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Growing Up In The 60's And 70's

Discussion in 'Retro' started by George Broderick, Jr., Sep 3, 2009.



  1. George Broderick, Jr.

    George Broderick, Jr. Guest

    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:

    Sitting in class in First Grade when out teacher came in and told us President Kennedy had been shot. I was a little too young to understand it all, but I knew all the adults were sad and I suddenly had three days off school... but there was nothing on TV but one parade that had only one horse drawn cart and no balloons or floats.

    The James Bond/Man From U.N.C.L.E. craze

    Batmania in the summer of '66

    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..?
     
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  2. Snow-in-Texas

    Snow-in-Texas Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer MMC Emeritus Member

    I don't remember JFK being shot, I was only 2. I do remember RFK being shot and George Wallace being shot. I remember Nixon leaving, and Ford coming in. That following election, my dad was one of the few that voted for Ford. I remember the "final" POWs coming home from Vietnam. I remember when we got our first color tv, it was a RCA XL 100, state of the art man! I remember Bob Barker's show before The Price is Right, it was Truth or Consequences, don't really remember what they did on that show though.
     
  3. Christmas-A-Holic

    Christmas-A-Holic MMC Goodwill Ambassador MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew

    I remember an afternoon show getting interrupted on August 16, 1977 with the news that Elvis Presley died. I was 10 years old.

    I live very close to the scene where Kennedy was killed. Anytime you pass that area you still see people standing in that very spot he was shot and pointing to the 6th floor window as if they are still trying to solve it. Most my life I never gave it much thought when I passed by there but now I look and it's amazing what goes on there and how busy it is with tourist.
     
  4. joyful

    joyful MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    Well when the 1960's started I have a few more years before I was a teen.

    But I remember finally getting cable tv in our home in the mid 1960's. I was so excited.

    I remember going to the movies on Saturday afternoon to see an Elvis movie.

    I remember Saturday morning tv line up. We had great things to watch on Saturday morning. And every network devoted Saturday morning to children programming.

    I remember our first color tv and there were only two regular programs in color, "The Wonderful World of Disney" and "Bonanza". Of course some specials were in color and some movies.

    I remember evening tv programming was family. No fowl langage. Also, I remember the great variety shows that are no longer on tv.

    I remember where I was when we heard the news Kennedy was shot. I remember the next few days with nothing on tv but Kennedy events and how the entire nation was in mourning. I was so sad thinking about his kids and his wife.

    I remember when Bobby Kennedy was shot. I remember the D.C. riots.

    And I remember ending the 1960's with the men landing on the moon.
     
  5. RadioJonD

    RadioJonD ♪♫Mistletoe Mix-ologist♫♪ MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum Kringle Radio DJ

    From a radio perspective;

    My teenage years are solidly in the Seventies, my childhood and preteens in the Sixties. I’m reminded again why “Radio” is a part of my screen name here and several other places.

    http://www.mymerrychristmas.com/forum/blog.php?b=140
     
  6. Christmas-A-Holic

    Christmas-A-Holic MMC Goodwill Ambassador MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew

    Oh ya, I remember from the 70's, Saturday morning cartoons! Then when my kids came around, late 80's early 90's, they wanted to do something on a Saturday morning and I suggested to watch, Saturday morning cartoons. They said, "What is Saturday morning cartoons"???? I died laughing but they were serious. I forgot but we have cable and they are able to watch cartoons 24/7 and when I was a kid, Saturday was the only day that had cartoons on for 5 or 6 hours straight! :lol: The rest of the week only a couple of hours a day of cartoons.
     
  7. rodmonster

    rodmonster Santa's Personal Trainer MMC Lifer Christmas Crew

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    I was a kid in the 70s and love them as well..not as much as the 80s mind you - but do love them!
    I remember a good bit from the entertainment world and being so excited to get my star wars figures - etc. Was really into a wide range of tunes too...from disco to rock and all in between. From Bread and the Carpenters to Zeppelin and Sabbath......
    I also remember vividly when Elvis passed away ( I was living in Memphis at the time too - so you can imagine).

    I am really enjoying this thread!
    Keep the groovy posts rolling!
     
  8. Snow-in-Texas

    Snow-in-Texas Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer MMC Emeritus Member

    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.
     
  9. George Broderick, Jr.

    George Broderick, Jr. Guest

    And don't forget... Sesame Street started in 1969 and prior to that, Captain Kangaroo was THE MAN! Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Greenjeans, Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock and the great Tom Terrific and Lariat Sam cartoons..!

    Other "classics" that came out of the 60's:

    Space Ghost
    Scooby Doo
    The Herculoids

    Kid's programming ruled! cheesy
     
  10. Christmas-A-Holic

    Christmas-A-Holic MMC Goodwill Ambassador MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew

    How could I forget Sesame Street?!?! That was my very favorite show when I was a kid. I still miss Mr. Hooper! :-(
     
  11. RadioJonD

    RadioJonD ♪♫Mistletoe Mix-ologist♫♪ MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum Kringle Radio DJ

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  12. singingringingtree

    singingringingtree Chestnut Roaster Merry Forums Member

    I was in bed at night listening to the pirate radio station Radio Luxemburg under the covers when the news came through. I remember the DJ crying and they played Elvis records all night.

    :snowball:
     
  13. RadioJonD

    RadioJonD ♪♫Mistletoe Mix-ologist♫♪ MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum Kringle Radio DJ

    "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.>
     
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  14. Sabine

    Sabine Mistletoeologist MMC Lifer

    I was born at the end of the 60´s...
    Remember the Sesame Street, with "Big Bird" and "Little Bird"..
    We just had 3 TV Stations.
    We have had 2 German Countries.
    And still think about Jimmy Carter when I eat Peanuts.
    Germany had be big Terror Time when the RAF kidnapped and killed some Men.. And I remember when my Parents told me that my Grandfather was an US Soldier..
    I remember when in our Apartment they changed from Coal-Oven to Central Heater
     
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  15. Christmas-A-Holic

    Christmas-A-Holic MMC Goodwill Ambassador MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew

    Oh ya, I remember having limited tv stations in the 70's. I think we only had 7 and television stations use to actually sign off at midnight! The national anthem would play before it did. Only on Saturday nights, one tv station would play movies all night.
     
  16. Snow-in-Texas

    Snow-in-Texas Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer MMC Emeritus Member

    Remember having to actually have to go to the theatre to see a movie. And if you didn't it, was like a 2 or 4 year wait before it would be shown on TV. No VCRs or DVD players.
     
  17. Christmas-A-Holic

    Christmas-A-Holic MMC Goodwill Ambassador MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew

    This was the biggest drag of not having a VCR or DVD players in those days. We were only able to see, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and more only ONCE A YEAR! My kids freaked out when I told them that. They would ask, "you had no way at all to watch those shows more than once"? Oh no, we had to make sure we were in front of the tv on time to watch it and you didn't get another chance. :-?

    That is probably why, as an adult, I play them so much and watch them over and over. We didn't have that privilege when we were kids.
     
  18. George Broderick, Jr.

    George Broderick, Jr. Guest

    When my daughter was young, I was telling her one of those "in my day..." stories about not having VCR's in the 60's and 70's and her eyes got wide and she asked "then, what did you watch your tapes on..?"

    Ah, youth..!
     
  19. ScottCalvin

    ScottCalvin Elf Choir Book Distributor MMC Lifer

    :grin:
     
  20. Christmasstar

    Christmasstar one Crazy Canadian ! MMC Lifer

    Ok, this is just like, well everything I remember....scary thing is, I am also from the class of 75'.
     

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