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This is a discussion on Born in the 1970s: Growing up within the Generation X Forum forums, part of the The Generations category; Originally Posted by Iggy Hazard I remember trapper keepers, color-changing shirts, wearing a batter's glove on one hand, having a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggy Hazard View Post
    I remember trapper keepers, color-changing shirts, wearing a batter's glove on one hand, having a mullet, The A-Team, Knight Rider, Contra, Life Force, the Konami Code, and the ye olde Atari game Berzerk (which was the first game I ever played). Oh yeah, and A Christmas Story.

    Meatloaf beatloaf. Supid meatloaf. I hate meatloaf! \8-P

    Evil Otto! I hated that guy in Berzerk!

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    Did anyone mention the slinky, slip and slide, bobo shoes and sit and spin. our things are called vintage that cracks me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky604 View Post
    Did anyone mention the slinky, slip and slide, bobo shoes and sit and spin. our things are called vintage that cracks me up.
    Oh, no....now I'm going to be singing the Slinky song for days again. Got it stuck in my head a few months ago, and couldn't get it out!

    What goes down stairs?
    Alone or in pairs
    And makes a slink-ity sound?
    A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing
    Everyone knows it's Slinky!

    It's Slinky, it's Slinky
    For fun it's a wonderful toy!
    It's Slinky, it's Slinky
    It's fun for a girl and a boy
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    I rode my Big Wheel so much, the front, hard plastic "tire" was wore right through. But like my indestructible Tonka trucks, it just kept going, warped pedals and all! Those old toys were as tough as my old Tough Skin pants!

    We were outdoor kids, at least until it got dark. That's got to be a flashback for someone!
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    I loved playing outside with the kids in my neighborhood. I tryed to not have to go into the house for any reason when it started getting near dinner time so Mom wouldn't tell me I had to come in. I remeber long days of fun until you came in ate and fell into bed exuasted!
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    << Had a Commodore (and still do) Vic20.

    Am I the only one who hated growing up in the 80s? They were so repressive as far as I remember. Any good music was censored on a regular basis, TV just sucked (Smurfs, Care Bears, Full House?? Ugh!), minus the Golden Girls and Three's Company, you couldn't do anything fun like going biking or roller skating without elbow and knee pads, as kids we were bombarded with fear inducing images of child amputees, burn victims, taught to fear everything basically. And then to top it all off when we got to puberty AIDS came out. Lovely.

    *rant over*
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    The early '80s had their sucky moments, sure. This would be the time of "Voodoo Economics" and the "Star Wars" defense projects that I remember in some ways. I still remember some nice things about TV from the '80s like G.I. Joe, He-Man and Transformers. There were a series of YouTube videos showing the intros from some of those cartoons of yesteryear. You left out Cosby Show, Cheers, Night Court, and a few other classic sitcoms from the days.

    I kind of remember the '80s with some nostalgia and for some of those movies like a few John Hughes ones including that classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." There was also the end of the cold war in the late '80s when the Berlin Wall came down for another moment from those times.

    Course the '90s are a bit more memorable for me as this would be my late teen/early 20s decade.
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    The movies were ok, mind you I saw most at the time regardless of the age recommendations lol. Delirious and Porkys were some of my favourites. Cosby was way too preachy and I even recognized it back then, which is pretty bad :) I am a total metalhead so some of the music was good and I still like to this day, it's the mainstream drivel that I can't stand, aside from early Duran Duran, I liked none of it really unless there was a harder edge to it like Joan Jett. I loved Voltron and the Transformers and most of the "guy" cartoons too. I still watch Night Court and catch Cheers every so often. None of that stuff was aimed at kids though so either I grew up too fast or they really didn't give us any type of credit for our mental capacities or something like that (I'm thinking the latter for sure). 90s I thoroughly enjoyed, probably because I was old enough to do a lot more having freedom, and appreciate things and could relate to a lot of things like grunge and the more laid back feeling, even going into hippie mode for me. It's like all of that excessive coddling was too much and I exploded or something lol. From what I understand being an adult in the 80s was fun though :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kangaroo View Post
    you forgot She-Ra, G.I. Joe, Thundercats, Danger Mouse, and Rainbow Brite!

    here's some more stuff:

    * you grew up watching 21 Jump Street - loved that!, The A-Team, Knight Rider, MacGyver, Miami Vice, Silver Spoons, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, or Family Ties

    * you were first introduced to The Simpsons through The Tracey Ullman Show

    * you listened to Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Tiffany, Depeche Mode, the Eurythmics, or Guns N' Roses.....on cassette tape.....in your Walkman

    * you consider the original Star Wars to be masterpieces, and of course you watched them before you watched the new ones

    * you had big bangs or crimped your hair...you sported shoulder pads, leg warmers, acid-washed jeans, or anything neon

    * you rocked brands like OP (Ocean Pacific) T-shirts, Izod shirts, Jimmy Z or JAMS shorts, Reebok high-tops, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and Swatch watches

    * you watched Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Rocky, or Rambo.....at the movie theater.....or on VHS in your VCR

    * you played with Hot Wheels, Simon, Etch A Sketch, LEGOs, or Cabbage Patch Kids

    * you played Pac-Man and Donkey Kong at the arcade and Space Invaders on your Atari 2600.......before you upgraded to Super Mario Bros. on your NES and Tetris on your Game Boy

    * your school had a computer before you did.......it was either a two-tone Macintosh (black & white) or two-tone IBM (black & green)......with a dot matrix printer!
    *I had bubblegum jeans, bubblegum miniskirt, a rah rah skirt,
    *my bike was a metalic brown Raleigh 20,
    *I loved lego and play mobiles, My brothers and I had star wars action figures, they had action men.
    *I had My Little Ponies
    *I played outside as much as possible, playing ball in the street and long bike rides.
    *I used to go on my brothers skateboard alot (Once I stood up on it to go down our street which was a hill and came off with a nasty wound down my leg).
    *We had a Swingball set.
    *I used to play bare foot most of the time.
    *As well as the ones already listed above, I used to watch The Incredible Hulk, Remington Steel, Alf, Battlestar galactica, Buck Rogers, Chips, Get Smart, Fraggle Rock, Atom Ant, Precious Pup, The Hillbilly bears, Rainbow, The Electric Company,
    *My favourite movies were Logans Run, the Star Wars movies, and Labyrinth (with David Bowie).
    *I used to love these corn snacks called chickadees, and Discos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbking View Post
    I am almost sick of things I grew up enjoying being redone as movies and generally destroying the fun that was stuff I enjoyed in my youth. "Dukes of Hazzard" "A-Team" "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers" are just a few of them. *sigh*
    Yeah, Dukes of Hazzard movie wasn't a patch on the TV show, neither was The Incredible Hulk movie.

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