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Old 05-24-2008, 04:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I remember when ...

The "movies you enjoyed as a child" thread really brought me back in time. This thread is for general reminiscing. Anything goes -- movies, historical events, economics, flashbacks

Maybe something you remember will remind someone else of something interesting. Since there's a huge age span in TFP demographics, this could be interesting.


My start:

I remember when my bedtime was after the Patty Duke show.

I remember my mom wearing a paisley sequined dress when she went to an "affair" (that was terminology for a wedding or bar mitzvah).

I remember when Bobby Sherman was big and how much I hated him.

I remember pulling into the local Gulf gas station and my mom saying, "Two dollars, please" to nearly fill the Dodge's gas tank. I remember that the guy that pumped it would check the oil and water AND give her green stamps.

I remember sneaking into my brother's room late at night to watch Creature Features with him.



So what do you remember today?
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am a bit younger, but I remember watching TNT's Monster Vision late at night with my dad, against the protests of my mom, whom said they would give me nightmares. I remember waking up to watch UPN 8's summer Saturday morning Rising Sun with all movies about giant monsters- Godzilla, Gamera, you know, the big G's.

I remember when gas was 98 cents for 9/10ths a gallon, and gas stations sold Orbit soda pop.

I remember hating my friend when he got the Nintendo to play Duck Hunt and Mario Brothers, when I still had my dad's Atari 5500.

I also remember when Home Run Inn cheese pizzas were a delicacy.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I remember when my mom took me shopping she would smoke in the stores while browsing for clothes, as did most everyone else.

I remember when I roller skated I wore the key to my skates around my neck.

I remember my sister's boyfriend had a cool white AMC that they used to make-out in in front of our house late at night. (She used Coke for birth control!)

I remember lazy Midwest summer days in a hammock, walking up to the store for penny candy, and then on to the lake or river for a dip. Sandy feet we would walk home to hang around for a while and have dinner, then we'd be out again running around. Having a blast until bedtime, making promises for the next day. I remember short shorts and long long legs.

I remember catching oodles of lightening bugs.

And I remember mosquitos catching me. (In a pinch, when they itched just too much, she would tell us to apply spit to the bite. And if she'd had just too much of being a mom, she would spit on her own finger and dab it on. We all sort of hated that.)
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i remember when the latest computer was a commodore 64 with a kazzillion disks needed to load it
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I remember when we'd go to McDonald's on a Friday night and eat in the car because it wasn't a restaurant-it was a hamburger stand.
I remember wearing my pj's and bringing a pillow to the drive-in movies, falling asleep in the back seat while my parents enjoyed the film.
I remember 33c a gallon gas and 50c a pack cigarettes.
I remember and had a bike that had no gears, no handbrakes and tires now normally seen on motorcycles.
Growing up just outside Ft. Dix and McGuire AFB, I remember weekend formations followed by the inevitable sonic boom.
I remember high school being divided by the "juicers", the "heads" and the "jocks". The rest of us were just labelled "odd".
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I remember my dad watching the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour, and afterwards I'd watch Sesame Street.
I remember Thundercats, Rock Lords, Transformers, and Go-Bots.
I remember blowing on video game cartridges to get them to work.
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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90's kid...

I'm younger, but I find my perspective of childhood amusing...

I remember when the Chicago Bulls were the best team ever and everyone had those pull over Starter jackets.

I remember my favorite outfit was a skirt with suspenders and jelly shoes.

I remember watching Nickelodeon at grandmas cause she had cable.

I remember selling Girl Scout cookies when they were only a $1.50.

I remember all the original versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Carebears, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Bright

I remember when D.A.R.E. was cool and I even won a metal for best Essay....and look where I am now...ha.

I remember talking all through Apollo 13 at the drive in and reeeally annoying my parents.

