When we look back in time small things or words can jog our own memories, ensure that good manners are strictly adhered to. You can post a memory, ask others about something you sort of remember but would like others to add their perspective. Or even ask about old toys, TV shows, Events, Pop Music or to just talk about the forties, fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.
Below we have included 1 memory from each decade as an example of the memories left by our visitors
Memory Posted By: BobIn 1973, my wife, son and I left the Boston, MA area to move to Los Angeles, CA. It was during the gas shortage, and I equipped our 1960 Ford E300 Econoline 1-ton van with an 'accessory' electric fuel pump, where I could feed a long fuel line out through a small rusted-out hole in the rear panel and feed it into a parked car's gas tank. The feed line would reach our gas tank. I know it sounds nasty, and I do know it would have been stealing if I had actually used it, but I would have left some cash to pay for the gas. Fortunately, once we got away from the East Coast, the fuel lines were no-longer 2, 3 or even 4 hours long with limits of 10-gallons or less. It was for 'survival' purposes only. I think I still have that electric fuel pump around here somewhere, still never been used! I think gas was about $1.50/gallon at that time.
Comments Al said Hi, I was on the front lines at a gas station during this "gas crisis". We had 3 lines of cars, about 40 or more cars long each, going out of our station.
At one point we started running low on gas, and the boss told me "I have these magnetic signs here, I want you to take these and put them on the last car in each line". The sign said "Last car in line for gas". I remember being really surprised and shocked! I said where in heck did you get these? He said the Mobil Oil Co. Head Office had sent them to him two weeks before, and he was mystified when he got them. So they all knew it was coming!
Memory Posted By: Stones FanI was 16 years old and visiting a friend in Toronto, when his mother announced that she'd bought two tickets for us to see the Rolling Stones in concert at the fabled Maple Leaf Gardens. We could hardly believe our good Fortune. Sure, the Beatles were everyone's favourite, but the Stones were bluesier and dirtier, and had been arrested for urinating on the wall of a British gas station. That had to mean something.
Memory Posted By: Boomer Boy
We drank water from the tap not a bottle and nobody knew about the dangers of lead poisoning so even cribs were painted with brightly colored lead based paint. Medicine and Bottles with tablets did not have child proof lids
No seat belts or air bags in cars, nobody knew or if they did told our parents smoking and drinking was bad for the baby, kids shared coke from one bottle, soda had masses of sugar and we ate real white bread and butter and everything else including full fat milk that we are now told is bad for you
Parents couldn't reach us ( no mobiles ) and most of the day we would be out playing with friends and parents knew we would be safe with hardly any weirdos wandering the streets. If we got caught doing stuff we shouldn't the cops would take us home and we may well have a got a hiding for breaking the law ( but no do gooders saying mustn't smack children ). And if we played up in school the same applied.
While playing we got cuts and bruises and the occasional tear in jeans but it was just part of being a kid and no visit to the hospital.
We had no fancy games but could play for hours making a Go cart or a new tree swing and for other games most times we would find a ball and whatever we could use as a bat. or in the summer all jump into the nearest place we could find and if the water wasn't that clean we just didn't swallow it.
We rode our bikes with no helmets and doing whatever stunts we could ( bikes were so much heavier and hard waring ) and always had punctures to repair or get dad to help with.
If we didn't get in the team we were not good enough and that was that.
But most of all we were allowed to be kids
To dream, to invent and to play.
It's no wonder that the generation that grew up then created some of the most innovative and exciting technology we have today
Thanks for those years and all those "BAD THINGS" that is why we are who we are today
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Memory Posted By: Making Ice Cream
Memory Posted By: NormaMy recollection for the first half of the 1940’s when I was a child in Saint John, New Brunswick centre around the fact that my Dad left for service in the Canadian Army in September 1941. I didn’t see him again until late in 1945. Both sets of grandparents and many friends lived near us in Saint John. No one could escape the effects of the war --not even the children.
As the economy grew even further and many more families had both parents working, many toys in the 1990's became bigger, more expensive, and more interactive, as some parents bought their children toys to make up for time missed at home. Video games and gaming systems continued to advance and handheld devices gained popularity with the Nintendo Gameboy. The decade saw many toy fads in which parents rushed to the stores to pick up the latest item often getting news coverage for scuffles breaking out in stores and midnight rushers competing for the last toy (Tickle-Me Elmo, Furby, Beanie Babies, and others). Marketing towards children continued to grow as children's cartoon and television networks expanded and commercials increasingly focused on the new toys that "everyone had to have!". As parents became more aware of changing gender roles and women's rights further advanced, a lot more gender neutral toys started to appear in the market as well. Reflecting the increase in diversity among the population, manufacturers also began creating more ethnically diverse toys, especially dolls that featured a variety of skin tones, during the decade. Picking only a few was a hard task as I could easily have included 100 +
A hand-held version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Features Tetris Game Pack, LCD dot-matrix game screen, and digital stereo sound with earphones for private play. Video Link cable hook-up allows two Game Boy systems to go head-to-head.
The Teacher Barbie set comes with two students, a chalkboard, two desks, and Teacher Barbie herself.
From Our 1995 Toys Page
Memory Posted By: Ralph Marontate
Memory Posted By: ChadI started college right after high school. In my day – the mid-1990s – that’s what everybody did. I got a full scholarship to go to the local community college for two years. That was great because most of my friends planned on staying around Flint, too. Besides, that meant I would get my basic classes out of the way for free. Mott Community College was the one I chose because it was accredited and their credits transferred anywhere. This was ideal because I planned on moving to South Carolina to get my four-year degree.
Memory Posted By: JulieIt was 1986, and I was sitting in my sixth grade classroom. Our teacher had pulled out the television and VCR stand and showed us the breaking news of the crash of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Posted By WilliamI have posted this as a memory to highlight the problems my family and many other families are facing because we made bad decisions.