Dan Terry Productions
 
  Smokin' Remembers
We were born before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen foods, cell phones, plastic, contact lens, Frisbees, the pill, radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, ballpoint pens, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes, remote car starters, remote door locks, remote anything  ...............and before man walked on the moon. We got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be?

In our time closets were for clothes, not for "coming out of" Bunnies were small rabbits, and rabbits were not Volkswagen. Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins. We thought fast food was what you ate during lent, and outer space was the back of the Strand Theater ..We were before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and computer marriages. We were before day care centers, group therapy and nursing homes.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, artificial hearts, texting, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us, time sharing meant togetherness. ..not computers or condominiums A Chip meant piece of wood. Hardware was hardware, and software wasn't even a word. Back then "Made in Japan" meant Junk and the term "making out referred to how you did on your exam. Pizzas, McDonalds, Dunkin' Donuts and instant coffees were unheard of. We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10 cent stores, where you bought things for five and ten cents. The corner drug store sold ice cream cones for a nickel and a dime. For a nickel you could ride a street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards. You could buy a new 1957 Thunderbird $3,415.00...but who afford one? A pity too because gas was only 11 cents a gallon!

We are the last generation who played in the streets, we are the 1st who played video games, the last to record songs off the radio on a cassette tape. We walked over a mile with no worries on being taken. We learned how to program the VCR before anyone else, we played from Atari to Nintendo, we are the generation of Tom and Jerry, Looney Toons, Captain Kangaroo. We traveled in cars without seat belts or air-bags. Lived without cell phones. We did not have flat screens, surround sound, IPods, Facebook, Twitter, computers or the internet, but never-the-less we had a great time

In our day, grass was mowed not smoked, Coke was a cold drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was a Grandma's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the principal's office. We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely before the sex change. We made do with what we had. And we were the last generation so dumb to think you need a husband to have a baby. No wonder we are so confused and there is such a generation gap today. Hey, we survived!!! Now where's my Smart Phone?