Saturday, August 31, 2013


45 years ago.

Green Bay wins Super Bowl II.  Madison Square Garden opens.  The My Lai massacre takes place.  The Beatles create Apple Records.  Both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy are assassinated.  The Civil Rights Act of 1968 is signed.  The first African-American Marine is awarded the Medal of Honor.  The first manned Apollo mission is launched.  Jackie Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis.  Nixon wins the Presidential election.  Yale University announces that it is going to admit women.  The 911 emergency phone service debuts.  The Boeing 747 makes its maiden flight.  The lunar module, bone marrow transplantation and crash test dummies are invented.

That year, the average new home went for $24,700.  A first class stamp set you back 6 cents.  A gallon of gas cost 34 cents; a gallon of milk $1.07.

And 45 years ago today, my parents were married.  It was an politically, racially, socially and militarily uncertain and eventful time, but they took a leap of faith and started a life together that year, a life that continues to this day.  They've had a wild ride, but I don't think either of them would trade it for the world.

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad.  With much, much love.


  1. And my birth year! I'll be 45 very soon. Un-freaking-believable.

  2. Email me your birthday and I'll send a care/birthday package to Yap!! :)


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