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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
> >
> >BORN BEFORE 1986?
> >
> >According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
> >kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's, probably shouldn't have
> >survived.....
> >
> >...because our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based
> >paint which was promptly chewed and licked.
> >
> >We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles,
> >
> >or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.
> >
> >When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just sandals and
> >fluorescent 'spokey dokeys' on our wheels.
> >
> >As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags and
> >riding in the passenger seat was a treat.
> >
> >We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted
> >the
> >same.
> >
> >We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and
> >drank soda stream with sugar in it, but we were never overweight
> >because we were always outside playing.
> >
> >We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and
> >no-one actually died from this.
> >
> >We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top
> >speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.
> >
> >After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve
> >the problem.
> >
> >We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as
> >we were back before it got dark.
> >
> >No one was able to reach us and no one minded.
> >
> >
> >We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99
> >channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile
> >no DVDs, no personal computers, and of course no Internet chat rooms.
> >
> >
> >We had friends - we went outside and found them.
> >
> >We
> >played elastics and four square, and sometimes that ball really hurt!
> >
> >We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law
> >suits.
> >
> >We played knock-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the
> >owners catching us.
> >
> >We walked to friends' homes.
> >
> >We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy
> >or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner.
> >
> >We made up games with sticks and tennis balls.
> >
> >We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.
> >
> >The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of...
> >
> >they actually sided with the law.
> >
> >This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
> >solvers and inventors, ever.
> >
> >The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
> >
> >We had freedom, failure, success and
> >responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
> >
> >And you're one of them.
> >
> >
> >Congratulations!
> >Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids,
> >before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for "our own good".
> >
> >For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read
> >about us.
> >
> >
> >This my friends, is surprisingly frightening.... and it might put a
> >smile on your face:
> >
> >
> >The majority of students in universities today were born in 1986....
> >
> >The Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel.
> >
> >They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or
> >Belinda Carlisle.
> >
> >For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam.
> >
> >AIDS has existed since they were born.
> >
> >CD's have existed since they were born.
> >
> >Michael Jackson has always been white.
> >
> >To
> >them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't
> >imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance.
> >
> >They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are films
> >from last year.
> >
> >They can never imagine life before computers.
> >
> >They'll never have pretended to be the A-Team, the Dukes of Hazard or
> >the Famous Five.
> >
> >They can't believe a black and white television ever existed.
> >
> >And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a
> >mobile phone.
> >
> >Now let's check if we're getting old...
> >1. You understand what was written above and you smile.
> >2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night
> >out. 3. Your friends are getting married/already married 4. You are
> >always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with
> >computers. 5. When you see children with mobile phones, you shake your
> >head. 6. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to
> >some
> >friends because you think they will like it too..
> >
> >Yes, you're getting old!!
> >
post #2 of 34
Isn't amazing we survived & haved lived to tell about how it was in the "olden"days
post #3 of 34
I was born in 1985.

My crib was a death trap, even by 1985 standards. It had thin metal rails that were exactly the width of a baby's head apart. I rode in the passenger's seat after I was too big for a baby car seat. I still drink water from the garden hose

We had Belinda Carlisle records for our record player, and I still have my record player, complete with children's albums on 45s. And no computer until I was a junior in high school. And a black-and-white tv with two dials, one for double digits and one for single digits, when I was little. My parents didn't really care about technology, though they could have afforded it. I remember when we got our first microwave, and my mom wouldn't use it except for boiling water.

Most of my friends thought this was ridiculous. They were like, "you typed your paper on a typewriter?" Yes, and not even an electric one. And yes, it took forever.

I think this makes a good point. But I don't think everyone coddles their children so much. I won't, I know that!
post #4 of 34
I love it! That's how it really was. I was born in 1980. I had a car seat, but I imagine, in case of an accident, it would have killed me rather than the impact. Nintendo came out when I was 10, but we weren't allowed to have one. The first computer I ever saw was in 1st grade. We played "Little Logo" on it. Rick Astely is the bomb. I thought he was a black singer until about 2 years ago, when I saw the video on I Love the 80's.

