HUGE price tag

The sticker price of a 1991 Syclone was $25,500 (low to mid $40k range now) and the 1992 Typhoon was $29,970. (about $45-50k in 2010 dollars)

Of course GM did eventually get around to building not one but two useless trucks: the Aztek and SSR.



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5475 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

Quoting geezer (Thread starter):
I have been reading ( and enjoying immensely ) Zippyjet's brilliant thread about "things we wish would go away";
( probably one of the best threads of the year, IMHO; ) After having made several contributions of my own, it got me to thinking about several such subjects that really have already gone away, and again, IMHO, a very good thing;

Geezer: I'm honored. I had a similar thread last year and the top number one was Justin Bieber   
Getting back to your thread here are some more things that were even less popular than a fart in Church or Schul:
In no particular order:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5a/2002-05_Pontiac_Aztek.jpg/800px-2002-05_Pontiac_Aztek.jpg

Ultimate Me Generation useless item. Consumer Reports panned it back in 1980. I remember seeing this advertised in an Eastern Arilines flight magazine.


Another 1970's me decade piece of technology that languished in the stores.
The Macarena it lasted one year 1996.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8GccwvaG_Yc/TD14Z6prvBI/AAAAAAAAAGc/HDSlV8wg6wQ/s1600/02.jpg Chisenbop
another educrat's idea of 1970's innovation.


Zonker Toy....In the late Spring of 1972 almost everyone went around knocking these things together. Especially popular with the pseudo hippies (suburban white kids imitating hippies). After a couple accidents where the balls exploded and caused bodily harm these things faded faster than the Macarena.

Now two things I was sort of sad faded away:


The Lambada: Back in 1989 this dance shook as hard as SFO during that earthquake and the dance featured plenty of sweaty leggy females with dancer bodies grinding away!

And, one that probably causes many of A-Netters a tear or two:



Boeing 2707 SST!

http://airchive.com/html/memorabilia...model-sst-2707-brochure-1966/12017

If the pic does not load, here's a link to the web page showing 2707 advertisements!



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39673 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 3):
Another 1970's me decade piece of technology that languished in the stores.

I LOVE Quadraphonic sound!
Those stereos are worth a ton of money today! Luckily I got in to quadraphonic sound in the early 1990s.
I have a Marantz 4400 quadraphonic receiver with SQ full-logic and an external CD-4 disc demodulator.
My system also includes at Technics 858 quadraphonic 8track recorder and a Teac A3340 4-channel 10" reel to reel recorder.
Sumiko still makes photo cartridges and stylus that can properly penetrate the grooves of the old CD-4 discreet quadraphonic LPs.
They have a 35,000hz carrier frequency that activates the decoder and separates the sound.
My Town Car also has a factory quadraphonic 8track player.
Lincoln and Rolls Royce were the only two car brands to offer quadraphonic 8track players in their cars.



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User currently offlinemirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3944 times:
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Concorde

Good common sense

The benefit of the doubt

Good television



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39673 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3901 times:

Quoting mirrodie (Reply 5):
Good common sense

Sad but true.




The proper way to listen to quad was with these sophisticated systems.







How many of you all hear remember the RCA CED VideoDisc?
(Capacitance Electronic Disc)
Very interesting but a joke of a format that came out way too late to be successful.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/ed/Ced_cart2.jpg/670px-Ced_cart2.jpg


What this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pymAoh7KH64



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6127 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3881 times:
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Quoting zippyjet (Reply 3):
The Macarena it lasted one year 1996.

You were lucky. Here it lasted for almost three. Every freaking wedding I went to in those three years still comes back to haunt me at night. They would play it at least twice, and you would hope people would not request it or it would go on and on and on...

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
How many of you all hear remember the RCA CED VideoDisc?
(Capacitance Electronic Disc)
Very interesting but a joke of a format that came out way too late to be successful.

