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I posted this on the CBC News website in Canada following the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship on June 15, 2011. It got such a wonderful response that I thought I'd share it here too: It had been 14,279 days since captain Johnny Bucyk hoisted the Boston Bruins' last Stanley Cup on May 11, 1972. To put things in perspective...
Richard Nixon was in the White House.
America still had combat troops in Vietnam.
If you bought a quarter's worth of candy, you could get sick eating it all.
Pitchers still batted in the American League.
There was no such thing as rap music or punk rock.
Nobody considered the possibility of terrorist attacks at the Olympics.
The NHL had 14 teams. Few players wore helmets. Some goalies didn't wear masks.
Nobody seriously thought hockey players from the USSR were good.
There were hardly any McDonald's Restaurants in Canada. There were very few Tim Hortons either.
Archie Bunker was in his heyday.
Television sets had rabbit ears.
Nobody thought the world was in peril from global warming or climate change or whatever they're calling it this week.
Lotteries were illegal in Canada.
Arthur Godfrey Time had still been on the radio two weeks earlier.
Calculators could perform four functions and cost $179.
Most people had rotary telephones.
Forget about DVD players--VCRs didn't exist.
The idea of bottled water would have been laughable.
Computers were enormous things that occupied entire rooms and did simple calculations using punch cards.
Hardware meant hammers and wrenches. Software didn't mean anything.
People still sent telegrams.
Life Magazine was still around.
Canada still had the death penalty.
O.J. Simpson was a hero.
The Lord's Prayer was recited in public schools. Nobody thought it was wrong.
A new car cost $2500.
Hockey cards were a dime a pack--and they came with pink bubble gum covered in powdered sugar.
Bobby Orr was the greatest player in the NHL. (Thirty-nine years later he's still the greatest of all time.).
Added: 16th June 2011
Posted By: Lava1964
The rotary dial with holes was first introduced in 1904 but did not enter service in the Bell System until 1919
Have you ever watched an old television show and seen a rotary style telephone sitting on the table? Ever wonder how to use that phone? Well today is your lucky day! You are about to find out how to do just that.
1Remove the handset from the cradle.(The cradle is where the phone rests when not in use)
2Place the handset to your ear and listen for a dial tone.
3Use the index finger from your other hand to dial the first number. Do so by placing the finger in the dial's hole that is above the number you wish to dial. The dial, is also called the finger wheel, is circular.
4Rotate the dial clockwise until your finger touches the metal stop. Remove your finger from the opening to allow the dial to rotate to its original position.
5Find your second number and repeat step three and four. Do this for the remaining numbers. When you are finished with your conversation, simply place the phone back on the cradle.
NOTE, If you have long or decorated fingernails, and are concerned that dialing might damage them, you may use the eraser end of a pencil to dial.
Added: 9th July 2012
Posted By: mia_bambina