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View Poll Results: What do you think was the best decade in America?
Before 1910's and Before 18 5.47%
1920's 17 5.17%
1930's 6 1.82%
1940's 9 2.74%
1950's 94 28.57%
1960's 46 13.98%
1970's 21 6.38%
1980's 41 12.46%
1990's 66 20.06%
2000's 11 3.34%
Voters: 329. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-18-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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The 1970's. A fun, NON-self-referential period of original art, music, and mustaches. Bigass American cars. NO interpersonal surveillance technology. No walkmen, faxes, cell phones, gps, NONE of that garbage. No answering machines.

My dad would "go to work" in his company car with his expense account, roll around in that kickass tank, come home to the landline, fill out paperwork by hand, and MAIL it on the last day of the month at the post office.

People checked stock prices THE NEXT DAY, not second-by-second. Growth was enormous. Albums and 8-tracks. Light beer did not yet exist.

God, it's Paradise.

 
Old 11-18-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I would have to say the 1950's. I like the music, the styles, the economy, THE CARS, the safety, and family values from that era.

The only things I don't like from that time are the racism and the subservient roles women had to endure.

Imagine everything from the 1950's combined with today's tolerance. It would be amazing!
How amazing is it that 4 people actually said the 1930s? Umm, GREAT DEPRESSION anyone?
 
Old 12-04-2009, 10:01 AM
 
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I wish I had been bonr in a better decade I was born in teh nineties and I have only seen ten years of man being kind tehn after those ten years it all hit the fan.
 
Old 12-04-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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The 50s have been hard to beat. I was (also) 5-15 that decade and lived most of it on a farm in Kansas. For me there was no racial strife, as we were all white Europeans, all Christians, and all good neighbors. I could fish in our farm pond or walk a half mile to a lake, hunt in our timberland, ride my bike the five miles to the small (pop. 2000) town for swimming lessons, etc. I had my chores to do from the age of 5 or so, but we always had time to enjoy life.

Entertainment was cheap and simple. My parents would go to card parties or host them or go to dances on weekends, often organized by a church as a fund raiser. We didn't have a TV until we moved to Iowa in '58, so we'd listen to the radio. On Friday nights my dad, my older brother and I would go to our neighbor's to watch boxing on TV. I'd often walk there on Sunday afternoons to watch Roy Rogers and Gene Autry shows. (He was a retired widower and my best bud.) He'd often take me to town on Saturdays in his big 1951 Buick, and if I was really lucky he'd take me fishing on weekdays. It always fascinated me that his car could have so much dust on the dash but no fingerprints!)

The peak entertainment for the fall was the new car shows. Dealers would hide the new cars like they were military secrets until the big day, usually late September or early October, as I recall. Most would be shown on the same day -- Chevys, Pontiacs, Oldmobiles, Buicks, Cadillacs, Fords, Mercurys and Lincolns. You could round out the day looking at the new Plymouths and Chryslers, but we weren't much interested in them -- crappy cars at best. Ramblers were the jokes. And foreign cars? We'd see a VW bug on the road now and then. But all dealers had free donuts, cookies, sodas and coffee. It was the social event of the season.

My dad bought a '55 Chevy with Power Pack. That was the new hot 265ci V8 with 4-barrel carb and dual exhaust. What a screamer! I "borrowed" it one night when I was 13. The next week the transmission had to be overhauled. Oooops!

Proper dress for school was jeans and a button down shirt for the guys and knee-length skirts or dresses for the girls. Oh yeah, and belts. If the guys didn't have a belt or the girls' dresses were above the knee, we were sent home to get properly dressed.

In high school we studied about drug and marijuana use in the cities. I figured it was limited to New York. We had booze though. One bottle of beer would make us drunk, even if we had to share it three ways! *LOL*

Elvis was cool. I even had some blue suede shoes. And some white bucks.
Everyone wanted to move to California.

And then came the '60s. A high school sweetheart. Sports. High school graduation. Beatniks. College. Vietnam. The draft. Pot. Hippies. It was never the same after that.
 
Old 12-06-2009, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Kurdistan Sine
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1990's and worst is 2000's
 
Old 01-17-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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I'd have to say the 80's. Although there was a threat of nuclear war, Reagan did more to end the cold war than any president before him. Alot of people don't like the 80's because of Reagan but they forget that he brought us back from the edge of a recession that Carter had brought us to. The Music was great and there was many great movies made in the 80's. I have 2 kids and they feel that the clothing style in the 80's are coming back around. Really I feel the 2 greatest were the 50's and the 80's but since I wasn't alive in the 50's I have to go with the 80's.
 
Old 01-17-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Denver
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[quote=WyoNewk;11895538]The 50s have been hard to beat. I was (also) 5-15 that decade and lived most of it on a farm in Kansas. For me there was no racial strife, as we were all white Europeans, all Christians, and all good neighbors. I could fish in our farm pond or walk a half mile to a lake, hunt in our timberland, ride my bike the five miles to the small (pop. 2000) town for swimming lessons, etc. I had my chores to do from the age of 5 or so, but we always had time to enjoy life.

Entertainment was cheap and simple................





See above for full quote...

Thanks...that was like a nice, short movie.
 
Old 01-17-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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I am 63 now and the best half decade IMO was the first half of the 1060. After 65 thinksa pretty much started goign downhill.I alos think that the 90 were pretty good and lfe was easier but society was ging down hill as people civility.
 
Old 01-17-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: London, KY
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The 1990's. The Cold War ended as the USSR collapsed and the Berlin Wall fell. The economy was decent, and things were relatively peaceful. Also, the 90's will be known as the advent of the information age, as the Internet became a public phenomenon. The 80's were ok, but the threat of nuclear war was very apparent, especially in the early to mid 80's. The 2000's have been dreadful. WTC, the endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, economy tanking, oil and other energy prices skyrocketing. Politically very divisive. In light of the Arizona attacks, probably the most divisive I've seen in my 40 years.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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They certainly had the most elegant clothing during the Edwardian era. 1910's and before received my vote.
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