Toys of the Eighties, Slam books
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Slam books were books that looked like autograph books. They would get passed around in school all the time. When you received the book you would add a mean comment about someone you disliked. After that you would read all the other comments until the teacher would take the book from you.
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Stickybeak - March 28, 2007 - Report this comment
When I attended George Watts Elementary School (Durham NC) in the very early seventies, slam books were popular. Many people in my fifth grade had one, and I had one of the thickest. I wish I'd saved it. I don't remember anyone's getting confiscated and we certainly didn't get punished for having one, as long as the questions were not inappropriate, anyway. People probably did get "slammed" but as time goes on you tend to forget stuff like this ever happened. The comments must not have been that vicious.
Gab - June 26, 2007 - Report this comment
We did this when we were kids in middle school in the early 90s, but we'd usually ask risque questions (to us) more so that insulting ones. Then when I took a job with middle schoolers recently they were doing slam books as well, but they were meaner. We did take them.
Erin - October 07, 2007 - Report this comment
Slam books were not that bad. It was just a way to get information about your classmates and who liked who. Nobody really slammed anyone. Totally innocent.
Beth - November 11, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember having slambooks in junior high. Ours weren't about "slammin" other people, ours were just questions such as "What's your sign?" What is your middle name?, Do you have a crush on someone?" Like the surveys that go around on Myspace, facebook, those types of sites. They never were confiscated unless they were starting to disrupt class OR if there was trash talk about someone.
Gel - April 20, 2008 - Report this comment
No wonder so many schools have banned slam books.This is cool because you can get info on others.But it's bad because a majority of the comments can be mean and whoever the comment is for could end up having a bad situation with the person who wrote it. I hope my school doesn't have a slam book!
Asley B - April 20, 2008 - Report this comment
I made one of these in Middle school and High school. I didn't think it woukd travel as far as it di. come to think of it I never really got them back. they got lost in transition through school pals. Maybe a teacher got a hold to them. Wow!
Nancy - August 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Hey, we had them when I was in high school in the '60s. They were fun, not mean at all. In fact, we called them slang books, for some dumb reason.
Jenny - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Like Beth said, we had these but they were more like surveys.
val - June 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I only saw this once, in abo '95 someone handed me a marble notbook with questions about whos the ugliest, who do you hate most etc. I handed it back without using it. It got confiscated I thinks some people got into trouble for it but they were very discrete about the situation.
Evvie - June 26, 2009 - Report this comment
SLAM BOOKS ARE TOYS OF THE EIGHTIES?? Hmmmm. Interesting: Slam books go back to at LEAST the late 1940's early 1950's, when my friends and I used them, in elementary school and junior high. Mean books were virtually nonexistent. But, of course, it was a very different time. I vividly remember refusing -- along with all of my friends -- to write responses to the few mean or inappropriate questions an occasional kid might write on the top of a page. No, we weren't the dorky losers of the school. In fact, we were the "in-crowd", with DAs (standing for "duck's a--", a style of haircut), wearing club jackets with cools names (or so WE thought!),like "the Unknowns". (But then, we were the generation that ostracized "the boy who got the girl pregnant" and helped old people walk across the street!) The most "daring" question I remember anyone writing in a junior high book was, "Have you gotten to second base with a girl?/Would you let a boy get to second base?" !!!
Jennifer - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
oh man i remember this bratty girl in my science class in junior high senering at me saying i'm roight something mean about you in my slam book. she has this biggest grin on her face after saying that,. kid was pure evil. to make long story short she eventually got suspended for slapping me in the face with her textr book and cried casue it hurt. ., which had notr=hing to do with the slam book. whe nshe got suspended kind of felt like sweet revenge though. hee hee.
marjorie - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
In the early 1980's I only knew them through pen pals. We got loads of small slam books from all over the country and other parts of the world. That's how we exchanged info on new bands and music (mostly punk and alternative). I still have a few and met a lot of cool people. It was apre-internet social community.
Jennifer - October 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Now days these "slam books" are called "burn books." You get a picture of your "enemy" and put it in the book along with a really mean comment about that person.
Rhonda - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Haha! Yes, Slam Books! I had two or three of them filled with questions, every page of the book had a question that I invented, and then numbered from 1-30 on every page (we used to use like a 3 subject notebook) and they were great fun! Questions like "What's your favorite song" or "What's your favorite food" innocent questions and some not so innocent too... haha These were the things we did in high school, since we didn't have Nintendo DS's, or Laptops, or Internet, or Cell Phones! ;) We would write in notebooks with a pen or pencil and pass it around to share.... those were the days. We did this back in the 80's! ;)
Jady - February 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I had one "Mass Marketed" for the "Sweet Valley High" and "Sweet Valley Twins" books, it was pre-printed with questions.
Rachel - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Back in middle school ( just five or six years ago for me ) we had books similar to these. We would write our name, and then have a spiral full of questions to answer. We would pass it around until all the lines got filled up, then we would make a new one. We never really had a name for it, but it seems similar enough to a slam book.
K - August 10, 2010 - Report this comment
@Rachel: That's def. a slam book. There may have been a "who irritates you" kind of question, but it was never at the level of bullying or hate.
Arlene - March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
Back in the 60s we called them Slang books. They were never mean and we used them to gossip and get info about our classmates. I don't ever remember any nasty comments, just juicy tidbits about who liked whom and crushes we wanted to reveal. I do remember that they were always in those old black and white spotted composition books, not spiral ones. I passed around several over time and wish I still had them to read and reminisce.
Don - March 18, 2016 - Report this comment
IN the 1940s, in Indianapolis, the nuns confiscated the slambooks and tried to stop the practice. [We called them "Truth Books" - which ironically made them even meaner because the claim was that the insults and all were the reality.] Some of us tried to circulate anti-slam books in which we said only nice things about each other, but of course they were overpowered by the negative one -- not unlike much of today's popular tabloid media?
Honest - March 03, 2018 - Report this comment
My recollection is similar to Arlene's. In the 60's, they were called slang books. We had great fun with our marbled notebooks! Nothing malicious.
Lisa - June 02, 2018 - Report this comment
Just came across 3 of my old Slam Books from the early 80's. None of the questions were mean, just mostly "favorites". It's kinda sad how few people wrote in them and how many of the answers were the same. For instance, Return of the Jedi was the most common favorite movie and pizza was of course nearly everyone's favorite food. But it was still kinda fun to reminisce.

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