1973 – Baseball and Music

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  This is the 10th installment. 

In 1973 the Dow closes at 850 
Inflation was at 6.16%
Average cost of a new house: $32,500
Average income: $12,900
Gasoline: $0.40 a gallon, back down fifteen cents
Movie ticket: $1.50

Hugo for best SF Novel goes to Isaac Asimov for The Gods Themselves.

Schoolhouse Rock appears, loved those little vignettes.

Watergate trial begins.

Offensive action against North Vietnam is suspended.

The first Designated Hitter is signed by the Red Sox.  Boo!

First Kiss concert.

Cease fire signed with North Vietnam.  Draft ends.

Senate names members to investigate the Watergate scandal.

First POWs released from North Vietnam.  All remaining troops leave South Vietnam.

Skylab is launched.

During Watergate hearings, Butterfield reveals existence of secret White House tapes, which Nixon refuses to release.

“Smoke on the Water” is released by Deep Purple.  My friend Jonno, from up the hill, learned to play the opening chords to this song on his brother’s guitar and I thought that was super cool.

Star Trek-Animated premieres on TV.  Loved this!  I was watching reruns of the original series whenever I could find them.

Yom Kippur War begins with Syria and Egypt attacking Israel.

Spiro Agnew pleads no contest to tax evasion and resigns as Vice President, Gerald Ford replaces him.

OPEC decrees an oil embargo against countries supporting Israel, which lasts 5 months.  It sparks a worldwide recession.

Israel is victorious in Yom Kippur War, fighting ends in late October.

Nixon finally releases Watergate tapes.

Alaska oil pipeline is authorized.

Nixon makes his infamous, “I am not a crook,” speech.

National Speed limit reduced to 55 MPH as an energy conservation measure.

The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is designed, but would not become the standard until 1983.

As you can see 1973 was busy, but was really a set-up for events that would cascade into the following year and create major problems. For me, it is the spring that I start playing Little League Baseball. I was never all that good, but I was lucky to be on some good teams. My team won the league for four consecutive years. I was afraid of the ball, and getting hit in the nose playing catch with my Mom’s boyfriend didn’t help any.

In the fall I start 4th Grade, and Mrs. Law is my teacher. I remember her for music. We had to learn the recorder that year, but we also learned the ukulele and she even got us booked onto a local television show to play live. We practiced a whole lot of Hawaiian stuff for the show, but I got sick and missed the performance. I think Mrs. Law had a minor in music and she played a Boogie song she wrote in college for the piano. It was pretty good from what I remember. Not following through with playing an instrument is one of my biggest regrets. I had very little interest in music back then, which I cannot fathom now.

Clear Ether!

1972 – PONG is Released, Sealing my Doom

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  This is the 9th installment. 

In 1972 the Dow closes at 1020, 1st time over 1000  
Inflation was at 3.27%
Average cost of a new house: $27,550
Average income: $11,800
Gasoline: $0.55 a gallon, up fifteen cents, 3 times larger increase than last year
Movie ticket: $1.50

The Hugo for best SF Novel goes to Philip José Farmer for To Your Scattered Bodies Go

Nixon orders up the Space Shuttle Program.
Bloody Sunday happens in Northern Ireland. 14 unarmed protesters killed by the British Army.  The British Embassy in Dublin is burned to the ground in retaliation, along with several businesses.
Nixon visits China.
Watergate burglars are arrested, but nothing tied to White House yet.  It will be in courts and under investigation for more than a year before the crap hits the fan.
The International Time Bureau adds the first Leap Second to Coordinated Universal Time.  
Wil Wheaton is born.  Coincidence?
George Carlin is arrested for saying the “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” at Summerfest in Milwaukee.  I guess you couldn’t say them anywhere.
Huge solar flare knocks out cable lines for 6 days in the U.S.
U.S. withdraws last ground troops from Vietnam.
Munich Massacre, 11 Israeli athletes are killed by an Arab terrorist group at the Olympic Games.
Modern Molecular Biology is born with publication reporting the production of a recombinant DNA molecule.
Nixon is re-elected in a landslide.
Home Box Office is launched as the first subscription cable service, but we won’t have cable for a few more years.  I didn’t realize this at the time, but HBO only broadcast nine hours a day for the first nine years.
Atari releases the first video game, PONG.  We actually had this one.  Just the first of what would become an obsession for me.
Apollo 17, last manned moon mission, launches.

