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Will Technology Ever Change This Dramatically?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/01/21

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born in Wisconsin in the 1800s. As a child, she traveled with her parents by covered wagon to South Dakota by way of Kansas. She got married to Almonzo Wilder while she was a teen-ager (but that era, she was for all intents and purposes an adult). Laura Ingalls Wilder, along with her husband and young daughter Rose, travelled by covered wagon from South Dakota to Missouri, where they started an apple orchard/farm of some significance.

After Rose grew up and moved to San Fransisco, Laura then traveled by train to San Fransisco to visit her daughter. Later, Rose moved to Connecticut, and Laura traveled to Connecticut by jet to visit.

When Laura was a child and even when she was a young adult, covered wagon was the means of travel. The automobile, cross-country train and jet were developed for everyday travel for the masses during her lifetime. She even lived to see the beginnings of space exploration. Is it possible for anyone born after 1960 to see such a huge obvious technology explosion? One that real, everyday people can feel in their real lives? I’m not entirely sure that will ever happen again.

This is true testament to the creativity of unfettered people. And my daughter, Laura, can beem proudly every time she tells people her mother and father named her after Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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