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Old 11-27-2018, 10:07 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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1968 - vinyl music records
Did not foresee optical CDs wiping out vinyl within 20 years and then digital files stored somewhere wiping out CDs within 25 years.

1968 - cars were objects of lust by most males
today - kids think of cars as transportation devices

Today's Apple watch has more storage than ALL the computers in the world in 1968.

1968 - male underwear came in one color: white
today - whoa!

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Old 11-27-2018, 10:25 AM
 
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Great answers so far. THANKS!
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Texas of course
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Computers took up entire rooms

Cell phones

Back in 68 I saw a lot of gun racks (with a rifle in it) in trucks and they didn't even bother to lock the trucks

Internet

Same sex marriages

9-1-1 didn't exist.

Plastic/fake Chrome instead of real chrome on cars

DVD players

No battered women's shelters. In 1973 the first battered women’s shelter in the United States opened

TV programming has changed. Back then families watched TV together, today prime time is not suitable for children.

The drinking age was 18

Seat belts weren't mandatory

'Made in China' items were hard to find here

We had a lot of cotton mills, steel mills, hosiery mills, plants that made our clothes, towels, carpet etc..

The draft was active

Getting paddled in school was okay when you behaved badly and parents supported it.

We had Lead-based paint, it was banned in 1978

You didn't hear about road rage, people taking guns to schools, nightclubs, work, parks etc...and killing innocent people

Most little boys carried a pocket knife, even to school with no problems.

We didn't have all the convenience foods that are in stores today. Yes TV dinners were there but not like today.

Cars didn't have airbags

Local calls were only 7 digits

Chicken pox killed 100 children a year in the U.S. before a vaccine came along in 1995

Children could play cops and robbers, army and cowboys with toy guns. Kids could be kids back then and even had cap guns.
(True story: An old neighbor about 5 years ago called the police because 2 ten year old little boys were playing army in the small field between our homes. She told police they were shooting guns. Police came, the kids had 2 badly carved out guns made from wood. They shook their heads because even from her house you could see it was silly.)

Cigarette ads played on TV

We didn't have car seats.

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Old 11-27-2018, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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Toyotas and Hondas.
1968 was the year before what was likely Peak Automobile in America. Almost everything the Big 3 made in 1969 is a collectible.
The only foreign cars you saw in any quantity were Bugs.
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:24 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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lasik eye surgery eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:42 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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lasik eye surgery eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses
Laser anything.
1968 - lasers were $100K machines
today - $1.99 for a laser pointer for your PowerPoint slide show

which leads me to:
1968 - cameras had film
today - a camera (any camera) has more storage than all the computers in the world in 1968

And, business casual dress
1968 was white shirts (and pocket protectors for engineers)

1968 - sliderules. The HP-35 came out in 1970.
today - sliderule? An engineer's personal computer has more horsepower than ALL the computers in the world in 1968

1968 - almost ready to land on the Moon
today - who knows when we will return

1968 - the Concorde would soon fly passengers at Mach 2+
today - who knows if will ever fly faster than Mach 1 again
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:42 AM
 
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test tube babies/IVF
cloning
GPS
false teeth being implanted
Minimally invasive surgery
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:00 PM
 
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These are some of the things I never saw coming in 1968:

1. A rover driving around on the planet Mars sending back chemical analysis and photos.

2. Metal knee and hip replacements.

3. Tranny bathrooms

4. A black president

5. Backup cameras in cars

6. Curbside recycling

7. Press #1 to hear in English

8. Flu shots
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:42 PM
 
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Unaffordable state college tuition. My brother graduated in 1968 and I graduated in 1975 from a University of Whatever State, and our degrees cost less than $3,000 each, a sum we both recouped within months of landing our first jobs. If my son hadn't had scholarships, it would take him several years to recover the cost of his education, let alone pay off his student loans.
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Sandy beaches...
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Reusable SpaceX rockets that lands just like in Buck Rogers movies.

Apple Watch you can talk to just like Dick Tracy (waiting for Facetime to work on it).
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