When I was teaching, a student asked me if I'd been a hippie in the '60s. I told her, "I was born in 1958. Do the math." To this day I wish I'd been born early enough to have been a hippie! These days I hang out with people who were born in the '40s and *were* hippies ... or at least hippie sympathizers.
Had the following conversation with a co-worker named Linda, about 10 years ago when she was in her late 20s and I was in my early 40s:
Linda: "I'm tired of telling people my name and hearing, 'Oh, that's my mom's name!' I wish I didn't have such an old-lady name!"
Me: "Linda isn't an old lady name. It's my sister's name!"
L: "How old is your sister?"
L: "That's old!"
I remember ... the plain black rotary phones that belonged to The Phone Company. They were just starting to offer Princess and Trimline phones, but they still belonged to The Phone Company, and you had to pay a premium for them. Touch-Tone was just coming out when I was a teenager, but again, it was something you paid extra to The Phone Company for. On a lark, around 1979, I went to the AT&T store and bought one of those pedestal phones (like the one Andy Griffith used to use -- "Hello, Sarah? Get me Floyd!" -- but it was still rotary dial. A roommate used to call it the "Capone Phone.")
I worked one of those switchboards like the one Lily Tomlin used on "Laugh-In," with the bank of holes you plugged big wires into.
Cable TV in its infancy ... when you lived out of close range of television stations and needed cable to get reliable reception. But there was no HBO, no Showtime, no TNT or CNN. What you got for cable was decent reception of broadcast channels you might not get otherwise.
My dad had an 8-track, and one Father's Day I bought him the 8-track tape of Elvis' "Aloha From Hawaii" concert.
My first tape recorder (9th birthday present) was a reel-to-reel. About three years later, I got a cassette recorder/player. Bought a Bobby Sherman tape, and the vocals were almost inaudible. I'm guessing this was because my machine was mono, and the tape was stereo.
In short, I have lots of ammo to one-up you young folks, but since I hang out with people older than me (Bagman is 10 years older, best friend is almost 20 years older), I'm usually the one who gets one-upped. "You remember 5-cent stamps? I remember 3-cent stamps!" -- that sort of thing.