About 1926. That’s the year my daddy was born. Today is the 30th anniversary of his death. I thought it would be interesting to find out what the world was like when he was born, when he was in school, when he married and when he died.
So today, 1926. Calvin Coolidge was the President. Calvin was #30. If my Daddy was still here, he’d be on his 15th President. I remember walking down the street to School 3 to vote my first Presidential Election. It was the first time 18 year olds had the right to vote. Someone from the newspaper was there to cover “the first 18 year old to vote in “our fair city”” and may have recognized daddy (he was a policeman) and therefore, they interviewed me and took my picture (a “coming out of the voting booth” kind of thing.) Then they learned that I was NOT indeed 18, but had recently turned 19 and alas, was not the object of their desire. They did end up putting my pic in the paper though, with a small caption, but not the “man on the street” interview kind of thing I’d originally anticipated seeing. Oh well!
Daddy was born during the Roaring 20’s or the Jazz Age. World War I was over and there was a certain new prosperity which brought about flappers and Art Deco. Unfortunately, the Roaring 20’s came to a CRASHing halt in 1929 with the start of the Great Depression — when Daddy was 3 years old. I’m guessing he didn’t enjoy much of the prosperity before the Depression kicked in.
In 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was published. Pooh has been nominated for Oscars and Grammys. Not bad.
In 1926 Gergrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. We may not think of this as an accomplishment, but in those days, any time a woman did something previously believed could only be done by a man, it was front page news. Like swimming the English Channel.
In 1926 Route 66 was created. It became a song, a TV series and a legend. It was forgotten and rediscovered. It’s a part of our national history.
In 1926 Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla died. You may know him as Rudolph Valentino. (Interestingly, he was born in the Kingdom of Italy!) Actually, he died 2 days before Daddy was born. I wonder if Mimi went into Valentino – hysteria induced labor? (giggle)
In 1926 John Logie Baird conducted the first public demonstration of television. I find this important, because Daddy used to have a big wooden box used to test television bulbs. It was pretty cool that he could fix those magic boxes in the living room and knew which of these magic glass orbs needed to be changed.
In 1926 David Attenborough, Fidel Castro, Marilyn Monroe and Hugh Hefner were born. And so was Daddy.