To Those of Us Born 1925 - 1970 :

  • masculumpedes

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    Jul 18, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
    1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!


    First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked
    and/or drank while they were pregnant.

    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

    Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat....and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

    We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight.
    WHY?

    Because we were always outside playing...that's why!
    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
    No one was able to reach us all day.
    --And, we were OKAY.

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

    Imagine that!!

    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

    If YOU are one of those born
    between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!

    I am one....I was born 1961...icon_wink.gif

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    Jul 18, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    I was born in 1966.
    I ate paint chips.
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidI was born in 1966.
    I ate paint chips.


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    Jul 18, 2011 7:17 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidI was born in 1966.
    I ate paint chips.


    Wow...I had no idea you were that old...icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:42 PM GMT
    I think you forgot to mention the kids who died from falling off their bike and cracking their head open, running into the street and getting hit by a car, or other such deaths that were more common pre-millenium.
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:46 PM GMT
    I frankly am surprised that I'm still alive considering what I've been through.
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:48 PM GMT
    Anduru saidI think you forgot to mention the kids who died from falling off their bike and cracking their head open, running into the street and getting hit by a car, or other such deaths that were more common pre-millenium.

    That was just Darwinian natural selection at work.
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:50 PM GMT
    TexDef07 said
    Anduru saidI think you forgot to mention the kids who died from falling off their bike and cracking their head open, running into the street and getting hit by a car, or other such deaths that were more common pre-millenium.
    That was just Darwinian natural selection at work.
    Yeah, I'm a fan of stupid people dying too, but that doesn't mean you can ignore the fact that they did die.

    ...and if you all didn't wear helmets, wouldn't you all be considered stupid? icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:53 PM GMT

    I would also like to add that doctors outnumbered lawyers, we may have gotten a good whipping with the willow stick if we disobeyed our parents, we may have had to shovel walks in the winter and mow lawns in the summer if we wanted spending money....and yet, somehow we survived. I'll even take that one step further... we not only survived....we flourished.
    Wouldn't trade one single day for all the tea in China...wouldn't go back or want to be a part of THIS generation for all the money in the world.
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
    Anduru saidI think you forgot to mention the kids who died from falling off their bike and cracking their head open, running into the street and getting hit by a car, or other such deaths that were more common pre-millenium.


    Yeah, it was such a shame they started protecting the stupid end of gene pool ....

    I climbed power poles, down wells looking for frogs, I played in asbestos, sprayed dieldrin and sunbaked all summer long - regrets? meh, I dont think so...

    I'll be able to look back on a life where I took some risks and lived a little.. Not reminisce about the weekend I stayed up 48 hours straight to beat my score on a PS2 game...

    Live and let live..
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    I remember me and an older brother making a grasshopper mud pie and forcing my little brother to eat it.

    or... we use to team up in pairs with neighboring farm kids and have bb gun wars. Our version of "cowboys and indians"... our Indians had bb guns since none of us had bows and arrows.

    or... we had a 4 lane highway pass through our place. Around July 4th, with cousins visiting, at night we would hide and shoot bottle rockets at vehicles speeding by on the highway. That was always fun to look forward to.



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    Jul 18, 2011 1:18 PM GMT
    sc69 said
    Anduru saidI think you forgot to mention the kids who died from falling off their bike and cracking their head open, running into the street and getting hit by a car, or other such deaths that were more common pre-millenium.


    Yeah, it was such a shame they started protecting the stupid end of gene pool ....
    Live and let live..


    @ Anduru: The number of times I feel off my bike wouldn't quite match the number of kids who get shot at by gang members or had their bikes stolen by some pathetic bastard looking for something to trade for meth.
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:21 PM GMT
    True - no computers and very little on TV - you had to get outside and run around, get creative about things to do.

    No texting - but you could call on the black rotary dial telephone ( if parents weren't using it) or see your friends in person......freaky!

    There were a few medications instead of millions and "side effects" was a term you heard in Sci-fi movies.
    Movies were 25 cents, then 50 then 75 etc etc.There was a "cents" symbol on the typewriter keyboard instead of just a $.
    Coffee was just........coffee.
    People who worked had energy to enjoy thier time off, and kids were just kids - not future graduates of Ivy League Universities or Sports Superstars in training.

