We all have lived through times that made or will make the history books. Actually, just a second ago was past history, but that is not what I am going to talk about. I am old enough to have seen the transition from radio as our chief source of news and entertaining to television. I remember listening to "Straight Arrow" on the radio every weekday. But, then I think about my grandad who retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) as a steam locomotive engineer. Yep, he even got to blow the whistle (grin). Here is a picture on the day he retired with his engine behind him:
He lived through so many amazing changes and two World Wars. He saw the change in the railroad from steam to diesel. The diesel engines were a lot cleaner but could not come close to the mystique of the steam engines. When he was born there still were horse and buggies being used in some places although the automobile was taking over quickly. I remember standing in his kitchen listening to the radio when Sputnik flew overhead. We were all in awe at there being a man-made satellite up there in space. (Actually, I wouldn't say that it was in "space". That is a question for another day; where does "space" begin.)
So, my grandad lived from the horse and buggy days up and into the space age. I wish he had kept a diary of all those years. I, for one, would love to read about it. I am 70 and have seen a lot of changes but none so great as my Grandpa. Now, I wish you all have just very good changes and also, have a great day, you hear?