September 20, 2011 2:15 pm at 2:15 pm #599490
Okay I know I’m dating myself here. But I was just reminiscing about life growing up in the 80’s. Man, I miss those simple times!
It was almost like a different planet compared to today. No cell phones, no internet, no fax machines, economy was booming in America, music still had a hint of ruchnius, the air was fresher, water was clearer, etc,etc.
Any good memories from the 80’s?September 20, 2011 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm #975107
The best part of the ’80’s was Ronald Reagan. He has no replacement and is sorely missed.September 20, 2011 2:47 pm at 2:47 pm #975108miritchkaMember
Teh 80’s…the best of times cuz i was born then..lol! Seriously though, i do miss those simple and carefree days…September 20, 2011 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #975109TheGoqParticipant
Atari.September 20, 2011 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm #975111
And for the girls: dresses with puffy sleeves! My sisters loved those.September 20, 2011 3:39 pm at 3:39 pm #975112yungerman1Participant
I with Baal HaBooze. I cant forget the station wagons where a dozen kids would cram in the back!September 20, 2011 4:49 pm at 4:49 pm #975113
no mandatory seatbelts,
3 piece suits,
G ‘n Sons in boroparkSeptember 20, 2011 4:57 pm at 4:57 pm #975114yungerman1Participant
Baal Habooze- 3 pc suits was in style a lot more recent than the 80’s. As with all styles, its only a matter of time till the wheel turns and the next new/old thing is in style.September 20, 2011 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #975115
-yungerman1 – you’re right. My bad.(just happened to be the last time I wore one)September 20, 2011 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #975116bptParticipant
Fridays in the 18th ave park!September 20, 2011 5:40 pm at 5:40 pm #975117
13th Avenue Boropark a two-way street, lolSeptember 20, 2011 5:50 pm at 5:50 pm #975118ha ha ha haMember
puffy sleeves where in for the younger age group 2-3 yrs ago!!September 20, 2011 6:35 pm at 6:35 pm #975119
In NYC. Squeegee men at major intersections. Time out games. The worst possible thing you could do in yeshiva was be caught with baseball cards. Nobody heard of sushi. Abe Stark ice skating rink in Coney Island. Pirchei trips on Chol Hamoed Asbury Park. When we went to sleepaway camp, the trip to camp WAS the major trip.September 20, 2011 6:51 pm at 6:51 pm #975120asyyegerParticipant
Israel Day Parades and Solidarity Sundays (March for Soviet Jewry) when the entire Jewish world would come out and join together for a common cause.
Pacman, Frogger and Centipede (I’m with the Goq on Atari)
Living in Queens as a teenager and being able to go to Manhattan by yourself by subway to meet friends.
Spending summers (in the late 80’s) working in the Wall Street area and going to lunch concerts in the World Trade Center plaza.
Non-schmutzy movies you could go to, like E.T.
Rolling filberts at shul on yontif afternoons (went to YI of Hillcrest recently for a simcha and the concrete walls were gone!)
Having to work so hard in order to do something you weren’t supposed to, that it wasn’t worth the risk!!!September 20, 2011 7:36 pm at 7:36 pm #975121bptParticipant
“Rolling filberts at shul on yontif afternoons”
14th Ave, in front of BYOB, (but not in the 80s)
Was this still the rage in the 80s in Queens? In BP, it fizzled out in the late 70s.September 20, 2011 8:13 pm at 8:13 pm #975122asyyegerParticipant
To be honest, I’m not sure when it stopped, but I’m pretty sure in Hillcrest it went into the early ’80s.September 20, 2011 9:58 pm at 9:58 pm #975123
Back to the Future
ETCSeptember 20, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm #975124YatzmichMember
Anybody remember the old Buick Wagons that the back door was in two parts? The window would slide upward into the roof & and the bottom half would slide downward into the bottom somewhere. That was in the good old days when bumpers were actually chrome.
