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« Reply #30 on: August 02, 2008, 06:49:09 PM »

I grew up ate 70's early 80's, I was also a military brat so I don't know if i was with the times or behind them.

TV
We had a b&w tv straight through the 70's, and it was probably less than 12". No cable, we didn't even have a remote control until about 1983. We did, however, have a VCR which we got friends in the US to tape movies for us since all we had was military tv stations. Yeah, and station sign off and rabbit ears. We watched whatever my parents wanted to watch with a few exceptions.

PHONE
We had a party line overseas. That mean sharing it with our neighbors. Rotary phone anyone? My very first phone was in 1986, it was a pink pulse phone. I got so tired of waiting for the pulses to dial i found out i could quickly dial numbers by slamming the hangup button in a 'morse code' sorta fashion dialing out the number. And we didn't have to dial area codes for local numbers, it may depend on where you live but in my city there are so many area codes i can't keep up.

ATARI/COMPUTER
We had an atari when it first came out, my brother a commodore. Later we got an IBM. And back then there wasn't windows. In fact there wasn't internet, just bbb's and i think they were expensive as my brother used it and my mother got mad once because of a phonebill that was in the hundreds. The games? All I remember was a pyramid card game and the one where you type out your adventures:
"Walk ahead"
"stop'
"Turn left"

TOYS/CLOTHES
We didn't get toys and clothes everytime we went to the store. In fact I don't think i knew a toy aisle existed until i was 10. the grocery store or commisary just had food. And we didn't have junk food in the house, maybe ice cream. Not until the mid 80's. And our clothes? We wore them out until my toes came through the shoe before getting a new pair. Xmas and Bdays were what you looked forward to back then because we didn't get anything the rest of the year, except visiting my grandparents and them buying me a rubber ball or paddle ball at the 5 and 10.

Kids today get lavish gifts. Computers, laptops, wii and game systems, cell phones, tv's, dvd players, and the amazing thing is parents think tha these are things they HAVE to have in this day and age. BS.  Add up the cost of all the electronics those kids own and that's probably more than what some of us have in our bank account. Especially if you tack on their allowances or the rewards they get for making goals, getting good grades and whatever.

It's a modern day twist of "Keeping up with the Joneses Kids".

this generation is going to grow up very materialistic, feeling they always have to have the latest of everything making them a very disposable generation. Not to mention they're going to be in the biggest debt creditwise. how will they fare in the working word when they realize they can't always get their way and people actualy expect them to work for their money. I wonder if it'll be the generation which finds themselves wanting to live with their parents forever


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« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2008, 07:56:53 PM »

TV: first one I ever owned as a kid was black and white and I was darn lucky to have that as most kids sure didn't. My parents had a couple of bigger color TVs but no bigger than 25 inches. We watched programs as a family more often than not believe it or not kiddies. Yep we were there together to watch The Jeffersons, Three's Company, The Dukes of Hazzard, the Evening News and the Price is Right.

As kids we were outdoors most of the time, until dark at least or unless it was rainy or snowy (sometimes though I loved being out playing in the snow if it wasn't too stormy)...snowforts, snow angels, playing pretend G.I. Joe and jumping over and into snowbank. In the summer months, there was Hide and Seek, Cowboys and Indians (we just pretended to be cowboys or indians and tried to act out the parts using sticks or whatever to represent guns or bows and arrows, some kids actually had those sticky arrows...guess that'd be too politically incorrect these days though  Bluesad ), War (a game where you drew a map on the ground and challenged other people for their spot of territory, in order to gain it, u had to play a form of dodgeball, throwing a small stick or other item at the person who could move in their territory to try and duck it, if they did, they won the contest and got your territory, eventually one kid would win by gaining all the territory), hopscotch and more.

Board games were actually popular too back then. I remember when Pong was a big deal, being thrilled to be given an Atari 2600 for Christmas which I played for years and years before it finally gave out.

For less than 2 bucks, you could buy a soda pop, bag of chips and candy bar.

We actually got together and played baseball, softball, field hockey and even football on occasion.

We'd line up cans and/or bottles and try and knock them off an ledge or smash em in the case of the bottles. Still we searched for empties (beer bottles) to get enough money sometimes for candy bars, chips, whatever.

Ah the memories..........
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« Reply #32 on: August 02, 2008, 08:03:00 PM »

When I was a kid if you wanted to watch TV, you'd better been damn good with a Etch-a-Sketch. If you wanted to change the channel you just held it upside down and shook it.
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« Reply #33 on: August 02, 2008, 09:37:35 PM »

When I was a kid if you wanted to watch TV, you'd better been damn good with a Etch-a-Sketch. If you wanted to change the channel you just held it upside down and shook it.

I'm just taking a wild stab here that somehow there is some sense in that ( Lookingup) and perhaps you mean that you didn't have a TV as a kid? (certainly would go a long way to disprove that TV was a bad influence TongueOut)

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I had my own small B&W TV at about 6 or 7. My father was overseas in Thailand and was able to get a good deal on a small TV each for my sister and myself.

