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Talkin' Bout my Generation

This was a poll that I saw today on the USA Today website!!  It's asking questions about things that happened that defined your generation!!  There's some questions on there that are going to take some heavy duty thinking about for me to remember back that far!! 

But ... in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to bend y'all's minds as well .... no need to suffer by myself!   If you want to participate in the online poll, the LINK IS HERE.  But, here are the questions they are asking. How well do you remember the things that shaped your childhood/teen-aged years? 

What was the first news event you remember?


What song makes you think of your teenage years?


What was the first political event you remember?


What was the toy you remember most from your childhood?


What do you remember from your parents' generation?


When you were a teenager, what was the car that everybody wanted?


What movie do you most remember seeing as a teenager?


Who was the athlete or team that everyone talked about?


What was the TV show that you never missed?


Confess – what did you wear when you were a teenager that you would never wear now?
 
 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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1. News event? - Barely watched the news and/or kept up.  I had no TV control.


2. Too many to name.......Parliament's "Flashlight", Bootsy's Rubber Band's "Bootzilla", LTD's "Back In Love Again, Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks" & "Christmas Rappin, James Brown's "Nature" Rick James's SOS Band's "Take You're Time, Do It Right", "You and I", Funkadelic's "One Nation" & "Knee Deep", Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell" Mandrill's "Fencewalk" & Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa". Richard Pryor, Dolemite & Wildman Steve party albums.


3. Political Event? - The same as the News event - none.  Besides, it was all about watching and playing football, baseball, softball & basketball year round playing neighborhood Vs neighborhood. Besides, YOU HAD NO CONTROL OF WHAT YOU WATCHED ON TV and if the parents don't do politics or very little news, then you don't do politics or news.



4. Workin' on the farm in the hot azz tobacco fields since age 10 during the summer months every summer until I graduated from high school. Playing on the football team (in two years, we won 3 games but hurt an opposing player every game, several ambulances included), My cousins from the city who spent the summer down South who hted the tobacco fields and we picked on, teased & beat up daily. My first nd only mini bike for Christmas that I blew the engine in 2 days. My older brother. We had a fight almost daily and I lost all of them.



5. Toy - BB Gun


6. Parents generation? My grandparents and two aunts who were my parents)


The azz whuppings (especially the ones in the middle of the night and "gettin that switch from the woods"). My grandfather (he was a trip) and his driving. He drove 15-25 miles per hour on the highway (50 mph speed limit) wherever he went and slowed down to 10 mph in residental areas. He knew the Bible like the back of his hand and talked ALL day and night. My grandmother and all the quilts that she and her aunt/cousins would make while gossiping on her porch. Outhouse (bathroom), sharecropping, water pump, barbecuing hogs all night, Christmas and all the cakes & pies, wringer washing machine, clothes line, homemade lye soap, milk straight from the cow, chickens all over the place, hogs, pickin' watermelons, pickin' cucumbers, pear trees, lookin' for the chicken snake that lived in my aunt's house (we finally killed it) mule & plow, pickin' cotton, no electricity, the ground water well for water, eatin' the clay from that well. heated water on the wood stove for washin' up, chopping wood, my grandfather doing his "hobo" or as he called it "barrel hookin" with a 55 gallon drum with a wood fire where he sat around for 5 straight days drinking corn liquor and TALKING (he did it every year) either all by himself or whoever showed up to visit him. Hunting & fishing, All the cats we killed and terrorized (had to do something when you're bored).....and on yeah, the azz whuppings.



6. Car? - 1970 Buick Electra 225 (Deuce & A Quarter)


1969 Chevy SS 396 (Replce those rear tires with those wide racing street legal tires)



7. Movie? At the drive in? None. My town did not have a movie theatre of any type. On TV? The Wizard Of Oz. watched it religiously every year.


8.  O.J. Simpson, Hank Aaron & Dr. J.


9. Saturday mornng cartoons, The Happy Rain Show, The Job Man Caravan, Ultra Man, Soul Train,  Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Rifleman, Good Times, The Big Valley, Hawaii 5-O, Mannix, Perry Mason, WWF Wrestling, I Spy, Dragnet, The Green Hornet, Batman, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, The Twilight Zone, Dallas, Gomer Pyle, Gilligan's Island & The Young & The Restless because YOU COULD NOT TURN THE TV!!


