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Memories of Growing Up in the 40's and 50's (and since, even)
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Posted on 01/04/2003 12:12:42 PM PST by Dakotabound

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To: don-o
BTW....I don't know about the rest of ya'll but the morning of September 11th, 2001 and watching those buildings collapse eclipses all other pivotal national events for me by a long shot and I was already 43 at the time.

Kennedy, Watergate, 72 Olympics, Hurricane Camille, Iran hostages, Reagan being shot...etc are all footnotes to the big one so far.
101 posted on 01/04/2003 1:58:51 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: Dakotabound
Born in 1965, 20 years ago, if someone told you someday folks would pay a buck and a half for a pint of water, you would have told em they were crazy, my dad drove a semi truck, the thing was loud as a hurricane and its smoke was coal black and thick, you could get a candybar for 15 cents, you had to stop 3 times for freight trains when going across town, G.C Murphys and Sears were the big
department stores, the speedlimit was 75 on 2 lane highways, most business and shopping was done downtown, no such thing as a stripmall.
102 posted on 01/04/2003 2:00:47 PM PST by Naplm
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To: mountaineer
Down our street it was Don S., a kid everybody couldn't stand...but....his folks had the only neighborhood TV and the access to the Saturday Notre Dame football games...so ol' Dave all of a sudden became everyone's best pal!
103 posted on 01/04/2003 2:01:03 PM PST by JimVT
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To: dalereed
I'd give up computers, calculators, TV, etc., if I could return to the early days of the 40s and 50s.

Me too, the good old days when no one even had to lock a house or a car, there were fewer laws and less crime and low taxes. One salary could support a family then. Kids could be kids, and the only entertainment needed for a kid was an occasional trip to the beach, a ball and jacks, paper dolls, roller skates and a jump rope. A bike was a luxury, as was a trip to the movies to see the Flash Gordon serial.

Remember when you bought a watermelon and the seller would "plug" it for you to see if it was a good one? Remember cranking the ice cream freezer? Remember playing kick the can until dark? Remember playing marbles? Remember playing "statue"? A trip down memory lane back to a good time for kids.

104 posted on 01/04/2003 2:02:08 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: wardaddy
I remember ironing clothes without a steam iron. Yep, my Mom used to sprinkle the dry clothes with water from a coke bottle. You could buy those tops that fit on the bottle especially for sprinkling clothes. Then she would put them in a bag in the refrigerator until I could iron them. Sometimes we had more clothes than food in the frige. LOL
105 posted on 01/04/2003 2:04:12 PM PST by Conservababe
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To: dalereed
I grew up in Glendale, too (born 1947)...remember "Scot's Burgers" at a dime apiece? My little pallies and I would piss 'em off there by going two blocks away and getting Bob's Big Boy to go, then eat them on the outdoor tables at Scot's.

And Damon's steak house!! They're now on Brand versus Central, but still cranking 'em out.

106 posted on 01/04/2003 2:05:13 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: wardaddy
BTW....I don't know about the rest of ya'll but the morning of September 11th, 2001 and watching those buildings collapse eclipses all other pivotal national events for me by a long shot and I was already 43 at the time.

I think that is probably true for all of us. Maybe if Pearl Harbor had been televised live we could have a comparison.

I do vividly remember watching live television on our black and white TV with my father in his study one Sunday morning in 1963. Lee Oswald was shot on live television right in front of me, and I'd never seen a person die (for real) in my whole life.

Obviously, that doesn't compare to what happened on 9/11 but it had a profound impact on me.

107 posted on 01/04/2003 2:05:20 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: tenthirteen
(Born in the '40's) and by jove, I believe you're right! Pre-Kennedy death, we were more innocent. After his death, it seemed like more people scrambled for "security" and the dawn of "PC" was invented.

I remember laying on our stomachs in the living room, listening to all the cool radio shows while eating ice cream.
Victory garden during WWII.
Saving foil for the war effort.
WOODEN milk cases on the porch.
Saturday morning fun club started at 9:00 and lasted till 1:00.
Soap in mouth, learning manners - the hard way, sometimes.
Total respect for elders.
Lying was grounds for serious injury!
Forts, fields, kick the can, marbles, dolls.
No "kid safe" toys. Everything was home made and had straight edges (OH HORRORS!)
No car seats, no seat belts.

My grandmother told me when SHE was a kid, they weren't even allowed to yell OUTSIDE if the house windows were open and the adults inside might be disturbed(!!)


108 posted on 01/04/2003 2:06:58 PM PST by Humidston
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To: rooster1; The Citizen Soldier
Another '47 checking in! I do, however, remember skateboards, but they were all homemade by way of nailing old fashioned roller skates to a plank. We all had 'em and traveled many a mile that way.
109 posted on 01/04/2003 2:07:30 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: wardaddy
more just shock and my dad saying early on that he felt there was a connection between the two.

