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TO ALL THOSE WHOSE SURVIVED THE 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s AND 70s....


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.


We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.


As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.


We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight. WHY?

Because we were always outside, playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K.


We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times,we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there wer e no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers , problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of them? CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?

The Hammer & Anvil
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wow as being born in 1982 I can say I got to experience the very tail end of all of this. Not to the degree my father talked about but I was outside. I live in a more rural area and I still wonder while I am driving to and from work why I never see any kids every riding bikes or playing. All I ever did was ride my bike.

Good Post!

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Ah sweet youth. Thanks for that walk down memory lane. I remember standing up on the passenger floor board and riding around with my mouth on the dash. After a few fat lips I realized it wasn't a hot idea after all.

I hate to be a downer, but it was the kids of the 50's, 60's, and 70's that turned into those idiot lawyers and government cogs. Maybe some of those things we remember so fondly, the IL's and GC's lamented for many years and vowed "Not on my shift."

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I'm was born in 86...but my parents where older (in thier 60's now) and I was raised very old school in a lower middle class family, and I'm more than glad now that I was. I look at others in my age group, and feel so very out of place, but yet disgusted at thier poor raising and atitude in genral. Still, even they aren't as bad as the teenagers now, it's really scary.

I love the old days. I wish we could go back to the 50's, 60's, 70's...heck, even the 80's were better than now.

My first Corssman bb/pellet gun was at 9, and my first .22 (old Marlin bolt action) at was 13. and I never had saftey glasses...and didn't wear a helmet until it was law when I was much older...I had an Atari from a garage sale when everyone else had super Nintendo, and I didn't get a modern game sytem until I was almost 18, and I payed for it myself. Half of our "new" stuff was from garage sales and church sales...

I broke my nose 4 times and have countless scars. Some of my best memories of my older brothers is shooting all kinds of guns. MAN! I miss Tonka trucks and mud pies, little green army men and baseball suddenly.

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I lived on a big hill, so we built the wooden coaster carts and reached wicked unsafe speeds. We were in awe of ball bearing wheels when we could find them.
Remember push mowers that you had to wind up with a crank on top, then twist a spring release on the side of the engine to start? We played in the creek and caught craw fish in cans. We walked the railroad tracks to the store because the rout was more direct. We would leave the house with no money and collect enough pop bottles (5 cent return) to buy a load of candy and and drinks. We explored a cave that no one knew about but us. It's opening was a crack in the rocks flush with the ground with a ten foot drop straight down with no walls within reach. If you couldn't climb the rope to get out, or were too tired, or the rope broke, you were screwed. we got lucky. Oh to go back to those days with what I know now.

He is risen
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Born in '63 myself .... and I remember all of it , Highlander . I grew up all over the Dallas area , most specifically Plano , and brother , you sure got it right ! I remember those " deathtrap go-carts" as my mother called them , that we built from plywood , 2 x 4 's , old tricycles , and broken Big Wheel parts brakes , very little steering , and flying down a hill at 60 miles an hour , or at least it felt like it when you're 3 inches off the ground and 11 years old . I got my Crossman 760 Powermaster BB gun for my ( you guessed it , and did you do that ?)10th birthday , and yep , we had our share of BB Gun Wars ...until someone got shot not in the eye , but very nearly .... and our common sense got the better of us , and we finally stopped shooting at each other ..... * sigh *... it was fun while it lasted . Luckily , I DID get to nail my little brother in the neck before we quit , a truth I have never let him forget to this day ..... what a crybaby !

My favorite memory is ... building our motorcross bicycles that we scavenged together from old frames we found at the junkyard , and from knobby tires we bought at garage sales , or dug out of someone's trashpile ....and then riding them down at the " hills "....although a better name might have been " the accident waiting to happen place " ( Mom , again ) , .... terrible tragedies that usually involved a nard , maybe two , a broken pedal , and the bicycle bar . We would always ask the age old question after just such a mishap .... " what genuis decided to put a bar THERE anyway ? "
Someone always had a pack of smokes , a can of snuff , a pouch of Redman , or a girly magazine ....and man , did we have some fun !

Thanks you , Highlander ....for reminding me of the best of times !

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I was born in 1966. One thing you missed, in the Uk anyway, was the discipline in schools.

We called the teachers Sir or Miss, stood up when the entered the room, put hands up to speak, and wow betide if you answered back.

We played Bull Dog, Tag, Rounders, Netball, and Hop Scotch without any worry of hurting ourselves or sueing the school.

We didnt shout (well I dont remember it), nor misbehave on the bus, or scream down mobile phones.

We didnt wear mini skirt uniforms, and if they werent the correct height by the knee we were sent home. No jewelry was allowed (not even stud earrings), no makeup, and no ipods. No chewing of gum in class, no running in corridors, no harassing the local chippy either.

The teachers were spotless in suits and ties, with clean shoes (even the underneath), they used Black boards (opps sorry Chalk Boards), and if you didnt do the home work you had loads of detentions not just one.


The community got invovled in the childrens up keep. You behaved or you knew your parents would find out and that ment being sent to your no tv bedroom without Dinner.

6 Boys and 13 Hands
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Ah, the good ol' days.

Kids today don't know what their missing!:D:
Grew up watching westerns and pirate movies (In black and white no less). We would search the woods for sticks that resembled flint lock pistols and add a few sound effects and you had a afternoon of entertainment for free.

Hero's were
Daniel Boone
Davy Crockett
Robin Hood
Sam Houston (for all you Texans)
Jim Bowie (again for all you Texans)
Lewis and Clark
Jim Bridger
Lone Ranger and Tonto
Of course Festus and Doc
John Wayne

And when comedians were comedians:
Red Skelton
Jackie Gleason and Art Carney
and others

Today its Rap stars. :xeye:
American Idol
Assorted Divas

All that is Bling and no substance. :(

woefully unprepared
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And what year were our politicians born? We could've done without that decade.

A couple of those dandy years begat this current pile. I smell something fishy in the 50s...

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And what year were our politicians born? We could've done without that decade.

A couple of those dandy years begat this current pile. I smell something fishy in the 50s...
Boomers need social security because all the X and Y generations are a broke bunch of punkasses.
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