A FORTY YEAR SNIPPET
It was 1962 and the year of our graduation when our world was colored by the possibility of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis; John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth; Kennedy sent troops to Mississippi to enforce integration and the UN sent troops to control civil war in the Congo; Pop Art was at a high, the first Wal-Mart opened; a 22 year old named Jack Nicklaus won the US Open and Marilyn Monroe died.
One year later, President Kennedy was assassinated and Jack Ruby shot and killed the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald; Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President; Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial; Diem’s government in South Vietnam was overthrown by anti-Communist officers in a military coup; the Profumo scandal erupted; “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” was the Beatles first big US hit; Congress voted to guarantee equal pay for equal work to women and The Feminine Mystique was published; the first artificial heart was used by Michael De Bakey, the Thresher sank off the coast of Cape Cod; the Supreme Court ruled that criminal defendants are entitled to a lawyer, the first state lottery was held in New Hampshire and the Chicago Bears are pro football champs.
By 1964 the North Vietnamese attacked naval destroyers prompting Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which allowed the re-elected President Johnson to “take all necessary measures” in a massive military buildup in Vietnam; the Civil Rights Bill was passed; Nelson Mandella was sentenced to life imprisonment, smoking was linked to lung cancer; the first Chinese atomic bomb was exploded; Khrushchev was ousted by Kosygin; Medicare was passed and Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston in the heavyweight boxing championship.
1965 saw the American bombing of North Vietnam as the war escalated and the first Marines were deployed in a full-scale offensive; the anti-war protest began at a “teach-in” at U of M; Malcolm X was assassinated; King marched to Selma and Chicago’s City Hall; President Johnson sent troops to the Dominican Republic; the most popular songs were “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”, “Sounds of Silence”, “I Got You Babe” and “Yesterday”; the miniskirt covered London but not much else; Suharto was defeated in a coup and Nader’s book urging consumer protection, Unsafe At Any Speed, was published.
The mid 60’s witnessed the birth dates of Miranda Rights, the Black Panthers, the National Organization for Women, South Africa’s apartheid and Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China; the first Endangered Species list was published; the bombing in North Vietnam escalated despite questions of validity; France withdrew troops from NATO; Star Trek was on TV and Ghandi was elected Prime Minister of India.
As US anti-war sentiment increased, Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged draft evasion and thousands demonstrated in NY and at the Pentagon but public outcry had no impact and more troops were deployed to Vietnam; Thurgood Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice; the Arab-Israeli War ended with Israel capturing the Golan Heights; civil rights riots were on the rise; the first heart transplant was performed in Cape Town by Christian Barnard; the first counter-culture magazine, Rolling Stone, was published and Biafra seceded from Nigeria.
The later 60’s saw the birth of Ralph Lauren’s fashion empire; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were both assassinated; the Tet Offensive became a turning point in the war and the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam occurred; civil rights riots continued; Japan became the world’s second strongest economic power; the Poor People’s March on Washington protested hunger; popular movies included the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the first cash dispensing machine was installed.
A year later, Richard Millhouse Nixon was our president; Neil Armstrong walked on the moon; the gay rights movement began; Charles de Gaulle resigned and died a year later; Woodstock happened; the SALT talks began and Sesame Street debuted on public TV.
The 70’s exposed CIA activity in Laos, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin both died; The Beatles “Let It Be” and “Déjà vu” by Crosby, Stills Nash and Young were popular songs; students protested at Kent State; the first NY Marathon took place with 126 runners; Qaddafi assumed power in Libya; Love Story was a popular book; Nasser died and the EPA was created by Congress.
Nixon visited Mao in Bejing and made an historic trip to the USSR; “The Godfather” and “American Pie” were both popular; Richard Leakey discovered a skull that dated the first humans to 2.5 million BC; Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky as the first American to hold the world chess title; “Bloody Sunday” occurred in Northern Ireland; Federal Express and Nike were founded; bombing resumed in Hanoi and Haiphong; the Dow crossed the 1000 point mark for the first time in history and five men were arrested inside the Democratic National Headquarters to mark the beginning of the Watergate Scandal that ultimately destroyed the Nixon presidency.
