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Our Parents Thoughts Fifty Years Ago

It's amazing to me how much has changed in 50 years. Even as a baby boomer, it seems like a lifetime ago due to the changing culture.

Here are some of the things our parents were saying back in the Fifties:

"I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20.00."

"Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $2,000.00will only buy a used one."

"If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous!"

"Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter!"

"If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."

"When I started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon.

"I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying, "DAMN" in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it."

"I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."

"Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President."

"I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now."

"It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet. It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work."

"I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business."

"The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on."

"There is no sense going away for the weekend anymore, it costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel."

"No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $35.00 a day in the hospital it's too rich for my blood."

"If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it!"

"I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to Congress."

What are we, as baby boomers, saying now?


Debbie said…
Oh Bev this made me think back to the days when my grandparents would sit us [my sister & I] down to hear tales about the depression, how hard it was during the War[second] and how they made things last.
Now, here we are today, almost reliving similar stories, the economic crisis, the wars going on everywhere we turn, and people suffering.
It reminds me to be grateful, because they survived it all to share with us!
Vicki M. Taylor said…
I know what I'm saying, and I'm already doing it. I"m not going to first run movies anymore.

I've joined Netflix. I just can't afford to go to the movies like I used to. It's just too darn expensive. I'll wait for the movie to come out on DVD and rent it. With the beauty of Netflix, I can get it by mail, keep it as long as I like and send it back, all in prepaid envelope. For one monthly fee. That's LESS than 1/2 the cost of one night out at the movies for my husband and me and we can watch probably 6 - 8 movies a month this way.

We've had to figure out how to cut costs where ever we can. Something that comes very hard to those of us who live in a "disposable" society. It's a major life change.
Eileen Williams said…
Oh, Beverly, you've pulled together quite a collection of amazing quotes. And, since I'm well over fifty, I remember a number of them. Reading them again brought a smile and a chuckle. And, yes, I wonder what they will be posting about fifty years from now!
Debra Stokes said…
Great collection of quotes, Bev. What are we boomers saying? WOW. That about sums it up. I'm afraid we're not even able to imagine where the world will be in another 50 years. My stance? Live everyday to the fullest and be grateful for that 25 cent piece of LaffyTaffy!!!!!!!!!
Pam Archer said…
Where did the past 50 years go?
anotherlinda said…
That is hilarious.

I remember saying, "If I could only make $100 weekly salary, I'd be rich!"
Susan Adcox said…
Not quite but almost fifty years ago, my husband was goofing off in typing class. "I don't need to pay attention," he thought. "I'm never doing anything where I'll need to use a keyboard."


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