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From: "Heather and Kevin Bray" <>
Subject: Re: [NZ] How Old in Grandpa - Humour
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 08:00:53 +1300
I know this is non genealogy but can anyone settle an arguement. I read the
following out to my husband over breakfast and he said grandpa can't
possibly be only 59 because penicillan was being used during WW1. There is a
bet of the ironing being done for me for a week if I can prove him wrong so
please when was penicillan discovered.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Witch's Brew" <>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 7:16 AM
Subject: [NZ] How Old in Grandpa - Humour
> Couldn't resist forward this on, sure makes you feel old!!
> How Old is Grandpa? One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather
> about current events.
> He asked what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age,
> and just things in general.
> The granddad replied, "Well, let me think a minute ... I was born before
> television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses,
> Frisbees and the pill.
> There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had
> not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers or clothes dryers.
> The clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet
> on the moon.
> Your grandmother and I got married first, and then lived together.
> Every family had a father and a mother, and every boy over 14 had a rifle
> that his dad taught him how to use and respect. And they went hunting and
> fishing together.
> Until I was 25, I called every man older than I,' Sir'- and after I turned
> 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."
> Sundays were set aside for going to church as a family, helping those in
> need, and visiting with family or neighbors.
> We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers,
> and group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good
> judgment, and common sense.
> We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand
> up and take responsibility for our actions.
> Serving your country was a privilege; living here was a bigger privilege.
> We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful
> relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
> Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening
> breeze started.
> Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and
> weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
> We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters,
> or guys wearing earrings.
> We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on
> our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out
> listening to Tommy Dorsey.
> If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk.
> The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
> Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 & 10 -
> cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
> Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a
> nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on
> enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
> You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who could afford one?
> Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
> In my day, 'grass' was mowed, 'coke' was a cold drink, 'pot' was something
> your mother cooked in, and 'rock music' was your grandmother's lullaby.
> 'Aids' were helpers in the Principal's office, 'chip' meant a piece of
> 'hardware' was found in a hardware store, and 'software' wasn't even a
> And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a
> husband to have a baby.
> No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation
> and how old do you think I am - ???????
> This man would be only 59 years old!
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