The Vice Presidency encountered problems too as Agnew resigned due to tax evasion; Gerry Ford replaced him and Henry Kissinger became secretary of state; the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade as women gained the right to abortion; Billie Jean King triumphed over Bobby Riggs in tennis’ famous “battle of the sexes”; Picasso died at 91; Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying was published; George Foreman knocked out Joe Frazier; a global energy crisis emerged; direct US involvement in Vietnam ended with a January declaration of a ceasefire but bombing in Cambodia continued in an effort to retrieve POWs.
Nixon finally resigned as president; word processors, the first money-market fund for small investors, the Heimlich Maneuver and CAT scans all were born; OPEC jacked up oil prices; Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert won Wimbledon and the Chicago Bulls the division; India detonated an atomic bomb to become the fifth nuclear power in the world; inflation climbed around the world; French President Pompidou died of cancer and Congress approved the Election Reform Act designed to limit contributions to presidential campaign budgets.
In 1975 the last American troops left Vietnam; Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge defeated Lon Nol’s government instituting Pol Pot’s reign of terror; Microsoft was founded by a 19 year-old Bill Gates; disco dancing was the rage; civil war erupted in Lebanon; Gandhi was convicted of electoral fraud but stayed in office and the Helsinki Accords outlined détente between the East and West.
The last half of the 70’s saw Mao die of Parkinson’s and Zhou Enlai of cancer; Ted Turner took the first step to create his media empire by establishing WTBS Superstation in Atlanta and Rupert Murdock bought the New York Post; Apple Computer was born; fax machines and word processors that were linked to central computers for office use become more common, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty constitutional; Jimmy Carter was elected president; Roots was written by Alex Haley; blue jeans were in such demand that they nearly doubled the textile production in three years and Drexel Burhham Lambert was formed and was soon to be a driving force in the high yield “junk” bond market.
Den Xiaoping was restored to power and The Gang of Four Expelled; Indira Ghandi was arrested on charges of corruption; Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam draft dodgers; lung cancer became the second most common cancer among women; Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin and Bing Crosby died; “Annie Hall” won the Oscar for Best Picture and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Star Wars” and “Saturday Night Fever” were at the movies; the last known case of smallpox appeared in Somalia.
1978 saw Coca-Cola and Pepsi signing deals with China and the USSR for exclusive selling rights; Carter, Begin and Sadat reached the Camp David Accord; the world’s first test-tube baby was born in London; 98% of American households owned a TV; the US recognized the People’s Republic of China; Jim Jones and 900 others drank cyanide spiked Kool-Aid in a mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana; after nearly 20 million cars, production was halted on the Volkswagen Beetle; Christo’s latest sculpture was nylon draped over paths in a Kansas City park; Prime Minister Botha began dismantling apartheid in South Africa and Muslim fundamentalists sparked riots in Iran to demand removal of the Shah.
A year later in 1980 the Ayatollah Khomeini invaded Iran as thousands were killed in fighting and mass executions; the Shah sought a gallbladder operation and asylum in the US; Sadat and Begin signed a peace treaty with help from Jimmy Carter; Lord Mountbatten was killed as violence continued in Northern Ireland, Sony gave birth to the Walkman; Three Mile Island was the site of a nuclear-related accident that caused the evacuation of over 100,000 people; Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority attempted to block the Equal Rights Amendment and the Gulf of Mexico became the site of the largest oil spill ever with over 3.5 million barrels blown into the sea.
The 80’s saw Iraq’s air strike begin the 8-year Iran-Iraqi War; Ted Turner launched CNN; “Ordinary People” won Best Picture and DeNiro Best Actor for “Raging Bull”; Voyager 1 explored Saturn; the US attempted to rescue American hostages held in Iran but failed; Yugoslavian President Tito died and John Lennon was shot and killed in New York City; former actor and Governor of California, Ronald Reagan, was elected President; inflation was running in double-digits with gas at $1.20 a gallon; supply-side economics was born; the US and 57 other countries boycotted the Moscow Olympics to protest Soviet occupation of Afghanistan; Mount St. Helens erupted and cigarette sales exceeded $600 billion.
