In the movie Back to the Future Marty McFly returned to Hill Valley.
The year was 1955.
The minimum wage increased from $.75 to $1.00/hour, while General Motors reported the first annual profit of over one billion.
A Brockton, Massachusetts boxer, Rocky Marciano, won the Heavy weight title, and Bill Russell began a run of eleven championships in thirteen years.
The Mickey Mouse Club, Johnny Carson, Lawrence Welk, Honeymooners, Alfred Hitchcock, Gunsmoke, $64,000 Question and Captain Kangaroo debuted on television.
Walt Disney releases Lady and the Tramp, Oklahoma, premiered on Broadway, and Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA.
Elvis made his 1st appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The atomic clock, nuclear sub, sun powered car, and the walk/don’t walk sign were launched.
McDonalds served its first hamburger.
The Supreme Court ended segregation, Rosa Parks was arrested and Emmett Till, a young man from Chicago, was lynched while visiting Mississippi.
The FDA approved the Salk polio vaccine, and a bomb on a DC6 exploded over Longwood, Colorado, killing forty four.
The Pentagon announced the Intercontinental Missile, and tested a nuclear bomb in Nevada. President Eisenhower sent advisors and $216 million to Viet Nam.
Albert Einstein and James Dean died. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were born. Winston Churchill resigned.
The Power of Positive Thinking ran for (186) weeks on the NY Times Best Seller List joining The Day Lincoln was shot, Hiroshima Diary and Why Johnny Can’t Read.
The number # 1 song was Davy Crockett.
I was seven.
The world I’d entered was an exited, exciting, frightened and frightening place. Our parents’ war had been over, but the Russians were out there, and it felt more like half time or just the fifth inning. We practiced “Duck and Cover,” but even a second grader knew it was a joke. Adults had lost their way.
My generation carries traces of that time, like permanent remnants of radiation exposure – latent images on our hard drives, every life experience stacked as on a Microsoft program. We’re the giant demographic, a herd with shared perspectives, thinking alike, raised with images flitting from a living room box: Kennedy/Nixon, Krushkov and Cuba, The Megruder film and a long, black, sad, funeral. We watched “One Small Step for Mankind,” and heard “I Have a Dream,” with nightly news images of 54,000 friends butchered in a jungle most Americans couldn’t find on a map.
A lifetime later, the US population has doubled to 300 million.
One in four is under twenty.
The planet is new. 7 billion humans crowd a spinning rock in the middle of… who knows where.
Over two thirds are Asian.
43% under 24.
Over one quarter under fourteen…
The young souls are not the same as those that came before. Millenials, connected by technology and influenced by each other, they bring new vibration and think new thoughts. The growing change in human consciousness is apparent. Commerce, Banking, Shopping, Education, Medicine, Entertainment; jobs and careers; dating, relating, mating, – happening in a virtual world of their own creation.
English is the planet’s language, a second for most, spraying American culture at every person with a connection. Facebook, Twitter and You Tube deliver instant, uncensored news, providing truth while casting obsolescence on corporate controlled coverage.
Spontaneous and surprising election results and Arab Springs are just the beginning. Thousands rallied around the world protesting America’ Iraq invasion. And Obama’s Syrian “red line?” It evaporated with an email barrage spurred by Americans’ heightened awareness. Even the behavior of the eternal underdog, Israel, has come into focus as perhaps too involved in America’s designs, while acting the belligerent bully, spreading terror and settlements in the name of security, preventing peace.
The reins of the world will not be handed over to the newcomers. They already have them as drivers on top of the coaches, with all but the most affluent Baby Boomers marveling at the changes, backseat passengers inside.
And in sixty years when today’s seven year olds look back on their own inheritance, at movies, events and landmarks, at our wars and military states, at all the fuss over healthcare and sexual orientation, and jail time for smoking a plant, they’ll surely find 2014 just as curious as 1955.

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