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I took this off the radio station 97.3 kson web site
LOOKING BACK, IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE LIVED AS LONG AS WE HAVE!

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode 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 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. No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight.... .....we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this?

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cellular phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms, ............... we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it?

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment..... Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you're one of them.

Congratulations!

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Right on the money!!!
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Post by Radrat »

I'm worried about the future generations.
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Post by L&L Corvairs »

A couple of other things to consider:

We designed, built, tested and still fly the SR-71. Without any computers.

We put men on the moon the same way.

No ATM"s.

We could build a 20 mile section of 4 lane freeway in 6 months.

A group of us, white, black, red and heinz 57 could play cowboys and indians without offending anyone.

Amazing.
Ahh..the good old days.
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Post by jhitesma »

Actually there were computers on the Apollo missions - but they were far less powerfull than what we consider a computer today. However for their time they were amazing works of engineering. I used to have some links to information about them but lost them in a drive crash a few months back :(

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Post by Radrat »

um.. I feel old now.. :x
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Post by YFZ Bob »

Jason, does this sound familiar :?:

Here's a challenge...

Develop a system that can control a 13,000 kg spaceship, orbiting at 3,500 kilometres per hour around the moon, land it safely within metres of a specified location and guide it back from the surface to rendezvous with a command ship in lunar orbit. The system has to work the first time, and minimise fuel consumption because the spacecraft only contains enough fuel for one landing attempt.

Do this with a computer that has barely 5,000 primitive integrated circuits, weighs 30 kg and costs over $150,000. In order to store your software, the computer doesn't have a disk drive, only 74 kilobytes of memory that has been literally hard-wired, and all of 4 Kb of something that is sort of like RAM. :?

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Post by jhitesma »

That's the one :) And do it all with only a sliderule :D

Anyone who believes in us using alien technology only needs to look at how much mankind has acomplished with so little in the past to realize that it really dosen't take anything from out of this world to pull of some amazing stuff! If we could build a system like that with the technology available at the time I have no doubts that mankind was capable of building the pyramids and nazca lines and all the other things they claim aliens did.

Then again those same people probably don't believe we actually landed on the moon either :roll:

BTW does anyone remember the name of the device Bob posted a photo of? It's not the actual computer - it's just the specialized "keyboard" they developed for it which was even more advanced for it's time than the computer it controlled. In some ways it's more advanced than most of the input systems we still use.

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Post by YFZ Bob »

jhitesma wrote:BTW does anyone remember the name of the device Bob posted a photo of?
It's a **** :!: (COMPAQ)
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!
I was 14, Dad was in the Air Force and I got busted for riding my BMX bike on the runway and trying to run from the M.P's on Norton AFB. I remember him telling the M.P's Keep the Little (BRAT) for the weekend :x Ahh the Good Old days... I never did spend a night there, But I wished I did :(

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