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LoveBug
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25 posted 09-03-2005 12:39 AM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Aw Chris, I don't remember a day in my life without a Wal-Mart. I don't want to :P

Fun times for all

Love's a lovely lad
His bringing up is beauty
Who loves him not is mad
For I must pay him duty
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26 posted 09-03-2005 03:01 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Michael Jordan
Kobe Bryant
The DaVinci Code
Forrest Gump
Thelma & Louise
Bennifer
Pope Benedict
The Patriot Act
Princess Diana
Survivor
American Idol
Paris Hilton
Michael Eisner

Funny how so many of the things I remember are more in relation to popular media than anything truly "important."
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27 posted 09-03-2005 05:10 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

what stands out for me most was The Challenger exploding and that first hit on 9/11.
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28 posted 09-05-2005 01:54 AM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

Democracy.


(Not something new.  But something relevant to every generation of our lives. Our lives would lack
many rights and freedoms and many of the things we enjoy without the protection of Democracy)
Martie
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29 posted 09-05-2005 07:09 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Hey, how come no one mentioned, American Bandstand?
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30 posted 09-05-2005 07:29 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

LOL...because we were waiting for you, sweetheart!
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31 posted 09-06-2005 10:17 AM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Disposable diapers - coming after my daughter was potty trained thankyou very much

Hope this doesn't offend anyone .. but .. BELTLESS feminine hygiene products - coming after my high school years, thankyou very much
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32 posted 09-19-2005 02:21 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Sunshine.....lol....that's right....Trigger.  Can't believe I forgot that.  Yes, Silver....the Lone Ranger...every girl's hero.  My, my....guess I had a senior moment there....hey, well, I am entitled!  hehehe....jo
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33 posted 09-19-2005 02:40 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Rubic's Cube  
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34 posted 10-01-2005 04:00 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

I was just reading back through this thread and it struck me odd that no one mentioned Chernobyl.
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and....this will date me, but I remember the iceman.  Then there were drive in movies, running boards on cars, skate keys.  I'll think of more...be back later.
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A cure for Polio found
Finding your shoes after Friday night sock hops
Fast Food Joints
AM & FM Radio


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Paul

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37 posted 10-23-2005 10:58 PM       View Profile for Jamie   Email Jamie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Jamie's Home Page   View IP for Jamie

how about what we haven't seen?

it always seems like a cure for a certain disease is 'just around the corner'-- yet we seem to be finding more new diseases than we are cures for the old ones. Suffering from a cold at the present time and joining the list of conspiracy theorists on there being way too much money made treating colds to ever offer a cure---lol

something more than lip service being done to combat child abuse ( and domestic violence in general)

etc
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"This will date me, but I remember the iceman.  Then there were drive in movies, running boards on cars, skate keys.  I'll think of more...be back later."

Martie, Really? Hard to believe this of you.You are much too young. Now me... I remember all of those and also the Ford car my Dad had that had not only running boards but a Rumble Seat in back. Also the beautiful hood ornaments.
Not only the ice man but the bakery man, Jack, who drove for Duncan’s, the Rag Man
Fruit and Vegetable Man, and of course the Milk Man.
And Paul, thanks for the Polio cure. I was going to add that one.

best to all. martyjo
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I still have 2 cars with running boards but no rumble seat.
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Christopher, I think your statement 'Funny how so many of the things I remember are more in relation to popular media than anything truly "important." ' is the most telling of all I have read on this thread.

Societies are best shaped and controlled by fear.  In the last 25 years the Media in the West, and especially in the USA, increasingly have decided upon, clarified and promoted the fears held in common by our society.  We respond to our macro-environment and structure our personal micro-environments in response to these intentionally crafted pre-packaged beliefs.  Pick any popular belief held in common today by a majority of Americans, then trace it back to its sources.  Mark the individual fears.  Observe the changes; what was bad might now be good and what was good might now be bad.  Who told us as a society which was which and for how long?  The Media.  

The Media in this country has birthed and nurtured all our sacred cows since the catalytic events of 1989.  Those few here who know me, know I am older than most others here.  I am even older than Ron.  I guess that makes me older than dirt! *grin*  

Do I remember gasoline at $0.21 a gallon?  Hell!  I PUMPED gasoline at $0.06 a gallon as my first paid job.  In my second job, I sold cigarettes (unfiltered) at $0.05 a pack, filtered cigarettes (for people about whom we wondered) were $0.08 a pack).  Smoking then was believed to be good for a person.  Credit for life’s daily essentials was a bad thing to need; an individual’s daily business was done with cash.  

