(We actually have this sign)
We’re not as up to date today as many of you (& your kids) are. We do have 2” thick TV’s & computers, both of which our son sometimes has to help us with. We have cell phones; but they’re not smart phones. Things were different years ago when we had lots of new-fangled stuff!!
Do you remember those hand held calculators that you used before you could do math on your phones? We had one in the early 60’s. It cost a couple of hundred dollars then, as I remember. It was a gift from a friend.
About the same time my husband had a client who was forming a company called “Meal a Minute” which sold meals & microwaves to cook them with to airlines. He gave us a microwave oven before most people knew what they were.
We also got a Cuisinart when they first came out. A friend had one & raved about it so Bud decided I should have one, too. I told him I didn’t want it because I would feel obligated to cook fancy meals all the time. He assured me that I wouldn’t. He bought me one—& I didn’t!!
I think it was also in the early 60’s that we got an Admiral (as I remember) console color TV which had a Betamax recorder. Admiral had only two of them made; they were for promotional purposes. One was for the East Coast & we got the West Coast one through a client. It was a hefty piece of furniture; maybe 8’ long & 2’ deep, table height & made of a beautiful wood. It took up most of the wall across from our sofa.
Side note on the console: When we bought a new TV & video recorder we gave the console to my parents. They lived in an apartment complex on the second floor. The movers asked me if I wanted to buy insurance for moving the console & I said I didn’t. Anyway, they had it almost all the way up my folks’ stairs when they lost their grip & it slid all the way to the bottom. The very nice man apologized, smiled at me & said that it was a good thing that I had bought insurance. He allowed me to buy it then & so we were reimbursed for it.
Not all our TV’s were that big. I believe it was in the early 70’s that the friend who had given us the calculator gave us a hand held TV with a 1” screen. If I remember correctly, there was a magnifying screen that you could use with it if you wanted.
Bud had a ’69 Buick that talked. I remember driving somewhere & trying to have a conversation. Every few minutes it informed us, “Your window washer fluid is low.” I finally replied, “Shut up, Harry!!” I don’t think they made talking cars for much longer.
What will today's younger generation tell their children they had to do "without"?----fishducky