Site ColumnsBy T'Bonz
November 30, 2007 - 4:39 AM
Like most children in the 1960s, I was fascinated by the race to the moon. Astronauts were our glamorous heroes and almost every kid wanted to be one. We watched "I Dream of Jeannie" and it wasn't just Jeannie that drew our attention, but those astronauts. I envied those who lived in Cocoa Beach and who could watch the launches of Apollo.
We sat spellbound in our living rooms on July 20, 1969 and watched the grainy black and white pictures on our TVs of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. I just knew that by 2000, we'd be living like the Jetsons and I'd be piloting my own flying car.
Well, it didn't quite work out that way, did it? The future arrived, but the lifestyle of the Jetsons and their flying cars is still in the future. We really haven't progressed much when it comes to space missions, which is a big disappointment. Shouldn't we have had a colony on Mars or the moon by now?
Some things did come to pass though that would have astonished the ten-year-old watching the astronauts hopping around on the moon. Take my little Razr cellphone. Flip that baby open and it seems very much like Captain Kirk's communicator. I'm old enough to remember rotary dial phones. There was a time when a push-button phone was high-tech.
Other things have come to pass that would have been futuristic and cool to the child in 1969. Microwaves! No more waiting forty minutes for that TV dinner to cook. A few minutes in the microwave and DING! instant dinner.
Let's not forget the Internet. I can hop online and talk to someone from almost anywhere in the world. No waiting a week or more for a letter. No paying exorbitant fees for a short conversation on a telephone. Fire up an IM program and one is good to go.
So I guess the future wasn't such a bust after all. Some things that have come to pass are pretty neat and would have dazzled that ten-year-old had she been able to gaze into a crystal ball and see what 2007 was like.
But I'm still waiting for my flying car.
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These were some of the major news items from November 2005:
- Shatner Plays Kirk Opposite Tony Danza
William Shatner appeared on television as Captain Kirk once again, allowing Tony Danza to fulfill a long-time fantasy of appearing on the Enterprise bridge, though Shatner dashed the hopes of many Star Trek fans when he revealed that Leonard Nimoy had declined a guest spot on Boston Legal.
- Takei Thanks Fans For Espousing Tolerance
George Takei has written in his blog about revealing his homosexuality to the press, thanking the fans who embodied the phrase "infinite diversity in infinite combinations" in expressing their support for him.
- Nimoy Has Traded Acting for Photography
Though he planned to appear before a partisan crowd of Star Trek fans at the United Fan Con this weekend, Leonard Nimoy insists that his acting days are over. "I just don't want to go back there again," Nimoy said in a telephone interview with The Republican (via MassLive). "Photography is my creative outlet."
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