1936


In 1936, the world was a different place.

There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo.

In 1936, the year of your birth, the top selling movie was Camille. People buying the popcorn in the cinema lobby had glazing eyes when looking at the poster.
Remember, that was before there were DVDs. Heck, even before there was VHS. People were indeed watching movies in the cinema, and not downloading them online. Imagine the packed seats, the laughter, the excitement, the novelty. And mostly all of that without 3D computer effects.

In the year 1936, the time when you arrived on this planet, books were still popularly read on paper, not on digital devices. Trees were felled to get the word out. The number one US bestseller of the time was Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Oh, that's many years ago. Have you read that book? Have you heard of it?
In 1936... The first building to be completely covered in glass is completed in Toledo, Ohio, for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company. Serial killer Albert Fish is executed in Sing Sing Prison. King George V of the United Kingdom dies. His eldest son succeeds to the throne, becoming Edward VIII. In violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Nazi Germany reoccupies the Rhineland. Stress is first recognised as a medical condition. Peter and the Wolf, a Russian fairy tale of Sergei Prokofiev's composition, debuts at the Nezlobin Theater in Moscow, Soviet Union. The Remington Rand strike of 1936-1937 begins, spawning the notorious "Mohawk Valley formula," a corporate plan for strikebreaking. The Army of Africa launches a coup d'├ętat against the Second Spanish Republic, beginning the Spanish Civil War. The BBC launches the world's first regular then high-definition television service.

That was the world you were born into. Since then, you and others have changed it.

The Nobel prize for Literature that year went to Eugene O'Neill. The Nobel Peace prize went to Carlos Saavedra Lamas. The Nobel prize for physics went to Victor Francis Hess from Austria for his discovery of cosmic radiation. The sensation this created was big. But it didn't stop the planets from spinning, on and on, year by year. Years in which you would grow bigger, older, smarter, and, if you were lucky, sometimes wiser. Years in which you also lost some things. Possessions got misplaced. Memories faded. Friends parted ways. The best friends, you tried to hold on. This is what counts in life, isn't it?

The 1930s were indeed a special decade. The Dirty Thirties. There was a Great Depression with traumatic effects worldwide. In Germany, the Nazi's Third Reich rose, ultimately leading to World War II. Intercontinental aviation and radio began. The German airship Hindenburg explodes in the sky above Lakehurst, New Jersey. Gandhi's peaceful resistance movement against the British colonial rule in India gains worldwide attention. Radar is invented, and so is Kodachrome.

Do you remember the movie that was all the rage when you were 15? Strangers on a Train.
Do you still remember the songs playing on the radio when you were 15? Maybe it was The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page. Were you in love? Who were you in love with, do you remember?
There's a kid outside, shouting, playing. It doesn't care about time. It doesn't know about time. It shouts and it plays and thinks time is forever. You were once that kid.

When you were 9, the movie Blithe Spirit was playing.
When you were 8, there was National Velvet.
Progress, year after year. Do you wonder where the world is heading towards? The technology available today would have blown your mind in 1936.

In 1936, a new character entered the world of comic books: The Phantom. Bang! Boom! But that's just fiction, right? In the real world, in 1936, Alan Alda was born. And Jim Clark. Don Drysdale, too. And you, of course. Everyone an individual. Everyone special. Everyone taking a different path through life.
It's 2012.

The world is a different place.

What path have you taken?  Marriage, Mother of 5, grandmother of 10 and great-grand of 1, Nursing School, University of Akron, Retirement in Florida.  It was a good life.  A very good life.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Marge, this was so cool! Something to think about for a future page.

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