I distinctly remember watching the World Series with my paternal Grandfather. It was the beloved Cincinnati Reds vs. the hated Oakland A’s. My Dad’s family lived in Ohio. I remember Grandpa Moody chanting, “Come on Rudi, strike out for Moody.” I have been a Reds fan ever since, and even though they lost that series, good times were ahead for the Big Red Machine.
This was the start of 3rd Grade for me and Mrs. Curry was my teacher.  I struggled learning my multiplication tables.  I like math, enough to go a lot farther than 3rd grade would have suggested.  I actually kept going all the way past all the Calculus classes and into Advanced Differential Equations.  That is where it starts to get weird, with imaginary numbers and triple integrals.  I was going to be an Engineer, but life has a funny way of changing course sometimes.  I ended up switching my major to Economics. 
I can’t undo those decisions now, and knowing I was going to Undergraduate Pilot Training afterwards may have influenced my decision, since being an Air Force Pilot was going to be my trade.  It has served me well enough, but one wonders how things might have gone differently if I had stayed the path and finished my degree in Engineering Sciences, and learned to build computers instead.  Maybe nothing, maybe a lot.  Don’t get me wrong, I like where I am now, and I love my family.  I wouldn’t want to change anything that would jeopardize that.
The rest of 1972, I’m sure, was all about adjusting to life without my Dad in the house.  My Mom’s boyfriend is being extra nice to us, but his ex-wife took my best friend, Lee, to Florida. 
Clear Ether!

1971 – The Beginning of the End

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  This is the 8th installment. 
In 1971 the Dow closes at 890
Inflation was at 4.3%
Average cost of a new house: $25,250, up $10k and now $18k in two years
Average income: $10,600
Gasoline: $0.40 a gallon, up a nickel, 5 times larger than any previous year
Movie ticket: $1.50, at least this hasn’t changed

The Hugo for best Novel goes to Larry Niven for Ringworld.

Swiss women get the vote.
In February, the Brits switch to the decimal system officially.
Nixon takes the U.S. off of the gold standard.
National Public Radio starts broadcasting. I love NPR. You will not find a more diverse and obscure set of news articles anywhere else, plus the normal stuff.  The lean a little left, but they are journalists after all, and I don’t go there for my political news.
All in the Family debuts, with the first ever toilet flushing on television.  It opened a lot of doors to taboo subjects.  Once that door was open it let in a lot of garbage as well and on hindsight may be the beginning of the end for a lot of values for our American culture. I’m not a prude but we slowly started down the slippery slope of showing our kids too much too soon in my opinion, sexualizing our society, and not for the better. Television is not to blame for all our ills. It’s just one piece of a bigger puzzle.
The Manson family was caught in 1970 and sentenced to death in January of 1971.  I don’t know about you but that guy scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.  He was born in my home state and grew up in Atwater, CA, which was right next to Castle AFB.  I did a lot of my training there, and it seemed I could never escape the shadow of Manson.  He’s like a real life boogey man.
Jim Morrison dies in a car crash.
On a brighter note, Walt Disney World opens in Orlando.
Intel releases the world’s first microprocessor and Texas Instruments releases the first pocket calculator.  The first email and chat rooms appear, alongside the first floppy disks.  Astronauts from Apollo 15 ride on the moon in the lunar rover.

It also marked the end of my parent’s nine year marriage.  My Dad just moved out one day. But he was close by at first, right next to my school. I didn’t understand what was going on for a long time.  It is the beginning of the years single parenting by my Mother, the secretary.  My Dad had us on the weekends.  We split time for the next ten years before I went off to college.

I started second grade this year, I remember Mrs. Clark as young teacher and I liked her class.  We did a lot of self-study, which I loved.  I remember drawing spaceships in my quiet time with my friend Scott Anderson.  I also learned this poem:
“One Bright Day in the Middle of the night”
One bright day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other,
One was blind and the other couldn’t see,
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A tongue-less man went to shout “hooray!”
And two lame men came to carry them away,
A paralyzed donkey passing by,
Kicked the blind man in the eye,
Knocked him through a nine inch wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came to arrest the twice dead boys,
If you don’t believe this story’s true,
Ask the blind man he saw it too!
It is a folklore conglomeration and nobody is really sure who wrote it.  It has several variants floating around as well, but the first few verses still stuck with me to this day.  No telling what is going to stick in this pea brain.

