Nobody had to worry about smoking, cholesterol or trans-fats.
Fire-crackers and cherry bombs were perfectly legal to buy. If you blew off a finger, that was your problem.
You could bring a peanut butter sandwich to school without creating an international incident.
Peak oil? What peak oil?
The Middle-East didn’t hate us yet.
Coke was made with sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup.
Cars were made of metal, not plastic.
We allowed natural selection. You didnt’ have to wear bike helmets or seat belts if you didnt want to.
You could go to Vegas and see mushroom clouds from the nearby atom-bomb tests.
The only body parts that got pierced were womens’ ear lobes.
Having a degree (any degree) guaranteed a cushy well-paying Civil Service job for life.
Children weren’t required to sit in car baby-seats till they were twelve.
Women were actually allowed to have curves. Unlike today’s photo-shopped skeletor fashion models.
The country actually had a surplus, not a huge debt that our great-great-great grandkids will still be paying off.
National Parks let you do fun things back then, like feeding the wildlife or fishing with explosives.
Elvis wasn’t an Elvis impersonator, yet.
Most of the property up north hadn’t been developed yet, so anyone could afford a cottage on a lake.
I’d wait about 20 years, then invest my life savings in small company called Microsoft.
Regarding those smug old guys who say “You shoulda seen how great the fishing was 50 years ago“. Well, now I’d be able to enjoy that first-hand.
Céline Dion did not exist yet.
Oprah did…but she was only two.
Playboy was around back then. But breasts were natural, not silicone.
In a few years, I’d get to see the Beatles at their peak, before Yoko came along and ruined everything.
No doom-and-gloom stories about Global Warming. Just honest-to-goodness threats of thermonuclear war.
You could come home from work, put your feet up and your wife would bring you a drink. And then serve you a home-cooked meal she spent 3 hours making.
(Not so great for the women, I realize. But you gotta admit, we guys had it made back then!)