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Christmas 1979 versus Christmas 2009

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It is a little early to think about the upcoming Christmas holiday season but while I take a break from the business topics, I thought it might be interesting to compare Christmas of 30 years ago to today. 

Let’s begin with what was not in stores or under the tree: 

  • Cell phones – I phones, blackberry etc
  • Garmin or other GPS systems
  • CD’s or CD player and definitely not an I Pod or other MP3 player
  • Laptop computer
  • Wireless internet card
  • Internet (Al Gore did not invent that yet)
  • Xbox or Wii
  • Cordless phone (900 MHz phone approved by FCC until 1994 and still was prone to static)
  • Sony Walkman – introduced in Japan in July 1979 might have been under the tree in 1980
  • Fruit roll ups (early 1980’s)
  • Commercially available Satellite radio
  • Rubik’s Cube (1980)

 What was under the tree back then?

  •  Radio Shack TRS80 computer
  • A Coleco hand held football game
  • Simon, the memory game by Milton Bradley
  • Star wars action figures, Empire Strikes Back released in May 1980
  • Mattel’s See ‘n Say
  • Incredible Hulk Action figure (TV series)
  • Space Lego
  • A Hot air popcorn popper for Mom
  • A microwave oven as prices become more reasonable
  • #1 LP Album’s by: Billy Joel, Barbara Streisand, Bee Gee’s, The Blues Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, Donna Summer, The Eagles, The Knack, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart and Supertramp (For the week ending 10/31/09 only Barbara Streisand still is represented in the top 20 with “Love is the answer”)  I’m stunned by that too!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s topic.  Have a good week.


Written by pacelinebiz

October 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Posted in General Interest

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  1. wow… this is interesting stuff, Doug. I GOT one of those hot air popcorn poppers for my Mom that year…!! Banks used to give them away as a gift when you opened a new checking account . They sure were a hot item!


    November 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

  2. Doug, I think you missed your calling and should be a writer. I am enjoying your blog. Also, Bob and I got married in 1979. How things have changed.


    November 4, 2009 at 10:30 am

  3. Ah memories…
    That wonderful Radio Shack TRS80 PC with the optional mass storage device (i.e. cassette player).
    Loved those Mattel Football games with their three rows of LED dashes. How about the upgraded Football 2 that allowed you to ‘pass’!
    Microwave ovens (remember the Amana Radarange?) that required a forklift to install due to size and weight.
    Albums?? Oh I see… you mean music ‘tracks’, right? … don’t tell me you got music on something made out of vinyl?
    Fun stuff Doug!


    November 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm

  4. Hi Doug.Enjoyed your blog.I enjoy anything that has to do with Christmas.Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Frank

    Frank Whalen

    November 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm

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