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Fire_n_Ice

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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2005 10:22:04 AM

I got an email this morning that brought back a lot of memories. I hope it will for you, too. I'm just putting a few excerpts here:

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did?

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

Summers were filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?

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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2014 10:51:39 PM

Everything wasn't all spelled out for us to the exact detail. People used their imaginations and brains and survived, lived day to day. We moved forward!
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 4:08:18 AM

All the stores were lined up on one or two main streets of a town. There were no Shopping Centers strung out for miles of urban sprawl - indeed, the concept of "shopping centers" or "malls" did not exist!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 8:16:30 PM

Many homes in small towns or some established sections of the city, has both front and back porches. Neighbors would go by, you'd invite them in to visit or talk thru the screened windows. Sit out on a nice evening just relaxing.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: May 19, 2014 11:28:07 PM

When your girlfriend sat next to you in the front seat when you drove anywhere on a date, or driving her home after school, or just out driving/cruising.
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geezer
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 11:34:08 PM

I remember writing on the cave walls, then riding my dinosaur...
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USATodayDude
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 9:59:12 PM

I remember when it was safe for Children to play outside without getting Kidnapped or Shot..... :(
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Sneakers, Thanks for sharing CPAP story.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 8:51:29 PM

I remember when it was cool and safe to hitchhike across the U.S. I didn't quite go that far but I did my fair share of thumbing. I hitched from South Bend to Atlanta (and back) at least 5 times and on to Savannah GA another 3 times. Got rides from some of the nicest people too. Me and a friend was standing on U.S. 31 on our way South in a snow storm. We finally got picked up by an elderly couple that got in their trunk and gave us some dry towels. They also fed us and took us to OUR destination well out of their way. A rarity in today's world.
On my way back from Atlanta to South Bend by myself one time a nice looking lady stopped and got out of the car and said, "don't be scared of Smokey (?)in the back seat." When I got in the car I saw what she meant. A very large German Shepard had his chin on my shoulder for about 500 miles. Me scared...not at all. She let me out in Indianapolis and I thanked her profusely. Not so much for the ride but for letting me out in one piece.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 5:34:58 AM

Ah, and I remember Chicago baseball also. In the 50s I was a White Sox fan, as most of my whole family was. The Sox won the pennant in 1959 but lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2. Loved listening to the games on radio. In 57 I listened to Bob Keegan pitch a no-hitter and was as excited as it I were there.
Within 2-3 years the Sox had traded away all my favorite players and I was dejected to say the least. My maternal grandfather was a diehard Cub fan and watched all the games on WGN. I would ride my bike the one mile to watch with him and that's how I became a Cub fan. I estimate from 1968 to the early 90s I went to Wrigley Field 100 times. Even had one of the yellow "No Lights In Wrigley Field" t-shirts. After I went to a night game for the first time, it was like heaven. Unfortunately, I may never see a Cub game in a Championship season, unless you count 1984 Divisional Championship.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 4:49:52 AM

On Jun 1, 2005 9:22:04 AM, Fire_n_Ice wrote:

>All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

The most strenuous things girls did in school could be done while they were wearing Keds?

Then, you had a girls' basketball team and the girls wore Converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Stars just like the boys did? Except, for some reason, the girls wore unbleached white high-tops and the boys wore red low-tops? They had red high-tops back then, I'd figure it would have made more sense to have both teams wearing them!

>It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

It takes almost that long for modern sets to come on. Except they go from nothingness to a full picture, the old tube sets went through a five-minute metamorphosis.

>Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home
>from school?

When Mom was out doing something, she'd leave something for me to eat on the top shelf of the refrigerator.

One day, she left some cows' tongue on the top shelf. I commented I didn't like the stuff, but i ate it not knowing what it was. Mom commented "You sure ate cow tongue when you didn't know it was cow tongue!"

Another time, she left the family supper on the top shelf and I ate part of it! She came home complaining I'd eaten supper. I said that she had put it on the top shelf and I put it back on the top shelf when I had my fill! Don't know how much I ate but some was left.

>When a quarter was a decent allowance?

When I was a senior in high school, I got a dollar a week plus what I could glean out of the sofa cushions.

>Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

Remember that...

>You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
>without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air?
>And, you got trading stamps to boot?

I don't ever remember getting trading stamps at gas stations, but I remember them at grocery stores.

When I was in Alabama, the Kroger stores there had a system that was basically trading stamps on a smart card. I got a number of things from the system the time I was there. The system must have not worked out because they don't have it in Texas in this millennium.

>It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a
>real restaurant with your parents?