1981 recognized AIDS as an epidemic; IBM sold it’s first personal computer; Walter Cronkite retired and Dan Rather succeeded him; Reagan’s economic program of tax and budget cuts lead to an explosion in the national deficit; Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to sit on the US Supreme Court; MTV was launched on cable; both Pope John Paul II and President Reagan were wounded in assassination attempts; Jim Brady was severely wounded and eventually became the namesake of The Brady Bill, advocating greater gun control; Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married as millions witnessed the televised nuptials.
82 saw the first successful heart transplant performed; “E.T.” was the highest grossing movie yet; US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop spoke out against cigarette smoking; Columbia was the first space shuttle; Cheers began its 11 year run on TV; Helmut Kohl became chancellor of West Germany; Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands; telephone giant, AT&T split into several companies after an 8-year anti-trust suit; violence re-ignited between the PLO and Israel in an Arab-Israeli war and the Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
The US Embassy in Lebanon was bombed in a terrorist attack that killed 63; cell phones made their first US appearance in Chicago; Cabbage Patch dolls hit toy stores everywhere; crack cocaine was developed; David Mamet’s play, “Glengarry Glen Ross” premiered in London and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama the following year; Reagan sent troops to Grenada; the US economy started coming out of the recession and the Dow began to recover; after 131 years the US lost the America’s Cup sailing trophy to Australia II and “Thriller”, “Beat It”, “Karma Chameleon” and “All Night Long” were US chart-toppers.
Madonna’s first hit, “Like A Virgin” and Prince’s, “Purple Rain” were hot; McEnroe won both Wimbledon and the US Open tennis championships; Shimon Peres became prime minister of Israel; the Macintosh personal computer was born at Apple; Ansel Adams died at 82; the Olympic Games took place in LA but were boycotted by 14 countries of the Soviet bloc; famine in Ethiopia killed hundreds of thousands; Reagan was re-elected and Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman from a major political party to run for Vice President.
“Les Miserables” premiered in London; The Accidental Tourist was published and made into a movie four years later; Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party; the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act was signed into law; Sandinista Daniel Ortega became president of Nicaragua despite America’s policy supporting the Contras; a $600 million class-action suit was brought against the manufacturer of the Dalkon Shield and John Gotti was suspected of masterminding the murder of Paul Castallano in a bid for control of the Gambino crime family, ruler of the NY streets for much of the century.
1986 saw the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl; the national debt exceeded $2 trillion; Oliver Stone’s, “Platoon”, won Best Picture and Best Director; Nintendo made it’s debut; the space shuttle Challenger exploded after lift-off; Desmond Tutu became archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa; the US bombed Libya after terrorist groups attacked a West Berlin disco; a bombshell landed in American politics as congress investigated the Iran-Contra affair and was discovered to have sold arms to Iran during the war with Iraq in order to fund contra forces in Nicaragua and the Chicago Bears ruled the NFL.
Oliver North testified to Congress about the Iran-Contra Affair; John Huston directed his last film titled “The Dead” which starred his daughter, Angelica Huston; music videos were the rage; Gorbachev and Reagan signed the INF Treaty designed to reduce nuclear stockpiles; Nazi leader Klaus Barbie was convicted of World War II crimes; the US and Canada signed a free-trade agreement and Toni Morrison published Beloved which went on to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
After 8 years of fighting and a death toll of 1.5 million, the Iran-Iraq War ended; the US indicted Panama’s dictator Noriega for bribery in an attempt to remove him from power; George Bush won the presidential election; the SEC began an investigation of Michael Milken for violation of securities law; The Satanic Verses is published; “Rain Man” won Best Picture and Dustin Hoffman Best Actor; an investment firm paid nearly $30 billion for R.J. Reynolds-Nabisco in the largest leveraged buyout ever.