I still play board games most every weekend. We just bought my daughter Chutes and Ladders, it was the Dora the Explorer Edition. You can't buy the normal kind anymore.

Those were the days!
post #5 of 34
I was born in 1975 and all that is so true. Those were the days I really miss. Thanks for sharing and I'm going to pass that on for sure!
post #6 of 34
Y'all got nothing on me - I was born in 1957 and saw the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show"!
post #7 of 34
I too was born in 1957!!! All that is true and more!!! With no seat belts we would stuff as many people as feasible into dad's truck (no car for me and sis)
and you say 6-7 girls!!!! I remember the 1st microwave-we just had to have baked potatoes in the microwave all the time-when I was a junior in HS mom bought a TI basic function calculator for $70!!! I was one of the 1st people in HS to have one-our HS did get a computer I think when I was a junior (1973).
Can't say we didn't have fun in "the olden" days!!
post #8 of 34
Originally Posted by katl8e
I was born in 1957 and saw the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show"!
That would have been so cool!!
post #9 of 34
Originally Posted by katl8e
Y'all got nothing on me - I was born in 1957 and saw the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show"!
I was born in 1960 and I remember seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show (1963?).

You guys had flouresant spokey dokes on your wheels?

Not only did we ride a bike without a helmet, we rode our friends on the handlebars or the back fender. Sometimes both if you were with 2 friends without bikes.

And remember all the families that loaded their kids in the back of their station wagons. One good crash and they all flew thru the windshield. My dad had a van with the motor between the front seats. My seat was usually on the motor.
post #10 of 34
Originally Posted by katl8e
Y'all got nothing on me - I was born in 1957 and saw the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show"!
I'll go you one better I was born in 1947, and we didn't HAVE TV until I was ten -- B&W of course.

The first computer I ever saw was a humongous ol' mainframe (anyone else remember those?) that took up a room larger than my house that had special air conditioning and took its data from little punch cards. My brother was the "console operator" and the year was 1965.
post #11 of 34
I was born in 1978.

Wasn't Steve Perry from Journey dreamy???
And do you remember getting Wacky Wall-Walkers in your Arby's kids meals?
The smurfs?
Rainbow Brite???
MC Hammer pants???
Milli Vanilli?
And for those of us in this particular generation, Paula Abdul actually DID have a career before American Idol.
I also remember when Fruit Roll-Ups came out...and they were pretty much all strawberry. Oh, and pop tarts!
Oh, and "Where's the Beef?"
The California Grapes were also awesome!!!

The memories!
post #12 of 34
I remember roller skating WITHOUT a helmet or knee/elbow pads.

My parents didn't buy a color TV until 1968.

I remember unraveling 8-track tapes, from the player in my first husband's '66 Le Mans.

Christmas 1966, I got a pair of white go-go boots and thought I was SOOO cool
post #13 of 34
I was born in 1980, and most definitely NEVER wore a helmet while riding my bike (which, yes, had flourescent spokey-dokes on it). We got computers at school around 3rd or 4th grade and I played Oregon Trail over and over again, yet died of dysentary everytime.

I'm REALLY having a hard time with the fact that leggings are back in!!! In fourth grade leggings with an oversized t shirt was THE outfit!
post #14 of 34
I had to wear a helmet. Good thing too--- I flipped over my handlebars once, when my tire got stuck in a grate after whizzing down the biggest hill in town, and landed directly on my head. My helmet cracked in half, all the way through, and I still even scratched my head.

