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That Was the Year That Was - So Far

Back in the day, somewhere around 1963 through 1965, my world was being transformed from watching color TV. Dad had just sent the old black and white TV to the grave yard of old technology. Now we had a brand new 19" RCA full color TV.

Those were the years, that I officially lost my cultural innocence. After the killing of my political hero, John F. Kennedy it seemed everything change. Cold War, Civil Rights, troops in the Congo, floods, earthquakes, man in space, and power outages entered my life.

But as the world changed, it took me into a new sense of reality that would pass for my "normal."

On my last day, with a gentle wind at my back, a beautiful love of my life, Peggy Sue, and my wonderful machine that owned me, my 1956 Buick Special, I said good bye to what was the last of 12 years of official education. Now, as I stood a moment to drink in the beauty and meaning of this day, I looked forward to beginning the next stage of my life, college.

To help me bridge the worlds of what had been, what was acting out now (normal) into what was to come, I watch that color TV. Shows like Man from Uncle. Maverick, The Saint, Ed Sullivan, Laugh In, and Evening News took me into another world, far removed from Hickman County.

And there was one TV show that would pick me up once a week, make me laugh, cry, wonder what it all meant. This window into my new world was simply called "That Was the Week Was.' News events, art, songs, drama were presented and expressed in bundles of humor and satire.

Now, in this year of 2021, I sit here trying to just exist in a new world that seems to be changing every 10 seconds. The old me has become the new me. I read more. I think more. I do art. I build models. I collect stamps. All of this activity helps me to try to survive the past world of Trump TV watching. At one point my doctor told me to take out stress in my life. Easy for him to say, he wasn't a political junkie like me.

So here we are. crawling out of the recent past, bruised and feeling like I had just survived an American National Government and cultural Train wreck I have sorted out the major events of 2021, so far as of this date (August 2021).

With reference to that great show from 1965, here is for your start to putting in prospective, the events of this year. I call it "That was/is the Year That Was."

Enjoy!

January 2021

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

  • August 10
    • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces his resignation, effective two weeks later, following a state Attornel General report on his sexual misconduct [105].
    • The Senate passes the INVEST Act, 69-31.

August

US Troops withdrawal from Afghanistan

End of US 20 year war in Middle East


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