"52 Years Apart"

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"52 Years Apart"

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OK, so it's now 2022 and I remember 1970 -- me being all of 10 years old then.

Anyway...

It's occurred to me that the years 1918 versus 1970 were 52 years apart -- the SAME as for the above span in years.

It's odd to me, as it seems the world changed more between 1918 and 1970... Maybe some of this is due to me "reading" the history from the early set of years, to "living it" for the later set. And for sure, I can't say it's changed for the better (well, maybe for a few things...) over the last 52 years.

Oh, one good thing -- I do have more leverguns now than I did back in 1970. (Fewer cap guns though...)

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My grandfather was 5 years old when Custer was killed. He didn't live long enough to see world war II finished, but a friend of mine had a grandfather of the similar age who was still alive when astronauts landed on the moon. His grandfather was Ojibwe Indian and remembered distinctly as a five or six year old kid being told, along with all the other kids in the small town, by his parents to grab his pack and head up to the mountains and not come back until people from the village came to get them. He later learned the reason was that rumor had come that Custer was killed and they were afraid whites from a nearby town would come seek vengeance. Can you imagine this person as a 96 year old man watching people land on the Moon...?

I think that probably spans the most incredible change in Civilization I can think of. Certainly radio and automobiles and airplanes changed some things, and the internet changed even more things, for better as well as for worse, but I'm not sure going back 96 years or so from today is quite as profound as going back 96 years ago from 1969...

Time will tell. I think the biggest change now is that people are mesmerized by technology and more interested in tiktok videos then understanding the world around them. On the other hand at least the internet does enable people to communicate quickly when governments do bad things to them.

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My great grandmother passed away in early October of 2001, she was in her mid 90s but I don't recall her exact age.

I recall as I was in attendance at her funeral at 23 years old it dawned on me how much she witnessed in her long years. She saw a time when automobiles were in the earlier years of production and was sure to still see horse and buggy on the roads, probably in near equal numbers to cars. She was young but was around for WWI, and every war the US was involved in during the 20th century. She saw the infancy of aeronautics develope into the jet era. She was around for the first man in space to the moon landing. Saw the WTC built and then destroyed. I sat in silent awe as I pondered all she had seen in her many years that day. Mind boggling.
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My Grandparents were all born on the 1890s. Only one died before seeing Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. One Great Grandfather, William Montgomery Wyant, was a German immigrants who fought in the War Between the States under Miles Keough. He helped train the horses, and knew Captain Keough's horse Comanche. Comanche survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn/Battle of the Greasy Grass. He retired to the old soldiers home at Ft Dodge, Kansas less than a month prior to the 7th Cavalry being sent out on the campaign which involved Lt Col George Custer's death. My Dad just died last December at age 92. He saw electricity and indoor plumbing come in to being.
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My Grandmother still had to wait 6 years to be old enough to vote after the 19th allowed women to vote. She rode a horse to high school.
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As I've progressed to middle age, I've gained a great appreciation for "living memory" and never miss an opportunity to soak it up before it's gone.
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