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Jan 15, 2021 - 8:55:17 AM
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Tomorrow I begin my 70th trip around the sun. When I began this trip, Harry Truman was President of the U.S. I’ve traveled through thirteen presidents, and am about to enter my fourteenth. Along this journey I’ve seen one president assassinated, one resign, and two impeached; one of them twice. In the same period there was only one Queen of England. I managed to survive through outbreaks of polio, chicken pox, measles, mumps, swine flu, H1N1 flu, Legionnaire’s disease and so far Covid-19. I watched as Castro took over Cuba, the Berlin wall went up and came down, the dissolution of the Soviet Union and several countries on the African and Asian continents change their names and borders. I recall the Cuban missile crisis when we were on the very brink of nuclear war as Kennedy and Khrushchev were eyeball to eyeball until one of them blinked. I participate in civil rights and anti-war demonstrations in the 60s and 70s, enlisted twice, was drafted once, but failed my physical and did not serve. I was the first male in my family to enter college but dropped out in my Junior year, only to return 13 years later to complete my degree, and 13 years after that to get my Master’s. I had three careers, actor/entertainer, software engineer, and science teacher. Along the path I also worked as a bartender, lunch cook, sheet metal worker, machine operator, store clerk, store manager, pitch man, and served as an officer for a non-profit children’s theater among other things. As an entertainer I’ve performed magic, ventriloquism, stand-up comedy, and singing. I watched the turmoil and assassinations of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, and Malcolm X. I watched in horror as hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and my own Nations Capital invaded by its own citizens. I’ve watched as several animals have gone extinct, and others brought back from the brink of extinction. The global population went from 2.6 billion to 7.8 billion people. Throughout all the wars, diseases, terrorist attacks and turmoil, I always saw people doing good, people trying to help, people smiling. I don’t know how many more trips I have left, but I’m well aware that there are far more trips behind me than in front of me. I hope that throughout the journey I’ve helped more people than I’ve harmed, that I’ve lifted the spirits of others, and that I’ve made more than a few people smile, or better laugh. I hope, as I continue, to do the same moving forward.

Jan 15, 2021 - 9:11:09 AM

278 posts since 4/10/2018

Happy birthday! Nice summation of history as experienced by us septuagenarians, as well as your personal autobiography! Where did your banjo fit in?

Jan 15, 2021 - 9:25:34 AM

Paul R

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13886 posts since 1/28/2010

Happy birthday! Ya done good.

You may add that you've lived through the sinkings of the Andrea Doria and the Thresher, and the first visits to the Moon by humans, musical trends too numerous to list, personal computers and wireless communication devices, (Personal computers, whose purpose is to connect us to BHO!)

Many happy returns.

Jan 15, 2021 - 9:27:44 AM

579 posts since 9/6/2019

Happy early birthday, and may you have many more turns around the big ball of fire.

Jan 15, 2021 - 9:31:14 AM

chuckv97

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Have a Happy, Dave. You forgot the winter of my discontent.....(yes, everything comes back to me of course....)

Jan 15, 2021 - 10:43:09 AM

m06

England

9596 posts since 10/5/2006

Happy Birthday! You’ve lived a rich and full life so far. May you enjoy many more fulfilling years. When did banjo first make it's appearance?  Got any banjo plans for your new decade? smiley

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Jan 15, 2021 - 10:59:11 AM

2880 posts since 4/22/2018

What a fantastic summary of some of the events that have happened during (the first 70 years) of a life well lived. It’s like ‘we didn’t start the fire’ by Billy Joel, just more eloquent and with punctuation. I’ll be popping a cork later on tonight, and if it’s ok with you, I’ll raise a glass to you Dave - many happy returns for tomorrow

Jan 15, 2021 - 11:58:58 AM
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Ah yes, how could I forget the first time humans stepped onto the surface of an extra terrestrial body. Especially since my family was personally involved. If it weren't for my grandfather's work on the development of the first pressure suits and all the launch suits for the space program, that event would never have taken place - at least not when it did. Banjo popped into the picture first during my second decade. A college friend bought himself a 5 string and let me borrow it for a weekend, along with the Pete Seeger Red Book. I was hooked instantly and my parents gifted me one for that Christmas. There's a lot of the 60s and 70s that are a bit foggy. I don't think I need to go into details why. In the early 80s I met the woman who was to become my wife, and she probably saved my life. I started college in 1970, and graduated in 1987 so that should give you some idea.

Jan 15, 2021 - 12:02:38 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

Happy birthday! Ya done good.

(stuff edited out)

personal computers and wireless communication devices, (Personal computers, whose purpose is to connect us to BHO!)

 

We've been waiting for this for hundreds of years. (Any other Firesign Theater fans out there?)

Jan 15, 2021 - 12:12:53 PM
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rinemb

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13038 posts since 5/24/2005

Happy Birthday! Glad you made it. I still need one more trip around plus a few months to hit that mark. My wife is not so lucky. She has 15 days. Brad

Jan 15, 2021 - 12:29:16 PM

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And not a single alien(from another planet kind) invasion. Not yet at least.

