I was born Nov. 15 1958. My Dad was a Civil Enginer, mom was a Hairdress (beautician), and I have 6 siblings.
The first TV we had to my recollection was a 12 inch Black and white Phillips set. In those days, my dad used to go to work with his Slide-Rule in hand. I remember he drove some british car that had a hand crank starter. Later My Dad bought a HUGE (in my eyes) Ford Galaxie (1961, can't remember for sure) with Tail Fins.
EDIT: I may have found the car above. A 1961 model.
My mom used a Steam Iron to press our clothes. The thing was a literal piece of Iron that had a compartment which you popped open and literally dropped in pieces of hot coal to get it going.
Our first Radio was a huge Grundig console, and inside it were vacuum tubes (they look like light bulbs. We used to sit and listen to the BBC and VOA. The most memorable news I heard on that thing were "Tranquility base, the eagle has landed", "That's one small step for man, One giant leap for mankind". I also recall news about JFK assassination, and the Nigerian Civil War.
Watching TV, we saw shows like, The Lone Ranger, Sisco Kid, Bonanza, Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Tarzan, Cheyenne, Silent Service, Robin Hood, Candid Camera, Highway Patrol, Pop Eye, Gumby, The Tall Man, Rawhide, and most significantly to me...StartTrek and Astro Boy. Mr. Spock was my hero.
Growing up in the Era of StarTrek, Astro Boy, and the Moon Landing was most wonderful, magical, and mystical. I saw Color TV, Calculators, Jet Planes, transistor radios, and many great scientific advances happen. Later on I even witnessed the development of computers, and now the smart phone too.
It is difficult to fully explain how much these developments influenced me life. However thinking more deeply, I think I was just a weird kid. Most adults thought I was extremely precocious, and inquisitive. The also accused me of "Proving Logic" an annoying trait I never got over I'm afraid.
Today I have great hopes for the future of Mankind. Our greatest foe is and has always been militant extremism and war. I also count violent oppression of any sort, racism, and ethnic superiority complexes as forces that retard mankind's future.
I am all for religious (and political) freedom so long as extreme punishments, forcible conversions, harassment of dissenters, and use of violence as a tool is prohibited. I don't mind if you think I'll go to hell, so long as you don't attempt to send me there . I support your freedom to not like me. Just don't do anything that would actually harm me.
I think there should be a God, if there isn't one, because the Universe is pointless otherwise. I don't know what form God should take, so long as he ensures that all the achievements, loves, hopes and dreams of Sentient beings throughout the Universe are not merely frenetic activity that will vanish completely when their respective civilizations vanish, or when the Universe itself vanishes. If everything vanishes eventually, then the whole of existence would have been a pointless infinitesimally brief coincidence of DNA chemistry.
To my eyes, the future is bright provided we can find abundant energy at ridiculously cheap rates. If we have huge amounts of cheap and safe energy, we'll eventually develop technology that will provide for all our needs such as food, clothing, health, etc.
Anyhow, I'd like to here some of your interesting childhood experiences, events that influenced how you grew up, and what your hopes and dreams for the future are. I'd like this thread to be a luxuriously slow developing, long term exchange.
None of us is perfect, or omniscient, so let's be tolerant. If you have nothing to contribute, just read and enjoy, or ask questions.
Hope to talk to you all.
LOL, found this image, it looks almost exactly as my memories picture it. This may have been the model we had. It's not the same since ours lacked the Reel to Reel Tape player.