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Do You Remember When?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:15 pm

It's finally my turn to start a stupid thread. This may even be my first thread starter ever.
It's almost 2 am, I'm winding down and my kids are trying to fall asleep in front of the tv. I can remember being a kid and waking up in the middle of the night with either the National Anthem playing, or a test pattern with that high pitched whine. After a few minutes the station would go completely off the air, and there would be nothing but static. In 1969 we had a color console tv with remote. When you pushed the channel button, the knob on the tv would actually move. Clunk, Clunk, Clunk. Of course we only had 3 channels so there wasn't a whole lot of scanning to do. Then when the President came on, you were really screwed. Because he came on all 3 channels at the same time. That's when we would go outside and play with the other kids.
Here's another one. My brothers's house still has the original rotary phone. It even has the BR-549 type phone number still on the piece of paper under the dial. My kids looked at it for a while, then in all seriousness turned and asked, "how do you use it?" I'm only 38, and that made me feel old.

Ok old timers, post your stuff that doesn't exist anymore. While you do that, I'll be looking for Sponge Bob, or some Nik at night on the satellite.
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:40 pm

I had to ask my dad the first time I used a record player if I was putting the needle on right because I'd never used one before (3 years ago).  Smile

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RE: Do You Remember When?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:41 pm

You are a 38 year old man that watches Sponge Bob?  Confused
J/K, I'm only 24, but I do reminisce often about things. Much has changed since even the early 80's. I have young nieces and am amazed at the things they find entertaining on the television. I would like to see the test pattern again or hear the national anthem instead of infomercials.

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Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:49 pm

Yep. I remember all that. Except that the test patterns would scare the hell out of me.

I also remember pouring milk from glass bottles, delivered by a milkman. How's that for old? Back then, we'd go to the meat market, which was the only place my mom would buy the baloney (yeah, I know there's a better, non-colonial spelling for that, but I'm too tired to type it at the moment) that I, being a picky kid, practically lived on for about a year.

You know what blows me away? I was talking to the son of a colleague a few years ago... he was, maybe, eight or so. His mom and dad had this great oak tree in the yard, and I asked him if he was going to talk his dad into building him a treehouse. The kid looked at me like I'd lost my mind... like, what on earth would he be doing in a tree? I just sat there, dumbstruck. Kids don't climb trees anymore? What, did that go out with Nintendo or something?

Oh well. Guess I'll get used to being old, someday... (by the way, "pop musik" by M is on the radio at this very moment, and I actually remember owning that on a 45. Wow.)

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RE: Do You Remember When?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 4:15 pm

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 3):
What, did that go out with Nintendo or something?

I'm building a treehouse for my nieces right now. Hopefully they will use their treehouse to instill a sense of adventure in all of the kids they know that sit on a couch all day. There is still hope for future generations, and it can be found in the treehouse.

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Sun Jun 05, 2005 4:36 pm

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 2):
J/K, I'm only 24, but I do reminisce often about things. Much has changed since even the early 80's. I have young nieces and am amazed at the things they find entertaining on the television. I would like to see the test pattern again or hear the national anthem instead of infomercials.

I'm also 24, and I have to agree much has changed since the days we were kids. I look at my friends who have kids and all these kids wanna do is play videogames and watch Yu-Gi-Oh and what have you.
The test patterns always scared me. Or when they had technical difficulties and it cut to the test patterns was equally traumatizing.
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Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:26 pm

I'm only 20 and remember some of the things you're talking about! I was never much into tree houses, but I played outside all day long. We had maybe six TV channels, half of them bad quality, and watching 'toons meant getting up early on Sunday mornings.

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RE: Do You Remember When?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:31 pm

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 3):
(by the way, "pop musik" by M is on the radio at this very moment, and I actually remember owning that on a 45. Wow.)

Me too!!! I've even still got it - my vinyl hasn't been thrown out or relegated to the loft like a lot of people's that I know!

There's so much that I could put in a list of things that don't exist any more that I wouldn't know where to start. But one of the things that does stand out to me (and has already been mentioned here) is that kids don't play out in the street any more. Makes me wonder how they go about making those life-long friends that we all made just by going off and exploring neighbouring streets, going off to play in the local park and sometimes even jumping on a bus to go and see different parts of town. Sign of the times I guess.

