The Years Go By

63 years on the planet today. Birthdays come and birthdays go. A reminder that time passes and, as I get older, a reminder that the time of life remaining ahead is far less than the time of life that has already been lived.

I am almost two years into retirement and I am thoroughly enjoying life in our coach. I hope that Lorraine and I will have many more years to enjoy this lifestyle in retirement. As I get older, I make sure I remember to be thankful for a wonderful marriage, an amazing family, good friends, terrific experiences and, yes, even the many challenges that life throws our way.

In the year I was born, these were some of the major events:

  • It was the height of the cold war and Russia had launched Sputnik and started the Space Race.
  • Russia and the United States launched Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles further increasing the threat of nuclear war.
  • The Asian Flu pandemic had a death toll thought to be in excess of 1 million lives (over 70,000 in the United States alone).
  • The Treaty of Rome was signed which established a European Economic Community, the precursor to the European Union.
  • John Glenn, not yet an astronaut, set a new transcontinental speed record becoming the first pilot to average supersonic speed between Los Angeles and New York.
  • Peak year for Baby Boomers — at least I have a lot of company.
  • A detached two-storey house in the Forest Hill area of Toronto could be purchased for $30,000 which was slightly above the average house price in the Toronto area — the same Forest Hill houses now sell for $3 to $4 million.
  • Bridge Over The River Kwai won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • The number one song was “Too Much” by Elvis Presley.
  • The Suez Canal was a major international crisis with the President of Egypt ordering the sinking of ships in the canal.
  • Wham-O released the first Frisbee.
  • The final episode of I Love Lucy aired on CBS.
  • Hurricane Audrey, one of the most devastating hurricanes on record, caused extensive damage in the Gulf coastal region, killing around 500 people.
  • The United States attempted to launch its first satellite but the rocket exploded only a few seconds after launch.

When I woke up this morning, I was greeted by this lovely birthday decor in our coach.

A wonderful start to a birthday in our little bit of paradise.

8 replies
  1. Kenneth Gluckman
    Kenneth Gluckman says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ve got a decade on you, and I can tell you it just gets better. Hope to see you guys in Petoskey or Indio some time soon.

    Ken

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    • Richard
      Richard says:

      Thanks Ken! Good to hear that it just gets better 🙂 🙂

      I miss the Gluckmans and I hope to see you soon in our travels!

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  2. Kelly Butt
    Kelly Butt says:

    Happy Birthday – and may there be many more! Yesterday I had an open house at my new condo – you would have had great times catching up with Jurgen Klaus, Kathy Davis, Susan Yerema, Susan Carter,and many more of the old London Lifers.

    Kelly

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    • Richard
      Richard says:

      Thanks Kelly. I think back on the London Life team often. Such a great team!

      Congratulations on the new home and I hope all is well.

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  3. Roadwoody
    Roadwoody says:

    Happy birthday – enjoy your special day.
    I have a six month head start on you. Looking forward seems more difficult than looking back.
    It’s been 44 yrs since the Flyers won the Stanley Cup. Where did the years go?

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