Clear Ether!

1970 – Year of the Muscle Car and Bellbottom pants

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  This is the 7th installment. 
In 1970 the Dow continues to drop all the way down to 631 but climbs back up to close at 838 by year end.
Inflation was at 5.84%
Average cost of a new house: $23,450 up almost $8k from last year
Average income: $9400
Gasoline: $0.36 a gallon
Movie ticket: $1.50
Voting age is lowered from 21 to 18.
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place with over 600,000 people attending and every big name in Rock plays.  Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix both die of drug overdoses shortly after that.  Bell bottom pants are becoming the rage.
Black Sabbath releases their debut album, right alongside of the Jackson 5.  Could two albums be any more different?
The Beatles officially break-up, then release their last album.
Apollo 13 has its oxygen tank explode but the crew MacGyvers the capsule back to Earth safely.  I think I was pretty much oblivious to this when it happened.
Vietnam War protests continue with the US invasion of Cambodia and the Kent State shootings take place.
Monday Night Football debuts.
The coolest thing about 1970 is the cars.  The Charger, the Challenger, the Hemi Cuda, The RoadRunner Superbird, the Mach I , the Boss 302, the Chevelle SS, the Firebird, the Camaro, the Corvette, the GTO Judge, the Cougar, the Buick GSX, the Olds 442, the Thunderbird, all of these were super cool looking and had a lot of power.  Custom vans were becoming popular.  Oh, and let’s not forget the Pinto. Heh.
I start first grade in the fall and I remember my mother taking us to the school to meet my teacher before it started.  I remember Mrs. Mallory to this day.  The first day of school one of the older neighbor kids walked with me.  It wasn’t far, just a few blocks.  I walked it every day after that by myself.  I can’t even imagine doing that with my kids.  We are way more overprotective.
I was actually excited about going to school, and thinking about this made me realize that at some point in the coming years I was no longer excited about going to school or learning, and it took a long time to get that love of learning back.
It really is a sad thing that we don’t do a better job with not just education but the entire idea of learning.  It’s something we should all be excited about and encourage in everyone.  Public school seems to take the joy out of learning.  I can see it clearly  now, especially since my wife pulled my youngest out of school and they are on an adventure together learning all kinds of great things and having fun at the same time. 
Clear Ether!

1969 – A Summer to Remember

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  This is the 6th installment.  
In 1969 the Dow closes at 800, way down.
Inflation was at 5.46%
Average cost of a new house: $15,550
Average income: $8550
Gasoline: $0.35 a gallon
Movie ticket: $1.50
Federal Debt $365.8 Billion, it actually went down.
Vietnam is still going and the funny thing is we instituted a draft this year at the same time start drawing down troops.  Although, I‘m sure it’s not funny to the thousands of young men that were now about to be involuntarily selected to go fight a war they cared nothing about. 
I’ve been in the military since I was seventeen, but I volunteered.  I distinctly remember the mood when Desert Storm kicked off. We hadn’t been in a full out military conflict like it since Vietnam, and a lot of people had gone through their entire careers without seeing any action.  People were actually excited about it.  They were going to get a chance to use all those skills they’d spent years training.  That may sound disconcerting, but these people were professionals and they looked forward to testing their metal.  It still to this day surprises me how the young men and women of today still volunteer in droves for the military and we have been actively at war for more than 10 years.
Here is an interesting prophesy about how the future will be with computer and it is eerily close. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0pPfyYtiBc
Led Zeppelin debuts.  Beatles perform their last live gig, but still release music.
Gold Reaches $47 an ounce. 
The Smothers Brothers goes off the air.  Hee Haw premieres.  I distinctly remember watching the Smothers Brothers with my family.   And painfully, I also remember watching Hee Haw, it was on…there was no escaping it.
First color pictures of Earth from space.
The First Moon landing, and Neil Armstrong makes his leap for mankind.  Wow, this was huge, huge, huge.  1969 is probably the most active year before or since for space launches.  The Soviet Union and the U.S. launch dozens of rockets to Venus, Mars, Earth orbit and the moon.  I also remember people starting to get bored with it as the year went on, it was becoming so commonplace.  We all thought we would be in space forever after. 
The Summer of Love culminates with the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which runs for three days.  Probably responsible for its own small baby boom.
It’s also the summer I learned to swim, which was all I really cared about back then.  War and protest and space adventure all took a backseat to Richwood Pool.  I still remember my Mom teaching us, and swimming with Dad, riding his back as he flew through the water, it’s a powerful memory that still stays with me.  We had G.I Joe and Tonka trucks and room to run in my kid friendly neighborhood.  It was a great summer. 
That fall I turned Five and I remember getting a Batman costume for my birthday. I wore it out.  I still love Batman.  Even though the television show was pure schlock, I loved it.  Fall also meant NFL Football and I watched Football with my Dad and Papaw.  It was guy stuff, and although I didn’t really understand it I was happy to be invited to watch it with them.
This is also the year that I started Kindergarten.  We didn’t have public Kindergarten, but I went with my best friend Lee, who would eventually be my step brother.  We played Lost in Space and rode bikes and played whiffle ball and kickball and rode Lee’s mini-bike.   It was just a fantastic year from start to finish, but the end was coming and I had no idea.
Clear Ether!