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Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:09 pm

Hmmm...I can remember my grandmother passed away without ever having indoor plumbing (yup, we had to use the outhouse, had a jerk-water well and brought drinking water into the kitchen in a bucket to scoop out with a ladel). Our phone had a crank to alert the operator to get you a number, and it was a "party line" at that.

Fast-forward to vehicles; anyone remember the reverberator? I had a '64 Sport Fury and couldn't afford a true stereo, so the back seat reverberator speaker system was the next best thing. Guess that kind of dates me once again. Regards...Jack
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:37 am

I can remember the good old days when the equipment in the playgrounds were set into the ground using chunks of exposed concrete that were just asking to be fallen on.

I still have an reel to reel video recorder. Only last year did I sell my old U-matic video equipment.

I also still remember only having 3 TV stations (although with luck and when the condition were right we could pick up stations from YHM and YYZ. Then one magic day we "got" our first PBS station followed shortly by an independent station (Lucy reruns!!)

ah yes then came cable TV, where we had a weather channel that was a single camera than panned back an forth over a series of duals d that displayed temp, wind, humidity, pressure and TIME, of the joy


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Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:12 am

Im only 24 (well in 5 days) and still cant get over how much life has changed.

I got introduced to the PC at school in my GCSE year, after using BBC computers and dot matrix printers (the noise, my god)

My first game system was a Master system, followed by the Amstrad, then Amiga, then Mega drive, followed by both editions of the playstation.

Now i have a computer that plays music, connects to the internet and this great website, and enables me to fly around the world with great grpahics. Try telling someone that we could be doin this a few years ago and the would have thought u were nuts
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:22 am

I remember the national anthem or the test patterns on the TV with the high pitched wine.

When I was really young, we had one TV that went clunk clunk when you changed the channel. Does anyone remember having to set your TV on channel 3 and then turn on the cable box? By the time I was 5, most of our stuff had remote controlls, but I remember getting our first VCR. I thought it was the neatest thing! And, I remember my mom's first Camcorder. (At least that is what we called them). We also had dairy products brought to the house by the Schwann's man. Schwann's was the really in thing at the time, and kids loved it for the icecream.

I also remember when I bought my first Nintendo, had an Atari before, and before that, I had something called Caleeco or something. When Nintendo came out, it sold like nothing else. I remember, I saved up my allowance and bought it for $70. Nowadays I think things like playstation are much more expensive.

Does anyone remember Showbiz Pizza? Kind of like a Chucky Cheese, but better! They had a lot of animatronic animals that did a skit on stage. They sang, and everything!

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:58 am

Cool thread!

I worked in a town in West Texas about 20 years ago that still only required you to dial six numbers instead of seven to get someone on the line.

I grew up in a big town so we had your three "regular" stations, plus one "PBS" station and a couple of "independents" on VHF...

We had milk delivered thru the mid 60's and some company called "Charles Chips" that brought snack food to your door in Houston in 1969.

I remember staying up late watching Walter Cronkheit during the Apollo 13 mission. And it was a big deal to watch all the lift offs at school, too. I got to bring my B/W Sears 13" portable TV to school, so the elementary school class could watch the launches.

And remember that you HAD to watch a show when it was on, since we didn't have VCR's to record stuff? Man, it was a big deal if you missed "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer".
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:07 am

God, im only 18 and I feel old myself. I can relate to alot of the things you did. I climbed trees, had a treehouse! I had nintendos, and switch knobs. I watched 3 shows, and stuff. we actually had 5, Channel, 3, 6,8, 12 and 23. That was all we could watch. I remember the first time we got statellite (sp?) in 1997. I was soo excited, we had so many channels!!! God, I feel old lol.
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:20 am

Some things kids nowadays dont even think of:

Non remote everything !!! you wanted another channel, go and turn the dial.
No Cable
Am radios ruled the cars.
Getting on an airplane required "dressing up"
No "custom" Fast Food.
No Celulars, no FAX, wanted fast Comm? get a phone or a telex.
No digital clocks
No Video arcades
No Video recorders.
When your vinyls sounded like crap you had to buy a new Stylus (Shure V15 Mk III thanks!)
When a amplifier with 80 watts RMS was "way too much"
Open reel recorders where for audiophiles and of course the computers used open reel to record programs or punch cards.

