SUMMER – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  October 24, 2011

Summer in Arkansas is HOT!!!   It isn’t unusual for the temperatures to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for several days in a row.  When I was a kid, after I was about 10 years old, my sister, brother and I stayed at home during the day while both of my parents worked.  This wasn’t an unusual thing at that time.  We lived in a small town where we knew virtually everyone in town and we lived only a couple of blocks from my cousins home where my aunt was at home if we needed her for anything.  We would sleep late and then have fun for most of the day.  We would ride our bikes all over town or walk to the library.  I have always spent a lot of time reading!  Sometimes we would go to my cousins and spend time with them.

My sister and I spent many, many hours playing with our “Barbie” dolls, although I don’t think we ever had a real Barbie doll.  But we didn’t seem to care about that!  We would be fashion designers and make them clothes and we would play with them like they were the Sims in the computer games of today.  We would imagine their whole lives and use my little brother’s cars to move them from place to place.

We had a swing set and we would spend time swinging.  We would watch our favorite tv shows and when I was older we would play video games (ATARI and Nintendo).  I was the family Pac-man champion!

On the weekends, we would have barbeques or go camping or fishing.    We also spent many hot afternoons on the weekends driving in the family car.  Often with no particular destination  in mind, we would just get in the car and go for a DRIVE!

Summer was the time when we didn’t have to go to School!  It was wonderful!

Week #28 – Summer Week 28: Summer. What was summer like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 9, 2011 through Friday, July 15, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

Posted in 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Book of Me, Written By You – Prompt 12: The Year You Were Born

Originally Published November 16, 2013.

I was born in 1969.

 

From the website: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1969.html

1969 On July 20th one of mans crowning achievements occurred when American Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon and uttered the immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” . The opposition to the war continued to increase with more and more attending anti war demonstrations and demanding that the US withdrew from Vietnam. The music came from groups including the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Beatles and the most famous music festival of modern times “WOODSTOCK” took place on a New York Farm on August 15th to August 17th with more than 400,000 avid music fans attending to see the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and others perform live. fashions reflected the anti war sentiment with military jackets adorned with peace signs, and other trends including long unkempt wild hair and headbands showed the feelings of anti establishment felt by the youth.    

 

Technology

  • First Concorde test flight is conducted In France
  • First transplant of human eye
  • Seiko sells the first Quartz Watch
  • The Harrier Jump Jet enters service with the RAF
  • The Palestine Liberation Organization ( PLO ) is founded
  • The first automatic teller machine ATM or Cash Machine is installed in the United States
  • Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet
  • The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carried 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.
  • UNIX is developed by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs
  • The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome of the American muscle car is introduced.
  • The Microprocessor ( a miniature set of integrated circuits ) is invented opening the way for the computer revolution that followed

 

Popular Culture 1969

  • A free concert organized by the Rolling Stones is held at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif with problems caused by the use of Hells Angels as Bouncers resulting in a number of deaths
  • The Groundbreaking TV programme Monty Python’s Flying Circus is shown for the first time and the catch phrase “And now for something completely different,” becomes their trade mark
  • Sesame Street known for its Muppet characters, makes it’s debut on PBS
  • Bell Bottom Jeans and tie-dye shirts become part of the teenage fashion scene.
  • The John Lennon Album “Two Virgins” featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the nude are confiscated at Newark Airport
  • The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records.
  • The Beatles release their album Abbey Road.
  • Sesame Street debuts on Public Television
  • Brian Jones Former Rolling Stones Guitarist drowns after drinking and drugs binge

Cost of Living 1969

How Much things cost in 1969
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 5.46 %
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.6%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 800 Average Cost of new house $15,550.00 Average Income per year $8,550.00 Average Monthly Rent $135.00 Average Cost New Car $3,270.00 Toyota Corona $1,950.00 Gas per Gallon 35 cents Alarm Clock from Westclox $9.98

 

 

 

Prompt 12: The Year You Were Born

This week’s prompt is The year you were born

What happened:

  • Historical
  • Films
  • Music
  • Books
  • Television

Or use any other historical (well known or otherwise) event.

