Originally posted by OldCorp
I remember watching the first video that MTV ever played; back when MTV actually played videos.
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. Rather prophetic of them, I think.
In my day, we shopped at Sid Gordon's Grocery, Cark's Corner Store, and Thatcher's Drugs. There was no Wal-mart. Most of what you spent stayed in
Kids played outside all day, every day, weather permitting. Parents never had to worry about whether or not we would come home for supper.
Toys required no electricity, so we didn't need batteries, just a new string for our Duncan Butterfly.
Yo-yos are my last link to that time. I still play them every day.
Changing the channel on the TV with a pair of pliers because the knob broke off. (I'll bet I'm not the only one who remembers that)
Computer?!? What's that?
Lighters were made of steel or brass, and usually said "Zippo" on them.
You could literally beat someone to death with a telephone.
You had to really search for a "cheap plastic piece of crap".
Seeing something stamped "made in China" was a novelty.
Most people still believed newscasters and politicians.
If you got caught driving drunk, it was a 50/50 shot as to whether the cop followed you home to make sure you got there, or escorted you to a parking
lot where he took your keys and let you sleep it off for a few hours.
Music still had a melody. It's hard to whistle a rap or scream-o song.
Recording tech was vastly different. (I can still listen to and record
cassete, 8-track, and reel-to-reel. I even have a handful of blank
8-track tapes to record on).
Sound equipment had tubes, and sounded rich and warm. (How many remember tube testers?)
I had hair (lots of it) and weighed less.
Everything was heavy
. Stuff was made of wood and steel, of good quality. (you could make 6 Toyotas out of 1 '63 Impala)
The one that hits me hardest these days- I could talk to my Mother. It's been almost a year now, and I miss her more than I miss being 8 years old.