what do you remember from when you were a kid?

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    Heh we had this bizarre under-school tunnel for the a-bomb drill. I'm frankly not even old enough for any real red scares but we did them... granted I did watch The Wall fall and understood what was going on. I ran around in the woods without panicking about being kidnapped and dumped in a shallow grave. Public school was dismal but we didn't know it yet. We shot eachother with BBs and shot the inedible creatures with 22s. We skated out all over town after a good enough ice storm and our parents kicked out butts for dulling the heck out of our hockey skates. Thems was the days... when parents kicked your hind end in for destroying valuables you didn't understand the worth of :)
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    When Asteroids came out for Atari. That was the best day of my life
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    I was born in November of 1967. My earliest memory is the Apollo 11 moon landing. I was a little over 2 years old. I know that is unusually early but, I think it is because of the fact that my entire family, Mom, Dad, several uncles and aunts, cousins, both sets of Grand Parents, all of us were crowded into our smallish living room watching this event. That made an impression on me I guess. I remember watching Neil Armstrong come down the lander ladder and hop out onto the surface and the huge response it generated among my whole family.

    On a more generic note, I grew up in the sticks of West-central Indiana. (I don't remember it being what it is now though) and we were near only a very small town. A trip to the big city of Greencastle was a big deal. That city had stop lights and the County Courthouse was there. But once or twice a year, we would go to Indianapolis and I remember the first time we went there to go to something called a "mall". I didn't know what to expect but I was stunned when we went inside. A trip to the mall was a HUGE thing. Now, my kids may go to one of several malls 50 or more times a year.

    I remember the first time I walked up to a door that automatically opened at a store. It startled me. My kids have NEVER had to manually open a door at a store.

    I remember full service gas stations. I worked at one.
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    Fishing in the Turtle Flambeau Flowage for Walleye!
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    So many great memories. A few of mine.


    Fresh squeezed milk.
    Don't think I've ever heard it phrased that way!!

    The wonderful warmth of Grandma’s wood burning cooking stove.
    Waiting to be second one to the outhouse in the winter.
    And so many others that have been previously mentioned.
    Now the last two really bring back memories...
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    Grandpa telling me if you take care of your tools they will take care of you as he was cleaning dirt off a shovel and wiping it down with an oily rag to help prevent it from rusting and pitting over time
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    a school field trip to the statue of liberty and the ferry ride over, I have been there many times since but the first time was the best. Back then you could go all the way up into the torch and look out over NYC. I still get a strange feeling when I see her; I could just imagine how someone coming from another country looking at freedom for the first felt

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb327 View Post
    Fishing in the Turtle Flambeau Flowage for Walleye!
    What? No Lake Gogebic? lol
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    The 1977 NY Yankees!!!

    Spiderman and Speed Racer cartoons

    Saturday afternoon monster movies
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    Quote Originally Posted by mano3 View Post
    The 1977 NY Yankees!!!

    Spiderman and Speed Racer cartoons

    Saturday afternoon monster movies
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    Canned soft drinks before pull top openers, and they had a big seam up the side. Ice cream treats in an open ended bag. That smell, in a drug store. Paper straws at the drive-in. All stores in town closed on Sunday. Except gas stations, which in those days were service stations. One gas station was open, and they had a gentleman's agreement and took turns.
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    Firecrackers and Rockets on 4th of July!

    Ice Boxes....NOT refridgerators

    Stealing ice on a hot summer day off the back of the Milk Wagon as the milkman delivered along our alley.

    Using a cork shooting double barrel to shoot small pieces of gravel.

    Chewing tar off of the sidewalks where the men were resurfacing roofs. (My mother suggested this...said it was good for your teeth.)

    The "Ragpicker" with a horse drawn cart coming down the street and gathering all the materials he colud get.

    My dad taking me out once a year to the rifle range to shoot his old Sears .22.

    Summers at "THE LAKE" (Minnesota) where we had no bathes nor much supervision.


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    A horse drawn cart with vegies and fruit passing by our apartments when we lived in the city

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    -Atari 2600 videogame
    -Star Wars/GI Joe Action Figures
    -Crosman Model 357 pellet revolvers
    -Powerline 500 air rifle
    -Monopoly
    -Transformers (1985-1987)
    -Coleco Packman portable videogame
    -Rubix Cube
    -Cox Cable (MTV/HBO/Showtime/VH1/BET)
    -baseball/basketball jerseys
    -starter jackets
    -motorcycle jacket
    -greasy hairdo
    -8 track/record/cassette/record/vcr player
    -raw eggs (yes, I drank about 4 of them myself in a glass)
    -Joe Weider's Dynamic Muscle Builder (my first drink supplement)
    -stone, bag, and log weights (when I couldn't afford exercise equipment back then)

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