No one ever obeyed the actual manufacturer’s rules, we just flung these damn things everywhere. After roughly 6,700 emergency-room visits and the deaths of three children between 19, they finally outlawed Jarts on December 19, 1988.
I suppose it needed to be banned, but a part of me is sad that kids today won’t have the battle scars and Jart survival stories we had.
On Monday 26 February, between - GMT, we’ll be making some site updates.
You’ll still be able to search, browse and read our articles, but you won’t be able to register, edit your account, purchase content, or activate tokens or eprints during that period.
Acting and reality mingle into a dangerous melange.
Berlin is the shelter, love is impossible, flesh is the law...
From airplanes to your family car, it seemed the world of the 70s was shrouded in a haze of cigarette smoke.
In the 70s, parents watched their offspring fall from trees and fall off bikes with a smile.
You would have been looked at as a sideshow freak by other kids, and parents would assume you had some kind of medical condition. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR EYES ON THE KID AT ALL TIMES OR ELSE HE WILL DIE!
My mother routinely left me alone in the car at a young age while she ran errands. You see, once upon a time it was okay to leave your kids for long periods without supervision (remember the so-called “latch-key kids” of the 70s?
According to the New York Times we are making playgrounds so safe that they actually stunt our kids’ development.
So, while blood was spilt and concussions were dealt on the playgrounds of the 1970s, we were at least in a developmentally rich environment – and we had the bruises and scabs to prove it. It’s not loaded up with sunburn protection like old folks and kids want.