For those of us just a bit more "ripened", here's a thread NOT dedicated to childhood/adolescence in the 80's (we do exist, you know)... if you spent your childhood or teenage years in either of these fine decades, let's talk it up..!
I grew up in the 60's and spent most of my teenage years in the early 70's (class of '75)... here are a few of the things I remember firsthand:
Seeing Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (62), Rudolph (64), Frosty (69), A Charlie Brown Christmas (64) and The Grinch (66) when they premiered for the first time
Watching The Elvis Comeback Special in 1968
Watching the first moon landing at Summer Camp in 1969
Being afraid of race riots in 1968 when Martin Luther King was shot (thankfully, those didn't happen... apparently lots of people actually listened to what the man said)
So, all you pre-1980's Boomers... what do you remember..?
I saw the same Christmas specials, but can't remember for sure if they were being aired for the first time. I know Mr. Magoo was a repeat.
Saw a few Elvis concerts, but think the comeback special I saw was shortly before he died.
I remember my dad popping champagne when they landed and the cat chasing the cork down into the basement. I remember a lunar mission in Nov. of the same year, that's when my dog had her seven pups.
When MLK was shot, they were re-airing his "I have a dream" speech and I chimed in with "I had a dream" and my parents quickly hushed me because if I started sharing a dream it would've taken awhile to finish.
"For all that's worthwhile, your radio dial is on Radio Luxembourg."
<I grew up with a shortwave radio connected to a long wire antenna stretched across the length of the house! Still have that shortwave radio (plus two more) and the antenna is still up.>
Not at all in the same league, but I remember a Radio Shack dog radio that I had that picked up stations all the way to Chicago, picked up a few truckers on their CB's too.
We travelled quite a bit and the radio in the car was always on. We'd bring the 8-track with us, but before that there was just the car radio and the music was as varied as the DJ's playing them. Sure there were many stations playing the "one hit wonders" and "chart toppers", but it didn't seem pre-programmed and now and then we'd hear something new and different.
I used to listen to the billboard countdown on New Year's Day sprawled out on the floor in front of the old Console TV/Stereo to listen.
I remember some of my favorite shows, like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H, The Carol Burnett Show. I love the music from the 60s and 70s, like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rush, Black Sabbath, Moody Blues, Emerson Lake and Palmer. But I was one that wanted disco to die, I hated it with a passion.
One of my brothers became friends with Bob Newhart and Alan Alda, but exchanged more letters and conversations with Bob than Alan.
My mom always reminded us of a blend of Mary Tyler Moore and Liza Minnelli.
We watched MTM when she played Laura Petrie in the Dick Van Dyke Show.
We watched comedies, dramas, musicals, cartoons and children's shows. We only had three channels to choose from in the beginning. We had one black and white tv and one in colour.
I remember on Friday nights I wanted to stay up late like my brothers, but I had to sit through the Tommy Hunter Show first and I always fell asleep during his Bible Stories at the close of the show. I managed to stay up three times, but looking back, I didn't care much for the show, it was staying up late that I was after. The show they were preparing to watch was called The Wild Wild West.
And don't forget the Click Clack fad..! How many of us had them? How many of us had a friend who had them? How many knew someone who showed up at school at least once with a bandaged wrist from bruising caused by trying to use them..? They eventually were banned, much like lawn darts...
We had Clackers and they were banned from the school yard because they were too dangerous.
We played alot of board games as a family and had a few things, but I wasn't really into fads as much as my friends were. I had a pogo stick and rollerskates and a slinky and stuff like that.
Just so you all know, I invented VCR's, but never got the credit. No, really it was my idea. I was chatting with a friend of mine about how cool it would be to record my dreams on a machine and play them at the theater and that brought me to talking about how neat it would be to record stuff from the TV if it came on after we had to go to bed.
So, there you have it - about 8 years later VCR's were introduced.
I hate to even admit I am one of THOSE boomers but I am. I remember all of what everyone mentioned. I remember when President Kennedy got shot, not that I understood what was going on. I also remember when Rev. King got shot and also Bobby Kennedy.
I remember wanting to go to Woodstock but I was just a wee bit young for that still. The clothes of course, were a big part of what I remember. At that time, I would have given ANYTHING to have straight long hair instead of the wavy dark auburn stuff I had........
The Viet Nam war was on of the scariest things I remember and also the shootings at Kent State. I live in Ohio and at the time my sister was attneding classes there.
What a crazy time. I must be old, really old because I don't remember it as being quite so tumultuous or violent as today.
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Legendary WMMS 100.7, The Buzzard, in Cleveland, Ohio is giving away all their vinyl! That’s’ right. The whole enchilada! All of it! WMMS’ entire wax collection from years past is up for grabs for one lucky winner.
My genuine imitation beaver top hat with the frayed end from laying on the curb all night after that Christmas caroling extravaganza is solidly slung and firmly planted in the contest ring as should yours be!
All that is required from anyone that should happen to score this stash is to evaluate any Christmas gems for some sharing! Deal? Oh, and first dibs for anything you decide to let go for a price!
Can you just imagine if there are some promotional and transcription items in that collection!?
Only catch is, you’ll have to sign up for a free WMMS account that allows interaction with the station and site. But, letting this collection fall into the hands of music downloading, sideways hat wearing, baggy pants punk without brain cells or a clue is tantamount to a cardinal vinyl sin. Do your duty! Do it for the children!
If I read correctly, one entry per day is allowed!
< Now, let’s see…Eleven hours to Cleveland from North Alabama…probably have to rent a cargo van…wonder how much a one way plane ticket is to get there?…should I take someone to help load?…where will I put it once home?… >
I have to ask you folks since you are older than I am (I am 25). I have read and seen videos about Halloween in the past...and it seems like it was SO much bigger than it is today. I only say this because alot less houses decorate, alot less trick or treators etc. I mean they say it STILL is the biggest selling holiday after Christmas. But it always bums me out that it seems that Halloween was bigger when I was a kid and before.
Sometimes I wish I could step into these eras for 10 minutes to see what it was like, just to live it a little bit since things are just so darn different and advanced these days.
"When Santa’s sleigh bells ring, I listen all around.."
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Halloween is much bigger today than in the '70s. There were no Halloween stores. There were maybe two Halloween television specials: Charlie Brown and Fat Albert. The first movie about Halloween didn't come out until 1978. Home haunts were rare. Commercially-made Halloween decorations were cardboard cutouts of witches, black cats and jack-o-lanterns. Commercially-made children's costumes looked really cheap.
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hmmm...maybe because I was a kid I just don't remember. I know there are stores and such now...but the last few years I have noticed there are less trick or treators unless you are near alot of kids. When I was in high school, there were hundreds of teenagers out. Then kids...and now only a dozen or so kids. I guess it just depends on the area.
I was so inspired by this thread that I looked into some vintage Christmas ornaments and I must say...I am tempted to pick up some vintage ones.
Isn't it bizarre how after my generation, the kids/teens today are all growing up with cellphones and facebook. I mean, I didn't have a cellphone until I was working a real job at 18 years old. Myspace was just started out a year or two after that as well. So strange how much technology is impacting the future generations.
"When Santa’s sleigh bells ring, I listen all around.."