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post #46 of 175
ghettoblasters =(
post #47 of 175
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Originally Posted by visionology
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- That there was a time when atheletes didn't use drugs and were rolemodels

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I wonder about that. Even if we discount alcohol and concentrate on the question of performance-enhancing drugs, I have heard numerous times that in the 60s, many athletes used amphetamines to get a competitive "edge", and in the 70s and 80s, cocaine.

How far back are you talking about?

I think the whole role-model concept has always been bogus. There are very few saints among the living.

But maybe I'm just a cynic.
post #48 of 175
Do kids to day have Dungeons and Dragons?
post #49 of 175
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Originally Posted by oman
ghettoblasters =(

That's one that, while different in form, kids will definitely understand.

I think the hardest thing for kids to grasp that we don't have as much trouble with is the idea that sometimes it is a good thing to sometimes not be instantaneously reachable by phone/e-mail/SMS.
post #50 of 175
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Originally Posted by Tck13
Do kids to day have Dungeons and Dragons?

I think they do but they are not the pen and paper of the heyday, more like video game versions.
post #51 of 175
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Originally Posted by GreyFlannelMan
I remember getting the still-wet blue dittos that the teachers would run-off in the office.

Other items/things:

carbon paper
Wang word processors
Telefax machines
abacuses
slide rulers
penmanship
manners




You said Wang. huhhuhhuh uh uhuhhuhuhu huhuh
post #52 of 175
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Originally Posted by Tck13
You said Wang. huhhuhhuh uh uhuhhuhuhu huhuh


Is Beavis and Butthead still on these days?
post #53 of 175
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Originally Posted by GreyFlannelMan
Is Beavis and Butthead still on these days?


Someone told me they are actually on MTV2. Not sure about that though...
post #54 of 175
They do. And you guys are making me feel ancient, because I did many of these things as a youngun. I learned cursive and spelling, too. I played capture the flag, and blew into the cartridges of my video games, I got up early for cartoons, I remember gas being under 2 dollars, and I remember not even having a computer.
post #55 of 175
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Originally Posted by Bradford
TRS-80's with a cassette tape drive...
Oh man, I had one of those! Wrote my first programs in whatever OS that was...was it something like OSX or the like?

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Originally Posted by Bradford
Writing programs in BASIC, FORTRAN and COBOL...

Reminds me of something just the other day, mind you, I never used FORTRAN or COBOL, but I was working with a CompE student the other day, and I thought we'd have a dialogue about starting programming -- my first real programming was using QBASIC in DOS, and he had never written a program for a DOS environment. Windows and up only. I am probably only a year or two older than he was...man computers can make you feel old fast. So to the list I add:

Any non-GUI OS.

Regards,
Huntsman
post #56 of 175
They still teach handwriting in The Gifted Child's (public) school. Manners were taught before kindergarten and reinforced since. Where I live, that's the rule, not the exception.

We got our first computer in 1999, and home internet access in late 2004 (dial-up) and DSL about three weeks ago, so The Gifted Child knows a life with manners and without computers or quick Internet access.

Dad has 2,500 albums and a VPI turntable, so vinyl is no stranger either.

The biggest changes I can come up with would probably be the cell phone/instant access (a good thing!) and non-cable TV with something called "UHF" and "VHF" and only 5 channels (six if the aluminum foil on the bunny ears was correctly positioned).

The other thing would be a complete absence of 7-plus kid families. I'd say the average in my neighborhood was probably five kids; two I know had 12. I don't know a single family here with more than 3.
post #57 of 175
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
LMFAO.
The American auto industry.
Jon, you are truly a master of irony.

A lot of things listed have been things we think we remember, but really don't because they never existed, or at least not in a materially different way than they exist now.

Tom
post #58 of 175
The phrase, "Finish your plate. Children are starving in China."
post #59 of 175
I remember my first computer: a Commodore 64 and my second computer, a Commodore 128. I also remember programming in BASIC in DOS.

Jon.
post #60 of 175
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
I remember my first computer: a Commodore 64 and my second computer, a Commodore 128. I also remember programming in BASIC in DOS.

Jon.

Those were the first two computers I used, from about the time I was 5. After that, the Apple IIE and the Apple IIGS.

Here's another one that kids won't know - the big floppy disks that were actually floppy.
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