    There was time to do nothing instead of no time to get everything done.
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
    I think you could extend the dates until the mid-80s (well at least here in Australia) - I was born in 79 and did all those types of things in the 80s.
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
    Although I am not of this particular generation (born in 1975), I enjoyed almost all of the things malefeet mentioned during my childhood too. Guess I had an old-fashioned upbringing after all.
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    Friendsrbetter said
    wouldn't go back or want to be a part of THIS generation for all the money in the world.


    We weren't inviting you.

    And alot of things mentioned were still around during the 80's and early 90's too. Or have y'all got so caught up in the "now generation" that even 10-15 years ago now feels like half a century?




  • masculumpedes

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    Jul 18, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    Thanks for the responses guys....You're the best! icon_biggrin.gif

    ( and here I was, thinking I was the 'oldest' guy on here ) icon_redface.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    Just last night I was talking with some neighbors--whose ages were older and younger than me-- about catching Jar Flies and June-bugs and tying string to them to let them fly around buzzing while we played.

    One younger person asked "Why would you do that?"

    My older neighbor--age 72-- grabbed the 'kids' cell phone that he had been constantly texting/grinding/tweeting on and said " 'Cause we didn't have this infernal thing! We had to use our imaginations when we played, not get it from a box!"
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Just last night I was talking with some neighbors--whose ages were older and younger than me-- about catching Jar Flies and June-bugs and tying string to them to let them fly around buzzing while we played.

    One younger person asked "Why would you do that?"

    My older neighbor--age 72-- grabbed the 'kids' cell phone that he had been constantly texting/grinding/tweeting on and said " 'Cause we didn't have this infernal thing! We had to use our imaginations when we played, not get it from a box!"



    LOL...I love it! icon_biggrin.gif

    ( and I think we called them ' lightning bugs' ) icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Just last night I was talking with some neighbors--whose ages were older and younger than me-- about catching Jar Flies and June-bugs and tying string to them to let them fly around buzzing while we played.

    One younger person asked "Why would you do that?"

    My older neighbor--age 72-- grabbed the 'kids' cell phone that he had been constantly texting/grinding/tweeting on and said " 'Cause we didn't have this infernal thing! We had to use our imaginations when we played, not get it from a box!"


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    Jul 18, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
    sahem62896 saidAlthough I am not of this particular generation (born in 1975), I enjoyed almost all of the things malefeet mentioned during my childhood too. Guess I had an old-fashioned upbringing after all.


    Yes, I agree....and so very handsome also...icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:44 PM GMT
    TexDef07 said
    Anduru saidI think you forgot to mention the kids who died from falling off their bike and cracking their head open, running into the street and getting hit by a car, or other such deaths that were more common pre-millenium.

    That was just Darwinian natural selection at work.


    Yep and if check on that you will find that "laws" haven't changed those numbers significantly . Actually since OSHA was enacted accidents in the workplace have increased and teen suicides and diabetes are off the charts.
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:44 PM GMT
    jawrhed said...."and kids were just kids -"



    And were not told in grade school that the world was going to end soon if we all didn't stop using so much toilet paper, start using CLF's, and stop burning fossil fuels!!

    We were allowed to be children, not tools to be used against our parents!

    I have no doubt that is one major factor in the rise in teenage suicide. They've been scared shitless since kindergarten!
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    I was born in 1955.

    Remember Tang? Why drink real orange juice when you could tear open a packet and mix it up in a jug?

    Fizzies! (think alka-seltzer tablets flavoured like root beer, lol)

    Oh gads - make your own instant balloons. It was goop that came out of a tube. You stuck a glorp of it on a straw and blew into it and it slowly made itself into a plastic balloon.

    ...turns out the stuff was plastic kept liquid with ACETONE!!!icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif

    Half the neighbourhood kids were unconscious on their front lawns. O.o

    -Doug
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    We had a level of independence unimaginable to kids today. The other mind boggling difference is the technology gap. I still remember a crowd of kids coming round to see my brother's calculator and him trying to impress them by writing words with the numbers. (At that time kids were still being taught how to use slide rules, at least in my school!)