“Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.”

The first thing I did this morning was turn on the TV for the latest weather. It seems the winds are much greater than they expected yesterday. Instead of 25mph, they could be as high as 4o with gusts even higher. The expected rain total is still far too little, but the weather report has added the possibility of rain on Tuesday so that should help. The storm could affect the cape for much of the week. The only preparation I have made so far is to lower and secure my umbrella, but after I finish here, I’ll go out to the deck and secure what’s left.

The weather now is so lovely it is difficult to believe what is wending its way up the coast. The air is pleasant at 73˚. The sky is a lovely blue and the only clouds are small and wispy. The breeze is from the north and is still slight enough to be harmless.

Last night we didn’t have a movie on the deck. My friend thought it would be damp and too chilly so we changed plans. We had game night, ate Chinese appetizers and then watched the Deadly Mantis on TV. It was a fun movie with all the cliches we expect from a fifties black and white science fiction movie. We had our handsome hero, an air force officer, who falls in love with the female star, an editor of a museum magazine. This film had amazing scenes as many of the film clips were real especially the ones of jet planes, radar rooms and air force bases. Another wonderful clip was of an Eskimo village, their dogs and the men heading out to sea in their umiaks. At the end, the giant mantis was difficult to destroy but our hero was up to the task.

Some of the scientists on an advisory committee in the movie were sitting around the table. They  were holding slide rules. I remembered using one in math class way, way back, and at one time students in my school had to use them. Teachers carted boxes filled with them from room to room. Now, most students would be dumbfounded if asked to identify a slide rule.

I used typewriters and slide rules. To change the channel I had to get up and walk to the TV to turn the dial. My first transistor radio was square, covered in leather and big. A later radio was plastic. It only got AM. There wasn’t any FM. We had a party line for our telephone. It was cheaper. Dial phones made great sounds. I use to keep dimes in the slots of my loafers in case I needed to use a pay phone. Sputnik scared us. The TV only had black and white programs. My bike had no gears, and the brakes were the backward parts of the pedals. It was, by today’s standards, a primitive time. I figure every new generation thinks the previous generation is antique, backward. My two-year-old grand niece, affectionately called G or Georgie, can use the phone to facetime my sister, her grandmother. That was science fiction when I was a kid.

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8 Comments on ““Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.””

  1. im6 Says:

    When I saw all those telephone songs, the first song I thought of was this one. I almost posted a video with footage from the movie (“Bye Bye Birdie”), but then I ran across this and I couldn’t resist.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I remember the telephone call footage from the movie, but this is much more fun. I wish I was as clever as the person who made this video.

  2. im6 Says:

    I went through my external hard drive and found over 250 songs tagged with “telephone” or “telephone” in the title. This one caught my attention. Things weren’t exactly politically correct back in 1948…

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      You are so right about the total lack of political correctness. Perhaps Trump should use this as his stumping song.

    • katry Says:

      minicapt,
      One of the math teachers taught me to use a slide rule to do my students averages for their report cards. Now I haven’t the faintest memory of how to use one.

  3. Bob Says:

    I just finished watching two programs on the Smithsonian Channel on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. One was about how many things that were shown on the original TV show are now either in use or being explored by scientists. The other one was about the making of the TV series and it’s ups and downs with NBC. Interestingly they came up with the transporter idea because they didn’t have the money to show the shuttle craft land or takeoff from a planet.

    I’m amazed how much technology has changed things since I was a kid. The list is endless. Last year was the 50th anniversary of the 1964/65 New York Worlds Fair. It was called “The World of Tomorrow”. None of the exhibits came true and they all missed the invention of the personal computer and the Internet. I can do nearly everything with my iPad in the post PC world.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I also watched that program and thoroughly enjoyed it. I remember that NASA investigated Star Trek and wanted to know where the leak was concerning their futuristic tools. NASA was working on some of them at the time.

      I used to think about my grandmother who was born in 1898. She saw the most amazing things in her lifetime


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