Life As A Baby Boomer

Goldie Hawn on TVs Laugh-In 1968
Goldie Hawn on TVs Laugh-In 1968

1960s NBC Peacock

Baby Boomer Remembers When

Remembering life growing up in the 1960s and 1970s compared to today. Baby boomers are those that were born between the years 1946 and 1964. I was born in 1955, the year of Elvis' rising to fame. I'm going to begin in 1962 when I was age 7 since I don't remember much prior to that year. That year my dad bought me a pair of roller skates, the kind that was made of metal and was adjustable with a metal key to fit your shoes.

In school, I remember we had air-raid drills in the hallway; by sitting up against the wall with our hands over our heads towards our laps; for fear of the Cubans and Russians attacking us with atomic bombs. I remember being really frightened over that.

Back then we watched TV in Black & White. I remember my favorite shows were Felix the Cat, Romperoom, Captain Kangaroo and the Mickey Mouse Club. I lived through the assassination of John F. Kennedy and The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show..

I remember when color TVs became available for consumers to buy at Sears. We got ours in 1967, but there were only a few shows that were broadcast in color. But I remember seeing the NBC Peacock with its beautiful colors before a show was broadcast in color. I particularly remember watching Star Trek and The Monkees in color. Also, it was awesome watching the Wizard of Oz for the first time in color.


Life At Play

As a child in the 1960s, we were allowed to wander the streets without fear of predators. Not that there weren't any crazies out there, but it just wasn't rampant like today. We would play outside all day until dinner time. We didn't lock our doors or windows at night until the 1970s. There were bullies back then too, but so tame compared to today. Going to the movies was only 75 cents for kids and candy was 10 and 15 cents. I remember sleeping outdoors with friends from tents we made with blankets and used broken wooden clothes pins as stakes. Life was so simple then.

Life as a Teen

Life as a teen in the mid 1960s and early 1970s were somewhat turbulent. We had the Vietnam War, the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. The Hippy movement was beginning, not that I minded that. We didn't trust anybody over 30 back then. It was the arrival of the drug scene. LSD was legal before President Nixon declared it illegal. There were all the war protests and the riots, but hey, we had the best music. Us teens were content with just wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Nothing extravagent. We were pretty much peaceful and non violent.

Things We Lived Without

Growing up back then was less distracted then today. We got along with so many inconveniences and were content in spite of it. So what were some of the inconveniences? Well we didn't have cell phones or answering machines. If you weren't home to answer the phone, you never knew if someone was trying to reach you. We had no microwave ovens. We cooked at home more ofened then going out to eat. We popped popcorn in the pot on the stove, or used Jiffy Pop and watched the foil pouch expand as we shaked it back and forth on the stove. We thought that was so much fun. They still sell the stuff.

We didn't have computers to look things up or type on. We would look things up in encyclopedias or dictionaries at the library. We didn't have social media to communicate with people. We wrote letters or made phone calls. I remember having a penpal from Italy and Germany and how exciting it was to get mail from them.

Our houses didn't have central air. Just the window kind if you could afford it. We didn't have a TV in every room. We only had channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11. Channel 6, 10 and 13 weren't much of anything but static. We had to have a TV antenna on the roof of our houses and rabbit ears on top of our TVs to get a good reception.

Comparing Life Then & Now

Life Then( 1960s & 1970s)
Life Now (2015)
Vinyl Record Albums 
iTunes, MP3 players, CDs 
No Cable TV , only had 13 channels
Cable TV, Direct TV, Netflix, Downloads
Polaroid and instamatic Cameras 
Digital Cameras, Cell Phones
Movie Projectors, tape recorders (Reel to reel)
DVD Players, Camcorders, Tivo, DVR
TVs with picture tubes, TVs as furniture
3D TV, Flat Screen and Plasma TVs
Rotary phones, push button phones
iPhones, cordless phones, cell phones
board games, Atari, Sega
board games, Xbox, Wii, Playstation
Manual typewriters, Electric Typewriters
Computer Keyboard, Laptops, Tablets
Books
Books, e-books
Growing Up

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Comments 5 comments

Waqxi 5 years ago

Hello Charity Squid

Great hub Enjoyed it deeply and second me on your statement that we were happier without this modern technology and also we didn't have global warming , corporate breed , tsunami , hurricanes and terrorism etc etc in 50's , 60,s , 70's and then all the crap came along

Waqxi


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Ditto on the sentiments. What a kinder, simpler life we had going to soc hops (instead of Raves), carrying our transistor radios (rather than iPods), and drinking Root Beer rather than energy drinks. Ah, good times.


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Charity Squid 5 years ago Author

To rwelton....I know. It was great back then. We didn't have to be afraid and we were happier without all this technology.


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rwelton 5 years ago from Sacramento CA

Born in '47 - all that and more...didn't wear shoes all summer except on Sunday and again when school started in September - headed out in the morning on Saturday and came home when the street lights came on- that was the signal or your mom whistled - you could go into your neighbor's house when they were gone(doors never locked) and 'borrow' a cup of sugar...good old days.

rlw


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wendi_w 5 years ago from Midwest

I was born in 1964 so I am at the tail end of the baby boomers, thank you for the trip down memory lane. Very nice hub

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