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Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
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1) Trying to record your favorite song on the radio without the DJ's voice in the recording. 2) Cassette tape and a pencil
haha! No tv remote and free provincial camping ⛺️
I remember exercising to the #popcornsong for three and a half minutes every morning at school. Good times!
anyone wanna buy a Nokia 3210?
what your pager or beeper code was.
i kinda like it when women have a bit of bush. or landing strip...
the tv show ... H.R. Pufnstuf was a cool!!!
10p piece for a phone call!
lol. Playing electric football.
using a rotary phone, inserting a floppy disk. Opening a car window by cranking the handle.
Turntables with a 78 setting.
waiting for a song to come on the radio and hitting record to capture it for a mix tape.
not calling someone past 10:00pm unless it was urgent.
MTV use to play videos all day.
the "awkward makeup" phase of adolescence. 13 y/o can contour now
dragging a phone with a cord all over the house
The only way to play video games together was to be together in the same room.
making it "a Blockbuster night"
getting up to turn the channel on the television
big bags of crappy weed with stems and seeds
The checkbook and hand-tracked register keeping track of account balance in your hip pocket without Snapchat.
I was gonna go with Punky Brewster, but someone didn't get Strong bad emails yesterday. I dunno.
phones that are connected to a wall.
if you let the phone dangle by the cord and spin, the cord won't kink up
busy signal when making a phone call.
all Mary Kate and Ashley everything!
Call waiting kicking you off the internet.
3 tv channels, uhf, & no remote control.
RT @ThatEricAlper Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
turning the tv to channel 3 to play the game. Actually screwing the game in the back of the TV.
Running out of eraser tape on your typewriter.
Having to wait for this month's "Teen Beat" to find out who your celebrity crush is dating.
Filmstrips in school. And most of them were 20 years old. If they rolled in the actual movie projector, the place went nuts.
everyone going silent when an answering machine picked up. Not even sure it was possible for callers to hear inside the house
Your slip is showing.
filmstrip projectors in school
tv used to go off when i was little. literally. tv used to be on stand by for hours after a certain time at night
Standong Pay phone
Buying a computer, using it with just a keyboard for a year, and finally springing for a mouse.
researching using microfiche. Omg. Horrible
time and temperature.
my school lunch was cooked--fresh veg/fruit/balanced/from scratch, by cafeteria ppl who could cook & every school did it.
Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B start (Select start for 2 players)
research trip to the Library of Congress for microfilm of newspapers and VHS copies of archival footage.
The song on the other side of that 45.
party line phones
The WTC was a better tourism visit than the Empire State Bldg., b/c acrophobes could look out from the indoor observatory.
washing clothes in a wringer washing machine; having only channels 3,6,10,12; UHF
the TV channel that scrolled upcoming shows. if you turned it on and missed your station you waited &!listened to hold music
that was only like 10 years ago! Maybe cheap cable services still have it...
Columbia House CD club
"Be kind. Rewind."
playing records backwards for the devil worship messaging
My mini arcade Galaxian game.
How on 8-tracks, some songs had to be faded in and out to even run times.
What happened to "unwed mothers" & "illegitimate" children. They would not believe it.
blow into the game cartridge, that should get it working again 🕹
Telling the operator my name is 'library' on a collect call so my parents know where I am without me spending a quarter.
catching them hands for trying to get on the internet while dad was trying to make a call.
No locker searches, cops, or dogs in school.
"Hey Mikey, he likes it!"
$20 is too much for 1 Christmas present pick something else.
Having to wait to call my friends because we were on a party line and the lady up the street was using the phone.
Getting a Betamax for the superior picture quality. Paying to belong to a video library. @ThatEricAlper
If you weren't available when the phone rang, you would never know that the person called you. They just had to try later.
Watching credible news.
The time Alexander Butterfield revealed the existence of the White House's taping system
I had a job delivering afternoon newspapers.
card catalog system and Dewey Decimal searches
Girls couldn't wear pants to school even if -25° out, or had gym class. (You cd pull temporary pants or shorts under skirt).
ours was the first class to be allowed to wear pants 1968 !
we girls could only wear pants in the winter until 1972 in Boston
wow we did that in Pittsburgh in 1969, I was a rebel haha
or whenever i was in 6th grade lol
Men at first table. Anyone?
Every night on the news seeing what happened in Vietnam that day.
the tape's all unwound, so hand me a pencil
fixing a cassette tape that won't play by inserting a pencil in the reels & turning until the tape is back on track.
a person knocking on the door selling Encyclopedias Then using them to do your homework!
fax machines
Pre-ordering Pac Man for Atari.
Searching for dimes for the phone
That distinct set of noises your modem makes before connecting.
Busy signal when trying to call someone.
operators, lol
using a pencil to manually rewind a cassette to preserve the batteries of my portable tape player
Rotary knob Tvs
roll down car windows with a handle
Being too scared to watch Micheal Jackson's Thriller video before bed.
Cursive handwriting, the Dewey Decimal System, rabbit ears and foil.
Melissa's were the coldest joints ever during their era.
getting up to change the tv channel; looking something up in the actual dictionary
Me and my dad used to listen to 8-tracks in his Volkswagen Thing.
Once upon a time there were no cell phones.
scavenging for rotten onions. @ThatEricAlper
emergency breakthroughs on a landline phone
Seattle Mariners playoff baseball
writing down directions and/or memorizing all of your friends home phone numbers
Seven-digit telephone numbers.
That Obama was a POS president
Actually wind up the window.
I had to manually tune the channels on my Betamax vcr using a thumb screw.
How to dial a rotary phone. Walking across the room to change the TV to 1 of the 3 channels we got. Playing 33 1/3 at 45 RPMs
parents arguing over cost of long distance calls on phone bill
getting on my bike, riding to the library, getting an encyclopedia to look up information
An answering machine with a cassette tape inside. Or just a cassette tape.
don't pick up the phone I'm doing homework.
My Tamagochi died because I always forgot to feed it.
Drs, Nurses, visitors and patients smoking at the nurses station
we use the term "weather by Sybil" in reference to fluctuations of 30-60 degrees in a day. My assts don't get the reference
TV was in b&w, had no remote and we only had 2 channels.
Playing a 33 at 45.
What it felt like to wrap the spiral phone cord around your finger, while talking on the basement phone to your best friend.
dancing with my dad to Spanish Harlem by Ben e king on a transistor radio in the summer windows open to let in a hot breeze
renting media from blockbuster.
"It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?"
The San Francisco Treat
Our ring on the party line is one long one short.
people used to be able to smoke everywhere
No phone. No tv. No car. Sat around the radio for the weekly Lone Ranger, Henry Aldrich, Molly Goldberg. In Boston!
Digging for a dime to make a phone call.
OR calling collect.
Tapings favorite songs off the radio. Justice League on TV
Not knowing exactly what time it was because I was outdoors and forgot to wear a watch.
The relationship between these two.
Ripping out Swabbie tags
in elementary school we had "slave day" where one kid would own another. Just for fun!
world book
records, maps, phones attached to the wall
Pay phones, long distance, collect calls, and roaming charges.
78 rpm records were thick and heavy
Warren Beatty was handsome and cool
putting aluminum foil on the TV antenna.
That smell after making copies on the ditto machine.
Palm Pilot
Having to find my car in a theme park parking lot without keyless entry/alarm.
getting my very own disposable cam to take to summer camp and rushing home to get them developed at Walgreens .
The Beatles Fan Club: 99 cents to join and that was a lot!
Reading the morning edition of the daily paper-printed newspaper and then the evening edition as well.
we used to go to AAA to get custom made maps for long driving trips. They would highlight the whole route for you.
Holding the tin foil on the rabbit ears to get clear reception on a TV station.
my dad saying "where's the clicker"? Cuz the remote control for the tv actually made a clicking sound when you pushed buttons
the gas station attendant
adjusting the antenna
look it up in the encyclopedia
55mph speed limit on the interstate but being able to drink a cold beer while driving.
seatbelts optional
Sega does what Nintendon't.
Our middle school now owns 6 Apple computers!
put this SWV cassingle in your Walkman
TV actually signing off at night.
When someone got a new car, it was customary to toss a few coins in for good luck - or for an emergency phone call.
Walking home for lunch from my grade school with nuns.
I grew up in rural Alberta + we had to share a phone line with 2 other households. Didn't get our own phone line until 1987.
ME watching Watergate hearings on a black and white TV. WITHOUT even a remote control to get the other two channels!
I could use the phone to dial POPCORN to get the correct time to sync my watch and clock. Costed 💰. @ThatEricAlper
Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
My father coming home and me rushing to tell him that the president was shot. Didn't really understand just knew it was on TV
CD's were originally packaged and sold in cardboard boxes twice the size of the CD jewel case just because.
