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    I had a "Damn, Methuselah!" moment the other day when I was explaining to my son how people used to fax song requests to radio stations. For those who only know the 21st century, it's almost impossible to process the how and why of that.

    I figure that's only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the ancient knowledge we here have accrued.
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    I used to dial them in on a rotary phone. I even remember when AM radio was the place you requested them from and FM was not for music.
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    When you are teaching the children of former students!
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    You know you're old when you go to a memorial for a friend of 40 plus years and one of the people who speak about him is a 33 year old who you last saw when she was two

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    Re: You know you're getting old when ...

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    I had a "Damn, Methuselah!" moment the other day when I was explaining to my son how people used to fax song requests to radio stations. For those who only know the 21st century, it's almost impossible to process the how and why of that.

    I figure that's only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the ancient knowledge we here have accrued.
    I remember thinking faxing a request to a radio station was the height of technology, we had reached the future world that I saw in sci-fi movies.
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    When you go to a funeral gravesite ceremony, they put a row of chairs right next to the freshly dug grave. They put them there for the oldest people there.

    Went to a funeral a few months back and noticed nobody was sitting in those chairs. I looked around and I was the oldest there. I said I’ll just stand thank you. My wife calls it the row before the hole.
    “He smote Cutshaw athwart the floating ribs with an inshoot.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    I remember thinking faxing a request to a radio station was the height of technology, we had reached the future world that I saw in sci-fi movies.
    The way I explain it now is it was like a text on paper.
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    Around her middle school age, my daughter asked how we found out about things without Google and the internet. I told her about this thing call the library and the Dewey decimal system.
    “He smote Cutshaw athwart the floating ribs with an inshoot.”

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    Re: You know you're getting old when ...

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    I had a "Damn, Methuselah!" moment the other day when I was explaining to my son how people used to fax song requests to radio stations. For those who only know the 21st century, it's almost impossible to process the how and why of that.

    I figure that's only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the ancient knowledge we here have accrued.
    Oh man, I remember that. Hampton Roads station 93.7 The Coast used to do a different theme at lunchtime every day and I would get people in the office to help come up with a list of songs for me to fax in. I guess I kept all the faxes for some reason because my boss found them one day. He didn't know what the hell they were but because he was the type that was terrified his employees might occasionally get the urge to have fun, he put an immediate stop to it.
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    Re: You know you're getting old when ...

    Here's a baseball related one that I often come back to:

    I feel like just yesterday Ken Griffey SENIOR was one of my favorite players in his prime. And now his son has completed a full HOF career, and that son has a son of his own who's a fully grown 26-year-old adult. I mean, how???
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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawkfish View Post
    When you are teaching the children of former students!
    In high school, I had a biology teacher who taught my dad.
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    Re: You know you're getting old when ...

    When you're older than the oldest active major league baseball player.

    EDIT: Pujols was the oldest active player this year, I'm one day younger.
    Last edited by Kinsm; 10-26-2020 at 08:15 PM.

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    I remember when Pete Rose turned 60.

    That was unimaginable.
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    Re: You know you're getting old when ...

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    The way I explain it now is it was like a text on paper.
    You should blow his mind with the "beeper/pager" process....and how once you received the raw phone number, you would often have to search for a "phone booth" to respond.
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    Re: You know you're getting old when ...

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    The way I explain it now is it was like a text on paper.
    Do you remember the original faxes that were printed on the terrible thermal paper? Tell them if they printed out their homework and put it in the oven for an hour at 350, that is a what a fax looked like.

    I was also telling someone a couple of weeks ago that you could actually have sex on the hood of your car in the Oregon District and not worry about cameras or smart phones, and that was less than 20 years ago. At least, that's the rumor I heard.

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