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For Those Born Before 1945


We were born before television, before penicillin,before polo shots,frozen foods, xerox, plastic, contact lens, frisbess,and the pill. We were before radar,credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and ballpoint pens. Before penthouse, Dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes ...............and before man walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be? In our time closets were for clothes, not for "coming out of" Bunnies were small rabbits, and rabbits were not Volkswagen. Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins.

We thought fast food was what you ate during lent, and outer space was the back of the Fox Theater ..We were before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and commuter marriages. We were before day centers, group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, electronic typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt and guys wearing earrings.

For us, time sharing meant togetherness. ..not computers or condominiums A Chip meant piece of wood. Hardware was hardware, and software wasn't even a word.

Back then, "MADE in JAPAN" meant Junk and the term "making out referred to how you did on your exam. Pizzas, MCDONALD'S and instant coffees were unheard of. We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10 cent stores, where you bought things for five and ten cents .The corner drug store sold ice cream cones for a nickel and a dime. For a nickel you could ride a street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy for $600.00...but who afford one? A pity too because gas was only 11 cents a gallon! In our day, grass mowed, coke was a cold drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was a Grandma's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the principal's office.

We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely before the sex change. We made do with what we had. And we were the last generation that we so dumb to think you need a husband to have a baby. No wonder we are so confused and there is such a generation gap today.

But, we survived!!! What better reason to celebrate?

Reprint from SHAGatlanta Newsletter June 1989

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