Thursday, July 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Remembering PhD Study Days - early 1990s

Throwback Thursday
Remembering PhD Study Days - early 1990s

I came across this photo recently that brought back a lot of memories to me. I believe I was starting on my dissertation, perhaps '93... we had moved to a small apartment near campus at the University of Arizona in Tucson, from our house in the suburbs, so I could concentrate on finishing my degree.

Pretty heavy reading ahead, it appears. Even as Christmas approached. What fun?!?!?! ;-)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Throw-way-back Thursday - Another world of the early 1940s

Throw-way-back Thursday
Another world of the early 1940s

Roy Rogers and Lash LaRue at the local Lyric theater on Saturday were the 'heroes.'
Long before television. West-central Iowa farm community - look at that tractor and that barn.
Cousins played together on Sunday, after church...on the farm, or in small town...perhaps that hasn't changes so much...what was your experience??
Mom and Dad worried about sugar rations and such from a war, far, far way; hoped the boys came back safe... but, otherwise, it was a good life. What do you think?

Families are Forever!! ;-)

Photo: Cousin Kathleen - Bill - Cousin Karen, my buddies!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 2001

Throwback Thursday - 2001
Sixteen Years ago the week

At Ben and Arrion's wedding, in Springfield, Illinois... Blues Brothers glasses, I think, and doing the YMCA dance, among others... not my normal activities, for sure... one good time!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Personal Activities - Travel in 1961

Personal Activities - Travel in 1961

Summer time is often travel time for families, and has been 'forever' in many ways. Even most covered wagon travel was during the summer. Now, we are able to share our travels with family and friends on Facebook and other social media. What fun!

Recently, on Facebook, many have been sharing a U.S. map of the states, with the states they have visited colored in...usually purple, it seems. Some note how proud they are of how many states they've visited, others lament how many they have not visited.

In addition, our oldest daughter, Annette, and her husband, Larry, have been touring the Great Lakes region this summer, a six month tour. I've shared before some of our early travels to suggest she got the 'travel bug' early on - just a part of her life. 

Here is another one, with much to think about. This is dated 31 May 1961...I had just graduated from Iowa State University, and we were driving to California to start our new life there. Nancy and Annette at the Grand you can't stand there, today! ;-)

Where are you going this year that you haven't visited before? Which new states will you visit? There is so much to see, do, and learn in each of our 50 states...don't let too many years go by before you have checked them all out, and widen the experiences available to you and your family! ;-)

Happy Travels!! ;-)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Spring 1974

Throwback Thursday
Spring 1974

This is time-period I rarely revisit...aren't we spiffy?

Nancy and Bill Smith, if you don't recognize us! ;-)

What do you recall from the Spring of 1974?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 4th of July Celebration

Throwback Thursday - 4th of July Celebration

I've used this a few years for a 4th of July photo because of the Silver Dollar City flags in the background...however, I notice we are both wearing jackets... really the 4th of July or not?!?!

P.S. Later: Stumbled upon what suggests the date of this photo was 26 Nov 2010...

Still a fun photo!! Have a Very Happy, Safe and Sane, 4th of July this next week...even a very long weekend for a number of you, I'll bet!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Personal Activities - Computers

Personal Activities - Computers

What was your first, at home, personal computer?

I’m a computer user, not a techie geek, so it is really hard for me to remember. My best recollection is that it was an Apple II with two floppy disk drives in about 1982.

Actually, I found a classic photo of my nephew, Evan, working on it... note the dot matrix printer...

Here is a good story from Wikipedia, Apple II Series article:

The first ‘computer’ in our house was actually in our home office for our business - it was a ‘dumb’ computer terminal that we used for inputing the bookkeeping information for our small business accounting service. The information we input on the terminal was then transmitted via phone lines to the mainframe computer in Illinois where the actual computing and printing occurred. The output was returned to us via postal service, as well. Oh my, so long ago…

I got to thinking about this last night when I found some old papers of very early internet genealogy connections a few years later. I'll share some of these in the coming weeks...

In the meantime, I should step away from the computer, and go for a walk...  ;-)