There was a shortage of everything, from booze to books
What kind of booze/beer and cigs where available? I'd imagine that Russian beer, Zhigulevskoye, and Yava cigarettes were common... Any Marlboro Reds? :)
We did, and some of us still do, have a sense of guilt over Prague and Poland's role.
Are relations between Poland and Czechoslovakia (past and present forms) quite friendly despite the acts of your governments? Was Afghanistan and your view common and openly discussed then? Like I said, I don't know much about Polish life during that time but I know of Russian and German so I am curious to see if there differences beyond cultural... Which is "swiss cheese" like pawain
's pointed out concerning music :)
2+1 was a nice pop group which sang about spring and flowers blooming, adults liked it, I suppose.
Hilarious! I like a good pop song every now and then but you're right, rock is preferable. Majka Jezowska's song sounds like Calypso/Reggae. Is that intended or is that a common folk music tempo?... But maybe I should start that "Poland '80s Music" thread! :)
Anything that came from Pewex.
I didn't know of Pewex, thanks, very interesting. Sounds very similar to DDR's "Intershop."
Wyszyński had this air of dignity around him.
My family's roots are Irish and JPII's portrait was always hanging on someone's wall. I imagine that that is also true for Poles, probably even more so. Did you call him Pope John Paul II or was he always Karol Wojtyla?
No much brain power, just obedient muscles.
Brilliant quote! "Obedient muscles."
Thank you all for your answering my questions. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I had a Great Uncle who lived with the Sioux Indians - men who fought General Custer - and no one in my family took the time to find out about these people and their lives. What a tragedy. So when he died, so did their stories. People who live history have a lot to tells us and being a student of history, my motivation is to have people tell me their stories. I've read and am reading the history books but to get a more complete picture I need first hand experiences, and I thank you all again for sharing your lives.