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Black and White TV

by longgone
posted 12-17-2011 05:17 PM

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 05:41 PM

Twas a simpler time. Wish we could turn back some of it. While not all change is bad, there are many aspects of the world we live in today that I do not consider progress.
BTW-we went over to our neighbors house (more well off than we were) to watch “The Wizard of Oz” because they had a color tv and we didn’t. We were confused and mad when it started in B&W, only to be amazed when Dorothy landed in Oz.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 06:34 PM

Not only a simpler time, but less expensive. Mom and Dad let us ride our bikes miles out in the country to
swim in the river and creeks, fish, catch snapping and painted turtles, only to release them because we did
not know how to make turtle soup, but we did know how to roast a pheasant over a small fire because
we were hungry, doesn’t everyone carry salt and pepper in their hunting jacket. Jacklighting meant hunting
jackrabbits with a spotlight in the winter instead of complaining there was nothing to do weekend nights,
unless there happened to be a dance at one of the township (also called grange) halls within 30 miles. We
were just so deprived, we did not even have the sense to know it. Must remember to show my great
grandson how to make a slingshot out of surgical tubing and plywood, much faster and better than a
tree branch and tire inner tubes, which do not seem to exist anymore.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 07:32 PM

Fun was taking off Saturday morning, after chores were done, to go play in the woods with a bunch of buddies. We’d play army, hide and seek, king of the hill, etc. At lunch we would get some squirrels, grouse or fish and cook them over a little campfire we made from our training in Boy Scouts. When lunch was over we made sure our campfire was completely put out and we would go back to playing. When it started getting dark, we would all get together and plan our next outing Sunday after chores and Church then we would go back out and have fun again. We had 1 black and white TV channel from 4:30pm until 10pm. There was always a 1.5 hour block for news. Then there was Lawrence Welk for an hour. Didn’t leave much time for kids programming. Oh well, we didn’t even care because we were getting our homework done or planning our next outing in the woods.

In the winter we would turn our local playground into a skating rink and all the kids and their parents would have a blast ice skating. No parents ever thought about filing a lawsuit because some bratty kids had turned the playground (covered in snow) into a skating rink making it impossible for their kids to play on the swings…..

In fall a bunch of us would take our BB guns and 22’s and go the local landfill and practice shooting. No one was ever injured because we knew how to handle firearms safely.

I miss those days a lot. Now if the computer, TV or video games aren’t working kids might as well stay in bed. It’s not worth it to them to get up…. :-(

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 08:35 PM

What a change in such a short time. My kid squakes like a seagul if he has to do anything other than electronics. In the day I can recal riding bike to a swimming hole who knows where it is now. Fighting on the big piles of dirt and riding down them on my bike. One that’s been missed so far riding in the back of a pickup truck in the city. It’s no child endangerment.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#5 posted 12-17-2011 09:30 PM

I recall going to my grandparents farm in the summer where the only water was a hand pump outside the kitchen door and waste was eliminated in an outhouse.

I recall walking a mile and a half to school each day (no, it wasn’t up hill each way) regardless of the weather.

I recall walking right through the middle of downtown with my shotgun over my shoulder to get to the other side of town where the best hunting was.

I recall going to school each day from about first grade on with my pocket knife right where it belonged, in my pocket just like nearly every other boy in school and at recess and lunch, using that knife to play mumbly peg or stretch or to do a little whittling

I recall picking strawberrys for spending money (and eating nearly as much as I turned in LOL) and delivering papers and picking up pop and beer bottles (at 2 cents per back then) and baling hay, boy do I remember baling hay.

I recall using appliance boxes from behind the Western Auto store as my B-17 bomber and my Sherman tank.

I do not recall my parents ever driving me to a “play date” or to ball practice or to the movies or to school or anywhere else for that matter unless they were dragging me somewhere that they wanted to go (and I usually did not). Shanks Mare and or my bike were my modes of transportaion and somehow or another I managed to get around just fine.

I think back on these fine, fine memories and many more that I could have recounted and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if any of todays youngsters read this post that they will feel intirely justified in calling me a Bald Faced Liar. ;^)

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 10:07 PM

Men were men and women were women – and you could tell the difference by glancing at them. Nowadays, with all of the bling and earrings, it’s sometimes hard to tell at a glance. Of course this did not always apply during the 60s.

