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Favorite childhood toys and youthful memories

By Mr68

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#6551 35 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

I’m enjoying a big glass of Kool-Aid while perusing a stack of old Reader’s Digest magazines.
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Right there where the curse of oak island was first revealed to the world.
Where I first read it…

#6552 35 days ago
Quoted from Azmodeus:

Right there where the curse of oak island was first revealed to the world.
Where I first read it…

Wow! You never know what’s going to be worth $$$ later.

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#6553 35 days ago

Sears 1981 catalogue, I was 8 and my dad took me to Sears at the Sante Fe Springs Mall to get a new bike.

He said I could get any bike I wanted.....
Did I pick the awesome BMX up top???

Nope as a dumb and super shy kid I thought asking for a $100 dollar BMX was horrendously expensive.
Sad really, that I couldn't bring myself to ask if we could buy it.
My dad asked serveral times.... are you sure?

So I picked a cheaper one, that I chose for the stupidest reason, or a true Rock n Roll reason.

I got the lower right bike in black and yellow, because it was like Eddie Van Halens black an yellow VH 2 cramer guitar.

What a dumb kid I was.
The bike weighed a ton!
I loved it, but it was junk.

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#6554 35 days ago
Quoted from gonzo73:

I got the lower right bike in black and yellow, because it was like Eddie Van Halens black an yellow VH 2 cramer guitar.

My first bike (the one with a banana seat) was yellow. But my first 10-speed was neon green, and there were many years when that was my most cherished possession. If I’m honest, none of my pins make me as happy now as that green 10-speed did then.

#6555 34 days ago
Quoted from gonzo73:

Sears 1981 catalogue, I was 8 and my dad took me to Sears at the Sante Fe Springs Mall to get a new bike.
He said I could get any bike I wanted.....
Did I pick the awesome BMX up top???
Nope as a dumb and super shy kid I thought asking for a $100 dollar BMX was horrendously expensive.
Sad really, that I couldn't bring myself to ask if we could buy it.
My dad asked serveral times.... are you sure?
So I picked a cheaper one, that I chose for the stupidest reason, or a true Rock n Roll reason.
I got the lower right bike in black and yellow, because it was like Eddie Van Halens black an yellow VH 2 cramer guitar.
What a dumb kid I was.
The bike weighed a ton!
I loved it, but it was junk.
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In defense of your being a dumb kid, if you changed the front fork, removed the yellow fenders, and change the seat, there would not be much difference between the two bikes. And Eddie Van Halen at the top of his game. It does look like the BMX has a larger front sprocket but not many 8 YO kids are going to see that.

I like Van Halen. I think you made a good choice for the times.

#6556 33 days ago

Halen Van

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Been over a year and still hard to believe.
First idol I’ve lost. Miss ya Ed

#6557 33 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Halen Van
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Been over a year and still hard to believe.
First idol I’ve lost. Miss ya Ed

You should put a pick of this van in the "You know you are old" thread.

#6558 32 days ago
Quoted from swampfire:

My first bike (the one with a banana seat) was yellow. But my first 10-speed was neon green, and there were many years when that was my most cherished possession. If I’m honest, none of my pins make me as happy now as that green 10-speed did then.

I had the yellow bike too. Then later a brown ten speed. I sort of wanted the bmx at the time, but my ten speed felt like a rocket.

I was twelve and it felt like I was riding a tiefighter. My ten speed was a space ship.

Good times.

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#6559 32 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

A big memory for me...Live Aid in Philly!
The arrow is roughly my seat.
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I attended a few concerts at JFK. U2 ,Pink Floyd ,The Grateful Dead. I specifically remember the old school bathrooms. Just a long pitched trough along one long wall where you would “shoulder up” to the next guy to take a leak.

I preferred it to Vet Stadium where the Eagles and Phillies played.

The Spectrum (right behind JFK in your pic)was the best place to see a concert. Saw so many great shows there. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Yes were two all time favorites. In the 1980’s and 90’s you could almost always score a ticket for $20 in the parking lot even if the show was sold out.

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#6560 31 days ago

I often share what concerts were like for me in the 70s, and 80s in NY.

Clubs opened at 11 PM. Tickets were $5-$15 to see Bands. Police, U2, XTC, Squeeze, the Cars.

Crowds were under 1000 people and often only a few hundred.
We made Press Badges, and hung out back stage.
Clubs like The Ritz, Privates, CBGBs, and the Peppermint Lounge.
On the Island, it was Spitz, Leggs, or Malibu.

Every Weekend, we would Pick a concert.

