Here's a fun little test

Posted by: Larry

Here's a fun little test - 03/01/02 02:46 PM

This is to see how old you are......

Circle the ones you can remember seeing in your past. Then look at the bottom of the test to see what you scored.

Can you remember:[/b]
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles
5. Hamburg joints with tableside jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. Slingshots
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Olive - 6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with levers
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulbs
20. Amos and Andy
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young.
If you remembered 6-8 = Kids are calling your sir/ma'am.
If you remembered 9-12 = You probably have gown kids!
If you remembered 13-15= You're older than dirt!
If you remembered 16-25 = Geezer!!

[ March 01, 2002: Message edited by: Larry ]
Posted by: Penny

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/01/02 02:52 PM

Larry,
Where you've been? I've been needing you at the CEO thread! ;\)

Man, I hate it people call me ma'am!!! Haven't even been carded for a good six months. Aging sucks!
penny \:D
Posted by: ChemicalGrl

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/01/02 03:13 PM

Egads, I'm not old enough to have grown kids, and yet I know enough of that stuff to fall into that category!

Harumph!
Posted by: Larry

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/01/02 03:41 PM

I just noticed that thread Penny. So once I've digested all the posts....... everybody look out......

The Alpha Doggie [/b] is gonna come fix that mess! ;\)

And everybody must remember:

You don't tug on Superman's cape,
You don't spit into the wind.
You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger,
And you don't mess around with Jimmy......


\:D

(just teasing)

[ March 01, 2002: Message edited by: Larry ]
Posted by: Derick

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/01/02 04:02 PM

Alpha Doggie, just be kind to me or the clean paper in your cage is history!

Hmmmm, gotta take that test but Penny has taken ALL my time trying to convince her that I'm right and she's wrong. Haha. ;\)

IT'S A JOKE just in case anyone didn't get it.

Derick
Posted by: DT

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/01/02 04:13 PM

How can one understand the Hank Williams song, Mind Your Own Business, without knowing what a party line is?

Baseball cards in chewing tobacco?
No dials on the phones (human operators)?
sen sen?
Malteds?

My joints are stiffening as I type?
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/01/02 04:56 PM

I guess I'm a geezer. (But not an old geezer!)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/01/02 09:21 PM

I'd probably remember all of them, except I'm so old my memory is failing \:\(

Frank B.
Piano World
Posted by: Newbie

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/02/02 10:43 AM

Here a few things that I[/b] can remember-
that now seem as dated as the slide rule-

- Black and white T.V.'s with NO[/b] remote control!
- Chatty Cathy dolls (I always wanted one!)
- Jiffy Pop Popcorn- "As much fun to make as it is to eat!"
- Star Trek (TOS)- when the episode weren't re-runs.
- Huntley and Brinkley's "Good night, Chet. Good Night, David, and Goodnight from NBC News."
- When Armstrong walked on the moon.
- Dinner hour- with every one sitting down together at the table.
- 8 tracks and beta VCRs
- Buying a hamburger, fries and a coke at McDonalds and getting change back from your DOLLAR!


Attitudes are contagious. Mine might kill you. ;\) ;\) ;\)
Posted by: Hank Drake

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/02/02 12:06 PM

I remembered 5. Whew! Just under the wire!
Posted by: Eldon

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/02/02 05:26 PM

Hank,
Just 5 for me, also \:D
Posted by: Dwain Lee

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/02/02 05:40 PM

Gee, I'm only 42. I admit that a lot of the ones I remember go back to early childhood (like Grandma's party line), and I admit I grew up in "the land that time forgot," but I remember 17 of them.

Dwain the Geezer
Posted by: German

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/03/02 07:03 AM

Fortunatly, most of those things weren't available in my country, so I remember a few of them (ex: candy cigarretes). \:D
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/03/02 09:52 AM

I remembered 6. \:\)
Posted by: RKVS1

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/03/02 11:27 AM

REMEMBER????
I checked my Dopkit and found SEVEN of these items inside!!
(but I don't travel very often)
Posted by: jodi

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/03/02 01:07 PM

16. I can remember getting my tongue stuck on one of those icecube trays, I can still smell the mimeograph paper, and my husband tried to get me to BUY an old Studebaker a couple of years ago. No seat belts, no headrests. I told him he was nuts. \:\) Jodi
(RKVS1, you crack me up! :D)

[ March 03, 2002: Message edited by: jodi ]
Posted by: piqué

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/03/02 02:58 PM

omigod. i remember 20 of them! this is really wierd 'cause i could swear i'm only 16 years old. ;\) maybe it was from a previous life that i encountered these items?
Posted by: Dwain Lee

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/03/02 03:02 PM

Mmmm, the smell of fresh mimeographs..... \:\)
Posted by: Matt G.

