- 06-12-2012, 04:33 PM #26
Speaking of TV, how many of us were "remote controls" for Dad? I remember him flipping me in the back of my head and saying "Channel 4"... then I'd get up off the floor where I was sitting and watching TV, walk across the room, change the mechanical dial on the TV to channel 4 and walk back and sit down again... ahhhh, the good old days.
and I was nearly 20 years old before Dad got his first COLOR TV.
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- 06-12-2012, 05:39 PM #27
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- 06-12-2012, 06:20 PM #29
The really funny (scary?) part is that when I tell my kids about this, they don't believe me. And my grandkids look at me like I have 3 heads. They can't grasp the concept of "records", a single B&W TV with 3 snowy stations to watch, and movies that you watch with a film projector... we had one phone in the house and it was a big, black "desk" model with a rotary dial, connected to the wall with a terminal block - didn't even have the RJ-11 plugs...
And we didn't go out to eat every day - or even every week. Eating in a restaurant was a real, special treat...
I learned to ride my bike without a helmet, probably ate lead paint, and my "seatbelt" in the car was the back of Dad's arm to keep me from flying around in the car as I stood in the front seat between him and Mom... but we all survived, anyway.
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- 06-13-2012, 08:53 PM #31
ROFL, yea we were human remote too! Actually we also had one of THE first test cable systems too in Philly in the 70ies, with a wired remote cable box. It was only in a 20 block area and my house happened to be in that area. No one else in Philly had it, heck most of the country didn't have it and it wasn't the cable that we have now. Here's a blog about it....
Philadelphia Memories: Cable TV Comes to South Philly
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- 06-15-2012, 11:47 AM #39
I was explaining to my kids how a quarter, and especially 50 cents, could buy you enough junk food to last you a couple days. Cookies and candy were not charged 'per item' like they are now. My kids just stare at me with amazement at hearing that. Heck, when my 22 year old son was grade school age, he didn't even know what an album/LP was. I recall him asking if it were a "big CD"....(laughing)
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- 06-15-2012, 02:45 PM #42iMore Genius
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Isn't it amazing any of us survived??? With all the new "safety" regulations now, seriously, how did anyone grow up? No helmets, sitting in the front seat, buying smokes from a machine...
Also I got my license in 1996 and gas was .99 a gallon, and I would drive hard and fast and fill it up all the time and not care!!! Now I don't even hit the gas pedal in traffic!! I just coast through the city!!! 60 dollar fill ups is a TRAVESTY!!!
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- 06-16-2012, 12:20 AM #44
I actually ended up working at the local public library when I was in high school and college, but by that time (starting in 1985) the library had computerized its catalog.
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- 06-18-2012, 08:28 AM #46
Filled up my truck on Friday after work. $3.04/gal. Never thought I'd be so happy to see gas at $3/gallon.
- 06-19-2012, 06:24 AM #47
I never paid attention to gas prices until I got my first car in 1986. I remember finding places around Atlanta that were 79 and 80 cents a gallon. Even until as recently as 2000 it was 1.10 in Yorktown, Virginia where I used to live and it's exploded, pardon the pun, upwards lately.
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