Having been born in 1949 I remember the later half of the 50's and the 60's and on up pretty well. We had to pay to ride the school bus and we had to buy our own school books and pay for our school lunches. When I didn't have the bus fare (10 cents each way) I walked the half mile to elementary school or rode my bike regardless of the weather. In the winter, ice spewed up from out of the ground in a kind of reverse icicle. The building had steam heat with the old style radiators which had a terrible hammer problem. We sat with our coats on because the school room was never warm. We had no TV until 1959 but I could watch my neighbor's set in the afternoon. TV was black and white. We listened to the radio a lot. Our blue jeans had holes in the knees and we couldn't wait until they were worn out enough to make cutoffs out of them for the summer time. Our standard dress was blue jeans and tee shirts in warm weather. Every kid on the block had a bicycle and a dog. Our dads had blue collar jobs. We only went to the doctor when we were bleeding too much for a bandaid or really, really sick. No wellness visits. We took polio vaccine drops on a sugar cube. I had polio when I was six (ironically, in 1955) and still have a bit of a problem in my right leg from it. We played outside from the moment we got home from school until our moms called us in for supper. My dad took me hunting and fishing regularly. I took up girls in the mid 60's and got married in 1971. I'll let someone else take it from there.