Happy Birthday to 1962! - Page 3
I’ll close this sample of the happenings from 50 years ago with some more technology changes, just to give a flavor or how different things are today. Your 1962 birthday party may have included some home movies. Back then, home movies meant 8mm real film, not video from your phone. There were no camera phones in 1962 and no hand-held video cameras. Today, many people are transferring their old home movies to digital DVDs. Changes in technology show up in many unsuspected places, including postage stamps. Today, all US stamps are peel-n-stick, but not so in 1962. You had to lick the glue on the back of a stamp to stick it on the envelope. And you couldn’t cheat by sending e-mail either; that didn’t exist yet. Another oddity is instant, pre-cooked bacon. While it’s now a staple in supermarkets because we’re in such a hurry to eat, it was first perfected in 1962. Something else developed in 1962 that didn’t find a market until recently is Gorilla Glass. Corning invented this ultra-strong glass that failed to find a market until mobile computing devices like iPhones became popular almost 50 years later. So let’s celebrate by singing a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to 1962, accompanied by your phone!