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Old 05-20-2019, 04:59 PM
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good to see we all survived these antics and are none the worse for all the crazy things we did.
I would think today's kids would also survive if given the chance.
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good to see we all survived these antics and are none the worse for all the crazy things we did.
I would think today's kids would also survive if given the chance.
All of my friends didn’t survive.

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Old 05-20-2019, 06:30 PM
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Am I the only one that rode my bike through the mosquito truck cloud?
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:20 PM
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I thought my dads Taylorcraft was a hot ticket when I was around 10 until this bad boy showed up at the local airstrip near our house in the mid sixties. It was owned/piloted by a former WW2 carrier pilot who was a professor at a nearby university. When we heard the big Pratt coughing and belching, we’d make a beeline running or on bikes to the end of the strip and lay down in the grass to get the smoke and prop wash when he took off to the south. Or watch it barrel down the runway toward us, lifting off just before the end of the tarmac, tucking the gear and pulling up at no less than a 45 degree angle hanging on the prop right over us. I’ll never forget the sound,smell and earth shaking power when the F8F took off. The professor was quite an accomplished aerobatic performer and although my dad and other local pilots regarded him as an “arrogant bastid”, they all enjoyed watching him practice precision maneuvers.
Sadly it never returned one day in the spring of ‘67. In low visibility he descended into terrain near Ithaca NY.



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Old 05-21-2019, 05:50 AM
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When my daughters were little I covered their school books with thick brown paper bags, like my mom did. They were horrified as they wanted the cute, cheap, fad du jour book covers. Well, all the other kids thought it was so cool they begged their parents to do the same and soon after many kids had their books covered in paper bags.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:17 AM
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Pennies on the railroad tracks

Coasters made with lumber and big baby carriage wheels, the anti soapbox derby vehicle

Knocking on doors and running, never did the flaming dog poop

Hiking and hitchhiking 30 miles each way to buy M-80s

Playing in creeks, damming them, diverting them, digging deep holes
LOL you sure we didn't grow up together, did the same things? We used to make what we called softball bombs, We would buy a few boxes of farmer matches, cut the heads off of them and wrap them up super tight in aluminum foil. When you tossed them, instant smoke bomb.

And if it was raining, we made prank phone calls all day. I also remember the old rotary dial phones, if you dialed a certain way you could get into a big party line with all kinds of people talking. But it was not the old party line that you had to share.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:59 AM
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if it was raining, we made prank phone calls all day.
We picked a kid in the neighborhood for a “prank”. Over the course of a few days we worked on this constantly. Called EVERY business in the yellow pages that you could make an appointment for and left this kids name & number, I mean every business from accountants to zoo keepers. Hundreds of appointments with hair dressers, dentists, doctors, contractors, antiques appraiser, EVERYONE. We ordered sand, gravel, wood, milk ANYTHING that could be delivered we ORDERED for him. Food from every restaurant in the phone book, hundreds of pizzas, gallons of Chinese Food, we ordered it ALL and gave this kids name and phone number!

Then we hit the classifieds in the news papers, made appointments for this kid to see every thing that was for sale!

Remember “Cash On Delivery” (C.O.D.) for items advertised on TV, of course we ordered EVERYTHING for this kid.

Record Clubs? Remember you had to tape a penny to the card when you mailed it in with your order? We signed him up for all of them picking classical music for his music selections.

Stamp clubs, coin clubs he was signed up for ALL of them.

A quick visit to the neighborhood library, we pulled the subscription cards from every magazine and periodical on the shelves, ALL got filled out with this kids name and address.

Every once in a while we would take a break and call the kid’s house directly pretending to be someone from the classifieds returning a phone call. His mother would be SCREAMING on the phone.

We laughed so hard that it HURT!

After a couple of days , the kid’s phone number quit working , recording that the number had been changed!

This happened around 1976-77. My accomplice ended up becoming my nephew through marriage, is a college dean (lol) and still one of my best friends.

Any time that mission is mentioned we both break out in uncontrollable laughter.....

