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Posted: 6/17/2009 10:00:00 AM EST
Those that grew up in the 50's,did people really talk like Walt Kowalski back then?/
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:00:41 AM EST
I would hope so because he is a BA.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:01:13 AM EST
Apparently, my grandfather talked like him, and acted like him. But he died when I was pretty little.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:01:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:04:06 AM EST
My grandfather did. My uncle (Normandy, first wave) talked like that all the way until he died about five years ago.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:04:21 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:05:00 AM EST
My great uncle who served in Korea still speaks his mind with little tact. One of the most good hearted and genuine people I've ever known. If I become half the man he is I'll consider myself blessed.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:11:28 AM EST
I posses no tact.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:12:26 AM EST
My grandfather said whatever the hell was on his mind.

My entire family agrees that the character of Walt is a perfect representation of my grandfather. Except mine was a farmer, not an auto worker.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:13:24 AM EST
See if All in the Family is on you tube. That was prime time TV.

Then judge for yourself whether peoplel talked like that when they weren't on TV.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:14:36 AM EST
Indeed they did.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:16:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/17/2009 10:17:03 AM EST by nchapa]
you mean english? yea from time to time, you might still here some people speak english around here, its a dead language.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:16:21 AM EST
My dad still does.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:17:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By nchapa:
you mean english?

Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:20:46 AM EST
.....they are still around
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:20:48 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:21:55 AM EST
netflix says Gran Torino will be here tomorrow. Can't wait!
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:24:12 AM EST
Heck, when I was in High School we talked like that. Densely immigrant community, and slurs abounded among friends. You could always tell the difference based on intent, however.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:24:57 AM EST
Yes indeed they did.

I've conducted 100s of interviews with WWII veterans,
and over 20 Korea War Vets, and most do use colorful
language to express themselves.

I take pride in the fact that I am the "Uncle Walt" in my extended family...

Link Posted: 6/17/2009 10:34:10 AM EST
Many did, yes, I'm sure some did not.
Walt was military, so, the answer would be unequivocally yes. I've yet to meet very many vets from that era that do not talk a lot like that, at least at times. I'm sure there are exceptions.

But then one side of my family came from the West Texas oil fields, and the other were lifelong farmers, so maybe my perspective is skewed.
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