Some of the news things are good... I know kids are too coddled now, but some stuff, like helmets and cribs that don't trap your head... are good. Right?
post #15 of 34
1957 here, too! The Beatles AND the Stones on Ed sullivan. And we watched the Apollo astronauts and President Kennedy"s funeral on our old black and white TV. Remember Huntley and Brinkley? Our roller skates needed to be clamped onto our shoes with a skate key. My dad took apart a pair of roller skates and made them into two homemade skateboards for my sister and I. No helmets for those, either.
The really big question is, how did I survive High School and the military?
post #16 of 34
OMG! White Go-Go Boots!!! *ROFL* I still have mine. I was born in 1959, saw both the Beatles and the Stones on Ed Sullivan, watched the Kennedy funeral(s) on TV as well as the Viet Nam war piped in on our big b&w console TV at dinner every night ... I well remember Huntley and Brinkley, as well as Walter Cronkite. I had a pink Sting-Ray bike with a banana seat and I baked cookies for tea parties in my Easy-Bake Oven (powered with a 200 watt light bulb). I also made made some wierd gummy things with my Vacu-Form and polished rocks out of my driveway with a rock polisher thingie machine. Twiggy was all the rage, Laugh-In was the show to catch and I had both an 8-track player (anyone remember King Crimson "In The Court of the Crimson King"??) as well as the original Lava Lamp. I listened to Pink Floyd ("Meddle" and "Animals"), The Moody Blues ("Days of Future Past") and as a teenager, saw Elton John's Yellow Brick Road tour, Jethro Tull's "Passion Play" and Emerson, Lake and Palmer all performing live. I also saw Yes (I loved Rick Wakeman!!).
post #17 of 34
Actully we did have games systems, and about 60 channels on the tv, and caught the bus to school, always buckled our seat belts, and always had to let mom and dad where we were going, even if it was to the neighbor's house. We never wore helmets, not that it would have done any good. I scraped my knees dozens of times, never my head. We played records on the fisher price record player, that still works by the way. My dad and grandfather always had those old huge video camreas at ever holiday. I write my first papers on a type writer, but got computers in school in 2nd-3rd grade I think. ALways watched Sesame Street and Mr Rogers, Fraggle Rock, Muppet Show and Peter Jenning on ABC News and Jepordy, when the questions were really hard.

Ahh growing up in the 80's. If I only knew then what I know now.
post #18 of 34
I was born 1980 and those are true and I am still alive.
post #19 of 34
I had forgotten about the "Huntley-Brinkley Report". I DID sit up and watch the '69 moon landing AND I watched Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on the "Tonight Show". Granny and I would watch the "Tonight Show", to see what outrageous outfit that Doc Severinson would be wearing.

I also watched Pres. Nixon's resignation speech.

My Sting-Ray bike was purple (of course), with a shiny flowered vinyl seat. I rode that bike, until I was 15.
post #20 of 34
Actually i was born in 1986, and i got a world map when i was 3 years old, i remember when germany was still divided and i actually remember when they were making a big fuss when Germany was reunited.

We used to have a Black and White Tv untill we moved to italy, and i used to watch it everyday before going to bed.

In italy i would go out and play all day long and my mother didnt mind untill dinner time.

Mobile phones isnt a necessarity for me, i dont understand why people go crazy over it

And i still dont wear a helmet on my bike ;P
post #21 of 34
1976 here, these are such fun memories to consider!
post #22 of 34
Originally Posted by rapunzel47
I'll go you one better I was born in 1947, and we didn't HAVE TV until I was ten -- B&W of course.

The first computer I ever saw was a humongous ol' mainframe (anyone else remember those?) that took up a room larger than my house that had special air conditioning and took its data from little punch cards. My brother was the "console operator" and the year was 1965.
Our first TV was black and white - we got it after I was born.

