You think it was bad to have just 5-6 channels and cartoons only on saturdays? Well, I'm from south Sweden and slightly over 50. We only had one
black and white channel (technically 2 as we could tune in the one only danish channel as well) and cartoons every... uhhh... like every christmas or
Ok, I have to admit I remember Flintstones was pretty popular back then so some shows must have been on more regularly than that but
they were few. In the 70's most animated childrens stuff was from behind the iron-curtain and with the exception of the yugoslavian cartoon Professor
Balthazar they all bored you to tears.
In 1969 we got a second stately financed tv-channel so for the next 18 years we had actually 3 tv-channels, counting the danish one too. So around
1987 we got cable and satellite-tv which for the first time introduced to us commercial channels. So up to that I had never experienced those annoying
commercial breaks within shows and between shows. Something I'm kinda immensively grateful for because I really hate that shyte!
of growing up with tv during that time, was that they actually made good and foremost intelligent programmes as well. There was often interesting
documentaries and quiz-shows that wasn't all stupid but you could also learn something from them. There was no such thing as reality shows back then.
They didn't appear until the mid-90's.
We didn't have commercial radio back then. We had three swedish and three danish channels. The first was always for talk-radio, the second mostly for
classical music and jazz and the third for popular music. All the popular artists were released here. We were not behind the iron-curtain after all
and i'm very grateful for that. So I have grown up with the same artists as most of you plus the local swedish and danish ones. My parents gave me
five kroner a day, so when I was in my teens I could save for a week and buy an LP.
Once I had learned to read, one thing I learned to appreciate was comic books. Since we're a small country we didn't have as many of them as in US
but it didn't matter. I enjoyed those we had and they were more back then than they have today. Today only a few comic books are released and they
all suck. I guess that games, gadgets and tech-stuff has killed that market. But I enjoyed the swedish editions of Superman, Batman, Spiderman and
many more. I think it is sad. Seems like todays children has forgot to read because of all gadgets and games.
When I was a kid, games meant board-games or card-games, nothing else. First time I played Pong must have been like 76-77 on the ferry to Copenhagen.
No way you owned games like that back then. It was arcades only. My first machine was made by a swedish company named Luxor and actually had
cartridges although it was as early as 78-79 but the graphics were as simple as Pong though. Early 80's those pre-Game Boy games came out, like
Donkey Kong and such but it was just one game and the same screen all along.
Another thing I remember from my childhood was a game we called jumping and could only be practiced during winter as it was about jumping from one
ice-chunk to another. Anyone else remember that? I guess today that would be deemed as highly dangerous, which probably sometimes was but children
seldom listen to grown-ups anyway. I actually slipped a couple of times and fell in. luckily in shallow waters but it wasn't too amusing to wander
all the way home soaking wet up to my chest in the middle of winter.
But the most important thing to remember, we played on our own. We took
initiatives. Sometimes we were bored to tears but in hind-sight I think that was a good thing because todays kids crave constant attention and
entertainment. And we have seen what that leads to. When the power goes out, they get paralyzed not knowing what to do.
One strange thing I remember from the 60's was popcorn with flavors of fruit and berries, like lemon and strawberries. You might wonder why we don't
have these today. Don't! I've always wondered who the brainiac behind that smart idea was.