October 21, 2015 — Wayback Wednesday

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Hi and Happy Wednesday. Today I wanted to share a photo from 29 years ago.  This was taken after I had graduated from high school and was visiting my grandparents and other family in California.

1985 and 1986 were great years for me and a lot of fun.  I finished high school, started college, and became my own young woman. And, these two years a lot of great movies were released.  Among them were “Back To The Future,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “St. Elmo’s Fire” in 1985 and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Pretty In Pink” in 1986.

I enjoyed all of these movies and remember them fondly from my teenage years.  It was a great time to grow up.  I loved the movies, music, fashion, and hairstyles.  Little did we know then how nostalgic we would one day be.  That is how I have been today.

Much has been made today about it being Back To The Future Day.  In the 2nd movie in the three-movie series that was released in 1989, Marty McFly travels 30 years in the future to October 21, 2015. It is amazing to realize that day is today.

A few lines from the movies have been published today including “Roads?  Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”  That was a great one.  We still need roads so that clearly didn’t happen. And, I would have loved to have a hoverboard.  An article was also published about what the movie got right and what it didn’t.

Clearly we cannot see into the future.  Still it is fun to speculate and imagine about how much changes.  Since 1985, a lot has changed.

  • We have gone from Walkmans and boom boxes to listing to music online or on our phones.
  • We have gone from phone booths and paying 10 cents, then 25 cents, then 35 for a phone call to carrying our own phones with us at all times.
  • We have gone from three television stations to hundreds of channels as well as streaming options and DVDs.
  • We have gone from cassette tapes and records to CDs, shuffle features, or downloadable songs.
  • We have gone from cameras with film to phones that capture all of our activities.
  • We have gone from bulky full size video recorders to tiny hand-held devices that we also use for texting.
  • We have gone from paper library catalogs and 26-volume hardback encyclopedias to search engines with 10,000 options to review.

As as I read online recently, I am thankful that most of my wild times happened before the Internet.  I wasn’t a wild child, but I am glad that every thing I did and said wasn’t recorded.

It is amazing the changes that we have seen.  On the one hand, I feel quite old today.  On the other hand, I can’t wait to see what is next.

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