Calling someone from a pay phone to apologize for being late to watch a show that comes on at a particular time.
having only 3 TV channels
listening to my brother's draft number being called for Vietnam from our kitchen radio.
Blue Chip stamps.
I Remember Nixon @ podium saying "...deserve to know if your leader is a crook." #resist #impeach #notmypresident
Rewinding movies.
to research a paper, I had to go to the library, open a book & look thru microfiche. MICROFICHE
#BlastsFromThePast: Rotary telephones, Walter Cronkite, bipartisanship, Democracy, @GOP that put nation before party. @ThatEricAlper
Deciding the Saturday morning cartoon line-up taught us kids democracy and fairness.
One of the millennials in my office didn't know who Duran Duran was and mispronounced it 😂😂😂
Having the kitchen timer set to 10 minutes so you could talk on the house phone 2 your friends, then it was your sisters turn
The Star Spangled Banner would play before the TV stations would sign-off overnight.
Waiting for the afternoon paper to arrive, so I could read box scores and find out who won yesterday's games
playing records backwards rarely yielded those promised secret messages, but it was fun
"snap that spindle into the record so we can play it" ... Huh?
getting permission to stay up late to watch a movie on TV, because you had no other way to see it, ever.
wonderballs use to be cool
turning two knobs and adjusting rabbit ears to get a good picture on television.
Going to a library to look up something, using a book called a "dictionary" & learning "penmanship" in school. #PlusGrammar
A time when you could disagree politically without being told you should die in a fiery car crash.
The feeling you got standing at the observation deck of the World Trade Center.
Learning how 2 write with a fountain pen. Got my first set of markers at 12. Having to leave 🏠2 make phone call at publ. 📞
party line phone systems.
Pagers were cool as shit.
"party line" phone service
Making a plan with someone on the phone a week prior and that person actually showing up.
push a button on your high-tech watch - to get it to display the time!
RT @ThatEricAlper Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
I had the rockin under dash cassette player from Radio Shack in my 65 Chrysler with co-ax speakers
renting a VCR and a VHS movie at the video store
I'm 44 and have no idea on that yellow thing
Watch MTV at 6PM. All the great new music videos are being premiered!!
having to search for the right map out of the dozen in the glove compartment to find out how to get somewhere.
being jealous of the rich kids that had an extra phone line in their bedroom.
The distortions (snow, mirror images) that could happen with analog TV signals. Different from the way digital TV distorts.
asking parents for a new set of encyclopedias
finding a pencil so I can get my music working again...
Mix tapes, recorded off the radio.
BR549 the phone number of Junior Samples car dealership on Hee-Haw
having to wind up cassette tapes that got scrambled while playing
Responding to a classified job ad with a typed and mailed cover letter and resume. And getting the job.
Columbia record and tape club.
using a pay phone after going to movies with friends, to call my mom to pick me up.
I've watched a Pittsburgh Pirates World Series game.
We used to record songs off the radio on a separate cassette recorder.
Third form math problems using Pounds, Shillings and Pence
no microwaves, no cell phones, no computers, no internet and having to read newspapers for information.
Catching a bushel of blue crabs in <1 canal down the road...with old chicken neck bait, cotton string, and a net
Evel Knievel trying to jump a canyon in a rocket propelled bathtub.
At the Title Screen press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.
using scotch tape to secretly record the albums I wanted (Gn'R/Violent Femmes) over cassettes I was allowed to have.
when there were no "snow days," at my school. oh it still snowed, a lot. you still went to school but there were no buses.
when the National Anthem played at the end of the broadcasting day and then nothing but snow on tv (static, kids).
omg I had forgotten about that! That meant I'd stayed up WAY too late!
Smoking sections in restaurants
Marathons weren't done on your couch, in your pajamas, during a rainy weekend.
using Print Shop to and dot matrix printers to make birthday banners.
The quote in Nixons Book "In the Arena"
Referencing Theodore Roosevelt in his resignation speech.
"Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up."
Phones on a party line.
prank phone calls
there was once a thing called a "retirement age"
The whole class in school listening with rapt attention the 7th game of the World Series on a AM radio.
Party line telephone
Waiting for the TV or radio to warm up.
Pull tabs on soda and beer cans
Listening to "The Flying Purple Eater" on my transistor radio.
we spent an entire summer in Ireland's country side with no tv's, phones or computers when I was a kid and had a blast!
Rotary dial phones.
A calculator. 4 functions plus percentages. 32 bucks and big enough to be a doorstop.
Playboy not being behind the counter or wrapped in plain paper.
Watching test patterns on TV screen (before I could tell time) while waiting for first show of the morning to begin
Television stations used to sign off the air at the end of a day.
carrying quarters for payphones, DTMF playback devices for answering machine access, answering machines.
listening to my sister's eight track tape player.
am eye see, kay he why, am oh you as he.
Being told in gym class that we could go home for the day because JFK had just been assassinated.
Get the case of 45s out!
answering machines, busy signals, call forwarding, STAR 69!!!
Playing the Home version of Pong with my dad.
Waiting by the phone.
3-2-1 Contact
Cigarette butts on the floor of the supermarket.
Presidents who didn't trust Russia
"Get all the sports news in-stant-ly, dial 9-7-6-1-3-1-3."
Bullentin Board Systems, Basic Programming, & using encyclopedia & National Geographic magazine to research school reports.
Realizing you made the wrong decision to record your fave TV show on Beta.
You made the wrong decision to buy the Betamax machine instead of VCR
The Dewey Decimal System
75 baud modems. 360 KB floppy disks.
Encyclopedia Brittanica. A-Z box set
Captain Planet is a hero, gonna take pollution down to zero!
you had 1 phone that you had to dial - not push button
rotary telephone?
regular annual airings of Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.
I was rewinding a Disney VHS while Robert Kardashian was reading OJs suicide note. My parents immediately were glued to TV
4 channels on TV, making mix tapes from radio, parents leaving restaurant number with babysitter, circling in xmas catalog @ThatEricAlper
I remeber when hating Nazi's wasn't seen as a 'liberal view'
Watching Vietnam fall on television.
making the hand-crank-lower-the-car-window motion.
70's CALGON commercial
Right before the news, an announcement "It's 10 o'clock do you know where your children are?"
This...situation lol
if worked pretty well tho! Once I got an iPod I was sad I didn't still have a tape deck to use with it
Bicentennial Minutes on CBS
using a slide rule in school So ingenious and so obsolete Look it up kids
Transistor radio under the pillow to fall asleep as a kid.
The best night of television was on CBS. On Saturday night. And if you missed it, you missed it.
Reading the "thank yous" on the back of album covers.
Yelling "Dynomite!" used to be a benign phrase & not at all fear-inducing...
Watching Thriller when it first aired. And being freaked out by it!
My dad and grandparents lived in the country and had a party line when I was a teenager.
Rewinding an audio cassette tape using a pen.
how amazing Elvis really was
Duck and cover drills at school to protect ourselves from nuclear bombs. Seriously.
Pulling Gant Tags!!
Payphones, rotary phones, party lines, answering machines and dial up modems.
tweaking the rotary dial on a cable box to steal premium channels
taping a quarter on the arm of the record player
Party line telephone
Vacuum tube testing machines at Woolworths
That TV Stations signed off...some at Midnight or so.
1-900 numbers See Also: running your mom's phone bill up..
Having my father ask me to turn the TV to channel 2 so he could watch Gun Smoke.
You could call a crush and hang up when they answered...and they'd never know it was you. @ThatEricAlper
It was a normal occurrence to hear sonic booms during the day.
being one of millions of people that watched The Day After on ABC and the feeling of unease in school the next day.
My parents not letting me go to the park because there were hippies there.
There was no EPA.
"look it up": meant hauling out the 10-lb dictionary, or a volume of the Encyclopedia
Musicians who played analog instruments instead of technology. #hahaha #wentthere #saltyoldman
Their were these things called radio bands, AM & FM...wait, there were these things call radios...
Having 7 VCR tapes labeled Mon-Sun so we could record TV w/low risk of taping over or losing programs.
A popular tv character's catch phrase was 'Just the facts, ma'am'. Facts!
keeping your cell phone battery in the trunk cause it was the size of a cat battery & just as heavy. And it didn't take pics
Cutting grass with a swing blade and reel mower.
school safety drills, duck and cover in case of A bomb, hiding under our desks.
Pullout stereos and why they couldn't be left in the dash
Girls being required to wear dresses to school.
how and why a cassette tape and number 2 pencil are compatible
in 1972 PBS broadcast the world chess championship with Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky and people WATCHED
Making plans with someone hours or days in advance and showing up on time w/o text/phone call for confirmation.
