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    ☕ DaasYochid ☕

    DOS was just the breaking news when I started working

    Am I that old? 🙂


    How excited we were with the first Word processor. Dictaphone? Teletype machine?

    Who understood the first fax machines and how they worked?

    When my BIL, came over and tried to explain the first internet system to us, it was called Prodigy, and he was talking about a “mouse” going through the mall and into stores to make purchase on your credit card. We thought he was drunk!


    What about those rotary phones? I had one of those in my house till about 10 years ago.


    Wanderingchana.. I remember all that..

    I took my 4 yr old sister to school each morning on the city bus, I was 8 or 9 yrs old.. boy did we run for those busses

    I remember standing on line at a new pizza shop that started charging a quarter (up a nickel)!

    When I brought home a rotary phone my kids wanted to know how to use it!

    Over a dollar a minute for a long distance call..


    Any one remember switching delaney cards on subs?

    You do? Care explaining the joke to our juniors?

    This is where technology helps subs all over. They use pictures now. 🙂



    Aries, my first boss after college had Prodigy, and I was completely floored. Wasn’t that put out by Compuserve?

    Tums, I had a relative who loved old cars, and had a 1948 Packard (the inside seemed as big as a house) and a Model T Ford – 1932? I got to ride in the rumble seat. The side windows had a little triangle window for a vent. It just chugged along and had this great horn – aaaOOOOOOga!! It was a trip!


    you know you’re getting old, when you say things like “i remember when…”

    should write instead to younger guys:

    who knows what brady bunch is?

    who can imagine typing ten page term paper on type writer, so if left out a line on page 3, had to type 7 pages over again.

    was so excited when in 12th grade, we got a word processor.

    who, nowadays, can get a job without knowing what a mouse is and, of course, how to use one?


    What is an IBM S/360?</blockquote?

    I worked on IBM 360s and 370s when I was in college. I was a Peripheral Equipment Operator at SSA headquarters in Woodlawn, MD. We also had rows and rows of tape drives. Remember those? There was a tape library with about 500,000 reels of tape.


    Even though all my friends had pocket calculators, I had to wait until they came down in price. My first one cost $125. Remember slide rules?

    What about those things you stuck in the hole in a 45 so you could play it on the same spindle as a 33?

    My parents had a business, so I saw a lot of things before they were common.

    My parents had Autotypists. These were probably the first word processors. Each one was a big machine, about the size of a small desk. A specially adapted IBM typewriter sat on it. It had a roll of paper that resembled a player piano roll. As the machine “read” the holes, bellows would cause little levers to pull the keys down on the typewriter. One could program in a pause so as to personalize each letter.

    Our first answering machine was an Ansaphone. The telephone sat on the machine and two prongs sat under the handset. When the phone would ring, the two prongs would pick up the handset and the tape would start playing. If we were screening calls, we had to be quiet. Since the handset was off the hook, callers could hear everything going on.


    I didn’t really think anyone wanted to talk colonoscopy. No, no ice. Anesthesia. What I remember is the doctor talking to me, asking me to count to ten, making it to perhaps 7, and waking up in a room I didn’t recognize, being disoriented and light headed for about 30 minutes, calling my wife, going home. No, the Rav said, you can’t make a baruch shepatrani (in my shul we say it with shem umalchus).


    who can imagine typing ten page term paper on type writer, so if left out a line on page 3, had to type 7 pages over again.

    My first typewriter was manual; you had to pick up your hand to hit the return lever to bring the carriage to the next line. Remember the little bell that went “Ding?”

    Even on an electric typewriter, you still had to hit a key to send the paper to the beginning of the next line.

    Of course, there was all the correction stuff as well – either Wite Out, or correction tape, or a cartridge you could pop into the electric machine.


    Who were the 56ers ?

    always here

    mamashtakah~ ah, yes, I remember it well. (Maurice Chevalier)


    Remember the Klein’s Kosher Ice Cream vending machine in Rabbi Newhouse’s B.Y. where you could buy an ice cream pop for ten cents or a pickle at the corner store for a nickle.

