I was born in 1970.
I remember my mom used to keep a can of bacon grease on the stove to use for frying other things or in recipes in place of shortening - until my grandpa had a heart attack.
My dad had to take a pay cut because the economy was bad, but he was just glad to still have a job.
When we went to the gas station, we couldn't pump our own gas. Instead, someone would come out and fill the car up and check the oil.
We used cash or checks. I remember being told in school that one day people wouldn't even need to use cash because they would have special plastic cards that would track one's bank account. I thought that sounded a little scary.
The year 2000 seemed like a very long way away. We thought we'd have flying cars by then.
We had a big TV in a wooden case with wooden legs. We only got a few channels. And we used to get in trouble if we cranked the dial around too fast trying to change them. We mostly only watched cartoons on Saturday mornings. When we got older, we watched things like "Magnum PI" with Mom and Dad.
I remember not being able to sleep one night and smelling popcorn. I headed upstairs and my dad let me sit on his lap while "Saturday Night Live" was on. It was the one with the 50 Food President skit where President Carter got nuclear contamination when someone spilled a Pepsi at Three Mile Island.
Sesame Street: Snuffelufugus was just in Big Bird's imagination. Elmo did not exist. Mr. Hooper was still alive and well and ran the store. Bob and Maria and Gordon were young and none of them had kids.
We watched the first broadcast of MTV.
Our first brand-new car was a Datsun 210 wagon. I always thought it smelled funny.
I remember having all my clothes made by my mother until I was in about 5th grade or so.
We drove everywhere without seatbelts or airbags. On long trips, we'd put the seats down and lay in the back and color and do puzzles and stuff. My brother and I each had our "side" of the car with our territory marked by blankets.
Our house had golden curtains and shag carpet until we remodeled in the 80s.
We made lots of macrame: plant holders to Christmas ornaments. My mom made macrame valences for her room using avocado green twine and big wooden beads. It hung there until the sun bleached it to beige before she changed it out.
I wore clogs for a time in grade school. Then jelly shoes in jr high.
In high school, my current events teacher said to us that Gorbachev could just disappear from power one day. Then he did.
The maps all had East Germany and West Germany and the USSR. They changed all the names on the maps of China while I was school.
I remember crying while watching the people chipping away at the Berlin Wall.
We watched the first space shuttle landing on a TV at school.
I was home sick the day the Challenger blew up. I was also home sick when President Reagan was shot.
My cousins had an 8-track player and I collected vinyl records until they were hard to find. I had some cassettes but the records were better. I remember when CDs were totally new.
We didn't have a VCR. We used to rent one and rent some movies in high school. My friend's dad got a Beta video player and then after awhile he couldn't rent movies anymore to fit into it. He was the first guy I knew who had a computer and a CD player too.
Pong was cool. Loved PacMan, too. My friends had an Atari.
I remember when Domino's Pizza first came to our town.
We used to go roller skating all the time - at home and on the rink. I had a purple and black outfit (yes, with leg warmers) I got for Christmas and used to wear it while skating to Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."
I have been feeling very much like I am pushing forty lately, so this has been kind of fun.