Staying home from school to watch the Apollo 8 launch.
a CB in the family station wagon
Cross-country job hunting: a friend mailed me newspaper want ads, and I'd go to the post office to look up zip codes.
*car * battery
A Republican president created the EPA (Nixon)
waiting for the person on the party line to hang up
trying to find out who was sharing my party line
Consulting the Encyclopedia Britanica for information....
following an actual road map
calling your home voicemail from another phone when you were out to see if a boy you liked left you a message
learning to read and write cursive
Gas - 26 cents per gal. One lb of pot - $150. Those were the days my friends...
World Book versus Britannica
cleaning the tape heads on a tape recorder
a big black Bakelite rotary wall phone with a long cord. I was taught how to climb up and dial 0 for an emergency - no 911
I graduated from college never touching a computer.
Using a pair of pliers to change the tv channel
That I charged $1/hr to babysit regardless of how many kids were involved. Then I'd buy 45s. Pfunk, Commodores, 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻
I had to explain "loose lips, sink ships" to a millennial.
Our "phone number" was three longs and two shorts. (Missouri 1940s)
I have a vague recollection of that...
Garbage Pail Kids. Cool question Eerie Eric!
typewriters, cell phones the size of bricks, dialing into to get the Internet, alright I've said enough!!
having to do a research paper using encyclopedias and micro phish
My sister and I kept taking turns playing Robin and the Sheriff.
hearing my mom yelling at me while recording Heart to Heart on my tape recorder. Love that show. Wanted to be a journalist.
Newspapers coming out morning AND evening. two editions a day to keep up with news.
Laser discs were "a thing"....
Writing letters on paper. And penmanship mattered.
calling "The line" with my bestie on the 3 way lmaooo
Arguing about who was going to get up and walk across the room to change the channel.
calling a local number to hear a recording of the time and temperature.
"Operator, can you help me make this call? BR8-7240
Talking on the phone? Solely confined to the kitchen. Watch for the lurkers.
Pink princess phones and gas for 32 cents/gallon.
the Complicated process of recording a cassette mixtape
School principal coming to my classroom to tell us JFK had been assassinated.
penny candy
recording top 40 every week to make mixtape. Gotta listen for that 'click' to flip the tape
"I'd like to make a long distance call and charge it to my home phone."
Cartoons being on TV on Saturday mornings only, and only 3 stations to watch them on.
Calling a 1-900 number on Christmas Eve to find out where Santa was.
ginormous tube black and white TV that got five channels and I was the remote control. Dad watched Huntley and Brinkley news.
"Dude, I got a 747 and I'm bout to take off"
Cartoons were only on from 8-12 Saturday mornings
Having no security at all to get on a plane. But having to go through security to pick up your luggage.
cartoon that asked you to draw on the tv.
Checking for change in pay phones.
Actual paperboys on bikes
Putting two people on the moon was a moment of national pride, not a billionaire's hobby.
Dialing a phone number used to require... you know, dialing
The series finale of MASH
calling long distance and also making a collect call.
Smoking/Non-Smoking sections of restaurants. Filling out a slip & an LCBO Employee going to backroom to get your booze.
Rotary phones and cassette decks
Paula Abdul's career before American Idol.
Using your younger siblings as the remote control.
Going to the local video store and seeing the movies in both BetaMax and VHS.
UHF tv channels
VHS tape rewinders.
wonderful world of Disney Sunday nights
buying the Meco version of the Star Wars theme on a 45.
Only being able to use my cell phone on nights and weekends
smoking in movie theaters.
Reading a book and enjoying it.
The heaven of Columbia House Records. 11 for 1 penny and 1.99 for the 12th.
Paper dolls not stickers.
The hack I did at my first job saved almost 8K of memory and was the difference between the system working or crashing.
The USA (both parties) developed science & technology w/ such zeal, that DARPA became a symbol 4 applied sciences. #climate
Having to find a payphone to call someone when you were out and about.
we went outside after breakfast and came home for lunch. Then we were shooed back outside by moms who were cooking dinner.
Recording TV shows on an audio cassette so I could listen to them later.
aluminum foil on rabbit ears, needle nose pliers to use broken channel dial.
not knowing who was calling when the phone rang 👀
Family member accidentally clotheslines you with the phone cord.
Having a cashier put the coins in my palm BEFORE handing me the bills. Not inconveniently the coins on top of the bills.
Carried alligator clips attached 2 telephone plug 4 unscrewed handset to connect to work computer in jack-less hotel rooms.
Typing a paper on a typewriter hoping to God I didn't make a mistake bc never had correction ribbon, no "Undo" or "Save"
"carry your sister's suitcase onto the plane for her"
At work, I wailed that Debbie Gibson was 45 years old. No one had ever heard of her. (She's 46 now, and Deborah)
Separate dials on the TV for VHF and UHF stations.
Grandma had a party line
Suffering thru Love Boat on the off-chance that Roddy McDowall was playing the devil on Fantasy Island after.
Mapquesting a location before you went & printing out the directions to take with you.
Take the cartridge out, blow on it, and put it back in.
The Iran-Contra hearings.
We invited the whole street into our house to watch the first moon landing because we were the only ones with a colour TV.
Had to get off the sofa to change the tv channel.
actually go out and talk to people.
Renting a VCR and a VHS movie at the video store.
You are such an Eddie Haskell!
Look it up in the Encyclopedia.
or an actual map.
Raking your multicolor shag carpeting with a carpet rake that was really just a rake that stayed in the house.
Maybe . . . 1) Learning to code using keypunch cards. 2) "Catch you on the flip side."
floor pedal dimmer switch on cars
A round telephone dial
Captain Kangaroo, cream rising in glass milk bottles, 10 cent Coke, 50 cent movies, black vinyl records, Juke boxes, Gemini.
Waking up hearing your parents crying. TV coverage of RFK assassinated.
We had to actually know our way around town.
Call the Weather.
I sent information on a page, through a Fax machine, over a telephone line.
not being able to making a cell phone call when you were on a road trip in the middle of nowhere because you were "roaming"
ABC's after school specials and weekend specials
Party phone lines An emergency Dime in my Penny Loafers
There was a product, that people bought, called Sun-In. It turned your hair the color of Trump's skin.
17 people at Christmas Dinner and ONE Phone line...
don't leave your sleeve of CDs in the passenger seat when you park your car
Using "white out" 2 correct typewriter errors. Using punchcards to write computer code. Having 2 go 2 library for research.
Not being allowed to wear jeans to public school.
Having only 3 networks, that you received over the air because cable didn't exist.
our school gave 5 minutes of silence when JFK was assassinated
September 11
Can't wait to see "Ishtar." I hear that Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty are like never before.
Bruce Jenner was a man
learning about the 9/11 attacks between elementary band and my next class
Mimiographs and the purpleish-blue ink.
Telephone in my home was a party line until junior year in college
dad wants to watch a new tv show, get the wrench
Choose from only 6 careers; the 1st 4 were temps pending 5: k-6 teacher nurse, secretary, domestic. 5 Wife & Mother. 6: nun.
Messenger bags. I've had to explain them plenty. It takes a while. 😂
Buying longer cords for the phone so you could have a private conversation.
and drank water from a garden hose. Had downhill races on bikes & skates. Knees were always skinned. Bee stings & poison ivy.
Instant Breakfast
Walking to school
I made a reference to WKRP in Cincinnati (Bailey)
I used to know all my friends phone numbers, mine included. Oh, and cassette recorder.
Looking East from Checkpoint Charlie...
TV shows that were designed to merely entertain--not advance a social agenda. Plus, comedy programs that were actually funny
Getting up early one Saturday to watch a new network (ABC, CBS, NBC) channel come on TV for its first day of broad\casting.
What this outlet was used for @ThatEricAlper
Zmodem changed everything.
taking physical books on a long car ride. Dorm rooms with only 2 power outlets.
Journalism & MSM was quite unbiased. They reported facts as-is. Didn't change the narrative to push a particular ideology.
Anyone said black n white TV? Or ... TV ... !
what would you do with a Cassette and a pen?
That brown box with lots of buttons used to change the TV channel
When I went to use the phone & picked up, I could hear my neighbor talking to someone and I had to wait until they were done.
Two or more neighbor households with one line, though different numbers.
"It's racist to judge people on the colour of their skin."
Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
the sound of a 56k modem when you would "finally" connect to the internet :)
you used to watch television without knowing when you would be able to see that episode of that show again; it might be years
Hmmm...carbon paper? Typewriter ribbon? Punched cards? Paper tape? Slide rule? Hand drill?
leaning out the living room window to rotate the tv antenna in order to pick up a different channel.
Gotta run over to return the coke bottles
TV stations going off the air at midnight with the national anthem followed by a test pattern w/a hum until morning.
Be kind: please rewind.
