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Old 12-06-2009, 06:48 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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AHHHH, the British Invasion of 1964 and beyond. Wasn't that fabulous????

All the wonderful music groups that the local high school boys put together. Ironically, many were so good that they sounded like the originals and there were many dances.

Drive-in movies were wonderful, too. Fortunately, the one in our town re-opened several years ago and markets itself as nostalgic. They should've never gone out of style to begin with.


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Old 12-06-2009, 07:13 AM
 
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Some of the things I did in the 70s (in no particular order):

Rocked out to bands like Kiss, the Tubes, Hendrix, Bowie, and Zeppelin
Smoked pot
Moved to San Francisco
Drank like there was no tomorrow
Dated quite a few women
Took lots of road trips with friends
Went to college (and actually graduated)
Worked my tail off to support all of my vices

Got married in '80 and it all ended abruptly!

(By the way, if anyone knows who I am, please don't tell my kids about all of this!)
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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This reminds me of how different TV was then compared to now. Censorship meant that double entendres were the vehicle of choice. Comedians cracked themselves up with their clever ways of being dirty while meeting the censor's criteria. I remember many times asking my mother what was so funny and her answer was invariably you'll understand when you are older. It was true. Today's kids never see anything with a double meaning and get the full bore visual effects of everything instead of having things revealed gradually as they grow old enough to understand. It meant that I could sit with my parents watching absolutely filthy jokes they understood and I was uncomprehending of the meaning. What today allows that?

I've been listening to old Gunsmoke radio shows and they are still good. But also, the commercials were so blatantly crass and commercial with blatant lies. But then it had a prostitute as a main character and best friend of the hero while never explicitly saying so. Nuances that are laid bare in today's treatments.

Another thing that we had that most of our generation stopped with their own children was lots of freedom to be kids and play on our own. I don't know how many times my mother told us it's a nice day - go outside and play. We spent hours together or on our own exploring our worlds and learning about them. We played with crawdads and devised innumerable ways of entertaining ourselves. We explored creeks and woods, we also made up cities in the dirt. The current idea of always having children under control and supervision with no freedom to interact on their own must change how they view the world as they grow and stifle curiosity.

But then again, this was the world we grew up in made by our depression era parents and we changed it for our own children, failing to understand some of the great gifts such freedom along with limits and responsibility gave to us.

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Old 12-06-2009, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Oh no!! Say it's not so!! You mean Miss Kitty was a prostitute?? But...but...she had a heart of gold...oh, now I get it.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:24 PM
 
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Pinky Lee
Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca
Jimmy Durante
Milton Berle
Beat the Clock
George Gobel (His show alternated with Jack Benny)
Arthur Godfrey
Crusader Rabbit
Captain Kangaroo

"Takes a licking and keeps on ticking."
"See the USA in your Chevrolet."

Which brings us to John Cameron Swayze and Dinah Shore.

Weather forecasting by looking out the window...

I'm sure I'd remember more if I kept thinking...

Such as the plastic sheets you stuck to a black-and-white TV that had blue across the top and green across the bottom. You used crayolas to color over things on childrens shows.

Edit: Art Linkletter
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Fine memories, Tek_Freek...George Goebel, what was his nickname? Lonesome George? He was so friendly and funny, always liked him a lot. And Jack Benny, too..."Rochester!!" And the way he'd just stand there and raise an eyebrow to make you laugh...very subtle, his facial expressions. Milton Berle I found annoying, pretty much. And Jerry Lewis. Though, to me, Dean Martin was quite the cool hipster with the great crooning voice.

Some more old TV shows to ping your memory:

The Hit Parade
American Bandstand
Soul Train
Ozzie & Harriet (Ricky was hot!)
Father Knows Best
Leave It To Beaver
Laugh In
TWTWTW (That Was the Week That Was)
Zoo Parade
Mr. Wizard
Lassie
Rin Tin Tin
My Friend Flicka
Sky King
Sgt. Bilko
Mr. Ed
Queen for a Day
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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For those growing up in the Seattle area:

J.P. Patches
Stan Boreson - King's Klubhouse
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:02 PM
 
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This reminds me of how different TV was then compared to now. Censorship meant that double entendres were the vehicle of choice. Comedians cracked themselves up with their clever ways of being dirty while meeting the censor's criteria. I remember many times asking my mother what was so funny and her answer was invariably you'll understand when you are older. It was true. Today's kids never see anything with a double meaning and get the full bore visual effects of everything instead of having things revealed gradually as they grow old enough to understand. It meant that I could sit with my parents watching absolutely filthy jokes they understood and I was uncomprehending of the meaning. What today allows that?

I've been listening to old Gunsmoke radio shows and they are still good. But also, the commercials were so blatantly crass and commercial with blatant lies. But then it had a prostitute as a main character and best friend of the hero while never explicitly saying so. Nuances that are laid bare in today's treatments.

Another thing that we had that most of our generation stopped with their own children was lots of freedom to be kids and play on our own. I don't know how many times my mother told us it's a nice day - go outside and play. We spent hours together or on our own exploring our worlds and learning about them. We played with crawdads and devised innumerable ways of entertaining ourselves. We explored creeks and woods, we also made up cities in the dirt. The current idea of always having children under control and supervision with no freedom to interact on their own must change how they view the world as they grow and stifle curiosity.

But then again, this was the world we grew up in made by our depression era parents and we changed it for our own children, failing to understand some of the great gifts such freedom along with limits and responsibility gave to us.
Tesaje you summed it up pretty well. Sad thing is Miss Kitty is believed to have died of AIDS in real life (caught from her husband I believe). She died in 1989 and that was probably as good a date as any to mark the end of good times and civility.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I would not change anything about my life as a Baby Boomer. I'm retired and I planned well but some of it is due to luck and most of it is due to a fine set of standards passed on to me by my parents.

Well, wait. There is one thing I would change.....I'd erase the Vietnam War. I lost many friends and one fiancé in Vietnam.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Yes, I sure agree about Viet Nam--and all our wars since...my brother's best friend, someone I had a huge crush on, died in Viet Nam at the age of 21. He's just now going to be awarded a Silver Star for his bravery. Such a sad loss, so many of our fine young men...

Strange, my earliest memory of TV was of watching the newscasts of the Korean War...and so it continues..does it never end? When will be go Beyond War?

Give Peace a chance...
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