How Old Is Grandpa?

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:



Polio shots

Frozen foods


Contact lenses


The pill

There were no:

Credit cards

Laser beams

Ball-point pens

Man had not invented:


Air conditioners


Clothes dryers ( they were line dried )

Man hadn't yet walked on the moon

How old is Grandpa???

Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir". And after I turned 25, I still called every man older than me, "Sir".

We were before gay-rights

Computer- dating

Dual careers

Daycare centers

And group therapy

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent or Yom Kipper.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of:

FM radios, tape decks, CDs

Electric typewriters


or Guys wearing earrings

We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5&10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 . . . but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day: grass was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.

"Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store and "software" wasn't even a word

No wonder people call "Grandpa",  "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap...

Now how old do you think grandpa is?

Try and add it up. The answer is pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time. The answer is posted in the comments section.


KarmaKatcher KarmaKatcher
31-35, F
5 Responses Jul 9, 2007

He also had segregation of Afro-Americans until the late 1960s, hotels that refused to accommodate Jews until the 1950s and lynch law in the 1930s.


It's cute but I have to take issue with a few of these, including yoghurt, which has been around for hundreds of years...but it also gives me a clue as to what this list is. It's an American list. Like yoghurt, earrings on men and day care centres were well known in other places:)

That has to be the cutting edge of the very youngest he could be because I'm 54 and I'd swear allot of these things have been around all my life.Ballpoint pens? Clothes dryers?? Credit cards? I thought there were around....

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This man would be only 59 years old.<br />
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{Scary, isn't it?}