"Snow" on your TV
Stretch Octopus.
The sound and smell of a mimiograph machine
Going to the store to test tubes from your TV. :-/
If you called someone and they weren't home, you just had to try again later.
Telex/TWX machines.
nucleons hadn't condensed yet
$.25/minute for long distance calls.
Card catalogs at the library rather than computers; renting VHS tapes.
car windows roll down with a crank. You unlock door with a key.
water in Spain giving you the runs...
Putting a pen into one hole of a cassette tape, and turning it to re-spool the tape.
The points on my ride are bad and need to be replaced.
Republicans were fiscal conservatives, not just tax cutters.
phone cords that kept your conversations anchored to a wall.
Waiting to use the phone because one of the neighbours was on the party line.
a computer was the brain of that robot from Lost in Space: "Danger, Will Robinson!" Or what the Star Fleet talked to.
The stereo was 4 ft wide, 2.5 feet tall and had a radio, record player, and an eight track.
cursive handwriting skills test
taking tests on mimeograph paper
Spirit duplicating
Let's go to the record store. They have those new 8 track tapes there now.
Having to physically get up to change between 4 channels on a TV the size of a stove
dating men off the internet is dangerous
that people used aol!! Oh...wait.
Waiting in line for a pay phone.
If you wanted to buy or sell something, you placed an ad in the classifieds.
We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on luggage...
Milk delivered to our door, scooped cream from the top. Ice man delivered ice, wore a leather apron and scared all us kids
For my Mr. Potato Head, you had to get a real potato from Mom to stick the eyes, mouth and other parts onto.
you actually went outside to play
Trying to be the tenth caller to win a prize on a radio station... Using a rotary phone.
bicentennial quarters
the Republican Party is sane and rational. Oh wait, that preceded my birth by a bit.
Ordering sea monkeys via an ad in an Archie's Comic Book.
The entire concept of privacy Only those of us who experienced it miss it, and grasp what was lost.
Actually saving to have the cash-money to buy something you wanted. IOW - no #creditcards! Buying a car via #hirepurchase
the 10 cent candy bar
smoking in hospital room
I’m too young to play
how to 'edit' a paper with a manual typewriter (start over from the beginning)
getting milk out of a metal box on our doorstep in the mornings.
Water fountains designated White and Colored.
Yelling "POW" repeatedly at the TV while on the phone, after being selected by local TV to "play" video pinball on the air.
there are 4 on our party line.
no seat belts in cars. People smoking everywhere (including airplanes, restaurants and movie theaters).
playing a bar, 3 nights in a row, 3 forty five minute sets, packed bar, good paycheque.
Seeing a "Colored Water Only" sign when we moved to Florida, & thinking it meant the water would be blue, or red, or green.
A house with ONE PHONE that was FIXED TO THE WALL> couldn't go farther than 4 ft from it AND whole family answered/shared it
And I don't mean coke
I remember when women were treated as sex objects and they had to fight to be taken seriously.
45 rpm records.
records on the back of cereal boxes
RT @ThatEricAlper Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
be kind please rewind
carbon paper. White Out.
you could dial popcorn and find out what time it was
Learned to type on a mechanical typewriter.
A phone number that starts out... JAckson 5.. (yes, that's what we had).
corded phones and TV remotes that actually go "click" 😎
"The Day After"
And, "be kind, rewind".
Rage at my Saturday morning cartoons being pre-empted by signing of Vietnam peace pact.
Just read all the answers & realize that everyone on here is younger than my kids. @ThatEricAlper
Acomrdian named Dave Chappelle had a sketch comedy show that changed the world
laser and floppy discs
The first supergroup was POWERSTATION.
Getting the metallic swimming pool season passes & mum wld sew them into our bathers. #Australian thing, maybe. #ShowYourAge
Only having six or seven channels on the television to choose from.
I cannot TELL a young person anything. I have to text it. 😉😀
beepers were something carried by doctors, drug dealers, prostitutes, and eventually teenagers
make sure you rewind the tape before returning it.
Going in the house when the lights came on and knowing this was about to happen because of the buzzing sound they made
racism by @POTUS used to be frowned upon.
When I was a kid, I'd walk places by myself and no one knew exactly where I was or could get in touch with me.
When the American flag and the National Anthem signaled that you couldn't watch TV anymore that night.
Pen friends - making friends on holiday & staying in touch by writing letters - having stationery sets, paper, envelopes
Riding in the back of a pickup truck
Smoking allowed on commercial airplanes. People's Express had a non-stop flight from DCA to SRQ
person-toPerson telephone calls.
My high school had a student smoking section. You could be 14 years old and light up before class with adult supervision.
I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
party line phones in a rural town.
Living in Alabama, buying calling cards to have a relationship with a girl from San Francisco that I'd met in Atlanta 😂
Riding the bus by myself at 10 years old
One phone in the house that was attached to the kitchen wall, and every discussion public. Party lines in rural areas...
that there was a time when you had to call an operator to make a long distance call. 😀🤣
That awesome feeling showing up to your local Best Buy on CD release day..
"Don't touch that dial"
no air conditioner: in school, on buses, in family car, etc
Party lines? Being able to pick the phone up (yes it was black and wired into the wall) and listen to the neighbours gossip.
thin blue air mail paper and white red and blue airmail envelopes
Studying the pages of the Eatons catalogue for the toys you want for Christmas.
And laughing at the pictures of men in their Stanfield underwear standing around a fireplace smoking pipes.
Not to mention ads on TV for K-Tel records. All the greatest hits, all the greatest stars.
Rotary dial telephones.
Work with several people that had never seen The Great Escape, or heard of Steve McQueen
"rotary phone"
buying cigarettes from a vending machine
"Makin' their wayyyy the only way they know how..."
LogoWriter. GD I was learning to code in elementary school in Indiana in the mid-eighties and now I schlep advertising
making the payphone at Pizza Hut "ring back" (special prefix+last 4 digits, hang up 3x), while parents were visiting at table
teacher using analog overhead projector
*hands them a pencil and cassette tape*
Stoop ball with a Spaldeen.
getting up to turn the channel/knob on the tv
nobody use the phone, I need to use AOL.
Odd/Even license plate gas rationing.
fixing a broken cassette tape
Drive-in movies. (I miss them so much)
you had to rewind blockbuster videos before you could return them. Otherwise you'd be fined.
The internet came in the mailbox.
My dad making me get up to fix the horizontal hold.
Your mom stretching her arm out across the passenger seat when braking so the kid doesn't go flying through the windshield.
the tv test pattern after the national anthem and the concept of being excited to get a tv with UHF
playing sick so I could stay home from school to watch Game 7 of the 1955 World Series Dodgers v Yankees.
We can rebuild him...
goddammit, Brady!
Line numbers in programming: GOTO 10 @ThatEricAlper
Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
the American flag waving with the anthem playing when channels were going off the air
Neighbor's mom spanking you for doing something wrong.
The anguish of forgetting your money on scholastic book day.
a phone tied to the wall with a springy spiral cord
National anthem, station sign-off, then test-pattern
This is called a cassette tape. You listen to music on it, but it involves rew, ff, turning it over, and sometimes a pencil. ;)
The dates of the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and where in the world slavery has been practiced
Go turn the TV on so it can warm up.@ThatEricAlper
Restrooms and water fountains labeled "Colored".
Smoking on a plane.
This is an important thread
Recycling being a new thing.
We used to run lighting across state lines...Oh wait...that's what I was told...
We had a party line telephone, so sometimes we'd go to make a call, but someone else was on and we'd have to wait
my first computer had no hard drive
Blowing on cartridges. Alternatively, Game Genie.
"Same bat-time, same bat-channel"
Retyping a paper because it had too many errors.
Using a pencil to fix a cassette tape.
blowing a cartridge to make the game work
S&H Green Stamps
I Have The Power!!!
Catch phrases from TV shows from days gone by: "I know nothing!" And "Sorry about that chief."
Raiding the Chopeaca tribe off the coast of Belize.
"Please be kind, rewind"
3 channels on tv (we lived near Canada so we had a 4th) and a party line on our landline phone (shared line w/ neighbor)
Ink wells in your desk at primary school.
keeping a pencil next to the cassette wind the tape back up.
TV went off-the-air after a certain hour at night.
you have to blow it before you put it in
Milk being delivered to the house
with lots of "cream" stuck to the lid!
Reply to @ThatEricAlper Doing research for a paper at the school library using microfiche.
1) the VCR 2) that some had remote controls with a wire
Riding my bike behind the mosquito fogging truck.
keep a pencil in your car to make sure you can listen to your mix tape
slap bracelets, trapper keepers, & Zack Morris phones
If you didn't see the movie in theaters or the one night it was on TV, then that movie was lost to you for all eternity.
paper cones in metal holders for soda fountain
If you couldn't remember the other movie that actor was in, you had to call everyone you knew to find the answer.
