Proud fans of a 128-year old tradition

It is currently Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:01 pm

All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Time marches on
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:41 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:11 pm
Posts: 3364
Location: Wheeling, WV
I've been thinking recently about the changes in my lifetime that are amazing when looked at as a group.
Let me go back a little here for you younger guys.
When I was a pre-teen:

Candy bars were a nickel
We had one black rotory phone and it sat on a table in the corner. We were on a two-party line which infuriated mom.
We got TV when I was about 7 or 8 and it was black and white only. We got 2 channels (by using rabbit ears)and they were on limited times.
Baseball cards with gum were also a nickel - about 20 in a pack
Having fun was going out to play the sport which was in season with your buddies, or building a fort, or going down to the river to fish.
The only fish in the Ohio River by my house were catfish and carp-- both bottom feeders and the only things that could live in that filth.
Do you think that young kids today understand any of that Mayberry life?

I remember when we got married we bought a Color tv-- 19 inch screen -- for 319.00
We didn't buy a computer, microwave, wireless phone, cell phone, I-pad, no Netflix, no HBO, no GPS, no kindle, not even games systems, no Facebook, apps were things you filled out when trying to get a job, when you backed your car up you were on your own- no warning sounds, no seat belts, no head rests, just started with car seats for kids and they weren't for safety, usually without power brakes or power steering, and had carborators to mix gas and air for combustion.

I worked at Kroger through college and always had money. I paid my own tuition,books, stayed at home, bought my own car (brand new Camero 1969 - cost $3400 with payments of $63.00 for 3 years), paid for my own insurance, and had plenty of money in my pocket for fun and dates (beer was .35). I made $2.45 when minimum wage was $1.25
Heinz large ketscup -- .19
Bread was 5 for a dollar
Miracle Whip was --.39
Clorox was -- .19
Milk was --.57

I think that I've been lucky to live through all these improvements in our standard of living. Life is alot different today and in most ways better. I am also sure that we have experienced greater change during this time then any other similar period in history. Just amazing when you put it all together.

When you get older, all you have left is stories and that's a small part of mine.

One question is will the next generation and more so their next generation have an ever improving life style? It looks like the answer is unfortunately no.

_________________
2011 Will Be Our Year -- well make that 2012 (just saying) So it looks like 2013 now - how long must this go on!
THIS IS IT-- NO MORE STREAK!!! *** Finally*** Time to win it in 2014


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:24 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:21 am
Posts: 5634
I'm only 25, but I, too feel as though massive strides have been made.

In my lifetime alone I've gone from Atari 2500 to SEGA to N64/PS to PS2 to PS3/XBox360 and so on...

Cable/Satelite with thousands of channels?! When I was a kid I was happy with a dozen!

And yes, I, too recall when TUBE TV's were <$500 for the biggest ones. Now a HD/Plasma/3D TV costs $800 minimum...

Tapes, CD's, Mp3 CD's, iPods, iPads/iPhones...

Still... no flying cars that run on garbage, though...

Where's Doc Brown when we need him?

_________________
Rage, rage against the regression of the light.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:01 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:26 pm
Posts: 3006
I won't be happy until I have a jet pack.. ;)


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:03 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:01 pm
Posts: 5832
Location: Slickville, PA
Substitute2 wrote:
I've been thinking recently about the changes in my lifetime that are amazing when looked at as a group.
Let me go back a little here for you younger guys.
When I was a pre-teen:

Candy bars were a nickel
We had one black rotory phone and it sat on a table in the corner. We were on a two-party line which infuriated mom.
We got TV when I was about 7 or 8 and it was black and white only. We got 2 channels (by using rabbit ears)and they were on limited times.
Baseball cards with gum were also a nickel - about 20 in a pack
Having fun was going out to play the sport which was in season with your buddies, or building a fort, or going down to the river to fish.
The only fish in the Ohio River by my house were catfish and carp-- both bottom feeders and the only things that could live in that filth.
Do you think that young kids today understand any of that Mayberry life?

I remember when we got married we bought a Color tv-- 19 inch screen -- for 319.00
We didn't buy a computer, microwave, wireless phone, cell phone, I-pad, no Netflix, no HBO, no GPS, no kindle, not even games systems, no Facebook, apps were things you filled out when trying to get a job, when you backed your car up you were on your own- no warning sounds, no seat belts, no head rests, just started with car seats for kids and they weren't for safety, usually without power brakes or power steering, and had carborators to mix gas and air for combustion.

I worked at Kroger through college and always had money. I paid my own tuition,books, stayed at home, bought my own car (brand new Camero 1969 - cost $3400 with payments of $63.00 for 3 years), paid for my own insurance, and had plenty of money in my pocket for fun and dates (beer was .35). I made $2.45 when minimum wage was $1.25
Heinz large ketscup -- .19
Bread was 5 for a dollar
Miracle Whip was --.39
Clorox was -- .19
Milk was --.57

I think that I've been lucky to live through all these improvements in our standard of living. Life is alot different today and in most ways better. I am also sure that we have experienced greater change during this time then any other similar period in history. Just amazing when you put it all together.