10.  Those striped (10 different colors" bell bottom cordaroy pants I wore to school.
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What was the first news event you remember?

President  Kennedy's assasination
What song makes you think of your teenage years?

Swept for you baby, by Smokey Robinson
What was the first political event you remember?

Civil Rights Movement - Martin Luther King Boycott
What was the toy you remember most from your childhood?

Gun and holster set - I was a tom boy
What do you remember from your parents' generation?

Hard work, dancing and eating good food.
When you were a teenager, what was the car that everybody wanted?

Impala
What movie do you most remember seeing as a teenager?

The Blub
Who was the athlete or team that everyone talked about?

Wilma ?
What was the TV show that you never missed?

Bewitched
Confess – what did you wear when you were a teenager that you would never wear now?

Big natural, big looped earrings and high platform shoes.
Okay ... I kinda scanned through y'all's answers and most of them seem to be pretty much the same!!  But I'm gonna try to answer without cheating by looking at y'all's answers first!!  Then go back and see how I did!! 


What was the first news event you remember?

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

What song makes you think of your teenage years?

Lawd!! There are too many to remember!  Anything you could dance to (by the Commodores, The Gap Band, Con Funk Shun, Parliament Funkadelic, etc.) and all those slow, "red-light" songs by the Isley Brothers!)

What was the first political event you remember?

The Civil Rights Movement (if that counts as "political") .. if not it would be the campaign and eventual assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

What was the toy you remember most from your childhood?

Hot Wheels.  And the hula-hoop!!

What do you remember from your parents' generation?

Wow .. that's a tough one!

Those old time music box/record players that you lifted up the hood on to get to the turntable!  Those Cadillacs that we used to call "assassins"  with the red cone tail lights.  And how well everybody (not just family, but friends and neighbors) looked out for each other!!

When you were a teenager, what was the car that everybody wanted?

Beats me!!  But .. I did want a convertible Mustang or (little red) Corvette! 

What movie do you most remember seeing as a teenager?

Hmmm .. I don't think I was a teenager yet when I saw it .. but, The Exorcist stayed with me for at least a decade!! 


Who was the athlete or team that everyone talked about?

The Los Angeles Dodgers ... and that guy that was the base-stealing FOOL of all time (can't remember his name, though!)


What was the TV show that you never missed?

I Love Lucy and Bewitched.


Confess – what did you wear when you were a teenager that you would never wear now?

3-4 inch leopard-print platform shoes!!    And that green, white & Black flowery matching vest/bell-bottom pantsuit with a white frilly shirt w/frilly sleeves (kinda like Prince used to perform in!)    I WAS cute, though, at the time!! 
  My sista we are on the same page!  I didn't mention the Isley Brothers cuz there are sooo many as you say "red light" songs that it will fill an entire page.  Are you thinkin' of Willie Mays?  That's the only baseball player I know of at the time.  Maybe I'm wrong.  And back in the day especially when I was younger I didn't particularly like "I love Lucy" mainly cuz I hated it when Ricky did a song.  I hated his voice....but!  I'm older now...and appreciate his style a lot more.  I also remember that Mod Squad look you're describing.  Yep!  I had the mini white boots?  Remember that?  With the vest with feggious[sp].  And that white eye shadow.  Did you sport that too.  Girllll.  This is a hoot.   Brings back delicious school girl memories. 
Ooooooh girrrrrrlll .... no you didn't say "The Mod Squad"!!!    LAWD!!  I had forgotten all about that show!!  And, yes ... we were avid watchers!!  "Linc" had that perfect 'fro that never got a hair out of place!! 

Well, 'I loved Lucy' because she was a riot ... and seemed so 'misunderstood' (as the cliche goes!) ... she meant well, but got in a lot of trouble for it ... and I could relate because my way of thinking was a little 'unorthodox' as well!!  LOL  And it got me in places I hadn't intended to go ... but, always worked out in the end ... so, I "got" her on some strange level!! 

