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    I am 34 and I remember all of that, here are my additions:

    Merry Go Rounds made of metal and we would spin them as fast as we could until we couldn't stand up.

    Monkey Bars made of steel, swings too.

    Remember dodge ball?

    Leaving the house after breakfast in the Summer and being able to stay out until the street lights came on.

    I remember my first fight, everyone stood by and cheered and we both only had fists to work with. This changed as I got to H.S.

    getting "whooped" by a friends Mom or Grand Mom, and then having diner with them afterwards, no hard feelings since you knew you had screwed up.
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    Used some "rabbit ears" this past Saturday morning. Due to heavy rain in the area, Comcast was not working for 6-7 hours and grandson's nearly went nuts. No Internet, no Saturday morning cartoons. I went to the garage and turned on the 26 year old 12" black and white and listened to the morning news -- had my choice of Channel 2 or Channel 10. Sound was good, picture, well, I wasn't paying attention to the picture anyway.

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    In my 6th decade...I remember all of that...those were great times.
    Heck, the fact that I can remember is great, too!
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    Here's the one that kills me today- Back then it was thirty minutes of local news at noon, thirty minutes of nat'l news in the evening followed by thirty minutes of local news, then thirty minutes of local news at 10 pm. That totals 2 hours of news in 24 hours. Now there are how many 24/7 newschannels? Do we really have that much news to report today? Result, I think there is basically a news void and the media fills that void with junk news so they have something to fill their airtime.
    Actually it was 15 minutes not 30 or at least in our part of the world. That was 15 for local and 15 for national. I don't remember exactly when they went to 30 minutes but I am pretty sure it was in the early 60's. We got most of our news from the radio where they had news every hour and updates every half-hour.

    When the picture rolled you adjusted the verticle hold, the horizontal hold was the screwy lines all over the screen.
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    Remember roller skates with metal wheels, making sparks on the road?

    Lawn darts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu View Post
    Remember roller skates with metal wheels, making sparks on the road?

    Lawn darts!

    -JT
    LoL... I remember my steel wheeled roller skates, I took them apart and mounted them on a piece of plywood for a skateboard!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flagflyfish View Post
    LoL... I remember my steel wheeled roller skates, I took them apart and mounted them on a piece of plywood for a skateboard!!
    I did a go-cart!
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    Quote Originally Posted by taggart View Post
    I did a go-cart!
    In the '40s, scooters.

    For the younger set, that's sort of like a skate board with a handle and steerable front wheels.
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    And now all TV will be digital next year so kids will never understand rabbit ears - and there will be no getting around that BS blue screen emergency message about the storm that cuts in while you were tracking the storm on the news in real time ... really chaps my butt!!!

    But back to childhood: I've got scars on both knees and one under my chin (were whiskers STILL won't grow) from when my brother pushed me down the driveway on my bike - we lived on a huge hill. For that I got mercurochrome, band-aids ... and spanked!

    I was 8 or 9 when we got our first video game: Anyone else stay up for hours playing Pong!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flagflyfish View Post
    We all took gym, not PE, and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's
    Let's not forget the PF Flyers. They made us "run faster and jump higher."

    I had a vivid flashback about a pile of gravel on a construction site. Thanks for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean3 View Post
    I was 8 or 9 when we got our first video game: Anyone else stay up for hours playing Pong!?
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    +1 on the PONG!
    Some of my cooler friends had video games. My family owned movie theatres in North Dakota and Montana. I was lucky we even HAD televsion! We didn't even have a VCR until I was in college! (I'm 43) It seems TV wasn't exactly the death knell to movies that Dad thought it would be.
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    O.K. 1940s, immediate post war years. Anyone want to remember, THE OUTHOUSE?

    The kerosene stove? Kerosene Lantern? Nowadays the modern incarnations use scented lamp oil!! We keep a few cans in case the electricity goes; and for nostalgia. Don't exactly know where my wife put them. I'll have to use my5 LED Lantern till I find the oil.

    Steam engine trains.

    Yellow Soap? That one toughened you up real good.

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    Do kids even know about marbles these days? I had a really nice stash and would always play for "keeps".

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    heh heh - boulders, cats eyes and aggies!
    And .... SPINDLE MOWERS!!! They were loads of fun ..... for about two minutes!
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    Boulders, cats'eyes, and aggies. Ahh yes, Then came the wrist rocket, my supply of marbles dwindled quickly. The barn cats hated me.
    "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier
    and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the
    service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the
    love and thanks of man and woman."

    -- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)

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