Or what about the period in the early 80’s when theives would steal bumpers from all the GM cars?September 21, 2011 2:23 am at 2:23 am #975125
my “cool” walkman
no ATM machines, you had to go INTO the bank for cash
Paying 25 cents touse a telephone in a telephone booth
typewritersSeptember 21, 2011 2:42 am at 2:42 am #975126brotherofursParticipant
hmm i wasn’t born but sounds nice:)September 21, 2011 2:55 am at 2:55 am #975127
Shticky Guy: I didn’t have the guts to write all those but
WOW 2 thumbs up, LOL….thx:))September 21, 2011 2:59 am at 2:59 am #975128KIsh Echad BLev EchadMember
I CAN NOT believe that people have good memories of those station wagons. I guess being the youngest, I had no choice but to sit facing sideways or even worse backwards…..September 21, 2011 6:11 am at 6:11 am #975129amichaiParticipant
music was not noise, but words. safer neighborhoods. pple did more together, shmoozing, . we weren’t attached to our little machines. if someone spoke to you, you had their full attention and not them looking at their pell. or ipod every 3 seconds.September 21, 2011 6:39 am at 6:39 am #975130
Shticky Guy: I didnt have the guts to write all those
Why? Didnt you like Tzlil Vzemer?☺ Seriously, that was my good list. You should see the ones I left off… LolSeptember 21, 2011 6:39 am at 6:39 am #975131September 21, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm #975132
Amichai- couldn’t have said it better!! I missed that the MOST. Talking to s/1 with their full attention. No cell, blackberry, smartphone, etc.
Shtick Guy- You gotta show me the rest!!
p.s. I looooved Tzlil V’Zemer, brings back great memories of us sitting in my father’s station wagon going on a family vacation to Bethlehem, N.H.September 21, 2011 1:03 pm at 1:03 pm #975133squeakParticipant
Music wasnt noise? Maybe youve forgotten all the street kids who lugged boomboxes on their shoulders everywhere, including on the subways? I assure you it was not enjoyable for us grown ups. I think that headphones, walkmans, diskmans are great inventions!September 21, 2011 1:26 pm at 1:26 pm #975134emunah613Member
For ladies: The “big hair” sheitels which took hours of teasing to get the perfect bang wave OR the Tuxedo sheitel by Georgie….The shoulder pads on everything….., Sun-In, the messenger bag which we called “pouch”, the low waist dress, the sparkly shoes and collars, huge sweaters with big designs, and every house had MAUVE,or mauve and gray, and a white kitchen was in. I also distinctly remember the mustard yellow color for clothes and handbags-although I have tried to block it out……September 21, 2011 3:01 pm at 3:01 pm #975135
blackboards with chalk
cash registers that went “cha-ching”
Girls: remember wearing Jellies and Jam
or using a hair crimper
Than of course we had among us Rav Moshe Feinstein, Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetzky, the Steipler Goan, Rav Shach, the Bobover Rebbe, just to name a few Gedolim.
I remember seeing a pickle store in B.P. (I’m not from N.Y. but would visit often)
I remember one of the first car phones that came out, they were HUGE! Of course they had a cord, but was a cool invention.
Cameras with film. coolest thing when polaroid cameras came out with instant pictures.September 21, 2011 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #975136
And the Country Yossi children’s radio show Tuesday nights.September 21, 2011 4:52 pm at 4:52 pm #975137
When sony introduced the walkman, I remember one Rosh Yeshiva railing against bachurim who walked around all day “with those keilim in their ears”.
Buying a roll of subway/bus tokens to get to yeshiva because I was 1/10 of a mile to close to the yeshiva to get a bus pass.
When my parents bought a new car that came a cassette player. Boy, were we cutting edge.
The olympic boycotts.
Mike Eruzione (captain of the 1980 gold medal usa hockey team) telling president carter, “sir, I’m no hero, I’m just a hockey player”.