And yea, I think it was Willie Mays that's I'm thinking of!!  He was FAST and a bona fide "thief"!!  Even when they KNEW he was going to steal, they couldn't do nothin' about it!!  He was fascinating to watch.  But, I wasn't really all that into sports at that time!  I was in to dancin' and partyin' and music!!   Boys were just created so that you didn't have to dance by yourself!    And to "score"on those 'red light' songs!    But ... that's a whole 'nother thread!!  LOL  We won't go there! 

Cholly got me too, with the Saturday Cartoons!!  Bugs Bunny, the Roadrunner, Elmer Fudd, and Josie and the Pussycats!! 

My Dad worked the graveyard shift and got home about 8:30 a.m. ... just in time to heat up the obligatory "fish on (every) Friday" leftovers .... slap some ketchup and bread around it .. and I was SURE that that's what Heaven on Earth was all about!!

I also remember wanting P.F. Flyer tennis shoes so that I could jump and run better, faster and higher than any other girl (I was a tomboy too!) ... but, I never got them because they weren't "practical" shoes and I had to have the "good/expensive" kind so that they wouldn't "ruin my feet"!!  I was crushed ... and sure my parents didn't really love me as much as they said they did! 
AAAhhhhhhh Pro Keds.....







Afro pick & comb




Clothes pins



Wood Stove - did all my "washing up" every morning before going to school and before bedtime and it was the central heating unit for grandma & grandpa bedroon in the house..





...and the wash basin fo washing up that sit on top of the wood stove......water was always too hot in the morning and that homemade soap was rough on the skin.


Outdoor Water pump - the water source.





Underground water well...ours did not have a wooden cover like this. We only a piece of aluminum tin roofing for a cover......and oh yeah, the aluminum tin roof on the house when it rained at night....that was some good restful sleepl!!!!!


The Washboard




Wringer Washng Machine




and the Dashiki


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What was the first news event you remember?  


Energy Crisis, Long lines for gasoline, and president Carter wearing a sweater, asking people to adjust their thermostats



What song makes you think of your teenage years? 


Thriller, Secret Love, Atlantic Starr, Lisa Lisa and CultJam, Ring My Bell, Jody Watley-I'm looking for a new love baby,  LLCoolJ- I need love.  Rapper's Delight, Planet Rock, Angela Bofill's Knock on Wood, 



 What was the first political event you remember? 


Political Action Committee meetings and NAACP meetings in my hometown.  I had heard my parents talk about the death of Medgar Evers before i was born, and I was an elemenetary school kid when Ronald Reagan stomped in Philadelphia MS, near my hometown, and notorious for the deaths of Goodman, Cheney, and Schwerner



What was the toy you remember most from your childhood?


Sit N Spin, Lemon Twist, Hot Wheels, Chutes N Ladders, Uno, Jacks, Jump Rope, Nerf,  ViewMaster, Etch-a-Sketch, Mr. Potato Head, InchWorm, WonderWoman and Barbie Doll, Simon



What do you remember from your parents' generation? 


Canning food in the summertime, working in the garden during the summer time, August revival, Secretive church auxiliary meetings, NAACP, getting people to vote, Black N White TV with aluminum foil bunny ears, carrying plates of food to sick and shut in,  Doh-Re-Me singings, segregated schools, Plastic covers in "the front room" where kids dare not step, no seatbelts, no child seats, and no remote control. 



When you were a teenager, what was the car that everybody wanted? 


Mustang, Cougar, Thunderbird, Monte Carlo SS, Buick Regal (LOL) oh and Pinto



What movie do you most remember seeing as a teenager? 


Back to the Future, The Goonies,  Jaws sequels, Star Wars sequels, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Glory, Terminator, Poltergeist, The Color Purple


Who was the athlete or team that everyone talked about?


 Mean Joe Green, William Refrigerator Perry, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Flo Jo, Walter Payton,  Lou Ferigno, Hulk Hogan, Mary Lou Rhetton, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Arthur Ashe.


 What was the TV show that you never missed?


Me and momma watched Heart to Heart with Stephanie Powers.  We also watched Remington Steele.  Dad and I watched WWF wrestling and....Hee Haw (LOL).  I also liked Smurfs, Transformers, Bugs Bunny, Tom N Jerry, Pound Puppies, Scooby Doo, Dallas, Knots Landing, Dynasty


Confess – what did you wear when you were a teenager that you would never wear now? 