Boys would settle their differences with the fists, then go for a soda after the big fight. Not even a thought of a gun or knife.

Aw, the good old days – thanks for bringing back the memories Greg.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 12-18-2011 01:20 AM

Yep there were good things, new things, comic books, and penny candy. Father Knows Best, And Donna Reed was the ideal. My mom liked “IKE”, Kennedy was Camealot?

But there was no LJ’s? And Donna Reed was not very nice in real life. And we were kept in ignorance? Except when Uncle Walter Cronchite said what he thought on the evening news?

I’m from Chicago, and we settled differences with knives and chains?

There are many things that are really nuts today. And kids require more protction. But we just sent a 2000 pound rover to mars. :)

Hey I built vacuum tube amplifiers and designed and built my own speaker cabinets.

for some these are “the good old days?” for others not so?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 12-18-2011 02:00 AM

Dodge ball … smear the queer (no offence but thats what it was called even by the teachers) doing recess … getting supeneded from school meant staying in a room all day doing nothing but work with no interaction with the other kids … the principal had a paddle with holes in it hanging on the wall for thoose exceptionaly bad days .. herpes was the worse thing you thought about catching … the local cops gave you the worse sentence possible .. they brought you home to maa and pop …

The funny thing was today at work i was talking to a bunch of the younger about the ways things used to be and the spent most of the time laughing and trying to call BS … ahhh the youths these day will just never understand ….

PS … dont forget about ringer washing machines …. my fingers still ache thinking about them ..

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#9 posted 12-18-2011 03:41 AM

Ditto to all of the above. The “way it was” was traditional family values, sound work ethics, being a decent human being, not doing to others that we don’t want done to us and being thankful for our blessings big and small. May God bless you all abundantly. LittlePAW

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 12-18-2011 05:46 AM

Damn Greg, It sounds like you grew up at the ranch with me! You could be the brother my folks never told me about! You left out the part about having to chop enough wood for the day before you could have breakfast.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 12-18-2011 06:45 AM

I often wonder what future generations will have as good memories growing up. It definitely will not be the same as we those of us who are 60+. Will Nintendo, video games, computers and TV…just to mention a few…be their source of “the good old days”?

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#12 posted 12-18-2011 06:57 AM

Yup all so true,I remember that each kid in the neighborhood had a different whistle his mom would blow to call us home for supper.We all knew our call. On the ranch if it had four legs and fur we would try to ride it! 50+ years later some of the falls(which were really funny) still hurt. Everybody laughed,and generally nobody got hurt. They were great times and sadly young people will never know how great they were.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#13 posted 12-18-2011 05:44 PM

Those that survive will have their nastalgia (sp?) It is my hope that visual stimulation such as video games will not take away creativity?

My dad said that he didn’t envy me for the world I have to grow up in. Yet here we are?

LOL I am seeing a kid who loves to play with hands on toys while his parents are lost on their smart phones. Oh yea, my wife is 15 years younger than me. I’m reading my wood working books in bed, and she has her “kindal (sp?)” She has her childhood memories relating to tv and they are different than mine. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 12-18-2011 06:50 PM

I have a grandson that likes video games, but he also can outshoot his grandfather at archery on the
targets him and his dad have just out beyond the garage. Next summer we will find out if he can shoot
better at gophers with my Ruger mini-14 with a sniper scope. You should have seen his eyes when the
bull elk his father called in during archery season streched out his neck and bugled from 15 yards and I
thought shirt buttons were going to pop when he and his father held the bulls head up, one on each
antler for the picture. Do not know if he will get into wood working, but he is definitely hooked on
hunting. My youngest son, in the background on my picture finished 5 years in the Marines with tours
in Iraq & Afghanistan and also likes video games and hunting. If we do not help create the right memories,
it is not their fault.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 12-20-2011 08:30 PM

Regarding B&W TV, I actually repaired the damned things.

Every generation venerates their past and laments the state of the current world. That’s human nature. Don’t worry, today’s youngsters will be lamenting their “simpler world” in years to come. As the Who said, the kids are alright.

