Getting Old - Can You Remember?

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You're Not Old Unless You Can Remember...

When the dream of a lifetime was to pay off a mortgage. (The dream of today is to get one.)

What you do with the pointed end of a can opener.

When there was no McDonalds.

When Avocado Green and Harvest Gold were acceptable colors for appliance.

When you dressed up to fly on an airliner.

When you could watch the engines start on an airliner.

When candy bars cost a nickel.

When comic books cost 10 cents (and how traumatic it was when the price went up to 12 cents, then 15 cents).

When you actually got up out of the couch to change the channel on the TV.

When there were only four other channels to change to, five if you adjusted the antenna.

When whole communities were mass vaccinated against polio.

Where you were when you heard JFK had been shot.

When VWs broke the $2000 barrier.

When John Glenn went into space the first time.

When you drank milk through a Flav-R-Straw.

When you did calculations with a slide rule, an adding machine, and/or a table of sines, cosines, and logarithms.

When this year's new cars looked different from last year's, and when different makes of cars looked different.

When car radios were AM only.

When paperback books were 25 cents.

When you watched "Today on the Farm" on TV before going to school.

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Comments (7)

Mike Kelly
Sellstate Advantage Realty - Cape Coral, FL

Hey Bill, I am glad to know I am not old! I only remember some of them!!  LOL!!!

Mike Kelly

Jun 19, 2008 07:13 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I'm sorry to say I remember most of this stuff.  The "Golden Years" suck.

Jun 19, 2008 07:16 AM
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

LOL!  I do remember, black & white television, cars with mostly standard transmissions, no a/c or power windows, or power brakes.  How about, your family doctor came to your home when you were sick?  This was good for the soul, thank you:)

It's a Good Life!


Jun 19, 2008 07:21 AM
Bill Austin
East Valley Living - Scottsdale, AZ

I recall a long time ago when we had black and white TV and our set was broken ... my father had not yet taken the tubes out and taken them down to the store to test them and my brother and I were over at a friends house one evening, watching a brand new show ona tiny black and white television.

My mother called in the middle of the show and said that we had to come home right away ...

We were very unhappy with that ...

"Mom - there's this great new show and we want to finish watching it. Can we stayt?"

"No," she said, "Come home right now!" in her best "stern" voice.

We slouched home with sad faces and found that our parents had gone out and bought a brand new 20+ inch Color TV and we were able to watch the rest of the show in color.

That show was called "Star Trek."


Jun 19, 2008 07:41 AM

I've still got a Harvest Gold fridge, unfortunately the stove stopped working 2 years ago.

Jun 19, 2008 02:56 PM
Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

Wow, I didn't think I was "old" until I read that!  Thanks for "rubbing it in"!!! ;-)

Jun 20, 2008 05:51 AM
Lisa Lambert
The Law Offices of Elisabeth A. Lambert - Fresno, CA
Esq. 1031 Exchange Expert


I guess I'm "middle-aged" I only remember about 1/2 of that stuff.

I do remember our first color television and the first show we watched was "H.R. Puff n Stuff."

We owned a 1970 VW van until I graduated from high school in 1984.

Great post. We have seen a lot of changes in the last 48 years.


Jun 20, 2008 11:50 AM