    When we moved to Boro Park after Bedford Sty, i was assigned weekly food shopping at the age of ten. Yes, i was considered the responsible one in the family at a very young age. If i went to 46th street i could do grocery and fruit for $9 to $10 for the week. If i stayed in the neighborhood it would be about $3 more.

    We were a family of six.

    My parents trusted me with doing the bank deposits too at that age.

    It was also acceptable to frequent the Brooklyn Public Library for good and acceptable reading material such as All Kind of a Family and for the younger ones such as Snip, Snap and Snurr or Flicka, Ricka and Dicka. We also read Yiddish such as Der Yiddishe Licht!


    Remember having to wait for (the tubes in) a radio or a TV to “warm up” before it started to work???


    Remember when the TV news was only one or two people sitting at a desk telling you the news in a very serious voice?

    No folksy conversations, no newsmen “in the field”.

    The only one standing was the weatherman.

    Some newsmen even smoked ON THE AIR!

    always here

    Lia~ my father’s cousin, Sydney Taylor, wrote the ‘All Of A Kind Family’ series!! thanks for remembering her work!! :))

    her husband, Ralph, & his brother, Milton, owned Caswell-Massey ~ the oldest pharmacy in America.

    AinOhdMilvado~ my father, a’h, used to have a radio/tv repair business.. in the days of tubes.


    Remember when they (NBC, to be specific) first started broadcasting color TV, and they would begin each show by saying…

    “The following program is brought to you in living color!”

    btw… that was the origin of the NBC peacock symbol.


    Some one made a comment above about the old Bell System black telephones.

    They may not have had any of the features of today’s phones, just a rotary dial and a wired handset, but you know what – they worked, and… you NEVER had to replace them!

    They NEVER broke!

    You could throw them off a mountain and they would not break.

    Not like today’s disposable (made in China) junk.


    Ah, yes! The little bell that went “ding”! 🙂


    In 1956, John J. Graham created an abstraction of an eleven-feathered peacock to indicate richness in color.

    You remember 56 & don’t know who the 56ers were?

    They were the Hungarians who fled during the Hungarian revolt against the soviets.There were several hundred Yiddish families who “flooded ” Williamsburgh, Crown Heights & ?. I remember my father telegraphing his brother who was hesitating “it is urgent that you go daven at Grandmother’s kever” (in Vienna)


    they should update the ”i remember when ” column in the jewish press to one done by folks in their 50’s rather than 70’s

    or….they could have both age groups


    I remember watching the NBC peacock on our black and white TV. They broadcast the living color announcement because not all the shows were in color.

    Speaking of NBC, do you remember the NBC tones on the radio? And the weekend radio show called “NBC Monitor?” I used to listen to radio at night, to all the commentators and radio shows. There was no problem listening then (late 60s, early 70s), as the shows never got into things they shouldn’t.


    Am I that old? 🙂

    none of these systems were simply named “DOS” (a name given only to an unrelated IBM mainframe operating system in the 1960s).


    Remember the tape recorders with the reels

    Remember the super 8 movies with no sound. My father paid over $1000 for our first VCR

    Remember when 7-11 first opened up, they were only open from 7am-11pm. No such thing as a 24 store.

    Remember filling up gas by pulling down the license plate in the back


    What was an Edsel?


    Remember College Bowl–especially when Yeshiva University scored very high?

    Remember all the scratched up records from the little needle on the phonograph? and then the record would “skip” because of the scratches?


    My father has a broken record my mother a broken record player & it didn’t affect me, affect me,affect me, affect me,affect me, affect me,affect me, affect me,affect me, affect me,affect me, affect me,affect me, affect me,affect me, affect me,

    always here

    haha, adorable ‘well meaning’! but it’s ‘affect’, lol 😉



    Do you remember they also had knowledge-testing quiz show, like College Bowl, but for high school students.

    Do you remember that one?

    It was called “It’s Academic”.


    Here’s a general observation about TV shows today.

    I think these days everyone must have, at least a touch of, A.D.D.

    Do you remember in the old days pretty much ALL TV shows (like, for example, “The Honeymooners”) started by giving titles and introductions, like “The Honeymooners, starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, … etc.”

