An interesting look at the last 50 years…

No matter what today’s kids and the 
new generation think about their parents and grandparents…  



To Those 
Born Between  1920 – 1965  
*At the end of this article is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don’t read anything else, please read what he said. 
Very well stated, Mr. Leno. 


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE  1930’s, 40’s, 50’s,60’s and 70’s!!  

First, they survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. 



They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes. 

Then after that trauma, they were put to sleep on their tummies in baby cribs covered 
with bright colored lead-base paints. 



They had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when they rode their bikes, they had baseball caps 
not helmets on their heads.. 


As infants & children, they would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. 

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat for them.
 They drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

They shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from that. 


They ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. They drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. 
And, they weren’t overweight..   WHY? 

Because they were always outside playing…that’s why! 

They would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as they were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach them all day. 
And, they were OKAY. 


They would spend hours building their go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out they forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, they learned to solve the problem.

They did not have Play stations, Nintendo’s, Wii’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, 
no surround-sound or CD’s, 
no cell phones, 
no personal computers, 
no Internet and no chat rooms.

…and they went outside and found them!

  They fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. 

They would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

They ate worms and mud pies  made from dirt, and the worms did not live in them forever. 


They were given BB guns for their 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although they were told it would happen, they did not poke out very many eyes. 

  They rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them. 


 Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.   Imagine that!!   


 The idea of a parent bailing them out if they broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided “with” the law!   

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, inventors and heroes in all of history. 


The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. 

They had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and they learned how to deal with it all without popping doctor prescribed pills.


If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!  

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated 
so much of our lives “for our own good”. 


While you are at it, share it with your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. 

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it ? 
The quote of the month is by 
Jay Leno: 

‘With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’  

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us…go ahead and ignore this.   

For the rest of us…pass this on with the “Share” button on this page, or just paste the link to it in your favorite website or Social Networking Site like Facebook or MySpace.


About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

One Response to An interesting look at the last 50 years…

  1. Mariani says:

    We sat on the back of the pick up, and when I think back on that, I cringe. I was scared back then doing it, and I'm scared now at what close calls I've escaped! Thanks for congratulating me on being alive. I'll take it!

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