In This Year a Great Thing Happened

Three years after Apple created this video predicting the creation of Siri, a wonderful thing happened.

Yes, and it came a few short weeks after the fall of The Wall.

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It was during this year that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, launching Operation Desert Shield.

In the entertainment world Fox aired the first episode of The Simpsons.

And on a much more important level, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 28 years.

What year was it?

If you don’t know, maybe you remember when this happened:

Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 meters beneath the English Channel seabed, establishing the first ground connection between the United Kingdom and the mainland of Europe since the last ice age.

Or this:

The Space Shuttle Discovery places the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit, revolutionizing astronomy.

How about these:

IBM creates the first 16-megabit memory chip on a production line.

Depletion of the Ozone Layer is discovered above the North Pole

Atlanta is chosen to host the 1996 (centennial) Summer Olympics

If you haven’t figured it out…the year was 1990.

For me the most historic event of ’90 was the birth of my oldest son.

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He was born when Siri was beyond the wildest dreams of most adults.  He would never know life during the cold war.  As an adult he would read about the execution of Saddam Hussein on the internet, with a computer that has about 2000 times as much memory as IBM’s 16-megabit chip.


And now he is about to graduate from college and is engaged to a perfectly wonderful woman.


His generation has seen the privatization of the US space program, the turmoil created in the world by the unsettled Middle East, and they will have to deal with the effects and fallout of the depletion of our ozone.


They will, however, have the benefit of having spent the majority of their life in the Information Age…with the Internet and all its knowledge at their fingers, which is where he will read this tribute.

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Is this the world I dreamed of him growing up in, when he was born.

Probably not.  But it is what it is.  And to that end…

Happy 24th Birthday, son.




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