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Ganked from deathquaker

Bold the things on this list you've done.
My comments are in italics.

I've been to a drive-in movie theater.
I saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
I voted for Ronald Reagan. Twice. It's morning in America, baby!
I was in a Christmas pageant in public school.
I remember what I was doing when John Kennedy died. No, but I watched his funeral on TV.
I used to watch "Star Trek" during its original run. Saw a couple of the episodes. Mom was a big-time fan.
I know what 45 and 33-1/3 describes.
I've ridden in cars that didn't have seat belts.
I used to watch "Romper Room".
I belonged to Future Homemakers of America.
I've gone (or could have) to an Elvis Presley concert. I could have, but he wasn't my thing.
I own/used to own an 8-track player.
I used to wear a hat, doilie, or handkerchief on my head in church.
I've bought a McDonald's cheeseburger for 18 cents.
I would go to sleep while or just after watching Johnny Carson.
I have watched a black and white television.
I have/used to have a leisure suit. Oddly enough, no.
I attended Woodstock. ahahahaha, yeah right.
I've been to a state fair and looked at the animal barns.
I could spin a hula-hoop around my middle.
I've been spanked at school by a teacher/principal.
I've been to a Cher concert.
I watched "The Sonny and Cher Show" during its original run. I always felt sorry for Sonny because Cher was such a bitch.
I looked forward to hearing Guy Lombardo play "Auld Lang Syne".
I called adults "Sir" or "Ma'am." If they're older than me; this is an increasingly smaller group.
I've had a smallpox vaccination.
I used to watch Dick Clark on American Bandstand.
I've been to a rodeo.
I've competed in a rodeo.
I scheduled my evenings around Dynasty.
I've sold Girl Scout cookies.
I am/was in a fraternity/sorority.
I've eaten breakfast at a Sambo's Restaurant.
I had a poster of Farrah Fawcett on my wall/door.
I had a crush on Ricky Nelson.
I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Parents "made" me stay up to see it.
I had an aluminum Christmas tree and a color-wheel lamp.
I have/had a fondue pot and use/used it.
I've used a rotary phone.
I remember when African-Americans were called "colored people" in polite company. They still are. What do you think the CP in NAACP stands for?
I've been to West Berlin before German reunification. TDY there for two months in 1983. Hated it.
I had a paper credit card.
I played with a Water Wiggle.
I danced all night to Donna Summer and Whitney Houston.
I've driven/ridden in a Pacer.
I've stayed up all night playing Risk.
I saw the original Star Wars movie in a theater. And wound up cheering for the Empire. You probably saw that coming. ;)
I've taken group showers with members of my junior/senior high school class.
I remember when HIV was called HTLV-IV.
I watched "The Simpsons" when it was a short on "The Tracy Ullman Show".
I had to install MS-DOS on my computer before I installed Windows. PC-DOS, actually.
I have/had a Sony Walkman.
I modeled my hair and clothes on people in Beverly Hills 90210.
I've played Pac-Man.
I (used to) put on a suit and tie/dress to go shop at the downtown department store.
I saw Top Gun in the theater more than six times.
I've read Rushdie's The Satanic Verses.
I've used a Jane Fonda workout video.
I remember when Michael Jackson was black. Hell, I remember when he was just part of the Jackson 5.
I know who shot J.R.
I owned a pet rock.
I have/had a Betamax VCR.
I had "all the way" sex before I was married and had to keep it secret.
I burned a bra and/or draft card.
I've ridden in a double-decker bus.
I've ridden in the back window of my parents' car.
I've edged the grass in a yard with hand clippers.
I had a television aerial outside my house.
Watched "Captain Kangaroo"
Watched the "Howdy Doody Show"
Remember "Rin Tin Tin"
Watched "Sky King"
Wanted to be Penny
Wanted/had rainbow colored suspenders because of "Mork and Mindy"
Had/wanted a pair of L.A. Gear High Tops
Rode in the back of the station wagon on a family trip.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Concerning rotary phones and being in the back of a station wagon, my first impulse was to say "WELL WHO THE FUCK HASN'T?", but then my sanity returned, and I remembered that the young (who are tender and should be eaten) will mostly have missed rotary phones because of advancement in telephone technology, and station wagons because of shifts in vehicle fads (i.e., SUV's are the new station wagons...).

As regards the Simpsons... no, I never watched Tracey Ullman. On the other hand, I remember where Jim Henson's muppets got their first exposure to the adult audience... do you?

Jul. 4th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Tracey Ullman's show is very much worth watching; one episode in particular featured a musical number involving Tracey playing a would-be suicide, a couple of painters, and the Stones' "Paint It Black", which was extremely memorable.

I honestly don't remember when the Muppets first appeared. They were excessively cute at a time when I wasn't interested in cute.
Jul. 5th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
You may have missed this early appearance of Muppets because you, given your admittedly draconian standards, considered Saturday Night Live to be LIBERAL LEFTIE PROPAGANDAAAAA!

The original appearance of the Muppets in an adult venue - and only for adults, given the nature of some of the subject matter - was on SNL in a series of vignettes which appeared on early episodes of the show, with a bunch of Muppets that lived in "The Land of Gorch". I can't possibly do these skits justice by verbal description, but some of them were pretty damned funny. There was NOTHING cute about these skits or Muppets - there were doing the kind of humor that SNL did... sharp, sarcastic, and weird.

Those Muppets were some of Henson's earliest work, and the content of their skits was NOT like the content of the Muppets that are familiar to most people.

Jul. 5th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I only became annoyed with SNL later on in life; I actually recall plenty of early, humorous episodes with Garrett ("Baseball been berry, berry good to me") Morris, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, and of course John Belushi. Ah, "Samurai Delicatessen".

Now that you remind me, I do recall the early Muppet skits. Heh. Nothing cute about those. :)
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