But somethings never change....like my 8th grade "boyfriend" being my boyfriend now
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:28 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I remember watching heehaw on saturday nites

I remember going outside to play on saturday mornings in the summer and only coming back inside for lunch and dinner

I remember lightning bugs, jars full of them lol

I too remember selling girl scout cookies for 1.50 a box

I remember when Disney World was a "ticket per ride" park

I remember filling up my car and buying a carton of smokes was 15 bucks

I remember sour cream and onion doritos (and I still morn they dont have them anymore)

I remember watching Laugh In

I remember when cable tv was something that only showed 2 movies a night, the same movies for an entire month and the cable box could be locked with a key

I remember when the tv channel TBS came along and watching Dark Shadows when they replayed it

I remember spending hours at a friends house playing pong and hating my parents because they wouldnt get it

I remember getting our very first Atari and rubbing blisters between my thumb and first finger from the joystick playing pac man and pitfall

I remember the day MTV debuted
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Old 05-24-2008, 12:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I remember watching The Simpson's back when it was only a bunch of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.

I remember my aunt being super proud of herself one x-mas cause she fought tooth and nail to get me a cabbage patch doll.

I remember my favorite show as a kid being Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

I remember my pink jelly shoes rubbing blisters on my feet.

... and I remember waking up Saturday morning and watching He-man, Rainbow Brite, Jem, etc.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i remember watching the korean conflict on television with john cameron swayze...
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Movies:
- I remember watching Duck-Tails and the Treasure of the Lost Lamp in the theater.
- I remember the first time I saw "Thunderball" on VHS.
- I remember the amazing fanaticism of the fans going to see Batman in the theater.

Music:
- "Revving up your engine, listen to her howling roar. Metal under tension, begging you to touch and go.... Highway to the danger zone!"
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Falling".

Historical events:
- I remember how emotional everyone in my family was after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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Personal:
- I remember the day my little brother was brought home from the hospital.
- I remember watching Duck Tails on TV right before the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
- I remember how massive my first real back yard was; a veritable kingdom to a child.
- I remember the look on my french cardiologist's face as he tried to explain to a 5 year old that there was going to be a life-threatening surgery in the near future.
- I remember the first time my grandfather explained what he learned from fighting in WWII.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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A computer theme:

I remember paying $1,600 for my first PC: 486, 25Mhz, 8MB of ram (expanded to 16MB), 120MB hard drive, Windows 3.1.

I remember paying $400 to upgrade that computer to CD-ROM capability (4X speed).

I remember replacing my 2,400 bps modem with a 56K to "really open it up" on my BBS connections.

I remember when Doom blew my mind. It was, like, so 3-D!
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:50 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I remember my mom getting dressed up to go see Nixon give a speech at the local high school. My dad wouldn't go see the "commie bastard."

I remember getting a Jolly Green Giant kite by sending in canned food labels.

I remember seeing the first moon landing.

I remember our first color TV set.

I remember Mickey Dee's hamburgers costing .19. Friday nights my parent would go to the movies and drop my broither and I off at the MD's across from the Boy's Club (no girls back then.) They'd give us each a dollar and we get a burger, fries and coke and still have enough for a candy bar later.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:51 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I remember E Tickets at Disneyland. This was before e-tickets....

I remember the price of comics going up from 35 cents to 50 cents.

I remember only 3 TV networks, and no cable. And if you missed your program, it was gone forever.

I remember playing Pong...and being enthralled.

I remember when, if you weren't home, you were unreachable by telephone, and there was no way to know who had called while you were out.

I remember seeing people feeding punch cards into large computers.

I remember seeing my first personal computer-- an Apple II+-- and thinking, "that is the coolest thing ever."

I remember black Michael Jackson being the age that white Michael Jackson finds attractive.

I remember hearing that John Lennon had been shot.

I remember fishing my sandwich out of a Star Wars lunch box.

I remember really, really liking "Wonder Woman," but only beginning to realize that it was for different reasons than the other shows I liked....

I remember when someone who had good skills with a turntable was the guy who never scratched a record.

I remember getting $5 to go to the movies: including candy bar, soda pop, bus fare there and back.

I remember working the mimeograph machine in the school office.

I remember writing things on carbon paper.

