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Old 06-02-2015, 12:08 PM   #91
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We spent a few years in Maine when I was a kid. We'd bring the tent down to the coast and dig up clams for steaming at night. Today, get this, you have to buy a $15 license in order to dig for clams. (When it's not red tide.)


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Old 06-02-2015, 02:39 PM   #92
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Crime is down?
As compared to when?

United States Crime Rates 1960 - 2013
It was the murder rate I was thinking of. Not crime in general.

This article sums it up pretty well.

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It’s hard to find a measure of the quality of life in the U.S. that was not markedly lower in 1950 than it is today. In that year the median family income was $28,000, compared with $64,000 in 2013. Life expectancy at birth was 68 years, vs. 79 today, and tuberculosis, syphilis, whooping cough, and measles were still considerable killers—with prevalence between 10 and more than a hundred times today’s levels. One reason for poorer health was lower-quality housing: About a third of houses still lacked decent indoor plumbing (compared with fewer than 2 percent today), and air conditioning was a rare luxury. The homicide rate did climb in the 1960s and ’70s, but it has dropped since, and the 1950s level was higher than today’s. The year 1950 was also when the Korean War broke out—1.5 million American men were drafted to fight, and more than 36,000 died (five times the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq).

Or look at rights: Women were excluded from the draft, but largely also from executive positions in industry and government. And there was just one woman U.S. senator in 1950. A decade before Selma and the victories of the civil rights movement, blacks across much of the country were disenfranchised, segregated, and discriminated against at every turn. As late as 1960, polls suggested an almost universal view among whites that interracial marriage was a bad idea. (Today that view is held by fewer than a quarter of poll respondents.) No one even bothered polling about gay marriage in the ’60s, when homosexuality itself was illegal.
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:53 PM   #93
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Old 06-02-2015, 03:34 PM   #94
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It was the murder rate I was thinking of. Not crime in general.

This article sums it up pretty well.
I don't know where you got your Info,but it is WAY OFF! Average Income in 1950 was 3,300$ Average Car cost 1,510$ and Home cost 7,354$ PRO sports players didn't average what you Posted! Youroo!!
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:19 PM   #95
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Most stations had an image similar to this one that came up after they signed off for the day. You can Google "broadcast sign off images" for variants. I remember seeing some of these before midnight in the "early" days. You were supposed to be in bed asleep by then.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:22 PM   #96
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It is one of the images that broadcast stations would show after the daily programming had stopped. Google "broadcast sign off images" and you can see others, but most commercial stations looked similar to this one. I remember some stations were off the air before midnight...you were supposed to be in bed asleep by then. You have chores the next morning!
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:41 PM   #97
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Seniors requesting final transcripts have to self-addressed the envelope and include proper postage. After explaining what an "Forever" stamp is a couple hundred students I feel extremely old.

One student wanted to use one of his mom's stamps that has her name on it but I said it sounded like a mailing label. I had to explain there are differences between Pokemon stickers, mailing labels & postage stamps.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:43 PM   #98
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I don't know where you got your Info,but it is WAY OFF! Average Income in 1950 was 3,300$ Average Car cost 1,510$ and Home cost 7,354$ PRO sports players didn't average what you Posted! Youroo!!
X2. Very few ,if anyone, locked their doors and the keys to the car were kept in the car and we could and did ride our bikes all over town and our parents still had a good idea where we were. Curfew was when the street lights came on.
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I don't know where you got your Info,but it is WAY OFF! Average Income in 1950 was 3,300$ Average Car cost 1,510$ and Home cost 7,354$ PRO sports players didn't average what you Posted! Youroo!!

I didn't personally obtain the info. Whoever wrote the article got it and it appears the info is from the US government census website.

The numbers are based on today's dollars for easier comparison. $3,300 in 1950 = $28,000 in 2013 (which is the year the data goes up to)

What do pro sports players have to do with anything?
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Old 06-02-2015, 05:00 PM   #100
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Born in 1950. Grew up with no tv in my room! Lived in France as a child. No indoor plumbing and went in a pot in a closet. And I loved every minute of it.

Spent 23 years with Baltimore County PD. As for crime it is reported more now than in the old days. There may not be more actual crime now but violent crime is definitely more frequent. When I was growing up you could ride through Baltimore with your windows open and doors unlocked. Now you shouldn't ride through most of the city at all.

So some things are better and some are worse. I don't miss 3 channels of tv, one of which never came in too well. But I do miss Gino giants.
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