Hard as it is to believe, that was the format used by MX for initial ground school when training pilots from the 727 to their brand new A320s. They were still being used in ´94, although I recall the Captain who showed me the thing saying "itw as a bit old but did its job"



MGGS
User currently offlinegeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

[quote=zippyjet,reply=3]I had a similar thread last year and the top number one was Justin Bieber

As far as I'm concerned, that one hasn't changed a bit ! Let's put him back on #1 to "go away" ! ( Antarctica maybe ? )

Bone Phone ? Lol ; missed that one ( thank heavens )

Quadraphonic ? I must confess......I had totally forgotten about it......but I did hear about it when it first came out.

Chisenbop...........Wow ! Now that IS a new one; like the "zonker toy", I missed out hearing about either one; ( no wonder I don't miss them )

Lambada..........man, why didn't somebody bring these cats back out while "dancing with the schmucks" was on ! We could have got rid of them sooner !


Mirrodie; Good TV........hey, I was just watching GREAT TV tonight.........my favorite show was on.....

"Build It Bigger" Tonight Danny was helping them dig a tunnel through the alps; BIG hole, that !''



[quote=BMI727,reply=2]Feeble attempt? The Syclone, and it's Jimmy based counterpart called the Typhoon, are cult classics. There was nothing feeble about a sub-five second 0-60 sprint in the early 1990s. The SyTy trucks could embarrass quite a few sports cars of the same vintage, including the Ferrari 348. (Though that was far from Ferrari's best effort)

Oh boy..........where to start........BMI, I can tell you really know your Syclones ! ( and I had already forgotten about the Typhoon )

Quoting geezer (Thread starter):
I'm not sure, but I think they sold about three of them. ( I have been known to "take liberty" with numbers..........)

Off by a factor of 1000. Plus about 4700 Typhoons. I don't think I ever heard that, but it's still a pretty feeble attempt to sell "units"; an outfit the size of GM needs to move a few hundred K of anything, just to break even ! 4,700 units is a mere drop in the bucket !


Quoting geezer (Thread starter):
a HUGE price tag

The sticker price of a 1991 Syclone was $25,500 (low to mid $40k range now) and the 1992 Typhoon was $29,970. (about $45-50k in 2010 dollars) My point exactly !

That I did know, in "the day", but I had forgotten the numbers long time ago. Mostly, I was just wondering if anyone really had ever heard of the Syclone; ( and I STILL think it's a dumb name ! ) ( and a dumb idea ) car companies are supposed to build things people NEED, and will BUY............otherwise, they lose BIG BUCKS.

While we're at it.............how about that other genius product GM tried to foist off on the public.......the famous .............. Cadillac Allante; remember those suckers ? they REALLY went away !

A true story the public never heard much about...............................

The thing was cute, but the ridiculous sticker price put it out of business before it ever started; Plus..........GM was sooooo very "fussy" about these things, Anchor Motor Freight had to design and have built a "special" enclosed trailer to haul them to California in; problem being, the "design" ( like many things Anchor was involved in ) was "stoopid" thing had 4 great big wheels on the back, instead of 8 regular sized ones; this ended up causing a BIG problem; they didn't get proper air flow going down the road, got hot, and about 8 of them caught on fire, and burned to the ground / road, burning up all the Allante's inside ! Costing AMF a few mil......

Then, there was another even bigger problem, but this one was GM's fault; turns out, the Allante had a wiring fault; it didn't show up in all of them, only two going down I-94 on the way to Ca. both of which caught on fire and two more loads of Allante's burned up ! but that still isn't the "best one"; that happened to one that did make it to California; got to this HUGE Cadilac dealer in ( I forget the City, but it was the biggest show room in Ca. at the time ) Anyway, the Allante, being the big "star", is sitting on this big turntable, where it revolved around, in the middle of about 4 or 5 dozen more new Cadilacs; then, in the wee hrs of the AM, the wiring fault in the Allante starts a fire, and the whole place burned to the ground, with all those new Cadilacs ! That one is probably STILL in court !