When you get older, all you have left is stories and that's a small part of mine.

One question is will the next generation and more so their next generation have an ever improving life style? It looks like the answer is unfortunately no.


Amen SUb....but you forgot to mention that that camero had an 8-track player!

My kids were just laughing at me last week when they were complaining and I told them that I made a dollar an hour in my first job!

You are a little older than me....I like to tell my kids that my Decade of Impact was the 80's. I went from being a high school kid, to a college kid, to a radio announcer, to a cop, to a husband, and to a father. A lot of stuff for a decade!

_________________
"Live proud! Laugh Loud! Standout in a Crowd!"


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:37 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:30 pm
Posts: 6283
I had a paper route. Made 2 cents a paper. Now no one reads the paper.
Collected empty pop bottles 2 cents for regular and you really made big money if you found a quart bottle, 5 cents.
Drinking age was 18. If you could go to Viet Nam, you could drink legally.
Hitch hiked to Fla. in college.
Worked as a caddy too. Big bucks. $5 a round. First to the caddy shack, first out. Oh and hitch hiked to the caddy shack.
Comics were a dime and the 12 cents. Inflation.

Bet you wish you still had that Camaro!
8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:38 am 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:09 pm
Posts: 2083
Location: Hingham, MA
In my youth:

The American flag had only 48 stars; Alaska and Hawaii weren't even close to joining the union.

The Interstate highway system hadn't been built yet.

Among the cars people drove were the Packard, the Studebaker, the Crosley, the Hudson, the Kaiser, the Henry J, the Frazer, the Nash, and the Willys.

There were no school buses.

Or air conditioners.

A first-class stamp cost 3 cents.

My father paid 28 cents a gallon for gasoline.

Butchers made house calls each week, and farmers peddled their sweet corn, strawberries, and peaches door to door.

Probably the No. 1 entertainer in the country was Arthur Godfrey. (Google him)

The best team in the NBA was the Rochester Royals.

_________________
If you think nobody notices you and you're all alone, try not paying your bills.


Last edited by Bob in Boston on Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:36 am 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:01 pm
Posts: 5832
Location: Slickville, PA
Back in the '70's, I worked in a little small town garage/gas station. I remember the gas rations, but I remember when gas hit $1.00 a gallon. None of the gas pumps could go over $0.99....so we had to put the cost at X per HALF GALLONS?? Remember that? We had a kid who worked with me, not the sharpest tool in the shed, would could never get that.. He screwed up so much, the boss wouldn't let him pump gas any more.

The best part of this old guy stuff though, is that I only have 386 days till retirement!

_________________
"Live proud! Laugh Loud! Standout in a Crowd!"


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:25 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:11 pm
Posts: 3364
Location: Wheeling, WV
Az Bucco fan wrote:
I had a paper route. Made 2 cents a paper. Now no one reads the paper.
Collected empty pop bottles 2 cents for regular and you really made big money if you found a quart bottle, 5 cents.
Drinking age was 18. If you could go to Viet Nam, you could drink legally.
Hitch hiked to Fla. in college.
Worked as a caddy too. Big bucks. $5 a round. First to the caddy shack, first out. Oh and hitch hiked to the caddy shack.
Comics were a dime and the 12 cents. Inflation.

Bet you wish you still had that Camaro!
8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)

Yes AZ I cry when I think about the best car I ever had. BTW, I took papers too and made .02 per and thumbed whereever I went in high school. Nice memories

And Bob-- we sure lived the same youth in the 50's and 60's

_________________
2011 Will Be Our Year -- well make that 2012 (just saying) So it looks like 2013 now - how long must this go on!
THIS IS IT-- NO MORE STREAK!!! *** Finally*** Time to win it in 2014


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:55 am 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:46 am
Posts: 3655
Location: Economy, PA
We were talking the other day about how TV just stopped about 12:30 or 1:00 AM. All 3 channels. They'd play God Bless America or something like that then it would just go to snow.

Seems so weird now because we have like 500 channels that are on 24/7.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:56 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:01 pm
Posts: 5832
Location: Slickville, PA
Ralphie wrote:
We were talking the other day about how TV just stopped about 12:30 or 1:00 AM. All 3 channels. They'd play God Bless America or something like that then it would just go to snow.

Seems so weird now because we have like 500 channels that are on 24/7.


I hadn't thought about that...but how true it is....

Some stations went to snow, but remember the old sound pattern, with the color wheel and the continuous beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep??

