From Miami Herald:”In 1955, I was fresh out of military service, lived in a New York City suburb and had started my first job with Young & Rubicam as a ”traffic man,” guiding advertisements through the creative and production processes. What did people talk about in 1955? That’s 53 years ago! My brother sent me an e-mail list of topics. Perhaps you’ve received one, too.
“Two topics sounded familiar:
“When I first started driving, who would’ve thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon?”
“I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20.”
Snopes.com labels this list as ”False.” They warn these lists express one of three beliefs: “the nostalgic idea that things were better yesterday, that progress has considerably improved our life or that we’ve always struggled with the same type of problems that vex us today.”
Maybe they’re right about nostalgia and vexing problems. But hasn’t change and innovation improved our lives?
So let’s put 1955 in perspective: Since that year, more change and innovation has occurred than previously recorded in our history. As a result there are more of us, we live better, and we last longer.”
Walk down memory lane offers perspective