And yes, newspapers were still important. There was no Fox news. You read the newspaper and watched the evening news a half hour each night.
Back when I was nine, my friends were talking about seeing the movie Jaws. My parents weren't movie goers. And since it had one of those PG ratings I was not going to be able to go see it with friends. Honestly, I was a little relieved at the time. It sounded like a really scary movie. To this day I still haven't seen the movie Jaws.
When I was nine, there was a group called the IRA bombing places all over the United Kingdom. I remember thinking the IRA was a bad thing. I was really surprised and a little confused a few years later when IRA became a good thing. It became the shortened term for Individual Retirement Accounts.
A man named Jimmy Hoffa disappeared when I was nine. And there was a lot of hoopla over the kidnapping of a girl named Patty Hearst. People disappear every day, and well so do kidnappings. Since I was nine I've come to the conclusion you get a lot more press if you are rich and white when you disappear.
When I was nine there was a commercial on television about the Alaskan Pipeline. It was supposed to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Well, I guess it didn't do everything it was supposed to do did it?
Back when I was nine Mr. Potato Head still smoked a pipe. Nobody would dare produce a smoking children's toy now.
Now that I think about it, some of life is much different than when I was nine. But then again much of life is pretty much the same as it was then.
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