Progress?, Well Maybe.

Last night, I was thinking about progress and how our three daughters don’t know life without instant communication and access to information/entertainment.  ec_zps0f12e549

They have no understanding of having one telephone in the house and it being mounted on the wall in the kitchen.  I remember when my father was police chief, (1970’s) we got a second phone for my parent’s bedroom, so if there was an emergency at night, he could be reached.

Speaking of emergencies, I recall early in the  morning of Wednesday, March 28, 1979 when the Maryland State Police arrived at Mt. St Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, sirens blaring, and loudspeakers instructing us to prepare to evacuate and to head South, not North. Three Mile Island had lit off and we were only fifty miles away.  That was exciting.  Today, the kids would would be texted by multiple agencies, in addition to the school with it’s own alerting system.

They cannot fathom the idea of a black and white television with only seven channels and a 16″ screen.  Playing a record on a phonograph, what’s that?

The idea of living in a college dorm with one phone  at the end of the hall for approximately fifty people to share would not make sense, nor would the idea of having to do research in the library and hand write reports and papers.

ec24_zpsb1e37405Making sure there was a supply of coins in your pocket/car so if you had to find a pay phone, you were prepared. Hopefully, it wasn’t raining. Does anyone still have any folded maps in their car?

Yes, technology has made some aspects of our life easier, but it has also changed how we interact as a society, altering our realities and bringing about new terms, such as Helicopter Parents.

Technology has also atrophied our minds.  Anyone reading this remember how to use a slide rule?  How to calculate a 20%  tip on a $43.88 dinner (without a smart phone)?  Who remembers telephone numbers these days?  I still remember the telephone number for our home during the early 1960’s, (201-687-3913).   How did we get to the moon and back with the technology we had?  ec2_zps294e7f98

I recall the I guess I’m getting more like my father every day, remembering the good ol’ days and fearing  the world is going to hell in a handbasket. The big  difference is that he probably never worried about an EMP is and what would happen if we experienced one and all the progress would be re-set to zero.

Probably just as well that he didn’t and I hope none of us ever finds out.

Thanks to Carla for the techy photos.



About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to Progress?, Well Maybe.

  1. David says:

    We got our first television in 1964 – there were two black and white channels (we were living in the Channel Island of Guernsey – I think mainland UK might have had three channels back then). When I flew to Sweden in 1973 to join my first ship I had to write a letter to my parents to tell them I had arrived safely!

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  2. Linda Gill says:

    We got a black and white TV in 1956 when I was 6 years old. We had a telephone party line until I was in junior high school. I can still remember our original phone number–from before the prefixes were added: 31641. In nursing school we had one telephone for about 50 student nurses. There were no computers, and I had to learn “real” math by having to figure it out without a calculator! Writing letters and sending them via “snail mail” was the norm. And yes, the library was the source for researching information needed for writing papers. Wow! Do I feel old! If we do lose the power grid to an EMP, there will certainly be chaos. I was in Walmart recently, and there was a power outage. No sales could be made until the computers were back online! No back-up plan. It will be interesting…

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  3. So much Truth here….

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  4. Mark says:

    I feel lucky that I grew up without reliance on this technology because I know how to use a paper map, can communicate using a pay phone, can write a letter and use the postal system, read a book and all the other things we used to do without smart phones.

    That said, I can still take advantage of this amazing technology without being reliant upon it.

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