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Old 01-18-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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This applies to Grandma also!!!!
How old is Grandpa?

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandpa replied, 'Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:

' television

' penicillin

' polio shots

' frozen foods

' Xerox

' contact lenses

' Frisbees and

' the pill

There was no:

' radar

' credit cards

' laser beams or

' ball-point pens

Man had not invented:

' pantyhose

' air conditioners

' dishwashers

' clothes dryers !

' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and

' man hadn't yet walked on the moon


Your Grandmother and I got married first, . and then lived together.

Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, 'Sir'.
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, 'Sir.'

We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense..

We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.

And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, ride on a bus, and a Coke were all a nickel.

And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, . . . but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:

' 'grass' was mowed,

' 'coke' was a cold drink,

' 'pot' was something your mother cooked in and

' 'rock music' was your grandmother's lullaby.

' 'Aids' were helpers in the Principal's office,

' ' chip' meant a piece of wood,

' 'hardware' was found in a hardware store and

' 'software' wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us 'old and confused' and say there is a generation gap.. and how old do you think I am?

I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.


This man would be only 58 years old!
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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Interesting and fun, but not completely accurate. Penicillin and RADAR are definitely wrong. Don't know about others.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:43 PM   #3
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Air conditioning was in use (even in cars) by the late 30's.

TV debuted at the 1939 Worlds' Fair.

Radar was one of the inventions which helped the Allies win WWII (1942 debut).

Grandpa would be, by my calculation, more like 72.
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I agree, also I don't recall any 11 cent gasoline when I was in high school. And a Chevy coupe for 600 bucks in 1950, I don't think so, unless buying one used.


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I am a few years over 58, and when I got married in 1969, gasoline was 19 to 21 cent/gallon...I don't remember 11 cents.

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I agree with all said, the cheapest gas I remember was during a "GAS WAR" at 16 cents a gallon. Anyone remember what a gas war is?
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I had a friend here in FL that owned a Texaco gas station in Boston during the 1930's depression. He past away last year at the age of 93.

I asked him what was the least he had ever sold gas for. He told me 12 gallons for $1. That's 8 cents a gallon. He also told me he made money at that price.

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I remember a neighber lady having an FM radio antenna installed in the 40's. Back then they used a TV type antenna in the fringe areas. IBM was also making electric typewriters by then. My uncle bought a 50 Ford 4 door for $800 new in 1950.

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Guess my dad got took then, cause he paid over 1600 for a new 50 Chevrolet 4 door. I was a deluxe model as I recall


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Im 55 and when I started driving I paid .25 a gal. I know I was born before Frisbees, the pill, contact lens, laser beams, ballpoint pens, dish washers I believe, and I was a kid on a fishing trip when the men walked on the moon.
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i think McDonalds regular hamburgers were 15 cents,
they might have even been a few cents less then that, i don't remember,
and like 500,000 had been sold, not like the 50 Trillion today !!
i don't even think they have those regular burgers anymore
i liked those little ones
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