Interesting Times

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lots of interesting things came into existence in 1946.



the first microwave oven- weighing in at 750 pounds.


ENIAC, the first computer- which weighed 60,000 pounds.


The first bikini - which weighed less than 16 ounces

and




















me... who was born on this day in 1946 weighing 6 lbs 4 oz.

Welcome, little Bev, to the first litter of Baby Boomers and hang on tight to that puppy, girl. It's going to be a long, strange trip!


1946 Baby Boomers of note include...

Kathleen McMahon LaPier... Suzanne Van Duyne... Barry Gibb..
Susan Sarandon... Candice Bergen... Tommy Lee Jones... Tyne Daly
Sally Field... Cher... Jimmy Buffett... Donovan... Uri Geller...Ted Bundy
Freddie Mercury... Ilie Nastase... Dolly Parton ...Steven Spielberg
Cheech Marin... Donald Trump... Slyvester Stallone...Michael Milken
Karen Silkwood... Ken Starr...Gianni Versace...Gene Siskel... Lafitt Pincay
George W. Bush...Peter Popoff...Mean Joe Green...Dick Covey

We all had parents who had seen the entire world at war. It’s interesting
to think what else we all had in common in our early years:
The advent of television, Howdy Doody, Hula Hoops, Polio, The Cold War,
Sputnik, the birth of Rock and Roll, Elvis, Racial segregation/integration,
the Beatles, political assassinations, the War in Viet Nam, protests, hippies,
pot, pop art, LSD,  Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock and the Summer of Love
that ended our childhood in our 21st year.

As responsible adults, we moved into professions and/or marriages, families
and mortgages and we were looking at a man on the moon, no more Beatles, Disco,  no more Elvis, the Moral Majority, no more Berlin Wall, Star Wars (from both Lucas and Reagan) VCRs, no more USSR, Punk Rock, the Gulf War, Ozone holes, the Internet, Rap Music, Personal computers, Terrrorist attacks,
War in the Middle East, cellphones, Harry Potter, tattoos, Enron, global warming, bank bailouts, Avatar and an economy heading south. In a blink of an eye, we're ten years into a new millenium, where tradition tells us we should be spoiling our grandkids, planning retirement and looking forward to our “golden years.”

But...across the country, retirement funds vanish over night. The price of oil and airfares and tomatoes climb. Businesses fail. Unemployment and foreclosures hit double digits. I wish I could be more optimistic about these Golden Years but this economic spiral scares the hell out of me. 2009 was a no good, very bad year for a lot of people- me included. In spite of everything, I still have hope because, as my favorite cousin Jim, reminds me  "The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you." and so I remind Him daily (God- not my cousin Jim) that so many people in this country need His help. "Um.. excuse me Lord, can we get this train wreck back on the tracks, please?"

Today, looking back at the past 64 years, it has indeed, been a long, strange, but wondrous trip and I think I've been blessed/cursed to live in interesting times.

20 Comments:

Andrew's Mom said...

Happy Birthday Bev! Have a wonderful time!

Andrew's Mom said...

BTW, next year you should plan a trip to NY to celebrate the big 65 - you could stay with us!

Packrat said...

Happy birthday! Hugs

Amen to your prayer.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Jim Carlisle said...

Woohoo! I got mentioned! I'm famous! Happy birthday, cousin! Love, Jim

Kathleen McMahon LaPier said...

dayum, yer good lady. That was a fun read and oh, so spot on. I'd like to ass that as 2nd graders we in Connecticut also got to be polio pioneers. That was code for ginnea pigs. They tested the new vaccine on us. LOL..it worl=ked, thank goodness.

Hope your day was as special as you are. lylas,
:)

BevB said...

Thanks, Kat- and I totally forgot about Polio. Same here-we were guinea pigs for the oral vaccine in Albuquerque, too. I think I have to do an edit. Too important to leave out.

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