09/21/2020 (Mon) 23:36:42
I was born in the 70's, so I remember it pretty well. Basically I spent a whole lot of time outside the house, riding my bike or hanging out with friends (and usually that meant also being outside). Going to some relatives houses could be boring sometimes, if they didn't have any kids. Even if they had a TV (which in some cases was black & white), they were usually watching something for adults. But sometimes they had westerns with cowboys & indians, and that was cool. A lot of people had landlines phones at their house (usually the rotary dial kind) and sometimes we'd do conference calls or prank calls. If you wanted to make phone calls outside, you had to use a payphone, and those were everywhere (well in the cities anyway, out in the coutryside not so much). CB radios were huge! (I mean tons of people had one), and they were your last resort if your car broke down in the boonies (short of stumbling upon a farm or something where they had a landline phone). I guess some people did HAM radio too (one of our neighbors was into that) but it wasn't nearly as big as the CB scene. Almost everyone wore a wristwatch to keep track of time, and a lot of those you had to wind up in the morning (unless it was a fancy digital watch with battery, but I didn't get one of those for a long time). On public transportation, people often read newspapers, magazines, or books. There weren't many TV stations, and they pretty much shut off at the end of the night, instead of broadcasting 24/7 like today (and it was analog signal over the air, so you just needed an antenna to receive it). I didn't watch much TV though, mostly played outside, rode my bike, read some books and comic books. Later on I got into tabletop wargames (the hexagon & counter type) and roleplaying game. Oh and we had these CYOA type books too.