Not often but sometimes we reflect back on where we have come from and where we were or started out. Tomorrow I begin the 54th year of my life. That is a long time ago but not as long as for others. We have come along way.
Some common facts and items from 1958:
Average annual income: $4650
Gallon of gas: 19 cents Milk: $1.01
Swiss steak: 75 cents/lb
Sunkist oranges: 5lb/49cents
The Donna Reed show premiers; George Burns/Gracie Allen show ends; Elvis Presley has four top singles; movies, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Vertigo
The Brooklyn Dodgers move to Los Angeles; the Hula Hoop debuts; the first Pizza Hut opens in Kansas City; the US launches Explorer I into space; VISA and American Express cards are introduced; the Boeing 707 goes into production.
As you can see much has changed during my lifetime. When I was born there were no computers or color televisions (at least in production) and most cars were adorned with 'fins'. Air conditioning was years away from being anywhere near a common appliance. I look back and see where we and I have come from and I am proud to have grown as a man and a person, all the while keeping my integrity. Not that I am perfect. I have made my share of mistakes along the way but hopefully I have learned from them as I have grown older.
One foot forward. 54 starts on Friday.