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7 years 5 days ago, 4:40 AM


WD4JIM's picture

Brigadier General
Join Date:
Oct 2010
Paris, Tn., United States

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,


OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF !!!

To Those of Us Born

1925 - 1970 :

At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else, please

read what he said.

Very well stated, Mr. Leno.



1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have 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 coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,

and, when we rode our bikes,

we had baseball caps,

not helmets, on our heads.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck 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, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight.


Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

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 OKAY.

We would spend hours building

our go-carts out of scraps

and then ride them 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 Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were

no video games, no 150 channels on cable,

no video movies or DVDs,

no surround-sound or CDs,

no cell phones,

no personal computers,

no Internet and no chat rooms.


and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut,

broke bones and teeth,

and there were no lawsuits

from those accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.

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 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

By Being

Positive Patient & Persistent

We Have Overcome Obstacles

We Are Awesome

If YOU are one of those born

between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?


The quote of the month


Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them...’’ — Richard Henry Lee, 1787
7 years 5 days ago, 8:18 PM


Shakleford's picture

Join Date:
Feb 2009
Ft. Worth, Texas, United States
Born in '79

and most of this still was true! I had a Nintendo, but I didn't get a BB gun when I turned ten........I got a Shotgun! BB guns were for five year olds! Got my ass whipped almost daily, and guess what............I've never stolen anything, raped or killed anyone, and never shot up my school!

"Two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel. One is the colors that fly high and proud the red the white the blue.The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made, Don’t Tread On Me is what it says"
7 years 5 days ago, 8:41 PM


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Brigadier General
Join Date:
Feb 2011
Tyler, Texas, United States
Graduated in '79

And nearly everything WD4Jim posted here was true for me. Guess what, I even watched "violent cartoons" when I was a kid and didn't do any of that stuff either. Of course, if my uncle had ever caught me with a loaded gun (BB or otherwise) that wasn't pointed in a safe direction, he would have beat my a$$ with the butt end of it. I was taught at a young age what a rifle, shotgun or pistol would do to something that was a lot harder than a human body, so I learned to respect guns and handle them safely.

Freedom ain't Free, so thank a Veteran when you see one. They are the ones who have protected the freedoms that you enjoy!
7 years 5 days ago, 8:51 PM


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Join Date:
Nov 2010
Haysi, Virginia, United States

I see your Avatar now Cowboy lol.

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.-Ronald Reagan
7 years 5 days ago, 8:55 PM


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Brigadier General
Join Date:
Feb 2011
Tyler, Texas, United States

That is a pic that hangs in my Lodge. I am the Master of the Lodge this year, until sometime between June 24 and Aug 1 when the new Master will be installed. My pic will then be placed with the other Past Masters.

Freedom ain't Free, so thank a Veteran when you see one. They are the ones who have protected the freedoms that you enjoy!
7 years 4 days ago, 8:18 AM

Saint J.M. Browning

Saint J.M. Browning's picture

Join Date:
Feb 2011
The Colony, Texas, United States
Yep, yep

,yep, and yep. All too true and all too sad. But I think it's all cyclical, and when we hit a low low, it will all come back around. At least that's the hope that keeps me going.

"I don't think Hank done it this way" - Waylon
6 years 51 weeks ago, 3:26 PM


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Join Date:
Feb 2011
Bowie, Texas, United States

Fantastic! 'To all the kids who survived...' is f***ing wonderful... As I sit here reading this I'm dying of stomach cramps as small bit bit of my grey matter reckon's it so so sad.

6 years 51 weeks ago, 4:42 PM


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Join Date:
Mar 2011
will you count '71?

Everything you wrote describes my humble upbringing in the southeast next door to my grandparents in the southeast...born in 1971.

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