I remember when dangerous kids were the ones who might hit you with their fists....

I remember worrying about the Russians and The Bomb.

I remember thinking that Gabe Kaplan was funny.

I remember thinking that bellbottoms were cool.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:51 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I remember my dad sending me to the corner store to buy a vacuum tube to repair our black and white tv. The tubes came in little cardboard tubes with numbers on them - I was amazed at how many different tubes the store guy had.

I remember walking around Expo67 all day on my own - the international World Fair held in Montreal in 1967 - I was 9 years old and nobody thought twice about my spending each day alone while my older siblings went their own ways and my parents went around with my 5-year old sister.

I remember how pumped up my siblings were when we went to my grandmothers for Sunday dinner and watched the Ed Sullivan show - the Beatles were playing and they were incredibly excited.

I remember a photo on the cover of the Toronto Telegram newspaper showing American soldiers interrogating a bound 8 year old Vietnamese who was curled up in a ball. They looked very grim and he was scared, and one soldier was holding a large knife held to his stomach. I was thinking how I was that boy's age and we lived in such completely different worlds.

I remember watching the Moon landing in 1969 in a neighbor's cottage - they had an antenna tv brought up just for that occasion and we were so envious of the kids in that house.

I remember pooling my change with the girl down the street. We got together 35 cents and bought a pack of Alpine menthol cigarettes which we smoked with great pleasure. I used to get a nickel every week for each year I was of age - when I turned 10 I started getting 50 cents a week which was so awesome - $2 a month allowance just for me! That was with 10 cent chocolate bars and bottle pop for a dime plus 2 cents deposit on the bottle.
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Old 05-24-2008, 02:05 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I remember transistor radios and and Teaberry gum and Adam's Sour Fruit gum - sour orange was the rage around my hood.


(I love this thread.)

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Old 05-24-2008, 02:24 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I remember a White House tour being cancelled midway thru it because of the Cuban Missile Crisis happening that weekend.
I remember playing outside.
I remember everyone being sent home from school when JFK was shot.
I remember putting 50 cents into a cigarette machine and getting 3 pennies in change and a pack of matches with each pack.
I remember 32 cents/gallon gasoline to put in a brand-new $2,500 car.
I remember smoking on airplanes.
I remember when people dressed up and stayed sober and polite when flying.
I remember when retail salespeople knew how to give change back without being told how much by a machine.
I remember having to drive 15 miles and sit in a seedy theater with god-knows-what-coated seats in order to watch a porn video.
I remember how cool it was to get an 8MM projector to avoid said drive.
I remember how even cooler it was to buy my first VCR (BetaMax)
I remember paying $3,200 for our first computer - 286 16MHz; 256K RAM; 40MB HD, B/W monitor, dot-matrix printer.
I remember how cool it was to upgrade to a color monitor and get a whole Meg of RAM - for only an extra $500.
I remember when saying 'cool' was cool.
I remember when a music album had more than two good songs on it.
I remember guitar solos.
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:42 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I remember when The Whopper at Burger King was the size of a small frisbee.

I remember when MTV actually played music.

I remember Oregon Trail being the pinnacle of gameplay.
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:45 PM   #19 (permalink)
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i remember mama...

(where's b(o)(o)bby?
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:53 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I remember smoking on airplanes.

I had forgotten that....now I remember it (and doing it) too. I also remember having smoking areas in highschool

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I remember working the mimeograph machine in the school office.
I remember writing things on carbon paper.
I remember those too....along with IMB selectric typewriters

I remember my 9600 baud modem and thinking how cool it was that I could dial into my county library to check out the card catalog and trying to figure out if I could do some kind of cool "war games" stuff to the library with the modem
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:57 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I also remember having smoking areas in highschool


when i was in high school, the only smoking areas were the teachers lounge and the gas station across the street...
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:02 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I remember watching The Simpson's back when it was only a bunch of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.

I remember my aunt being super proud of herself one x-mas cause she fought tooth and nail to get me a cabbage patch doll.

I remember my favorite show as a kid being Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

I remember my pink jelly shoes rubbing blisters on my feet.

