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Is looking back fascinating for you?

Asked by Dutchess_III (43237points) July 9th, 2010

Of course, if you’re really young you don’t have to look back that far. One of the advantages to being older is getting to look back in time and just shake your head in awe at the history being made while you were watching, but had no clue.

As a teen I had serious, major crushes on both Donny Osmond and Micheal Jackson (and various and lesser teen gods.) For some reason, although it was true love, there didn’t seem to be any conflict with me being in love with 2 boys (sometimes there might be 4 or 5 others added in the mix then shuffled out, but those two were my constant for probably three years.)

I started out today browsing Youtube for Flip Wilson, and wound up here and there and every where…and then I found this. Micheal Jackson and Donny Osmond TOGETHER!!! Since we only had 3 channels back in them days, you KNOW my folks knew about this AND DIDN’T TELL ME!!! I was a good girl but they knew they’d have a total mutiny on their hands if it was on and I wasn’t allowed to watch. They’d hear the sobbing in the next county!

Part of what is fascinating to me about this clip, is how self assured Donny O is, and how shy Micheal J is. Donny is damn near patronizing to him.

How were they to know… was anyone to know…..

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Neizvestnaya's avatar

It’s fun. Just last night then bf and I were cruising through netflix to try and find David Carridine’s Kung Fu series on instant play. I explained how excited I was to find out it was in color… we had black and white 13” tv so I assumed everything was black and white.

jazmina88's avatar

ah yes, Donny Osmond…....what a hottie he was…...didnt he wear purple socks??

I look back often…’s been a long strange trip.

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@jazmina88 I don’t know about purple socks, but his favorite color was purple! So it became my favorite color, and is to this day. Also, he got hit with appendicitis when he was 13 or 14, almost died. They had pictures of him in his hospital bed in Fave Magazine. Even back then I thought that was pretty damn rude of the press.

@Neizvestnaya Yeah, I remember when color TV’s came out. My dad was SO excited!

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@Dutchess_III @Neizvestnaya
I remember when my grampa gave us a big (25”) color TV and insisted my parents keep it so I could watch Sesame Street in color :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Neizvestnaya :) Remember when consoles were all the rage? :) Console stories, console TV’s, console sewing machines! No wonder we ‘Mericans ended up getting bigger and bigger houses!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Omg, I remember my grandparents had a gorgeous deco burlwood console stereo that had three lids, one for where the record player was, one for stacking albums upright and the last one was a lazy susan bar that had a mirror on the inside of the flip lid.

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@Neizvestnaya Oh yeah! There was always some type of a liquor bar somewhere. AND table top cigarette lighters, and lovely ash trays!

perspicacious's avatar

Yes, so much has happened in the world in my lifetime.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Reminiscing can be great fun but people who are always looking back have great trouble moving forward.

I remember fondly steam locomotives still in use on the railroads (I was really young then)
I remember riding streetcars in Montreal with my grandmother who at 102 is still alive and mentally sharp.
I remember buying A&W Onion rings for $.45
I remember buying gas for my first car at $0.379 for an Imperial gallon (bigger than a US gallon)
I remember the first manned space flights
I remember The Beatles’ first appearance on TV in the USA.

Coloma's avatar

Oh yes, I was a Monkees fan as a little girl, Davey Jones was like a drug. lol

Donny & Michael never really launched my boat but the Monkees crew did.

I remember before we got our 1st color TV our neighbors would invite us over to watch the weekly National Geographic show in color. They even had a remote that fascinated me as an 8 year old. haha

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@Coloma Ah! Remember Lassie and Disney on Sundays? We only had 3 channels to choose from, one TV, and if we wanted to watch TV we had to watch whatever Dad and Mom were watching. Except on Mondays, when the Monkees came on. I got to watch that show, which shows how much my folks loved me! I CRIED one day when we were away from home and I realized I was missing it!! My folks felt so bad for me.

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Oh yes!

Yep, 3 channels and PBS.

The 60’s TV venue rocked.

Gilligans island, I love Lucy, The Bev. Hillbillies, I Dream of Jeannie, Carol Burnett, Johnny Carson….on & on…I loved being a kid in the 60’s. :-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

SMOTHER’S BROTHERS!! Laugh In! “Here come da judge! Here come da judge!” Remember Geraldine??!! “The devil made me do it!” Good stuff, Maynard!

Coloma's avatar


Oh God, Laugh-in…..laughing at the memory :-)

Coloma's avatar

I loved the Carol Burnet/Harvey Korman skit of ’ Missus Ha’Wiggens as the ditzy bubble gum chewing inept secretary.

The Leopard print outfit and always doing her nails and couldn’t ever master the intercom. hahaha

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