1968 – Wars, Assassinations, an Election and a Bike

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  This is the 5th installment.  Today is my birthday, so be gentle.
In 1968 the Dow closes at 943
Inflation was at 4.27%
Average cost of a new house: $14,950
Average income: $7850
Gasoline: $0.34 a gallon
Movie ticket: $1.50
Federal Debt $368.7 Billion
1968 is a very turbulent year.  Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are assassinated, and the Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam, effectively turning the tide in favor of the North.
The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia to put down revolution there.
Anti-Vietnam War protests go on throughout the western world.  The year is all about Vietnam and the Presidential election in the fall, which sees Richard Nixon elected.  Peace talks for Vietnam are started in Paris.
Olympics were held that year, both summer and winter.
2001: A Space Odyssey premieres.  So does the first Planet of the Apes movie.  60 Minutes begins its reign.
Apollo 7 launches and puts the first humans around the moon.
I turn four and remember watching the evening news and it was so dark and dreary.  They used a black background and talked about the War every night.  In contrast, I also remember the Apollo 7 launch, making for a strange dichotomy.  The rocket launch was crazy.  I recall my mother doing laundry and using the ironing board in our TV room as the rocket launched.  We were sending people to the moon for crying out loud!
My wife was born, making it a banner year despite all the nasty things that happened.  Personally, it was a big year for my physical and mental development.  From this time forward I can pretty much remember things that happened to me.  I got a little green bike with training wheels for my birthday that year and I was determined to learn to ride it.  I had the training wheels off in no time and taught myself to ride by coasting down our steep driveway.   I got a full-sized bike for Christmas, less than three months later, because my Dad told me if I learned to ride without the training wheels he would get me one.  I remember going down that hill time after time, falling over and pushing the bike back up the hill until I got it right.  It was a big deal.  The following spring I taught a lot of the kids in my neighborhood how to ride and we were all riding that summer.
Clear Ether!

1967 – Hazy Memories

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  This is the 4th installment.  BTW, Falling For Fiction is critiquing my Pitch for Clear Ether over on their website today if you want to take a peak.
In 1967 the Dow closes at 905
Inflation was at 2.78%
Average cost of a new house: $14,250
Average income: $7300
Gasoline: $0.33 a gallon
Movie ticket: $1.25
Rolling Stone magazine is first published.
Six Day War, Egypt attacks Israel.  Israel defeats Egypt and gains more territory.
Interracial Marriage declared constitutional.  Despite this, Love is a Many Splendored Thing debuts as a daytime Soap, the first to include interracial marriage, but CBS censors find it too controversial.