Just to make this even more fun...I took out my very old Apple II+ like 5 months ago just to see if it worked and to rewrite some of the floppys, and I fired it up and my kid said:

Dad, the monitor is screwed! it looks green, ALL GREEN....poor guy he doesnt even know what kind of things we had to go through.

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:26 am

Its all so strange.

I loaded up msfs95 and msfs98 the other week to just see what they were like. I hated it. Could not belive i had so much fun with it back then lol
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:30 am

I feel bad for you guys having only grown up with three channels! We had 5 here in Portland. I also remeber when calling from PDT to PDX we would just dial 1 then the 7 digit number. We were so exited when we got our very first push-button phone when I was 14! We couldn't wait for someone to call so we could hear the difference between that metal bell on the old rotary phone and the ringer on the new push-button phone! My favorite game system was Inellivision, but we still would rather play kick-the-can until it got dark.

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:31 am

Well, where to start, born in '62.

1. The Milkman and the Milk box built into the side of our house. Twin Pines was the dairy (Milky the clown)!

2. In Detroit we had more than three stations, CBET, WWJ, WJR (now WDIV), WXYZ, WKBD and WTVS

3. Growing up my phone # was LIncoln 6-7473, and yes it was a rotary phone...why to we still say dial?

4. Zoo keys at the Detroit Zoo (you have to be a Detroiter to understand that one).

5. American Motors was still in business.

6. Going Downtown to Hundson's.

don't get me going.....there is soooo much more.
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:59 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 17):
6. Going Downtown to Hundson's.

Wow, going downtown. A special trip. Off to a downtown department store. And maybe, lunch in the cafe, in the SAME store! My generation (I'm 44) is probably the last ones who knew, or appreciated the days before malls came, when you might go "downtown" to shop. At several different stores, and do a ton of walking.

I remember having a day off from school, about 1971, and going w/my mom to Sharpstown Mall, in Houston, at about 10 am. There wasn't hardly another soul in the place! Maybe about 10 people. Remember when most everybody WORKED in the daytime, and shopped, at night!

Here's another one: remember pneumatic tubes in big stores? The sales clerk would write up the bill, and if you paid with a card, they would send it "upstairs" or where ever the sales office was? I hated shopping when I was a kid, but there was a store in downtown Norman, Oklahoma, that still used one of these, and I was totally intrigued by it....
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:45 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 11):
Does anyone remember Showbiz Pizza?

ShowBiz Pizza...Where a kid can be a kid!

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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:00 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 11):
Does anyone remember Showbiz Pizza? Kind of like a Chucky Cheese, but better! They had a lot of animatronic animals that did a skit on stage. They sang, and everything!

I was just thinking about Showbiz the other day. That was a great place, and maybe its because my memory has changed things, but I remember the pizza was better, and the shows were a lot more fun, and more of them.

Quoting Trekster (Reply 15):
I loaded up msfs95 and msfs98

I fired up the old Apple IIe the other day, with MicroProse(?) Flight Simulator version 2.0. The only buildings in Chicago were the Sears Tower, and Hancock Building. New York had the Twin Towers, Empire State, and Statue of Liberty. I think those were the only ones, and a flight from Danville to Chicago took about a week and a half (give or take).
 
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:16 am

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 16):
We were so exited when we got our very first push-button phone when I was 14! We couldn't wait for someone to call so we could hear the difference between that metal bell on the old rotary phone and the ringer on the new push-button phone!

Me too! Me too! I remember it seemed odd that the push-button phone was exactly the same shape and colour as the one it replaced... oh the joys of state-run telecom services!  Silly

Quoting TriStarEnvy (Reply 18):
My generation (I'm 44) is probably the last ones who knew, or appreciated the days before malls came, when you might go "downtown" to shop. At several different stores, and do a ton of walking.

