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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