History, versus the past.

By the time I was born, man had set foot on more than one celestial body. I didn’t miss that even by much, but I did miss it. It was history not only before I was aware of it, but before I was born. No matter how small the difference in time between that and Nixon going to China, one is history to *me*, and the other is world events.
*I vaguely remember the end of the Vietnam war, and the televised scenes of evacuation.
*I remember the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft linking up in space.
*I remember the Freedom Train, which stopped right behind our house, though not much else about the Bicentennial.
*I remember the news of the first test-tube baby.
*I remember Three Mile Island.
*I remember the Iran Hostage Crisis.
*I remember the death of John Lennon.
*I remember AIDS creeping into our consciousness, the launch of MTV, and the Falkland Islands War.
*I remember the breakup of the Bell Telephone Company… and the Doctor Who convention I was able to attend with the proceeds.
*I rememebr Chernobyl, and Iran-Contra, and the explosion of the Challenger.
*I remember a world with a population under 5 billion people.
*I remember the fall of the Soviet Union, and of the Berlin Wall, and Tiananmen Square.
And when I work with or talk to people 25 or younger, it amazes me that they don’t — that they CAN’T — remember any of this. For them, it’s all history.
Like me, and the moon landing.
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About okcstephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a developer for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, the project manager for Rite Publishing, and the publisher and lead genius of Rogue Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps.

Posted on May 18, 2016, in Musings, Retrospective. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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