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Baby on Board – To Addison IL

After my father completed work in Washington and my birth, it was time for a move.  That took me to Addison Illinois, where I remained the only child, until 1970 when we moved to Elmhurst, Illinois and my brother was born.  As I was only 1 and 2 years old, I don’t have much memory of what was going on at that time.  I know that we lived in an apartment, and then a rented home.  My father visited those locations a short time ago during his travels for the Lions Club International.  He said the first place we lived looks good, though the house we rented is a disaster.

In 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first human to touch the surface of the moon.  The U.S. was warring in Vietnam and instituted the draft lottery to build up US military forces.  One of the most famous musical festivals, called Woodstock, took place in August.  Richard Nixon became president.  The Public Broadcasting Service was established.  A cult led by Charles Manson murdered five people.  Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  Apollo 12 landed on the moon, adding two more feet to the record books.  Charles Conrad and Alan Bean were the second set of Americans to walk on the moon’s surface.

  • Inflation in 1969 – 5.46%
  • Year end Down Jones Average – 800
  • Average Cost of a home – $15,550
  • Average Income per Year – $8,550
  • Gas per Gallon  – 35 cents


The Day I Was Born

Born in Belleview, Washigton. At the time my Father was working for Control Data Corporation at the Boeing facility in Renton. My mom was a homemaker.  They had recently moved (Feb 1967)  from the Midwest for my fathers work.  We lived in Belleview, WA where I was born.  And shortly after that we moved to Renton, WA where Boeing was constructing the first 747 and CDC was helping them with some things.  My dad worked on the team that had Seymour Cray at it’s lead.  He has some interesting stories of his time then.

In 968, The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.  Robert Kennedy was mortally wounded when he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan.  The war in Vietnam continued and there were riots occurring in many cities in protest to America’s participation in the war.  There is a Flu Pandemic in Hong Kong and the first Black Power salute is shown on television during the Olympics medal ceremony.

  • Inflation in 1968 – 4.27%
  • Year end Down Jones Average – 943
  • Average Cost of a home – $14,950
  • Average Income per Year – $7,850
  • Gas per Gallon  – 34 cents


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