When I was nine years old I met a Civil War veteran; he shook my hand, looked at me with the oldest eyes I had up to then ever seen and told me to be sure I learned to use a reliable gun and never learn to play the bugle.  It took me decades to understand the part about the bugle.  Oddly, I later in life was told something similar by a man who fought in the Irish Easter Uprising; he told me to learn to use a gun and always wear a hat.  Last night, I listened to a “Newsperson” tell me how ashamed as a country we should be that a grandmother used a gun to shoot an intruder.  After all, as he laid out the story, there was no way she could know that the large man who broke into her house at 1:00AM might have meant her any harm.  The emphasized point of his story was that "the growing and dangerous Cult of Self-defense has to be stopped."

It has been a curious quirk in this life that I was involved in or present at many of the defining moments of the second half of the 20th century. (Curious for me anyway.)  Many already have been listed above; some remain in that murky place that will escape historians and as the participants die off will fade from reality.  For a long time, it seemed to me, that things changed but real change was never substantive.  Americans were taught to live in fear of annihilation with little warning, and yet taught paradoxically to hold dearly the value of survival at any cost.  

So what changed in my view?  Why do I think there really was a catalytic changed in Western society?  In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell.  Having begun in the summer of ‘61 as a barbed wire barricade, it had evolved into a massive construction that cut almost 200 roads and connected 160 vacated buildings with very real walls made of reinforced asbestos concrete.  For a time the Wall and related events gave the Media a training ground on which to sharpen its skills.  Hollywood cranked out numerous spy movies with Berlin as the setting or at least as a major geographic locale.  In the summer of ‘63 a Media savvy President used it to sharpen his image for his up coming re-election campaign. A quarter century later it was a crumbling, though still effective, antique.  In the summer of ‘87 a different even more Media savvy President, aided by the enormous financial burden of the April ‘86 nuclear reactor “accident” at Chernobyl was inexorably pushing the Soviet Union over the edge of a fiscal abyss, and told its Premier to tear down the Wall.  In Reality, East Germany was already bankrupt and could not afford to repair and maintain the Wall.  In February of ‘89, the last fatal escape attempt occurred and in November of ‘89 the guards simply gave up, opened the gates and joined in the party.

What does this all have to do with the Media and the change in Western society?  The Media processed it all for us.  Talking heads told us what to think, to believe, to ignore.  For decades, we had lived in daily fear of “the other side,” “the Communist Menace,” “the Three Minute Warning,” “Nuclear War,” “the Iron Curtain,” “Nuclear Winter,” “The Evil Empire,” and our defined enemies lived with similar terrors crafted from our shadows by their own governments.  Suddenly it all seemed to come down to a brilliantly focused single point of awareness; then just as suddenly, it was gone.  We had lost our single most hardened and focused fear.  

Societies are most easily controlled by fear.  Prior to 1989, little use was made by the Media of some of today’s most common NEWS words:  crisis, catastrophe and cataclysm.  Plague was a word mostly used by historians.  Disaster was reserved for rare events like the Johnstown Flood.  After 1989, these words and their close relatives in the superlative clan became everyday food for the monsters of fear that can grow within us all.  Almost every news story makes use of one or more of them in telling us why we have to live in fear.  Want to check it out?  Pick any hot-button issue; then, count the adjectives.  
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Something that parents have had to endure (in varying degrees of grace) that border- for my opinion- on the catastrophic are:
Barney
Teletubbies
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Care Bears
Strawberry Shortcake
Pokemon
Digimon
Rugtrats
Out of the Box
etc...

Things that we put our parents through:
Romper Room
Captain Kangaroo
New Zoo Revue
Zot
Tennessee Tuxedo (and his pals)
Dudley Dooright
etc...

Musically:
Beatlemania
The Stones at Altamont
The KISS Contraversy (sp?)
Hair Bands
Haavy Metal (and its various off-shoots)
The various festivals (US, Ozzfest, Woodstock, Monterrey, etc)
Disco
Punk (real and the new crapola)

Movies:
Star Wars (ad infinitum)
Harry Potter
Die Hard (1-4)
Death Wish (1-4)
Friday the 13th (ad infinitum)
Nightmare on Elm Street (and its many sequals)
Star Trek (and its too many sequals)

TV:
Star Trek (original, TNG, DS9, etc)
Dynasty
Beverly Hills 90210
All In The Family (and its off-shoots)
M*A*S*H
The Munsters
"Famous people cartoons" (Abbot and Costello, The Jackson 5, The Osmonds, etc)
etc...

I'll make my own mistakes and sweet success
I'm not here to recreate your yesterday's best
One by one when it's done half the fun is getting there

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WE survived Britney Spears, there is quite a bit of damage yet to be repaired.

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