LOL! Not in Europe, or at least Germany - I'm totally used to shopping downtown. However the grocer is right on my street, maybe a five minute walk, and I rarely need things I can't get there.

What about weekly markets?
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:27 am

Cars with no heating.

Cars with pull-down windows.

Cars with no radio.

Push lawnmowers.

Electric milk and bread delivery vans.

Clothes and bedsheets collected from the house and delivered washed and ironed.

Men collecting bucktes of "slops" (ie organic waste) to feed their pigs (the smell!) for free.

Propeller planes.

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:03 am

I remember when I was young, before the BBC was a 24 hr operation, the used have a voice that said, "The BBC is closing down for the night, please remember to switch off your sets".
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:11 am

To think that I'm sitting here with my cell phone on my desk, listening via WWW to a radio station from back home without a loss in quality (compared to FM), chit-chatting with people from God-knows-where about how things were so different some years back... It IS impressive!

Maybe we'll reminisce about LH's lack of PTVs in Y-class in another ten years!  Silly
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:31 am

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 7):
But one of the things that does stand out to me (and has already been mentioned here) is that kids don't play out in the street any more.

Took the words out my mouth! But it's a sign of the times that parents DON'T LET their kids play outside anymore. My friends and I used to walk three miles through woods to a river that was great to swim in. With all the crazees about nowadays there's no way I would have let my kids do that.

Anyway... I remember getting our first colour TV. It was just amazing. We used to just stare at it. I watched the 1974 World Cup Final on a friends colour TV and I remember it had problems dealing with Hollands orange shirts. As the players ran it looked like they were leaving their shirts behind.

Bin men used to carry metal bins on their shoulders and empty them into the back of dustcarts.

I used to get my wages handed to me in an envelope at the end of every week. (Small envelope too!)

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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:00 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 6):
Does anyone know why I love Calvin & Hobbes?

I love Calvin and Hobbes!!!!!

Quoting Theredbaron (Reply 14):
No "custom" Fast Food.

I'm 27, but I remember when McDonalds had the Happy Meals that came in cheap plastic cars, that you could put stickers on and play with it. And the regular Box Happy Meal shaped like a house with golden arches for handles.

I also remember getting our first VCR wich was HUGE
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:36 am

Reading some of the additional stuff you guys have posted reminds me of several OTHER things (like the old speaker-reverberator radio in my car), that NEVER took off. Like, aerosol spray cans of toothpaste and (thin) peanut butter. Remember those?

Other stuff is gone. Space-age Tang was a big seller for a while, but is it still avail? My Dad's calculator was bigger than an old hard drive and you had to crank a handle for every mathematic function. Memeographs (someone mentioned that earlier, I think). I did design work on the early Litton (Atherton-Bruder Div.) microwave ovens for the first widebodies. My thoughts; well good for airliners and maybe troop transports, but microwave ovens will never find a public consumer marketplace. Same with photocopying. Who needs a copier?

Hot running water? When I was in Germany we heated water by the litre in a glass jar mounted to the wall with a heating element in it. Oh, well....Jack
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:23 am

Carburetors...and synchronizing sidedraft Webers!!
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:42 am

Oooohhhh FUN!!!!
Talking about those first non-rotary phones. Remember when you pressed a number it went dit-dit-dit-dit-dit
instead of today's one beep?? Good stuff!
We had a TRS-80 and a Vic 20 for computers. It was so cool! The printer paper was some silver stuff on a roll that printed by the letters basically being burned into the paper.
We had a Intellivision game system while my neighbors had the Atari. I was so jealous!!!!
We also had one of the first cordless phones. It was beige (big surprise there) and brown and made by Cobra.
Also had one of the first microwaves. I THINK it was by Kenmore. Man, was it big and HEAVY! LOL
We had 5 channels in Tampa. 8,10 and 13 were the main ones followed by channel 44 and 3 was our PBS.
We also had among the first cable. A big black box with a knob ontop the tv. Dad had some big antenna on the house to receive Showtime and HBO. Good times. Good times.

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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:13 pm

What about the ditto machine? Remember those lovely purple lines with that weird alcohol smell? You could never read them, but unless it was something special that was all the teacher would have. Photocopies were so rare that it was a happy moment when you got one, and amazingly could read it. I had those until about 4th grade or so.