So, looking at it from that prospective, I guess you could say that the Allante was even worse than the Syclone !


But I still forgot my main point.........I was trying to show how completely ridiculous it was for "Bubba" to buy one of the things.................

Charley



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39673 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 7):
Hard as it is to believe, that was the format used by MX for initial ground school when training pilots from the 727 to their brand new A320s. They were still being used in ´94, although I recall the Captain who showed me the thing saying "itw as a bit old but did its job"

Sure you're not thinking of the LaserDisc?
It's easy to get those two confused.
The CED went on the market in 1981 and died in 1986.
I don't think there were any instructional VideoDisc other than Jane Fonda Aerobics workout disc.

Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
Quadraphonic ? I must confess......I had totally forgotten about it......but I did hear about it when it first came out.

It was a great idea but very expensive.



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6127 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3864 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Sure you're not thinking of the LaserDisc?
It's easy to get those two confused.

It looks the same to me. But, judging by the dates you mention then it probably was a LaserDisc, since I distinctly remember MX using it for the purpose I mentioned, and their first A320s did not show up until 1992 I believe.

My father was a big fan of the Quadraphonic system, by the way.



MGGS
User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39673 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 10):
It looks the same to me. But, judging by the dates you mention then it probably was a LaserDisc, since I distinctly remember MX using it for the purpose I mentioned, and their first A320s did not show up until 1992 I believe.

I can totally understand the confusion. They are the same exact size and when a VideoDisc is taken out of it's plastic case, it can look just like a LasDisc under the right lighting. They both have a clean reflective surface with a slight rainbow appearance. The VideoDisc have small grooves like an LP record and is darker in color than a LaserDisc.
MX was probably using one of these;



The first generation LaserDisc appeared in the movie Airport 1977.
Like MX, it was used as a demonstration disc. In the movie, it was describing all of the features of Stevens Corporation's private 747-100.



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6127 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3840 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
MX was probably using one of these;

You are right. That´s exactly what they looked like, and it was a station right? This was in MX´s training center at MEX and your pic above was what they had, each in a cubicle for individual pilots to play with. Was it interactive too? Because I remember the Captain who showed us around saying that MX was experimenting with it too as they needed less teachers and that this system "allowed each pilot to go at their own rythm" Within a certain time-frame, I suppose.



MGGS
User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39673 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3823 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 12):
That´s exactly what they looked like, and it was a station right?

There may have been some sold as a station but they were mostly an individual component, just like a VCR, compact disc player, cassette deck, betamax and DVD

Quoting AR385 (Reply 12):
Was it interactive too?

Yes they were.

Sounds like you were using LaserDisc. They were still very much a modern, state-of-the-art thing to have up until the early 2000s when the DVD became popular. The first LaserDisc came out in 1978 but were extremely expensive. It wasn't until 1990 when they started making players that could also play audio compact disc when the format finally took off. It never reached the level of VHS and DVD due to the fact that LaserDisc movies were also expensive - ranging from $40 up to $300 for letterbox edition movies that were over 2 hours and had directors cut.
I pick them up now for $1 - $5.

It's possible that MX was using older LaserDisc players for your A320 demonstration disc. I'd LOVE to get my hands on a LaserDisc demonstration disc for the A340, MD-11 and 747-300 and 400.  
There may even be one for the Bae146 / Avro85.
Those MX LaserDisc you speak probably sell for a fortune on Ebay today.
In fact, those aircraft demo disc probably sell for more money than the letterbox editions of Star Wars and Pulp Fiction. Those movies cost well over $100 when new if they had director's cuts.



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6127 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3813 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 13):
Those MX LaserDisc you speak probably sell for a fortune on Ebay today.
In fact, those aircraft demo disc probably sell for more money than the letterbox editions of Star Wars and Pulp Fiction. Those movies cost well over $100 when new if they had director's cuts.