Pharmacist making house calls and delivering your medicine
the nervousness, anticipation, and worry about Y2K during December 1999
"house phones" ...with an answering machine.
my house phone was a "party line" (and rotary).
The test pattern on the TV with the Indian head...
Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific.
waiting a week or more to get photos back from the developer
I used to rent a VCR to watch movies at home
A White House ethics office.
record and pause for the info dump/hidden message
“Is that freedom rock?” “yeah man” “well turn it up!”
call POP-CORN. At the sound of the tone, the time will be 8:30 and ten seconds. Boooooooooooooooooop.
My parents paid extra to the phone company for a private line because the"party line" always was busy.
Anime, on VHS, 3-4 episodes per tape. $30.
Being out all day without explicitly informing my parents of my exact whereabouts.
BEING the TV's remote control for Dad
Sitting with my friend in front of my computer for three hours trying to download a movie trailer with a dial-up connection. 🙃
Just like the pilgrams did it.
Don't touch that dial!
I'll get up to change the channel & the antenna in a minute
getting squirrelly from your turn working the mimeograph machine
Always having a dime for a phone call, if needed.
I used a selectric and mimeograph.
Why saying "Manual Sequence, the Spanish tenor" is a mildly amusing joke.
Being told through "the grapevine" that I needed to go home because my parents wanted me for something.
brown cable box on top of the TV with a different button for each channel
US Astronauts flew in space
I had to blow on video game cartridges in order to make sure three worked. If that didn't work, oh well...
S&H Green Stamps
videos had to be rewound before they were returned to the rental store.
Doing research for a paper at the school library using microfiche.
hearing a new song on the radio and that there is no way for you to find out what it was
Back in our day, we had to rewind a movie to watch it from the start!
TBS was all Tom and Jerry, all the time, from roughly 2 pm to 8 pm every day
happened today. Danceteria.
Just pull the disc over with your finger and use the hole punch here to make it double sided.
signed, Epstein's mother.
when you didn't know an answer to something, your parents said, go look in your #encyclopedia #Brittanica
there were actually people that sold encyclopedia sets! A good educational investment
they were door 2 door salespeople, can u imagine lugging around sets of #encyclopedias trying to sell them??
using a mimeograph
the felt board used at VBS
18- & 36-bit computers, "big" systems w/ RAM measured in KBytes, booting computers off tape, punch card bills, 300 baud
Puffy stickers
Oily stickers
Listening to the song "Arizona" by Mark Lindsay while the American flag waves and then the tv goes to static.
music on a 45 or 33 record
The first TV remote I used was made of metal & actually made a clicking noise (hence, we called it "the clicker")
"The quality goes in before the name goes on."
Wait! Don't pick up the car keys! You'll change the channel!
Wood-burning cats.
Smoking allowed on PanAm flights, Liquid Paper, the smell of pages fresh off the mimeograph machine
Telling my brother to get off the other phone.
The feeling of opening your lunch bag to find Dunkaroos
dude my kids try to swipe newspapers, magazines, and paper towels, I can tell them anything.
Blowing in a cartridge to get it to work.
grabbing women by the hair and dragging them back to the cave....
Seeing Michael Jackson turn into a werewolf and FREAKIN THE EFF OUT
busy signals on landline phones.
flooring the gas pedal while turning the key to start a flooded car.
"Danger Will Robinson, Danger Will Robinson"
Making plans with someone – then showing up to those plans on time – without constant communication in the interim.
•rotary phones (a drag 2wait for higher numbers 2 spin back). •Waiting 4 the party line 2 open up 2 make a call. •No callr ID
•Long-distance charges. •7-digit phone number. Console TVs. •No microwaves. •Setting margins on a manual typewriter
8 tv stations abc, cbs, NBC, pbs, Ktla, kttv in LA
ordering 10 CDs for a penny
a phone has a rotary dial.
Pulling all the tubes out of the TV and taking them to the supermarket to test them.
Record Stores that sold LP's Cassettes and CD's...
rotary phone
calling to find out movie session times
card catalogs at a library.
tv before the invention of remote control
That and a token will get you on the subway
Be Kind; Rewind.
Kid Dy-no-mite!!
watching the first Indy 500 that was broadcast in color
Doing library research via card catalog/periodicals index; typing a term paper (with footnotes), and carbon paper for a copy.
replacing a record needle; be kind, rewind; come home when the street lights come on; encyclopedias;
Being able to make prank phone calls at sleepovers, because there was no caller ID!
notching 5.25 inch diskettes with a hole-punch, so as to use / access the other side.
Scholastic Book club deliveries in class
Television going off the air at midnight.
Can't play my 45's, the needle on my record player broke.
we used to have rotary dial telephones
Trying to figure out how many rolls of film to buy when going on vacation.
"Smokimg or non-smoking?"
when the prez got a BEEJ oh yeah!
*makes dialup noise*
Get some quarters for the arm.
TV signing off @ midnight with the Star Spangled Banner
Operation desert storm. Live On tv.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
sitting next to the radio with my cassette recorder on pause waiting for my new favorite song to come on so I can record it
Programming the damn clock on the VCR.
being the remote control
Losing my last 45 RPM insert and having to wait until my parents could drive me to the record store to buy new ones.
Dr. Demento. Tubular Bells. Wolfman Jack. Mrs. Beasley.
Listening to the "Quiet Storm" late at night.
Here. . . wind my watch.
"Where's the beef?"
Using the card catalog to look up books in the library.
Bread & milk deliveries. Fruit & veggie man driving past. Draft notices recd by neighbour's boy. Pounds Shillings & Pence.
There is only one telephone company and they own your telephone.
Had to type in WIN to get to Windows.
8 track tapes, Betamax, and Pong.
Having to rewind cassette tapes with a pencil.
The draft during the Vietnam War.
MACOS (not MacOS)
Mom collecting glass insolators from highline wires
When I was in 8th grade, the big issue at my public school in CT was whether girls would be allowed to wear pants to school.
No fancy ports on the family TV! We had to connect our game systems with screws!
Three channels on TV.
my discman has the radio tho
calling collect / knowing the numbers of your family & friends.
party line phone lines - you had to listen for your ring. Also u could pick up the phone and listen to other person's call
A milk box on the front step.
Staying up late for Don Kirshner's Rock Concert!
Atari 2600 joysticks, Colecovision, MarioBros, and being allowed to stay up on Friday nights until TV "went off".
we used to be able travel through Europe with a visa
The smell of Ditto paper.
Road maps. World Book Encyclopedia. Wite Out. Leisure suits. Persimmon woods. Saturday morning cartoons. Courtesy. Civility.
waiting for the annual showing of the Wizard of Oz
Only three tv networks
let me call and get directions
I once had to load computer programs from a cassette tape.
waiting for the perfect part of the song to come on so you could record it for your ringtone
I used the library card catalog and index cards to hand write my research papers. Regular pen not a quill! lol!
Watching Nixon's resignation at day camp.
Tape recording songs off the radio.
drop drills in school
People used to TALK on their phones! They weren't terrified of actual conversation!
"Math is hard...Let's go shopping!"
Telethon to raise money for the Democratic Party.
I need to record that song off the radio
Covering school books with brown paper sacks.
Jeff and Pink Lady.
Smokers everywhere. In a plane, every restaurant, every office. EVERYWHERE.
politicians used to have some ethical standards and gave an actual fuck about the people and tried to do the right thing
Drinking water from the hose
I tried to explain pre-DVR network TV to my 8 year old and he was incredulous.
Cassette tapes and VHS.
8 track tapes. In general
2005 World Champions
Thursday at JMs. I would give them $1.50 and they would give me 15 Natural Lights. And that beer was just fine
Try explaining "Muskrat Love"
The joy of a new issue of "Computer Shopper" magazine.
having to wait until the next day to get the paper to check scores. Sometimes two days for West Coast games.
sitting three people in the front seat of the car
Used to buy internet access by the hour.
Call waiting
Hinterland Who's Who
Putting quarters into phones to use them.
if you answered the phone you'd lose your Internet connection.
Grabbing the newspaper from the recycle bin to look up movie times for a movie in a theatre without stadium seating.
i was already drinking when napster was invented
card catalogs
making a collect call
having to stop at a pay phone cause Shawty beeped me
Go look it up in the card catalog.
What the "save" icon is a picture of.. And using one.
listening to 8 track tapes.
lol you're older than me! I remember cassettes though.
lol I'm a lot older than you. 😂
Deep Throat (either one)
taking only 1 picture with you and your friends
Cracker Jacks will actual toys inside the box
What's on "regular" tv?