The family TV was never more than a 19 inch model color TV. The last one we had before my father passed away was a console model with a built in radio and record player.

I never got my own color TV until about the mid 90s. I just always had a cheap 12 inch B&W model until then.

We never had a video game system. Although cost was certainly an issue, even if it wasn't I don't think my father particularly cared for having one in the house occupying his TV; being the only color TV in the house. I was more into pinball anyway and my father was good at pool, which I never knew until I challenged him to a game and he proceeded to kick my ass royally.

The local gaming stops in town were the Minit Mart and the bait shop. The Minit Mart had a video game shoved into a small corner where we would hover taking turns to play it (Defender was our favorite). The bait shop had a pool table and pinball machine and more of us crowded that tiny little shop playing pool and pinball than those who actually bought fishing supplies. It was handy that the bait shop and Minit Mart were next door to each other.


I frankly feel that my generation has had it best. We have probably had the broadest scope of experiences from simpler times where games and fun was something to be had outdoors and a dime would actually buy something, to quite an advancement in technologies bringing much of what one would go out for into the home; and still young enough to see where this is going from here.

Hey, I experienced the 70s. The 70s was a damn cool place and time. TeddyR
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« Reply #34 on: August 02, 2008, 10:10:29 PM »

Actually we had a old hand me down Philco Princess (Image below) ca. 1958 model. It was cool looking, but had a horrid picture, you had to use rabbit ears (the picture is of one with a radio antenna) with aluminum foil on them to try and get a picture. Sometimes when the antenna broke you'd stick a metal coat hanger in it that you bent out like a square and wrap it in aluminum foil to improve reception ... sometimes you could get 4 or 5 channels.
The horizontal hold was real touchy and if you turned the screen, it rotated it would start flipping out and loose the picture. We had it until about the 70's, when we got one of those huge piece of furniture TV with a small screen, it was still B/W and we didn't get color until the mid 70's.

I really like to have that set now ... I sure it went to the dump.
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« Reply #35 on: August 03, 2008, 12:21:59 AM »

And oh yeah, we only had two channels. Forgot to mention that above although truth be told, without cable and/or satellite, you can still only get two channels here via use of an outdoors antenna.
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« Reply #36 on: August 03, 2008, 07:18:04 AM »

I remember my senior year in high school, 1982.  For five bucks, you could get a pack of smokes AND put a quarter tank of gas in your car.
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« Reply #37 on: August 03, 2008, 08:03:42 AM »

What I really miss? NEWS STANDS.

 Lawton is a very small town. We have NO news stand. Sure...you can pick up crap like the National Inquirer and Women's Day and stoopid video game mags at the grocery stoe...but I mean REAL news stand! With tons of mags!

Back when I was a smaller pain in the a$$, Lawton had a nice nice stand where the local party store is now. You could get Famous Monsters of Filmland and all of the othe monster movie mags, comics...TONS of comics! Captain America,Conan,Sgt.Fury,Kid Colt,Monsters On the Prowl,Vampirella,Creepy, Sub-Mariener,Swamp Thing!  True West mags,World at War,True Crime mags-with half nekkid chicks on the cover threatened by scary hoods and punks, Hit Parader, Circus, Creem, UFO Report, Dracula Lives!, all the weird assorted expliotation mags! And on te top shelf were the nudies...I would sneak peeks at them...heh heh!
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« Reply #38 on: August 03, 2008, 11:26:25 AM »

Back when I was a smaller pain in the a$$...

I find it hard to believe you were ever a smaller pain in the a$$. TongueOut


Lawton had a nice nice stand where the local party store is now. You could get Famous Monsters of Filmland and all of the othe monster movie mags, comics...TONS of comics! Captain America,Conan,Sgt.Fury,Kid Colt,Monsters On the Prowl,Vampirella,Creepy, Sub-Mariener,Swamp Thing!  True West mags,World at War,True Crime mags-with half nekkid chicks on the cover threatened by scary hoods and punks, Hit Parader, Circus, Creem, UFO Report, Dracula Lives!, all the weird assorted expliotation mags! And on te top shelf were the nudies...I would sneak peeks at them...heh heh!

Some youngsters today are taken back by me telling them that, in the 70s, not only did the drug stores have top shelf magazines, but you could buy them as a minor. I was buying girlie mags at 60 cents to a dollar at 10 years old at the local drug store.

Today?

We are so goddamn paranoid that overly paranoid and opressive store managers have to decide if this month's issue of a Potsie magazine like Maxim or the SI swimsuit issue is too much for them to carry it.

Sheesh!!! Lookingup

It's okay to promote murder, hatred, and heavy metal (not that any of those are related) to 7 year olds, but show a woman's tit in a magazine for an adult and the whole f**king retail industry goes ballistic. Even worse, have any suggestion that the magazine is for black men and the management will make a beeline for it to find a reason not to carry it; of course, it's not racist, it's just maintaining standards Lookingup.

