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Favorite childhood toys and youthful memories

By Mr68

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#5801 89 days ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Third rebound I've picked up this year.

So your girlfriends dumped you three times?

#5802 88 days ago
Quoted from ReadyPO:

The question isn't whether it is recyclable (it is - https://www.intcorecycling.com/How-To-Recycle-Polystyrene.html ), but what the cost to do it is (even today much of what is considered recyclable and sent to recycling centers gets thrown away due to contamination - too costly to recycle.)
At the time, McDonald's was generating about 2% of the polystyrene packaging waste in the country and had a recycling program underway that went away when they stopped the clamshells.
And to steer this back to childhood memories, in 1980 it went to the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia and on the way there and back by bus, we would stop at McDonald's and everyone got the same thing - Big Mac, fries and a coke. I never liked them before and now it is pretty much the only thing I order at McDonald's (now I only have to remember "Number one with a Coke" )
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Interesting link. I had not thought about it being a weight-bulk/value issue. But yes, in its finished form, styrofoam/polystyrene would cost a fortune to ship. And the machinery to compress it probably costs a fortune, too.

#5803 88 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

I'm processing and recycling some McDonald's right now.

How did that work out for you

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#5804 88 days ago

Anyone remember him?

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#5805 88 days ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

Anyone remember him?
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Oh yeah! He’s sitting on my counter right now

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#5806 87 days ago

Maybe this was posted before. Maybe not. Either way I don’t give a shit. It’s worth the repost

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#5807 87 days ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

Anyone remember him?
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The year after I graduated high school, the next graduating class stole the Big Boy from the restaurant and put it on top of the high school roof for the senior prank. What a sight!

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#5809 87 days ago

YOU MANIACS!

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#5810 87 days ago

Before McDonalds....

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#5811 87 days ago

I went to the auction last night and there were some old newspapers someone had saved. Looking inside, I saw an ad for a cigarette brand I had forgotten about. From 1976.

This was back in the days when the govt. and the tobacco companies were fighting it out. And low tar cigarettes were getting a lot of ad dollars.

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Burger Haus? I never heard of it. No experience necessary. Just give us your $5,000.00.

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Same paper: Terrace Gardens is looking to hire and LPN for $4.00 per hour. For the graveyard shift.

( I remember when one of my friend's was getting out of the military service in 1975. He found a computer job in a mainframe shop for $5.00 an hour. And we were all going, " What? $5.00 an hour ! You lucky dog. How did you find that job? Five bucks an hour !? Get outta here. No way. You lucky bastard ! )

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Here is how we used to look for jobs. I'm glad I'm retired and not having to do this job search BS anymore. "Linked In" has never appealed to me. Of course, looking thru the newspaper for a job never appealed to me, either

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#5812 87 days ago
Quoted from bssbllr:Anyone remember him?
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I worked as a cook at big boys in 1985. Waitresses and hostesses were the memory. Many cool memories. Sweet!

#5813 87 days ago

One of my older managers took me on a tour of Woodward Avenue at 3am one night for fun.

That was when I saw a rat the size of a small dog. Ah Detroit.

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#5814 87 days ago
Quoted from JayDee:

Maybe this was posted before. Maybe not. Either way I don’t give a shit. It’s worth the repost
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Awesome! First Dee Snyder then Riki. I remember seeing AC/DC video around 1983 and running to neighbors house to have him tune in and see the last bit.
Early MTV, it was rare to see any hard rock.

Also loved Yo! MTV Raps
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#5815 87 days ago
Quoted from Azmodeus:

That was when I saw a rat the size of a small dog. Ah Detroit.

One of the customers at my dad's arcade at 8th and Hennepin in Minneapolis. Told me about growing up with them in the projects. He said they used to ride them to school.

LTG : )

#5816 87 days ago

Ever get a rat in your toilet? I had this pleasant experience once.

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#5817 87 days ago

Rat Stories?
My first was in East Brooklyn, in a 100 plus year old building the family owned.
They laid new sewer lines, and disturbed all the rats.
We had traps in the ancient basement, and I had to shovel the dead ones up.
12 to 16" bodies, and one ran up the shovel, my arm and head!
Looked as nasty as the pic above!
This week, I had rats build a nest in a front wall shrub. Tore the whole bush up in 24 hours.

Another was my wife sitting on the can at the beach, and her a noise. Screaming in a primal way I have never heard was a rat going for a swim! Almost bit her Ass!

Our dogs have brought rats into the house.
One time they chased a rat for hours, knocking everything over. The rat settled under and inside our stove.

Gosh I hate rats!

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#5819 87 days ago

Not rats but Mouseketeers

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#5820 87 days ago

Rat pucking.

LTG : )

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#5821 86 days ago

Houston Arcade group probably knows where this was taken…
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#5822 86 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

Before McDonalds....
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Sunrise Highway Rockville Center. Not far from Motion Performance. I learned a lot about life in that parking lot!

