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Posted on Popular Mechanics Article - Americans losing DIY skills

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 03:24 PM

Thanks for posting.
A good read.
And, I can relate on a very personal level, that this trend has been present since nearly 50 years ago.
When I was in middle school in the 1950s I used to get into the archives in the back of the library to find books about building boats and carts and steam engines and such. I loved this stuff. But I was the only person in there.

I still have old copies of Mechanics Illustrated and Popular Mechanics from the 40s and 50s and I still re-read them occasionally.

My kids share my interest in these things, but we are far from the mainstream, and getting farther away every year it seams.

About all the new magazines want to do is create a lot of fantasy with computer generated graphics. It’s sad, because the real thing is just as interesting, if not as flashy.

Reminds me of what a real cowboy once said about the “Urban Cowboy” types.
He said, “If you ask me, they’re all hat and no rope”.

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