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I have been a participant this week in several funerals for people who lived well into their 80s and some into their 90s. If you were born in 1924 here are a few things that happened:

1924 FGC - Thanksgiving Number

Life November 1924

    • January 21 – following the death of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin immediately begins to purge his rivals to clear the way for his leadership.
    • February 14 – The Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR), based in the U.S. state of New York, is renamed International Business Machines (IBM).
    • April 1 – Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the Beer Hall Putsch (he serves only eight months).
    • May 11 – Mercedes-Benz is formed by the merging companies owned by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz.
    • July 4 – Supposed invention of Caesar salad by Caesar Cardini in Tijuana.
    • September 28 – U.S. Army pilots John Harding and Erik Nelson complete the first round-the-world flight. It takes them 175 days and 74 stops before they finally returned to Seattle.

As much as I love a good Caesar Salad it is the last point that caught my attention- 175 days to fly around the world.
Things have changed, and the rate of change has exploded. It is hard to believe perhaps that the iPhone is only 7 years old. Here is a video a friend sent me that might cause us to re-think the way we spend our time in a world where the Space Shuttle can orbit the earth in 1 hour, 31 minutes, 12 seconds.

This video is considered long at 5 minutes by today’s standards, but it is cause for pause. (Ok the guy in the video likes to rhyme.)

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