Miss Anita Manbadly

Miss Anita Manbadly

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7 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 0 replies · +3 points

I remember TV shows being advertised as being "in glorious color!". Like, not every show was in color, especially the ones that were locally produced.

Looking back at some of those shows (thank you, Antenna TV) I'm amused by how garish the colors look now.

7 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 0 replies · +4 points

2. Nailed it. If mom leaned her head out the front or back door and yelled for us to come home and we couldn't hear her, we were too far away.

7 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 0 replies · +4 points

My first VCR, hooked up to cable with a signal splitter bought at Radio Shack.

The unbelievable luxury of being able to watch one show while recording another. My family thought I was a wizard.

7 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 0 replies · +5 points

I wonder what the kids think when they see the mix tape in Guardians of the Galaxy. Do they understand what it is, what it signifies?

7 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 1 reply · +4 points

I didn't know anyone who had a Betamax when they were a thing.

I went to a New Year's Eve party in 2002 in a high rise in downtown Chicago hosted by some A-List gays. The host had this setup with his Betamax from 1982 and he had every episode of some obscure TV show I had never seen (I wasn't watching much TV that year). He was deep in his drink and insisted on showing us some Very Special Episode. I have no recollection of what the show was about, but I will say I was stunned that these 20 year old Betamax tapes were crystal clear in the playback.

7 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 0 replies · +3 points

My best friend moved to Canada, in 1994, when Chicago still had a regional phone company.

I called her one night because I missed her and we talked for four hours. The next month I got a $150 phone bill for the international long distance charges.

7 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 0 replies · +3 points

Traveling on business and the first thing you do after checking in to the hotel is head for the bank of payphones in the lobby and whip out your calling card. Big Blue had AT&T cards that you could swipe so you didn't have to dial all the digits. Billing went right to the company, I never saw a statement.

13 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 1 reply · +3 points

A) did you return it?
B) did they notice it was missing?

13 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Our phone exchange was MAin, in the house I grew up in. Only businesses used it regularly, though, and by the late 70's everybody just used 7 digits without using the exchange name.

I think that was because our area code was running out of numbers. As early as 1979 if you wanted to call a far western suburb, you would dial 1 plus the 7 digit number you wanted to reach.

14 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Keep on Truckin' Open ... · 0 replies · +5 points

We had micro fiche in my grade school.

I remember those reference books, too, but we didn't have them until high school. So much time wasted on looking up descriptions of articles in those books and then poring through anthologies looking for the full article to see if it was relevant. And then paying 2 cents to photocopy pages to take home so you could write out quotes from the articles long-hand on college-ruled paper.

I'm so glad everyone is participating in this because it's really reminding me that we do have so many things done in such better ways now as opposed to what we did back then.