Long List of Boomer Bygones

  • You were once bowled over by the technological excellence of such products as Atari, IntelliVision, TelStar and Coleco.
  • You took family trips BEFORE the invention of the minivan.
  • You rode in the back of the station wagon facing the cars behind you (The WAYBACK seat.)
  • You remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever possibly have more advanced special effects than “TRON.”
  • You had a crush on Ted the photographer on “Love Boat,” Gage from “Emergency,” or Ponch from “CHIPS.”
  • Your hair at some point in time in the ’80s could only be described by saying, “I was experimenting.”
  • You’ve ever had a Dorothy Hamill haircut. (Hi Gretchen)
  • You remember Bo and Luke Duke, Daisy, Boss Hogg, or–worst of all–what Sheriff Roscoe’s full name was.

This list is much, much longer with some real goodies! brandy22kc says if you remember them, you are caught between being a boomer and an Xer.

I disagree, I think this is a boomer list. We had a wagon with a rear facing seat (why aren’t there push button transmissions now?) and Atari, I didn’t have a crush on Julie from the Love Boat, but could have.

Roscoe P. Coletrain (trivia: what’s wrong with that answer?)

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Long List of Boomer Bygones — 9 Comments

  1. 2 things —
    1) Rosco doesn’t have an “e”
    2) It’s spelled Coltrane

    What do I win?

  2. I personally found Gopher to be charming.

    My hair was so big in the late 80’s/early 90’s that I learned to drive a car slumped down, so my bangs wouldn’t touch the headliner.

    We didn’t have an Atari, but we got some knockoff video game called “Odyssey” when my mom and dad went to one of those timeshare things. It was either the knockoff Atari or an inflatable icechest.

    We also had the first home computer in our neighborhood. It was an IBM clone and you had to load, I think, 3 different floppy (real floppies, not the 3.5 ones we call floppies now) disks with DOS on ’em to fire that bad boy up. It was also in the days before the mouse, so you used the directional arrows if you wanted to move on screen. Oh yeah, also – amber screen.

    We also rode from Oklahoma to Nebraska, my sister, cousin and I taking turns between riding in the two backseat floorboards and the rear window. Not a seatbelt to be found back then – they were all pushed down under the seat.

    I feel a post of my own coming on, solely stemming from this post….thanks for the memories.

  3. Hair, flattop that I dare not touch because the stiffener stuff would draw blood.
    Odyssey? check
    First computer: Commodore Vic 21? is that right?
    7″ floppies? check, at work
    Not sure about the car, between floorboards and rear window? Plymouth Coupe?
    Seatbelts? check, and metal dash with eyeball spears.
    Look forward to reading more in your post.

  4. No, it wasn’t a Commodore – it was something like “Bob’s Computer” or “Compusaveasaurus” or something. I mean, it was literally some generic computer that, if I hadn’t gone to the store myself, would’ve wondered if Dad had bought it from a guy’s trunk.