* * *

Members of GeneaBloggers and others are invited to either create a post at their blog or keep a written journal with their answers.

Also don’t forget to join The Book of Me, Written By You group at Facebook!

 

The Book of Me, Written by You is a real opportunity to explore your memories, thoughts, information from your life, things that you can remember, and perhaps the passing on of oral history. This is a chance to explore yourself and create a legacy for future generations. This is truly a road of self discovery and exploration. The prompts will be delivered each week from 31st August 2013 through until the end of December 2014 via Thomas at Geneabloggers and via the Anglers Rest blog. There is a Facebook group set up read for discussion. You can read all about the project and find out what it is all about and sign up to the Facebook page HERE

Posted in The Book of Me | Tagged | Leave a comment

NEIGHBORS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published June 20, 2011.

Neighbors is a concept that has definitely changed over time!  I remember going to visit my grandparents when I was a child and they knew who their neighbors were and could (and did) tell all about their families and everything going on in their lives.  My Great-Grandfather Stout could go to the local grocery store and tell you who was in the store based on the cars in the parking lot!

Now, I live in a house in a nice neighborhood and I  have spoken to a couple of my neighbors and I wave to them as I am driving down the street but I don’t really know any of them.  I don’t think I have really known any of my neighbors in the last twenty years!

When I was a girl and we lived in Green Forest, I knew several of our neighbors and spent a lot of time with the neighborhood children.  I also spent a lot of time with the neighborhood children when I was little and we lived on Berry Street in Springdale but since then I don’t even remember who my neighbors were at the places we have lived.

Today, I don’t really feel the need to get to know my neighbors well.  I think the people we work with and the people who belong to the same organizations and clubs have replaced our neighbors in our lives.

Week #25 – Neighbors

Week 25. Neighbors. Who were your childhood neighbors? Have you kept in touch with any of them? Do you feel the concept of “neighbors” has changed since then?

This challenge runs from Saturday, June 18, 2011 through Friday, June 24, 2011.

Posted in 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History | Tagged | Leave a comment

Treasure Chest Thursday: My Baby Photo

Originally Published November 18, 2010.

I am the cute little baby in the arms of my mother next to my father.  The photo was taken in probably March or April of 1969.  For a long time, I thought all of my baby photos had been lost as we moved around a lot when I was a child but a few years ago I found this photo in some of my grandmothers photos.  My dad is missing some of his head but my family has never been known for their great photography abilities!

I actually found other photos along with this one that show me as a very small child but this is my favorite and the earliest known photo of me as a baby.  The others are of my as a toddler and my sister as a baby!

(By the way, these few photos aren’t the only photos of me as a child, I have many photos of my childhood.  I just didn’t have any until I was about 4-5 before I found these.)

Posted in Personal History | Tagged | Leave a comment

CLOTHES – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  June 20, 2011

Well, I am a little late with this post but here it is anyway.  When I was a kid, I mostly wore jeans and t-shirts and that really hasn’t changed much through the years.  I still mostly wear jeans.  I have never really been in-style much and I mostly don’t care!  I did do the parachute pants and the leg warmers during their in-style periods in the 80s but then I kept wearing the leg-warmers and slouch socks for long after they were out of style because they were comfortable!

I tend to wear what is comfortable not necessarily what is in-style!  I do love boots and they happen to be in style right now but then again I wore them for years when they weren’t really in-style.  Comfort is the main thing I look for in clothes!

Week #24 – Clothes

Week 24. Clothes. What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare?. What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare?

This challenge runs from Saturday, June 11, 2011 through Friday, June 17, 2011.

Posted in 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History | Tagged | Comments Off on CLOTHES – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

TROUBLE – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published October 24, 2011.

If we got into trouble, there was swift and sure punishment.   There were spankings for severe trouble but usually it would just be a talking-to from Mom and Dad!

My brother and sister and I got into the usual kid trouble but nothing very serious so I don’t have too many memories of being in trouble.

Week #40 – Trouble

Week 40: Trouble. What happened when you got into trouble as a child? What was punishment like in your home?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 1, 2011 through Friday, October 7, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

Posted in 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History | Tagged | Comments Off on TROUBLE – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Commercials – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on June 4, 2011.