Wow. Great to learn something new everyday. Although If they were worth something, they´d probably disappeared by now.



MGGS
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15713 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3709 times:

Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
Oh boy..........where to start........BMI, I can tell you really know your Syclones ! ( and I had already forgotten about the Typhoon )

The internet is a wonderful thing. And those things are fast by today's standards, to say nothing of the early 1990s. This was back in the days when a standard Corvette had 240 horsepower and ran to 60 in the low six second range.

Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
I don't think I ever heard that, but it's still a pretty feeble attempt to sell "units"; an outfit the size of GM needs to move a few hundred K of anything, just to break even ! 4,700 units is a mere drop in the bucket !

Those are special edition performance models, what do you expect? And it isn't as if they were pouring a ton of money into developing and building these things either, considering they were built along the standard models. It's actually a pretty large production run for a special model. To put that in perspective, Chevrolet sold about 22,000 Corvettes in 1991 with a sticker price starting at $33,000.

Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
My point exactly !

The price wasn't that high for what they got, considering a GMC could embarrass cars that cost two or three times as much on the dragstrip. Plus, how many people these days gladly fork over $40-50k for their Raptor, H-D Edition, King Ranch, Laramie, and Denali trim level pickups?

Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
Cadillac Allante; remember those suckers ?

The really sad part is that as bad as the Allante was, it wasn't even the worst Cadillac ever.

Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
Then, there was another even bigger problem, but this one was GM's fault; turns out, the Allante had a wiring fault; it didn't show up in all of them, only two going down I-94 on the way to Ca. both of which caught on fire and two more loads of Allante's burned up !

That is just part of Cadillac's plan to become a viable alternative to Ferrari.

Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
So, looking at it from that prospective, I guess you could say that the Allante was even worse than the Syclone !

By a mile. The Allante was just bad on pretty much every level. The Syclone is a cult favorite.



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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4995 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3702 times:

Several categories of women:

Strumpets.

Harlots.

Hussies.

Broads.

Dames.

In no way do I mean this in a sexist way.



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39673 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3693 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 15):
Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
Cadillac Allante; remember those suckers ?

The really sad part is that as bad as the Allante was, it wasn't even the worst Cadillac ever.

Those were neat little cars. The were flown over in Alitalia 747s.
They also had the dubious distinction as the world's most expensive production line front-drive car.
$65,000 in 1987!




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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15713 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3688 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
Those were neat little cars.

...unless you happened to have a BMW, Jaguar or Mercedes-Benz dealer anywhere nearby. Even Porsche if you were a bit more hardcore.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39673 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3682 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 18):
...unless you happened to have a BMW, Jaguar or Mercedes-Benz dealer anywhere nearby. Even Porsche if you were a bit more hardcore.

Nah everybody had those. Too cliché.   
The Allante had the coolest looking dashboard/instrument panel.
One of the few cars with a cassette deck that opened like a home cassette deck.



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User currently offlineNoWorries From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Anyone who ever wrote a program in the "good old days" most typically used these:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Punched_card.jpg


User currently offlinesimonriat From UK - England, joined Jul 2010, 135 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

Hi all

Firstly a question.

The SUV picture (posted by Zippyjet). Is that a Pontiac? I personally really like it. But then again when ever I'm in the States I like the Dodge Grand Caravan (what can I say I have 3 kids), come to think of it I also like the Dodge Charger so what do I know.

Also way of the dodo. Delorean loved those cars.


User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5475 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3566 times:

Quoting simonriat (Reply 21):
The SUV picture (posted by Zippyjet). Is that a Pontiac? I personally really like it. But then again when ever I'm in the States I like the Dodge Grand Caravan (what can I say I have 3 kids), come to think of it I also like the Dodge Charger so what do I know.

Also way of the dodo. Delorean loved those cars.

It was the Pontiac Aztec which generally got panned by the public.