... and I remember waking up Saturday morning and watching He-man, Rainbow Brite, Jem, etc.
Ah, you're my age. Maybe just a hair younger (the Saturday morning cartons mark you as being my little brother's age, actually).

I remember Tracey Ullman and Married with Children and 21 Jump Street on that new Fox channel. I remember holing up in my grandparents' back bedroom and watching hours and hours of music videos on MTV. I remember when the VJ's bumps looked like they were made for $5 on a borrowed video camera.

I remember the Smurfs. Little hard rubber smurf figures that cost $5 at Hallmark. I had dozens of those little blue mothersmurfers.

Go-bots, for sure. Transformers were a bit later.

I remember writing BASIC programs on my Timex Sinclair 1000 (with the membrane keyboard! hooked up to the TV in the front room!). I wrote a program to calculate how old I would be in the year 2000, and then mourning the fact that, at 26, I'd be too old to enjoy the future. I remember struggling to save and restore data from it on cassette tape.

I remember getting an Apple //c. The joy of bootlegged video games passed around on 5" floppy. I remember Lemonade Stand. I played enough that I found the perfect algorithm and became a Lemonade Stand tycoon. But there was no way to save your game--at the beginning it would ask if you were coming back from an earlier session, then ask how much money you had at the end of your last game, and then say "Let's just start you with $100" if you said more than that. PISS me off.

I never played Oregon Trail, but nowadays I project back and revise history to insert it in there.

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Old 05-24-2008, 04:12 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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i remember getting up before dawn to put on my world war 2 vintage headphones, which were black and plastic or ceramic and cold, and listening to my shortwave radio. i remember the way the semi-circular dial lit up yellow-ish. i remember frequency drift and that i never really knew where i was tuning to. i remember the world seeming very big as i tried to hear an indonesian radio station that was supposed to be hiding somewhere in a shower of static.

i remember waiting for a bus to take me to summer camp i think and watching ants move into and out of a pyramid of dust.

i remember riding an enormous murray tricycle.

i remember sitting in the lobby of a hospital reading a rat patrol book while somewhere else my mother visited my grandfather.

i remember sitting on the end of the dock in front of my family's cabin in northern new hampshire fishing. i remember staring at the red and white bobber. i remember that the dock was held in place by a cradle full of stones and that my step father had put them all there.

i remember listening to pink floyd's album meddle over and over.

i remember driving to my first concert in a friend's father's dumptruck. it was enormous.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:22 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I remember when Saturday night was Guy LaFleur and Darrell Sittler.
Helmets were worn occasionally.
1985 Edmonton killing Phili 8-3.
Grant Fure - the best goalie ever.
Many many evenings and weekends on the pond with the neighborhood kids pretending to be all of the above.

The entire school gathering to watch the first space shuttle landing.

My first computer was a TRS-80 model 1 (google it)

The first japanese cars being driven around - ours was a wagon datsun.

Setting up bbs software at my house, then pretending to "break into it" from school ie: wargames.

Writing early RPG games on mainframe machines.

The invention of "sprites" !
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:36 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Tirian we're of a common origin me thinks.

I remember Les Habitantes of that era, and Guy's flowing locks.

I remember my NFL teams lunch box, and thinking how cool it was that the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers team logo was on there.

I remember when my college roommate got a computer. It was the first in our dorm and was the only computer access other than the computer labs across campus.

I remember when floppies were floppy.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:56 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Oh ya - and I forgot to add - when Warren Moon played in the Canadian Football League.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:21 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I remember the Alamo.

im way young compared to most of you, so lets see...

I remember when the teenage mutant ninja turtles were the best thing on earth.

i remember pool noodles, and how we used to beat the snot out of each other with them.

i Remember the first time i heard Nofx's Punk in Drublic, and music was never the same for me.

i remember kids wearing their pants backwards.

I remember always wearing baggy clothes. (actually i still wear them sometimes, seeing how they still fit!)

