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One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before; '
'polio shots
' frozen foods
' Xerox
' contact lenses
' Frisbee's and
' the pill.
There were no: ' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens.
Man had not invented : ' pantyhose
' air conditioners
' dishwashers
' clothes dryers
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and ' space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.
Your Grandmother and I got married first, and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, "ma'am". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege...
We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.
And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.... Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 & 10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600,... but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day: "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
"Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
"chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store and "software" wasn't even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap, or from the archives.
How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old man in mind....you are in for a shock!
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time .
Are you ready ?????
This man would be only 70 years old today.
GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT....
PASS THIS ON TO THE OLD ONES,
THE YOUNG ONES WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT.
 

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Make grandpa about 90 and it would be a lot more accurate but I get your point and agree with the sentiment.
 

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I'm 70 and remember most of the above. I resisted when my wife wanted a computer in 2000 but I said ok but I'll never use it. (she's right now waiting for me to get off it) Yesterday I noticed an email from 4/1 a contractor sent me about starting the new roof and thought why didn't he just phone me. Wife said that's the way it's done now. I thought recently maybe the reason our lifespan isn't longer is God knows we couldn't adjust to the changes we'd see in 200 years.
 

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soon to be 58 and a lot of those things ring true ...
Same for me at 63 (some of those ring true) but more accurate at 70 to 90. I do agree with the context. Gets you thinking and reminiscing. Shows how much has changed in the past several decades.
 

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I’m sixty one and there was FM radio when I was young.

The “ Greatest” generation voted for the politicians that ran up debt and removed our constitutional money(silver).

That alone has more to do with the state of this nation than modern inventions have.


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Ha! Great posts. Glad to see I ain't the only "older kid" here. Sure do recall the 5 cent candy bars. Parents complained when they went up to 6 or 7 cents. Blamed losing Cuba for the sugar. My Daisy pump gun cost my folks $9.95. Still managed to hold onto the gun, a Silvertone 6 transistor radio, and that Puma Skinner from the early 60s.
 

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60 here. I grew up in a small town and I so very much miss the way of life back then.
I have an additional thing you missed, $70.00 for two shoping carts full of food.

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Yep and it cost my dad $40 to fill his oil tank downstairs. Yeah we made far less but prices didn't triple ten times over in the "olden days" Oh yeah almost forgot 10 cents for a tube of Daisy BBs. Did that make for a fun afternoon.
 

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I am pushing seventy-five and I remember most of them. I can remember my uncle's phone number from 1950, but can't remember what I had for breakfast.

Minimum wage was seventy-five cents an hour when I was in high school. I took a pay cut to join the Navy out of high school.
 

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I’m sixty one and there was FM radio when I was young.

The “ Greatest” generation voted for the politicians that ran up debt and removed our constitutional money(silver).

That alone has more to do with the state of this nation than modern inventions have.


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While you're putting most of the blame on the Greatest Generation, don't forget the Greatest Generation saved this planet.
 

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I’m old enough to remember when Ellen’s sitcom lost advertising revenue due to her coming out.
 
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