///Rich

#5823 86 days ago
Quoted from RichWolfson:

Sunrise Highway Rockville Center. Not far from Motion Performance. I learned a lot about life in that parking lot!
///Rich

Know where that was!
From my wife working at Green Acres Mall, to growing up in Baldwin!
Rockville Center, and WLIR!

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#5824 86 days ago

We had the Twin Drive-In in Wheeling, Illinois that opened in 1966. People would hide in the trunk to get in free. We'd bring cases of beer etc. and party for hours. Don't remember seeing any movies all the way through there. There was always some sort of distraction going on!!!
Ah, that lovely "suburban feeling"!
M&R Twin Drive-In, Wheeling Illinois
Remember when the new technology of radio movie sound first came out? If so, you're old as F**K like me.
And yes, the "Twin" had 3 screens. They started out with two and added one later, but still called it the "Twin".

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#5825 86 days ago
Quoted from SunKing:

Houston Arcade group probably knows where this was taken…
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That’s very cool but I have to ask, what’s up with all the broken balusters on the stairs?
I can only guess damage from moving machines?

#5826 86 days ago

Our cat brought a field rat in the house and turned it loose in the living room. Lucie dog charged it and killed the rat with a swift chomp. I grilled Lucie her own hero hamburger that afternnon.

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#5827 86 days ago
Quoted from DCP:

People would hide in the trunk to get in free.

My sister hid me in the trunk in the summer of 1975 to see the Towering Inferno at the Drive-In. A little internet hunting showed that by 1980, it was closed. Can barely tell what it once was today.

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#5828 86 days ago

I lived behind this drive in theater between 1965-1969.

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Today, it is a huge parking lot for a FedEx store, a bank, a hotel, and a couple restaurants.

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The red dot is the house I lived in. If you look towards the right at that row of houses, behind this whole block of houses was a strip of no-man's land about 50 feet wide. We hung out between the theater and people's back yards, watched movies, got drunk, made out. Good times. This is where I watched "HELP" by The Beatles, Fist Full of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, Goldfinger, to name a few.

While I was googling for this image of the 54 drive in all kinds of pics for old drive-in theaters in Wichita came up in the search. There must have been at least 20 drive ins-in the 50s. I can only recall 4 or 5 of them during my time in the 60s.

Today, we have one double-screen drive-in still left. I have not been in years.

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#5829 86 days ago

Our city expanded and eventually engulfed the old drive-inn we had with a single family home development. The Holiday Drive-Inn marquee was designated a historical landmark, is well maintained and occasionally used to this day. It's on a small, two lane highway out of town on the way to Lyons Classic Pinball.

I spent a lot of time there after buying my first car and each time I pass the sign, a dirty little smile sneaks across my face.
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#5830 86 days ago

Gotta love those 70s disaster flicks!
Think Earthquake was the first movie I saw at a theater. Was very young and remember the sounds coming from the multiple speakers scared me more than anything being shown on the screen. That Sensaround really was effective to a 9 year old.

2 years later Jaws came to town and with just 2 music notes terrified me more then 10 speakers

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#5831 86 days ago

Though my childhood drive-in closed, we still have an operating Drive-In in town that we took the kids to when they were young and we occasionally go to. It is billed as the last remaining drive-in on Route 66 in Illinois. During COVID last summer, it did great business.

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#5832 86 days ago

Gremlins was my first drive in movie in 84 and Dazed and Confused was my last in 95

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#5833 86 days ago
Quoted from ultimategameroom:

what’s up with all the broken balusters on the stairs?
I can only guess damage from moving machines?

Not my house, but yeah - suspect those stairs have seen 100’s of games go up and down.

#5834 86 days ago

When visiting the aunt in the early '80s, we would pass the Starview drive in was located off Rt.59 and Rt. 20 - long gone now. Starview has some interesting history in it's latter life.

Here is an excerpt from an article regarding the Starview:

"This drive-in opened in 1950, located on Route 59 near Lake Street, Streamwood, to the southeast of Elgin. It had a capacity for 500 cars. By its last years in operation, it was showing pornographic films. (Which were the cause of several car crashes on Route 59, as the skin flicks on the large screen were clearly visible to drivers).

The Starview Drive-In closed in 1984 and was allowed to fall into ruin until it was demolished a decade or so later. Townhomes have since been built on the site of the drive-in."

#5835 85 days ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Gremlins was my first drive in movie in 84

The first movie I ever saw at a drive-in was The Disorderly Orderly at the Harlem Drive-In in Norridge Illinois when I was 7. I wanted to see that movie so bad and I somehow talked my parents into going.
Check out this 1970 newspaper ad for the same drive-in. “Dad, treat the family to some fried chicken and an X-Rated flick!”
(We didn’t go to that one.)

