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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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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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R209
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 7:47:22 PM

Flexy Flyer
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WES03
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2014 5:13:55 PM

No day light savings time (North Carolina).
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J Eric
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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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thorman52
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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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magpie2013
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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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amchornetx
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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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magpie2013
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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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J Eric
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2014 3:38:33 PM

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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MustangRacing
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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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J Eric
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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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Mr1lung
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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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catfish99
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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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gator2002
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 5:37:18 PM

They played music on AM radio?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 4:22:44 PM

I don't remember the first time I typed on the keyboard of an electric typewriter, but I do remember, very vaguely, typing on a manual typewriter, probably an Underwood but I'm not sure, and learning the importance of paying attention to what you put on paper because correcting or changing what you typed took an effort. Today you can simply type, and if you're using a word processor have the program automatically correct your misspellings and grammer, though not the ideas. And if you're using most social media, whatever that's supposed to mean, such as Twitter, you don't have to be anywhere near correct in what you're putting "on paper" because no one else cares how it's written, let alone you the writer.

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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 4:17:58 PM

Probably no one will know about it, let alone remember it, but On October 17, 1935, Harcourt, Brace published John O'Hara's second novel, BUtterfield 8.

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malcm
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 4:49:55 PM

I remember that the price of gas, or really, just about ANYTHING is mostly irrelevant if inflation isn't also considered.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 4:09:16 PM

On October 9, 1963, the Associated Press reported the following, dated-lined Shreveport, Louisiana:

"Same Cooke, Negro rock 'n' roll singer, is free on $102 bond today after his arrest when he tried to register at a white motel.
"Cooked was booked with three other Negroes, including his wife Barbara, 28, of Los Angeles, after he came here early yesterday for a performance at the city auditorium.
"The four were charged with disturbing the peace after Cooke blew his car horn in front of the motel office for some time when the clerk told him the motel was closed, police said.
"Also arrested were Charles Cooke Jr., 26, of Ecorse, Mich., and Senior Roy Craine, 52, of Chicago."

Cooke, his wife and his brother were, and a friend, were arrested 50 years ago this month after they attempted to check into a "whites-only" motel in north Louisiana. Cook, a Mississippi native who started as a gospel singer, sprang to fame in 1957 with "You Send Me," and a series of other hits followed. On October 8, 1963, Cooke and his entourage traveled to Shreveport for a show there. The group tried to check into a Holiday Inn, but the manager of the motel insisted there were no vacancies. According to contemporary press accounts, Cooke and his companions argued with the manager, then yelled at gues, and sat in their car and honked the horn. The four were arrested for disturbing the peace. The incident helped inspire Cooke's hit "A Change is Gonna Come," which became an anthem of the civil rights movement.

Just a remembrance.
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hoofharted
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 2:45:48 AM

The neighborhood kids would get together to play "kick the can"
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 12:32:16 AM

World War II veterans are still old and Korean War veterans aren't much younger. May they live to be even older.

All things considered they are still among the greatest generation
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gman617
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:46:25 AM

I remember when Vietnam vets were young guys and WW2 vets were old.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 10:45:31 AM

When it was easy to work on my car. Now cars are made so you have to take them to a garage or dealership for the slightest of repairs. Like the back three spark plugs on many cars are next to impossible to change without slanting the whole engine forward. That's Detroit ingenuity.
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2013 1:00:30 PM

I remember those uniforms...
Now they wear school clothes. Shorts and Tshirt were best.
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 11:37:09 PM

You could mail a post card for a penny. Businesses often did so, to thank customers for placing orders.
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littleone413
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 1:38:11 PM

yes when gas 39 cents a gal!
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down2fumes
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 1:24:18 PM

Yeah, I remember those times!!! Great days they were too!!!! Thanks for the reminder!!! It put some nice pictures in my head and brought a smile.
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monkeythief
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 1:11:31 PM

wax lips with juice inside:)
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 12:54:31 PM

"It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?" Kids expect it now.
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Cinny143
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 12:20:29 AM

Those straws filled with colored sugar.
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