Oh, one more thing: today’s music is awful.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#16 posted 12-21-2011 05:01 AM

1960 +/- was the apex of humanity ;-)) at least in rural America

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#17 posted 12-21-2011 06:33 AM

cr1…I believe alot of the so called modern advances are necessary for those who grow up and are immersed and dependent on the world of today’s dependency that was not around years ago. I am not sure of others, but my grandparents lived to be 98 and 99 and my Mom and Dad both lived to 93. As far as I remember they all had their teeth and never used blood pressure meds, cholesterol medications or anti biotics. I am 64 and never have any medications and have all teeth with never a cavity.

During a Thanksgiving get-together I watched a teenager go into a panic attack just because he did not have his cell phone that he forgot and the added agony of his parents telling him he could not use the computer at a relatives house….the pure agony of one day without technology

gfadvm…Sounds like you live a good enjoyable life.

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#18 posted 12-21-2011 09:16 AM

As the world exceeds carrying capacity, we would be better off if half were dead!! It will be over 9 billion by 2050 if it lasts that long.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#19 posted 12-21-2011 09:38 AM

Some of us mid 30s remember some of that to. Just not all of that, because people are not all homologous and didn’t all grow up in the same situations. Sorry.

But we climbed trees and played war games in the woods with toy guns that didn’t have orange thingies on the end…

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#20 posted 12-21-2011 06:02 PM

TCCabinetmaker…I know what you mean. Where I live most, but not all of the teenage kids want pickup trucks as their first vehicle and they climb trees and go hunting and fishing. It is nice to hear gunshots being fired and knowing it is not drug dealers and criminals doing the shooting.

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#21 posted 12-22-2011 06:39 AM

When I was in school most of the kids had a gun with them during hunting season ;-)) WE sold ammo as a fund raiser!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#22 posted 12-22-2011 03:50 PM

Greg & Topo, you make me want to get a good Lab, the ducks and geese are only a 20 minute walk down
to the river, but with all the islands I need a good dog to get the birds after I shoot them, the only weird
looks I would get from the neighbors would be if I did not have hunters orange on to go with my shotgun
since we have a late deer season on the river.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#23 posted 12-22-2011 05:34 PM

Guess their ain’t no other city boys on this thread? I was both geek and bad boy. Had to be? Where I lived. Great caring parents as most of my friends had. Played tackle football in the street in front of the house in fall and put baseballs through niegbors widows in summer.

I won science fairs building electronic equipment in the basement out of vacuum tubes! And we fought w/ knives and chains! Went to Iron Mountain Michigan for 3 weeks in summer to see my uncle. Hunter, fisherman, guide, who built his cabins himself.

Worked as a prison pdsychologist in a rural state. Damn, same problems as us city boys!

Where would we be w/out this technology? Hey Greg! whee would you be without those grinders? LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#24 posted 12-23-2011 04:13 AM

Oh the good old days when life was simpler. It is too bad that technology is not only used for good things. There have been a lot of improvements to better mankind, but some of the side effects of our technological advances are detrimental to mankind and I think a lot of it is known and just not disclosed.

People have lost common sense and respect for others and others’ property.
When I was a kid , we’d be gone all day at the age of 10( 1956) and show up at home for supper. We did not have predators lurking around that my mom had to worry about. We rafted up and down the river, had bb gun wars in a warehouse full of giant valves at the water works and had bottle rocket wars across the gravel pit. We walked the streets and tracks carrying a shotgun to hunt rabbits .
I lived in between the tracks- freight trains went by in front and passenger trains went to town behind us. They often left box cars parked in front of the house. Some times we’d raid the cabooses in the train yards and took flares and railroad torpedoes. Once I had a torpedo strapped to the tracks in front of a parked box car. I climbed on top of the car with as many bricks as I could carry. Then I dropped them one by one on the tracks until I hit the torpedo. It blew up and shot the brick up right past my head. I guess my number wasn’t up yet because it missed me. Those torpedoes were about 1/8 stick of dynamite and used as a signal for the train to stop. They were dangerous but they sure were fun!!

Kids just don’t have that kind of fun today!!

I could write a book on the fun we had and it did not cost any money and it was not planned by adults.
What a change for kids now a days. I’m sure glad I lived when I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#25 posted 12-23-2011 11:33 PM

I’m sure glad I didn’t have any written instructions on how to ride a bike – that included instructions of how to sue the bike company when I fell off!

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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