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Time Marches On

Updated on July 9, 2011

I thought Grandpa was amazing to have seen so many changes. The invention of the car, the phonograph, the telephone and the list goes on and on. I told him one time it would be great to have lived in his lifetime. Now at fifty eight I have lived through so much more and at a faster pace. It seems the world is changing at a breakneck speed. As far as funerals go I have attended many more than I thought I would. On the television I have seen many more. Betty Ford was the most recent with James Arness and Elizabeth Taylor just being in the last sixty days. Most of the stars I remember from the silver screen have died, Paul Newman was a hard one. They have been replaced by actors who call themselves stars but couldn't hold a candle to the real stars. For around five to six thousand dollars you too can have a star on the walk of fame in Hollywood. I think the reason at least I feel bad when someone famous dies is that we constantly see them in one media or another and they are ageless. I thought that it was too bad when Betty Ford died, but she was ninety three. Her husband had been dead since 2006. I remembered her as a much younger person. Sure there are people who die to soon and there always will be. Those are the ones that are really hard to take. I was sitting in a retirement center today and over the loud speaker came an address, “ Today’s movie will be shown at one thirty in the second floor library. A sign-up sheet is at the front desk. The movie is Donovan's Reef starring John Wayne.”. People were lining up to sign up and go. The movie was made in1963 and I believe 99% of the cast and crew are probably dead. Then again they all look fine and young on the screen. As a young boy I loved to go to the movies and to this day enjoy watching them at home. Older movies are still my favorites the newer movies are out of my league. Most of the big names are gone and things sometimes seem dated but I still love them. I wonder about the future it seems that all the people who have shaped our world are dying. It scares the hell out of me when I see who is running for president. To me the future politicians are not being chosen for their true talent in understanding the people, it is for their fund rasing. They spew out rhetoric at a mile per minute and can't wait to bed down the aides that are working with them. Maybe I am like my grandpa, the world is changing to fast around me. I miss the old days when The Duke would ride up or Matt Dillon would stand up to the bad guy down in the middle of the street.


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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      There is Nothing like Good Classical Movies and those Movies Stars...They were Magical and we Loved them. I enjoyed this Hub Alzel, a Rich and Rewarding Read.

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      Alex Zelahy 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Must have been preaching to the choir. Great comments. Thanks

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Shows and movies had a good moral of the story to them....good guys beats the bad guys.....good always triumphs evil.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The older movies couldn't use profanity, nudity, and sex to sell themselves, so they had to depend on a great plot, a great script, and great talent.

      Much of today's stuff just leaves me cold. Many use nonstop 'F' this and 'F' that, instead of great dialogue, and someone's bare butt or breasts instead of a fine plot and great acting.

      No thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I feel a lot like you do. I love the old movies and stars, and when one passes away, i feel a loss. I feel the same way about music, give me the good old rock and roll and country greats. Thank goodness for the classic music stations and old movies.

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      7 years ago

      Those days are gone and that's what makes them so special. I love Duke and Paul Newman was a favorite and my teen idol. My kids have their favorites too, people that I don't necessarily know or time marchs on leaving history in its path.

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      Alex Zelahy 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you for your comments. I too liked Jimmie Carter. I listen to new music but I just can't get my head around Rap. I am sure people didn't like motown and rock and roll when I was growing up.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Time does march on by and at a fast pace. James Arness remains in my mind as the ultimate keeper of the peace. Also he and my Daddy looked alike. I am almost the age my Mama was when she died. That alone amazes me!

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      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      One thing I was going to recommend though is, you have to find the good and the wonderful in every present moment. My grandpa is eighty-six, and he still goes for daily bike rides up to twenty miles. He loves modern movies, and there are some good ones out there. I used to feel like I really did not like any recent music, but I started opening my mind to new things. I discovered I like some of Rihanna's songs, so I say give some new movies and music a chance. I could recommend some recent movies you might like.

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      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Ronald Reagan was not the ideal president, and he had quite a bit of fund raising behind him. People maligned Jimmy Carter, but he was working to cut our foreign oil dependence, work towards clean energy, and did not engage in hostile relations with other countries. It is too bad people have always fallen for the allure of an actor, and discounted true leaders like Carter. I just was never a Reagan fan.


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