Computers, the internet, cell phones, a million television stations, rental movies, Wii… none of these felt compelling when introduced into my world, but each of them became best friends. Their influence didn’t feel like the wholesome, innocent Sandy Dumbrowski of Grease or her opposite, the cocky, bad-boy, Danny Zuko. They did change the landscape of childhood.
In the 1950’s, a single television with three stations and summer reruns was the most memorable, every day technology growing our world. To fill our young passion to learn more and challenge ourselves, we had to travel paths being created in a different, very modern world.
Paint-by-Numbers kept me and my friends busy until someone got a Parcheesi game and we were off on another adventure to conquer the unknown. Slinkies weren’t new, but the year Santa put one in my stocking, I was called to explore its possibilities. No less and no better than computer games, these came with a difference pace and without the sound effects. They shaped my senses.