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    I was in Middle School when my family first got cable television. A few years HBO was added to the line-up; the original HBO pre-movie intro sequence had dramatic music accompanying a POV going down a street at sundown, and tiny lights coming on in the houses. Nowadays that precious air time would be jammed with commercials.

    I still remember the introduction to great fanfare of a brand new channel called "Music Television" or MTV for short. I watched terribly unhip news anchors struggling to explain just what a "music video" was. I even saw the very first MTV video air.
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    I saw Sonny & Cher perform live on stage.

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    I remember not having cable because there was no such thing. I remember our first color television set. I remember when car ignitions needed regular ignition points replacement.

    I remember when MTV actually played music videos, with occasional 'VJ' appearances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    I remember the overwhelming success of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." An older cousin and her roommate played that album (vinyl LP!) over and over. I liked it too.
    So you were showing signs of dementia even at that age!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I even saw the very first MTV video air.
    Which was by the Buggles, right? I never saw them live, but I did see Asia play the song (IIRC) during their very first tour.
    As above, so below

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Which was by the Buggles, right?
    Yes, Video Killed The Radio Star.

    Which didn't happen, BTW, radio continues even to this day.
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    ...Aaaaaaaaand now I've got the song stuck in my head. Thanks, Jens!
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    I grew up when the only thing being sold in the streets in front of your house was the high school band's candy bars and lightbulbs. When entertainment was drive-in theaters not drive-by shootings.

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    I predate the discovery of DNA. Joseph Stalin and James Dean were still alive when I was born. No one had run a 4 minute mile. LEGOs had not been invented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    Barack Obama is the first president to be younger than me. That's got to be an ageing landmark.
    I'm rather surprised to realize that's true for me as well. Although Clinton and GW Bush didn't miss it by much.

    I got a bit huffy this morning about PZ Myers referring to Prince Charles as "doddering". He's a little younger than me.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    I remember when George Lucas said he liked the Star Wars Christmas Special!
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    Prince Charles is older than I am. The real endurance test is to be older than The Pope.

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    I remember the New York Mets coming into existence.

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    Grace Jones of The United Kingdom has passed away at the age of 113. It's always sad to see a teenager die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    Prince Charles is older than I am. The real endurance test is to be older than The Pope.
    As long as you're not older than The Doctor.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    England still had a king when I was born.

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    I am so old I remember a Ludwig transparent
    drum kit being priced at R750.00 in a
    Kempton Park music shop.

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    I love how one can make things sound much older or longer ago than they really are. For example:

    The first car my son drove in, was the car his great-grandmother bought new. (that car is only 16 years old, not a Ford T)

    I remember when a computer game of less than 1 MB cost an awful lot of money in a currency that no longer exists (that's also about 16 years ago)

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    Herbert Hoover was still alive when I was born.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    Herbert Hoover was still alive when I was born.
    Inventor of the vacuum cleaner.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I love how one can make things sound much older or longer ago than they really are. For example:

    The first car my son drove in, was the car his great-grandmother bought new. (that car is only 16 years old, not a Ford T)
    I love doing that.

    I remember John Glenn's launch... On the Space Shuttle Discovery.
    I remember the eruption of Mount St. Helens... The 2004 eruption, that is.
    "Dancing Queen" always makes me nostalgic for elementary school... When the A-Teens debuted their cover version.

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    I am so old that the songs I liked when they were brand new are now "classic rock".
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    I should introduce my niece to this thread. She's the king of "I am so old". I'll illustrate.

    When not being allowed to go out, her reply was "but next year I'll turn 16!" A little bit of math later, this means that she's 14 at the moment. (still has to turn 15 this year, so next year she'll turn 16). But obviously "but I'm 14!" was not a good argument to be allowed to go out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I should introduce my niece to this thread. She's the king of "I am so old". I'll illustrate.

    When not being allowed to go out, her reply was "but next year I'll turn 16!" A little bit of math later, this means that she's 14 at the moment. (still has to turn 15 this year, so next year she'll turn 16). But obviously "but I'm 14!" was not a good argument to be allowed to go out.
    I am so old I remember when kings were all men
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    Quote Originally Posted by profloater View Post
    I am so old I remember when kings were all men
    "King!"
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    I remember the New York Mets coming into existence.
    If you can call their first few years "existence".
    At night the stars put on a show for free (Carole King)

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    I'm so old I don't find the "I'm so young..." thread even a tiny bit funny.

    At night the stars put on a show for free (Carole King)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Inventor of the vacuum cleaner.
    I thought he invented the FBI.

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    I am so old that my Men In Black promotional T-shirt is light grey (unless the wife finally convinced me to throw it away).

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    I am so old I have never turned on a radio and said "Why are they playing all the CSI theme songs?" But I do know someone young who did.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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