Wednesday, June 09, 2004
I recently struck up a conversation with two people about dead presidents. One wanted to know who had been the last president that died before Reagan. (answer..Nixon) The other person stated..."Reagan died??? I thought he died years ago?" I work in a different atmosphere, where there are people in any age range from 18 to 70 and have vastly different perspectives of history. Some people are amazed when I tell them that I wasn't born yet when Kennedy was killed and yet I'm amazed by people not yet born until after the Bicentennial. As a result, the Kennedy's are nothing to me except a group of womanizing rum runners on the pages of history, but to others they are a pillar of either their adolescence or young adulthood. The point is...we are all time travellers in our own way. We each have a perspective of our own history in the small time that we are here. So...enjoy the time you have here...ask older people what they thought about their vision of current events in their youth. Once those perspectives are gone, they are gone forever. On the other hand, don't forget to talk to people younger than you are to get their views of history. Above all, remember to stay on top of current events. You don't want to be the person who says 5 days later..."Reagan died???"
Posted by Tom Hamann at 10:18 PM