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/04/02 07:19 AM

Great, as if I weren't feeling old enough already, Larry comes along with a nice little diversion that places me squarely in the geezer category. I guess I'd better just face the facts. Now excuse me, I have to go soak my dentures....

:rolleyes:
Posted by: DT

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/04/02 07:47 AM

OH, OH. I still own two slide rules, a Beta VCR, a Yancy Derringer play derringer, a skate key and some 78 records. Our hamburger joint used to charge $.15 for 1 but you could get a bag of 7 for $1.00.

[ March 04, 2002: Message edited by: DT ]
Posted by: jgoo

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/04/02 10:39 PM

many, but I only know Howdy Doody and Hi-Fi's because I used to live with my great-grandparents and the JukeBox thing because there is a 60's-70's styled restaruant right across the street from my highschool. Oh yeah, also records (because I used to live with my great-grandparents) and we got a party line here at the house last year that wouldn't go away for about a day. (Thats the crossed phone lines, right? I'm pretty sure). And, of course, how can we forget what we've seen on Happy Days? Or Sling Shots from Denis the Menice? I'm olny 16 years old (17 in April), yet I know all of these things! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

[ March 04, 2002: Message edited by: jgoo ]
Posted by: jgoo

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/04/02 10:47 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Newbie:
Here a few things that I[/b] can remember-
that now seem as dated as the slide rule-

- Black and white T.V.'s with NO[/b] remote control!
- Jiffy Pop Popcorn- "As much fun to make as it is to eat!"
- Dinner hour- with every one sitting down together at the table.
- 8 tracks and beta VCRs
[/b]


Oh No! I know these too! We used to own a black and white TV with no remote. Only 9" in size. We buy Jiffy Pop Popcorn camping. (We call it jippy pop, since the cernals only burned when we first tried it). Dinner hour at my great-grandparents house, and my dad still owns 8-tracks and an 8-track player (that no longer works). I feel SO[/b] old now, but I'm not even 20 yet!
Posted by: jgoo

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/04/02 10:54 PM

And another note: I enjoy watching television shows from several years ago. I have Nick-at-Nite on every night! I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, The Andy Grifith Show, Happy Days, Cheers, and the list just keeps going on! I also like modern day TV too, though. Among my favriotes are: Frasier, Signfeild, The Simpsons, The Breni Mac Show, Titus, Malcolm in the Middle, and this list also continues. I even enjoy watching cartoon shows! Bugs Bunny, but among the recent, Spongebob Squarepants! Oh my god, I watch WAY[/b] too much TV. But don't worry, I also play A LOT of piano.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 02:19 AM

I must be the oldest of all..cause I remember
most of the stuff.

I even remember the American G.I's going to the Bavarian Coffee Rooms [houses]in my small beautiful home town of 'Erlangen' and ordering a whole caraffe of coffee and slices of the finest pastry you've ever seen.

With a whole bucket of whipping cream on top!

Now...THOSE were 'Coffee Rooms'all right..
...sigh...sigh..[am diabetic!]

[ March 05, 2002: Message edited by: Norbert ]
Posted by: DT

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 09:24 AM

jgoo: You feel old? You're talking about things at your GREAT-grandparents house that were part of my every day life. My childhood was more like Opie's than Bart's and Saturday mornings were filled with Sky King, Rin Tin Tin, Fury, and Flicka AND Walt Disney was still in black & white. The health craze hadn't hit and morning cereal had names like Sugar Pops or Sugar Smacks. We still buy Jiffy Pop occasionally 'cos the kids love to watch it balloon up.
Posted by: piqué

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 10:13 AM

oh, DT, you are killing me with the recollection Saturday tv fare. [yeah, we had a little b&w tv, too]. i remember lassie, and mighty mouse, popeye, and tom terrific cartoons. and captain kangaroo. we watched a double feature of dennis the menace and walt disney every saturday (or was it sunday?) night without fail. and these were NOT reruns.

