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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: 5sdad] #15992458 04/14/21
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I was 12 years old, and living in a place almost exactly like Andy and Mayberry.

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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: saddlesore] #16001354 04/17/21
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Originally Posted by saddlesore
I started as an apprentice wiring houses for $1 an hour. I thought I was rich.


That would buy 4 packs of cigarettes or 4 gallons of gasoline in 1961. I was only making $0.65 an hour, I had to buy one tire a week to get a whole new set. Then one of them blew out, they were Armstrong brand, times were sort of difficult on people without experience until they became more established.

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I was shooting on Service Rifle Team with AMU at Ft. Benning Ga.


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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: 5sdad] #16001470 04/17/21
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Only 2 years old. I was 15 miles away from a B-52 crash that could have wiped out half the east coast. One of the 2 two h bomb core is still in the ground there. We ran to the basement of the old grade school when the bomb drills went off.

Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: 5sdad] #16001474 04/17/21
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LOL! Was 5 y o. Was watching B-58’s and even still a few B-36’s flying out of Carswell AFB in Ft. Worth!!!


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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: kaywoodie] #16001490 04/17/21
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I’ve always thought that B-58 was a good lookin’ aircraft.


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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: antlers] #16001494 04/17/21
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Originally Posted by antlers
I’ve always thought that B-58 was a good lookin’ aircraft.


It was a bad azz! It was the first program dad worked on at then Convair in Cowtown. Mom and dad moved to Ft. Worth from Austin in ‘54. Mom my sis and I moved back in ‘69.

Two boys down the street from us dad was a B-58 jockey!

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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: 5sdad] #16001509 04/17/21
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Started hunting small game a few miles outside of town about then with my younger brother...We walked down our residential streets with uncased shotguns and no one batted an eye..


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I was on top of the world in 1961...just got my drivers license....wheeling around in my 1952 Willys Jeep pickup bought with my own summer earnings. Not much of a hit with the girls in my high school, but that put me right up there in the unpopular kids hierarchy. Old guys sometimes remember things differently from reality...but it seemed to me that everything was easier then. Jobs for kids with no skills were everywhere, seems like money went so much farther then, adults trusted kids to do adult jobs. At 16, I had an employer put me on a TD 18 dozer with a gang disc with 30 minutes training...and he paid me adult wages. At 18, I had a logger give me a chainsaw, 10 minutes of training, 25 gal of gas, a week's groceries..and told me, "I'll be back Friday afternoon, don't hurt yourself, and make your slash piles tight and high." It was the best of times and I was lucky to have lived in that time.


Well this is a fine pickle we're in, should'a listened to Joe McCarthy and George Orwell I guess.
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I graduated from high school in 1961. The preceding four
years were certainly some great years.

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Originally Posted by 5sdad

The world today is as far removed from 1961 as it was removed from 1901 in 1961. I know that in 1961 I considered 1901 to be almost B.C.

.. That got me thinking about being an 11 year old in 1961, listening to old folks talk about the early days of cars in the first years of the 20th century. When they were unreliable and expensive and some people actually said they couldn't replace the horse for reliability and cost factors. Nowadays when I hear folks bad mouth electric cars I think that must have been the type of rhetoric that was going around in the early 20th century about gas powered cars. Then I start to think about how old I am.

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My wife was pregnant with our first child in 1961..


Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: Stan V] #16001674 04/17/21
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Originally Posted by Stan V
Late 60's sucked. This country starting changing about that time.


Indeed.
And it started in California.

I was 1 year old in 61.
When I was in elementary school there were almost no Mexicans in California.
One or two in my entire school.
In high school I had a friend that lived near a big salt marsh, I'd load up my truck with decoys and my shotgun go to school on Friday and duck hunt all weekend with him.
Today the SWAT Team would take me down for bringing a shotgun on school property.


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I graduated high school in 62.

The class ahead of me, 61, are dropping like flies.


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Originally Posted by wabigoon
I graduated high school in 62.

The class ahead of me, 61, are dropping like flies.


Geez Wabi! You know what that means!!!


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i was around for about 3 months of it.


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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: kaywoodie] #16001870 04/17/21
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Originally Posted by kaywoodie
Originally Posted by wabigoon
I graduated high school in 62.

The class ahead of me, 61, are dropping like flies.


Geez Wabi! You know what that means!!!



Afread so Bob.


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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: McInnis] #16001872 04/17/21
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Originally Posted by McInnis
I was five that year growing up on the Texas gulf coast. One of my earliest vivid memories was Hurricane Carla from September of 1961. The most intense recorded hurricane to make landfall. Anyone else remember her?

Carla


I was only 3 but still remember that one. We lived in Bay City. Since then I’ve seen a lot. My study of history and my 63 years of life experience leads me to believe another bad storm is coming and it has nothing to do with weather.


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Originally Posted by wabigoon
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Originally Posted by wabigoon
I graduated high school in 62.

The class ahead of me, 61, are dropping like flies.


Geez Wabi! You know what that means!!!



Afread so Bob.


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Re: For Those of Us Who Were Around in 1961 [Re: flintlocke] #16001981 04/17/21
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Originally Posted by flintlocke
I was on top of the world in 1961...just got my drivers license....wheeling around in my 1952 Willys Jeep pickup bought with my own summer earnings. Not much of a hit with the girls in my high school, but that put me right up there in the unpopular kids hierarchy. Old guys sometimes remember things differently from reality...but it seemed to me that everything was easier then. Jobs for kids with no skills were everywhere, seems like money went so much farther then, adults trusted kids to do adult jobs. At 16, I had an employer put me on a TD 18 dozer with a gang disc with 30 minutes training...and he paid me adult wages. At 18, I had a logger give me a chainsaw, 10 minutes of training, 25 gal of gas, a week's groceries..and told me, "I'll be back Friday afternoon, don't hurt yourself, and make your slash piles tight and high." It was the best of times and I was lucky to have lived in that time.


In soooooo many ways , life was exponentially better.
And in some ways it was not.

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