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Old 12-30-21, 03:34 PM
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I turn 42 in February. I’ll only be 7 years younger than Wilford Brimley was in Cocoon.
Brimley looked septuagenarian for most of his life.
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A criticism I have of 90s nostalgia is that for me it seems the 90s never went away. It takes a bit of work to find things from the 70s and even more work for earlier than that- VCRs were out by 1976 but quite expensive, so TV recordings from then are rare but the ones that exist are cherished. By the late 80s it seems everyone had a VCR so you can at least find some trace of commercials and shows from then and later (TV became an unwatchable mess by the end of the 90s anyways). Just about every movie made since 1985 has been available on video also, so there are fewer "lost" movies from recent decades. Again, the most valuable "artifacts" from that era will be archives of early websites.
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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee View Post
A criticism I have of 90s nostalgia is that for me it seems the 90s never went away. It takes a bit of work to find things from the 70s and even more work for earlier than that- VCRs were out by 1976 but quite expensive, so TV recordings from then are rare but the ones that exist are cherished. By the late 80s it seems everyone had a VCR so you can at least find some trace of commercials and shows from then and later (TV became an unwatchable mess by the end of the 90s anyways). Just about every movie made since 1985 has been available on video also, so there are fewer "lost" movies from recent decades. Again, the most valuable "artifacts" from that era will be archives of early websites.
There is more to life than physical media. The 90s will be remembered for a lot of things, the least of which is what was recorded off of TV.
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Old 12-30-21, 04:44 PM
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Several of us were alive at the time of the first moon landing.
I was alive during that, and when the Beatles were still together. Not that I remember, I was a baby at the time.

And yeah, the amount of time between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace being shorter than the period between The Phantom Menace and now just fucks with my brain.
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Old 12-30-21, 05:32 PM
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Alvin Toffler worried about that in Future Shock, published in 1970. I've lived a complete life since then, and information overload never bothered me. For someone who grew up in the 1930s, the 1960s seemed scary. But I was well-adapted to the environment.

I'd bet that kids born in the 2010s will be doing fine over the next twenty years. They'll probably know how not to be manipulated by Facebook, just as we knew how to withstand the techniques used by television ads.
You aren’t in your late 70s … are you?

Who is our oldest and youngest members here? I know I’m up there with some of the ones who have bee here the longest, but I figure my age is somewhere around the middle of the pack (46).

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My favorite things that leave younger people asking “How damned old are you?” are …

… I saw Pete Rose play in person.
​​​​​​…. I watched the first Wrestlemania live.
​​​​​​…. I learned to type on a typewriter.
​​​​​​…. I had a pen pal that I had to actually write letters to.
​​​​​​…. my first job paid $4.15/hour.
​​​​​​…. I remember buying cigarettes for my friend’s mom with a note from her.
​​​​​​…. I had 8-tracks, albums, and cassettes.​​​
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Re: This thread will make you feel OLD

I remember when if you didn't know the answer to something you had to get lucky that it was somewhere in your 26 volume encyclopedia set or you had to start calling people who may know. No luck there then the library (microfiche).
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Originally Posted by General Zod View Post
I remember when if you didn't know the answer to something you had to get lucky that it was somewhere in your 26 volume encyclopedia set or you had to start calling people who may know. No luck there then the library (microfiche).
I remember talking with friends about movies and not knowing the name of a certain movie. Then…you just left without getting the answer. Maybe you’d luck out and in the next few days someone would suddenly remember it. If you weren’t lucky, you’d never get closure on that conversation.
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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee View Post
VCRs were out by 1976 but quite expensive, so TV recordings from then are rare but the ones that exist are cherished.
By only one person.
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You aren’t in your late 70s … are you?

Who is our oldest and youngest members here? I know I’m up there with some of the ones who have been here the longest, but I figure my age is somewhere around the middle of the pack (46).
I'll be 63 in February. I was born before Ringo Starr met the Beatles. Richard Nixon was the Vice-President. Ford was still making the Edsel. Get off my lawn!
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Old 12-30-21, 06:06 PM
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I'm 47 years old. I have seen a lot. But there's still so much more to go and I know I won't see as much of it as I'd like. I can only encourage my kid to go forward and see all those things I missed.
A very interesting perspective, almost the opposite of mine, If I had a 14-year-old kid, I'd be sorry that she *wouldn't* have been able to experience what I experienced in the totally different Universe that was the 1960s and 1970s. Those times can never be re-experienced again, that simpler life when technology didn't rule us all and pervade our lives. I'd be very sorry my kid couldn't have experienced the simpler, more open world in which I grew up

And, BTW: I remember the Moon Landing, It was epic, the sense of "being together" as a Nation was at a peak, in spite of the Viet Nam war's raging unpopularity. I was (barely!) alive during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the cheapest I remember gas was 29 cents a gallon. Before it shot up to 49 cents a gallon during the 1973-74 Embargo. Man, for those days! Flying cars were being talked about, and "driving an electric" was a thing old people remembered doing at the San Francisco World's Exposition of 1940 (including my grandmother) -- and on golf courses. Disneyland was still a Magical place, inexpensive, and the spirt of Walt pervaded everything. New single-story ranch-style tract Homes on 1/4 acre in the "wide-open suburbs" could be purchased for $19,000.
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Daniel-San (Ralph Macchio) just turned 60 last month.
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I turned 48 this year.

I remember when a slice of pizza was 99 cents

Video rentals were 49 cents on special days and 99 cents regular

I made $4.25 an hour in college

I remember gas being as cheap as 99 cents when I was in college 29 years ago.

I remember when Music video countdown shows were actually a thing and Richard Blade hosted a daily countdown show

And I watched Solid Gold and Dance Fever

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Re: This thread will make you feel OLD

I have DVDs in my media case older than two of my medical assistants.
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Old 12-30-21, 07:01 PM
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why are we doing this to ourselves?
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I have DVDs in my media case older than two of my medical assistants.
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why are we doing this to ourselves?
To remind ourselves we are still alive.
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We're 22 years past the time that Space 1999 tv series took place.
Every September 13 I say a prayer, not only for the billions we lost during all the tectonic upheaval of that fateful week, but also for the 311 Alphans who surely perished in that horrific accident.

I still miss tides.

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My DVDTalk account is old enough to drink.
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I worked in a convenience store in 1982 and I remember giving change back from a dollar when someone bought a pack of Marlboro.
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I think the oldest person on the forum is now OldDude. He's got to be over 75 by now. Classicman has passed away and Movielib is gone.
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I remember the McDonald's commercial where you got change back from a dollar when you bought two hamburgers, french fries, and a Coke.
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The big “you’re getting old” realization for me is when I’m watching sports.

I grew up idolizing some of these athletes, now there’s only a handful playing who are older than I am.

Some of the guys I used to watch now have kids in the leagues.

There’s guys I got autographs of while they were playing in the minor leagues who are now in the hall of fame.
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My favorite things that leave younger people asking “How damned old are you?” are …

… I saw Pete Rose play in person.
​​​​​​…. I watched the first Wrestlemania live.
​​​​​​…. I learned to type on a typewriter.
​​​​​​…. I had a pen pal that I had to actually write letters to.
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​​​​​​…. I remember buying cigarettes for my friend’s mom with a note from her.
​​​​​​…. I had 8-tracks, albums, and cassettes.​​​
All you really have to do is talk about the early days of the internet.

Newgroups, IRC, no social media, AOL Hometown, geocities, dialup, no e-commerce, “porn” was spending forty five minutes to download a single photo only to find out it was one you already downloaded three weeks earlier.
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