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If you're old enough, where were YOU 50 years ago today?

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July 16, 1969; Apollo 11 moon launch took off.
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I was 14, very interested in the space program. Pretty sure I watched the launch, but can't remember precisely.
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Oakland/Alemeda Army/Navy Hospital. TVs were only in the dayrooms. I couldn't get out of bed.
I was in Vancouver B.C. sitting on the couch with my Grandfather watching the launch on an old RCA black and white T.V.
It was quite a deal. I remember us smacking the old Zenith for a better picture. That's funny because the younger people don't know why you would do it or how effective it could be. I won't even begin talking about walking around a room with an old metal coathanger. :) Lord, those were good days!
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I am old enough to remember being the remote control for my parents!
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All of us were huddled around the TV in my moms room. The “big” TV broke right before that day. I think it was a rainy day but who knows. I was 11.
We were home with our first child, in Glenolden, PA. The actual moon landing was the day of her Christening, so a lot of people were watching it on our TV.
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I was onboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp out on the Big Pond watching in the library.
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High school thinking about T&A
Trigonometry & algebra?
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Anderson AFB, Guam. Caring for and "feeding" a B-52D as a maintenance crew chief. We lost two B-52's that summer, one immediately on lift-off and the other about 30 seconds after lifting off. No survivors, 12 crewmen lost.

We had AFRTS radio broadcasts, but television was scarce on base as I recall. Didn't hear or see anything due to "work schedule".

Read about it later in the Stars & Stripes newspaper, in the BX Cafeteria.
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I was 13. In school, our teacher set up a TV so we could watch the launch.
I read someone compare the launch to watching Columbus set sail for the New World
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At George AFB in kaliforina watching the moon landing on TV and using a telescope to see if we could see it.
Didn't get electricity to my Grandmothers house until 1964 because the Power Company said it would take too many poles to get to the house 1/2 mile off the dirt road. Senator had to get it done for her. Listen to the Radio but didn't have a TV.

Paul Harvey broadcasted “If I Were The
Quote: 1963ss posted this , but its well worth reposting

"In 1965, Paul Harvey broadcasted “If I Were The Devil.” I am posting the
transcript of this on Fresh Manna Today. It is really amazing to realize over 47
years ago how accurately he “prophesied” the future spiritual condition of the
United States. Many of his statements were considered ridiculously outlandish at
that time in history. Yet, we find ourselves today…

If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the
whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of it’s real estate, and four-fifths of
its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the
tree — Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States.
I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the
wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you

“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at
war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn
was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media
fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young
intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before
you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every
schoolhouse door.

“If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted
until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I could get
whole states to promote gambling as thee way to get rich? I would caution against
extremes and hard work, in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the
young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see
on the TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could
lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I
were the devil I’d just keep right on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good

And if you are lucky enough to be this old.

1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank
while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered
with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,
and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight.

Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.
--And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill,
only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones,
no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.

and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and
-although we were told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn
to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.
The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of those born between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?


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I just had moved from New York to South Florida and I was looking for a job. Leaving New York, best decision I ever made.
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I think that I was watching the moon landing with my family, but that was a long time ago, so I am not sure. But it was all of the news for a solid week after.
I just had moved from New York to South Florida and I was looking for a job. Leaving New York, best decision I ever made.
I did that in 74 to go to college; rarely went back at all, and when I did, it was because my parents still lived for a while until my dad retired from the NYPD
1969... oh that was a year...
Janis Joplin was still alive...
I was 9 years old. Lived in Houston, next to NASA. Father worked there.
Had to see everything space. Had to. Got up in middle of the night to watch several things in space/moon. I checked...everyone's lights were on in their houses in middle of the night.
Crazy time... couldn't believe all going on... it was nuts...
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