– (FBE) Today, you’re going to be
reacting to a newspaper. – Oh.
– Political newspaper? (chuckles) – (FBE) You’re gonna be reacting
to a newspaper from the day you were born.
– 1922? – It was World War II
when I was born. – World War II
had just ended. And it was, you know,
countries are starting to get themselves back together. – We were in the throes
of a huge recession. Yes, I was born,
but I didn’t live through it, because I was too young
to know. – (FBE) So you’ll all be looking
at the New York Times that has been scanned digitally,
where you can look at the full newspaper
and click on any article that has been archived
over the years, and you’ll get a chance
to see what was happening in the world on the day
you were born. – I’ll be darned.
I’ve never done that. – I love it.
I wanna see what happened before I was born
or when I was born. – (FBE) So, here’s what
the front page looked like. – Well, it’s kind of interesting.
The first word I noticed up here was the word “Tammany.” Tammany was
a very powerful organization. – Wednesday, April 16, 1947.
I was born on a Wednesday. How much– th-three? Get out.
Three cents? – Three cents!
Wow. It’s like a freebie. – You’ve got “Harding may,”
blah, blah, blah. “Reds here jubilant.”
God, they still were around then too. – (FBE) So, this does have
the entire full New York Times from that day, so you can actually
click through some of the pages and see the entire full newspaper. – How fun is this?
I’m looking at the ads, you know, how things have changed
with the cigar ads. Silk ties, pure–
a lot of silk. – Knickerbocker Ice Company.
But that was in New York. We had– here,
we had… Yelloway Ice? – Attempting flight
from New York to Rome. Airplanes were everything.
That was the new invention. Flying in the air
like a bird, nobody believed
what could happen. – (FBE) So now, we going
to take you through a few notable articles from your paper.
– Okay! – “Scientists uphold
evolution theory.” (chuckles) Yeah, they weren’t sure we–
the evolution thing was here to hold.
The first awareness came, I guess, when I was
maybe 10 or 12. You know, people were–
you still heard bits and pieces. “Well, evolution, they don’t believe
that that theory is good. We don’t come from one thing
to another.” You know why they deny it?
Because they can’t comprehend it. – (FBE) Yeah.
And then it’s scary. – “Germans see door
to arms talk shut.” The Germans were playing games
in those days. They knew where they were going. – “Germans clearing
coast of Holland.” During the war, in the Philippines,
the Japanese really was mean to us. They were holding the babies up,
and then they have this thing with the knife,
and then they would kill the babies by throwing– yeah.
That’s why my parents had to hide me. It’s scary.
I don’t wanna live in war. – “Vandergrift is reorganizing
Marine Corps to make it more flexible for atomic war.”
Ooh, that doesn’t sound good. They’re making sure
that the Marine Corps is ready or their fleets are ready
just in case. You know what happens
when they drop those bombs. – “India is disturbed
by Gandhi’s threat.” “Britain silent on plans.”
Boy, he was a thorn in their side.
They did not know… exactly how to handle Gandhi,
and they never did. – “Bootlegger’s friend sued,”
and asks for ali– (chuckles) That’s great. Probation was still in effect
when I grew up. And my mother was a–
you know, like all the modern ladies of their day,
they were all flappers. Even at five years old,
I could remember when my mom and dad were going out.
My mother had this cute little hat on. You know, I’m saying to myself,
“Where do you get the booze, Dad?” (laughs) at five or six. – “Pay rise is voted
to state workers. The pay increase is 10%
for those receiving less than 2,000 a year.” (scoffs)
Oh my g– well, we think about the expenses
from before are not as big as now. I was making, like– wait.
250 every two weeks. But we survived. – “Hoover asks for new
and stronger effort, laying Maine upset
to the depression.” I don’t remember
seeing pictures then of people in food lines,
because I was far too young. I was born in ’32.
I was nine years old when the Japanese attacked
Pearl Harbor. THAT I remember. – (FBE) How do you think
that newspapers do in terms of giving you
a time capsule-esque look into how your life
was going on? – Oh, there’s no question about it.
That’s all we had for communicatin’.
We didn’t have television. Radio wasn’t even as good
as the newspaper in those days, ’cause you couldn’t see it.
A newspaper, you could read words and you could see pictures. At my age, I tend
to do a lot of reminiscing. You know, I’ll sit back and relax
on my lounge chair and sometimes I’ll drift on,
you know, things that happened in my life as a young kid. – All the articles, all the stories
does make me think about old times. Of course, we get it now
more from television and we get it quicker,
and we get it at the moment. – This is so much fun just to see what was happening
on the day I was born. This is one of the most
interesting times I’ve had here just to– never thought of looking up
a newspaper the day I was born. – Hey, guys. Ethan here from FBE.
Thank you so much for watching this episode
of Elders React. And if you enjoyed this episode,
you’ve got to let us know in the comments.
Or if you wanna see the elders take a look at anything else
from their past, please let us know there.
Bye, guys.


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  2. Dang, Norman is 96! 1922! That is amazing! I love history. I wish I was born during the early 1900s lol, life was much simpler back then, despite World War I & II going on, along with depression, but there was also the Golden Age of Hollywood too. Just think, when it’s 2100, 2018 will be a part of history too and generations of 2100 will be reacting to 2018. I would be 108-109 if I live till 2100.

  3. 2:45 Josie was referring in baby ninja(fruit ninja) throwing baby in in the mid air and slice them. That was very popular game

  4. Norman is 96 but he looks like he’s not a day over 70…

    He’s such a nice guy and his stories at 3:37 are amazing! Talking so openly about flappers and whatnot! What a cheerful guy!

  5. Hey FBE Team! How about having the elders react to the resignation of Richard Nixon? I think it would freaking AWESOME and AMAZING to hear the reactions they had when it it actually happened and when they were there. Please do the resignation!!!!!!!

  6. This is so awesome! Thank you so much for creating this video, this is so interesting to see, hear and learn not just from the past but also from their past! Would be really cool and interesting to have more of these videos, not just with the newspapers but also big events like you've done with the civil rights movement

  7. 2:19 Words of wisdom right there. Also, if possible, could you guys get Norman to react to old pictures of himself? I feel he's one of the elders who we know the least about.

  8. My grandad would tell me stories when he was a little boy in the Philippines. He said the Japanese he encountered were actually nice and gave him and his family soap and sweets, but the Korean prisoners that were turned into soldiers that were brash.

  9. While I never looked, I already know the headlines and full front coverage of probably most of the newspapers from the day of my birth. A couple of hours earlier, the berlin wall went down, everybody that had time to print that in that days issue probably had it all over the place.

  10. Such an amazing idea for an episode there definitely needs to be more of these, maybe with other generations 😊

  11. NYT is a dishonest rag with loyalties to its biggest donor Carlos Slim, a Mexican billionaire oligarch. Not to US of A.

  12. For sure the planes ✈️ where a thing back then now we got drones. Can’t wait for holograms and better VR.

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