The Miller Lite commercials (taste great, less filling – especially the one with billy martin and george steinbrenner)September 21, 2011 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm #975138NoachMember
Nintendo – Mario, Zelda, Tetris
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesSeptember 21, 2011 7:18 pm at 7:18 pm #975139
The US supported what later became known as the taliban in afghanistan in their fight against the soviets. (in the 80s they were called mujhadeen – freedom figheters).September 21, 2011 7:25 pm at 7:25 pm #975140shmoelMember
The mujhadeen who got rid of the Soviets in Afghanistan were not what later became the Taliban.September 21, 2011 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #975141
the mujhadeen who drove out the soviets were a mishmash of many afghan tribes (including many who lived in the mountainous regions of pakistan who joined up to help drive the soviets out). with the soviets out, what we call today the taliban emerged as the strongest of the groups and took control of the country. it did not happen overnight. the soviets withdrew in 1989, by 1991, the taliban were running the asylum.September 21, 2011 9:12 pm at 9:12 pm #975142
We used to poke fun and laugh, as kids, when we looked at some old picture albums from our older relatives. Women in the 70’s wore short skirts, huge sunglasses and “beehive” hair…tznius was definitely not a subject matter. Why is there a family birthday party at a beach?? The torah was probably given in the 1980’s, we said. LOL.September 21, 2011 9:54 pm at 9:54 pm #975143HaMayvin YovinMember
212 area code for the WHOLE New York City (inc. Brooklyn, Queens, SI, and Bronx)
201 area code for the WHOLE state of New JerseySeptember 22, 2011 7:04 am at 7:04 am #975144
You gotta show me the rest!!
No problemo. Simply organise another CR meeting or party like Goq did for his birthday and I’ll bring my list along when I come to meet the chevra. I know guys will be suprised when they find out who you are. We know who coffee addict is also. He’s the mashgiach with the sliced finger so he sticks out like a sore thumb! I want everyone wearing their cr names on name tags. Dont need to know your real names. And the new mod that we so desperately need to cover current long gaps will be unanimously chosen from the crowd so dont miss it. Whether you have a ‘bubbly’ character like Dr Pepper, a schitsophrenic nature like Joseph, an ultrasonic one like squeak, a humorous one like getzel, popa, Goq, several mods, daas yochid and so many others, or a shy and reserved nature (ahem) like deiazooger, bpt and itche srulik, you can be invited to the party.
URSULA and MINYAN will be handing out poetic licence but dont BLINQ because, SHREK, you may miss it. We will serve YUMMY CUPCAKES and STUFFED KAPUSTA CABBAGE, but the ONE GOAL is to BE HAPPY in good HEALTH and if you always SEE ALL SIDES and treat everyone as a BROTHEROFURS in an ADORABLE way then be sure of a kesiva vchasima tova and AM YISRAEL CHAI. (The rest of you are also invited).September 22, 2011 1:39 pm at 1:39 pm #975145
WOW, sounds like fun!! though I can’t promise I’d attend such parties since I’m from OOT…
🙁September 22, 2011 3:34 pm at 3:34 pm #975146
The death of Ma Bell and the birth of the “baby bells”.September 22, 2011 3:43 pm at 3:43 pm #975147
The birth of the Personal Computer (IBM PC).September 22, 2011 3:49 pm at 3:49 pm #975148
The birth of the Internet. (Before the 80’s it was only a military network called ARPANet.)September 22, 2011 6:19 pm at 6:19 pm #975149
Camp Torah Vadaath!!!
Best camp EVER in the mountains!September 22, 2011 7:03 pm at 7:03 pm #975150
Wayne Gretzky literally obliterating every offensive record in hockey.September 22, 2011 7:05 pm at 7:05 pm #975151
The Artscroll siddur (the original version with the square nekudos – I know that might sound funny and yes, there was some negativity towards the siddur in part due to the square nekudos).September 22, 2011 7:18 pm at 7:18 pm #975152
“Wayne Gretzky literally obliterating every offensive record in hockey.”
Aaah yes, The Great One, and the Oiler’s Dynasty, arguably the best hockey team in NHL history.
Or how ’bout Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls…September 22, 2011 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm #975153RabbiRabinMember
knit ties and light blue suits from the right placeSeptember 22, 2011 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #975154
Asteroids, Q-bert, dig-dug and frogger.September 22, 2011 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm #975155
Rotary phones. Rubiks cubes.
Those technologicaly advanced 5.25″ floppy disks.September 22, 2011 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm #975156mom12Participant
Too bad you 80’s missed de 70’s and 60’s..
those were really good ol’ days..
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