I'll take freedom of choice and expression, equality, openness, and sex over someone's f**king country club standards any day.

Gee, I wonder how much of this post didn't make it through the expression filters. Lookingup

That's ma rant fo today.


In case I offended anyone...
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« Reply #39 on: August 03, 2008, 12:16:52 PM »

Yay! Oldfart thread! I actually did have to regularly walk a mile to school in the snow, though it was uphill only one way. And it was grad school. It only snowed once here when I was in grade school (third grade); it sleeted about two inches, and the school let us go out and play in it. I can honestly say that sleet balls hurt.

Anyway, when I was a kid, I was my father's remote control. If he wanted to change channels, he'd just tell me to go turn the knob. We had the party line for a while, didn't get a push button phone 'til the late '70s, didn't get cable 'til the '80s (I think), and then it was with one of the boxes that had the little slider to change channels. My older brother bought the dirty magazines, but I knew where he hid 'em, and the school library had the Time-Life series on ecosystems, which included The Forest, which supplied many young lads with their first taste of topless native females. We played outside most of the time, and when I wasn't outside, I was usually reading (now I'm rarely outside, but I still read a lot). I would regularly just go out and cruise around town on my bike (a fancy-schmancy 12-speed racer from Western Auto), even in the heat of the day (which may explain quite a bit about me, actually). We didn't have much money (Mom was a teacher, Dad was a deputy sheriff), but I never really knew we were poor because we always had food on the table and there was always something to do.

Do kids today have it easier? Probably, but it's at the expense of human contact. Kids are raised today to think that a slight hit on the arm is an assault, and that a pat on the shoulder or *gasp* a hug from an adult is pedophilia. I'm an introvert who would love to live far, far away from other people, but even I think that's just sad.
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« Reply #40 on: August 03, 2008, 12:29:31 PM »

Back when I was a smaller pain in the a$$...

I find it hard to believe you were ever a smaller pain in the a$$. TongueOut


Lawton had a nice nice stand where the local party store is now. You could get Famous Monsters of Filmland and all of the othe monster movie mags, comics...TONS of comics! Captain America,Conan,Sgt.Fury,Kid Colt,Monsters On the Prowl,Vampirella,Creepy, Sub-Mariener,Swamp Thing!  True West mags,World at War,True Crime mags-with half nekkid chicks on the cover threatened by scary hoods and punks, Hit Parader, Circus, Creem, UFO Report, Dracula Lives!, all the weird assorted expliotation mags! And on te top shelf were the nudies...I would sneak peeks at them...heh heh!

Some youngsters today are taken back by me telling them that, in the 70s, not only did the drug stores have top shelf magazines, but you could buy them as a minor. I was buying girlie mags at 60 cents to a dollar at 10 years old at the local drug store.

Today?

We are so goddamn paranoid that overly paranoid and opressive store managers have to decide if this month's issue of a Potsie magazine like Maxim or the SI swimsuit issue is too much for them to carry it.

Sheesh!!! Lookingup

It's okay to promote murder, hatred, and heavy metal (not that any of those are related) to 7 year olds, but show a woman's tit in a magazine for an adult and the whole f**king retail industry goes ballistic. Even worse, have any suggestion that the magazine is for black men and the management will make a beeline for it to find a reason not to carry it; of course, it's not racist, it's just maintaining standards Lookingup.

I'll take freedom of choice and expression, equality, openness, and sex over someone's f**king country club standards any day.

Gee, I wonder how much of this post didn't make it through the expression filters. Lookingup

That's ma rant fo today.


In case I offended anyone...

I 100% agree. Sex is evil. Killing is OK. What kinda F3cked up logic is that?! I have a page on the lousy escuse for a movie review site called FLIXTER. Some shmuck said that he wouldn't watch any movie with the word "Satan" in the title. So I go to see this guys page. Full of rap music sh!t and half nekkid women. OK. I got nothing against that, I reckon. To each his own. Yet,square in the center of his profile is a glittery thing with a cross that says-"JESUS SAVES!" Huh? 

# 1- He thinks that Satan in a movie title is evil.
#2-Pictures of Porno backer Lil Wayne covers his page.

 Hypicritacal a***ole. I have nothing against Christians. But if yer gonna preach Christ...and enjoy murder and sex in yer movie watching...dam. Get off it. I believe in God. But I ain't a Christian....
 I believe in a God simply because...well...I do. Do I believe that God is some holy perfect enity? NO.
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« Reply #41 on: August 03, 2008, 12:32:09 PM »

I can honestly say that sleet balls hurt.


So sorry to hear that.
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« Reply #42 on: August 03, 2008, 09:16:54 PM »

I grew up in the old days, when "safe sex" was not giving your REAL name. . 
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« Reply #43 on: August 03, 2008, 09:18:03 PM »

I can honestly say that sleet balls hurt.


So sorry to hear that.


I hear penicillin helps with that.
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