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Old 05-21-2019, 07:05 AM
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In Michigan you could only buy ladyfingers and snakes. So if you ever went on vacationand got a brick of Black Cats and a couple M80s they were like gold.
My dad tore down a couple old barns for the wood and it was piled in the back yard. The whole neighborhood helped build a cool double decker fort that lasted a couple years before my mom kicked everyone out for smoking. Forts in every woods around. And bikes and dirt bike trails went everywhere.
In the summer everyone went to the river every day. The rope swing. When it got dark the old kids made the young kids go home so they could drink and smoke.
BB gun wars, only 3 pumps allowed. But you'd put 7 more BBs down the barrel to give it the shotgun effect.
I forgot about hitting rocks with the bat. Whiffle ball. Man those were good times.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:34 AM
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We had a trap line set along the walk home from grammar school. I still have a couple of the traps hanging in my shop.
Also squirrels, rabbits and pretty much anything that moved were trapped or hunted nearly to extinction.
Bluegills on a forked stick with a can of baked beans over an open fire was a normal lunch fare.
Listening to the World Series on a transistor radio.
Times have changed.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:11 AM
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We picked a kid in the neighborhood for a “prank”. Over the course of a few days we worked on this constantly. Called EVERY business in the yellow pages that you could make an appointment for and left this kids name & number, I mean every business from accountants to zoo keepers. Hundreds of appointments with hair dressers, dentists, doctors, contractors, antiques appraiser, EVERYONE. We ordered sand, gravel, wood, milk ANYTHING that could be delivered we ORDERED for him. Food from every restaurant in the phone book, hundreds of pizzas, gallons of Chinese Food, we ordered it ALL and gave this kids name and phone number!

Then we hit the classifieds in the news papers, made appointments for this kid to see every thing that was for sale!

Remember “Cash On Delivery” (C.O.D.) for items advertised on TV, of course we ordered EVERYTHING for this kid.

Record Clubs? Remember you had to tape a penny to the card when you mailed it in with your order? We signed him up for all of them picking classical music for his music selections.

Stamp clubs, coin clubs he was signed up for ALL of them.

A quick visit to the neighborhood library, we pulled the subscription cards from every magazine and periodical on the shelves, ALL got filled out with this kids name and address.

Every once in a while we would take a break and call the kid’s house directly pretending to be someone from the classifieds returning a phone call. His mother would be SCREAMING on the phone.

We laughed so hard that it HURT!

After a couple of days , the kid’s phone number quit working , recording that the number had been changed!

This happened around 1976-77. My accomplice ended up becoming my nephew through marriage, is a college dean (lol) and still one of my best friends.

Any time that mission is mentioned we both break out in uncontrollable laughter.....
What college and can we have his phone number?
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:49 AM
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I am 69. I was born in 1949. I would not trade growing up in the 50's and 60's for anything in the world. If I could find Mr. Peabody's Way Back Machine I would go back in a heartbeat. Reading through this thread has brought back many fond memories of my younger days. Coming home from school at lunch time watching Lunch With Soupy Sales. After school had to catch the days Mickey Mouse Club show. In the Detroit area along with Soupy Sales we had Sagebrush Shorty. I was actually on his show. Of course we watched The Adventures Of Superman. Sunday nights was family night watching The Wonderful World Of Disney.TV shows were a lot more wholesome then it seems.

Yes, we had a tree fort. It was a 3 level structure. We enclosed the lower level. Had a fireplace and a piece of rain gutter to take leaks on so we never had to leave our "fort". Those were definitely the days. My grandparents bought me an all chrome 3 speed english racer bicycle. It was the coolest bike in the neighborhood. A couple of my friends from then are still friends today. Kinda cool. Did much of the same stuff. BB gun wars, camping out, hitting golf balls with a baseball bat. Was a lot easier to hit home runs with the golf balls. Climbing trees and other things. There wasn't a tree that I was unwilling to try to climb. I had a generator with lights on my bike too. I also had a speedometer. I once did 100 miles in a day. Another time I was cruising down one of the local streets. The speed limit on that street was 20 mph and I was riding hard at 25 mph. I heard a siren behind me so I stopped. The cop got out of the car and let me know that I was speeding. Of course he was laughing the whole time but he did tell me that if I was riding in the street the limit did apply to me too.

Yep, if I could go back I would.
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Remember those Balsa Wood Gliders? With the big rubber band you wound up for the propeller?