_________________
"Live proud! Laugh Loud! Standout in a Crowd!"


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:58 pm 
Offline
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:43 pm
Posts: 4983
Location: Omaha, NE via Sioux City, Kansas City, and Chicago
Substitute2 wrote:
Baseball cards with gum were also a nickel - about 20 in a pack


Back in my heyday of collecting cards there were only three companies, Topps, Fleer and Donruss. Topps were everywhere while Fleer and Donruss were a little tougher to find. The Topps packs were $.35 and came with a fantastic stick of pink cardboard (some would call it gum) and would leave a nice stain on the last card in the pack.

Upper Deck came along in 1989 and revolutionized the industry. Not only did they bring amazing quality and style to the cards, they also helped to hike up the prices. I was amazed they had the balls to charge $.99 a pack. A few years later the price of cards became too great and I was out of the game.

_________________
Iowa State Cyclones (2-4) at Texas Longhorns (2-4)
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
October 18, 2014
7:00 PM


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:02 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:01 pm
Posts: 5832
Location: Slickville, PA
IA Pirate wrote:
Substitute2 wrote:
Baseball cards with gum were also a nickel - about 20 in a pack


Back in my heyday of collecting cards there were only three companies, Topps, Fleer and Donruss. Topps were everywhere while Fleer and Donruss were a little tougher to find. The Topps packs were $.35 and came with a fantastic stick of pink cardboard (some would call it gum) and would leave a nice stain on the last card in the pack.

Upper Deck came along in 1989 and revolutionized the industry. Not only did they bring amazing quality and style to the cards, they also helped to hike up the prices. I was amazed they had the balls to charge $.99 a pack. A few years later the price of cards became too great and I was out of the game.


Back in my hayday, it was only TOPPS!

_________________
"Live proud! Laugh Loud! Standout in a Crowd!"


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:15 pm 
Offline
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:43 pm
Posts: 4983
Location: Omaha, NE via Sioux City, Kansas City, and Chicago
Animal wrote:
Back in my hayday, it was only TOPPS!


Oh come on, back in your heyday it only came in tobacco cans! ;)

_________________
Iowa State Cyclones (2-4) at Texas Longhorns (2-4)
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
October 18, 2014
7:00 PM


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:16 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:30 pm
Posts: 6283
I have numerous Post Cereal cards from 61.62,63. They were actually the back panel of the cereal box which contained 8-10 cards. Still have all my cards from childhood, except of course the ones we used on our bikes that were clipped on with clothespins. 8-) 8-)


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:58 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:21 am
Posts: 5634
I never really like the 'traditional' baseball cards. I had a lot, but they kind of 'bored' me. Its not that they weren't great, but I really dug the TOPPS METAL series because they had more going on.

I still have nearly the entire 1997 (and maybe even the 98) series (probably 75+%).

Those cards were so absurd that they were awesome!

Image

There were also so pretty sweet Donruss cards somewhere around 99-00 that were as thick as credit cards that were glossy and had some sick script! If I can recall the year/make, I'll post a pic of those beauties.

_________________
Rage, rage against the regression of the light.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:27 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:09 pm
Posts: 2083
Location: Hingham, MA
IA Pirate wrote:
Back in my heyday of collecting cards there were only three companies, Topps, Fleer and Donruss. Topps were everywhere while Fleer and Donruss were a little tougher to find.


Fleer did baseball cards? Didn't know that. When I was a young 'un, Fleer bubble gum came in little squares wrapped in waxed-paper comic strips.

One year, I had a complete set of Topps cards, of which I was extremely proud. Had them all indexed by team and position. That summer, the family went on vacation to the Thousand Islands in upstate New York, and while we were going somewhere in the car one day, my little sister rolled down the window on her side of the back seat. The wind current peeled off every #@&% card in the stack and blew it out of the car. We were on a busy road, so going back to retrieve them was out of the question. Eventually, I was able to forgive her. But it took a while.

_________________
If you think nobody notices you and you're all alone, try not paying your bills.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:57 am 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:01 pm
Posts: 5832
Location: Slickville, PA
Az Bucco fan wrote:
I have numerous Post Cereal cards from 61.62,63. They were actually the back panel of the cereal box which contained 8-10 cards. Still have all my cards from childhood, except of course the ones we used on our bikes that were clipped on with clothespins. 8-) 8-)


The post cards were cool...although I did not get them when the originally came out.

I think my all time favorites were the Kelloggs 3-D cards from the 70's and early 80's and I like the Hostess Panels from the 70's. Of course, to get the cards, you had to eat the Ho-Ho's!

_________________
"Live proud! Laugh Loud! Standout in a Crowd!"


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: Time marches on
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:15 am 
Offline
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:43 pm
Posts: 4983
Location: Omaha, NE via Sioux City, Kansas City, and Chicago
Animal wrote:
I think my all time favorites were the Kelloggs 3-D cards from the 70's and early 80's and I like the Hostess Panels from the 70's. Of course, to get the cards, you had to eat the Ho-Ho's!


Image

_________________
Iowa State Cyclones (2-4) at Texas Longhorns (2-4)
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
October 18, 2014
7:00 PM


Top
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group  
Design By Poker Bandits