There are certain things to which only people of a certain age can claim first-hand knowledge. And those over 40 on Long Island not only remember a certain time, but also have had the honor and privilege of doing certain things in certain places. You know who you are.
Used a pay phone
You remember when everyone on Long Island shared the 516 area code. Oh, and you put a dime into one of these to call home.
Suffered long non-weather-related gas lines
The aftermath of superstorm Sandy wasn't the first time you spent a Friday night in line for gas. The gas shortage of 1979 also was a doozy. Prices spiked that summer from less than 80 cents to about a dollar per gallon. Twenty cents might not sound catastrophic today, but to put it into perspective, that was about a 25 percent increase over the course of a few weeks. (June 8, 1979)
Had big times at little clubs
You saw big names like The Ramones, The Good Rats and Twisted Sister play tiny venues like My Father's Place, Speaks and Malibu, and maybe even hung out with band members by the bar.
Hoped for a big win
You spent hours licking stamps and filling out the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes entry form in the hopes that Ed McMahon would come a-calling with a larger-than-life check.
Made a mixed tape
You had an after-market car stereo installed, probably at Car Tunes in Farmingdale, and probably with a Benzi box. And on it, you listened to the mixed tape your boyfriend (or girlfriend) made for you.
Felt invincible on the rink
You've seen the NY Islanders win four Stanley Cups in a row.
Downed a different type of tea
You ordered – and drank – at least one Long Island Iced Tea, a potent concoction of triple sec, rum, gin, vodka, tequila, sour mix and just a splash of cola, and maybe even did so legally while still in college. Maybe you don't remember it, but you did.
Loved "new music"
You listened to Donna Donna, Malibu Sue and Larry the Duck (now a Newsday employee!) on the world’s coolest “new music” radio station, 92.7 WLIR-FM. (Pictured: Denis McNamara, 1980s program director at WLIR-FM radio, who now hosts the morning radio show Tuesday at WRCN-FM in Medford.) (Nov. 9, 2010)
Loved The Wiz (nobody beat it, right?)
You bought 33 1/3 RPMs and even 45s at The Wiz. (Dec. 17, 1997)
Found bargains at the raceway
You haggled heartily and snagged a great deal at the Roosevelt Raceway flea market. (Sept. 20, 1995)
Took a date to the drive-in
You've seen a movie at the Westbury Drive-In. OK, maybe you didn't actually see the movie. (Oct. 24, 1998)
Made 'No Nukes' your mantra
Long before the 99 percent occupied wall street, you freaked out over the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant's existence after learning of the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl disasters. Maybe you even joined a protest or wore a "No Nukes" t-shirt -- or knew someone who did. (Aug. 1, 1986)