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June 27, 2008 - Ron Flaviano
I had totally forgotten about Peter Pan records...especially the 45s with the yellow press with the smiling sun on it. My sister and I had many of these records, that we'd play over and over again. I remember there being a childrens record section in the toy department at Hills and KMart, and they'd have several of these Peter Pan records. I think the one we played the most was "Pop Goes The Weasel".
Other fun things that we grew up with....My cousin Patty's portable 8-track player that we bought at her garage sale. Roller skating in the driveway listening to The Carpenters (that's all the next-door neighbors were allowed to listen to.)
Renting videos at National Video in the early 80s was definitely a different experience than today. Actually, with today's technology, I doubt that video rental stores will be around much longer. Giant Eagle is quickly replacing all of their Iggle Video stores with self-serve DVD rental kiosks. Many video store locations have closed up. I forsee within the next five years, most movies will be rented via Apple's iTunes, digital cable or the internet. One of our favorite rentals was Blondie's "Eat To The Beat" video album.
Of course I had a Speak and Spell from Texas Instruments. It was a really expensive item to ask for for Christmas at $30. It was 1978, and electronic toys were starting to take hold of the market. My parents came through though...and I was spelling on Christmas Day.
One other flashback...a classroom filmstrip projector. It was always a welcome eye break to close the blinds, turn off the lights, and watch a film strip in elementary school....beep! If it was right after lunch, some ended up napping!
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