1979 Pages of Time

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“My Special Year”

Yesterday I got a great little package from my Grandmother for my birthday. I love my Grandma so much. Every year like clockwork each grandchild and great grandchild on their birthday receives $1 for every year they’ve been alive. This year she sent me $29.00. It’s fun and that’s all it’s meant to be.

Along with this birthday marker came a little booklet, “A Nostalgia News Report” called the Pages of Time. Inside there are all kinds of really cool things about the year I was born.

Magazine I received for my birthday...

-Egypt & Isreal sign Peace Treaty
-The Shah of Iran is forced to leave the country after 37 years of rule.
-Iran seizes U.S. Embassy & takes American hostages.
-U.S. breaks ties with Nicaragua.
-Russians invade Afghanistan.
-Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of England.

I always knew the year I was born was a landmark year. šŸ˜‰

Here’s an ad from back then:

New car the year I was born..

At The Movies
-Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs Kramer
-Best Picture: Kramer vs Kramer
-Best Actress: Sally Field in Norma Rae

My Sharona came out in 1979 as well, which is still a kick ass song! Michael Landon did a Kodak ad back then for the Kodak Tele-Ektra1. Who knew we’d be talking MegaPixels by now?

1979 – Your Year In Review
-Average Income: $17,533.00
-New Car: $5,758.00
-New House: $58,099.00
-Loaf of Bread: $ 0.47
-Gallon of Gas: $ 0.86
-Gallon of Milk: $1.92
-Gold per Ounce: $307.50
-Silver per Ounce: $11.09

In 1979, the minimum wage was $2.90 per hour!

The best part of the book was in the back, under personal memories. My Grandmother said this, “Sabrina Arlene arrived on April 5, 1979. 19 inches long and 7 lbs 5 ounces in weight. She’s so beautiful and so loved.” I didn’t know how much I weighed or how long I was until now. There was no baby book for me.

So Thanks Grandma, you’re my hero.


One thought on “1979 Pages of Time

  1. Those are some awesome things and neat little facts! Just imagine, a few years in the future, we’ll be looking back on this year and I wonder what we’ll remember. I always wish I was born later/in the future so that I would be able to see what happens to Earth in the next hundred of years. Will it be like Futurama? That is always what’s on my mind when I see how much technology has progressed in the past couple of years.

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