Leg Warmers, Jeans with cuffs rolled up, Gitano and Body Lingo Jeans, Butterfly shirts that were long in the back and short in the front with split tails.  Koolaid hair dye, multiple sets of earrings at the same time
  Brotha Cholly!!!  You're a man after my own heart.    I remember that washing machine.  Ha!  My mother used to always tell us if we put our hand/or arm in the part that squeezes the water out, it would eat it up.  And we would have a stump.  She scared the hell outta us.  And of course no one went near her washing machine.  And the Dashiki?  That was during my Hugh Maskela days.  When you saw a brotha wearing that?  You knew he meant business.  You didn't mess with him cuz he would "black power" you to death. 



And my sista ER...you are on the money again.  Extra shoes?  What was that?  You got two pair of shoes for school and church shoes.  Sometimes your church shoes and school shoes were the same.  And that was it until next semester.  Kids today don't even KNOW!!! And in the summer [as a kid] you didn't get sandals[well at least I didn't] you walked barefoot all summer long.  Didn't worry about nails, or glass...hell what was that anyway? Wow!  Although I didn't know it at the time....but!  Those WERE the [good ole] days.  They really were. 
LOL @ the washing machine!!  

I would see those when I would come down to Texas for my summers .... but, In ever actually had to use one!!  I was a "city girl" .... albeit being raised by "southern/country" parents.  In the 'big city' we acted like 'city folk' .... and had all of the creature comforts of the city.  However, all of my parents friends were people from "back home" and, luckily for me, when they'd get together, it was like being in the country 'cause they brought all of that 'small town living' with them!

I do remember the clothes pins, though.  In fact, I was proud to be the 'clothes pin holder' while my Mom was stringing out the sheets and blouses on the line in the backyard.  And I can tell you those things HURT whatever body part you might decide to clamp them on!  

And the Dashiki??  Mannnnn ... I wanted to wear one of those sooooooo bad!!!  But my brother was already the 'militant' in the family .. and my Mom thought I was too young to be influenced in such a manner!  I saw Angela Davis on TV wearing one, though .. giving her "Black power" speeches.  And she looked so strong and dynamic in it ... a part of me really wanted to be her! 
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Okay ... I just gotta ask .................... Huh??

Believe it or not there was a phase in the 80's of using packets of koolaid to give your rap-girl inspired angled hairdo a red or purple sheen.  I think the phase ended the moment mama's connected the missing packets of koolaid with the red and purple stains on the collars of their teenagers shirts...LOL.  Yes...black kids did this
Hmmmmm ... it's kinda hard to say which would be the lesser of those two evils, though!! 

Looking at it from a parent's point of view .... the stained clothes could definitely be a ... however, knowing that my child's hair was not permanently died some shade of purple or red .... would be a great relief in and of itself!! 
I thought Cholly was younger than me all this time... Wow!  Damn, you guys (except for NSpirit) make me feel like I need I.D. to post on this site!  Anyway, here' mine...

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What was the first news event you remember? 
It's a jumble, a poorly understood combination of Patty Hearst being missing and the US leaving Vietnam.

What song makes you think of your teenage years?
I was VERY into music, so just choosing one is hard.  But I'm going with "Fresh" by Kool & the Gang. 

What was the first political event you remember?
Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford.

What was the toy you remember most from your childhood?
Star Wars action figures and vehicles, 6 Million Dollar Man, Pulsar, the Adventure People (LOL!) and Stretch Armstrong

What do you remember from your parents' generation?
Probably the '57 Chevy.

 When you were a teenager, what was the car that everybody wanted?
TransAm

What movie do you most remember seeing as a teenager?
Krush Groove!

Who was the athlete or team that everyone talked about?
Joe Montana... Magic Johnson, Larry Bird... Don Mattingly (of the NY Yankees)

What was the TV show that you never missed?
Cosby Show

Confess – what did you wear when you were a teenager that you would never wear now?
Lee Jeans
Vox, in my time these household items and many more is what we had in my teenage era (the 70's) and based on the region of the country that you grew up in (mine being the deep South) and being dirt poor was the standard and the strange thing?....my oldest aunt 87 years old still has a larger version of that wood heater in her house completely hooked up, functioning and she still uses it in the winter.


