21 February 2011

The Eagle Has Landed: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 8:  Technology.  What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood?  What types of technology do you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?

The first thing I thought of when I read this post was the moon landing of 1969.  I was 11 years old.  My family had been at the family reunion and while we were driving home we listened to the radio and heard for the first time about it.  It seemed amazing to me then and still does now.  I think the technology that has come from space exploration has been great. 

The second thing I thought of was color television.  Sometime around 1966-1967 our family got our first color television set.  I was playing in the basement and my sister came down and got me and made me close my eyes.  I didn't trust her completely, one too many times of being duped before, but I closed my eyes.  She led me into the living room and when I opened my eyes, there it was.  I believe a basketball game was on and it was in full color.  I thought that was pretty neat.  What was even neater was the first time the "Wonderful World of Disney" came on and all the glorious colors in that.

Technology has come a long way since my childhood.  The ones I use the most are the internet and the computer.  Others I enjoy using are the microwave, cell phone, ipod, and keyless car ignition. I am still having a few trust issues with the keyless ignition, but so far so good.  I don't really avoid any technology per se.  The cost of it usually limits my access to it.  Well, I am off to watch my color television while surfing the internet on my laptop, and drinking a cup of hot cocoa made in my microwave!

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin, of the We Tree blog, is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files. Thank you, Amy for the great ideas. Thank you, Tom, at Geneabloggers for hosting this series of blogging prompts.

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