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#5836 85 days ago

reaching out to the group to see if anyone remembers this and can point me to the video about it

it was an animated short (sort of like the schoolhouse rock psa's) where replies like "not me", "I don't know" (and one other phrase) were personified

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#5837 85 days ago

Stuckey's... on the highways for family vacations

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#5839 85 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

The first movie I ever saw at a drive-in was The Disorderly Orderly at the Harlem Drive-In in Norridge Illinois when I was 7. I wanted to see that movie so bad and I somehow talked my parents into going.
Check out this 1970 newspaper ad for the same drive-in. “Dad, treat the family to some fried chicken and an X-Rated flick!”
(We didn’t go to that one.)
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That's interesting. The ad calls out "in-car heaters". I never had heard of, or saw, an in-car heater at the drive ins.

Around here, the drive-ins closed for winter, IIRC. But during summer, they would be busy even during week nights. Their entire business was in the summer and they screamed the loudest when daylight savings times came into vogue.

IMO, daylight savings time was the beginning of the end of the drive-ins. But I digress. I would like to see a pic of one of these car heaters.

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And a half of fried chicken and a 12 oz. drink for $1.30. Today, you might be able to find glass of tea for $2.50 with refills

#5840 85 days ago

Just seeing if you can come through on another memory I have,(when I mentioned 45's on the back of cereal boxes you came up with the exact ones I remembered)
For some reason I remember just a few of the Model's I built as a 10 yr old or so (born in 63) so approx 71-74 . I build a series of chopper type motorcycles and a few cars. Of the choppers I think one was a standard long fork chopper maybe called "Grim Reaper" one of the others was a trike with a big bird on the sissy bar. The other one not related to the motorcycles is a station wagon called "Bad News" and I believe it was orange in color. Anyone?

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#5841 85 days ago

Sliding down the dam at camp Dearborn. Found.

When I did this it was 1978.

#5842 85 days ago
Quoted from Azmodeus:

Sliding down the dam at camp Dearborn. Found.
When I did this it was 1978.

Where would the world be without a bunch of dumb kids?

Don't take offense. I would have been right there with you having a ball

#5843 85 days ago
Quoted from ghostbc:

Just seeing if you can come through on another memory I have,(when I mentioned 45's on the back of cereal boxes you came up with the exact ones I remembered)
For some reason I remember just a few of the Model's I built as a 10 yr old or so (born in 63) so approx 71-74 . I build a series of chopper type motorcycles and a few cars. Of the choppers I think one was a standard long fork chopper maybe called "Grim Reaper" one of the others was a trike with a big bird on the sissy bar. The other one not related to the motorcycles is a station wagon called "Bad News" and I believe it was orange in color. Anyone?

I dug up a few orange wagon model kits, but none with that name. Are you sure it wasn't "Bad Actor"? That was a pretty popular kit. I remember the Grim Reaper chopper, too, but I don't think I ever built that one. I mainly built cars, WWII aircraft, tanks, and warships.

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#5844 85 days ago

Speaking of models, I used to create battle damage on my military models by heating up a needle and melting bullet holes in them. They looked very realistic with a little silver and black dry-brushed around the edges.

#5845 85 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

That's interesting. The ad calls out "in-car heaters".

That Harlem Drive-In ad was dated January 9, 1970. It was open all year round and they did have heaters. I remember using one in the car. Looks like there were a few different heater models.

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#5846 84 days ago
Quoted from zombywoof:

I dug up a few orange wagon model kits, but none with that name. Are you sure it wasn't "Bad Actor"? That was a pretty popular kit. I remember the Grim Reaper chopper, too, but I don't think I ever built that one. I mainly built cars, WWII aircraft, tanks, and warships.
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Wow, thanks for that. The Grim Reaper is the model I was thinking of. After seeing the station wagons I think the bad news was a 55-57 Chevy with the back windows made orange with the words bad news in black. Could just be my clouded memories.
Thanks again!

#5847 84 days ago

I really need some help trying to figure out a toy memory from my childhood in the 80s and early 90s that I haven’t been able to place yet.

I recall either in a comic book or magazine an ad for an action figure that you could custom order. I remember them being military themed. You could specify the figure’s specialty, weapons, etc. I think it was basically an order form that you would fill out and they would send you the figure based on the options selected. I never actually ordered one but remember sitting there for what seemed like hours thinking how I would make it.

Does anyone else remember this? Would love to see a picture of the order form and the name of the company so I could track one down.

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#5848 84 days ago

I loved me some sleestak messing with crystals

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#5849 84 days ago
Quoted from onemoresean:

I loved me some sleestack messing with crystals
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I’m all in on a Land of the Lost pin. As long as the Cha-Ka moves.

#5850 84 days ago
Quoted from Gotemwill:

I really need some help trying to figure out a toy memory from my childhood in the 80s and early 90s that I haven’t been able to place yet.
I recall either in a comic book or magazine an ad for an action figure that you could custom order. I remember them being military themed. You could specify the figure’s specialty, weapons, etc. I think it was basically an order form that you would fill out and they would send you the figure based on the options selected. I never actually ordered one but remember sitting there for what seemed like hours thinking how I would make it.
Does anyone else remember this? Would love to see a picture of the order form and the name of the company so I could track one down.

Was it an ad for the G.I. Joe Steel Brigade figures?

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