Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday Thirteen

I was trying to think of songs that today's generation wouldn't understand, but I can't come up with 13 because my brain is old. But maybe I can come up with 13 things they won't understand, anyway.

1. The song "Operator" by Jim Croce. I doubt anyone born after 1995 knows what a telephone operator is.

Ok, I can only think of one song although I had a list running in my head earlier. I really am brain dead at the moment. Other things?

2. Rolodex. 

3. VHS tapes

4. Beta Max tapes

5. Telephone booths

6. The dial-up sounds from the early days of the Internet

7. Pagers

8. Telephone books

9. Fax machines

10. Mimeograph machines (that's going way back, isn't it)

11. School House Rock

12. Floppy disks

13. Rotary phones (and party lines!)

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while, and this is my 756th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.


  1. We had a party line when we first moved to Mississippi, in 1968. Who would have thought we'd all have an individual phone back then? Cool list.

  2. I make references that people don't get anymore. But I prefer on and off switches to bells and whistles.

  3. How about Kodachrome as a song the younger generation wouldn't understand?

  4. Mimeograph machines, ha! The smell of ink, the smear of ink, the fun of turning that crank.

  5. I'd add hailing taxicabs to your list. Uber and LYFT have pretty much put an end to that.


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