The first computer I ever used in 1973 had to be fed by ticker tape or punch cards. When I started as a programmer in 1979, we used punch cards because they didn't have terminals. I saw the first terminal that I used in 1980 in the Smithsonian and just laughed! The mainframe that the terminal was hooked up to was huge! A big ol IBM 3070.
post #23 of 34
Perhaps I am an odd child, but my parents bought their first home computer in 1986 (it was an Apple 2E). And I also grew up with video games; we had an Atari 2600, and a Coleco vision. For thoes of you who don't know that a coleco vision is The Cabbage Patch Kids game came out for it. I can remember playing that when I had the Chicken Pocks. My father also had one of the very first cell phones; it was a second briefcase that he had to carry around with him. I remember distinctly him taking it to work with him. We were also one of the first families to ever have cable, I can remember when ESPN was only rodeos and strong man competitions from Australia.

I was born in 1978. My parents are tech junkies. What can I say?
post #24 of 34
Oh, and we were the first family on our block to have the internet. I can remember my Father posting on bulletin boards trying to get help with his research. Our first modem looked like the one from War Games, where you had to put the receiver of the phone into a holder. I can also remember Usenet… and CompuServe. Some of my worst fears as a kid were hiding my AOL usage from my parents, because they use to charge by the minute.

One last edit... I swear... in 1996 my Mom bought some of her text books online from this little known website called amazon.com.
post #25 of 34
While I technically am in this club, I can't say I necessarily remember Reagan being president or the Berlin Wall coming down, although I was around for both...I do remember being really scared when the first Gulf War happened.

We got the Nintendo NES when I was 7 or 8 and got our first CD player (it was a 5-CD changer) shortly thereafter. We didn't have cable until I was well into elementary school and then, it only had maybe 50 channels. When we got our first family "car phone" the thing was bigger and more cumbersome than the one in the house...I was in elementary school when that happened, but I was in maybe 7th grade when the first motorola flip phones came out. We DID have a computer when I was a kid, but ran DOS and like 3 other programs and the printer was the size of a 5,000BTU Air Conditioner and printed in pixels. We had this "Disney Print Shop" And when you printed out the cards or whatever, you had to color them by hand. I wasn't required to start typing things until high school and AOL came out when I was in 5th grade. Our modem went 2400bps (I think...it was SLOW)

So while I'm not very old (I was born in 1985...and if you want to feel old, just remember that those of us born in 1985 can now legally purchase and consume liquor), it's fun to give that spiel to the kids I babysit for, when they're not being sedentary bumps that lay in front of their comcast digital 2345656 channel cable all day.
post #26 of 34
That's awesome, I love it. I don't know however kids survive these days, lol. I remember most this stuff, especially back when kids played outside all day long, and if you ran in and out you got yelled at for 'letting the air conditioning' out. I would get threatened that if I came in one more time I was staying in, EEK!! I would stay gone till dusk! Lol.
post #27 of 34
On a cross-country trip in 1963, my father took the backseat out of our 1956 Buick Special and replaced it with a twin-sized mattress. My brother and I rode and slept there, half in the trunk.

Seat belts? WE didn't need no stinkin' seat belts!
post #28 of 34
Wow, that is all so true. I was born in 1982! The thing about AIDS is true as well. Scared the hell out of my parents when they saw a news report stating that anyone who had had a blood transfusion prior to '86 was at risk. I had had two transfusions when I was an infant: first one was when I was a week old, the second was when I was a month old. My parents trotted me to the Dr. to get a test..luckily it was negative.

It's amazing what medical advances there are now. There are procedures that an AIDs infected mother can go through to lessen the chance that her child is born infected.
post #29 of 34
I was born in '87.....BUT I still did alot of thoes things that kids back then did.
I even wore diapers that didn't change colors or temperatures when I peed in them. Thoes were the days.
post #30 of 34
Originally Posted by rapunzel47 View Post
The first computer I ever saw was a humongous ol' mainframe (anyone else remember those?) that took up a room larger than my house that had special air conditioning and took its data from little punch cards. My brother was the "console operator" and the year was 1965.
I owe my existence to one of those giant computers--my father was a programmer and my mother was a keypunch operator. That's how they met. (I was born in 1974.)
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