Framing the Dialogue

Age Test

So a friend sent me this in an email and it brought back a flood of memories of my youth.  I have to admit that I am old as I recognize all of them and know the connections.  See how old you must be (answers follow)…

A.  Do you know what this is?

jiffy pop







B.  Do you know how to use this?

ice cube tray






C.  What is the connection between these two objects?








D.  Did you ever ride one of these?

coin horse










E.  Do you know what to do with these?








F.  Do you know what this is?

movie speakers






G.  Have you ever shopped at this store?








H.  Do you know how to play with these?









I.  Do you recognize who this is?









J.  Do you know their names?











K.  Have you ever had a glass of this?

boones farm







L.  Did you or someone you know have one of these?

dish frog








M.  Did you or anyone you know ever take this class in school?

typing class






N.  Do you know what is hanging from the chain or running up the pole?











O.  Have you ever seen or used one of these?

record player







P.  Do you know what these are?







Q.  Have you ever used this?

110 film







R.  Have you ever played this?








S.  Did your mom have one of these?

hair dryer








T.  Was there ever a time in your life that this was the only option to dry your clothes?

clothes dry







U.  What’s the connection between these two objects?

tin foil





V.  Is this a familiar scene?







W.  Does this bring back good memories?

drive in







X.  Did he ever come to your house?

milk man










Y.  Did you ever have to say “hello” before you knew who was calling?








Z.  Did you ever LOL watching this?







AA.  Do you remember when one of these could get you a bunch of this?

penny candy






BB.  Did you ever smash your finger or worse with these before they were taken off of the market?

clacker balls







CC.  Do you remember when fun also meant danger?








DD.  Do you remember what television series these are from?










EE.  Did you have a favorite?

ginger maryanne







FF.  Do you remember when this show was actually funny?









Those who were born in the 50’s 60’s ,70’s and early 80’s are the last generation who played in the street.  During our childhood we “walked” over a mile a day when we played & played “hide & seek” outside at night with no worries or fear of anything bad happening to us. We are the first generation who played video games and the last to record songs off the radio onto a cassette tape.  We learned how to program a VCR before anyone else, we were the first to play from Atari to Nintendo…We are the generation of Tom & Jerry, Looney Toons, & Captain Kangaroo. We traveled in cars without seat belts or air bags and through it all we had a great time.

ANSWERS (at least my take)

A.  This is Jiffy Pop Popcorn…kids were allowed to put this right on the stove and make popcorn…obviously pre-microwave though much better tasting.

B.  This is an ice cube tray and when you pulled the lever it separated the ice.  My memory is that after a while the mechanism got out of alignment and didn’t work very well.

C.  You often had to use a pen or pencil to rewind the tape before putting in the player.

D.  I still do…at least until the store guards ask me to leave.

E.  Our first experience with explosives though in very tiny amounts for our cap guns.

F.  If you were bright you remembered to remove the drive-in movie speakers before driving away.

G.  Woolworths was pre “dollar store” though only 5 & 10 cents.

H.  Jacks were not big in my group.

I.  I was more of a Captain Kangaroo fan than Sherry Lewis and her sidekick…Lambchop.

J.  Again I was not a big fan of Lassie and Timmy.  Seems like Timmy did stupid shit so Lassie had to save him all of the time.

K.  Two things here…One I think that you can still buy this low cost libation; two I don’t know anyone who drank this out of a glass.

L. I’ve seen this though we never had one.

M. Freshman year at North Catholic High School…best skill that I learned and still use to this day.  I am actually using it right now!

N.  Lights, they are full of good old Edison bulbs.

O.  45 rpm

P.  Not as exciting.  I saw a 5 pound bag at Sams Club today for under $10.oo

Q.  This is a 110 mm film cassette for probably the worst quality photographs ever!  EVER!

R.  Only played this on rainy days when we weren’t playing Risk or Monopoly.

S.   My mother sure did.

T.  We had a clothes dryer.  I actually only dry my clothes this way.

U.  You used to wrap “tin foil” around the television antennae to improve reception.  Of course you have to know what an antennae is.

V.  Major Acme fail!  Beep Beep.

W.  The best time was going with an older cousin to a scary movie.

X.  The Marburger Dairy.  The delivery guy seemed fond of “K” more so than milk.  You can still buy that brand of milk though in a store.

Y.  Yep.  I have one in my garage (non working of course)

Z.  Yep.  It was quite a sight for a young boy seeing a young Goldie Hawn in a bikini.

AA.  We used to scour the neighborhood for “deposit” bottles and rush to Al’s Store for candy.

BB.  Many a smashed and bruised body from the Clacker Balls…not to mention the shards of flying plastic.

CC.  I actually was involved in an accidental impalement.  Fortunately I was the thrower.

DD.  Holy cat’s meow Batman.

EE.  Mary Ann all the way for me.

FF.  I remember watching the very first episode with my mother…LMOA

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