Jan 15, 2021 - 12:31:52 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by 5B-Ranch

And not a single alien(from another planet kind) invasion. Not yet at least.


Is that what they told you?

Jan 15, 2021 - 1:04:26 PM

11494 posts since 1/15/2005

Welcome to the club Dave! I too have seen all that stuff and more ....... like the end of WW II (although I didn't remember it)! You forgot watching a man walk on the moon. I'll bet you also remember Sputnik and John Glenn's first orbit around the globe. Lots of things happened for sure. Happy Birthday!

Jan 15, 2021 - 1:40:54 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by 5B-Ranch

And not a single alien(from another planet kind) invasion. Not yet at least.


Is that what they told you?


Who is "they"?

Jan 15, 2021 - 3:24:07 PM

slammer

USA

3090 posts since 12/30/2008

Atta Boy Dave!!! I’m helping you celebrate as I type!!! Congrats and I hope the rest of your (our) journey is happy, healthy and as entertaining and exciting as the first lag !!!
Happy Birthday from da Yoopers!!!
Slammer!!!

Jan 15, 2021 - 3:29:45 PM
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rinemb

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Of the many memories, one I enjoyed early...I grew up under the flight path of an Air Force Base. Us kids used to track and identify the development of jets, big and little. It was cool to be the first sight a new jet. All would stop when we would hear a jet approaching. If we were inside, we ran out in time to see fly over. brad

Jan 15, 2021 - 5:24:25 PM
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slammer

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I had a patient yesterday that was 93 years old and sharper than I will ever be!!!
I talked to him for about 30 minutes and he was just the most genuine most interesting man I have ever met!!! We talked about all the big things he has seen in his lifetime and the multitude of inventions and technology that he has witnessed in his time!!!
We also talked (through our masks, goggles and gloves) about this pandemic , which he didn’t foresee happening in his lifetime..........again!!!
I was actually jealous. After he left, all I could do was think about all the things I might get to see in the future should I be lucky enough. I also had some really bad ideas that wiped out all my good thoughts!!! The future is so predictable and unpredictable at the same time!!! Let’s hope and pray we’re on an upward trend!!!
Slammer!!!

Jan 15, 2021 - 6:33:10 PM

6419 posts since 9/5/2006

congrats,, thats one of the best post i have ever read on the BHO,,, makes you think back on what we ourselves have seen in our lifetime .... i really enjoyed reading it.

one of the things that stick out in my memories of my youth is the polio vaccines,, or was it a sugar cube?  little foggy on that.... and the little K-O polio clickers they gave you like the ones used in WWII.  i remember that like yesterday.

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 01/15/2021 18:37:08

Jan 16, 2021 - 5:18:59 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

Of the many memories, one I enjoyed early...I grew up under the flight path of an Air Force Base. Us kids used to track and identify the development of jets, big and little. It was cool to be the first sight a new jet. All would stop when we would hear a jet approaching. If we were inside, we ran out in time to see fly over. brad


Do you remember when they could still break the sound barrier over land.  We would watch the planes fly over silently, and then the BOOM a few seconds later.  Those BOOMS were loud, and scary when you didn't expect them.  I remember one day they knocked a window out of the frame in my classroom. 

Jan 16, 2021 - 5:26:39 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by slammer

I had a patient yesterday that was 93 years old and sharper than I will ever be!!!
I talked to him for about 30 minutes and he was just the most genuine most interesting man I have ever met!!! We talked about all the big things he has seen in his lifetime and the multitude of inventions and technology that he has witnessed in his time!!!
We also talked (through our masks, goggles and gloves) about this pandemic , which he didn’t foresee happening in his lifetime..........again!!!
I was actually jealous. After he left, all I could do was think about all the things I might get to see in the future should I be lucky enough. I also had some really bad ideas that wiped out all my good thoughts!!! The future is so predictable and unpredictable at the same time!!! Let’s hope and pray we’re on an upward trend!!!
Slammer!!!


I have a 92 year old aunt who complains all the time about forgetting things.  My brain's not half as sharp as hers is.  Her biggest issue with the pandemic is the isolation.  I used to take her to lunch every month or so, but with the exception of one day last summer, we have not been able to do that since March.  She is the last survivor in her family, her baby sister passed away in February from COPD, her brothers, my father and uncle, died when they were 53 and 45 respectively, within a few months of each other, and her sister died from complications after plastic surgery that resulted in a stroke.  All her long term friends have also died.  All of this depresses her, and saddens me.  I'm hoping that once we both get vaccinated we can start doing lunch again.  She is my only link to my family's history. 

Jan 16, 2021 - 1:21:03 PM

slammer

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3090 posts since 12/30/2008

Dave, I hope you get to see and spend some time with your Aunt. I have learned more from a few of the old timers than I have from anyone else, all chalked up to life experiences!!! The whole isolation thing is killing me. I know so many people who have loved ones in assisted living or nursing homes that they will realistically never get to see again. I sincerely hope that is not the case with your Auntie!!!
She deserves better, and so do You!!!!!!!
Slammer!!!

Jan 16, 2021 - 3:25:41 PM
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Thank you slammer

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