May 29th, 2008 09:49 PM
I remember joining the Marines in 1965 and getting paid $87.90 a month. I got a raise to $97.50 a month when I made E-2. Very few men owned a car and most lived in an open squad-bay barracks on the base.
My first good civilian job when I got out of the Corps in 1969 paid $100 a week. On that pay, I made a house payment and supported my wife and daughter.
May 29th, 2008 09:54 PM
I can remember programming in assembler using an ASR33 as an I/O device and paper tape for storage.
Originally Posted by aepilotjim
May 29th, 2008 09:56 PM
I can remember earning $10,000 in one year and telling my wife I couldn't see ever needing to earn more than that. She straightened me out pronto.
May 29th, 2008 10:07 PM
May 29th, 2008 11:32 PM
As a Corporal in Viet Nam I made $168.60 a month plus $55 combat pay. The kicker was that the $223.60 a month was all tax free.
May 30th, 2008 01:22 AM
I remember when Red Dawn was the greatest film ever made.
A good Sunday afternoon was my friend coming over after Church, and we would spend the rest of the day with our toy guns and fighting the "Red Army".
I will support gun control when you can guarantee all guns are removed from this planet. That includes military and law enforcement. When you can accomplish that, then I will be the last person to lay down my gun. Then I will carry the weapon that replaces the gun.
May 30th, 2008 12:39 PM
Sniiiiiiiiiiffffffffffff. Oh yeah, I will never forget that smell.
Originally Posted by SIXTO
I remember the local government putting up decorations for Christmas on the street lamps and cross wires over the street, not just stores to promote their sales.
The 7-11 had a row of 1 cent candy, mostly root bear barrels, and other hard candy. Collecting bottles and turning them in at the local grocery store.
We had a "Soda Shop" you picked up a wooden create, went through and picked out 24 assorted flavors, took them home, and when you brought them back, you get a credit on the next case.
What soft drink had the guy swinging a golf club on the can. My uncle had a shop/towing company, he always kept some in the fridge for us kids.
Soft drink cans had pull tops, not pop tops.
"fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen." [Warren v. District of Columbia,(D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981)]
If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand
May 30th, 2008 01:10 PM
OK, I'll add another...
The first photo-copier we ever had was just that:
We had to put a peice of photo paper on the drum, take a picture or the original, and wet develop the paper in a tray under the copier. There was also a "squeegee" to wipe the excess liquid from the copy.
I also still have one of the first Polaroid cameras; black & white, 60 seconds to develop, and you had to "fix" the photo with a chemilcal when done.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
-- Benjamin Franklin
May 30th, 2008 01:25 PM
Originally Posted by JonInNY
100 call clear
110 for i = 1000000 to 1 step -1
120 print i
130 next i
140 print "All Done"
150 call sound(500,200,30)
I owe my current lifestyle to that 'ol TI99/4A...
Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. It's worth it.
May 30th, 2008 06:22 PM
I got one. honest..
I remember when I was at the babysitters place and she would send us down to the gas station to buy her smokes.
It was between 1987-88
I was born in 1980 if that matters...
May 30th, 2008 08:21 PM
I had one of those! Did you have the speech synthesizer and the expansion box?? I always thought that was a great little computer, it was really amazing what you could do with 16k of memory!
Originally Posted by cmidkiff
EOD - Initial success or total failure
May 31st, 2008 12:12 PM
My community in GR MI had "Blue Laws" - no work on Sundays. Only the atheists in the neighborhood mowed their lawns or hung their laundry on Sunday. We had one of the LAST McDonald's int the nation to be closed on Sunday. This was circa 1982.
the early days of MTV
Watching Pete Rose break the hitting record
It's not about the caliber you carry, it's about how you USE it.
1988 DIE HARD 2008
May 31st, 2008 12:21 PM
I remember when people were not afraid to get involved. I remember when people cared about their neighbors and were not worried about getting sued for trying to help somebody out.
I remember having a scruffy guy knock on our door at 2 a.m. because he ran out of gas. I remember my Step-dad getting dressed, driving him to the gas station, paying for the gas, and bringing him back to his car. I also remember about two weeks later when the guy stopped by the house to pay him back.
I remember when criminals were more worried about what the average citizen would do to him than what the police would do to him. They knew the police had rules.
I remember when a neighbor lost someone close to them, the neighborhood would pitch in with costs, work, and food. I remember a time when people helped people instead of depending on the government to solve all of their problems.
I remember a better America than the one we live in now.
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