And a funny thing that just happened just last week.


My mother called me and told me that her oldest sister still lives in the 1940's and talked about the social service worker (a White lady) for the elderly and disabled who visited my aunt to get her started with daily in-home care assistance.



My aunt is not disabled and fiercely independent (and has not been physically or mentlly sick a day in her life except for colds (and a sore knee) so she's not happy about this at all) and when the social services lady asked her where is the bathroom (in which she has a fully functioning bathroom) she did not mention the full bathroom but looked the woman straight in the eye, went into the full bathroom and got her "peggy" which is a metal bucket with a cermanic exterior & interior lining, about one and a half feet tall, 12 inches in diameter with a metal handle that you place on the floor, squat over or sit on and use for both number one and two. When you're finished with your business, you grab the handle, take the peggy outside, empty the contents, rinse it out and put up for the next time.


 The lady asked her about her knees and squatting over the peggy and she said "no problem, I pop right up!"


I love my aunt but damn, that was funny the way my mom said it!!!!


I remember using that thing (we had several and that's all we had) and SHE KEPT HERS AND STILL USES IT!!!..,,you might find one at a flea market (if you're lucky) by accident but in good condition & home use in 2010?..........and since she lives alone and very private, my mother and no one else knew that she still used it!....my mom was so embrassed and pissed off at the same time and she said that the conservation went downhill after that extremely fast..she is proud of her "peggy", would not stop talking and my mom could not get in a good lie edgewise!..the poor lady just looked at her, my mom and did not know what to say.
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  Yep my sista it counts as a toy.  In my day, we really had to use our imagination.  Sometimes when there wasn't enough toy guns....we would use a good solid stick.  And when we wanted long hair[I know sista ER can relate to this(maybe not)] we used to use clothes pins and place it at the tip of our braids or pony tails....so when we shook our heads, our hair[clothes pins] would move like white girls.  Now Now we were little kids and it was our version of hair extensions.  Okay.  And if we couldn't afford skates....we would make them.  Two large planks and eight steel wheels.  So if your papa told you to play with the push button radio like a toy....sistagirl it was a toy. Ha!  We played with marbles...and if we didn't have enough marbles....we used jaw breakers[candy]. So we as black kids had very creative minds  If our parents couldn't afford to buy a particular toy...we looked at it on television, determine how to make it...and then made our version of it!  Worked everytime.   
  OMG!!!  Brotha Cholly hopscotch...well.  I'm STILL doing it today!!!  I show my newer/younger students how to do it!!!  Now that's a classic passtime.  And and dodge ball....  Reminds me of tetter ball and the ball game where you hit the dodge ball up against the wall/or slab of cement[what's that called?] And jacks????  How could I forget that?   I'm kinda feelin' warm and fuzzy all of a sudden! 
LOL .... I know!!  Me, too, Ms. Koco!! 


Vox really got me with a lot of his stuff!!    I had COMPLETELY forgot about Patty Hearst, the 6 Million Dollar Man and the TransAm!!  Mannnnn ... that was a COOL car!! 

And while I have (foggy) memories of all the hullaboo over being in Vietnam .... and everybody all mad and protesting and shouting obscenities about it .... I do not remember there being a big fuss made about the ending and returning of our troops about it!

@ Vox .... if you wouldn't mind, can you expound a little more on the feeling/reaction of that (if you remember) ... and also ... what do you remember about Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford??    I don't have vivid memories as far as the election (if that's what you're talking about) .... but I DO remember that speech that that Ford fool gave right after taking office and immediately pardoning that "I am not a crook" Richard Nixon!! 

And P.S. .... nahhh .... we won't "card" you .... since you (and NS) seem to be able to hold your own around here!! 

@ Cholly ..... your Auntie story has my sides hurting!!    Lawd hammercy!!  You know, I don't have any of my older Aunts still living on either of my parent's side ... and I'm really truly sorry for that!!  I was a 'city girl' (born and raised in L.A.) ... but, those summer trips to the country (and just Texas in general) were invaluable!  Now that I'm older and can comprehend, I wish they were around to teach me now what I was too young to learn back then.