In junior high, I was being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. My Mom and Pop decided to take me out to eat. They thought I would ask to go to McDonald's. I said I wanted to go to THE TOP OF THE TOWER RESTAURANT on the east side of what was then the Blue Ridge Mall. I knew about it because the optician that did my glasses was in the same building. Mom and Pop were somewhat flabbergasted, but they said if I wanted to go there I had to dress nicely. I did, and we went there. While we ate, we looked out the window at the Kansas City skyline in the dark. When they asked if we wanted wine, I said "I'm not old enough to have wine!" (That is not really true. Missouri has very liberal alcoholic beverage laws. Unlike most states, parents can give kids alcoholic beverages without breaking the law. Also, public intoxication is not a crime in Missouri. When my BFF found out about the alcoholic beverage laws in Missouri, she was ready to move up there!) When I got sick one time and commented to the doctor "I feel like I'm drunk, but I haven't had a drop to drink!" they ran a blood alcohol level. It came back all zeroes. I told my Mom about this and she said "You like neither the taste nor the effects of alcohol!" I commented "It was an ER doctor, he had to rule the possibility out!" He also did a toxicity screen on me to see if I had ingested something unaware. Nothing there but the drugs that I had been prescribed by my doctors. CPAP machines were quite rare in 1998 (I had to drive to the other side of Houston to have my sleep studies), while now it seems that every other strip mall in Clear Lake has a sleep diagnostics center in it. Later on, as they were used more frequently, they began finding out that patients who are put on a CPAP machine sometimes come down with mental status changes. One doctor even took the CPAP away from one of his patients and the mental status changes went away. They eventually concluded that patients that did this were mentally ill all along, they just didn't have the symptoms enough to make a clear diagnosis possible until they got a good night's sleep!

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mincemeat26
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 3:17:10 AM

I remember my first Major League baseball game. Phillies vs. Cubs, 1945 -- the last time the Cubs won a pennant.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:48:30 AM

I remember selling "White Cloverine Salve" from an ad out of a magazine. Sold light bulbs too. I couldn't remember what magazine the ad was in, so I looked it up.
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White Cloverine Salve
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The tin that is shown in the article is what I sold. Oh to have a dozen or so of them in the attic.
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wackiness
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:45:12 AM

I remember Cub Scout meetings in our one car garage
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wackiness
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:43:37 AM

I remember my Dad taking me to the San Fransico Bay to watch Navy vessels preparing to depart for the Korean War
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wackiness
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:33:20 AM

Milkman delivered milk to the door. Remember he'd place a sack of ice on top
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 9:23:28 PM

I'm happy to report that 8 persons, including 4 juveniles, were arrested for the shooting of the 2 year old in South Bend as reported in the previous posting.

Now back to "Do You Remember When"

[Edited by: thorman52 at 4/19/2014 9:24:20 PM EST]
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 12:57:07 AM

flyboyUT - I was too young to drive but I do remember my dad being excited when the stations would have "gas wars" and he'd get filled up for 12.0 a gal. Where are those gas wars today?

Reading back some, I see a couple of people remembering having their kids playing outside without a worry. I'm sad to say that is REALLY in the past. Here in South Bend, last Wednesday, a two-year old toddler was doing just that, playing out in his own front yard. He was shot in the head by a stray bullet from one of two rival gangs having a shoot out in the neighborhood. He was buried on Sunday.
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WHY?
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[Edited by: thorman52 at 4/15/2014 12:58:07 AM EST]
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:58:41 PM

Going to professional sporting events, no matter what sport was affordable, you could take the kids and wouldn't need to have a part time job. Baseball of all games, the American past time should be an event you can purchase tickets to sit in the outfield say family of 4, get hot dogs, pop, couple bags of popcorn all for under a $100. Not in today's world. I remember taking my 3 kids to the Metrodome during mid 80's and mid 90's. We'd sit in center field behind Kirby Puckett, do the above all for under $60!

Reflecting like diesel, kids were outdoors playing all the time, sandlot baseball, riding bikes, croquet...not sitting indoors on computers, watching T.V., Iphone...we didn't stay indoors. Only if it rained or had to come home for dinner after dad got home from work.
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dieselpower2014
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 12:27:51 AM

I remember going to the grocery store barefooted. Those cold floors felt good in the hot summer. I remember eating hotdogs at Tastee freeze. I remember when kids still played outside. I remember when America was strong and nobody wanted to mess with us.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 9:03:03 PM

You typed papers on a typewriter, used an eraser wheel for mistakes, brushed away the eraser fragments with the other end with the small bristle/brush. Then came correcting tape which was much better.
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malcm
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:34:53 PM

Unemployed? Then ALL prices are out of reach. Otherwise, the comparisons need to include inflation for a true figure.
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:03:23 PM

Also remember when a $1.00 postage stamp was quite a rarity. You'd have to mail something really heavy, like a microwave oven, to need them on the package. But come to think of it, there were no microwaves back then either.
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2014 11:32:50 PM

No, don't remember gas prices being quite that low! More like 26.9. I remember when Christmas Accounts were popular at banks.
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 9:05:52 PM

Yeah I remember the Latin Mass for sure. I used to really enjoy going to High Mass.

Anybody else remember buying gas for 17.9 per gallon and hearing the truckers whine about diesel being 6 cents a gallon.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 8:57:49 PM

Having mass in Latin.

Dòminus vobìscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.