1989 saw the failure of US savings and loans along with billions of dollars lost; the US invaded Panama to arrest Noriega on charges of drug trafficking; Soviet forces left Afghanistan after nine years of war; the Exxon Valdez ran aground polluting Alaskan waters with 10 million gallons of oil; the Berlin Wall was dismantled piece by piece as the decades-old divider of East and West went down.
In the 90’s 70% of America’s citizens lived in cities; Nelson Mandela was released from prison after serving 27 years for his opposition to apartheid; Sammy Davis, Jr. died at age 65; Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Great Britain and John Major took over; “Dances With Wolves” received the award for Best Picture; East and West Germany were united as one country for the first time since WW II; Lech Walesa became president of post-communist Poland and former priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide became the first democratically elected president of Haiti; Syrian troops entered Beirut to intervene in Lebanon’s civil war; the Hubble Space Telescope was shuttled by Discovery; Operation Desert Shield began in the Persian Gulf as the US sent troops to Saudi Arabia; the Chicago Bulls won the first NBA championship of their 25 year history, followed by a repeat, followed by a three-peat and repeated the three-peat to total six NBA championships by 1998.
The Persian Gulf War began in earnest as the US and it’s allies bombed Iraq and Kuwait led by General Norman Schwarzkopf and ending in a cease-fire shortly afterward; Neil Simon’s play, “Lost In Yonkers” premiered and later won a Pulitzer Prize; South Africa repealed the remaining laws of apartheid and Winnie Mandela was sentenced to six years in prison; Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested after kidnapping and cannibalizing 17 victims; Pam Smart was convicted of murder after seducing a student to kill her husband; the Warsaw Pact was dissolved; Clarence Thomas became the second African American to serve on the Supreme Court despite allegations of sexual harassment; the Dow topped 3,000 for the first time; the USSR officially ended as the Baltic republics declared their independence and the Communist Party was stripped of its power; the UN sent peacekeeping forces to South Korea and agreed with the Soviet Union to cut by 30% long-range nuclear weapons by 1999.
By 1992, thirty years after graduation, the Internet Society was chartered with 1,000,000 host computers connected in a network as surfing took on a whole new meaning; John Gotti was finally convicted in New York and Noriega in Miami; Euro Disney opened in France and McDonalds in Beijing; about a third of American businesses were owned by women; riots erupted in LA after the acquittal of Rodney King; NAFTA was signed by Canada, Mexico and the US to establish the world’s largest trading bloc; US forces went to Somalia to distribute food to starving civil war survivors; Bill Clinton was elected president; women were allowed to be ordained as priests by the Church of England; the government of Yugolsavia collapsed as Europe officially recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia; the civil war in El Salvador was ended; three French officials were convicted of allowing HIV infected blood to be used in transfusions; US forces leave the naval air station in the Philippines; Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged” won the Grammy for Best Album and the International UFO Museum opened in Roswell.
Elvis’ 58th birthday rated a commemorative stamp in 93; the World Trade Center bombing killed 6 people as fear of terrorism escalated on American soil; “Schindler’s List” was released and won the Oscar for Best Picture and the Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington; ATF agents raided the ranch of the Branch Davidian’s in Texas; Queen Elizabeth II opened Buckingham Palace to tourists in order to raise funds to repair a fire-damaged Windsor Castle; President Clinton instituted the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy for gays in the military; Czechoslavakia split into two new countries; researchers successfully cloned non-viable human embryos; the Hubble space telescope was repaired in space; American soldiers were killed and missing after coming under attack in Somalia and the monarchy in Cambodia was re-established.
The US statistics stated that 56% of men and 52% of women over the age of 15 were married; Janet Reno was the first female US attorney general who appointed an independent counsel to investigate the Whitewater scandal which was a big problem for the Clintons; Nancy Kerrigan was assaulted and Tonya Harding later prosecuted for it; four men were convicted of bombing the World Trade Center; the first multiracial, free elections were held in South Africa leading Nelson Mandela to the presidency; Jackie Kennedy died; health care reform fell through but Paula Jones did not and sued President Clinton; OJ was arrested for murder; “Forrest Gump” won the Oscar for Best Picture; AOL subscribers totaled 1 million; Rabin and Hussein sign a treaty to end the countries’ formal state of war; the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Yitshak Rabin, Shimon Peres and PLO leader Yasir Arafat for the Middle East Peace Accord; the Chunnel opened between Britain and France; Bill Gates spent $30.8 million for a da Vinci manuscript which recorded his theories on the movement of air and water and the median income for the American family was nearly $39,000.
