Friday, September 12, 2014

Before Prozac


A small child does not want to play with the other kids. He is thin and not full of energy. Just doesn't have the zest of other kids. Mom is worried about her sad, nervous child. Junior, because dad was in the home and gave his son his name. Odd that the little boy just is a chill guy with his hands in his pockets. Nowadays, this would be a cause for a lifetime supply of Prozac. Back in the 1940s, you just gave your kid Ovaltine.

10 comments:

peterike said...

If your child is "under-par"! OMG! Imagine a parent acknowledging that their child isn't a special snowflake.

Hard to read the text, but it begins: "When a child is thin or frail and nervous, it may be due to a number of things." Today, that sentence would continue something like:

"Your child may be getting bullied at school or on social networks. Perhaps he or she is struggling with gender identity issues and needs helpful counseling. Children of color may be facing daily racism from white students, teachers and administrators. Environmentally aware children may be fearful or distraught at the growing impact of global warming.

For all these situations, the American Pharmaceutical Council has a cure!"

Harold said...

Today the other four kids would be given something for their ADHD

eah said...

Too much sugar in Ovaltine. But I drank it occasionally as a kid -- the taste was (is?) not bad.

nikcrit said...

For all these situations, the American Pharmaceutical Council has a cure!"

And that pharmaceutical council has about 50 years of extensive marketing redirecting campaigns that speak for themself: for instance, in the 60s, there was a pill california bikers preferred called 'black beauties,' a form of meth-like speed; by the end of the decade, they were legitimized =---- 'pharmaceuticalized,' let's call it ------ and legally prescribed to children under the name 'Ritalin,' for pre-adolescent 'hyperactivity'; now, a generation or two later, hyper kids now suffer from ADHD, the new catchall that says more or less nothing at all. Of course we know that nowadays kids are duly given the latest form of black beauties, "Adderal."

The names may change over time, but the compound remains exactly the same.

Portlander said...

Agree with Harold. Today it's the other four kids that get the scrip.

Provincial said...

Note the idea is the same, "Dose your kids with our product to make them well-adjusted."

peterike said...

OT: Speaking of Russians, a common theme around here, the new Miss America, Miss New York, is a first generation Russian, Kira Kazantsev. I don't find her that attractive, for a Russian.

Since political correctness is always front and center in the selection of Miss America, I was wondering what drove this. Some kind of "reset" with Russia? Oh no, maybe it's this: "Kazantsev, who named combating sexual assault in the military as the issue about which she would want female U.S. Senators to press their male counterparts..."

Hmmmm. Surely this is the most pressing issue of our times. She also "plans to speak out against domestic violence."

She may not have much talent -- "Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor" -- but she's talented in picking politically resonating answers to questions, that's for sure.

I wonder if like so many Russian invader.... err, immigrants, she's Jewish?

nikcrit said...

"I wonder if like so many Russian invader.... err, immigrants, she's Jewish?"

I would figure that most of your alt-right/dark-enlightenment guys would like Russian immigrants, evne the Jewish ones.

I went out with a girl who came to Brooklyn from Leningrad when she was 16; her parents were from a line of conductor and concerto pianists and what I noticed about them most was: 1) They were very secular in their personal beliefs and outlook; their religion was solely a vessel to be used for getting out of the country, i.e., 'soviet jewelry,' as Emily Litella used to say on those vintage SNL Skits); 2)and while they were pretty egalitarian in how htey dealt with racial outsiders, there was this huge, humongous class disparity and rage between middle-class-and-up jews like the family i was close to and 'Odessan Jews," who apparently of a lower caste and also emigrated en masse----- but from the southern region of Russia.
I recall this genteel family; beautiful daughter, sophisticated mother and father, just turning in manner and ripping out the most vile slurs and epithets when we drove around, i believe, "Ave. Y," a then-prole part of Brooklyn, I believe it was near Coney Island, and witnessed all these supposedly lower-caste Odessan Jews mulling about the boulevard and just hanging out as some sort-of base and perverse social ritual.
It was like the middle-class Russian Jews were personally being attacked by these Odessan jews, merely by their most perfunctory being and existence.

Thtat made me realize that in every racial-ethnic social order somebody has to be designated 'nigger.'

eah said...

So "Miss America" is a Russian? I wonder: Will an American ever be named "Miss Russia"? Somehow I doubt it.

"Kazantsev, who named combating sexual assault in the military as the issue about which she would want female U.S. Senators to press their male counterparts..."

For shit's sake -- how big of a problem is that?

D A N G E R ! ! ! said...

WARNING: Ovaltine - serious side-effects!

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