I Remember When—-
*An eight foot tall Christmas tree cost less than $10.
*My public grade school had a Christmas pageant every year with class choirs singing Christmas Carols.
*No one complained about Christmas in the Public and were quickly mocked and shamed if they did.
*There were only three Television network channels.
*National evening news anchors were considered a trustworthy source of news.
*The most popular kid in the neighborhood was from the first family to own a color TV.
*The Marines were only looking for a few good men, and men only.
*Every boy aspired to be like Audie Murphy.
*Women in combat was considered ludicrous.
*There were public restrooms marked Men, Women and no one dared try to cross the threshold of the opposite sex.
*Sexual deviants kept to themselves.
*Fist fights among boys before, during and after school were a normal path to manhood and settled bullying.
*One felt like they won the lottery when they found a dollar on the ground.
*All instructions and signs were in English and only English was spoken in the public forum.
*I was in college before I encountered a Muslim and they were so few there were no Mosques.
*Diversity meant just what the Webster dictionary defined and not White people as the numerical minority.
*Most pick-up trucks had a gun rack with at least one rifle.
*People, especially kids rode in the back bed of trucks and preferred it weather permitting.
*Babies and small children sat on their Mothers laps when riding in the car.
*Cigarette Smoking was common everywhere.
*Men smoked pipes and people liked the aroma.
*Illegal Mexicans were referred to as wet backs.
*When parents wanted their kids to come home they called around to homes of their friends.
*Kids were given paper report cards to take home and to be signed by both parents.
*Birth certificates distinguished between Legitimate and Illegitimate.
*Doctors made house calls and carried their tools in a black leather bag.
*The men of the Confederacy and their symbols were respected and admired.
*Sodas cost $.10 cents and were dispensed in a bottle that could be returned for $.03 cents.
*Gas station attendant was considered a good job.
*Grocery stores and gas stations gave trading stamps with each purchase.
*Grilling burgers was considered a treat.
*No one openly bragged they were vegan or vegetarian.
*The death row inmates came to their end in either the electric chair or gas chamber.
*The Soviets were a real threat.
*China was referred to as Red China and was so backwards the people all wore green baggy Khaki’s and traveled around on crappy little bicycles.
*Most people were nearly adults before their first airplane trip.
*Traveling by air was enjoyable.
*Every 18 year old boy was required to register with the Selective Service and knew it was a strong possibility they could be drafted.
*Most boys by the age of 8 had at least fired a rifle or shotgun.
*Teenage boys went on camping trips without adult supervision.
*Only good figured leggy women wore short terry cloth shorts.
*The only body parts pierced were women’s ears.
* Few women had tattoos and usually they were strippers, biker girls, or both and were considered low class.
*It was assumed 18 years would move out of their parent’s homes, particularly young men.
*Local police were part of the community they served and did not resemble a South American para-military combat unit.
*Family eating out was rare and even greater treat than grilling.
*Parents routinely spanked their children.
*Teen age pregnancy was considered scandalous, High Schools and Junior High Schools did not provide day care.
*The term and practice Political Correctness did not exist.
*Credit Card Companies were highly selective and stringent with their card issuance.
*Kids rode bikes or walked to school.
*kids came home from school while their parents worked and used a house key usually kept in the mail box or under the milk box.
*The Super Bowl was played in January at One 0’clock in the afternoon and was a Championship football game and not a pop culture entertainment event.
*The term Native American referred to a person born in America.
*The United States enforced its immigration laws.
*Female single head of households were either divorcees or widows.
*Hardly anyone was proud to be food stamp recipients.
*Construction and service jobs were held by English speaking Americans.
*X-Rock 80 and KOMA were the best multistate AM radio rock music stations.
*The fifty states all had a different legal drinking ages.
*The family dog followed you wherever you went in your neighborhood.
*We played touch football and baseball in the street.
*We had pick up tackle football games anywhere there was grass.
*We understood war actually meant killing and wounding.
*Most knew or knew someone that had family member who was killed in Vietnam.
*We had food fights in the college dining hall.
*College pranks were treated as pranks and were not punished as if they were capital crimes.
*There were beer keggers out in the sticks.
*Our family vacations usually entailed trips to visit cousins, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents.
*Six Flags over Texas was locally owned.
*College spring break was just a week with no classes because students couldn’t afford to go anywhere.
*Soccer was only played among the foreign exchange students.
*My grade school classes consisted of Whites, Mexican Americans and American Indians who all spoke English and shared a common American culture.
*Parents did not call the police to mitigate children’s disputes and those who did were scorned.
*There were no police on public school campuses.
*We hunted before and after school and kept our guns in our cars parked in the school lot.
*The now extinct Southern Dixie-crats kept the Democrat Party grounded to the White working class.
*People had to have established and good credit to qualify for a mortgage loan.
*People were defined for their entire lives by their natural born gender.
*Transgender did not exist.
*Cross Dressers, Transvestites and non- heterosexual behavior was rightfully treated as deviant and psychotic.
*White Americans did not embrace cultural suicide and extinction.
*U.S. soldiers could throw a hand grenade.
*Heroes were people who committed an act of bravery.
*Veterans served in combat.
*Flight attendants were called Stewardess and were young, pretty women.
*Everyone wanted a vehicle with a V-8 engine.
*People drove with manners and rules.
*Robert E. Lee was revered as a great American.
*Race amalgamation was frowned upon.
*Tweeter did not exist. People had to actually speak to someone in person or put it in writing and had to be ready to defend themselves.
*Democrats had positive points to offer and generally loved America.