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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 17 – Toys and Games

I don’t necessarily remember my first toy when I got it but I do remember two of my early toys.  I had a stuffed brown and white bear and a stuffed monkey that I kept all through my childhood.  They were battered and full of holes and leaking their stuffing.  I had them until I was in high school and they got destroyed during one of our moves.  Mom told me that Dad had picked those out for me when I was a baby.

 

I also remember that when I was a young teenager, perhaps 13 or 14, I really wanted one of the new state-of-the -art video games:  An Atari 2600.  They were over a $100 and I didn’t think my parents would be able to afford it but that year at Christmas we got one of them to share for our Christmas present.  We played that thing for hours on end.   I remember one night I played for 8 hours straight one game of pacman when I kept getting new lives!  I set the family high score that was unbeaten forever on Pacman.  However, the game that came with the game system Pitfall was a game that I absolutely couldn’t play.  You had to coordinate jumping and grabbing a rope to get over this pit – I never made it – I only know what the rest of the game looks like because my brother and sister could play the game!!

 


 

This week’s prompt is – Toys & Games

  • Can you remember your first toy, or game?
  • Do you still have it?
  • Who did you play with?
  • Did you play board games?
  • Have you inherited any of your family games & toys?
  • Share some pictures if you would like to!

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 16 – Message in a Bottle

My post this week is going to be a little different.  I am going to post about the Movie Message in a Bottle starring Kevin Costner.  A friend and I were on a business trip and we decided on the one night we had free to go to the movies and we went to see what was billed as the romance movie of the season!  Well it had Kevin Costner in it for a start which was good enough for us.  We were really looking forward to a nice evening with  a happily ever after ending that romance movies are supposed to have!  I plucked down my $10 and bought my popcorn and drink and settled in for a good time.  The movie was good until about the last ten minutes of the movie!  Kevin Costner goes out on his boat and there is a sudden storm and he rescues this family but dies during the rescue!  The ending made me so MAD!!  I was absolutely furious over that ending I stayed in the theater all the while they were doing the credits thinking there was going to be some surprise and he wasn’t going to be dead – there would have been some mistake but no!! They had him die in the movie.  It has been probably 20 years and I am still furious about this movie!!  A romance is supposed to have a happy ending or it shouldn’t be billed as a romance!

 

 


 

This week’s prompt is – Message in a Bottle

  • If you were to physically write or virtually write a message to place into a bottle what would you write?
  • Do you live by the sea and are able to potentially throw into the Ocean? Or perhaps a river
  • Do you feel strongly that you would not “litter” in this way – in which case you may complete the task virtually
  • What would you like to happen with the message?
    • Do you hope it is picked up somewhere, miles from home?
    • Are you going to create a secret email account in case it is picked up and someone emails you
  • Or would you like to write an anonymous note to someone that you know
  • Or write a message to a deceased loved one?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 14 – Special People

I would invite my grandparents CH Thompson and Gwendolyn Stout Thompson and Sherman Treat and Ruth Janie Harriett Lawrence Treat  and my great grandparents:  Claude James Stout and Elsie Louise Reynolds Stout, William Mason Treat and Margie Branscum Treat Reid, Vern Thompson and Venna Stansell Thompson, and William Littleton Lawrence and Vada Barnes Lawrence.

I would spend this time listening to their stories of when they were kids and when they were first married and their families were growing and then the later years in their lives.  I knew all of my grandparents and several of my great-Grandparents were still alive for at least a part of my childhood so I was very lucky.  But I would like to know what they think of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and how we have lived our lives.  Would they be happy with our choices?  What do they think about their lives?  Would they have changed things if they could go back in time?

I would fix some of the foods we used to have at holiday dinners and get a few recipes that I can’t seem to duplicate now no matter how I try but the food wouldn’t be the focus of the evening – it would be the time spent together as a family that would be important!

 


 

This week’s prompt is – Special People and is a follow on from last week.

If you had to hold a dinner party and could invite a maximum of 12 special people who would you invite?

You CAN include family in this time. Perhaps they are ancestors you have never met or people that you know/knew

What meals would you serve and why.

Perhaps include the recipe or a photo if you decided to actually cook the items!

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 13 – Special People / Iconic People

My 12 people would be Princess Diana, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, President Bill Clinton, President John F Kennedy, President Johnson, Thomas Jefferson, President Franklin Roosevelt, England’s Prime Minister Churchill, and the Apostle Peter.