To me it looked like an AMC Hornet wagon which I never cared for. That thing drove and handled like crap even when it was new!



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 22):
It was the Pontiac Aztec which generally got panned by the public

Also, it has gotten the reputation of being used by mild-mannered high school chemistry teachers turned drug manufacturers, which is never good for sales.

Things that have gone away: Bachmann. Praise the Lord.


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7798 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3543 times:

Fingerboxes, sure miss them. Boy do I feel old  


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
25 Post contains images Superfly : Where do you stick your finger these days? Those damned punched cards allowed George W Bush to steal an election and become President.
26 Post contains images DeltaMD90 : Got a few good answers but I'd definitely get banned
27 geezer : Finger box ? No way am I gonna stick my finger into a box that .......................................... Oh.......just remembered: How about the fabu
28 Post contains images zippyjet : And did we all pay for that one! Eight years of misery which still keep on giving! 1 fool down though she was sort of cute and three or four more to
29 type-rated : What ever happened to the Metropolitan itself?
30 Post contains links and images zippyjet : I believe "Office Clippy" has gone the way of an honest politician. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK_U6...amp;feature=player_detailpage#t=1s Timm Gu
31 2707200X : My dad used to have something just like that in the form of a record player that doubled as a radio from Pioneer. I used to always adjust the bass an
32 Post contains images Superfly : I remember those integrated stereo systems. Turntable/record changer on top of AM/FM tuner with 8track player on the front and cassette deck mounted
33 zippyjet : The Marantz equipment from the mid 70's was top flight. As a matter of fact there are many sites on the Internet where they specialize in repairing,
34 Post contains links and images Superfly : I know a place in Pleasant Hill, Ca that repairs them. I had them replace the belts and lights to my Technics quadraphonic 8track player/recorder jus
35 zippyjet : How come Quad didn't catch on? If nothing else, the manufacters could have lowered the prices. Sometimes thats all it takes for something to catch on
36 Post contains images Superfly : 3 different decoding systems that were not compatible. It did catch on 25 years later with surround sound for video. No one really had home video in
37 geezer : [quote=type-rated,reply=29]What ever happened to the Metropolitan itself? I was afraid someone would ask that ! You know, I have been thinking about t
38 Superfly : Was his name Elvis? Wow . Just imagine if you were pulled over and a police officer found that. Or even worse, if one of your grandchildren had found
39 KiwiRob : Not according to Wikipedia, list in 87 was $54,700, it looks like the most expensive model was in 92 at $64,090 with hardtop. It's probably one of th
40 simonriat : Thanks Zippyjet, well they certainly revamped it becuase wow that first picture is totally different to the second. On a car theme again. Ford GT have
41 KiwiRob : The cheque book, I hope to never see one again.
42 BMI727 : Production ended in 2006 with 4000 or so built. Pontiac was just starting to get it right with the Solstice, G8, and GTO when GM pulled the plug. Tho
43 Post contains images zippyjet : Tube color TV's that had the fishbowl shaped screen called "Roundies." They were the state of the art in the early to mid 1960's. By 1968 the only com
44 Post contains images MadameConcorde : SS France (Hong Kong 1974) RIP RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (leaving Monaco) Concorde Space Shuttles Bring me a time machine so I can go back in time...
45 4holer : Paris Hilton Hummer H1/H2 Kabbalah W ADG (A.net old timers will know...) Eminem Mann's Hockey Stick Joe Paterno My next door neighbor's crotch rocket
46 ER757 : Stereo just makes more sense. We have two ears, so right and left channels are just natural. If you go to a concert, the music's usually coming from
47 Post contains images Superfly : But dude it's the 70s man, everyone was spaced out and experimenting with various substances. Quadraphonic sound was perfect for that. The LP formats
