Born before 1986 and you're alive?

Found this on the Digital Press forums. It's a great read. My thoughts/experiences/comments have been added in after some of them.

For those born before 1986

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based
paint which was promptly chewed and licked. (maybe that's what went wrong with me)

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans. (Then again, maybe it was medicince.... hmm)

When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and fluorescent 'spokey dokey's' on our wheels. (And I have scars and a deformed knee cap to prove it)

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat was a treat. (Can't say I ever rode without a seatbelt)

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the same. (I still do; what's your point?)

We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. (Preach on brother!)

We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this. (Actually, I got mono drinking out of a water bottle at a basketball game. That was a pretty damn close call)

We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem. (Nah, it's only fun to build them if you knew what you were doing)

We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one minded. (Not so. After we had that gang war shoot out in our front yard when I was 6, that sort of killed that idea... and we moved)

We did not have Playstations or Xboxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms. (I'm still not sure exactly how I survived this, but of course we had video games)

We had friends - we went outside and found them. (Ditto)

We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt! (I have absolutely no idea what this is)

We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law suits. (To think of the money I could have)

We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents. (I knew better, I would have got my *** kicked both during the fight and by my parents. Fear is the best type of parenting)

We played chap-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners catching us. (Well, yeah. Those old men are evil when you walk on their grass or knock on their doors)

We walked to friends' homes. We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner. (School was a hell of a lot farther, but yeah, walking to a friends house was cool)

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. (I wouldn't say I played games with them and due to fear of prosecution, it's better off I don't say what I did with them)

We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood. (I hated people. The chances of me riding with seven people... well, there wasn't a chance)

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of...They actually sided with the law. (No, they would have bailed me out if I ended up in jail.... then killed me once I got home)

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one of them. Congratulations!

For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read about us. This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a smile on your face:

The majority of students in universities today were born in 1986........They are called youth.

They have never heard of We are the World, We are the Children, and the Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel.

They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda Carlisle. (Who?)

For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam. (There are two?)

AIDS has existed since they were born. CD's have existed since they were born.

Michael Jackson has always been white. (He wasn't always a freak?)

To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance.

They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are films from last year.

They can never imagine life before computers. (Scary thought, but true)

They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, RedHand Gang or the Famous Five. (I was a Ninja Turtle and a Ghostbuster and one of the old ladies down the street thought my name really was Peter Venkman)

They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You. (The what now?)

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed. And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone. (Actually, I've never had a B & W TV either, at least not any I remember)

Comments (5)

I was born in 1984, so I remember quite a bit of what this article is talking about, oddly enough. Very early years, yes, but it was an interesting time, definitely. Heck, I even remember the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, and the Challenger disaster in 1986. My Parents had been into space exploration rather heavily, so naturally, I was too. When I saw Challenger explode, I fell to my knees in tears.

*sigh* — nostalgia just isn't what it used to be. =o)

Rounders is like baseball but with four bases. It's certainly more popular than baseball in the UK.

Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda Carlisle - you're not missing much.

Let's see, at the age of 3½, I was playing with my dad's pipe wrenches at the top of the stairs to the basement. I thrust my hand out with the wrench, which sent me tumbling down the steps to land on the hard concrete below—on my ass. Fortunately for me I guess. Landing on my head, and it would have been a Darwin moment, if not a Darwin Award.

At age 15, I was playing at the local swimming hole swinging off of a rope, when I came in and instead of dropping into the water, walloped my right shin on the steel seawall. It dented, but it did not break, and it was horribly sore for a few hours.

And June, I cried myself when Challenger blew up, and I was 29 at the time.


Evidently, I am the oldest to post to this. Yes, I remember 1986 quite well. It was the year that I graduated from high school. It all brought back pleasant memories. Although I have to say, the comments must have come from an age past 1986. It was close to the end of seemingly pleasant youth without the intrusions of what we have now in the modern day. However, I must say that well before 1986, I had video games. Atari was it. Pac Man and Frogger ruled. It was a pleasure to read this one.


i agrree with all of the above, i remeber playin out with all the local children. we all looked out for each other. There was no trouble, unlike now, we felt safe. what has happend????

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