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If our grandparents lives had been written up in the 1800s it would have been considered complete science fiction but even then the term science fiction had not yet been thought of Someone Im not sure who once wrote Truth is stranger than fiction To understand and relate to the changing technological world I like to think back to what it was like for our own grandparents Maybe only then can we realize the extent of change for our future to come To realize much of what we take for granted today did not exist for our grandparents There were no cars no planes electric heat and light were widely available There was no air conditioning no telephone network no radio no television no rocket no jets no antibiotics no copiers and entertainment companies were still trying to master the silent film industry When our grandparents were very young The Wright Brothers were flying their first successful plane in 1903 Henry Ford was busy beginning the automotive industry and only his previous cars were available to the very wealthy Around our grandparents teenage years they saw World War I breakout and Chemical Warfare was used for the first time By 1920 they might remember Congress passing the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote for the first time Somewhere in this time frame they lived through a trade war that turned into the Great Depression Social Security was enacted in 1935 Hitler was preparing for World War II helicopters airplanes and jet engines were invented in 1939 In 1941 penicillin became widespread for use and the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor In 1946 the nuclear power industry was born In 1951 the structure of DNA was first documented In 1959 Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states Around 1960 Xerox copiers became available to businesses In 1967 the first human heart transplant was performed If they reached the retirement age 65ish they
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