On the day I was born, World War II had been officially over for less than a week. Harry Truman was president (you get a gold star if you can tell me who was vice president – without looking it up).
In the year I was born, gasoline cost 15 cents a gallon (if you could find it). You could buy a new car for about $1,000 (again, if you could find one). Coffee sold for about 50 cents a pound. A loaf of bread was 9 cents. Tuition at Harvard was $420 per year. All of which sounds pretty good, of course, until you realize that the average income was only about $2,400 per year.
To conserve gas, the national speed limit was 35 mph. Yeah, that’d work today……….Then again, cars didn’t go much faster than that.
The total number of TV’s in the U. S. was something like 5,000. The rest of the world had none. Heck, the rest of the world had pretty much nothing.
In the year I was born Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play baseball in the Major Leagues.
The Cleveland Browns won the NFL title. That might happen again in another 100 years or so. Probably just before or just after Buffalo wins a title. And Army was the best college football team. Which will NEVER happen again.
Robert DeNiro was born that year. As was Goldie Hawn, Tom Selleck (one of my favorites), and Henry Winkler. The best movie of the year was Lost Weekend, starring Ray Milland (who won the award for best actor).
Life expectancy in that year was 63 years. Heck, when I was 63 I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. And still don’t. Maybe I should make up my mind…….
There were no computers. Or tablets. Or smartphones. If you wanted to talk to someone over any distance at all, you dialed the ‘O’ on your big, black desk phone. If you were nice to her (the operator), she might put the call through. And then you paid the “long distance” charges. If you couldn’t call, you wrote a letter (stamps were 3 cents). If you were lucky, you might even get an answer back in a couple of weeks.
Life has really changed, hasn’t it. We have so much more to be thankful for today.
Like BP, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, and Snooki. Well, what the hell. I guess that proves that “progress” takes a detour every once in a while.