China enters the nuclear community.  This year will find them at odds with the Soviet Union and they come very close to having a shooting war.  I’m not sure I was ever aware of just how close.
Vietnam protests are all over and becoming even more prevalent, as our troops numbers continue to increase.
Apollo 1 is destroyed on the launch pad in a test, killing three astronauts, including Gus Grissom, whom our airbase is named after. 
The Pocket Calculator invented by Texas Instruments.  Pulsars are discovered.  The term “Black Hole” is coined by John Wheeler.
The first Super Bowl is held.  Green Bay defeats the Kansas City Chiefs.
Clint Eastwood makes his first spaghetti western, A Fistful of Dollars.
Elvis marries Priscilla.
Evel Knievel makes a big jump and then has a big crash, catching national attention.   He will ride his fame for a few more years, and eventually I will get a toy motorcycle that you can rev up and jump with his name on it.
Those were happy years for me and my little brother.  Our family was still whole, but my Dad’s business was tanking and it was putting pressure on their marriage.  I was oblivious to that at the time. 
I remember my dad having a collision coming off of the Patrick Street Bridge with all of us in the car.  He had a red 1964 GTO.  So sad.  It was only a minor collision, nobody got hurt, but it put a nice dent in the front quarter panel. 
My dad was a muscle car guy when he was young.  He started working in a garage and pumping gas when he was in his teens.  After buying his first car, he modified the engine and used to race on the weekends.  I never knew that guy, by the time I was old enough to learn anything about cars he had no interest in teaching me.  He was an executive by then.
Dad joined the Navy at 17 to get into WWII, and learned diesel mechanics.  When he got out, he got hired on as a mechanic with a new company that was selling diesel engines.  He was in on the ground floor and it grew to cover five states.  He worked his way up to VP, without a college education, pretty impressive.  But, then he quit that job to start a lending company with a buddy.  I was born shortly after that.   I remember visiting my Dad where he worked in downtown Charleston, West Virginia.  Unfortunately, they weren’t able to grow fast enough and after a few years he ended up going back to work for the diesel company at a lower position.  He never made it back to VP.  But I’m proud that he took a shot, even though it didn’t pan out. 
Everyone should have the nuts to take a chance on making it big at least once.  I keep telling my kids to find what they are passionate about and follow their dreams.  I’m trying to live up to that advice.
Clear Ether!

1966 – I Turn Two (Not a baseball analogy)

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  This is the 3rd installment.
In 1966 the Dow hit a high of 995 but closes at 785
Inflation was at 3.01%
Average cost of a new house: $14,200
Average income: $6900
Gasoline: $0.32 a gallon
Movie ticket: $1.25
I’m two and I have a little brother now that is one.  This year is marked by increasing troop numbers in Vietnam and increasing protests across the country.
Rock’em Sock’em Robots are introduced.  I didn’t get one just yet, but I would eventually.  Great toy!
Soviets crash a rocket into Venus and have the first soft landing on the moon, unmanned.

Color television sets are becoming more popular.   There is a lot of great television shows that start this year.  Star Trek, Batman, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Monkeys, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and Dark Shadows.  Also, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas airs for the first time.  BBC’s Dr. Who has it’s first new Doctor, marking the first of many generation changes.
I have memories of moving into our new house where I spent the next 15 years of my life and that my mother still lives in.  It was right up the hill from my mother’s parents.  My grandfather built it.  They only move maybe 300 yards from the street below to the street above where my mother grew up. 
The first time I was there the stairs to the walkout basement had no horizontal pieces, so I had to be carried down.  There was a mud room, literally, no floor.   It stands out for these two reasons.  I have memories of watching our black and white television as a family when my parents were still married to each other.  We always watched Laugh-in together, of all things. 
I think my mother is SOOOO ready to move off of that hill.  It is a pain in the winter, but the road dead ends on the top of the hill maybe two more miles as it winds, but it was a great place to grow up.  On the back side of that hill it was wild forest and it opened into a pretty good sized city park where we spent a lot of time exploring, but that was still years away.  My world is still very small in 1966.
Clear Ether!

1965 – I turn one

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life. This is year two.

In 1965 the Dow closed the year at 969

Inflation was at 1.59%
Average cost of a new house: $13,600
Average income: $6450
Gasoline: $0.31 a gallon
Movie ticket: $1.25

The Voting Rights Act becomes law, guaranteeing African-Americans the right to vote.

World’s 1st Skateboard Championship was held in California.  They just became a fad in 1950s and actually 1965 marks a low point in skateboarding, but even so, the 1st championships were held and even televised on ABC.  It wasn’t until the early 70s that I finally got one of these, costing several layers of skin.

The St Louis Arch is completed.

Medicare is created.

Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
Major Edward H. White II becomes the second human to walk in space during the flight of Gemini 4.
Soviet Lunar 7 crashes on the moon.

The mini skirt debuts.

Frank Herbert’s Dune is released.  Damn, I had no idea it was this old.  Great book, one of the all-time classics in Science Fiction.

The debut of Lost in Space.

The Astrodome opens.