and your opie childhood comment reminds me of how safe it was when we were kids. we roamed the countryside far and wide in the summer, from dawn to dark, and nobody knew where we were or what we were doing, and nobody worried, as long as we were home by supper.

was your childhood like that, jgoo? ;\)
Posted by: DT

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 10:28 AM

And Elvis might have been one of those GIs that Norbert remembers. Heck, even the Everly Brothers wore their Marine uniforms once when they sang on Ed Sullivan. I can't recall the songs they sang but I'm pretty sure that Wake Up, Little Susie wasn't one of them.
Posted by: Derick

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 12:21 PM

Who remember pedal cars? You know the metal kind you could sit in and move sort of like a bicycle? That was one of my favorites. Another was my remote control Dick Tracy car.

And who could forget those little toy pianos whose actions were worse than their tone. Or the organs you'd plug in that would work with air (I believe)?

Anyone care to guess how old I am?

Pique, I used to roam the woods behind my parent's house from after breakfast until dinner (took my lunch with me). As you said, no one worried that they hadn't seen me, or my sisters, all day long. It's such a shame that that aspect, of the good 'old' days, is long gone... That case of the little girl in California is heart-breaking.

Derick
Posted by: DT

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 01:17 PM

Ah. Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 06:46 PM

Elvis??

No bull****!

Met the man as a youngster near my home town
of "Erlangen", Bavaria. Was working as
school boy in the [then] famed 'Hoefner' guitar works at 'Bubenreuth',nearby.

He took a tour there with several other GIs
buying hand made guitars. Spoke to me in garbled English that I wouldn't understand now. And yeah...always chewing gum!

I always wondered why Americans were for seemingly EVER chewing bubble gum! Nobody I
knew.....was THAT hungry!

Perhaps it was because of the [nerve wrecking?] action at Nueremberg night clubs?

Of course back then, I thought...what action?

You see, we didn't have the 'FORUM action' here in those days....to tie things over...

[ March 05, 2002: Message edited by: Norbert ]
Posted by: jgoo

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 07:31 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by pique:
was your childhood like that, jgoo? ;\)[/b]


No. I am a life-long resident of Seattle (thus far. As I said, I'm only 16) and consequently had no country side to run around and play in. My friend from next door and I just stuck to the ally behind the house, and a very small wooded area above the yard. When I move out from home, I really want to move to Point Roberts, Washington. I love it there. I've visited many times there, and have lots of family history there.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/05/02 09:12 PM

Hey..isn't Point Roberts part of...er..B.C.?

Sure gotta travel through it to get there,eh!
Posted by: Samejame

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/06/02 09:10 AM

14 for me.

How about...

Tobo Gigo "Eddie, kiss me good night!"

Gertrude and Hecliff.

Black and white photos with the date stamped on the top border.

Photo albums with the little red stick on corner pieces for holding the photographs.

Brownie Cameras.

8mm home movie cameras.

The six ounce bottle of Coke.

Royal Crown Cream Soda. (may be just Canadian)

Jawbreakers and jelly beans sold loose at the corner store, 4 for a cent.

Double Bubble bubble gum, 2 for a cent.

Portable phonographs with built in speakers, the multi record centre stick which would automatically drop the next record into place for playing, and of course, a 78 rpm speed setting (along with 33-1/3 and 45), and the little plastic puck insert for 45's.

Hockey Night in Canada, on wednesday and saturday night, in B & W, with the original 6, and Foster Hewitt. (definately Canadian).

I can recall more, but I'm beginning to scare, and date, myself.

Jamie
Posted by: Nina

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/06/02 12:30 PM

Hi, my name is Nina and I am older than dirt... :rolleyes:

What's worse, here's a ditty that I remember from childhood radio ads, although I have trouble remembering our new phone number.

(to be sung in that fakey ad-jingle voice)
"For 15 cents,
a nickel and a dime,
at Burger Chef
you'll eat better every time.
For a nickel and a time will get you:
French fried potatoes
Big think shakes
And the greatest 15 cent...
Hamburger yet!"

Our local public TV station has been doing an "Arizona Memories" series in honor of Arizona's 50th anniversary. The kicker is the oldsters they have interviewed for their nostalgic memories are younger than me, and have lived in Az less than me.

