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Time Keeps on Slippin'... Slippin'... Slippin'

Apr 29, 2016

By Shannon Daugherty, ACS, FLMI

How many of you are 50 years old? Around the time you were born, in 1966, the United States was in the Vietnam War, Lyndon Johnson was President, people wore flowered shirts and boots, the Beach Boys and the Beatles were hot, and the Rolling Stones were singing Under my Thumb. Medicare was beginning, the Supreme Court passed the Miranda Law for the rights of the accused, and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas was shown for the first time. The US and Russia were in a race to see who would be first on the moon. Kevlar and fiber optics were invented, and a new house cost $23,300.

How many of you are 75 years old? Around the time you were born, in 1941, the United Stated entered World War II following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hitler and Mussolini declared war on America, Franklin Roosevelt was President, Citizen Cane and Dumbo were released, Glen Miller's Chattanooga Choo Choo and Jimmy Dorsey's Green Eyes were popular, and a gallon of gas cost 12 cents. Research began for what would become the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb. The first computer was built, and weighed one ton!

Many of our Western members have been with us for 50 or 75 years because their parents bought them policies when they were babies. We are so grateful to have their loyalty and participation. If you are a 50 or 75-year member, and have never received a pin from us, please let us know, and we will be happy to send you one as a token of our appreciation.

Recently, an assistant spoke with a member who was 91-years-old, and asked her what changes she had seen in the world over the years. She responded that things have become much easier to come by, sometimes with just the push of a button. They went on to have a thought-provoking discussion, and it piqued our interest as to what other had to say.

We are interested in hearing from you! If you are age 75 and above, what are the biggest changes you have seen in the world over the last 80-90 years? It doesn't have to be just in technology, it could be in something as broad as world events or in the world that closely affects you. How did it change the world?

For our younger members, how do you think the world will change in your lifetime? What kind of progress do you expect to see in the next 80 or 90 years?

Email me with your response at wflains@wflains.org.

Category: History

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