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Remember those Balsa Wood Gliders? With the big rubber band you wound up for the propeller?
I loved those things and it was amazing how well they flew once you got everything dialed in perfectly. I occasionally had issue sliding the wing root into the TIGHT slits in the plastic brackets that attached wing to the fuselage (balsa stick). Clumsy me occasionally destroyed a wing during this part of the assembly.

Also “water rockets” , kites and Cox pre-reassembled nitro powered airplanes. I’d usually get one of those Cox Aircraft a year. That .049 engine was a finicky bastard and I spent a LOT more time trying to get it started but when they ran it was epically cool.
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We had 3 channels on the B&W TV in the living room. One day dad broke down and told us we would have “color” soon. About 5-6 weeks later it arrived in a mailing tube, transparent tri-colored static cling plastic film for the TV screen. Sort of like this example only higher definition colors.




The old man thought it was funny as hell.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:22 AM
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I loved those things and it was amazing how well they flew once you got everything dialed in perfectly. I occasionally had issue sliding the wing root into the TIGHT slits in the plastic brackets that attached wing to the fuselage (balsa stick). Clumsy me occasionally destroyed a wing during this part of the assembly.

Also “water rockets” , kites and Cox pre-reassembled nitro powered airplanes. I’d usually get one of those Cox Aircraft a year. That .049 engine was a finicky bastard and I spent a LOT more time trying to get it started but when they ran it was epically cool.
We had the Cox .049 planes also. Once the fun of flying around in a circle wore off, we progressed to dog fighting with 2 or 3 (if we could get all running at same time) by stepping closer to each other so planes could contact but not tangle the control lines. Or strafing which involved trying to dive as close to someone laying on the ground without hitting them, or so we said...
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We had the Cox .049 planes also. Once the fun of flying around in a circle wore off, we progressed to dog fighting with 2 or 3 (if we could get all running at same time) by stepping closer to each other so planes could contact but not tangle the control lines. Or strafing which involved trying to dive as close to someone laying on the ground without hitting them, or so we said...
You guys were GOOD if you could get a few of them running at once. The needle valve had to be set PERFECTLY and more then once I burned out the glow plug or my battery before getting them to run. Granted I was about 10 doing this with no adult help, so my technique, I am certain sucked.

I spent hours trying to get those airplanes started, the aircraft coated with sticky fuel and my fingers sore and occasionally sliced from spinning those friggin propellers. One year I got an .049 powered ATC (Trike) made by Testors. Had a pull starter and a transmission of sorts. You started it in neutral and then kinda switched/jammed it into gear. No steering controls, set the handle bars in the direction you wanted it to go and that was that until it crashed, stalled or ran out of nitro.

Burned/spilled about a quart of fuel before the transmission failed but it was fun while it lasted. Occasionally I could talk my mother into “returning” these .049 powered toys after they broke. Generally had much better success with the 2nd unit after destroying the previous figuring things out.

I always wanted a “Verti-Bird” but my old man had a serious hard on about all the batteries they required and I never managed to get one. Absolutely one of the coolest toys of the 1970s and last I checked a somewhat lucrative market as a collectible, guess I wasn’t the only kid who thought they were awesome.

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Wrapping rolls of paper caps around a penny and dropping them from the third or fourth floor, BANG! Morning cartoons were great before going out, Scooby Doo, Roadrunner, Pink Panther, I actually miss those a bit. Making homemade shurikens was good too, or getting a friends older brother to buy you some and stashing them away from your parents.
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Remember those Balsa Wood Gliders? With the big rubber band you wound up for the propeller?


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Got one sitting right here in my office, along with a couple tippy birds.
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I loved those things and it was amazing how well they flew once you got everything dialed in perfectly. I occasionally had issue sliding the wing root into the TIGHT slits in the plastic brackets that attached wing to the fuselage (balsa stick). Clumsy me occasionally destroyed a wing during this part of the assembly.

Also “water rockets” , kites and Cox pre-reassembled nitro powered airplanes. I’d usually get one of those Cox Aircraft a year. That .049 engine was a finicky bastard and I spent a LOT more time trying to get it started but when they ran it was epically cool.
Yes sir....I can still hear those things, pdpdpdpd pdpdpdpdpdp pdpdpdpd WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA LOL
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