Imagine... we made it this far without so much... According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 70's probably shouldn't have survived. Our baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets,.. and when we rode our bikes , we had no helmets. As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or airbags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose not from a bottle. Horrors!! We ate cupcakes, bread, and butter, drank pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill only to find out we frogot the brakes. After runnning into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day. as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. NO MOBILE PHONES !!!!!! Unthinkable ! We did not have playstations, Nintendo 64, X-boxes, no videpo games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surroundsound, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends ! We went outside and found them. We played dodge ball, and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame except us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black an blue and learned to get over it. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Some kids weren't as smart as others, so they failed a year and were held back to repeat the same year . Horrors ! Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine That ! This generation had produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. Congratulations !!!