Connections led to a Dinner Party, with Ric Ocasek, Late Night Parties with Joan Jett, or the Ramones.

I think our memories of Concerts, at least what we do remember, are some of our Best Youthful Memories.

#6561 31 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

Clubs opened at 11 PM

I have always been a night owl, but now that I am retired I attend a local Friday night auction. There are a lot of gray hairs in attendance. The auction starts at 5pm so everybody can be home by 9pm.

#6562 31 days ago

I have great concert memories from Detroit but almost every single venue i went to is abandoned now.

You tube has the concerts preserved in some cases.

My very first concert ever, the stones at the silver dome. And then a picture of the silver dome today.

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#6563 31 days ago

Favorite childhood memories? Halloween in the 70's!
Trick-or-Treating house to house with parents slowly tagging along. Unsupervised group of kids from 10 years old onward.
Good times!
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#6564 30 days ago

The original Grand Theft Auto aka Sears Roebuck Highway Police Chase

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#6565 30 days ago

The original Grand Theft Auto aka Sears Roebuck Highway Police Chase

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#6566 30 days ago

I remember playing with this train set with gray plastic connecting track when I was a kid. There’s a roundhouse piece that turns with a crank.

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#6567 30 days ago

Did you eat Chuckles in a certain order?
I always ate the black one last.
Yellow, Green, Orange, Red, Black.

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#6568 30 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Did you eat Chuckles in a certain order?
I always ate the black one last.
Yellow, Green, Orange, Red, Black.
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I always ate the black first and wished I could buy a package of just blacks.

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#6569 30 days ago

Handheld elecronic were my favorite toys. I still have them all, and I still have most of the original boxes too.

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#6570 30 days ago
Quoted from mmuglia:

Handheld elecronic were my favorite toys. I still have them all, and I still have most of the original boxes too.
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I have enjoyed this thread for a couple of years and like every toy and memory that has been talked up. But I have never been big on collections.

The pieces you display were after my childhood time. I have seen most all of them in the 2nd hand bargain bins over the years and never gave them a passing glance. But............

You have an impressive collection. With a history. And with the boxes. Oh, and the California Raisons, too !

#6571 30 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Did you eat Chuckles in a certain order?
I always ate the black one last.
Yellow, Green, Orange, Red, Black.
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I ate the black once.

#6572 30 days ago
Quoted from mmuglia:

Handheld elecronic were my favorite toys. I still have them all, and I still have most of the original boxes too.
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Is that a Lil’ Professor on the second shelf? I remember my sister getting one for Christmas and everyone in the family would play with it. It was always on the coffee table in our living room.

The cars on the bottom look really nice. Are they RC? The white with the Texaco label is sharp.

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#6573 29 days ago
Quoted from jawjaw:

Were rock radio station stickers a big thing anywhere else? Us kids went crazy for them in the early 80's but they were everywhere in Houston. Guess bumper stickers in general were more of a thing when you had actual bumpers. Remember one time as a young kid word got out that they were passing out 97 Rock stickers at the seedy arcade near school. We raced down there on our bikes and grabbed as many stickers as we could possibly get. I can still remember the smell of those stickers.
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Tom Hanks loves typewriters and has a huge collection of them.
I’m sure he’d dig the two black interchangeable keys in the top row of the Smith-Corona.
I had a few of these extra keys, but didn’t use them much.
You don’t need to type “infinity” or “pi” very often.
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Look its Tom Hanks the Pedo.

#6574 29 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Did you eat Chuckles in a certain order?
I always ate the black one last.
Yellow, Green, Orange, Red, Black.
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I was the exact opposite. Hated green and yellow. But still ate them of course.

#6575 29 days ago
Quoted from mmuglia:

Handheld elecronic were my favorite toys. I still have them all, and I still have most of the original boxes too.
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I traded almost every single one for rock albums back in the day.

Houses of the holy was among them.

Of course I regretted it but in hindsight, no quarter.

#6576 29 days ago
Quoted from zr11990:Look its Tom Hanks the Pedo.

Look a rock! Why not crawl back under?

#6577 29 days ago
Quoted from EdisonArcade:

Look a rock! Why not crawl back under?

Frequent flyer on the Lolita Express.

#6578 29 days ago
Quoted from zr11990:

Frequent flyer on the Lolita Express.

Quick CANCEL EVERYONE

#6579 29 days ago
Quoted from zr11990:

Look its Tom Hanks the Pedo.

Sounds like you need to sit down and take the Rorschach inkblot test.

