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To Those of Us Born Between 1925-1970
An email I recieved

Posted on 02/06/2010 8:02:54 AM PST by Dallas

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!    
To Those of    Us Born   1925 - 1970  :
At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, please    
read what he said.
Very well stated, Mr.. Leno.
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.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies
in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.  
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

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

We would spend hours building
our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes... After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos and X boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms...

 and we went outside and found  them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.  
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.  
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and  
-although we were told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

   We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
  Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.  Imagine that!!    
  The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!  

These generations have produced some of the best  risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.  
The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..  
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!  
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.  
  While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.  
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?
The quote of the month  by
Jay Leno:
   "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"  

 For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us.....go ahead and delete this.  
For the rest of us. ...pass this on...  

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; chainemail; chat; childhood; oldage; parenting; senile
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To: Dallas
Born 1929.

Great life..What didn't kill me made me stronger. ( I don't know who first said that, but I found it to be true.)

41 posted on 02/06/2010 8:51:00 AM PST by BARLF
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To: Peter W. Kessler
1956-'er here... Remember these sting rays we used to ride everywhere?

42 posted on 02/06/2010 8:52:11 AM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: Dallas

Buckey Covington sings a great song nearly identical to your post. Give it a listen.

43 posted on 02/06/2010 8:52:33 AM PST by neal1960 (This space for rent.)
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To: tflabo
Check out this story about a Stingray bike.

Beach man plans to donate rare bike, not peddle it to collectors

44 posted on 02/06/2010 8:57:26 AM PST by csvset
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To: Dallas

Born in 39 and had to be home when the street lights went on..sometimes it meant running, cause my parents would be sitting on the porch and notice when the street lights went on......I better be home.......

45 posted on 02/06/2010 9:03:25 AM PST by goat granny
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To: tflabo

58 here, and I had one just like that, same color even. Must have put a million miles on it.

46 posted on 02/06/2010 9:05:32 AM PST by davetex (Arm up, Ammo up, Practice up, We're on our own.)
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To: ronnied

Born 1927. And those years after were good. There are some things better today, but in many of the most important areas I would seriously question if we are better off.

47 posted on 02/06/2010 9:06:29 AM PST by mulligan
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To: originalbuckeye
No it doesn't.

Sadly, we only return to our hometowns for funerals now.

48 posted on 02/06/2010 9:10:15 AM PST by Dallas
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To: NoGrayZone

Oh yeah, I had a friend with cable and I remember watching MTV in its first few weeks. Man that was a long time ago.

49 posted on 02/06/2010 9:11:49 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Dallas
Born in 1962, towards the end of the range quoted above but everything mentioned in the article was true for me. I remember running home from school (no school buses) about 15 blocks, throwing my books on the kitchen table, grabbing a Hostess Twinkie and running back outside to play until it got dark. I'd jump on my bike and barrel down city streets, jumping off the bike before it even stopped moving and letting it crash into the bushes while I joined a pickup stickball or street hockey game. We'd put trash barrels in the street so that motorists had to stop. If they didn't back up and take a different route, we'd eventually move the barrels for them to let them through.

In the winter, we'd be outdoors constantly. They warned us to stay away from the frozen lakes down at the marsh but we went anyway, yes, we'd occasionally crash through the thin ice and we'd run home with our wet clothes freezing on the way home. But we'd change our clothes and be right back down there again.

I remember summer days where we'd be out of doors from morning to dark with mothers (didn't matter what house) handing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cups of "bug juice" to us out the window so we didn't have to go inside even for lunch. Somehow, nobody was allergic to peanut butter in those days. If any of us did dare to venture inside the house on a nice day, we'd be immediately put to work. So we learned to stay away! Forget about sitting around the house watching TV. During the week, Mom was watching her soap operas and on the weekends, Dad was watching his ballgames. The only time we got to watch TV was for Saturday morning cartoons and wrestling and maybe an hour or two before bedtime where we'd watch the Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, Dragnet, Adam-12, or maybe a John Wayne movie.

On the really hot days, we'd sit on a picnic table in somebody's yard in the shade, playing endless games of Monopoly, Risk or checkers/chess. Board games were big in those days. Otherwise, we were on our bikes all over town.

There was always a portable radio around tuned to the local Top 40 AM station. They would play the same hit songs endlessly so that even 35 years later, I can call up songs in my head like "Billy, Don't Be A Hero," "Seasons In The Sun," "Love Will Keep Us Together", "The Night Chicago Died" and "Fox On The Run" even though I haven't actually heard those songs in decades!

During the summer of 1975, I remember riding in the back of my uncle's open pickup all the way from Boston to Alabama with five other kids and a dog. While we were in Tennessee, we drove through a thunderstorm and my uncle pulled off to the side under an overpass somewhere on I-81 so those of us in the back could get some shelter and dry off. If we tried something like that today, my uncle would be arrested before he made the Mass/Conn border!

50 posted on 02/06/2010 9:13:23 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 39 days away from outliving Jim Jones)
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To: SandRat

51 posted on 02/06/2010 9:17:07 AM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job...
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To: tflabo

The only things missing are the “ram” handle bars and the “sissy bar”!!!!!!!!!!

p.s.Have you seen the PRICE on stingrays lately????

52 posted on 02/06/2010 9:25:58 AM PST by pawnshop dave
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To: SamAdams76
LOL...great story

"Somehow, nobody was allergic to peanut butter in those days." that's funny.

53 posted on 02/06/2010 9:27:34 AM PST by Dallas
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To: RaceBannon

Whatever... but I DID paddle that canoe.

54 posted on 02/06/2010 9:31:14 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Peter W. Kessler

Well I grew up in the late 40’s and 50’s in Miami Fla. You would not want to raise kids there today. Anyway, I remember being dropped off at the movies in the Gables with RC bottle caps for admission with a bag lunch at 10 in the morning and being picked up around 4 or so in the afternoon. Would see the main feature 2 or three times and I remember learning the words to She Wore A Yellow Ribbon with John Wayne I saw it so much. Those were the days you could leave your kids all day and not worry about them. Gone forever I guess.

55 posted on 02/06/2010 9:31:41 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: SamAdams76
You should do a radio search in your town to see if any of them play AT40: the 70's. They play the classic Kasem shows from the 70's, and it is really good. I've heard songs like "The Night Chicago Died" for the first time in years. Some of it, though, is pretty frightening, but the genuine diversity is wonderful. Find it if you can!
56 posted on 02/06/2010 9:33:32 AM PST by Othniel (Meddlng in human affairs for 1/20th of a millennium.......)
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Born 1969, checking in.

Construction areas were my playgrounds.
Pretending I was a soldier dodging enemy fire in the foxholes. Using dried mudballs made the previous day as grenades.

Anything I thought I could climb, I would climb. Trees. Walls. The sides of small buildings that had decorative rock faces.

Leaving at sunrise on a Saturday morning to explore, and not returning until sunset. Tired, sore and happy.

57 posted on 02/06/2010 9:37:22 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Dallas

Born in 1956 - it was just what everyone said. No way to turn back the hands of time, but it was a great way to grow up.

58 posted on 02/06/2010 9:39:09 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Dallas

Playing in irrigation ditches in Western Nebraska was the closest thing we had to a swimming pool. LOL! And we had fun with that muddy water!

59 posted on 02/06/2010 9:39:31 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: tflabo

Oh yeah, wheelies, donuts and skid stops.

60 posted on 02/06/2010 9:40:33 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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