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“FW: Those Born 1930-1979”

July 7, 2006


(From an email that is circling around these days which I thought was pretty good and worth a reprint here)

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we
rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.


We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and

NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-Aid made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because .


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down

the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms……
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.


We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned



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  1. July 7, 2006

    That certainly strikes a chord!

  2. August 8, 2006

    hi ant phill

  3. September 5, 2006

    Just the point a friend and I were making this weekend

  4. Mom/Dad #
    September 27, 2006

    Is this so true or what?

  5. d #
    September 27, 2006

    So True!

  6. mateo #
    November 20, 2006

    Not to rain in anyones parade but wasn’t the average life expectancy under sixty in 1930 and weren’t there about 3 billion less people in the world. Wasn’t segregation in full swing? Weren’t women, by and large, not allowed to attend universities? Who buys all these toys for their children and then bitches about them (hint: many were born between 1930-1979).

    Not that I love billy joel but “the good days weren’t always good and tommorrow is not as bad as it seems.”

  7. Tommy #
    November 20, 2006

    You forgot to mention plastic army men, gasoline, fireworks and toxic black smoke. Not to mention the crapload of hours spent playing Atari.

    The world is what you make of it….Use your brain!

  8. mateo #
    November 21, 2006

    I was reading some comic books last night from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The art is beyond horrid and the writing and story line just pathetically horrid. Certainly there have been great improvements in the 90’s and beyond.

    I remember some of the T.V. from those eras. Patty Duke?!?! Stasky & Hutch?!?! Scooby Doo!?!?! No wonder they had to play outside with that crap on tv. Not to mention the blatant racism in the old superman, mickey mouse and other popular cartoons (peter pan and pinochio come to mind)

    Then there was mccarthy, the house on unamerican activities, race records bins, and god have mercy on our souls: Elvis Presley.

  9. mateo #
    November 22, 2006

    “First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.”

    I’ll bet whoever wrote this email had a mother who drank and smoke while he/she was pregnant.

    • Bubba #
      February 11, 2011

      You completely miss the point!!! It’s about how you are “told” how dangerous life is when it’s really not. It’s about how you are “told” to buy this exercise program, eat this, and don’t eat that. We ate whatever we wanted and we didnt have to “pay” to get fit. It’s about human contact and personal relaionships. It’s about life. Learning to take risks, problem solve,and dealing with disappointment! Through the good times and the bad times we learned to deal with it! People lived shorter because they worked harder!! Life was appreciated whatever life you had! And if you were just to dumb to wear a seatbelt, then maybe we wouldn’t have so many dummies floating around today!!

  10. hazeleyes #
    August 15, 2009

    Some of us lived before tv and are glad we were born when we were. Longevity gives us perspective. Things were pretty good then. I can laugh about someone who says “No wonder they had to play outside with the crap on tv.” TV is ALL crap, we were safe and happy playing outside all day and into the evening. It was a magical world at that time and at our age.

  11. Sergei #
    January 2, 2010

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  12. October 30, 2010

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