I was born on a Friday forty-eight years ago today. It’s funny to figure out why you like what you like and the reasons you might hit it off with perfect strangers. I believe it has a lot to do with when and where you entered the world.

My first impressions were inside the confines of the Naval Hospital in Beaufort, S.C. The ocean was a stones throw away, so maybe that’s why I have an affinity to water. North Carolina is my home, but South Carolina will always be a close second.

Here is a snapshot of that time period:

  • Our president was Richard M. Nixon.
  • The average price of a house was $15,500 and a car $3,500. Of course, the average earnings were only $8,500 per year.
  • The Beatles had given their last live performance, but Woodstock and the moon landing were right around the corner!
  • PBS was established.
  • The very first withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Vietnam.

On a whole, the world was busting out of the sixties and getting ready for the seventies. I wish I had paid more attention.


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