I remember only a couple of commercials from my childhood:  The Oscar Mayer commercials, The Coca Cola commercials with the teach the world to sing song and the Where’s the Beef commercials!  As I grew older my favorite commercials were the Beer company commercials with the talking lizards and frogs!  I also used to love the Coke commercials with the cute little polar bears.  My favorites now are the Cox Cable company commercials with the little blue and white digital guys! 

However, in the last few years there have been some pretty stupid commercials!  A few of them within the last few years I am not even sure what the commercials were for!  I don’t understand if they were for a service, a product, for me to do something or not to do something?  I just don’t know!!

Then there are the current crop of commercials that just seem to think the American public is composed of people too stupid to come in out of the rain!  For instance, the commercial for the dishwasher pacs that displays a disclaimer that the commercial is a dramatization when it shows a construction crew in the dishwasher cleaning the dishes!  Really!! A dramatization!!  Who would think that!!

Week #21 – Commercials

Week 21. Commercials. Do you remember any commercial jingles from your childhood? Share them here.

Posted in 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History | Comments Off on Commercials – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

HOBBIES – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  November 10, 2011

My main hobby as a child was playing with Barbies.

I would spend a lot of time being her hairdresser.   However, women around the world can be thankful that I didn’t go into that as a job because my Barbies usually ended up bald!  I would cut a little from one side and then go to the other side and cut some there.  But the second side would be shorter than the first and so I would go back and cut more from the first side.  Then, it would be shorter so I would have to cut more from the other side!  This would be repeated until the doll was bald!Rolling on the floor laughing

When I wasn’t being her hairdresser, I would be a clothes designer!  I had bags of scrap material from my grandmothers that I would use to design clothes for Barbie.  I was better at this than I was at being a hairdresser!  Laughing out loud

This eventually led to me sewing some of own clothes when I was older.

Week #38 – Hobbies

Week 38: Hobbies. Did you have any hobbies as a child? Which ones?

This challenge runs from Saturday, September 17, 2011 through Friday, September 23, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

Posted in 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History | Tagged | Comments Off on HOBBIES – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

DINNER TIME – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  November 10, 2011

Dinner time is usually called supper time in our house.

When I was a kid, Mom and Dad both worked.  We would have dinner a couple of hours after they got home.  They would spend a few minutes talking with us and each other and then they would fix dinner together.  As we got older, we would help them with fixing the dinner.

I became the main cook for dinner by the time I was a teenager.  Cleanup was a family affair from the time I can remember.  As teenagers, we were assigned chores to do around the house and one of us would have to do the dishes each night.

When dinner was ready, we would put the food in the middle of the table and everyone would fix their plates and we would sit and eat dinner together.  Sometimes, we would take our plates into the living room and we would eat dinner while we watched TV.  We wouldn’t just sit there and silently watch TV though.  In our family, it has always been common for us to talk about the topics raised in the TV show.  Dinner was the time when everyone would talk about everything that had went on that day at school or work.

We have always been a family that spent a lot of time talking about everything that goes on in the world.  We would watch the news and then spend the rest of the evening discussing what we heard about on the news or the events of the day.

Dinner time is now very similar to then.  Dinner is the time when we catch up on the days news – whether it is the personal news of a family member or news from the world we have heard about through the news.

Week #32 – Dinner Time

Week 32: Dinner Time. On a typical childhood evening, who was around the dinner table? Was the meal served by one person, or was it a free-for-all? What is dinner time like in your family today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 6, 2011 through Friday, August 12, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

Posted in 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History | Tagged | Comments Off on DINNER TIME – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Family Roots and Branches: The Top Ten Indicators That You’ve Become A Gene-Aholic

Family Roots and Branches: The Top Ten Indicators That You’ve Become A Gene-Aholic.

I saw this post today and just had to share it!  I think I might be a Gene-Aholic!  Oh Well, I have a support group (My local genealogy society!) so maybe I will survive!

 

Originally Published January 23, 2011.

Posted in Our Family History | Tagged | Comments Off on Family Roots and Branches: The Top Ten Indicators That You’ve Become A Gene-Aholic