Re: Star Trek..TOS...People Have Passed Way Too Young
Yes... we've lost a lot of people from TOS...
People from the 60's, 70's 80's lived harder and faster than those of today. no bottled water - everyone smoked, lots of heart issues were still mysteries - and people drank back then. I know people drink now, but it was normal to visit someone's house and have them offer you some hooch. The only thing they had going for them was there were far less chemicles in their food.
That's how I live now!
Honestly I don't think we're doing much better today in the lifestyle department. Americans have terrible diets coupled with extremely sedentary lifestyles. We have large portions, fast food, junk food, people drink tons of soda. Our video games, computers, Blurays, cable television with a million channels, DVDs, streaming video, etc... keep us sitting indoors for long periods of time.
Obesity rates have doubled in the last 20 years alone.
Yes smoking is down considerably from the '60s, but the real increase is from medical technology. Many diseases that were an instant death sentence 45 years ago... even 15 years ago, are more of a (while very expensive) nuisance today.
I have a feeling that if we lived the lifestyle that most do today without our medical technology, most wouldn't make it past the age of 60.
Keep in mind also that Star Trek premiered almost 45 years ago and that Campbell lived to be 87 years old... which is pretty good.