Who can forget tape drives? Not the big ones, but the little 10 minute or so cassette tapes that ran the Commadore 64's. Heck, you gotta love all of those old computers, Tandy's, Commadore's, Atari (yes they made cheap little computers).

I think the biggest thing that I remember and miss seeing, real all metal Tonka Trucks. All the new ones have a good part plastic on them, and its just not the same. Those trucks were absolute beasts, nothing could break them.

I too remember playing in the streets, we played football, and whiffle ball until we couldn't see any more. Those were good times, I just don't see kids today doing a lot of that stuff, and it is sad.
 
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:34 pm

Quoting AGC525 (Reply 26):
I also remember getting our first VCR wich was HUGE

LOL...same here. Our entire family piled into our '76 Pinto the day we picked up our Quasar VCR...HUGE! And $1,200...very expensive for 1981. We also got our first microwave that year, in March, as well.

I'm almost 32, and there's a lot of times I feel old:
- I remember working on an Apple IIe for the first time in 5th grade, in 1983.
- I remember watching Blondie perform "The Tide is High" on "Solid Gold" back in 1980
- For me, the biggest thing is seeing a lot of '80s music becoming popular again...I remember when the one-hit wonders were huge hits the first time around!
- I recall several airports the way they used to be: PDX with the 43, 45, 47, 49 gates, SEA with the UA747SP heading to HKG, SFO, ORD before UA's T1 and T2, and LGW.
- I remember when Michael Jackson's popularity was an other level...everyone, I mean everyone, seemed to listen to his music on their Sony Walkmans (compred to iPod nowadays) and had a copy of Thriller!
- I remember hearing about the assasination attempt on President Reagan in March 1981.
- The Royal Wedding between Charles and Di in July '81 and then seeing Di murdered in Aug. 1997.

I could go on and on here..

I seem to recall 1981 very well...guess a lot happened that year.
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:36 pm

Hey, since we were mentioning eating places, as in "Showbiz", how about the all time greatest place to go for a birthday party???

"Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor"????

Found this on the web: http://www.happyitis.biz/
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Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:42 am

Quoting TriStarEnvy (Reply 32):
"Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor"????

Absolutely...that was a fun place for birthdays! I remember when I lived in the SF Bay area, there was one in San Mateo where I attended a lot of birthday parties.
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:01 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 17):
Growing up my phone # was LIncoln 6-7473, and yes it was a rotary phone...why to we still say dial?

When I moved into southeastern PA (Delaware County) nearly 15 years ago, there were still businesses that listed their phone numbers (7-digits) on signs and vehicles as KI3-xxxx or LU3-xxxx instead of 543-xxxx or 583-xxxx. I thought that nobody used that designation for phone numbers in over 20 years back then. A new area code change (215 to 610) along with mandatory 10-digit dialing caused most of the businesses to change the numbers on their signs and letterhead. Although Imperial Pizza in Secane, PA (up the street from me still) uses the KI3 number on its boxes even though the printing on the boxes were redesigned just a few years ago.

When I was in Sanbornville, NH (near Poor People's Pub) back in 1989; there was a pay phone nearby that did not have any type of dialing mechanism (by it rotary or push-button). You just picked up the receiver and had to tell an operator (remember those?) the number that you were trying to call.

In the early '80s when I was attending my high school cross-country running camp in Conway, NH (one runner's parents had a house out there), the phone service was still a party-line (from out of the 1950s).

Here's a few others (most of which are from my childhood of the '70s):

Cars that had floor vents (A/Cs wasn't as common on cars back then) that one could open-and-close by pulling knobs located just velow the dashboard.

Motorist-aid call boxes were the only way a stranded motorist could seek help.

A genuine phone booth that actually had a door that closed and a current unvandelized phone book.

All sodas bottles were glass. Sodas in plastic bottles go flat much sooner.

Cars equiped with an AM radio w/an 8-track player was a luxurious item.

Pivoting vent windows on all cars, not just a few. The last know American car to offer this feature (as an option) was the '89 Ford Crown Vic./Mercury Grand Marquis.