By the mid 90’s Newt Gingrich was under investigation by the house ethics committee; the US sent $20 billion in aid to Mexico; UN peacekeeping forces were removed from Somalia; the worst terrorist attack ever on US soil occurred when the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people and Timothy McVeigh was arrested; the first rendezvous occurred in a historic advance of the space program as the Mir space station and a NASA spacecraft joined forces; the federal government shut down due to federal budget issues; Shannon Faulker became the first woman admitted to the all-male Citadel College; Louis Farrakhan lead the “Million Man March” in Washington; the Atlanta Braves won their first World Series; Hillary Clinton published her book, It Takes A Village; the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.; Susan Smith was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her two sons and OJ was acquitted; Dean Martin died; the Dow closed the year at over 5100.
Gene Kelly, Minnesota Fats and Ella Fitzgerald died; the US population was over 264 million people; Ted Kaczynski was discovered to be the Unabomber when his brother turned him in for mail terrorism; protease inhibitors came to the battle against AIDS; Boris Yeltsin was re-elected the leader of the Communist Party; TWA Flight 800 exploded off the coast of Long Island killing 230; Clinton signed the line-item veto into law; Benjamin Netanyahu defeated Shimon Peres to become prime minister of Israel and cast the peace process into uncertainty; Price Charles and Lady Di were divorced after fifteen years of marriage; Tiger Woods turned pro at age 20; US servicemen were killed when a bomb exploded in Saudi Arabia; rapper Tupac Shakur was shot in Las Vegas; Clinton was re-elected; Madeline Albright became the first female secretary of state; Jon Benet Ramsey was found dead and OJ lost his civil suit with the families of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ron Goldman.
“Titanic” became a blockbuster hit, winning the Oscar for Best Picture with it’s theme song by Celine Dion taking the Oscar for Best Song; Tim McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma bombing; the tobacco industry offered to pay $368 billion for states to drop lawsuits against them; Pol Pot was tried by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; 39 members of Heaven’s Gate cult committed suicide in preparation for boarding a spaceship following the Hale-Bopp comet; Wall Street continued to rebound and climb; the Democratic party was accused of receiving illegal donations; Albanian citizens lost $1.2 billion in a nationwide swindle that resulted in riots killing more than 1,500 people; Hong Kong was returned to the Chinese; Princess Diana was killed in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver and Mother Theresa died of a heart attack; the world’s only surviving sextuplets were born; AOL membership reached 10 million and Dolly the sheep became a celebrity.
1998 was hit by large-scale periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean as El Nino upset normal weather patterns all over the world; 30 to 60 million people hit the Internet; President Clinton’s sex scandal was all over the place as the Starr Report was released and Clinton became the second American president to be impeached; 258 people were killed when American embassies were destroyed by terrorist bombings allegedly orchestrated by Osama bin Laden and the US retaliated with air strikes against Afghanistan and Sudan; Microsoft was charged with operating a monopoly; a fragile peace came to Northern Ireland after 30 years of violence when the Good Friday Accord was signed following 22 months of negotiations; hurricane Mitch hit the Caribbean and Central America nearly wiping out the infrastructure; Clinton mediated peace talks between Netanyahu and Arafat and the US and Britain launched air strikes against Iraqi targets in retaliation for failure to cooperate with UN weapons inspections; Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ home-run record finishing the season with 70 and the Cub’s, Sammy Sosa, broke it with 66.