48 KiwiRob : Aren't you getting your 70's confused with the 60's.
49 Superfly : Not at all. A lot of that stuff people associate with the 60s was only the last 3 years of that decade and it spilled well in to the 70s. Most of the
50 MadameConcorde : it came with the Beatles and the Maharishi and their trips to India and experimenting with psychedelic drugs I remember the Doors also frequented the
51 Post contains images ER757 : No way - Superfly's got it right. I "came of age" in the 70's and can attest to what he's implying I can look back at those old photos of me with my
52 Superfly : The best carts were the RCA carts. They were the most durable. The hard plastic carts were held together by a philips head screw and the pressure pad
53 Post contains images zippyjet : Both of you are right. Here's my spin on how the decades overlapped. Remember, I was born in 1956 so the 50's I made an educated guess from reading h
54 Superfly : So YOU were supposed to be Elvis after all? Not to nit-pick but quad came out in 1971. Many releases came out in 1972-1974 and by 1975, it was beginn
55 zippyjet : No, The motion picture the Sting. That Marvin Hamlish piano tune. Movies were starting to feature the stalwarts of high brow serious 1970's epics...J
56 Superfly : I'm from Gen X, what's so great about Gen X? From that year my favorites were Towering Inferno and Earthquake. Also Airport 1975 came out in 1974. Al
57 Post contains images zippyjet : Those were the fun movies. The stuff like Annie Hall, One Flew Over the Cukoo Nest, On Golden Pond were all so serious and hyped to the point of over
58 Superfly : I forgot to mention other great films such as Hell Up & Harlem, Foxy Brown, Coffy, Black Shampoo and other Blacksploitation films of the 70s. A m
59 geezer : "Ah doan wanna pickle" Arlo Guthrie.............Motorcycle Song ......."Jus wanna ride on ma moooooooooter- SICKLE !" "An ah doan wanna DIE !" "Jus wa
60 Post contains links and images zippyjet : Ah, nothing wrong about Yoga instructors (female). They tend to have killer legs and tight bubble butts and nothing fires up my jets than a sweaty yo
61 ER757 : I must take exception to Cuckoo's Nest....it's my favorite movie of all time. Nicholson won best actor for a terrific performance and he was probably
62 Post contains links and images Superfly : Too bad most don't look like that. What ever happened to fine cinema such as these films? The best aviation film ever made. She is a female version o
63 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Brigitte Bardot in the early 60's. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-KXSWQWTx4&feature=related She never had any plastic surgery. She is now old fi
64 Post contains images MD11Engineer : Well, if you consider supporting the extreme rightwing Front National and their xenophobe politics a worthy goal... Jan
65 MadameConcorde : I was talking about her fight for animal rights and her amazing career as a film star. She was admired the whole world over. She had all the men at h
66 Post contains links and images Northwest727 : Guess I am part of the younger crowd (born in the mid 80s Gen-Y), but some things that I never see anymore: Who uses these things anymore? In fact, to
67 BMI727 : Of course they know what they are. It's the save icon.
68 MD11Engineer : I still have an old 468 around with both a 5 1/4" and a 3.5" floppy drive. We still use 3.5" floppies to transfer e.g. the FMC navigational database
69 Post contains links Revelation : I've reported my impressions of the mid-late 70s when I came of age. Basically it was the bad hangover from the early 70s. We had lost the Vietnam War
70 zippyjet : One of my faves! I loved that perv dude who looked like a homeless Mr. Clean when he made those wierd goo goo eyes at the cheerleaders. And the wa wa
71 AR385 : Sheldon has his "most hated people list" saved into one of those.
72 Post contains images Superfly : Not sure why those artist are always put on the pedestal. OK Lennon was great because he was a Beatles but never understood the big deal about the Ro
73 zippyjet : I was referring to the decline of J. Airplane/Starship: We Built This City, horrible bands such as "Frankie Goes To Hollywood" and Haircut 100. Actua
