Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

Middle Class or Kennedy/Johnson prosperity?

I haven't posted in a while, so might as well do one of these time waster thingies. Glommed from many, most recently skylarker.

Bold the ones that apply to you
I've added: Italicize those that don't really apply to you growing up

If your father went to college: on the GI bill
If your father finished college
If your mother went to college: Not when I was growing up, but she's taken classes since
If your mother finished college: No, but my father had an MA, which may balance this
If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor: Uncle, uncle, brother among the close ones
If you were the same or higher class than your high school teachers: I'm not entirely sure wahat this means, but I think so
If you had a computer at home: Not when I waas growing up, though there were computers in my city which was unusual at the time. After I left home, my mother had the first Displaywriter from IBM off the assembly line
If you had your own computer at home: No, but I had a typewriter.
If you had more than 50 books at home: Good heavens, I had more than 50 books in my room
If you had more than 500 books at home
If were read children's books by a parent
If you ever had lessons of any kind
If you had more than two kinds of lessons: Piano and guitar, iirc
If the people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively: If "people like me" are middle class white guys, then "yes". If "people like me" are Jewish comedians, then "mostly". If "people like me" are political wonks who dislike Bush and the radical right, then "no".
If you had a credit card with your name on it: I'm not entirely sure my parents had a credit card, though probably.
If you have less than $5000 in student loans: I've paid off all my student loans, thank you very much
If you have no student loans: I'm going to interpret this to mean "never had student loans", as in "your parents paid for college". So, "no".
If you went to a private high school
If you went to summer camp: Several. Hated them all.
If you had a private tutor: I was a private tutor.
If you have been to Europe
If your family vacations involved staying at hotels
If all of your clothing has been new and bought at the mall: Malls were around when I was growing up, but they weren't the major retail centers they are now. We had a downtown and shopping centers! Further, I was the oldest. I got a few hand-me-downs from relatives and such, but mostly I was the hander, not the handee.
If your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them: I never owned a car until I was in my 40s.
If there was original art in your house: Counting photography and political cartoons
If you had a phone in your room
If you lived in a single family house
If your parents own their own house or apartment
If you had your own room
If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course: I'm going to count this as a "yes" because we went through the SAT book in class in HS. I suspect the question really is about outside lessons and tutors, in which case "no".
If you had your own cell phone in High School: Such things didn't exist at the time.
If you had your own TV in your room in High School: One of my better purchases, using Paper Route money. Lasted through college. The science fiction club watched Monty Python on it.
If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College: No, but I had stocks
If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline
If you ever went on a cruise with your family
If your parents took you to museums and art galleries
If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

I notice the car questions have dropped off, and probably others. I'm tempted to add boomer questions, but this range has already spread.

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