And for the record .... I was the hopscotch QUEEN!!    I was good at Jacks, too ... but could never beat my older sister.  Still can't to this day.    But I could HOP my little happy ass to victory every time!!  LOL  My mom's keys made the best "lagers" (still not sure what that is or means!) ... and she was never too happy about not being able to find them when she needed them ... but!!  They gave me just the edge I needed to slide perfectly into that little square and be perfectly set up for the easy pickup on my way to the finish line! 

Ahhhhh .... .yes, those WERE the days!!
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NOOOOOOOO!!!!!  NSpirit, you did NOT post a pic of SIMON!!!!  I used to LOVE that thing.  I forgot all about it!! 

I am thoroughly enjoying this thread.  Cholly... great story!!

ER, all I really remember about Ford v Carter was that in the 2nd grade we did a class poll around election time, and Carter won.  Now that I think of it, that's really the only thing I remember about that election!  Especially after googling it just now for some details, and having not a damn thing ring a bell.  I remember Carter v Reagan a lot more vividly. 

And on the Vietnam thing, all I have is a jumbled memory of being on the playground and picturing, in my mind's eye, our troops being airlifted in a panic, and me feeling not feeling great about it.  I guess I must have heard adults at school talking about it.  Otherwise, the memory I have really makes no sense.  It's hard to figure how a child's mind works... even if the child was me!  Probably ESPECIALLY so.  Shit, until the 1st or 2nd grade, I thought the map of the US was actually a picture of a buffalo, up in the sky, that made the wind blow when it ran across the sky.  I must have been on "Blue Magic" or something...
5 Speed Bike w/ Banana Seat









Radio Flyer Red Wagon




Hot Wheels













train set







Rock Em" Sock Em " Robots



Twister


Operation













Going to the annual fair





Flying Kites






Paper Plane



Cane Patch Syrup (in the can with the wide lid)





S & H Green Stamps







Farmers Almanac





Simplicity Patterns







Silver Christmas tree with the multi-color light.







Soda in bottles



Console record player


......and putting  all the newborn baby hair of your children in the Bible along with all the original birth dates written in the Bible.
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Another news story I remember from childhood? 


1.  Stories about Boat people, which seems a strange way to describe people in hindsight


Boat people is a term that usually refers to refugees or asylum seekers who emigrate in numbers in boats that are sometimes old and crudely made, rendering them unseaworthy and unsafe. The term came into common use during the late 1970s with the mass departure of Vietnamese refugees from Communist-controlled Vietnam, following the Vietnam War.






2.   Heartbreaking stories of "Amerasian" children left behind by US Military dads, searching for their american parent.


http://web.me.com/joelarkin/Mo...y/Amerasian_Act.html

During the Vietnam War years from 1962-1975, U.S. military personnel fathered an estimated 30-40 thousand children with native women in the countries of Southeast Asia, most of them in Vietnam. These biracial children, called “dust children” in Vietnam, were ostracized and subjected to severe discrimination in their home countries.

 

 

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What was the first news event you remember?

Vietnam War coverage.


What song makes you think of your teenage years?

Parliament/Funkedelic, REO Speedwagon, Journey, Queen, AWB, Wild Cherry, KC and the Sunshine Band....to name a few.


What was the first political event you remember?

Watergate; even though I had no clue what the hell was going on!


What was the toy you remember most from your childhood?

Hotwheels or GI Joe with the Kung Fu grip!!!!!!


What do you remember from your parents' generation?

The music/dances.


When you were a teenager, what was the car that everybody wanted?

Mustang, GTO, Superbird, Trans Am/Firebird and Barracuda


What movie do you most remember seeing as a teenager?

Jaws and It's Alive 


Who was the athlete or team that everyone talked about?

The Raiders, Cowboys, Redskins and Yankees. Olga Korbut (I think or was it Nadia?)


What was the TV show that you never missed?

Good Times, Barney Miller, All In the Family

And when I hit puberty, Hee Haw and Petticoat Junction!!!!!


Confess – what did you wear when you were a teenager that you would never wear now?

