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  •  Until the soldiers came home (none)
    from Vietnam, our television was that big grey glass box in the corner.

    Mom refused to turn it on at all.

    •  Weren't you a "celebrity" at school? (none)
      My parents also had "no TV" rule when I was growing up. It made me kind of a "celebrity" at school, imagine a pre-teen with no TV at home:

      •  !?!? Are you serious ? You don't have a TV ?
      • What do you DO all day ? Don't you miss it ?
      • How can you not watch ... (insert popular TV show)
      • This is so weird! I'm glad I'm not your sister.
      • Wanna come to my house to watch some TV ?

      We're back in the U.S.S.R.
      (You don't know how lucky you are boy
      Back in the U.S.S.R!)

      by lawnorder on Sun May 22, 2005 at 09:30:52 PM PDT

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      •  Honestly... (none)
        Since I was 1-8 at the time, I don't remember it. My first official moment with the television was the lunar landing. Beyond that? Nothing much until Carter was running for president.

        It was just one of those things that came up in discussion when I hit HS history classes. It was really odd. I saw news footage and movies (Green Berets and Apocalypse Now). Was stunned. Went home and asked about it. That's when the "no war footage television" rule was discussed. I talked about it with some of my fellow classmates whose fathers had been in Vietnam. They apparently had the same rule.

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