Chuppa Chups!
The ring tone on the phone at our cottage was one long and one short.
having someone fax you something at work; and getting it the next morning in inter-office mail
carrying change everywhere... in case you needed to make a call!
6 channels on the TV, all in black and white.
Getting the Toys R Us catalog in the mail after Thanksgiving and circling all the things I wanted for Christmas.
Having to see a bank teller to withdraw/deposition money because there were no ATM's.
Standing in line overnight outside Hecht Company to buy concert tickets.
Booting up an IBM PC from a 5¼ inch floppy.
BJs in the Oval Office
"B" side of a 45 record.
Reagan Sold Cocaine lol
wanna know the score of the game? Gotta wait til morning and see it in the paper...unless it was marked "Late"
walking on tarmac to get on plane, then up stairs.
Little white dot on TV on switch off.
If we wanted to roll the windows down or up in the car we had to use this lever...
Chain letters (on actual paper)
People used to smoke cigarettes while shopping in the grocery store.
Having to go turn the antenna to get TV reception when we changed to 1 of the 5 channels we got😂
Renting typewriter at Kinkos to prepare my resume. Starting over with every typo.
The Midnight Special
The wierd sound of a dial-up modem & the joy when it connected
Etch a sketch
Phone party lines and no call waiting.
You can only watch cartoons at certain times of the day, you have to remember your phone number and we had block parties.
Slide-rule. Changing TV channel with rotary dial on the TV set. Space-food Sticks. Smith-Corona cartridge typewriters.
Changing TV channels by getting up and turning a knob wasn't so bad when there were only 4 channels.
Having to come home when the streetlights came on.
kids on the back of milk cartons
pausing a pre-recorded song 1262829038 times just to write all the lyrics to learn the song.
Meeting people to go out and if they were more than 15 minutes late, you just went home.
The liner ends extended in the front & back & looped thru a special girdle or waist band worn under garments.
Using the Dewey Decimal System to find a book in the library 😏
Saturday morning cartoons.
m I miss the sales on CD-RW..
looking up words in a pocket dictionary
Looking things up in the yearly Almanac.
Calling TI6-1212 to get the exact time to reset the clocks after a summer thunderstorm power outage.
when I signal with my pointer finger in a circular motion, with my other fist to my ear, I'm asking you to "call me later"
can you change the tv channel using the dial
Seeing the Challenger disaster live.
When the track skipped in the middle of a song on an 8 track tape.
Writing Graffiti on my Palm.
no idea if they still do this, but networks used to play their best cartoons on Saturday mornings.
sunday afternoon, counting down till Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
Getting up to turn the TV channel.
National Geographic Boobs
How good the first spin of @jimmyeatworld's Bleed American was.
"Did you remember to tape the show so we can watch it later?"
Playing hide and seek 😀
Or, being able to only work on one thing at a time on a computer: no windows
The first time I heard the term Grid.
the cost of a Betamax recording machine
tight rolling jeans
having to factor in the speed of US Mail when you pay a bill
owning and reading encyclopedias
rotary phones and telephone cords.... and how the cords would get twisted and tangled!
party lines bc parents too cheap to pay for a dedicated line
Having to get up and physically change the channel on tv for my Dad.
A: Cd\games Dir *.exe Doom
Saturday. 6 years old. On the bike and gone early. Mom has no idea where I am for hours.
Practicing "duck & cover" in school.
No alcohol sales on Sunday
dial 411 to get a phone number
small glass boothes everywhere, you stepped inside and closed the door and for a dime you could make a phone call
phones had dials and were owned by the phone company. Families only had one and there were no answering macines
having to make elaborate and precise plans w/backups when meeting someone in a crowded public place
Encarta Encyclopedia 😀
Bill Cosby doing Picture Pages.
going outside to play. Rotary phones. Dial up Internet. VHS. Passing notes in school. Pagers. No safety equipment.
three words: after school specials.
Seeing the first prototype of the airbag at the Detroit autoshow.
creating love letters by using a ton of R&B song titles and one-liners.
wearing white gloves to go shopping in a Boston
explaining rotary phones.
Standing in a line (any line) and being forced to just stand there... and look at people... and think thoughts. It sucked.
an extra long telephone receiver cord that you could extend down the hall to have a semi-private conversation.
My grade schooler doesn't believe most of the stories about my 1980s childhood.
Driving from different parts of the country to meet at an unfamiliar location at a certain time without cellphones.
Challenger Explosion
being careful of taking pictures because you didn't want to waste film.
You are getting ready to marry a Narcissist!! You didn't know or recognize the signs. 30 yrs, new start!!
Being turned on to Beethoven by the NBC Nightly News.
changing the TV channels with pliers cause the knob broke and getting off the couch to do it!
there used to be no internet. We had books.
when calling LA from Orange County was considered calling long distance and I had to wait until 5pm for prices to drop
Fuller Brush Man
I remember telling my preschool grandchildren that when I was their age there was no TV and their shocked looks.
Booking vaca at the AAA office, who provided stacks of folding paper maps with the route highlighted by hand. Mom as copilot😂
checking to see if anyone was on the party line or laundry detergent towels
making copies of encyclopedia pages at the library for a school report
who killed JR?
sign in Walmart: Proudly Made in America
"Be kind; rewind", porn on VHS, (hell, what "VHS" stands for!), test patterns on television.
Watching the Iran-Contrahearings on TV during the day, and knowing Republicans were bad. Haven't changed since then.
hours browsing/listening around a music store then spend $10 and walk out with the album that spoke most at that moment.
"I'm a pepper, you're a pepper, we're a pepper, be a pepper too."
As a kid, during the summer, I would spend the entire three months outdoors playing, swimming, hiking, etc.
In NYC, you could pay for almost anything (cab fare, groceries, drinks at the bar) with subway tokens.
the super long cardboard sleeves CDs were packaged in for a time. *I* still don’t understand.
they needed to be the same height as albums b/c of the way the retailers' shelves were originally built
nothing. we have no wisdom or knowledge for you, just as they had none for us. live your own lives and do what you will.
Getting ten hours of "mainframe" time at the computer center, per college semester. @ThatEricAlper
Good night and good luck
how shocked we were when gas was over $1 per gallon
Someone once told me Betamax was cool.
hitting Radio Shack for diamond tipped needles for the record player
Republicans who were actually disgusted with their president for acting unethically.
Sometimes the phone was busy.
Getting news from news reels in movie theaters. Both pictures and sound!
I got through my entire undergraduate program typing on a manual typewriter and just calling friends if I wanted to see them.
That Bobby Ewing wasn't dead.
you'd have to call your friends house with a house phone and talk to their parents first to reach them
Nonsmoking sections in restaurants.
the card catalog at the library
library card catalogs
Skirm's Smoke Shop on Palmer Sq. That is where we bought our "papers" in the mid 60's.
Wing windows and drive-in trays.
spinning the phone receiver by the cord to untangle it.
winding up loose cassettes with a no. 2 pencil
When Andre the Giant wrestled Hulk Hogan at The Main Event.
Dialing up a local BBS and spending most of an hour downloading one VGA porn picture at a time.
Getting up to change the channel.
Before cell phones, you had to make a mobile call from a pay phone and it used to cost a quarter per domestic call.
Some of them even had phone books dangling down
How about when we used to be the remote. Hehe
and during said call you would be speaking to someone who may or may not care...🤔
Listening to Led Zeppelin in my room; my mother breaking in screaming, "I can't take that guitar!"
Dewey Decimal System - anyone use it anymore? Flipping through drawers of cards to find the location of the book u need
Do you have a stamp?
Rush'n Attack was a game that didn't include WikiLeaks or foreign Ambassadors and in the end USA won
Rotary phone with a party line & a phone # that begins with two letters, & manual typewriters that make your pinkies hurt.
"Go east" "The mountains are impassable"
When tv went off the air at midnight playing the national anthem.
Filling up my floppy and not being able to access my term paper.
- An unbiased media. A Hollywood that was proud of America.
rewind the tape before returning it
walking friends on a plane and hanging out until flight was ready to depart.
As a family, playing PacMan on the Atari attached to the one TV set - passing the joy stick back and forth.
only 4 channels #savePBS
I watched the university of tennessee beat The University of Alabama in a football game.
The mimeograph machine. I don't know how it worked or what it looked like, but I totally remember how it made paper smell.
Green Stamps
back in the day, I did research by looking up index cards in a library
The national anthem playing before a TV station signed off for the night.
