Saturday, March 10, 2012


John Cullum mentions that trolley cars have disappeared. He remembers putting coins on the car rails in Knoxville, Tennessee -- flattening coins into discs was one of the games he played when he was a boy.

Because of the Internet, many places seem to be gone forever but the Internet has opened a whole other world that they, like everyone else find themselves exploring.

The Cullums mention various things we used to count on -- books, newspapers, services, clothing, restaurants, and bookstores -- that have disappeared, and share how it's affecting their careers.

Because of the Internet, many places seem to be gone forever, but the Internet has opened a whole other world that they, like everyone else, find themselves exploring.


Anonymous said...

Well done! Very cute and informative video. Living in a small town we still have yellow pages and services available. Yes, the computer and on line services have increased. More technology things happening. Enjoyed John's story about the coins on the track! Lol!

Kaye Francis said...

Hi EM! Hi John! ~ another great video ~ I prolly have smatterings of comments that may or may not be exactly related to your video.
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My daughter bought me a basic Kindle for Christmas...It is phenom how simple & easy it is to get a book now days. Only thing is I'm behind on all the books that have been delivered. I get more easily distracted by anything going on aroud me...whereas when I hold the paperback or hardback book I get more easily lost into the book, lose track of time, never hear a word that is addressed to me unless someone comes right over into 'my face' so to say. If e-books mean less trees will disappear...I find that wonderful!

And yet, this may be very silly...but I worry
if for some reason the internet would go down either by plan or natural disaster, and humanity survives it ~ would there would be a fail to retrieve internet archives ~ would part of history be forever lost?

It's vague, but I think it was Alexandria centuries back that had the biggest library of knowledge in the took it down ~ & much knowledge, thoughts & advancements were lost to humanity.

Could that happen in the 21st century if the internet were to go down? Additionally,could we all become disconnected & lost to each other if someone or something took the internet out?
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I'm still keeping what paperbacks & hardbacks I have on book shelves in the basement...most have been read one time, many have been read more than one time through. (It is about 10% of the total home library I once had.)

I'm still keeping 800+ CD music collection in the basement, although my daughter keeps encouraging me to transfer them to flash drive. Uh, does she think I would ditch the CD's even if I transferred the music to flash drive. ~ That's not happening.
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Overall, I don't think I mind progress as long as it is productive. Some things of the past that disappeared deserved to be cherished & remembered. Of all the things disappearing ~ I think about (worry?) is there a back-up plan?

Going one little step further, technology is a wondrous & can be a positive thing, but where is the working advanced technology 'back-up' plan when things go awry. (Prime example: oil spills)
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Of all the things disappearing, one particular thing that should never disappear appreciate others, sincerely let them know how much you value them & they are important to your life.

I value you Ms. EM & your John Cullum & your FAMILY. Thanks for the video.... I'm @grammakaye on twitter.

Janet Gardella said...

I loved this piece! You should do a companion piece to this. The 'things' we have now that we didn't have, say 25 years ago. Not
necessarily the iPhones/iPads, etc, but the abilities that everyday people now have. To watch any movie we want, when we want or to be able to trace our ancestors from our livingroom (by the way, that is something that is disappearing in new homes today in favor of a media room). All these things are fun to think about. Thanks for the great piece.

Linda Phillips said...


Carola said...

One other thing that is disappearing is certain kinds of jobs. High-paying blue-collar jobs. Also "pink" collar jobs. I got my start as a secretary - there are very few secretarial jobs anymore.

Pete said...

Like one of the lines in the song "Our Town", which was the last song played in the final episode of Northern Exposure, "Nothing good ever lasts".
This, of course isn't always true, but unfortunately it sometimes is.