Rolling Stones release “Satisfaction.”  Bob Dylan releases “Like a rolling Stone.”  Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds.

J K Rowling was born.
My brother was born.  I have a half-brother from my dad’s first marriage that I didn’t grow up with, but only one sibling from both of my parents.  I have a very vague recollection of him coming home from the hospital as that was a banner day in the household.  I was barely one, and it is the only memory I have from that year.  He is almost exactly one year younger than me, and he has always been a better brother to me than I was to him.  We were very close when we were young, prior to me going off to Junior High school.  We fought occasionally but never hit above the neck (until much later, two fist fights in High school) Somewhere around the age of 12 I realized that I pretty much took for granted that my little brother always did everything I asked him to do and it was an epiphany to me.  I released him from his self-appointed obligation and from that point forward we slowly drifted apart.  When I went off to Junior High my circle of friends changed and I didn’t really want him hanging around us.  In hindsight, it’s one of the things I wish I could change about my life.   The following year he went to the same school and fell in with a rougher crowd and the gulf between us widened.  It has never been an insurmountable gulf, we always communicated, and I never stopped loving him, but we just didn’t hang out anymore, at least it became a rare event.  We shared a bedroom into tweener age, not because we didn’t have space but because he wanted to share a room with his big brother.  I see that now with my own boys, the younger sort of idolizes his big brother who is six years older.  Eventually I managed to get him out into his own room.  It may have been necessary for teenage boys to inevitably require that kind of privacy, but again on hindsight I regret pushing him away.  When we were kids he never got me in trouble even if he had something on me.  Wish I could say the same, I’m sure I got him in trouble more than once, for small stuff.  Never big stuff though, I had his back for the bigger things, but I could be petty as a kid. 

Our lives have been on a bit of a parallel course with both of us going off to be in the military at young ages, but I was commissioned at 21 and my brother waited too long to get his degree to make that an option.   He has a degree in computer science now and has a great job.  I love and respect him, but we are very different both outer appearance and in the things we like.  He took after my father, dark complexion and dark eyes.  He never had any trouble getting the interest of attractive women. Me?  I took after my mom’s side, lighter skin, freckles and light colored hair with hazel eyes.  I always had to work a little harder it seemed to me to catch the eye of an attractive lady.  Don’t ask me how I landed my wife, I still haven’t figured that one out.  I very much overachieved, but at the age of one none of that was on my mind.

You can see the year I was born here.

Clear Ether!

1964 – Birth of a Novelist

Jane Ann McLachlan had this great idea for a blog challenge for the month of October to do one day for each of the first 25 years of your life.  So here we go, this will be a tough challenge for me, I am normally lucky to do 25 blog entries in 6 months.  October is my birth month, so it seems fitting.  So here we go!


In 1964 the Dow closed the year at 874
Inflation was at 1.28%
Average cost of a new house: $13,050
Average income: $6000
Gasoline: $0.30 a gallon
Movie ticket: $1.25
Some cool things were born that year along with me, like the Ford Mustang.  I’ve always loved the Mustang.  I almost bought one this year.  I was on a Ford lot just this week and they just got a new Shelby GT convertible in Gotta Have it Green, and I about died.   It’s out of my price range but one can dream.  Ford is actually running a cool program where you customize a mustang and possibly win it. Mustang Customizer
The programming language BASIC was introduced for first time.  I actually learned this but it wasn’t until many years later, in the 70s.  I had a love of computing from a very early age.
The first VCR was introduced, even though most people had no idea what this was.  It probably cost as much as a car.
The Rolling Stones published their debut album and the Beatles came to America.   Some people think 1964 was one of the best years for music in the century.
Lyndon Johnson was elected President and Martin Luther King won the Nobel Prize this year.  Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Boxing title.  Clay later changed his name to Muhammad Ali for those of you that didn’t know he wasn’t born with that name.  There were race riots in Harlem and Nelson Mandela went to prison that year.
Vietnam was just starting to heat up, and later that year the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution allowed Johnson to commit troops without Congressional approval.
The UK abolished the Death Penalty, and committed to build a tunnel with the French to go under the English Channel.  The Mods and Rockers fights broke out over the Whitsun Weekend in May, chronicled by The Who in their movie Quadraphenia.
Personally I don’t remember anything from this year. =P  I hadn’t even had an inkling that I might write someday.
Clear Ether!