S&H Green Stamps (I don't remember ever seeing one or using them but I saw a few signs like this one as a kid during the early '70s)


Large airliners were mostly just Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas (what's an Airbus?) and the occasional Lockeed L-1011 Tri-Star here and there.

Another car item - aftermarket cupholders that you hang on the door (along the window track area) of your car. Portable plastic consoles (w/cupholders and large tray) that you place on the transmission hump of your car (RWD cars dominated the road back then).

Gas pumps that featured rotating numbers for the price and capacity plus only 3 spots for the 'Cents per Gallon' reading; the third slot was used for fractions of cents. Some old pumps still had only 3 spots for the purchase price (as opposed to 4).

Old style cash registers that were not computerized including the real old 'ching-ching' push button types with readout tags; one pizza place near where I used to live actually had the latter type until the mid '80s.

Datsun... as opposed to Nissan.
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:23 am

Quoting Theredbaron (Reply 14):
No digital clocks

I remember my brothers "digital" clock. It had plastic flipover numerals instead of hands. This would have been in the mid 1970s.

Instead of a stereo, we had a "Hi-Fi" set with a turntable that was activated by moving a setscrew to either 33 1/3 or 45 rpm. It was connected to a single 12" speaker in a separate cabinet. Also in there was an old tube amp and receiver that got hot as hell.

Our phone # began with 944-, and the card in the dialer said WHItehall to indicate the prefix.

We had an in-ground garbage pail off the back porch that you opened with your foot. That was always nice in the summer.

Logan
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 4:19 am

My 9-year-old sister asked me once whether I liked to watch SpongeBob when I was a kid, to which I replied "when I was a kid, there was no SpongeBob." Her eyes widened while she asked "No SpongeBob?! And what did you watch then??!!" Now she usually begins her questions with "In your times, did ____ already exist?" Makes me feel old - and I'm not even 22.  old 

Computers with 5 1/4" floppy disks, monochrome screens, DOS...

5- and 6- digit telephone numbers (nowadays they are 8-digit)

Writing to a penpal (as in, grabbing a pen and a sheet of paper, putting the letter into an envelope, taking it to the post office, and waiting like forever for an answer).

Vinyl (I still have a couple of Disney's read-along books)

Mechanical typewriters

Duck Hunt! (we still have an original Nintendo set up and fully functional!)

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 11):
Does anyone remember Showbiz Pizza? Kind of like a Chucky Cheese, but better! They had a lot of animatronic animals that did a skit on stage. They sang, and everything!

Me! Boy, that was cool!

Quoting MUWarriors (Reply 30):
What about the ditto machine? Remember those lovely purple lines with that weird alcohol smell? You could never read them

We had one of those at school... those good times...
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:33 am

1) I used punch cards in my high school computer science class.

2) I remember when you had to wait up to a minute after turning on the TV for it to "warm up" before a picture would appear.

3) I drove a three-speed "straight-shift on the dash" car in high school.

4) I remember when cars had hard metal dashboards and no seatbelts.

5) I remember when 8-track tapes were all the rage

6) I remember when most of the pop/rock stations, and most car radios, were AM only. FM was for news and old fogy music.

7) I remember when about the only non-American car seen on the road in the U.S. was the phenomenally popular VW Beetle.

8) I remember 45 rpm and even 78 rpm records.

9) I remember the last year that any new TV series on the major networks (ABC,NBC,CBS) was in black and white (1965-66).

10) I remember when no movie theatre had more than one screen, and a movie that ran longer than a week was "held over".
I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
 
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:08 am

I arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia (USA) from Colombia in 1975 at the age of 8. My indoctrination in US 70s kitsch culture got underway immediately with a small black and white Zenith "Sidekick II" TV that had denim panels.

There was no cable service, so all we got was ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS; without an antenna, all you got was WVIR, the NBC affiliate in Charlottesville. At that time, their weather forecasting system consisted of a tin map of the US filled in with a black magic marker to show the current frontal activity and temperatures.

Shakey's Pizza was the sh*t....they showed old movies that no one really paid attention to but that added to the ambience.