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#6580 29 days ago

You guys like handheld games? It's been a while since I posted this pic, so here it is again for those who are newer to the thread.

Soon I will have pics of the 100+ VFD games and more displayed around my basement bar ceiling... Just need to fill a few more shelves and straighten up!

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#6581 29 days ago

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#6582 29 days ago
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#6583 29 days ago

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I'd love to see this dashboard used in a modern driving simulator setup.
Especially if you could have the windshield wiper blades going constantly.

#6584 29 days ago
Quoted from littlecammi:

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I'd live to see this dashboard used in a modern driving simulator setup.
Especially if you could have the windshield wiper blades going constantly.

“Driving the family to Disney in a downpour” simulator!

#6585 29 days ago
Quoted from Mike_J:

Is that a Lil’ Professor on the second shelf? I remember my sister getting one for Christmas and everyone in the family would play with it. It was always on the coffee table in our living room.
The cars on the bottom look really nice. Are they RC? The white with the Texaco label is sharp.

Good eye! That is a Lil' Pofessor. The Texaco car is RC. It was my first RC as a kid. The red one is an Air Jammer Road Rammer. It comes with a little air pump that fills the canister on the car. You give it a little push and then the pressurized air runs an air driven motor.

#6586 29 days ago

One of my favorite games as a kid was Bash, but no one else ever wanted to play it but me. The most popular game in our house was Mille Bornes.

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#6587 29 days ago

When finding the perfect spot on the dial was a game in itself.

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#6588 29 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

When finding the perfect spot on the dial was a game in itself.
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There are times I prefer an old style radio dial. Especially if I want get from one side of the dial to the other side real fast.

#6589 29 days ago
Quoted from littlecammi:

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I'd live to see this dashboard used in a modern driving simulator setup.
Especially if you could have the windshield wiper blades going constantly.

I forgot about those. We had something similar in driver's education, too. I remember them now. We had to pretend to turn the steering wheel to mimic what it would be for real driving because there was no road feel with the desktop driving machines.

#6590 28 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

When finding the perfect spot on the dial was a game in itself.

That reminds me of the challenge of setting a precise wake-up time on an old bedside alarm clock. You had to move the alarm hand to just the right spot. Also, the wind-up clocks kept you awake with a maddening tick-tick-tick, while the electric ones made faint but inescapable grinding sounds all night.

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#6591 28 days ago

I much preferred the tick tick tick then that constant annoying grinding sound. The only time that sound was masked in the middle of the night was when my hamster got on his wheel.
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Never realized until now how this simple rodent toy looks like something out of Leonardo da Vinci codex : )

#6592 28 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

That reminds me of the challenge of setting a precise wake-up time on an old bedside alarm clock. You had to move the alarm hand to just the right spot. Also, the wind-up clocks kept you awake with a maddening tick-tick-tick, while the electric ones made faint but inescapable grinding sounds all night.
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I would love to have a good old wind up Wesclox. It rang loud. The ones you buy today have undersized plastic winders and a POS alarm.

Actually, I would be happy with a 12 hour clock. These 24 hour clocks are too easy to set on PM time and you were trying for AM time. I want to get up at 8am. When I get home I want to take a nap and get up at 8pm. I don't need a 24 hour clock for that.

#6593 28 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

I much preferred the tick tick tick then that constant annoying grinding sound. The only time that sound was masked in the middle of the night was when my hamster got on his wheel.
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Never realized until now how this simple rodent toy looks like something out of Leonardo da Vinci codex : )

LOL So True!

Never understood why the rodents loved those things, but they sure did!

#6594 27 days ago
Quoted from Indypin:

LOL So True!
Never understood why the rodents loved those things, but they sure did!

I guess the same reason we have treadmills, and stationary Bikes at home....

But you can get one too!

Of Course, w had a smaller version of these Habitrails....

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#6595 27 days ago

I couldn't resist, I just had to have one, if only to look through it again. There's a lot of cool stuff in here.

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#6596 27 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

"Of Course, we had a smaller version of these Habitrails...."

That video is oddly disturbing.

#6597 27 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I guess the same reason we have treadmills, and stationary Bikes at home....
But you can get one too!
Of Course, w had a smaller version of these Habitrails....

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#6598 27 days ago

I fought every urge to post a club magazine cover. Not going there right now.

I never even knew they had made this follow up to Mars attacks cards.

Dinosaurs attacks.

This one makes a great picture to illustrate certain failure ahead.

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#6599 27 days ago

I need to get this on a t shirt and wear it to knotts.

#6600 27 days ago
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