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Old 06-28-2019, 03:55 PM   #46
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I think one of the weirdest things I've noticed is how old everyone looks. What I mean by this is...say they show someone in their early twenties...but she looks older than I am. Or people in their mid-thirties (my age) who look like they're in their fifties. I'm not certain, beyond hair styles and clothing, what exactly it is that causes me to not be able to properly judge the ages of these people...but it occurs in almost every segment lol
Totally agree. I've rewatched the Gail Delano segment recently and I ALWAYS SAY IT after I see it-- she looks so much older than her age. At this point in time now, I am older than Gail when she faked her disappearance. I still maintain she looks older than me in photos.

Other things that are fun-- the size of Kevin Paulson's computer in the Dark Dante segment. The fact that he had DIAL UP INTERNET. The fact that when I saw this segment for the first time, I thought ALL OF THAT was the coolest thing ever.

Rotary phones. Payphones. The lack of *69 or Caller ID functions. I've clearly spent a lot of time being amused by phones...
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The way that marijuana was so negatively portrayed really stands out in several cases.

Brian Brophil’s segment is one such example. An entire segment on a nationally televised true crime show devoted to catching a guy that had never committed a violent crime just because he grew and sold pot seems ridiculously outdated. No accredited true crime show would ever bother profiling such a “criminal” in this day and age yet they tried to paint him like some type of Pablo Escobar Jr. or something.

Another one was the overreaction of the family and LEOs upon Steve Sandlin’s family discovering one pound of weed in his house was comical. It was more than likely planted there by dirty cops but why? Because of outdated ideologies is why. That bag had a street value of less than $1,000 back in 1988. Even if the bag was really Sandlin’s, I wouldn’t care. However, it most likely wasn’t and it was a small price to pay to make him look bad in the eyes of the uninformed back then.

That last paragraph leads me to another one: how much the average person blindly trusted the police back then is also rather outdated. Before cell phone cameras, YouTube, social media, etc. people didn’t really see how dirty the average LEO was on a daily basis like you can now with even just a modicum of research.

The 80s were just a totally different time, man.

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Rotary phones. Payphones. The lack of *69 or Caller ID functions. I've clearly spent a lot of time being amused by phones...
What's so funny or out of place about a rotary phone?! I've got two hooked up...
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What's so funny or out of place about a rotary phone?! I've got two hooked up...
That must really be challenging because those messages that said "if you only have a rotary phone, stay on the line for assistance" went away about 20 years ago.
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That must really be challenging because those messages that said "if you only have a rotary phone, stay on the line for assistance" went away about 20 years ago.
That's why I have a touch tone upstairs
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Home phones in general are outdated af. I don’t think I’ve had a landline since 2006ish.
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Realizing that Robert Stack would be over 100 today.

Pretty much all pets mentioned in the series' run are long gone.

Great Depression/WWII eyewitnesses being interviewed (I realize we still have them, but they're very elderly now). Those old enough to remember WWI (such as the little sister in the Walter Curly Green segment), are more stunning to realize.

Realizing how many of these crimes might have been solved with modern day technology. Example: Angela Hammond would never have been using a payphone in the first place, but even in an abduction, her cell phone likely would have pinged and helped her be found. Pictures of license plates could have been taken whenever someone was suspicious of someone else. Police could have been called in the middle of nowhere.

I think I mentioned this a little farther back, but the Ogopogo segment has a map shown onscreen which mentions the USSR.
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I think one of the weirdest things I've noticed is how old everyone looks. What I mean by this is...say they show someone in their early twenties...but she looks older than I am. Or people in their mid-thirties (my age) who look like they're in their fifties. I'm not certain, beyond hair styles and clothing, what exactly it is that causes me to not be able to properly judge the ages of these people...but it occurs in almost every segment lol
So true! Another example of this is the Chuck Morgan segment. There's a photo of Chuck and he looks like he's in his late 50s at least...then you find out he was only 39?!

People today absolutely look "younger for their age" than they did in UM's heyday. I think it's due to less smoking, less harsh hair/makeup looks, and people having children later in life (thus retaining their youthful vitality a little longer lol).
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So true! Another example of this is the Chuck Morgan segment. There's a photo of Chuck and he looks like he's in his late 50s at least...then you find out he was only 39?!

People today absolutely look "younger for their age" than they did in UM's heyday. I think it's due to less smoking, less harsh hair/makeup looks, and people having children later in life (thus retaining their youthful vitality a little longer lol).
I hate to keep harping on Mary Ann Perez but...she was 33 when she vanished....



She already had a teenager daughter watching after the younger kids the night she disappeared. Doing the math, she must have gotten married in high school.
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All the segments related to the Vietnam War. When the show premiered in the eighties, Vietnam was still a raw wound in this country, and it shows in the narration/tones of voice used by guests. Vietnam is still a painful part of our history, but the passage of time has helped heal some of the pain and anger associated. When talking about it now, people are able to discuss it as history and less as a traumatic wound.
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All the segments related to the Vietnam War. When the show premiered in the eighties, Vietnam was still a raw wound in this country, and it shows in the narration/tones of voice used by guests. Vietnam is still a painful part of our history, but the passage of time has helped heal some of the pain and anger associated. When talking about it now, people are able to discuss it as history and less as a traumatic wound.

Also...those Vietnam vets are the same age as the WW2 vets were, at the time...which is such a mindf*** for me...
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The Bonnie Haim Story. They interviewed the lead detective back then and Michael's Aunt. Both were recently interviewed on Dateline. Michael's aunt no longer has the big glasses or the 80's hair. The Detective no longer had the 80's hair.
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Yes and those word processors with floppy discs.
VHS and VCRS. No more blockbuster or Movie Gallery.
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VHS and VCRS. No more blockbuster or Movie Gallery.
I kind of have a tendency to live in the past. I was using a VCR as late as 2014. Once in a while I taped a program but they were mostly for taping football games. I can still remember walking up to the counter once at Rite Aid to buy a couple blank VHS tapes. The cashier looked at the tapes as if he were looking at a dinosaur fossil and even said, "I can't believe we're still selling these."

I finally joined the rest of the world and currently watch shows on Demand now. But I'll always have happy memories as a kid going to Blockbuster. Those were fun times.
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