May indeed have been a connection.

Did your Dad say more about his thoughts on this?

The fact that cerain documents were sealed for, what 50 years, is a splinter in my brain.

110 posted on 01/04/2003 2:08:34 PM PST by don-o
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To: Dakotabound
Born in 51 and remember all this stuff!! A guy down the block worked for RCA and had one of the first color televisions. The whole block went down to his house on New Years to watch the Rose Parade (he still has New Years Day open houses).

The older boys actually let us little girls play with them with NO sexual or other problems!! They gave us rides on their bikes and in their boats (we are on a lake), they let us play touch football, etc. They actually looked out for us.

We never locked our door. On Sundays I wore a frilly dress with white gloves and a hat to church. We had block parties on the lake. All the men on the block got together every Saturday and drank, are you ready, Horlacher Beer.

The Moms I knew stayed home, Dads worked, and people were still able to buy a home and raise a family and send them to college on one salary.

So many memories.
111 posted on 01/04/2003 2:09:28 PM PST by Lynne
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To: Conservababe
I was looking through a copy of The Vermont Country Store catalog the other day. They had one of those sprinkler things you stick in a coke bottle. It made me remember my mom sprinkling the clothes and putting them in the refrigerator too.

112 posted on 01/04/2003 2:10:08 PM PST by muggs
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To: ErnBatavia
I'm a 47, too. I can't help but notice how many of us on this board. But, I guess it should not be surprising, as WWII had ended and the men were coming home.
113 posted on 01/04/2003 2:10:51 PM PST by Conservababe
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To: Ex-Wretch
....I don't remember the shoe-locs, but I do remember you cool guys with your cleats and your cigatettes rolled up in your sleeves.

oh....and the cars then, they were beautiful. I knew all about them then, because there weren't so many models. Ford Galaxies, Chevie Belairs, Bescayne's,Bonneville, Impalais..... my all time favorite though was the 1941 black Cadillac. My husband and I just looked at one last week, it was over $82,000, just beautiful, convertable with red interior.

114 posted on 01/04/2003 2:11:59 PM PST by GrandMoM
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To: Conservababe
Yep....I remember those too.....my mom hated ironing.

My wife...she irons all her cotton stuff....which in today's time means just about all clothes for warm weather doesn't it?
115 posted on 01/04/2003 2:12:13 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: Dakotabound
Dakota:
I was born on June 5 1924 and grew up in the 1930's. We were almost like the "Okies" in the Grapes of Wrath. We ate lots of macroni and cheese, or Macroni and tomatoes. Lots and lots of pinto beans, and one sumer we were so bad off we had to eat Maize. Now that is not something that you wanted to make a steady diet of. Sundays we got pinto beans with ham hocks, that was a real treat. Lots of corn bread, butter milk, and turnips.
I am 78 years old and still remember eating young tumble weeds for greens. I got a lot of whipins, (not that I needed them though) ha ha. and I still grew up with out any kind of a police record. Our first TV was a Hoffman with an amber screen, all the neighbors would come over to watch the KEYTV logo (San Luis Obispo, CA.)as there was no programing yet. My first car was a 1928 Model "T" Ford Touring Sedan, used of course. I taught my wife how to drive it, (big mistake, she still drives and it drives me crazy.) However, in my estimation, we are now living in the best of times. I would not even think of going back to those days. I love living TODAY and make the most of every day.
The very best to you and yours.

Semper Fi
Tommie

116 posted on 01/04/2003 2:14:11 PM PST by Texican
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To: Dog Gone
I remember Oswald being shot as well. My uncle lived in Dallas off Harry Hines (that also says something of how times change) and I remember never looking at that Hospital or the Book Depository the same again.
117 posted on 01/04/2003 2:14:22 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: Willie Green
LOL! Deal.
118 posted on 01/04/2003 2:14:33 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: wardaddy
Wild Kingdom

Complete with squeaky voiced Marlin Perkins "for Mutual of Omaha"


119 posted on 01/04/2003 2:15:35 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: ErnBatavia
When Bobs was a few stools and a takeout counter it used to be one of the nightly stops to street race in the early & mid 50s. Also the Mutt and Jeff bike cops, Marinelli and Smith who used to try and catch me doing something wrong when I crossed the line every afternoon. I grew up in the Los Feliz Silverlake area and went to Marshall High in L.A. but moved to Glendale in 66 and still have the home in the hills above Mountain.
120 posted on 01/04/2003 2:17:12 PM PST by dalereed
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