[Nfbmo] Fw: A little long, but a good thing to read.

Debbie Wunder debbiewunder at centurytel.net
Wed May 23 12:31:51 UTC 2012

Thanks Dan!
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Subject: Re: [Nfbmo] Fw: A little long, but a good thing to read.

> This post claims that the grandmother was born in  1952 and then goes
> through a list of things she didn't grow up with.    It's just not true.
>    I've seen this go around so many times that I can't  really let it go
> another time without clarifying it:
> television    television was invented in 1938 and made  significant 
> inroads
> into homes in the early 1950s.
> penicillin 'discovered' in  1928, it was purified and released in 1940 - 
> in
> common use in WWII
> polio  shots   Bogus - the early 50s were when polio shots were 
> introduced.
> frozen foods   mostly  true
> Xerox     True, though the electorstatic process was  known much earlier,
> but not in general use
> contact lenses     There were glass contacts available but they were
> expensive and painful -  true
> Frisbees    ...  ever heard of a  discus?
> the pill        True, not till the  60s though there were trials in the 
> 50s
> credit  cards      Diner's Card was introduced in the mid-50s,  as were
> department store cards
> laser beams or ...   true -  lasers were discovered in the early 60s
> ball-point  pens      Wrong - they were in use by the RAF in 1941  and 
> went
> on sale in 1945/  O ised the,om the 50s - they were given out as
> advetising gimmicks
> Man had not yet  invented:
> pantyhose         likely  true
> air conditioners     wrong - invented much earlier  but not in common use
> till the 50s in stores and homes much  later
> dishwashers   wrong again  they were available in  modern kitchens in the
> 50s
> clothes dryers    wrong again -  they were available in the 50s
> and the clothes were hung out to dry in the  fresh air and   - some still 
> do
> man hadn't yet walked on the  moon.   true  first moonwalk in 1969/
> Your Grandfather and  I got married first, and then lived together.
> undoubtedely true
> Every  family had a father and a mother.    except for those whose  father
> died in the war or the divorcees
> We were before  gay-rights,   Yes - it was perfectly okay to beat
> homosexuals up for any reason
> computer-dating,   True
> dual careers, ...   uh... ask Rosie the Riveter - a  lot of women never
> went back to the home after WWII
> daycare centers,    true
> and  group therapy.   No idea
> Our lives were governed by the Ten  Commandments, - as long as you were a
> Christian and/or believed in  God.  Plenty of atheists, agnostics as well 
> as
> Buddhist, Taoists,  Confusionists, Shintoists, Hindus and Muslims, not to
> mention Mormons. But no  Scientologists!
> good judgment,   ... hopefully
> and common  sense.   ... as long as  you agreed with the conventional
> wisdom.
> We were taught to know the difference between right and  wrong  ...  as
> people still are
> and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions ... except  for
> owning up to lynching,m segregation, spousal abuse and smearing the
> reputations of trade unionists during the anti-American hearings.
> Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger
> privilege.  True then, true now
> Draft dodgers were those who closed  front doors as the evening breeze
> started.   - completely untrue -  term had been in use since the civil 
> war.  And
> there indeed were  conscientious objectors on religious and moral grounds
> throughout WWI and  WWII   - Quakers and 7th Day Adventists as well as
> pacifists.
> condominiums.   Probably right - the idea still sounds  bizarre
> We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's,   true
> electric typewriters  ... nope, they began to emerge in the  later 50s
> yogurt,   ... unless you went to those strange and rare 'health  food'
> stores
> or guys wearing earrings.   - just pirates
> We listened to Big  Bands, Jack Benny  ... sorry this whole thing is about
> 10 years out of  date.  Jack Benny left the radio in the late 40s, though
> Big Bands are  still around.
> and the President's speeches on our radios... These began to be  carried
> on TV in the early 50s - they are still carried on radio
> And I don't  ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to
> Tommy Dorsey...
>    Lawrence Welk or Mantovani, perhaps....
> If  you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk.  True till
> the  70s - at least for cars
> The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your  school exam.   -
> nope it's an old term traceable to the 20s
> Pizza  Hut,   ... true
> McDonald's,    First McDonald's were in CA in the  mid=50s.  They were
> common by 1958
> and instant coffee were unheard of.  Nope - instant coffee was a  WWII
> spin-off
> We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy  things for 5 and 10
> cents   - true, and I miss them!
> nickel  Ice-cream cones,  True
> nickel phone calls,    True, but not for long
> rides on a streetcar,   Streetcars had disappeared from most  cities by
> 1958 - buses took over at the same time as the rise of car ownership  in 
> the
> early 50s
> and a Pepsi were all a nickel.   true
> And if you didn't  want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough
> stamps to mail 1 letter  and 2  postcards. - true, but email was *really*
> expensive!
> You  could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could afford one? 
> Okay,
> this is something out of the 40s!   Very out of date for the  50s
> Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon. - Actually, I saw it  cheaper
> in the 60s but true
> In my day:
> "grass" was mowed, - still  is
> "coke" was a cold drink,  - still is
> "pot" was something your  mother cooked in and  - still is
> "rock music" was your grandmother's  lullaby.   - Nope.  Rock music
> originated from the blues and  moved into white popular music in the early 
> 50s -
> see Carl Perkins and  Elvis Presley
> "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, - Yep - AIDS  didn't show 
> up
> until the mid '80s
> "chip" meant a piece of wood or ice that  the ice man brought, l- Pleas!!
> Icemen had disappeared in the30s!
> "hardware" was found in a hardware store and.   - still  is
> "software" wasn't even a word.     true
> And we  were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a
> husband to  have a baby...
> um...... she didn't actually need to have a *husband* then either..
> How old do you think she is?   Given the numerous anachronisms in  this
> post, she would have to have been born in the late 30s.   This  whole 
> thing is
> about 15 years out of date.  And I think I read it 20 years  ago and the
> lady was born in 1935
> I bet you have this old lady in mind. You are in for a  shock!    Nope
> to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same
> time.
> Scary no, sad, depends on how you remember the  50s.
> This woman would be only 59 years old, Born in 1952.
> THE YOUNG ONES WON'T BELIEVE IT     - I'm 62 and I  don't buy it either.
> I get that this is intended to exhibit  how the culture has changed, for
> the better and the worse in so many ways, but  it doesn't ring true for a 
> lot
> of people..   Human nature hasn't  changed at all.
>    And, aside from the anachronisms in the above list, it  may very well
> be true that this sweet young lady (I'm still older, damn it!) did  see 
> the
> world that way, then she was blessed.  And I guess I saw the world  that 
> way
> too.  Things change - but as always we depended on each other then  and we
> still do.
>      And someday, our grandkids will send  telepathic iMails about how
> they grew up before you could get 3D TV in the home,  that you could get 
> music
> from something called the web, there were only two  policial parties in 
> the
> US and there used to be something called winter, and  people only had one
> flying car per home.
> Dan
> Dan
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