ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on August 16, 2012
Before Smart Phones.
Before Smart Phones. | Source

I was in my sophomore year in high school in 1973. Near the end of the school year, the seniors were all harvested into the auditorium to hear a motivational lecture on succeeding in life after high school. A group of friends along with yours truly decided to cut classes and sneak into the auditorium to see what was going on.

The speaker turned out to be a man that had worked for NASA for several years. He gave a good talk, motivational to say the least, but he mentioned one fact that stuck in my brain. He told us that in “just a few short years, all of us will have ‘Star Trek-like’ communicators and that we would be able to communicate with anyone else on earth that has one like it.”

What a load of crap that was, or so I thought.

What spawned this piece was what I found today in my garage. While cleaning out my tool box, I found a calendar book from 2005 and an address book from around the same time period. Thumbing through the pages, I realized that I had all of this information and 100 times more on my smart phone…my “Star Trek Communicator”.

I began to scour my brain to remember that day in 1973 with a little more detail. The lecturer was right. He spoke of personal home computers, things being “digitalized”, and even spoke of cars that drove themselves. Wow. Now we have those things. And we also have Social Networking.

When I was young, I remember my dad talking about how he wished he could see his old Army buddies again, or his childhood friends. Before he passed away in 1999, I was able to reconnect him with his USAAF co-pilot and some of his bomber crew. He was very pleased. But still, that was before I discovered “MySpace” and “Facebook”. Through MySpace, I was able to reconnect with my childhood friends, more specifically “Nonnie”, the “girl next door”. I hadn’t seen her in years. We have since both migrated over to Facebook and this September we will have known each other as friends for 50 years. And there were so many other childhood friends out there as well. And of course reunions are imminent.


Technology is moving at an alarming rate. There are things going on that we don’t even know about yet. My father in law has mixed emotions on all of it, though. He is 81 years old, and refuses to have any “new” appliances in his house, as he claims that someone on the 700 Club said that the government uses the new technology to “spy” on us. So he refuses to get a new washer, TV, car, truck….even a newer blender. If it has a chip in it, he doesn’t want it. But he will use his home computer to search out guns and ammo “anonymously” in preparation for “the last days”. We all tried to explain to him about “web bots”, but we lost him on that. Go figure. I threw him a curve one day when I showed him a satellite view of his property, complete with his truck parked in the driveway. He was not happy.

But one EMP (electromagnetic pulse) and all of these new advances are for naught. We could be thrust back into the 19th century in a matter of a few seconds. How would we deal with that? I think that those of us that were born in the early 60’s and before might have a chance. We grew up without the advent of home computers and cell phones. We learned to get along with simple appliances, or in some cases, no household luxuries at all. Camping was more prevalent among family life, there were more kids involved in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We are probably the last generation that could actually survive a technological demise. I like to think that I have taught my kids the same knowledge as I grew up with, but they have had so many more influences than I had. We took them camping, hunting, fishing and I showed them the outdoor techniques that I learned in the Scouts and from my father. Good luck to them. As for my father in law….well, he feels like he is fine as long as he has his guns. Me? I am thumbing through the Lehman’s Catalog.

Again, Hoodathunk? I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

It is a hot and sticky humid day here in Lulawissie. Living on the lake has its advantages, but 100% humidity isn’t one of them. Swimming in it, though, is sweet relief.

As always my friends, thank you for stopping by. It is always a pleasure to know that there is at least one person out there that enjoys what I have to say. Please look out for one another, be kind to your neighbors, do good deeds for people you don’t know and always give thanks to the Lord above, for the good things and the bad. It all works out.

I bid you peace.

©2012 By Del Banks


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • g-girl11 profile image


      7 years ago

      Really enjoyed this hub! Like you, I didn't (still don't have) vision for the future. I remember learning about e-mail and thinking, "Who will ever do this??" I greatly admire people who can predict future trends. I also like your take on who would survive without all this technology. I wrote a hub about taking away my kid's cell phone--he had no way of getting in touch with his friends. Didn't know anyone's number, never called their houses before. I made him use a phone book. It was kind of funny and eye-opening, too. Voted up!

    • Angela Blair profile image

      Angela Blair 

      7 years ago from Central Texas

      What a delightful Hub. Must admit, although I've succumbed to most of the electronic "miracles" I still have apprehensions about some of them (probably because I can't operate them). Most enjoyable read. Best/Sis

    • badegg profile imageAUTHOR

      Del Banks 

      7 years ago from Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

      It just hit me. I am spouting off about all of this technology on my home computer.


    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      7 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      My dearest Aunt sends me cards through the mail, and that is how I respond!! There is so much more to a handwritten letter versus an e-mail!!

      In regards to my parents' eight track, I honestly don't know the brand, but I know they still have it. Next time I visit them, I will be sure to check it out!!

    • badegg profile imageAUTHOR

      Del Banks 

      7 years ago from Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

      You are right! Technology makes us lazy! Look at how much the obesity rate has climbed in the U.S. in the last 10 years. When was the last time you actually wrote someone a handwritten letter and mailed it at the post office? Regardless of the reason, we will be back to that technologically poor era sometime in the future. We have only done it to ourselves. Our only chance of making it through is to be mentally and physically prepared.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Your opinions are a valuable resource.

      Was your parent's 8-track a Craig Powerplay?

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      7 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome Hub!!! I am 37 and I cannot believe how much technology has changed in my parents owned an eight track, along with records; now their whole entire collection of music that took up a closet full of space, can easily fit in a palm of the hand.

      Also, thinking back and watching the original Star Wars trilogy, I never thought we would have touch screen monitors. It amazes me! It almost seems that perhaps not in my lifetime, but in my children's lifetime, the Jetsons will become a reality.

      With that said, I think sometimes we rely too much on technology and not the human component. Technology can make one lazy in thought, and forget that there is much more to life.

      With my own children, we spend much more time outdoors and enjoy the small things in life--such as camping, hiking, canoeing, drive-in movie theater etc.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)