And that year? The year I arrived kicking and screaming into this world of, course. August 29, 1948 to be exact. So please bear with me because it seems I’ve been giving quite a bit of thought to birthdays and aging and how quickly the days are passing. Yikes! Not to be morbid. Just observing. Perhaps I’m just savoring a little of what has been and wondering what the future holds for the little girl below.
So I thought it might be fun to take a stroll down memory lane. Here’s what I dug up for 1948. As you can see, it wasn’t exactly a banner year (well except for me).
- 1948 was the Year of the Rat.
- The Frisbee was created by Walter Morrison and Warren Franscioni. The idea came from college kids who used to toss around empty metal pie plates for entertainment. Plastic + pie plates = Frisbee. Times were simpler then weren’t they?
- Velcro was invented by George de Mestral. George was a Swiss hiker and inventor. His idea came from the burrs that stuck to his clothes while hiking. He didn’t exactly replace the zipper as he he hoped, but thanks to velcro my kids didn’t have to tie their tennis shoes until they were old enough to figure it out themselves.
- Reddi Whip was developed by Bunny Lapin and was first sold door to door by St. Louis milkmen
- A First Class Stamp cost 3 cents.
- Ed Sullivan premiered on TV. The show was Toast of the Town.
- Bread rationing finally ended in England. Chocolate was still rationed until 1949.
- The Wurlitzer Juke Box was invented by Robert Hope Jones
- Babe Ruth Died.
- The 1948 summer Olympics were held in London. The 1940 and 1944 Olympics were cancelled due to the second world war.
- The State of Israel was created.
- The first McDonalds restaurant opened. Ray Kroc bought it 12 years later and the rest is fast food history.
- Whirlpool introduced the first automatic wringer-washer. I remember the hand wringer washer in my grandmother’s basement. It was dangerous – just ask my sister.
- The biggest hit song of the year was The Woody Woodpecker Song. The Oscar winning song was Buttons and Bows. Catchy lyrics I’m sure.
- The first Polaroid Land Camera went on sale. It took 1 minute to develop a photo.
- A gallon of gas was 16 cents, a loaf of bread was 14 cents, and coffee was 85 cents for a two pound bag.
- You could buy a nice new tract house for around $7,500.
I share this birth year with a few notable (and notorious) folks like Alice Cooper, Kathy Bates, Richard Simmons, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Al and Tipper Gore, Prince Charles, Squeaky Fomme (remember her?) and Clarence Thomas.
What’s the point in looking backward? I’m not sure. Maybe it helps you put context to who you are when you understand where you came from. I don’t think I realized this for a long time. I was too busy looking forward. Planning for the future. These days I find myself in the most intriguing place. I am still looking forward with interest and anticipation. I’m excited to be planning a whole new chapter in retirement living, but I am also spending more time looking at where I’ve already been and holding all those special moments up to the light so I can see them clearly again (or really maybe for the first time) now that I have the time and the benefit of distance. Seeing that little girl on her horse somehow gives me a deeper understanding of the 64 year old woman I am about to become. I think it’s time I went out and bought myself a new beret. Yee Haw Cowgirl!