    NOW, most shows have NO intros like that. They go right into the heart of the show (I think because they’re afraid you’ll lose interest if they do it the old way) and then, three or four minutes later when they’ve ‘hooked you’ into watching, THEN they give the credits.


    The quality of CD’s aren’t much better than the records were. They also get scratched and skip.

    Kids today don’t know the meaning of the saying “stop repeating yourself like a broken record”. They don’t know the meaning of “the phone is off the hook”. To kids, the cordless phones are always “off the hook” and still work.

    well meaning busy body, The Edsel was a car named after Henry Ford’s son Edsel and went down in history as one of the biggest lemons


    Yes AinOhdMilvado, I remember the tubes for radio and TV and the tube testers at the hardware store. And also:


    Starter buttons which cranked the automobile motor That is ancient. I am 63 & do not remember that

    Just within the last 2-3 years I saw an Edsel parked on the street a block away from my home. It baffled me as it did not look well maintained at all.



    Yes, I remember Howdy Doody (with Captain Bob Smith and Clarabell) and Hopalong Cassidy, and…

    Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, The Mickey Mouse Club, Leave it To Beaver, Father Knows Best, Abbot and Costello, and The Three Stooges.

    I remember enjoying watching with my father a”h, (who was an officer in the U.S. Army during WW2) the show “Combat” (which was about a squad of U.S. soldiers fighting in Europe during the war.)


    My father has a broken record my mother a broken record player & it didn’t effect me, effect me,effect me, effect me,effect me, effect me,effect me, effect me,effect me, effect me,effect me, effect me,effect me, effect me,effect me, effect me,

    Of course it didn’t. And I’ll bet it didn’t affect you either.

    Oops! I see always here beat me to it.


    Just within the last 2-3 years I saw an Edsel parked on the street a block away from my home. It baffled me as it did not look well maintained at all.

    A friend of mine has an Edsel.


    Let’s not forget Captain Kangaroo.


    Either you’re waaay over 40 or I forgot most of my childhood 🙂


    Wow! What will this thread look like in 30 yrs?? All of us teens will be a bunch of old foggies saying, “Oh, remember those HUGE Blackberries? And remember how our doorbell whent Ding! when someone was at the door?…”

    doodle jump

    Remember having only channels 2,4,5,7,9,11 and 13?

    What about car phones? They were the size of a small shoe box.

    Ditto machines in school? Your hands were blue from the ink and it got onto everything you touched.

    Paper dolls and all the accessories that came with it?


    In the ’80’s portable cellphones were closer to the size of a small suitcase.

    always here

    doodle jump~ in 2008, I went to Israel for 4 months. when I left my B’klyn home we only had those channels; when I returned we had cable. & that was as recent as 2008! .. (now I have no TV).


    Anyone remember Colorforms–we spent hours playing with that.

    How about hoolah hoops, jacks, plain old yoyos?


    ItsJustMyOpinion – “Remember filling up gas by pulling down the license plate in the back”

    What dah yah mean remember? What you think -I can’t remember from one minute to the next? I just put in gas 2 hours ago. I love the attendants who will yell at me wrong side without looking. Some who don’t know look at both sides and ask where is it?


    Remember when there were no microwaves, no crock pots, no fancy coffee makers, no food processors…and not too many people had washing machines and the clothes were hung outside to dry or in the winter they were put on the radiators to dry.


    “Marshmallow” soles on lace-up shoes.

    Q: What’s a ‘sal regrate’?

    A:”Boy the way Glen Miller played, songs that made the hit parade, guys like us we had it made, those were the days, and you know where you were then, girls were girls and men were men, mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again, didn’t need no welfare states everybody pulled his weight, gee our old Lasalle ran great, those were the days!”



    I still had a few pair of “Danskins” my kids wore..

    they really did make things to last forever..

    Where do we see the kind of respectful and obedient kids we had yesteryear..

    I never remember asking “why”..And we were happy!


    Who remembers “John’s bargain stores”?


    I remember how excited my mother was when Bac-o’s first came out. Boy, she put those little bits on everything!

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