Tulipmania struck the civilized world in the sixteen hundreds. Do you remember that?
Do you remember when sock hops were really big in America?
Remember, “Longer, lower, wider?” That was often a new American car’s greatest advertising claim. One of the cars that bucked against that trend was the American Motors Rambler. Surely you recall it. You must remember the Corvair, right?
Do you remember drive-in theaters, or movies that cost fifty cents to see? Do you know what it means to drop a dime and why we say that?
How ’bout Pacman and Ms. Pacman? Do those games set off any memory chimes?
Do you remember ‘big hair’ and Members Only jackets? What about eight-track cassette decks?
I know you must remember 45s and LPs. What of Child’s Place and Children’s Palace do you remember?
Did you have a Walkman? Do you now, or did you ever, own a Beta Max, or a VHS player? Do you now, or did you ever, own a Polaroid Land Camera, an eight millimeter projector, or an Instamatic Camera?
Do you remember erector sets and Lincoln logs? Are you familiar with Silly Putty, Super Balls and pet rocks? Perhaps, instead, you knew Hula Hoops.
Do you remember the Teapot Dome scandal, or the Keating Five, and Enron?
Perhaps you’re familiar with ESSO.
Do you remember G.C. Murphy? Man, we loved going to the mall and shopping at that five and dime, where we could buy sub sandwiches for a dollar.
What about S.S. Kreske’s? Remember when they became K-Mart, and remember when Sears bought K-Mart?
Remember when Craftsman Tools was part of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and their mail order catalogs? Sears, Roebuck and Company became Sears, and Sears is selling Craftsman Tools to Black and Decker.
And remember the U.S.S.R., and the Berlin Wall?
I’m just curious about what you remember, and what will be remembered in this age of selfies, Walmart, iPhones, Costco, Sam’s Club, Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Remember Netscape Navigator, or Mosaic?
Do you remember Yahoo? Because Yahoo will be Altaba once Verizon completes its purchase of Yahoo. Speaking of which, do you remember MCI?
I wonder, how long will we remember Altaba?