I’ve been rummaging through my writing files again and came across a folder titled “An Ordinary Woman.” It’s the title of a memoir I thought I’d write someday.
In among some notebook journal pages, I found a timeline I’d constructed while working at The Arizona Republic’s news library. The entries are in no particular order, but each one must have resonated with me in some way.
Do these people, songs, stage/screen and events seem familiar to you as well? If you were born in 1945 most probably do. What would you add/delete to make this record jive with your own personal lifetime?
My timeline begins in 1946 when I would have been one year old and ends the year I turned eleven in 1956.
Annie Get Your Gun and Brigadoon
Doin’ What Comes Naturally, Tenderly, Zip a dee doo dah
Dead Sea Scrolls discovered
The Diary of Anne Frank published
Henry Ford dies, Al Capone dies
Flying saucers reported in the United States
Harry S. Truman elected President of the United States
All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, Buttons and Bows
Orville Wright dies, Babe Ruth dies
First Porsche 356
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales born
Military Draft in the United States begins (1948-1973)
USSR tests atomic bomb
I Love Those Dear Hearts and Gentle People, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’dve Baked a Cake, Rag Mop, A Bushel and a Peck, Good Night Irene, Music! Music! Music!
Rosenbergs sentenced for espionage
The African Queen, A Streetcar Named Desire
Hello Young Lovers, Getting to Know You, Shrimp Boats,
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
The Old Man and the Sea by Hemmingway, East of Eden by Steinbeck, The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain, The Revised Standard Bible
This is Cinerama, High Noon (Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Jambalaya, Your Cheatin’ Heart
Rocky Marciano wins world heavy-weight boxing title
Yankees win World Series over the Dodgers
From Here to Eternity, The Robe
(most films now in Cinemascope)
How Much is That Doggie in the Window, I Believe,
I Love Paris
Yankees win World Series for 5th straight time
Yankees win World Series Again
Dr. Jonas E. Salk, United States developer of the anti-polio serum
starts inoculating schoolchildren in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mister Sandman, Three Coins in a Fountain, Hey There
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
Yellow Rose of Texas, Davy Crockett, Rock Around the Clock,
Dorothy Hodgkin discovers liver extract (Vitamin B-12) for treating pernicious anemia.
Albert Einstein dies
Sugar Ray Robinson wins World Boxing Title
Dodgers beat the Yankees in the World Series
Rock & Roll dancing in vogue
Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Que Sera Sera
Around the World in 80 days
Unfortunately I don’t remember and cannot find my source for all these facts. I’m sure I managed to scribble these down on company time, which would explain the random order and selection of the entries. None the less, each one has a note of the familiar to me.
Memory Lane remains a nice place to stroll when the gift of a quiet bit of time falls in your lap. Thanks for taking this walk with me.