Now I'm totally depressed, will go off to play various Largos...

Nina
Posted by: Stanza

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/06/02 05:35 PM

Larry did we grow up together? I remember 22! I am really not that old I just have a really good memory!

Also
Mattel guns with shootin shells and greenie stickum caps
"Time Bomb" and "Mousetrap" games
Sears Roebuck deliveries
No or unused seat belts in cars
"Friday Night Fights" sponsored by Gilette
The "20th Century" hosted by Walter Cronkite
M-80s, Silver Salutes, and Cherry Bombs

Finally, who would have thought that many of our current celebrities such as Andree Agassi, Michael Jordan, the Governor of Minnesota, etc. would adopt the style of...........MR CLEAN!

\:D
Posted by: the artist

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/06/02 06:43 PM

WOW! -- This brings back a lot of memories!

& Derick's Statement:
"And who could forget those little toy pianos whose actions were worse than their tone. "

...reminded me that I in fact do NOT have possession of my first piano, but rather my second! -- My first was a little toy piano like Derick describes..
...Purchased by my mom with GREEN STAMPS!!
-Brad
Posted by: Larry

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/06/02 07:22 PM

I'll bet no one remembers Estey organs. My first organ was an Estey. It was transistorized, but it wheezed like a reed organ. I went through 6 of them before the dealer finally gave up and let my mother have a used Hammond M-3 for the same price.

And does anyone remember the Emenee organs? They actually *did* have an air motor and reeds.
Posted by: Steve Miller

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/06/02 11:54 PM

Ugh.

I remember 20 and I am only 46 - I swear!

Worse than that, I still use a lot of those things, and grandma still uses her wringer (which is a thrill to get parts for)
Posted by: Samejame

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/07/02 07:47 AM

Larry,

You've brought back a couple of long forgotten memories. Does anyone here recall "Bontempi" reed chord organs - again with the little blower motor and reeds, a small keyboard for the right hand, and major and minor chord buttons for the left.

How about the melodica? I remember my sisters taking melodica lessons in school. For those who don't know, it's basically a mouth organ with a keyboard. Also, my early school music teachers (nuns - I'm Catholic) were big on autoharps - a string instrument that's strummed like a guitar but also had chord buttons. Oh man, I gotta stop this - to much is coming back to me.

Jamie
Posted by: DT

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/07/02 08:08 AM

I still have my Mattel snub-nose 38 that shot the plastic slugs from casings with a spring inside. I ran out of the stick on caps, tho. Our grade school had a pump organ in the basement and a crank 78 rpm record player. That was our AV room.
Posted by: jodi

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/07/02 11:03 AM

Marvel the Mustang!

He's almost for real -
just saddle him up,
with spurs on your heels-
no windingggggggggg,
no batterieeeeeeeeeeees...
(I can't remember the rest, but I REALLY wanted one! :))
Jodi

[ March 07, 2002: Message edited by: jodi ]
Posted by: Dwain Lee

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/07/02 11:23 AM

Oh yeah, I remember Marvel, too. My brother had one. And I can hear the jingle too, except for the end, just like you Jodi! \:\)
Of course, now it's going to be running through my head all day today...
Posted by: Dwain Lee

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/07/02 10:15 PM

Well, it's been going through my head all day, Jodi. And while sitting at an elementary school "night with the arts" tonight, it was running through my head. On about the fiftieth looping of the song in my head, I remembered the end of the jingle, simply enough:

"...Marvel the Mustang,
We love you."

\:\)
Posted by: JBryan

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/07/02 11:05 PM

Man, you all are OLD!!! Trouble is, I REMEMBER ALL OF THESE THINGS!!!

I think some of you are laying back a little and pretending not to remember some of this stuff. I am only 47 and the only thing in Larry's list that I did not remember was the words for the phone number prefix. I grew up in a town so small you only had to dial the last five numbers of the phone number.

How about flubber and nickel candy bars or The Man From U.N.C.L.E. or can anyone finish this:

"From out of the blue of the western sky comes...."
Posted by: Larry

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 12:01 AM

Actually it was "out of the clear blue of the western sky comes"....

Sky King.......

