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I'm Old Enough to Remember....

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I'm Old Enough to Remember....

This is a group where you can add at any time anything  you remember from "back then" in our society  that isn't the same now. It'll be fun to read how things have changed from a first hand experience of the posters here!

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Latest Activity: Nov 18, 2013

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Comment by Tom McMurray on January 6, 2013 at 1:52pm

I'm not buying that either one of you are old enough to remember a new vehicle priced at $2000.00. Are you? I don't know about bus fares but I do remember buying gas for 17.9 cents during a "gas war" between stations and regularly, through high school, going down the block for the 29.9 gas (free glass with a fill up) instead of the 32.9 at the Mobil station. 10K was what my first house cost with $100 a month payments that covered taxes and insurance. Wasn't a shabby house in a "bad" neighborhood either.... 

Comment by wiffledust on January 5, 2013 at 1:52pm

i couldn't agree more about the car thing although the prices haven't gone up that much in the last years. but still, a car shouldn't be the downpayment on a house. and many cars are 40K. seems to me a car should be about 10K. max. unless it's some kind of super duper something or other. 

Comment by Pamela Drake on January 5, 2013 at 1:31am

When I was growing up, a bus ride in NYC was 20 cents, and a car cost $2000.  Today our economy has inflated over tenfold, but I still think a bus ride ought to be 20 cents instead of over $2, and a car ought to be $2000 instead of over $20,000.

Comment by nancy Sanchez on October 26, 2012 at 9:41pm

thinking my idea of war was a bit off kilter most likely thanks to a Dad and Uncle who were in the Army/Air force in WW ll ..war was bombers in my mind....

and yes the Viet Nam era was news and terrible news....graphic pictures that you never knew when you would see what ...

Comment by wiffledust on October 26, 2012 at 8:03pm

that sounds like something lbj would say. he was very media intelligent, joanne. oh, nancy so sorry you were looking for bombers. well back in the vietnam era, news wasn't entertainment. it was ...the news. 

Comment by Joanne Gerber on October 26, 2012 at 7:20pm

Between the student protests and Walter Cronkite's televised editorial on why we would never win in Vietnam, enthusiasm for "the war" waned. LBJ was heard to have said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” 

Comment by nancy Sanchez on October 26, 2012 at 5:55pm

they do still do some of the war news especially when someone from our area is killed but not the constant coverage that Viet Nam got ...I remember hearing on the radio when the Korean war started and going out to sit in the front yard to watch the sky for bombers...

Comment by wiffledust on October 26, 2012 at 1:49pm

yes, we are completely removed from news of the war in ways we were not when we were younger. i remember when there were only a few channels on the tv, and we all watched the same news at 6pm filled with war news in all its gruesome detail. the country watching is what helped bring an end not only to the war but to segregation too!

Comment by Tom McMurray on October 26, 2012 at 1:47pm

Y'all are making me feel the years.... I still have a couple of those Corningware dishes. AND I remember the days BEFORE there were reports from Vietnam on the nightly news.

Pamela is right, sadly, that we are sheltered in our cocoons from news of Afghanistan and therefore give the death and destruction little thought. If there was a draft and some of the profiteers were called to duty, there would soon be an end......

Comment by Pamela Drake on October 26, 2012 at 11:26am

These days I often think how war isn't on the news.  It's much easier to continue a war (like Afghanistan) for over 10 years when no one Stateside is reminded it's going on.  The economy is hell, so the Army needs no draft; boys with no job opportunities join in droves.  And no one in America sees them on the network news, so it is forgotten they are there.

 

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