[Nfbmo] Fw: A little long, but a good thing to read.
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Wed May 23 12:31:51 UTC 2012
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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
> into homes in the early 1950s.
> penicillin 'discovered' in 1928, it was purified and released in 1940 -
> common use in WWII
> polio shots Bogus - the early 50s were when polio shots were
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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'
> 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
> 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
> 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*
> You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could afford one?
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> world that way, then she was blessed. And I guess I saw the world that
> 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
> from something called the web, there were only two policial parties in
> US and there used to be something called winter, and people only had one
> flying car per home.
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