\:\)
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 12:02 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by JBryan:
[QB]Man, you all are OLD!!! Trouble is, I REMEMBER ALL OF THESE THINGS!!! [QB]


So do I. Not one I missed.

"Look, up in the sky. it's bird! It's a plane! No it's Superman!

Yes it's Superman. Strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.

Superman. Who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands.

And who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metroplitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American Way!"
Posted by: Palindrome

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 12:10 AM

24 out of 25 (I've never seen a cork pop gun, just drawings of ones in cartoons). This is the first time I've really felt old, except for the time I came across my WWII ration stamp book.
Posted by: JBryan

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 07:07 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Larry:
Actually it was "out of the clear blue of the western sky comes"....

Sky King.......

\:\)[/b]


Larry,

I really don't remember it this way but, in light of this discussion, that may be a good thing. \:D
Posted by: piqué

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 09:11 AM

yeah,
and i remember the marvel the mustang song ending like this:

"..marvel the mustang
DO we love you."

(emphasis mine)

now was that great jingle writing or what? probably no one reading this is going to be able to get that tune out of their head for the rest of the day.
Posted by: JBryan

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 09:50 AM

Unfortunately, I DO remember That ending that way (Emphasis mine).
Posted by: DT

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 11:55 AM

I'm surprised that Roy, Dale, Trigger, Buttercup, and Nellie Bell haven't come up.

Seems like Blackjack (and Clove) gum were around long after Ipana toothpaste disappeared. Don't you want teeth like Bucky Beaver? And does you chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?
Posted by: nancyww

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 12:25 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by pique:
oh, DT, you are killing me with the recollection Saturday tv fare. [yeah, we had a little b&w tv, too]. i remember lassie, and mighty mouse, popeye, and tom terrific cartoons. and captain kangaroo. we watched a double feature of dennis the menace and walt disney every saturday (or was it sunday?) night without fail. and these were NOT reruns.

and your opie childhood comment reminds me of how safe it was when we were kids. we roamed the countryside far and wide in the summer, from dawn to dark, and nobody knew where we were or what we were doing, and nobody worried, as long as we were home by supper.

was your childhood like that, jgoo? ;\)[/b]


Pique, wow, all my favorite TV shows when I was growing up! We were the first family on the block to get a color TV and all the kids in the neighborhood came over to see it. There were only 2 or 3 shows that you could get in color back then.

We also "roamed the countryside" far and wide all day without our parents worrying about us. And I grew up in Los Angeles!

Larry, thanks for this entertaining thread. I'm not that old (really) but I can remember 17 of these items. However, I can't seem to remember what year my kids were born in (I was there, too) or what comes next when I'm trying to play a piece from memory. Maybe I'm a geezer after all.

[ March 08, 2002: Message edited by: nancyww ]
Posted by: wghornsby

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 12:52 PM

Well, no one seems to be hitting my generation yet, so I offer this.


Monchichi, Monchichi
Oh, so soft and cuddly
[/b]
Posted by: JBryan

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/08/02 03:18 PM

My dad used to tell us, "We have a color TV. It has two colors, black and white".
Posted by: David Burton

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/12/02 02:47 AM

Geezer here, I remember all of Larry's list.

 Quote:
Originally posted by pique:
omigod. i remember 20 of them! this is really weird 'cause i could swear i'm only 16 years old. ;\) maybe it was from a previous life that i encountered these items? [/b]


It WAS from a previous life. One of the things that has changed most in this country is the notion that one has one life to live. We each have many that we can live in serial order. The most common variety of this phenomenon is serial monogamy. When I was a kid in the 1950's, younger than ten, only certain types were divorced. Kids from "broken homes" were rare and usually troubled. Dad always did the same kind of work all his life. Mom always stayed home.

How many of these TV personalities do you remember?

Perry Como
Liberace
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Art Linkletter
Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams
George Goble
Lawrence Welk
Jackie Gleason
Red Skelton
Ceasar Romero and Imogene Coca

[ March 12, 2002: Message edited by: David Burton ]
Posted by: DT

Re: Here's a fun little test - 03/12/02 08:04 AM

All of them. I've Got a Secret. What's My Line. The Real McCoys. The Bob Cummings Show (Love that Bob.) Richard Crenna as a high school kid. Warren Beatty and Tuesday Weld on the The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. George Carlin with short hair and wearing a suit/tie.