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Years Ago" in the USA - the year was
The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three minute call from
Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily
populated than California,with a mere 1.4 million residents,
California was only the twenty-first most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the U.S. was twenty-two cents an hour.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist
mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at
Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education.
Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in
the press and by the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee
cost fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg
yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country
for any reason,either as travelers or immigrants.
The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
Pneumonia and influenza
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii
and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
Drive-by-shootings -- in which teenage boys galloped down the street on
horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything
else that caught their fancy -- were an ongoing problem in Denver and
other cities in the West.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert
community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their
Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet.
Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
One in ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all
Americans had graduated from high school.
Some medical authorities warned that professional seamstresses were apt
to become sexually aroused by the steady rhythm, hour after hour, of the
sewing machine's foot pedals. They recommended slipping bromide -- which
was thought to diminish sexual desire -- into the women's drinking water.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at
corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the
complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the
bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
Punch card data processing had recently been developed, and early
predecessors of the modern computer were used for the first time by the
government to help compile the 1900 census.
Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one
full-time servant or domestic.
A letter from a Redneck mother to her Son
I'm writing this slow 'cause I know you can't read fast. We don't live where
we did when you left. Your dad read in the paper that most accidents
happen within twenty miles of home, so we moved.
Won't be able to send you the address as the last Arkansas family that lived here took the
numbers with them for their house, so they wouldn't have to change their
This place has a washing machine. The first day I put four shirts
in it, pulled the chain and haven't seen 'em since.
It only rained twice
this week, three days the first time and four days the second time.
The coat you wanted me to send to you, Aunt Sue said it would be a little too
heavy to send in the mail with them heavy buttons, so we cut them off and
put them in the pockets.
We got a bill from the funeral home, and it
said if we didn't make the final payment on Grandma's funderal bill, up
About your sister, she had a baby this morning and I haven't
found out whether if it is a boy or a girl so don't know if you are an
Aunt or Uncle.
Your Uncle John fell in the whiskey vat. Some men tried
to get him out, but he fought them off playfully, so he drowned. We
cremated him and he burned for three days.
Three of your friends went off the bridge in a pickup. One was driving and the other two were in the
back. The driver got out. He rolled down the window and swam to safety.
The other 2 drowned. They couldn't get the tail gate down.
Well, that's about all the
news this time. If you don't get this letter, please let me know and I will send another
|Logistic Corp. System
The foregoing eight program modes
represent the main features of the Logistics Corp. system keyer. However,
carrier. This provides notes ranging from T3 to T8, depending upon the
setting of the "fuzz" pot.
(2) There is a switch that controls chirp
(requires a coaxial cable to the local oscillator or synthesizer VCO in
your transmitter). A varactor diode in the keyer pulls the transmitter
oscillator each time the key is closed. The degree of chirp can be
regulated by adjustment of still another internal trimmer potentiometer.
Finally, there is a PULSE mode switch that can be used to superimpose
pulses on the leading and trailing edges of the CW waveform. This will
cause key clicks that are difficult to equal by normal means. This is
actually a center-off switch. In its opposite function position it creates
the effect of excessive shaping, thereby rendering a bell-like tone to the
CW note. This type of soft keying imparts a CW note that sounds as if it
were coming from the bottom of a deep well. This is great in a pileup, for
no one can figure out your call!
Apart from the usual massive collection of
OR gates, AND gates, NAND gates, ROMs, PROMs, and what have you, the
FF-1000 contains 17 GO-NOGO ICs. These are essential in generating erratic
CW. There are also six KANT-READ ICs in the system---a totally new concept
in the LSI technology. These are used to generate CW that can't be
deciphered by the most skilled of high-speed operators. Code readers with
visual displays or video terminals can't handle this type of CW either.
I highly recommend this system to those who have
jaded CW appetites, or wish to do their own thing on the CW bands. The
manufacturer is offering a 30% discount for quantities greater than 10
units. This should be especially appealing to the instructors of Amateur
Radio classes. The discount deal should be popular also with the
DXpedition groups. After two months of home use with this system I have
finally broken the habit of conforming. No longer do I have that boring
fist that puts people to sleep. Now they have to pay attention to what I'm
sending, and at last I have a captive audience.
FROM QST FOR APRIL 1983, pages 43 & 44.
Taco Bell Robber
Nabbed After Waiting for Chalupa
FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters)
A youthful thief on a bicycle and brandishing a toy gun held up a Taco Bell
through the drive-up window but had to wait so long for a chalupa that he
ended up getting caught, authorities say.
The robber pedaled up to the
fast food outlet's window just after midnight on Monday.
appeared to be a gun, he threatened the staff and demanded money and a
chalupa, a soft taco-style specialty.
But a Taco Bell worker called
police, who arrived while the thief was waiting for his food.
teen-ager took off, and kept bicycling even after an officer shot him in
the arm and leg. He dismounted and surrendered once a second cruiser cut
him off. The gun turned out to be a toy.
"He got the money but then
waited there while his food was being prepared," said Fort Worth Police
Lt. Duane Paul.
"He never got his chalupa".
The alleged robber was
identified as 17-year-old Lakount Maddox.
Guy in a taxi wanted to speak to the
driver so he leaned forward and tapped him on the shoulder.
screamed, jumped up in the air and yanked the wheel over.
jumped the curb, demolished a lamp post and came to a stop inches from a
The startled passenger said "I didn't mean to frighten
you, just wanted to ask you something."
Taxi driver says "Not your
fault sir. It's my first day as a cab driver. I've been driving a hearse
for the past 25 years!"
TOOLS.... and their usage....
Originally employed as a
weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to
locate expensive parts not far from the object we are trying to hit.
Used to open and slice through the contents of
cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on
boxes containing seats and motorcycle jackets.
ELECTRIC HAND DRILL:
Normally used for spinning steel Pop rivets in
their holes until you die of old age, but it also works great for drilling
mounting holes in fenders just above the brake line that goes to the rear
Used to round off bolt heads.
One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board
principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable
motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal
your future becomes.
Used to round off bolt heads. If nothing else is
available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the
palm of your hand.
Used almost entirely for lighting various
flammable objects in your garage on fire. Also handy for igniting the
grease inside a brake drum you're trying to get the bearing grease out of.
Once used for working on older British cars and
motorcycles, they are now used mainly for impersonating that 9/16 or 1/2
socket you've been searching for, the last 15 minutes.
A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching
flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest
and flings your beer across the room, splattering it against that freshly
painted part you were drying.
Cleans rust off old bolts and then throws them somewhere
under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprint
whorls and hard-earned guitar calluses in about the time it takes you to
Tool for calling your
neighbour to see if he has another hydraulic floor jack.
A stroboscopic instrument for illuminating grease
TWO-TON HYDRAULIC ENGINE HOIST:
A handy tool for testing the tensile
strength of ground straps and brake lines you may have forgotten to
CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 16-INCH SCREWDRIVER:
A large motor mount prying tool
that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end
without the handle.
BATTERY ELECTROLYTE TESTER:
A handy tool for transferring sulphuric
acid from a car battery to the inside of your tool box after determining
that your battery is dead as a door nail, just as you thought.
Normally used to stab the lids of old-style
paper-and-tin oil cans and splash oil on your shirt; can also be used, as
the name implies, to round off Phillips screw heads and can double as oil
filter removal wrench by stabbing through stubborn oil filters.
A machine that takes energy produced in a
coal-burning power plant 200 miles away and transforms it into compressed
air that travels by hose to a Chicago Pneumatic impact wrench that grips
rusty bolts last tightened 60 years ago by someone in Springfield, and
rounds them off.
A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or
bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.