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Poll: "I remember when..." Most notable inventions pre-college.(6 posts)

Poll: "I remember when..." Most notable inventions pre-college.Kristin
Sep 3, 2003 1:56 PM
Things that were invented in my lifetime:

*The microwave. We were the 3rd family on our street to own one. I went through a phase after college when I didn't own any pots or pans.

*Video Games. We always competed with the Jones'. Its not so illustrious as it sounds. It simply means we spent all our money on an Atari 2600 and never owned a Nintendo.

*MTV. Which kept every teenager in the US occupied 24 hours a day for 26 months. (Actually, when it first came out it went off the air at 1am or somthing like that.)

*Hot-air popcorn poppers

*Microwave popcorn

*Cable Television. Remember the first boxes with the big dial in the middle? You could stick a credit card in the top to get free paid channels.

*Electric Blankets

*Electric Socks

*Cassette Tapes

*VHS/Beta

*The Station Wagon. Ours was marroon with wood panelling

*The SUV. We beat the Jones' again and bought the Jeep Cherokee--with wood panelling. My father did actually take it off road though...until the axel broke. No more off roading after that. The next year, he decided to drive it up onto one of the cliffs along the highway. You know, where they blow up large rocks so they can route road through? It was Christmas eve and he went up there with his wife and two children (4 and 7). I could look 100 feet straight down. He got the keys taken away from him after that.
CD player.newridr
Sep 3, 2003 2:30 PM
Got my first one right after 8th grade. Went to the RECORD store and picked out a few cd's - they had about 25 to choose from.
Not to be too much of a bike geek ... but STI and Shocks.sacheson
Sep 3, 2003 3:12 PM
I got my first set of STI in '89 as a junior ... having cool bike crap made up for tailgunning back then.

I bought my first suspension fork in '92 on my Stumpjumper FS.

Kristin's credit card comment makes me want the old cable boxes again. I never got that cool. I'd just press the buttons on either side of Playboy and watch distorted boobies at 2 AM.
Tragically: reality television. PS--Your pop sounds cool, K. nmsn69
Sep 3, 2003 6:57 PM
Internet, thanks to Al GoreContinental
Sep 4, 2003 6:54 AM
What did I do at work before I had an internet connection?

Computer controlled automated manufacturing--It's a big reason why stuff is so inexpensive and high quality. It's also a big reason why manufacturing jobs are disappearing.
Rebuttalchar
Sep 7, 2003 8:36 PM
Kristin:

In another lifetime.

The microwave.
All Electric Stove/Oven (thanks to Reddi Kilowatt)

Video Games. We always competed with the Jones'. Its not so illustrious as it sounds. It simply means we spent all our money on an Atari 2600 and never owned a Nintendo.
Comic Books. Classics Illustrated or Spiderman.

MTV. Which kept every teenager in the US occupied 24 hours a day for 26 months. (Actually, when it first came out it went off the air at 1am or somthing like that.)
Star Trek or Man from Uncle

Hot-air popcorn poppers
Jiffypop

Microwave popcorn
Jiffypop

Cable Television. Remember the first boxes with the big dial in the middle? You could stick a credit card in the top to get free paid channels.
TV Antenae electric rotator.

Electric Blankets
Electric BBQ Starter

Electric Socks
Electric Guitar

Cassette Tapes
Reel-to-Reel Craig 212 tapedeck as used in Mission Impossible TV series. Lots of fun recording parents conversations.

VHS/Beta
Marshall Stack
Greatful Dead "Wall of Sound" system

The Station Wagon. Ours was marroon with wood panelling...
58 Plymouth Plaza 2-door finmobile. More room in the backseat than the front with ample room to store "Wall of Sound" in trunk.

The SUV.
1960 Dodge Powerwagon with 318 cu in engine. A real truck that can take you to higher places.

:Charlie