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What do you remember from your childhood

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by SPOCAHP ANAR, Jun 30, 2002.


    SPOCAHP ANAR G&G Enthusiast

    I was born in 70. I remember watching Regan swear in and the plane taking off with the hostages on it. I remember deposit bottles and asking dad to give me 0.52$ so I can get a soda and a candy bar. I remember 300$ ataris, Star Wars, and Kenny Rogers. I saw the shuttle blow up on TV, had the Bionic man action figure and watched the Incredible Hulk. I remember the russians not going to the olympics and the president coming on TV telling us how much the Russians are building up their military.

    I know some of you guys are older than I so lets hear it!
  2. Logansdad

    Logansdad Guest

    When my Dad came home from Viet Nam my Mom spit on him and called him a "Baby Killer"

  3. wes

    wes G&G Newbie

    I remember having to get under the tables in school for when the Russian's sent ICBM's our way,and watching the first Mercury space shot. I also remember,in fourth grade,when President Kennedy was shot,and a few day's later,watching on live TV,when Jack Ruby shot Oswald.
  4. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Wow, Logansdad that is not cool at all.
  5. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    I remember the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. My parents came back from the store all despondent about the bombing event. Within a few days dad was off to WWII leaving my brother, sister and myself to be raised for the next four years by our mother. Having been in ROTC he became a Lt JG on an armed guard ship escorting supply ships on both the Atlantic and Pacific.

    I remember listening to both presidential political conventions in 1948 VIA radio with my grandfather who was a republican. He influenced my thinking a lot.

    I was a teen ager when Elvis was in his prime.

    I watched the Ed Sullivan show when the Beatles were introduced in their first public appearance in the USA.

    I remember when I got my first BB gun at age 9 and the safety lessons my father tried to instill in my brother and I.

    I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when JFK was shot and I was watching TV when Jack Ruby shot Kennedy's killer.

    I vividly remember the cold war threat and the urgency to build a bomb shelter in our yard.

    I remember the standoff with Russia regarding the blockade of Cuba and the tenseness of that situation.

    From Reagan to the present seems to me like just a very short time considering the other things I've experienced.

    I've lived long enough to understand that fads and trends come and go but that things of real value stay around forever. I've learned that family values and spritual beliefs should rank at the top of one's priorities.

    Guess this all makes me sort of old. I'm 64 years old but still hope to keep enjoying this life for another 30 years.

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  6. Doglips

    Doglips G&G Newbie

    Being born in 1963 in Cocoa Fl I rember a lot fo the first rockt launches and the first space shuttle launches... Rember being able to go shooting near the house....being able to have a gun in the gun rack of my truck at school andnot haveing to lock the doors. Rember when Crack was something glass did when it got hit by a baseball....and when you could put $5 worth of gas in the car and go for a week. I rember when the cops would make us teenagers pour out our beer if we got caught with it and if you got in a fight at school you got paddled by the princeapal. I also rember when a $100 bill was big money and a quick roundup of soda bottles would get you enough $$ to buy a few boxees of 22 ammo and a soda.... I rember that a cop driveing by a group of us carring our 22s to go shoothing would wave and keep days Im sure it would be a SWAT call at least.
    Finaly I rember when to thous of use who surfed Calf was the realy cool place we all wished we lived.

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Holy toledo Oxford, you were a freshman in high school when Moses was a senior! LOL Just funning ya pal. Even though i was 4 yrs old i remember JFK's funeral,later watching the evening news with Kronkite looking to see if i'd get a glimpse of my brother in Vietnam for 2 tours straight. The apollo missions, the 1969 landing on the moon, the whole nation was glued to their t.v's with their 3 channels of entertainment. High school mid 70's with hair past my shoulders parted down the middle, big elvis sideburns, bell bottom jeans with 4 inch platform shoes (thought i was da man!) and DISCO!!!
  8. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Older than dirt or Moses as NRAJoe suggested

    NRAJoe: You're sort of right about your comment. (ha) After finding out that some of you guys were born in the 60's, 70's and later I think I'll apply for an ancient history title next to my name on this forum instead of "senior member."

    What's strange about this situation, though, is that a lot of those old memories are as vivid as if they happened yesterday.

    When I was a 10 year old kid in 1947 I remember sitting around with my 74 yr old grandfather and listen to stories about his past. Now to me those stories seemed to be from what I considered to be the "old wild west days". Guess everything is relevant. Now my own seven year granddaughter gets after me when I tell her too many old stories. I've learned that only a few people really give a d a m n about them so on this thread I had a golden chance to unload a few memories on you guys. (ha)

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  9. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Well I guess I can be considered one of the young ones on here, But I remember listening to my dad tell me stories about old houses and where he used to play during the summer time, and not it has buildings that are 25 stories high, I was always like right Dad, but I now say the same thing! So don't feel alone Oxford!
  10. These are all great stories, and there is something from each of you that I can relate to.-- Thanks for the memories. The moon mission was very cool. My dad worked for NASA at that time.
  11. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Chris: So you're a young buck. (ha) And to some others on this forum...I'd like to have some of you try to follow my foot tracks each week.
    For example each week I : walk 21 miles, am physically active on a recreational athletic field (won't say which kind) for eight hours, build houses 8 hours, plus the other usual yard and home chores every week.

    These activities I enjoy and they keep me half way in decent physical shape.

    Oxford :nod:
  12. wes

    wes G&G Newbie

    Oxford,have I got some work for you!
  13. Oxford -- glad you have time for all of that.

  15. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Live broadcasts from Apollo missions. People saying the President is a crook, but no one being able to explain exactly what the Watergate scandal was, at least not in terms a little kid could understand. Black and white cartoons on TV. The Bozo the Clown Show. Captain Kangaroo. Mighty Mouse. Underdog. Ultra Man. New Monty Python episodes.
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  16. Uh oh. This means I'm older than I thought but I'm not going to grow up. I also remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when Kennedy was shot and I also saw Jack Ruby get it on live TV. I remember where I was when I heard the news Elvis died. Ed Sullivan, Red Skelton,I Love Lucy before they were in reruns. The best memories are with the oldtimers in my family when we used to go 4-wheeling in old Dodge power wagons my dad bought as military surplus after he got out of the army in WWll. Shooting from my front porch or fishing where there is now nothing but houses or private property. Never having to lock the doors and growing up when there was almost no crime. Seems to me that people actually cared about another person and would try to help if they needed it. I think those days are gone forever. There was no such thing as a calculator, computer, metal detectors in schools, video games. It was up to us to make our own fun and amusement. And I think a lot of us "older" people are better off because of it.
  17. rtlesnkesbite you got me by 4 years, but that was a good time in my life.
  18. Logansdad I have been trying to think of a decent reply to your post. And sir there just isn't one. Viet Nam as far as the media was concerned was a bad deal. How can anybody judge a soldier unless they were there. The point I am trying to make is that your dad did his duty as an American. Feel proud for him-- doesn't matter what the media children think, they were fed a lot of hype during that war.
  19. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Bummer about your mom's mental problems. Did she get better?