Old Fogeys

@bbjwlsn (263)
United States
July 25, 2008 7:59pm CST
I was wondering how many other old fogeys are out there, besides me. Here are some things that I think would make you an old fogey. Do you remember what you were doing the day J.F. Kennedy was assassinated? How about the day Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon? '57 Chevys when they were "everyday" transportation, not classic cars? The Ford Falcon? Black and white TV? Popcorn was popped by shaking it in a pan on top of the stove, not in the microwave? $2.00 would fill your gas tank (from almost empty)? These are a few memories I have from my younger years. Now that I am in what are supposedly my golden years, I'm just not finding as much that I want to remember. How about the rest of you old fogeys. Won't you please share your good old memories with us? I'm sure it will bring back some more fond memories for a lot of us. Thank you.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
i was in 6th grade when john f kennedy was assasinated. we still shake popcorn often. don't remember the cars or gas prices. we had black and white tv long after color came out. i never thot we'd get a color tv. i remember jingle jump. you wore a hoop around your ankle and jumped swinging a bell on a cord around jumping over it. if you missed it hurt really bad. we had toys that hurt. LOL. i liked snakes on the 4th of july. my mom remembers holding a roman candle in her hand as a child.
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@bbjwlsn (263)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Hi green, thanks for responding. You must be about 54-55 yrs. old, right? I was in the 8th grade. I remember I was in the library when they came over the loudspeaker and announced it. It was such a shock! Yes, we had black and white TV until sometime in the '70s. Then dad broke down and bought a color TV. LOL I remember that jingle jump thingie. I was too old to play with it, but I remember it. Yes, I liked snakes also. I can remember watching roman candles, but never held one.
• United States
26 Jul 08
you were very close i'm 53. and the same with us. i didn't get a color tv until the 70's. living with black and white whenever we were in a store and saw the color tv on i was mesmerized. and wasn't it funny when the announcer would say this program is brought to you in living color. like you had to be told if you have a color tv and if you didn't what good was it? also did you experience the test they ran during rat patrol when tv was still black and white. on a commercial they used a chemical so that an object came thru in color. i was blown away by that. and i wondered why they didn't do it all the time.
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• United States
11 Oct 09
A year old thread...hopefully someone (greenglitterturtle, possibly) will see this. I have a question. I'm trying to find out more information about the commercial that ran on B&W televisions that allowed you to see color. I'm to young to have seen it, but I'm interested in finding out more about it. I've searched the internet and this is about the only thing I can find that remotely points me in the right direction. Do you remember anything more about that, Turtle? Any info is greatly appreciated.
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
26 Jul 08
How about the twist, the Platters, American Bandstand, Elvis Presley, The movie Physico, Sock Hops, Drive-In movies, Lawrence Welk, The day Bobby Kennedy was shot and Martin Luther King, Soda Shops, Original movie King Kong, Petticoats, How we would get dressed up in all the new clothes our mom would get us for Easter and we would go down town and walk around so everyone could see us, riding our bikes in the rain, didn't worry about severe thunderstorms or tornados,the Roadrunner car, usually it was purple. Always have Thanksgiving at Grandmas's house, every year our dad would take us on vacation to see our grandma in Tennessee. Sputnick, wasn't it the russians that was first in space. 45 rpm records. Hoola Hoops. Now we live with weather radios, it cost nearly a $100. to fill the gas tank, there are hurricanes and floods, just don't seem the same any more. Not to many good memories to look back on in our golden years is there?
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@bbjwlsn (263)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Oh, thank you, bd. You have brought back some beautiful memories for me. I remember all these things you mention. Bobby Rydell, Del Shannon, Frankie Avalon, Dion and the Belmonts, Paul Anka (Put Your Head On My Shoulder.....). Oh, to be able to go back and live those days again! And, to know what I know now. LOL Thank you so much for taking me back 50 yrs. to my happy childhood, which I thought anything but happy then. If only I would have known what the future held for me, I would have held onto that childhood as long as I could.
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
28 Jul 08
yes you are right oh what we thought we knew back then, I would give all I got to go back and redo, I still play those songs and we made cd for my grand daughter of all the songs that was aroung when her mother was growing up, the really intelligent one's like Purple People eater, Don't mess with my Ding A Ling, Along Came Jones, she said what stupid songs the was, and they think we like the Rap! I remember going to my grandmother's every Sunday for dinner and playing with my cousins that was there, now they are scattered all over and I never see them. I remember the fight when my father sent my mother to town to trade off the car for a 50 something and she came home with a new 57 Chevey, she fell in love with it. i remember getting in grandpa's garden all us kids and throwing the tomatoes at each other, boy did we get it for that. And grandma ringing the chickens necks and throwing them in the yard and they would flog around, we thought it was so funny. Clothes was hung out on the line. And well water, god to just have one drink today, not this bottled stuff. Oh to go back and be a kid again.
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