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Question: were you born during the Cold War?
Yes   -52 (73.2%)
No, after it ended.   -17 (23.9%)
No, before it started.   -2 (2.8%)
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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2009, 04:44:39 pm »
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Born two weeks after the Berlin Wall fell.
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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2009, 05:04:02 pm »
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Yes (1990), if we're going by the end of the Cold War = collapse of the Soviet Union
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2009, 05:26:03 pm »
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Yes.
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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2009, 05:29:56 pm »
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Very close to the end of it.
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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2009, 08:49:04 pm »
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No (1990)

I'm surprised so many were born during. And not like right at the edge either.
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« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2009, 10:18:58 pm »
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« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2009, 08:28:14 am »
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No (1990)

I'm surprised so many were born during. And not like right at the edge either.

I was pretty shocked when I discovered forum 25.0 and that the median poster here was your age, not older.
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« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2009, 11:22:00 am »
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Yes

In fact, I was born about two weeks before Reagan made his 1988 trip to the Evil Empire.
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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2009, 12:18:23 pm »
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Yes (1988).

No (1990)

I thought you were 10 years older than that.
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« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2009, 12:35:56 pm »
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Yes, right before the beginning of the end started (1983)
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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2009, 06:57:36 pm »
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Yes, right before the beginning of the end started (1983)

1982 for me.
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« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2009, 04:14:04 pm »
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Arguably (April 1991)
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« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2009, 04:15:37 pm »
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Arguably (April 1991)

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« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2009, 04:21:15 pm »
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Please get a textbook, the USSR did not dissolve until December 25, 1991, which arguably would be the official end of the Cold War
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« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2009, 06:14:01 pm »
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Yes, Chernenko and all that.
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« Reply #40 on: March 28, 2009, 07:46:04 am »
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I was born at its height and grew up with bomb shelters, the space race, and civil defense drills.
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« Reply #41 on: March 28, 2009, 11:28:38 pm »
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Unambiguously born during the Cold War, but not old enough to be aware of the Soviet Union being in existence.
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« Reply #42 on: March 30, 2009, 08:50:22 am »
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Born during the summer of 1985.  It was a cool summer here so my mom didn't roast to death.

I remember in 2nd grade (fall 1992) looking at a globe that had the U.S.S.R on it (still pretty common then) and asking my mom... "what's the U.S.S.R?" and she said "It doesn't exist any more."

I had really only heard of Russia.
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« Reply #43 on: March 30, 2009, 09:28:43 am »
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Barely (January '89). Probably this is why I'm not afraid of Communism, despite my right economic positions.
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« Reply #44 on: March 30, 2009, 09:31:16 am »
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Yes, and from what I understand it was a pretty hot point in time during the CW. 1979
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« Reply #45 on: March 30, 2009, 03:40:52 pm »
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Yes, at the very end in 1989.
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« Reply #46 on: March 30, 2009, 06:44:59 pm »
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Yes, 1987
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« Reply #47 on: April 01, 2009, 02:49:20 pm »
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Technically it was still on. (1989)
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« Reply #48 on: May 15, 2009, 08:45:15 am »
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Yes, 1970 (you wanted more old ones...)

So, between Soviet military intervention in Czechoslovakia, Sino-Soviet conflict, Lin Biao's death and Nixon's trip to Beijing.

And I was born on July 14th, just before De Gaulle's death, in November: aware of my coming to Earth, he decided his time was over...
Or, if you wish, he was so afraid...

As for the end of Cold War, I would say the real date is March 1990, with a reunited Germany, as a divided Germany was both the heart and the symbol of East-West divide.

Summits between Kohl, Gorbachev and Shevardnadze in southern Russia and Malta summit between Reagan, Bush and Gorbachev, in December 1989, were the real places and times where Cold War was really ended.

(Before that, I remember Soviet departure from Afghanistan; I also remember vividly negotiations between Polish government and Solidarnosc, with Tadeusz Mazowiecki becoming first true non-Communist PM in an East European country since 1946.
And, next, droves of East Germans heading West by trains through Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and then by foot to Austria...
Gorbachev was really a great man, if only by deciding to do nothing)

But, sure, Berlin's wall fall and Soviet Union's death are far more emblematic.
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« Reply #49 on: May 15, 2009, 09:21:53 am »
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I don't remember the Soviet Union, but I do have an old Air Canada kid's games book from my first flight as a child. One of the games was to name the country for the flag, and it has the Soviet Union. I believe this would've been just before the breakup.

I answered yes (1986)
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