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What Have You Seen in Your Lifetime?

Updated on October 16, 2012
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While I was at work one day not long ago, a much younger co-worker tactfully asked me, "What interesting things have you seen in your lifetime?" Well, I was born in 1963, so my first answer had to be the assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963. I don't actually remember it, after all, I was only a few months old. But learning about it growing up, I've always associated with the event in some way. I suppose it has something to do with it happening the year I was born. From there my answers continued with Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal, the Vietnam War and of course the development of the personal computer. And I couldn't leave out Elvis Presley!

I was thinking about this conversation with my young co-worker and I realized this would be a good thought provoking hub. So, I propose this question to my fellow hubbers:

"What interesting things have you seen in your lifetime?"

I'm really looking forward to the responses I get!

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Yes... and where would we be without them? I use mine daily, but sometimes I wonder what a more simple life would have been like.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Mine has to be the role that computers now play in virtually everyone's lives compared to when I began working 30 years ago.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Sunshine, I had forgotten about the shuttle explosion. Thank you for commenting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I was also just a few months old when JFK was assasinated and I could also still relate to the tragic event. Elvis too!

      I remember watching the Challenger explode while I was watching it on TV. Two years later I moved from Long Island to Orlando and I was able to watch every shuttle launch from my front yard, not a close up, but close enough. I never forgot about that horrific tragedy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Quite a few things indeed. Beginning with Kennedy when I was around five and ending with what I'll never forget the fall of the Twin Towers.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Both the Philippines and the US are democratic countries:)

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Well, thats good to know. I cannot imagine what it would be like to live under a different type of government. Though, I think some would say ours is pretty bad right now.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 5 years ago from Philippines

      The son of Cory and Ninoy is now president. We call him PNoy. He is doing a good job so far. He seems to be eager to further the legacy left behind by his parents:)

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Hello grand old lady! Thank you for stopping by to post. I have to admit, I had no idea what EDSA was... so I did a little research. WOW, what an era to have seen! What is the government like now?

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 5 years ago from Philippines

      In my country we witnessed the EDSA I revolution when Cory was installed into power. I was fortunate to live near EDSA and it was easy to go there every day. Once a tank was assigned from the province to go to EDSA and didn't know how to get there. During a red light he asked directions from a car beside him.

      Edsa II was a lot less fearful as we were already a democracy. I also attended that, but it ended with Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who did a bad job, she was terribly corrupt.

      EDSA Tres was terrible. The opposition leaders were sending people to Malacanang to create destruction, but none of the opposition leaders were there with them.

      It was a lesson of a marker of true leadership. In EDSA I Cory always marched with the people and was near the front. Every single time. A leader is like that, they are there with their forces, not hiding at home with a gun after they sent their forces out to die recklesly.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      I know, right?!?! We thought we were the bomb! :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Its amazing as I watch all the latest technology continue to make its way into my nephews and nieces hands. I remember when making a phone call if you were on the road meant finding a public telephone, and having a nickel! I though eight track tapes were ingenious! Then came cassettes! I also remember when I got my first electric type writer at work. Man how I thought I was advanced!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, lindalou. It's a term that I use when counseling trauma victims but we all have them. As toddlers, we didn't have the language to explain things but we definitely hold the emotions.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jan for commenting. I think what I feel is that emotional memory also. That's a very good description.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      I remember all of these things, lindalou. I have "emotional memory" of JFK's assassination, recalling my grandmother's sadness and that distinctive drumbeat during the procession as we watched the funeral on tv. I feel sadness to this day if I hear it. This is a great idea for a hub to explore people's experiences and memories. If you want to see more on my recollections, see my hub on breaking news, detailing how we've been impacted by some of these events from a news coverage point of view. I look forward to seeing your next hub on this topic.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      THAT would be nerve wracking !!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from Jordan MN

      oh I had just remembered going through my early years in school with the duck and cover from the fear of being nuked.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Michael, I recall something about that, though not very much. Thank you for commenting. :)

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Teaches12345, I like the different perspective you've put on this. Maybe that's material for another hub!

      Thank you for commenting! :)

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      Michael Tully 5 years ago

      I remember as a little child, the uproar in the news when the Russians put the dog Laika into space. Not too long after that, Yuri Gagarin rode the first manned spacecraft into orbit. My folks were really concerned about the Soviets overtaking the USA in space technology, in light of all the belligerent language that Khrushchev was using at the time. I, of course, understood none of this, but I could feel the tension and sense the concern in the grownups' voices.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have seen many of the things you mentioned here, the assasinations, first man on the moon, the first laptop, mobile phone, etc. But, I have also enjoyed the joys of personal life such as the birth of my child and grandchildren, my hubby and I celebrating our 40th, the completion of my career, etc. A mixed bag of blessings.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      kathy & billybuc, thank you both for commenting. I know of some of the things you both mention, but did not 'witness' them. Bill, I like your comment 'a ton of love'!

      Thanks again for stopping by. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've seen quite a bit my friend....three assassinations in the 60's that deeply affected me. First man on the moon....riots....hangings.....the shooting of students at Kent State....destruction....sacrifice....and a ton of love. :)

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      Kathy 5 years ago from Jordan MN

      Good heavens what I have seen in my life time!

      Just the high lights….

      I saw Pres. Kennedy when he traveled through Buffalo

      I was in school when he was killed and we listened to the radio in class when it happened

      I was watching primaries the night Bobby Kennedy was kill,

      I saw the 1st moon landing

      I saw race riots

      I saw the coming of computers

      The coming of vcr’s

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Carol, First man on the moon certainly is worth mentioning! Thank you for commenting.

      ignugent17, Thank you also for reading and commenting. :)

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      It is a historical year when the first man step on the moon.

      Thanks for this interesting hub.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I saw Kennedy being killed...at least on the news. Though I was very young it was a major happening. Landing on the moon another experience. Gas prices and gas lines long..that is all the time.