Good morning and I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and a nice Mother’s Day.
I was marveling at the fact that my 90 year old mother was emailing this weekend and thinking about not only what a marvel the Internet is, but how fast technology moves!
It got me to thinking that as you do your research and especially if you are stuck on something or someone, take a moment and put yourself into the world as it was for your ancestor.
This made me recall some of the technologies that have changed just in my lifetime. First is the computer I am typing on. I recall vividly being the only male in typing class in 7th grade! I also recall being the only Brother in my fraternity house who could type and I did it on a cutting edge machine, an electric typewriter! On to the world of work and I recall the marvel of the IBM Selectric machines that could actually backspace and remove a mistake! Now, that didn’t help with my boss who refused to accept any carbon copy that contained a corrected typo, but we knew they were awesome machines! Then Wang word processors came and went …. what a marvel they were! About this time my father got the first computer at his office. Everyone thought he was nuts to have an Apple computer on his desk. He recalled that it had a whopping 48KB of memory!
I can also recall the first cell phone I used at work. It was enclosed in a suitcase, worked best when set on top of the car with the antenna up, and weighed many pounds.
I also recall when we were young and went up to a wonderful old resort in Northern Michigan in a small town. One rainy day we went to the local bowling alley. My cousins, Aunt, and Uncle were with us. A game took quite awhile. You see they were still using pin boys to set the pins after each ball was bowled! I recall this because my Uncle hit one of the pin boys with his bowling ball and it caused quite the ruckus! No machines at all! Pins all hand-set. We didn’t bowl again there for a few years, and by the time we did, the pin boys were gone!
Certainly there are lots of other examples in our lives, but it certainly helps to think back to what the world was like for our ancestors. Helps with how they traveled, how they spent their time, and can perhaps help you with a new avenue of thought as you swing your pickax at that brick wall again!
Have a great day and …..
Onward To Our Future!