Silk shirts w/ matching scarfs, Liesure Suits, Stacks/Platforms
Wow!!  Okay .. I don't even I know where to start!! 

I had just been thinking of all of those games we used to play ... the Twister, Operation, Battleship, Chutes & Ladders ... CandyLand .. the one where you had to fit the little shapes into the board before the time ran out ... or it would "pop" everything out and you'd have to start over??   Me and the girl across the street must've had every  board game they every created!! 

She didn't like to play Hot Wheels with me, though!!   But .. I did have a wagon .. and Lawd .. how can I foget the Rock em' Sock em' Robots!?!?  They were sooooo lame!! 

I also made clothes out of those Simplicity Patterns!!  I learned in Home Ec ... and could sew a pretty mean skirt in my day!!  LOL

And the S&H Green Stamps!!    OMG!!  I remember I used to have to lick those things and put them in a book!  There were also some "Blue" ones of some sort ... if I remember correctly. Mannn I used to hate doing that!  I was glad when they were no longer an item!

My parents always INSISTED that we have a real Christmas tree.  I remember getting suck with those pine needles waaaaaay into January 'cause they would hide in the rug!! 

And how could I forget Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies!!  Now THAT was great television!!    I LOVED those shows!!
When my sister and i tried to describe this circa 77-79 toy  (The Lemon Twist) to our neices and nephews and how we loved skipping over this lemon on a rope attached to our ankle to the point of fighting over whose turn it was...They silently stared at us with a mixture of pity and ridicule








A STICK...WITH A HORSE HEAD ATTACHED TO IT.  LOL LOL LOL LOL   
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What was the first news event you remember?

The Iranian hostage situation & the hostages coming home


What song makes you think of your teenage years?

Too many to name! "Candy Girl" New Edition, "Crush on You" The Jets, ANYTHING by GUY especially "Groove Me".


What was the first political event you remember?

The election of Ronald Ray-gun.


What was the toy you remember most from your childhood?

Everything Barbie! lol



What do you remember from your parents' generation?

The Civil Rights Movement & Jim Crow


When you were a teenager, what was the car that everybody wanted?

Three letters - B M W


What movie do you most remember seeing as a teenager?

Krush Groove


Who was the athlete or team that everyone talked about?

Michael Jordan & Chicago Bulls, The Lakers, The Celtics


What was the TV show that you never missed?

The Cosby Show


Confess – what did you wear when you were a teenager that you would never wear now?

Leg Warmers and those damn Reebok Aerobic shoes that came in like 50 million colors!
Reference:
What was the first news event you remember? It as something about Reagan & how bad it was for us as Black People; some other people didn't seem to be understanding the disparities.


What song makes you think of your teenage years? Oh, wow! So many: Let's just say that when any of those Time Life or Soul Train informercials come on, I can sing the words to EVRA song! LOL...Michael or Marvin Gaye come to mind.


What was the first political event you remember? It was Black Panther something: What I remember is that my father was really pissed off and ready to do something!


What was the toy you remember most from your childhood? I had this scary, but bright orange "Dino the dinosaur" that you could ride on. I remember it scared me because I could always see its eyes staring at me. Hated that thing!


