Hi sweeties! It is hard to believe that we are now beginning the month of September. I can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by and now I am anxiously waiting for the season of fall. It is my favorite time of the year.
The past couple of weeks I have shared with you, memories of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and now let’s look at the ’90s.
Both of my children graduated from high school in the 1990s and I can remember my grandmother telling many years before that the older she got, the faster time went by and now I know what she meant.
The ’90s saw the beginning of the Iraq War as President Saddam Hussein accused Kuwait of flooding the market with oil driving down prices.
In 1992, Los Angeles riots occurred with 53 deaths and 5,500 property fires with in a 100-square-mile riot zone. An all-white jury acquitted three white and one Hispanic L.A. police offers in a brutality case involving motorist Rodney King.
Terrorism raised its ugly head in the ’90s and we as Americans learned a very harsh lesson. We were not as safe as we always felt, and many were killed in the first bombing of the World Trade Center and the horrific destruction in Oklahoma City.
The release of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela in 1990 after 30 years of imprisonment for opposing and white-minority role in South Africa. This would resolve with the end of Apartheid in South Africa in 1994.
Natural disasters included Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the crippling super storm of March 1993 and the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles and the destructive Oklahoma tornado outbreak in May of 1999, were just a few of the devastating weather systems that paralyzed the U.S.
Technology in the computer industry was evolving so fast, it was difficult to keep up for those of us who were just cutting our teeth on this wonderful world of information.
Automobile companies tried to outdo each other, and consumers were making a change from the popular Ford Taurus to the Toyota Camry beginning in 1997 which became the best-selling vehicle for the rest of the decade. With the introduction of the Ford Explorer in 1991, this popular vehicle became the best-selling SUV on the market.
The world mourned the tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997 and Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize, dies at 87.
The Jonbenet Ramsey murder occurred in 1990 and caught the world’s attention. To this day, her murderer has not been found and brought to justice.
The scandal of the sport figure skating was brought to world-wide attention when skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked during a practice session by an assailant hired by Jeff Gillooly, husband of skater Tonya Harding.
In the movies, "Toy Story" is released and revolutionizes animated films and "Titanic" becomes a cultural phenomenon throughout the world and eventually becomes the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing over $1.8 billion worldwide. This only lasted until 2010 when another film, "Avatar," takes the title.
Music was changing by leaps and bounds with groups known as Spice Girls, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins and so on. Contemporary music stars Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Boys II Men and Celine Dion were enjoyed by millions.
Television saw such shows as "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Night Court," "The Golden Girls," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Dharma and Greg" were just a few of the favorites watched by millions.
One of the most long-lasting dramas was introduced in the 1990s, "Grey’s Anatomy," which is still going strong and how can we ever forget "Touched by an Angel?"
As you can see, the 1990s were full of memorable and not-so-memorable events that shape this world. Stay tuned next week as we delve into the new century …
Birthdays to note this week include: Sept. 4 – Cindy Pribble, Penny Swindall and Sherry Haudenschild; Sept. 5 – Shirley Weirick, Larry Kick and Sue Sayers; Sept. 6 – Carl Daniels; Sept. 7 – Stacey Kiner, Rose Anne Kline, Tim Mowery and Logan Sponsler; Sept. 8 – Betty Bookman and Barb Shrimplin; Sept. 9 – Mick McDaniel; Sept. 10 – Amy Ullman and Craig Sprang. Many happy returns of the day!
Rich and I went to Ashland, Ky., to visit with my aunt Ginny and my cousin Leslie this past week and the only easy way to get there is to go through Columbus. We left at 5:30 a.m., stopped in Mount Vernon for breakfast and took off from there hoping to miss the daily commute traffic through the capital city. Wrong!!! A couple of accidents on both I71 and 270 caused havoc with our plans and it took an hour to get through the city. The crowning touch was when we came back through much later that day, the same thing happened again!
Wedding anniversaries being celebrated this week are: Sept. 5 - Mike and Amy Ullman and Ed and Lorna Gillette; Sept. 6 – Ron and Lois Kline; Sept. 7 – Brandon and Lisa Lape; Sept. 8 – Buzz and Karen Henley.
Finally – "To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone." – Reba McIntire