74 jcs17 : This will apply to airliners.net only: Boarding passes on heavy paper stock. Once I realized I had an addiction to airline travel in 1997 or so, I sav
75 Post contains images Superfly : Oh that was bad. Really bad! Frankie Goes To Hollywood was lame but I like the 1 hit by Haircut 100 - Love +1. It's a tasteful mix of Carribean and m
76 Post contains images ER757 : Thanks you Superfly for mentioning the above in your list. Saw their reunion tour a couple years ago and they knocked my socks off. The Blu-Ray disc
77 Post contains images Superfly : I'm still kicking myself for missing that show. I found out about it the day after. I have a super-rare quadraphonic 8track tape of Return to Forever
78 Revelation : Indeed, but the non-linear component was coke. All of the above could be had by working a nights and weekends job living with mom and dad, even the c
79 Superfly : You do raise a good point about the cost of disco being expensive including the cocaine. Looking at the albums and movies from the disco era, it was
80 2707200X : Going to elementary school in the eighties and early nineties I remember those floppy discs particularly the one of the left. In our classroom we had
81 Superfly : Hey those are my stomping grounds when I visit SoCal.
82 Post contains links and images PSA53 : Aviation in California: A lot of things to be said in this photo is now sadly gone. McDonnell-Douglas in the background. Boeing 727-200 at LGB(My favo
83 dc9northwest : Well, animal rights... animal rights, in theory, is a good idea, but somehow it's always enforced by complete crazies (this case being no exception).
84 Post contains links and images Northwest727 : Holy crap, I remember all of that! My elementary school had an Apple II (or two of them) in every classroom, with a bin full of actual floppy discs.
85 Revelation : In central CT, about 100 miles NE of NYC. 100% correct. Saab 900 turbo = preppie-mobile. Some of the preppie wannabes I knew were always bumming ride
86 Post contains images zippyjet : Typewriters are vanishing like the dinosaurs.[Edited 2012-01-08 17:29:14]
87 Superfly : Typewriters? What typewriters? Who is the lady wearing the red blouse?
88 4holer : 'Fly, I thought i knew you... Allowing Queen in the 70s to be relegated to "the list goes on" status? So disappointing. I know there was a lotta hype
89 Post contains images Superfly : Big error on my part! Yes Queen is way up there on top of the list! I just consider them gay party music. Nothing wrong with that but musically I don
90 Post contains images zippyjet : Though they were not from the UK a band I really liked from the 80's was Erasure. And Frankie did indeed suffer from extreme over hype. Speaking of G
91 2707200X : No place like it. Cucamonga still looks modern today but when me and my family moved in from the Len Mar Garden Apartments in Anaheim 1987 the whole
92 Post contains images Superfly : Hometown of Frank Zappa and KevinL1011. I happen to know of an EXCELLENT auto repair shop in Rancho Cucamonga just off of 9th & Hellman. My 1987
93 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Aretha Franklin the Beautiful Black Diva and genius musician. Simply fabulous! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSoXJl2ALUk
94 2707200X : Wow, until now I only though the convertible option was available on the very latest models. I will tell him that but other than the engine and compu
95 Superfly : The convertible version dates back to 1983 with the boxy shaped K-cars. The very first one when to actress Brooke Shields in 1982.
96 BAViscount : Erasure are indeed from the UK. Vince Clarke is from South Woodford in London, and Andy Bell is from Peterborough.
97 Post contains links pilotsmoe : Glad I don't live in the 50's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmqNiFJyI28 1950s Education on "Homosexuals" They didn't know the difference between pedo
98 Superfly : Where did the infomercial mention Republican Party? You may want to learn about the Democratic Party of the 1950s before you make such a statement.
99 geezer : [quote=zippyjet,reply=86]Typewriters are vanishing like the dinosaurs. Zippy; Where on earth did you ever find those two "Typists" ? One in red.......
100 zippyjet : I ran Google searches with tags: Asian women using typewriter pretty women using typewriter Sexy girls using typewriter I'd send you some more hottie
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