Saturday, February 11, 2006

A very interesting website and my age gauge

I keep hearing the most interesting things on NPR. The other day on All Things Considered the topic was The person who started Expedia has now tried something with real estate. One can put in any address and find out how much that home is worth. The next day several people emailed NPR that the prices were out of date, but the ones I tried seemed fairly accurate.

38 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.

D called me in the morning to turn on the news. The event was replayed over and over on TV. There was lots of talk about more gun control, but not enough because too many people still have guns.

33 years old on the U.S's bicentennial Fourth of July

I was at my mother's house that day. I remember the tall ships sailing into New York Harbor.
I was recuperating from the pumpkin affair.

26 years old at the time the first man stepped on the moon

D and I lived at the Hudson Drive address. We stayed up hoping this event would be on his birthday, but it did not happen until about 2:30 the next morning.

21 years old at the time President Kennedy was assassinated

I was a student at OSU. I walked into my dorm room and switched on the radio and heard the news about President Kennedy. Everyone on campus seemed to be in shock. I went home for the weekend with my roommate, Anne. On Sunday morning we went walking on her parents' farm, and inadvertently surprised a large mother pig. The pig chased us through the pasture until we both were able to jump over the fence.

17 years old when Hawaii was admitted as 50th of the United States

The discussion then was how long it would take Puerto Rico to become the next state.

15 years old when the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 was launched.

I was a 10th grader, and not particularly interested in space. The general reaction was that the Russians were way ahead of us and American children were not learning enough science and math.<

10 years old at the end of the Korean War

That was the year my family bought a television set. The big debate was whether to do that or take a trip to Florida. The TV won out, so the news about the Korean War was probably one of the first news events I saw on television.

2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima

I was too young to remember this. I do have a couple memories from this time. I remember ration books. We must have had a lot of soap coupons, as I remember playing with bars of Ivory Soap. I built houses with them. There were not many real toys at that time.

1 comment:

Marie said...

Such cool memories-I love the one about the pig. Liz and I had a similar experience with Sabastian (remember him) only we scampered up a tree.