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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.

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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 10 – Unexplained Memories

I do have a few memories that were pretty weird! When I was a young girl I had several dreams in which I had these weird feelings of movement and I felt dizzy and disoriented and all I could see was this gray area surrounded by two sections of orange. I would feel weird when I would wake up from these dreams but not really afraid. The dreams continued periodically for many months. I didn’t understand the dreams and I couldn’t figure out what was happening to me in the dream. After a while the dreams stopped for a while but then I started having them again. A few months later, I had a weird experience that explained the dream to me and I never had the dream again.

We bought an orange and white blazer. Then, a few weeks later I had to go to the dentist and have a couple of fillings. The doctor had given me some medicine to knock me out while he was doing the fillings. I felt dizzy. I was about halfway home when I realized that this was how I felt in the dreams and the view of the floorboard with the orange surfaces surrounding the floorboard was the view from my dream.

I haven’t had these dreams since this day. We didn’t own the orange and white blazer when I started having the dreams and we weren’t even planning on trading cars at the at time.

I have had a few other weird experiences. I have had several dreams of conversations that I didn’t understand at at the time. Sometimes, I didn’t even understand at the time of the dream the context of the conversation. The conversation would be about things I didn’t even know about at time of the dream. Then, weeks or months later I would realize that I was either observing or participating in the conversation from my previous dream.

I haven’t had one of these dreams in many years. However, the dreams have left me with a belief that psychic visions other psychic phenomena can be true. However, I also believe that many of the so-called psychics on tv and in the news are fakes.

I don’t have explanations for my own experiences but How I dont have explanations for many of the things in the world!

 


 

This week’s prompt is Unexplained Memories

Do you have an unexplained memory or memories?

  • Items
  • Places
  • People
  • Things and times you can remember, but you are not sure where they fit into your past

 


 

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 07 – Grandparents

I was lucky enough to know all four of my grandparents for all of my childhood. None of my grandparents died until I was senior in high school so I knew them for many years. I even knew several of my great-grandparents. I spent quite a bit of time with all of my grandparents when I was a child unlike many of my peers. We lived within an hour and a half of them during their lives so we visited often, usually every weekend.??????????????????????

 

My mother’s parents were Ruth Lawrence and Sherman Treat. they were chicken farmers for Tyson for much of the time I remember. They lived on Don 1 Farm for most of my childhood raising chickens. They had a cow for milk, a few pigs, and various pets. They also always had a large garden to grow their own food. Grandma cooked from scratch and always had something good cooking on the stove when we visited.

thompson_-_grandma_and_grandpa_thompson_at_family_holiday_dinnerMy fathers parents were CH and Gwen Stout Thompson. Grandpa Thompson worked for all the years that I can remember at the same manufacturing plant in Rogers. It was called RTW at the time of his retirement although it had a different name for many of the years he worked there. Grandma Thompson was a homemaker for most of her life although she had worked some when she was younger.

 

 

 

 

 


 

The prompt for week 7 is Grandparents

What were their names?
Where were they from?
Were they related? – Cousins perhaps
Where were they born, another Country or state/area
Photos
What did they do?
Did you know them?
What was your relationship with them?
If you didn’t know them have you researched about them?

 


 

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 06 – Diaries & Journals

I don’t really keep a journal or diary but I do blog quite a bit for the past couple of years and I participated in the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History blogging prompts series and now I am participating in this series. I wrote the previous series as well as this series with my niece and nephews in mind. I want them to know about my life and my views on my personal history as well as historical events which I witnessed in my life.

 


 

The prompt for week 6 is Journals and Diaries

Do you keep a journal or diary?
How far back do they go? What do you record?
Where do you keep them?
Do you always buy the same one or vary them?
Have you inherited any?
Do you intend to pass along your journals or destroy them?
Pictures
Do you have a favourite?
What do you use to write with – biro, pencil, ink or fountain pen?

 


 

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 05 – Your Childhood Home

My Childhood Home was not a particular house for me.  We lived in several homes when I was a kid. I think we moved at least once a year until I was in 4th grade and then we lived in the same house from the then until I was a sophomore in High School.  Later we moved back to the Springdale area and we again moved several times while I was in high school.

I never felt that the house we lived in was all of that significant when I was a child.  Home was just wherever we lived at the time.

Thompson-Dad-holding-me-and-Mom-holding-Tammy-outside-Don-1My favorite room in the house was always the living room.  This is where I spent most of my time.  The TV was in the living room and we ate most of our meals in the living room.  We didn’t have a traditional dinner time tradition like the shows that I watched on TV when I was a child but we did have our tradition.  We would make dinner every night when Mom and Dad got home from work and then we would take our plates into the living room and eat dinner when while we watched our evening TV shows.  We didn’t just watch TV though we talked about our days and the current news and anything else that came to mind.  We all discussed the events of our day and everyone had a chance to talk about their day and anything going on with them.
Thompson-Easter-Photos-Kellie-Tammy-and-Tiger-Tammy-and-I-are-wearing-the-Easter-Dresses-MWe didn’t just have those conversations like they show on TV where every kid told about the results of their latest spelling test or when the next test was and the parents would say some patronizing comment about that that was good or bad though.  We actually had discussions about what was going on our opinions were listened to and valued (long before that was fashionable).  We would equally talk about what went on at work with each of my parents and anything that was going on with anyone in the extended families.  Some of our best discussions when I got a little older had do with the events of the world and politics and whatever was in the news.  There were times I remember from my childhood of sitting in the living room as a family discussing our lives and the events of the world late into the night until none of us could hold off sleep anymore. Our home was the living room of whatever house we were living in at the time.

 

The most constant houses I remember from my childhood are my grandparents homes and the home of my Great-Grandfather Claude Stout.   Grandma and Grandpa Treat lived on the Don 1 Farm for Tyson Foods until  was a teenager and Grandma and Grandpa Thompson lived at 205/315 Old Wire Road in Springdale (They lived in the same house but the address changed when the 911 system was added to the Springdale area.)  My Great-Grandfather Claude Stout lived a couple of blocks away from my Grandma and Grandpa Thompson on Brogden Street in Springdale.  I remember visiting all of them many times throughout my childhood!

 


 

The prompt for week 5 is Your Childhood Home

  • When did you leave home?
  • Where was it?
  • Where did you move to?
  • Was it rented or owned? –  with parents/Grandparents
  • Was it inherited
  • What was it like – describe it – each room.
  • Were there a favourite room?
  • Is there anything you particularly remember from the house?
  • Pictures
  • The road & area

 


 

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.