As a young teenager I identified with Princess Diana.  She lived the Cinderella story in my eyes.  I saw her wedding as proof of the Cinderella love story.   I thought when I was a young girl that they were really in love and that they would live happily ever after.  I would like to know if she was on the verge of that happily ever after for her again when she died.  I would like to know where she thought her life was going when she so tragically died in that car crash.  I would also like to know what really happened that night.

George Washington was our first president and I would like to know what he thinks of our democracy in the present day.  Would he be disappointed or belief that it was working the way it was intended.  I would love to here his thoughts on the current lawmakers of the day and his opinions on how they are similar or different that the ones in his day.

Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein were all great thinkers in their day.  I would like to know what they think of the technologies of today and what they think of our current educational system and what we need to change in it to make the kids of today actually think!  What do they think of the social changes of today!  Did they envision our world going in the directions that it has followed?

For President Kennedy and President Johnson, I would like to have the whole truth about the Kennedy assassination and their thoughts on how the world would be different if President Kennedy hadn’t been killed.  Would President Kennedy have taken the same paths as President Johnson in the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the relationships with Russia and their allies?

For President Franklin Roosevelt and England’s Prime Minister Churchill I would like to know what in hindsight they would have changed about World War II and what they would have done the same.  What would they do today in relation to the wars and terrorist activity in the world of today?

For Apostle Peter I would like him to know how much inspiration and hope he gives to us today to know that the lord will forgive even those who lose their way enough to deny him at times but who return to him.  I would also like to know what heaven is really like!

 


 

This week’s prompt is – Special People / Iconic People

If you had to hold a dinner party and could invite a maximum of 12 special people who would you invite?

You can NOT include family in this – the special people could be famous or historical people. What made you select the people that you chose? What questions would you like to ask them?

What meals would you serve and why?

Perhaps include the recipe or a photo if you decided to actually cook the items!

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 12 – The Year You Were Born

I was born in 1969.

From the website: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1969.html

1969 On July 20th one of mans crowning achievements occurred when American Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon and uttered the immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” . The opposition to the war continued to increase with more and more attending anti war demonstrations and demanding that the US withdrew from Vietnam. The music came from groups including the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Beatles and the most famous music festival of modern times “WOODSTOCK” took place on a New York Farm on August 15th to August 17thwith more than 400,000 avid music fans attending to see the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and others perform live. fashions reflected the anti war sentiment with military jackets adorned with peace signs, and other trends including long unkempt wild hair and headbands showed the feelings of anti establishment felt by the youth.    

 

Technology

  • First Concorde test flight is conducted In France
  • First transplant of human eye
  • Seiko sells the first Quartz Watch
  • The Harrier Jump Jet enters service with the RAF
  • The Palestine Liberation Organization ( PLO ) is founded
  • The first automatic teller machine ATM or Cash Machine is installed in the United States
  • Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet
  • The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carried 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.
  • UNIX is developed by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs
  • The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome of the American muscle car is introduced.
  • The Microprocessor ( a miniature set of integrated circuits ) is invented opening the way for the computer revolution that followed

Popular Culture 1969

  • A free concert organized by the Rolling Stones is held at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif with problems caused by the use of Hells Angels as Bouncers resulting in a number of deaths
  • The Groundbreaking TV programme Monty Python’s Flying Circus is shown for the first time and the catch phrase “And now for something completely different,” becomes their trade mark
  • Sesame Street known for its Muppet characters, makes it’s debut on PBS
  • Bell Bottom Jeans and tie-dye shirts become part of the teenage fashion scene.
  • The John Lennon Album “Two Virgins” featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the nude are confiscated at Newark Airport
  • The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records.
  • The Beatles release their album Abbey Road.
  • Sesame Street debuts on Public Television
  • Brian Jones Former Rolling Stones Guitarist drowns after drinking and drugs binge

Cost of Living 1969

How Much things cost in 1969
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 5.46 % 
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.6% 
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 800 Average Cost of new house <span”>$15,550.00Average Income per year $8,550.00 Average Monthly Rent $135.00 Average Cost New Car $3,270.00 Toyota Corona $1,950.00 Gas per Gallon 35 cents Alarm Clock from Westclox $9.98


 

This week’s prompt is – The year you were born

  • What happened
  • Historical
  • Films
  • Music
  • Books
  • Television
  • Or use any other historical (well known or otherwise) event

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.