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Being sent to the drugstore to test vacuum tubes for the TV.
When Kool-Aid was the only drink for kids, other than milk and sodas.
When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers),and the only time you wore them at school, was for gym class.
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got there.
When nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When girls neither dated nor kissed until high school, if then.
When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done, everyday.
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot!
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed . . . and did!
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
What you do with the pointed end of a can opener.
When there was no McDonalds.
When you dressed up to fly on an airliner.
When you could watch the engines start on an airliner.
When candy bars cost a nickel.
When comic books cost 10 cents (and how traumatic it was when the price went up to 12 cents, then 15 cents).
When you actually got up out of the couch to change the channel on the TV.
When there was only one other channel to change to, two if you adjusted the antenna.
When whole communities were mass vaccinated against polio.
Where you were when you heard JFK had been shot.
When VWs broke the 2000 price barrier.
When John Glenn went into space the first time.
When you drank milk through a Flav-R-Straw.
When you did calculations with a slide rule, an adding machine, and/or a table of sines, cosines, and logarithms.
When this year's new cars looked different from last year's, and when different makes of cars looked different.
When car radios were AM only.
When paperback books were 25 cents.
When you watched 'Today on the Farm' on TV before going to school.
Submitted By: IHank from IA on 2000-03-27