The smell of the papers teachers handed out in class that were just copied.
around midnight, tv stations would sign off by playing the national anthem I would stand up for it, even if I was alone
That we call it "dialing" because phones used to have an actual dial you had to use
M.I.A. is a girl from school.
card catalogs
That you mouth off in class and you get the paddle. The smart ones even drilled holes in it to increase velocity. Ah the good ol' days.
visiting the library in person
That's Incredible!
the two sections of the video store, vhs and the smaller beta max section.
making collect calls via an operator
having to get up to change the channel and it was a dial.... 3 channels only. Also not paying for cable.
waiting for 6 pm news
getting off the couch to turn the channel / dial on the television. Only 4 channels, rabbit ears & cartoons only Sat AM.
Eric Estrada in Chips. My crush on Latino men can be traced directly back to him.
spending an entire party arguing with someone about some basic fact
I had to buy books of blank character sheets and hex paper to play D&D
Patty mayonnaise was a brown girl with yellow hair
When pizza delivery first became a "thing" and when Dominoes used to have a "30 mins or less" guarantee.
a picture with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back if each one .
My Dad asking me to change the channel on the Television, for him, because He said so!
That time when they stopped making red M&Ms
Loving the smell of fresh dittos in the classroom.
the smell of "ditto" pages at school, and the blue ink that would stain your fingers if they were still warm.
CB radios and convoys!
Having to bookmark a bunch of different search engines bc they each had their own different shortcomings.
The 'Pirate Bay' of olden days was libraries
get off the phone, I need to check Juno to see if I have any mail
I made a joke to my 18-yr-old about calling Time & Temperature. Even after a lengthy explanation, it made no sense to him.
I had to replace a printer ribbon.
Being unable to use the phone and Internet at the same time.
Cautionary tale videos in school about how you shouldn't act up on the school bus or it will crash and everyone dies.
Two sides to a video store: one for VHS, one for BETA.
Flavo-straws (chocolate or strawberry flavor in straw you used with 5 cent milk carton from milk machine)
Waiting until after 9pm to call long distance
request a cheque to pay an invoice
Recording a TV show or movie on audio cassette because that was all you had.
having to fold and tear off the perforated sides on a document printed on a fancy dresser sized printer.
One small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind.
the anticipation of reading the newspaper
We had Pay TV ..... (a TV you had to put a coin in for 2 hours viewing pleasure)
and a Pay Phone.... and Pay Electricity ... and Pay Gas ... and Pay Water
getting your fast food in styrofoam containers
Free HBO weekends....cause parents couldn't afford cable
when all tv channels signed off at midnight. You where rich if you had a colored TV.
Playing 8-track and cassette tapes. @ThatEricAlper
having to go to the bank on Friday to withdraw your money for the weekend because the were no ATM's
My phone number growing up was MArlboro-2-3456.
"We watched TV using these things called rabbit ears. Sometimes wrapped in tin foil to make them work."
Not being able to buy grapes year round.
You Can't Do That On Television
waiting for parents to go out so we could have a TV dinner!
Captain Kangaroo
Running behind the mosquito sprayer on Long Beach Island.
Sitting in my car at work & listening to the radio so I could hear the OJ verdict.
Dial-up internet service!
That round plastic doohickey we used to wedge into the center of a 45 to be able to play it on the record player
Zip drives, especially as requirement for higher-ed classes. Or, more broadly, Edsels.
You could smoke any where except church and school
typing class on an actual typewriter
"Hey kids, Mike Pence has a private America Online account."
look it up in the card catalogue
flip the record over so we can listening 2 the other side
You could watch THE WIZARD OF OZ on TV, but you could only do it once a year--and if you missed it, TOUGH.
telling everyone not to move because your program might not load properly on to your computer from the cassette
C-Span and its wonders
if you were planning a trip or had to go to the city you went to AAA to get a map
Buying gas only on certain days because of gas shortages (odd/even).
Party lines. IBM cards. Floppy disks. Single line editing. Rotary phones. Probably most importantly, illegal abortion.
When people complain about graphics in video games @ThatEricAlper
Ice cube trays had a lever on them.
Using a rotary phone.
I carried a shoebox of punch cards to one of my computer science classes... And I brought a typewriter to college with me.
two words: no remote
My least favorite thing about travelling was all the people who smoked on the airplane.
Telephone "party lines".
Fotomat, drive thru film processing.
getting up saturday morning to watch cartoons on a black & white tv while eating toasted danish-go-rounds
Music used to come on giant black disks requiring a large machine with a needle to play. @ThatEricAlper
when a floppy disk was really a a floppy disk and when 64 KB RAM was considered a lot.
MTV having Music Videos period!
1st grade teacher was a nun who threw books, erasers at us, hit us with yard sticks, pulled our hair, put us in the closet😳
1)Encyclopedias 2) Party line phones
Listening for the click or altered tone on the party line phone during a call that indicated someone had picked up and was listening.
Wonder Woman's family had an island full of her sisters and the Bionic Woman had a bionic dog, named Max.
Smog alert may make a comeback though since EPA may be something next gen won't understand if Trump has his way
If you wanted music, you had no choice but to utilize a motor vehicle to go to a second location to buy a cassette tape.
Reserving movies at the video store weeks in advance @ThatEricAlper
In LA, looking for a payphone so I could pull over & call my agent. Also, needing the Thomas Guide to figure out my route.
Three on the tree, four on the floor.
Mehalia Jackson singing God Bless America when tv would sign off for the evening at 11:pm.
rotary dial
letting the paper dry after you ran the mimeograph machine
Buying film for $8 , paying $10 to develo it & *thrilled* when I only had to wait 1 hour instead of 3 or 5 days to see pics.
Praise and self-esteem were things you were expected to earn.
having to clean off a cd because it kept skipping
Playing Ladybug on Colecovision
Pica and Elite
Pencil to wind the cassette
The Brady Bunch
we actually had snow all winter
real big wheels. When the front tire gets those holes in them and the rocks get in there. #80s
Dewey decimal system
Jerry-rigging the cable box with tooth picks to get the premium channels
Girls had to wear dresses to school & our principal made us go out to recess in frostbite weather! Seruously!
That I used to watch movies on huge 12inch floppy discs
waiting patiently for the once a year airing of The Wizard of Oz on TV
only 5 TV stations and none were on after 1 am
Music going out of print and being unable to find it anywhere
Telephone "Party Lines"
'I'll be seeing you subsequently.'
Helm's Bakery Trucks
hiding the power light to our Nintendo games or mom would walk in & turn it off & we'd lose everything & have to start over!
Candy cigarettes.
get a newspaper so we can see what time the movie is playing.
when computers didn't have hard drives and you had to boot them up with floppy discs that were actually floppy
We didn't have basic cable until I was 13, because it wasn't available. Also, MTV used to just play music videos 24/7.
Bellowing into a speakerphone. Bellowing into any phone.
Looking through the week's TV guide desperate for anything good to watch. Setting VCR timer to tape it. @ThatEricAlper
whaaaaat is this about
Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
WLS Chicago playing the top 40 for the year on NYE. Number 1 just before midnight
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature
a busy signal
taking good care of your tamagotchi
change the channel!!
My high school had a smoking lounge.... for students.
Birdie num-nums.
World Book Encyclopedias and research in the library. Oh and microfiche.
You told a live person the 3 or 4 digit phone no. you wanted to call. The struggle was real.
stepping on a button on the floor of the car to turn on high beams
Using a 3-minute timer to measure when to end a long-distance call. (Flat rate for 1st 3 minutes; then per-minute charge.)
Waiting at Blockbuster for someone to return the video you were waiting on.
Using microfiche for research
I had to explain America Online to students today. Thanks, @VP 😑
without tin foil, rabbit ears cannot give you a proper picture.
I was more interested in this.
Calling back because the line was busy.
I broke the law using the wrong bathroom in Florida.
Watching the Bob Hope Christmas Special to see the College FB All-Americans.
Rabbit ears for UHF
Only 4 channels on tv, and it was in black and white.
Using a bent index card to manually gimmick the cable box to get HBO.
I owned a calculator watch and a sliderule.
TV stations playing The National Anthem, then signing off for the night.
The wonderful smell of mimeograph.
when dial-up was a good thing!
An ounce of weed cost $40.
I'd dial this number to nowhere. No ring, just static noise, except voices I could barely hear. I'd talk, they'd answer ...
Helms Bakery Truck.
MTV played nothing but videos
Broadway without amplification
Listening to music with your head between the speakers and the rule that you couldn't TALK b/c you were LISTENING so hard. @ThatEricAlper
being able to walk up to departure gates without going through security to collect your loved ones who flew in.
not being able to call someone if they weren't home.
"Be sure to leave the order for the milk man." ;)
"Hanging" the phone. Like hanging the actual phone.
Only dialing 7 numbers to make a phone call.
Chinese jacks were awesome
Easy three on a tree on my old truck
wooden blocks, sledgehammer tv show, robin leach
ABC Afterschool Specials.
some TV programs were on uhf channels and some were on vhf channels
Paying 25cents per hr to use school library typewriters to type up my term papers to hand in.