I remember LA gear, and kids lighting up whenever they took a step.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:27 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I remember walking to school in first grade and it being normal and safe. No way in hell I'd let my son walk to school alone next year.

I remember going to a big field near our house and catching grasshoppers in a jar.

I remember Garbage Pail Kids, slap bracelets, and pegged pants.

I remember my 3rd grade teacher crying when the Challenger blew up.

I remember my dad watching seemingly endless coverage about the Ollie North scandal...I wanted to watch cartoons instead.

I remember wearing those god-awful tights with lace at the bottom under skirts the first time they were cool.

I remember Madonna singing Material Girl and my mother being disgusted and appalled.

I remember neon colored shirts being the height of cool.

I remember New Coke.

I remember Nancy Reagan telling me to "Just say NO" to drugs.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:56 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I remember gasoline was well under $0.20/gal.

I used to go down to the corner store to get cigs for my mom and they were $0.24 a pack.

I remember being excited while listening to the Russian Sputnik being blasted into space with the little dog as passenger, but also disappointed it was not the U.S. being first; a couple days later we got a dog very similar to that one and named it Speedy Sputnik though we just called him Speedy.

I remember seeing JFK as he was slowly driven through our Philadelphia neighborhood when he was running for President. A couple years later, I remember sitting in freshman algebra class when they announced he was shot; then a little while later they announced that he has been assassinated.

I remember sneaking out of bed and part way down the stairs, then sitting near the top listening while my parents watched the Jack Paar show.

I remember watching Indy car races at Langhorne Speedway, it was a one mile dirt track and when you got back to your car after the races, it was completely covered with a layer of reddish dust.

I had a pair so I remember those shoes that had sort of a lever across the front where the tongue is and you would push it forward to loosen and snap back to tighten them....what the hell where they called?

I got my first PC in 1984, an NEC Powermate, quite powerful for it's day ...way before Windows was released so it was a DOS machine...damn I miss DOS. It had all of 640K RAM and a 40 Meg hard drive and a fast 2400 baud modem I used to surf the bulletin boards. That machine was completely turned on and ready to rock within seconds of turning it on.

I remember watching the diving horse at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, and the Ed Hurst Show there too, all us kids dancing and listening to top name acts, Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Al Hirt, Tijuana Brass, Beach Boys.
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:26 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I remember when MTV actually played music.

I remember Oregon Trail being the pinnacle of gameplay.

I used to watch MTV videos all day long, and Oregon Trail was the shit.

I remember coming home from school at lunch and my mom would make me something while me and my brothers watched fraggle rock and Inspector Gadget

I remember getting mad at my brother at school and throwing my glass thermos at him (for soup) and smashing it and being afraid to tell my parents

I remember my dad driving us around in a full sized van with vinyl seats, the trim had cracks and it would pinch your legs when you wore shorts

I remember buying my first cassette tape: Bat out of hell 2. I bought it cause it looked cool

I remember my uncle giving me the Metallica ...and Justice for all CD, and thus my love for heavy music started

I remember the first time we got a VHS movie, they looked worse and were twice the size of beta, but they still somehow became more popular. We had no VHS player, and renting beta movies at Rogers became harder and harder every week as VHS took over.

I remember owning an Atari and a NES and being so jealous of my friends that eventually got the SNES when it came out.
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:35 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space

And when you're out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much.
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:48 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I remember gas lines and only being able to get gas on odd or even days.
I remember my parents fighting over whether or not the US should be in Vietnam.
I remember hating Sunday nights because we always watched "60 Minutes" instead of "The Wonderful World of Disney".
I remember buying cigarettes at the local gas station 3/$1.00.
I remember Creature Double Feature on Saturday afternoons.
I remember Pong.
I remember my first R-Rated movie "Live and Let Die".
I remember just 3 networks on TV.
I remember the big boxy speakers you put in your windows at the drive-in.
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:55 PM   #33 (permalink)
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....I had a pair so I remember those shoes that had sort of a lever across the front where the tongue is and you would push it forward to loosen and snap back to tighten them....what the hell where they called?
From an August 28, 1957 newspaper ad.... I remember getting blisters from my new pair of Snap-Jacks....

