Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods,
Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.
There was no: radar, credit cards,laser beams or
Not yet invented: pantyhose, air conditioners,
dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung
on wooden clothes rack or out to dry in sun and fresh air.
Man hadn't yet walked on the moon.
Life was governed by good judgment, and common sense.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this
country was a greater privilege.
Fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along
with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors
when the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in
the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
No FM radios, tape decks, CDs, or PCs.
We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the
President's speeches on our radios.
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
There were 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually
buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar,
and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend
your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 but who could
afford one? ---Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a
Once was, when:
"grass" was mowed,
"coke" was a cold drink,
"pot" was something you cooked in and
"rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
"Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
"chip" meant a piece of wood,
"hardware" was found in a hardware store and
"software" wasn't even a word.
No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a
generation gap... and how old do you think we are?
Is it a shock that we are less than 60 years old.
But hey! The stores and gas stations who really wanted
our business, gave Green Stamps and that's how we got
all this junk!