What this thread misses is that the incivility and public idiocy of the current boards did not exist as such in that time. Had, say, WWII rapidly accelerated computer technology to the point of the website existing then, the discussion would have been highly respectful and knowledgeable.
Ah, yes, it was a period of great respect for and civility toward different ethnic groups, women, gays, and the working class. And who can forget the elevated social discourse of Joe McCarthy? How far we have fallen.