Do you recall the good old days? While celebrating my uncle's 80th birthday, he asked me 'what was going on in the world when you were born?' I had no idea, I was only a minute old was my thought.
But after a few minutes of allowing my inner sarcasm to dissipate, I thought 'that's a great question!'
Way back in 1961, the world was not a better place than it is today. Or should I say, the reported history of those days seem a bit sketchy.
One reports suggested the cold war was getting more and more challenging with the USSR. Newly inaugurated, President John F. Kennedy, found himself in a total international and military mess with Cuba.
Cuba declared they were a communist country and were just about 100 miles away from the US. President Kennedy's Bay of Pigs initiative went badly and was widely thought to be a catalyst towards nuclear war.
During Castro's revolution he nationalized land and other property of which about $1 billion of US assets were stolen by him.
Across the way, the Russian communists were leading the US in space travel. Space travel was initiated for military purposes. It was believed the one who controlled the space could control the world. In contrast to our lagging position in space travel, President Kennedy asked congress for more than a half billion dollars to have a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
Not only was space a declaration of the president, but he also encouraged US citizens to build bomb shelters! How intense is that?
While all of this was going on, the border between east and west Germany was closed and the Berlin Wall construction began. Let's just say the tension around the world in 1961 was intense!
In contrast to all of the negativity, there were some good developments. The world only had 4 billion citizens. In-flight movies were new technology along with electric toothbrushes. Niagara Falls began producing hydroelectric energy and there were many classic TV shows airing. The likes of Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith, Mr. Ed and My Three Sons were a big deal then.
Although the negativity seemed to be enormous, the world kept spinning. The opportunities every year to make the most of your time in history are immense. Life is what you make it to be and not what is dictated by the culture around. Keep the faith! kt
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