In preparing a talk to be given at my upcoming 65th high school reunion in Howell, Mich., I am beginning to realize the enormity of the changes that all the members of that Class of 1922 have seen in their 80-year lifetimes.
When we were young, for a nickel we could buy a newspaper and get three cents change. For a dime we could buy a hamburger with all the trimmings. Fifty cents paid for a luscious meal, including the tip. A five and 10 store was just that, with five thousand items to choose from for a nickel or a dime. First-class postage was 2 cents.
We antedated singing commercials and Air Mail, plastic and pizzas, Social Security and the income tax. We were long before credit cards and Kinsey.
We have spanned the years from "there's a man in the moon" fantasy to "man on the moon" reality, from "around the world in 80 days" fiction to "around the world in 80 seconds" communication.