<center><img src="http://home.comcast.net/~inbox/snapjack.BMP"></center>

Huge fad at the time....no photos of the mechanical external shoe tongues to be found on the net.

I remember when the B-52 bomber first flew. Wait!!! No I don't, it's ageless.
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....Nov. 25, 1956

Operation Quick Kick: Four B-52Bs of the 93rd Bomb Wing and four B-52Cs of the 42nd Bomb Wing completed a 16,000-mile nonstop flight around the perimeter of North America. The flight required four in-flight refuelings and included a pass over the North Pole....

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Old 05-25-2008, 03:51 AM   #34 (permalink)
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For those of us that remember watching Laugh In (I know I cant be the only one)....Dick Martin has died http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/0....ap/index.html
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:57 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Sock it to me!

Bummer news.
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:01 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I remember Laugh In but I think it was in syndication rather than first run, the same with Get Smart.

I also remember my grandfather watching Hee Haw followed by Monty Python's Flying Circus when I would go over to visit.
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:25 AM   #37 (permalink)
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I'm loving reading these

I remember when paperback books were under a dollar, Archie comics were twelve cents and could not believe the day hardcovers went up to $10.

I remember building snow forts in the winter to have some kickass snowball fights.

I remember walking to the Little League fields on summer nights to watch the boys play so I could buy Violet candy.

I remember the day JFK was shot and seeing the daily paper on our front porch with the first color photo I'd ever seen in a newspaper.

I remember coming home from school to the Watergate hearings on TV every day.
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:23 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I totally forgot the O.J. trials and nobody better remind me or else.
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:39 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I remember seeing Star Wars on the big screen when it first came out.

I remember when Van Halen was a "new band".

I remember seeing the space shuttle tragedy. Both of them.

I remember $5 getting you quite a bit of gas.

I remember actually throwing newspapers from my bike at 3am when I was 13.

I remember when "Centerfold" and "I love rock and roll" battled it out on Casey Caison's top 40.

I'm sure there's others, but I can't think of them now....
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I remember wondering why Khomeni was holding so many Americans hostage, and wondering why we couldn't do something for them.

I remember living a couple hundred yards from the Berlin Wall, every once in a while hearing machine guns and dogs barking in the middle of the night.

I remember me and my sister clamoring for TV news the next day: if they ran a story, someone had escaped. If there was no story, we knew what had happened.

I remember having to watch stupid cartoons like Clutch Cargo, Gaiking, and Speed Racer because that was all AFN could get for us.

I remember when Reagan visited Tempelhof, and I weaseled my little way to the front of the crowd and shook his hand.

I remember visiting Amsterdam and thinking it was the coolest city ever, because there were public urinal stalls on some street corners and I could pee anytime I wanted. (Hey - I was six years old!)

I remember the night that a building in our housing complex got damaged by a car bomb, leaving dozens of families out in the streets for a day or two.

I remember seeing "videos" of Blondie played by Casey Kasem on TV and thinking it was the coolest shit ever.

I remember an American General getting kidnapped in Italy, and thinking "WTF?" over and over as the news followed the story for weeks.

I remember eating Bratwurst in front of Zoo Station, thinking that it was the best thing I'd ever wrapped my face around.

I remember when I was nine years old, and all those Marines died in Beirut. One of them looking weary, dirty and despondent, who kept digging because "my brother is in there" - for someone he'd never met.

I remember when The Police were played constantly on the radio, and I'd listen, trying to figure out the lyrics.

I remember when the Challenger exploded, and our teacher had to tell us all that we wouldn't be watching experiments with astronauts on TV that week.

I remember the first CD I bought, after I'd amassed a collection of 3 LPs and several 45s.

And I definitely remember when the Wall fell... a teenager, completely glued to CNN for three days straight, just waiting for the moment that the East Germans would start mowing down all the revellers standing on the wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate. A sense of amazement, then later relief that it never happened.
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