Yesterday the blog was about Constitutions, partly because I knew I was going to see The Rivalry - a play about the Abraham Lincoln-Steven Douglas debates. This play was written by Norman Corwin who has been called the Poet Laureate of the Radio. Check out his site or read his biography.
Norman is still around - he will be 100 years old in 2 weeks! He came to see the play yesterday at Lamb's Players Theatre. Here's a picture of him, telling us about how it feels to see something he wrote, performed on stage 50 years later.
Telling other people about this experience has been interesting. The first comment from everyone has been How Old? 100! 100? Really?
Those comments got me thinking. What would he have seen in the past 100 years?
Statistics (here's your math for the day!)
5200 weeks (almost a mile's worth of weeks, so to speak)
Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover,
Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson
Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush
Clinton, Bush, Obama
Mexican Revolution, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Russian Civil War/Revolution
World War I, World War II, Korean War, The Cold War, Vietnam War
Gulf War, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and so on
1910-20 Motion pictures, Crossword puzzles, zippers, radio, toasters, fortune-cookies
1920-30 band-aids, robots, traffic lights, speakers, rockets, penicillin, electric shavers
1930-40 tape, jet engines, parking meters, Monopoly, tape recorders, radar, copy machine, helicopter
1940-50 television, computers, aqualung, atomic bomb, microwave oven, mobile phone, Velcro
1950-60 Credit card, bar code, solar cell, hovercraft, Barbie, pacemaker, computer chip
1960-70 Audio cassette, video disk, contact lens, hand-held calculator, computer mouse, ATM
1970-80 microprocessor, VCR, Pong, ethernet, laser printer, cell phone, Walkman
1980-90 PC, Apple, Windows, Prozac, World Wide Web