More sports milestones in the late 90’s saw the retirement of Chicago Bulls star guard, Michael Jordan; Clinton was acquitted of impeachment charges, Jordan’s king Hussein, Joe DiMaggio and Stanley Kubrick died; Columbine High School was the scene of two teenagers’ rampage that ended in the death of 15 of their fellow students; John Kennedy Jr’s plane crashed off the coast of Massachusetts killing all on board; 17,000 people were killed by an earthquake in Turkey; Boris Yeltsin resigned and Putin was named Russia’s prime minister; Y2K was ominously approaching as the world prepared for the perceived challenge and Panama took back control of the canal.
In 2000 Y2K came and went without much fanfare; Charles Schultz died at 77 just hours before his last original Peanuts strip hit the newsstands; Pope John Paul went to Israel to apologize for sins committed against the Jews by the Roman Catholic Church; the Human Genome Project announced a scientific breakthrough and the successful mapping of the genetic code; Elian Gonzalez returned to Cuba with his dad; Microsoft was found guilty of antitrust violations but appealed the ruling; Putin was formally elected Russia’s president; the notorious “Butcher of the Balkans, Slobodan Milosevic stepped out of office in former Yugoslavia, the NASDAQ declined 39% over the year in the worst one-year slide in its history; the New York Yankees won the World Series for the third year in a row; Hillary Clinton won her bid for the Senate and Bill became the first president to visit Vietnam since Nixon; George W. Bush was finally declared the president-elect over a month after the election and much talk of chads; the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung for his efforts at cooperation and reconciliation with communist North Korea.
Last year saw the inauguration of George W. Bush following one of the most controversial elections in American history; departing President Bill Clinton pardoned dozens of convicted criminals in an eleventh hour commutation of their sentences; California’s energy shortage worsened; more students were killed by fellow students as California was added to the growing list of states impacted by shootings; Dale Earnhardt was killed when his car hit a wall at 180 miles an hour during the final lap of the Daytona 500 race; a US Navy spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter plane during a surveillance mission off the South China Sea; Tim McVeigh was executed by lethal injection; Milosevic became the first former head of state to face the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague; President Bush signed a tax cut; Gary Condit denied having an affair with a 24 year old missing intern, later found dead; Bush announced his decision to allow federal funding of the 60 stem cell lines already derived from human embryos but prohibited research funding on stem cells from frozen human embryos in labs across the country.
During the morning rush hour of September 11th the United States was attacked by terrorists led by Osama bin Laden who hijacked two 757 airliners and crashed them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, sending it into collapse only moments later; nearly simultaneously, a third plane crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania as part of the largest coordinated terrorist attack on our country; anthrax was mailed to major media and government officials through the US Postal system; Bush addressed the nation and set the agenda for bringing the terrorists to justice as the nation grieved for those lost and hundreds were lauded as heroes; more repercussions of 9/11 were manifested as the New York Stock Exchange opened to plummeting markets and the Dow suffered its largest one-day point-drop in history; after repeated warnings to the Taliban, the US led a multi-national coalition that began bombing Afghanistan and the war on terrorism continues.
Over the course of the last 40 years, we members of the Class of ’62 managed the maintenance of our lives and major appliances and a myriad of life’s silly details. We continued educating ourselves through learning and living. We found direction and jobs and careers; we married, divorced, had operations and babies and breakdowns and regrets. We protected our families and our country. We built homes and businesses and relationships, buried some of our loved ones and some of our dreams. We wrote and painted and created; we made music and love as well as mistakes and friends and memories. We enjoyed vacations and grandchildren and accomplishments and milestones and fun. We hit highs and lows, and spent lots of time in-between. We experienced adventures and challenges and joy, shed tears and shared belly laughs and the kind of hugs that sway back and forth. We gained new understanding and ounces and pounds and uncovered new wrinkles of all kinds. We saw our vision fade and some of our hopes; we shifted both our thinking and perspective. We healed our broken bones and mended our broken hearts, lost our way to find it again and gave up one day to fight the next. We won and lost a few of everything. We grew older, some wiser, some wondering whether if given the chance to do it all over again, we would change a single thing that brought us to this place and time. Wherever we go…there we are. We’ve had quite a journey.