[Edited by: thorman52 at 3/16/2014 8:58:33 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 7:47:22 PM

Flexy Flyer
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No day light savings time (North Carolina).
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2014 4:32:18 PM

Toothpaste came in metal tubes (tin, I think) and one had to be careful when rolling them up to squeeze out the last bits of goop; the metal would crack and break if too much pressure was applied.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2014 12:25:19 AM

magpie2013 - You are right about kids not shoveling for the most part. But last January when we were having some pretty intense snowfalls, a kid (about 12) knocked at the door and wanted to shovel our walk (about 60 yards of standard size sidewalk) for $20. Ahhh yes. They learn early these days.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2014 6:49:42 PM

You could play in front of your home without a worry, kids on your block all protected and played with each other, Mom could holler out the front door to come in and no one else complained because their mom did it too. And you could smack the side of the TV and that straightened out the screen, and we all watched family shows together!:)
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2014 4:52:17 PM

Straight 6 engine, everything right there out in the open for you to work on!

Fire, just good to reread your beginning post on this topic, those were the days, much simpler, people looked out for one another, and everything wasn't focused on the almighty dollar. Didn't overpay athletes, sporting events, and professional league owners. Businesses made FAIR profits and corporate GREED not as rampant as it is now.

[Edited by: amchornetx at 3/1/2014 4:57:03 PM EST]
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2014 4:13:47 AM

I remember making my first photocopy, at age 20; needed a copy of my birth certificate so I could go to Mexico over the summer to study. My college had one xerox machine, in the Dean's office, and he graciously let me make a copy.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2014 7:27:31 PM

We shoveled for a quarter, and we stayed out most of the day, kids don't shovel anymore.!:(
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2014 7:14:29 PM

Potato chips came in just one flavor, well, potato. Not cheese and chili, vinegar and onion, etc., etc.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 4:54:38 AM

Speaking of rotary phones, we also were on a 4 phone party line. You'd pick up the phone and if your neighbor was talking to their sister in Nova Scotia, you just had to wait. Of course for some entertainment you could just listen to their conversation.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 1:11:04 AM

We had rotary dial phones and you had to place a long distance call thru an operator.
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Seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. And my parents and I both wondering, what's with all that hair?
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 2:26:59 PM

Yes Mr1 I do! No reason for gas to be over $3.00/gal, especially with all the oil coming out of Bakken Fields in North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Canada oil sands with all new methods to extract. Oil company execs wanting the oil exporting embargo lifted implemented in mid 70's in response to the OPEC oil embargo, so they can make huge profits to export it. They're making those huge profits now, by the prices we're being charged for gas NOW. If you want the export embargo lifted, this is our natural resource, drop prices for Americans below $2.00/gal. for gas, charge whatever you want to those countries you're exporting to, just like OPEC and other importing nations have been doing to us for 4 decades!!! Otherwise, keep the exporting embargo for oil IN PLACE! PURE CORPORATE GREED!!!

Halftime at the Super Bowl was a high school marching band. I'm not impressed by all the commercials or the Hollywood glitz of the halftime show. Have the game start 3pm CST!!!

[Edited by: amchornetx at 2/3/2014 2:26:29 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 10:13:17 AM

When you could send your kids out to play for hours on end without the worry.
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 3:13:35 AM

Got an A on the geography test by correctly answering that Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2014 6:33:25 PM

Gas was $0.25 gallon
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 6:20:44 PM

Watching the Packers v. 49ers Wild Card game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, temp near zero. The field color is brown, remember on color T.V. sets adjusting the tint and color so the field would appear green. Good memories and stories, now it's automatic with HD.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:46:51 PM

Rotary phones then push button...........now answering machines, texting. People either saw one another in person or talked on the phone, no urgency or need to be available 24/7.
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2013 11:44:00 PM

Bubble lights are back!

I used to run into old erasers when cleaning up. Think they're all gone now.

Am, Nice to know you had same conversation. Parents go thru same issues everywhere.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Bubble lights on Xmas trees.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 9:22:50 AM

48 years ago this week the Baltimore Orioles traded for Frank Robinson, who led them to four World Series in six years.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2013 6:37:51 PM

It was 51 years ago tonight when President Kennedy spoke to the nation about offensive missiles aimed at the US in Cuba. I was helping my grandfather deliver furniture when we stopped to listen at a customer's house. Anyone interested, here's the whole speech from YouTube.
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Kennedy's speech on the Cuban Missle Crisis
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2013 12:38:21 AM

malcm:

It's apparently not on my iPhone. What I wouldn't give for the keyboard of my old Blackberry

Nice to hear from you again.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 8:19:13 PM

gold, good point I was making that point with my daughter late this afternoon when I gave her a ride from downtown after a day at work.

Gas Buddy, I remember using an Underwood typewriter, then graduated to a Corona manual typewriter, little easier on the typing, they had correcting fluid and correcting small tab sheets. Never did own an electric typewriter, wrote alot of papers in college on the Corona!

Remember using the wheel eraser with the bristle end to correct typing mistakes.
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malcm
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 7:59:21 PM

GasBuddy Sorry to cavil, but the word is grammar, not grammer - where was the"spell check" underline?
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