I was talking about a Woody Allen movie and the college-age kid beside me said, "Is that the guy from Toy Story?"
The A through E ticket system at Disneyland.
having to always have quarters for pay phones.
Put the needle on the record.
the meaning of "cc"
Actually using a rotary telephone !
Hee Haw, music on AM, CompuServe, Mr. Rogers, B&W TV, well paying jobs
Carrying cash & check book because atm cards didn't work as credit/debit. Plus cashing paychecks before direct deposit.
Going outside to the porch to get the milk delivered by the milkman.
It used to be a status symbol to have a corded phone in your car or bathroom.
Return of the Jedi was the final Star Wars movie
The smell of mimeograph ink & using a razor blade to erase mistakes before realigning the paper in the typewriter to fix.
Lining up for gas with EVERYONE during the gas shortage crisis.
using the air popcorn popper during commercials because it would jam up the rabbit ears and distort what was on tv
Don't eat the red M & M's. Make sure you put the milk order card out before you go to bed.
Playing outside almost every day of the year. Climbing trees, riding bikes in packs, ghost in the graveyard, tv last resort
Bands were actually good.
Wendy's spicy chicken available only a few weeks per year @ThatEricAlper
When you were done talking on it, you would hang the phone back up on a hook.
Rotary dial phones. One phone in the house. The non-existence of voicemail or messaging.
Looking for a job and having to choose between the "help wanted men" or "help wanted women" section of the newspaper.
Encyclopedia Brittanica
I'm still not sure about the robot..
I always felt that Robot had an interesting 'relationship' with young Will Robinson. Hmmm...
1. Floppy disks..3.50 or 5.25! 2. The Dewey Decimal Classification System.
S&H Green Stamp books.
Meeting people at the gate at the airport.
I'd never heard of Speed Racer until I went to college because we only got NBC and CBS when it first aired.
Watching scrambled skinemax, hoping to see a boob.
Garbage Pail Kids
phone numbers used to be 2 letters followed by 5 numbers and no area code needed unless dialing long distance.
haha my kid saw a pay phone in Disney and was like what is that! Lmao
tamagotchi or digimon
having to tape song off the radio to make a sweet mix tape
calling your bf or gf and having to talk to a parent before you speak to them. "Um hi is____ home? #OldSchool
Calling POPCORN for the time.
Setting up time for family to use 1200 BAUD modem for Usenet OR having a phone call window to talk to friends @ThatEricAlper
Getting to the airport 20 minutes before the flight so you'd have time to get a shoe shine.
My dad driving one of his engineers home the day John Lennon died because the guy was too upset to drive.
Pull over so I can use that phone.
using white out sucked
however I guess it was ok for nail polish...
occasionally hearing truckers talking on CB radios coming through the tv over morning cartoons
Letraset dry transfer sheets.
On a long plane trip, sometimes stewardesses would take kids up to the cockpit to see pilots who gave them little gold wings.
And it was the same couple of kids who always got to use it.
Watched E.T. With my kids tonight. My wife pointed out that thing with the cord was a "telephone."
physically rolling down the windows in your car
proudly traveling with me thigh master
Used to listen to LPs while watching Johnny Carson on TV with no sound while also breaking controlled substance laws.
having to get up off the sofa to change the TV channel
5 channels on the TV, and able to find something interesting to watch. In low-def black & white. @ThatEricAlper
you don't need to flip over the cassette, this radio is auto-reverse
Gas @ 25cents a gallon
when # meant pound sign and not hashtag.
stretching the telephone cord as far as u could to get a little privacy
Ok so first you put the hula hoop at the end of the yard and then you underhand throw this lawn dart at it.
Billie Jean was not my lover
Taping shows and making sure the VCR/TV is on the right damn channel. And correct time.
Smearing on the coconut oil and lying on the beach (with a transistor radio) between 10am and 4pm.
🎻🎺🎷🥁@ThatEricAlper music lessons in public schools.
or even better yet. Tell them something about the bag phones (Car)
Listening to the radio early in the morning to hear if you had a snow day.
Cashing in your soda pop bottles and coming home w/bag full of Penny Candys.
cars used to have a decal of a burly ginger fella named Rusty Jones, which ensured they wouldn't rust. They did.
calling channel 32, the best UHF station at the time, channel U.
there was a show about two black guys living in a wrecking yard.
...When your father and I upgraded to a 56k modem, we knew we had arrived in life.
Trapper keepers.
3rd gr. teacher explaining Berlin Wall & Grt. Wall China- how bad they were & proudly pointing out USA had no border Walls👵🏻
If you stayed up real late, tv stations went off the air
We used to play hockey and football in the street every day after school + all weekend.
Calling the movie theater to find out what was playing. Using a payphone to call for a ride home when the movie ended.
Everybody made ceramic ashtrays in school arts and craft classes to take home. Also stores sold candy cigarettes.
a loaf of bread, a quart of milk, and a stick of butter.
how about blue ink cartridges for your (one) pen in grade school? (Course I attended parochial schools)
Manual car windows. Also: car cassette players (without cd or mp3 players).
I still use the same miming gesture of manual windows to ask others to roll down their car window 🙄
still only have a cassette player in my car. And it's an '02!
Sadly, that was 15 years ago. :)
In the days before movie theaters, firefighters in Chicago were so celebrated that playhouses would re-enact fire rescues.
"Wonder what kind of food that restaurant serves." "I don't know." "Me neither, guess we'll have to go check it out."
All of side A of Def Leppard's High & Dry on the radio, holding my tape recorder up to the speaker so I cd listen to it later
only dialing a 7 digit phone number
"Here's how you put a video cassette tape into a VCR..."
1375 81423 6411 1773 4549 420 - pager code for "let's blaze call me ASAP 420"
We had to share a party line with our neighbors.
deep throat
I remember when the NRA was non-political and a GREAT ORGANIZATION !
listening to the national anthem on tv when it went off the air around 2 am.
When movies left the theater, they were GONE FOREVER. (Unless they showed up on TV. BUT YOU HAD TO BE HOME WHEN IT WAS ON!!)
I really liked Tales of the Gold Monkey
rolling up your car window by hand
Dan Tanna driving his car into what seemed like the side of a mountain & parking in his living room.
I had to sort through microfiche at the local library for school research projects.
Be kind, rewind.
blowing in my Nintendo cartridges...
Television with fewer than ten channels that shut down at midnight. (I just revealed my age)
the importance of destroying typewriter ribbons & carbon paper evidence rt@ThatEricAlper rtThx2 @RobProvince
Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?
Late at night, when all the tv stations had signed off, the only thing to watch was the test pattern.
our dog ran loose in the neighborhood pretty much every day.
zip rrrrrrrrr zip r zip r
the smell of a freshly copied bright blue/purple photostat.
you can stick a pencil through one of the holes in the cassette and turn it to reel the tape back in.
"Wow & Flutter."
N64 goldeneye
flash cubes for the InstaMatic Camera
blowing on video game cartridges to get them to work
How Home Alone works since Kevin could clearly just text his Mom
fallout shelters
could only answer the phone if it rang a particular pattern: we had a party line.
after I got a page, I found a pay phone to use #relics
dial-up internet and its obnoxious connection sound
Licking green stamps for days. Collecting enough full stamp books to buy some crappy flashlight or something.
The telephone is off hook
having to use the index cards in the drawers to find books in the library
looked up information in an encyclopedia. We had a complete set in the living room.
I use to have several maps in my car for every long distance trip.
installing an 8 track adapter to car radio.
One shared phone per dorm hallway.
I had to fix the antenna on the tv
Physical encyclopedias
yogurt was exotic and my mom got it at a health food store
I remember playing neighborhood hide and seek with kids hiding in other people's backyards they might not even know.None shot
when polyester fabric was invented
everyone read the local paper, watched the same newscast.
Why the phrase is "dial" a phone number!
Using an operator to make a long distance phone call.
Trying to find my roller skates' key.
The beat part of this is discovering how many people here are roughly my age. Or maybe I'm just old and remember everything 😂
Video killed the radio star.
perhaps even the joy of a 14.4 connection after the modems screeching at each other for what seemed like ages
Film strips, complete w/ cassette recorded *beep* to advance slide 1/4-turn
first calculator (TEXAS INSTRUMENTS) and no longer using SlideRule in chemistry class.
you can dial a phone number without touching a screen, mouse, keypad/board or dial.
dot matrix printers, and having to set up documents so the printer would double strike for final copy
using wooden bats in Little League
Harry Carey calling a Cardinals game on the radio from the first Busch Stadium.
Not being able to use the phone because the lady down the street was always talking on the party line.