Ah, yes Dr. Ron, thank you for putting us all in perspective. We are definitely very fortunate to have the things and technology we have today.
I had never heard the story about the "bug in the system" before, that's really interesting, thanks for that little bit of trivia.
I do recall my childhood, the progression of computers and technology... it's amazing how fast it moves. I remember my dad programming his Commodore 64 to have "educational" games for my sister and I to learn spelling and mathematics, they were pretty cool, if not a bit basic by today's standards... They had those huge floppy discs and everything. I remember really having a ball with it. (I would have been about 6 or so at the time) But my dad has always been big on technology, and as long as I can remember he's always had the latest technology and computers on hand, so I've always been able to learn and grow with it... which is pretty cool. To me, at least, as well as for today's job industry.
As far as those cool toys that came with the cereals and cracker jack boxes... yeah, my mom has quite the collection of the old "antiques" as it were like that... And you really do have to wonder how they made those things, what they put in them and if they ever did any harm to children.
We found a very old Cracker Jack box "toy" in my husband's grandfather's effects after he passed away in 2003 (he'd be 104 if he were still alive today), along with several genuine silver dollars from the late teens and early twenties, and other rather intriguing and rare finds.
The toy though was supposed to tell your mood by how the paper curled in your hand as you left it there in your palm. It was so flimsy because of its age, nearly crumbly, but it still worked, according to its directions. So cool.