What do you remember from your parents' generation? Oh wow! I remember barbeques in the park; I remember my dad's large afro; I remember his cowboy boots; I remember his shades; I remember my mom crashing her car into the garage when my dad was trying to teach her how to drive (ha!); I remember the protesting, but especially the racial tension; I remember Michael Jackson!; I remember Marvin Gaye & how upset everybody was when his father shot him; I remember Reagonomics (that is the single biggest thing I remember about that era because the last 8-10 years has had me seeing some serious parallels/flashbacks with the past); I remember little white lace socks and cute buckle shoes; I remember jellies; I remember cute slippers; I remember painted toes and fingernails; I remember the damn hot comb and the burns that came with it!; I remember my dad's damn hot rod on his truck (and yes, the burns that came with it); I remember getting my behind whooped with anything my mother could reach for; I remember "cool breeze"; I remember "bomb pops & the bomb pop truck/man"; I remember my dad playing pranks on my mother and me CRACKING UP every time he did!; I remember teachers who resembled the teacher chic on Everybody Hates Chris; I remember coulottes; I remember Black Love!; I remember dance routines; I remember drama; I remember the teachers having the ability to slap your hands with a ruler/yardstick if you cut up in class; I remember detention (LOL); I remember Halloween; I remember building forts and ripping and running in the woods as a child; I remember climbing in trees; I remember trying to be McGuyver on more than one occasion; I rememeber Black Barbie & using White Barbie's legs to secure hinges or corners in my lil experiments; I remember boys trying to play "Doctor" and getting their behinds whooped; I remember laughing a lot, especially at bad boys (LOL); I remember my daddy chasing boys away from the front yard; I remember all of the terrible renditions of Boys to Men and such when we girls would come around the not headed boys; I remember sneaking a cigarette and almost choking my lungs out; I remember my first friends; I remember my first enemies; I remember our "mixed" family trying to make it in a world with clearly divided racial lines; I remember peace groups; I remember academic achievement; I remember opportunity; I remember heartbreaking reality setting in at the first encounter of inequality; I remember....a whole lot more too! LOL....


When you were a teenager, what was the car that everybody wanted? What my daddy drove: He had a Buick and a Lincoln; He had one of those early caravan type thingies with the little table sticking out of the floor; He had a truck. Recently, my grandmother sent me a few pictures of my dad with a real slick chevrolet....the kind the kids are trying to "soup up" today.


What movie do you most remember seeing as a teenager? There are two actually: I remember The Night of the Living Dead - only because it was playing in Black & White at the Drive in Theatre and my parents were (ahem) busy....LOL. I also remember the Untouchables: first gangsta movie my dad ever took me too. I thought it was cool that he thought I could handle the movie.


Who was the athlete or team that everyone talked about? Darlin, I didn't pay attention to that because I grew up in Nebraska; we were surrouned by everything CornHusker or Royals at one time. My dad watched any black athlete who would excel.


What was the TV show that you never missed? Oh my goodness: Are you kidding me? We were outside playing most of the time, but I remember watching all of the old shows; even when I catch some of the old ones on now, that I've never seen before, my son and I take the time to watch them - he's been introduced to the same shows I watched as a kid and HE LOVES THEM! I really liked the Creature Feature any Hitchcock shows, Good Times, etc.... if it was scary, funny and the people looked like me, I was interested in them.


Confess – what did you wear when you were a teenager that you would never wear now? Ummmm.... a gerry curl! LOL..... Our clothes were pretty decent but I'd probably never wear some of those sweaters with weird designs on them. You know the kind with the ugly white cuffs? Oh, and those long dangly hoops; never again.

"Wisdom Is A Woman Cracking Up Right Now!"




NSpirit, LOL, I forgot about those long shirts, but I was still wearing those roll up jeans & high waist jeans into the early 90's! LOL Girl I used to think I was so cute! Also, for those in the NYC & surrounding areas, I used to run home to watch Ralph McDaniel & Video Music Box. OMG I used to RUN home every afternoon to watch that show up a hill that was at a 50 degree angle with a 30lb backpack on! Back in the 1980's BET was playing videos, but they weren't playing like the real street songs just yet. They were still playing a lot of R&B artists and a short rap show. But I mean Ralph McDaniel brought the real New York Rap & New Jack artists. Sometimes my friends and I would practice the latest dances after school too. Loved that! Good times, good times!
Oh and I know y'all wore Polka Dots too....  Thank you Kwame!

Ha!  Brotha Cholly!  Superfly?  I remember that movie messed up a lotta brothas.  Even now you will see an old dude with his hair slicked back with a tiny tiny tiny ponytail and thick rubberband bigger than his ponytail trying to keep every "string" of hair together.  Ha!  "I'm your mama, I'm your daddy, I'm that n**** in the alley."  Ha!  The stories I can you with the mid-coat and the white platform shoes my brothers used to wear.  Of course, they have to put ity in a bag and  hide it around the house the night before to wear it school...cuz my mama wasn't having it.  Good times, my brotha, good times!  And the Mack...well let's say by that time my mom got hipped and made sure to have an clothes wearing inspection before everybody went off to school.  Oh the memories

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