There are a lot of us on this forum who can remember back beyond 1950 without too much trouble.
I must admit that I can remember back to 1946 easily myself. That was when a large white rooster decided to flail me heartily with his legs and spurs. He didn't last too much longer though, we ate him for supper.
Think back to life as it was then. We had a 1940's era car in the driveway. Not sure if my folks had a telephone, probably did as my dad was a college instructor/football coach.
I remember going with dad tied to a row boat while he watched a cork bobbing in the little stream that must have been all of 3 feet deep running behind our house.
I remember vividly standing on a chair in the kitchen in 1946 and trying to catch a butterfly through the kitchen window. I ended up screaming on a white table while a doctor sewed up the inside of my right elbow. That scar is still there today, 2 inches long now and 3/8 inch wide.
Our lives then were a lot simpler than today. Fun was where you found it, or made it. Conversing with family and friends was an event to be treasured and we most likely got more out of it.
Today, we streamline ourselves through from day to day and often times never get out of the house. At least us retired old fogeys don't "have to" get out of the house. And yet, we still have a lot of things to entertain us and keep us "in touch with" the world and our family.
For instance. Our son, PJ, is working in London on the new Hydrogen Fuel Cell municipal bus project for the London transit agency. We get emails back and forth at least once a day, more on some days. And, like today, we even get to talk with him via Skype or his cellphone if he does not have time for the internet.
This ease of staying in touch with those whom we miss so much is being taken for granted. Indeed, we have children who are not yet old enough to remember when there was NOT a CDROM drive in their computer.
This list is huge, and this is a long post.
But what I want to impart is, we need to think about, and say Thank You to the Engineers who made it possible.
Here is a link provided by Texas Instruments that gives some funny skits at first, and then segways into some more serious and deeper subject material.
It depicts life "then" and "now".
Take a few minute to view it. In fact, take a few more minutes to just wait and watch it load another skit, and then another one. ......
Can you remember when there was NOT an internet??