Going over to someone's house "to listen to records" was a very cool thing to do...and of course to be seen at school with a 45 rpm of Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" was the ultimate. But to be a real subversive bad-ass you had to bring the 45 from Kiss with "Detroit Rock City."

I filled out the back of a Hi-C label and got the 1976 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records....this was back when they didn't have absurd entries like "bicycle eating."

Among other things I remember:

*mimeograph machines used to print class hand-outs...

*Count Chocula cereal

*Jackie Stewart's intriguing accent during the Indy 500

*Howard Cosell doing play-by-play on Monday Night Football

*A wild-haired Geraldo Rivera holding court with Fred "The Hammer" Williamson and Dick Gregory to discuss the Warren Commission findings on the JFK assassination

*Gay rights activists taking a pie to the face of Anita Bryant in a stunt that would be imitated but never duplicated.
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:56 am

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 16):
We were so exited when we got our very first push-button phone when I was 14!

Yeah that! I remember my teacher mentioning that he will get his first push-button phone soon, and I said "Great, wish we had one too. No more moving telephones when dialing." He agreed and continued by saying that it would then be a breeze to dial his number, because the buttons are so close to each others, and I was like "Hey, why the heck is going to call himself from his phone at home?", but I didn't have the heart to ask him.
Another moment I lost respect for my teachers. Big grin
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:53 am

Here's another one that I've been thinking about. We always have big fairs and festivals around here. Along with the food, animals, rides, and games there was something called sideshow row. That's where the barker would stand on a platform and try to get you in to see all of the freaks.
"Come see Barney the six legged cow." "Dora the ape girl will turn into a wild beast before your very eyes." "You will see the tattooed man drive nails into his skull." There was always a beautiful girl with a python wrapped around her standing next to the barker. Stuff that young teenagers loved to see before we turned old and cynical. Anyhow, a few years ago I noticed that sideshow row isn't there anymore. It seems that all of the freaks have retired to Florida, and don't travel with the shows. I don't know if they were driven out of business because of political correctness, or maybe we see so many real freaks walking down the street we aren't willing to pay to see that stuff.
Either way, I miss having them here. I would enjoy taking my young daughters to see (in my best barker voice) " The human pin cushion defies nature, he swallows swords and pushes sharp objects through his skin." "Come see the lobster boy. You will be amazed."
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Wed Jun 08, 2005 9:08 am

How could I forget this one:

One could get road maps at gas stations... for FREE!!!!!
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:32 am

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 31):
Our entire family piled into our '76 Pinto the day we picked up our Quasar VCR...HUGE! And $1,200...very expensive for 1981

Ya'll drove a Pinto and could afford a $1200 VCR? You could've bought another car. Did you also have one of those giant-ass mobile phones in a bag?

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RE: Do You Remember When?

Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:53 am

Ahhhh some great reminders, here are mine:

1. Being gone all day and my mom not calling the cops thinking I was
kidnapped.
2. Trick-or-Treating, just the kids and no adults. Older kids took the
little kids. Using pillow cases to haul it all back and not having to
worry about razor blades in the candy apples or popcorn balls the
neighbors gave out.
3. Being a kid and knowing most of the pilots and flight attendants
at Trans Texas and Texas International.
4. Camping in a canvas army surplus tent.
5. No seatbelts, carseats required. No such thing as a helmet for
riding a bike.
6. Most kids respected their elders and were polite.
7. Push mowers without engines, a hell of a workout.
8. TV with maybe 3 stations. What I remember most is that damn
cheap plastic dial. It would break so pliers were used to change the
channels.
9. Listening to Paul Harvey everyday.
10. Huge tree houses. Ours had 3 floors, windows carpet, etc...
11. Pong
12. After hours on HBO. They played the same women doing aerobics
over and over before they went off the air for the night. My grandpa
would come over and watch those women for hours.
13. Learning to drive in a 3 speed on the column shift.
14. Neighbors knew their neighbors.
15. Doctors made house calls.
16. We never had to lock our doors.

Thats all for now
I did not forget...I just misplaced the thought...
 
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RE: Do You Remember When?

Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:36 am

When my dad got a mobile phone, and it was something of a status symbol at the time! It was huge, but you could boast about it at school "It has seven ringtones!"
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