reply to post by Cythraul
Dad had a simple job working in a printing shop, mom at home had 5 kids to care for, and most all of the household chores. Early in our life she
wasn't employed. Around 1960 dad bought a house in a coal mine western PA small neighborhood for about $7,000 and we always had a station wagon car
to haul us around in, on one simple wage. The house originally had no bathroom or bathtub, it had a coal fired furnace, and a cellar room that the
coal truck could dump coal in for us to shovel into the furnace, one of my favorite things to watch dad do every morning, was watch him load the
furnace, I was too young to help. Dad also drove some of the neighborhood people to work with him that were on the way or nearby, including some older
The neighborhood was tight niche, and nearly a family, however it took until about 1962 before I became cognizant of things, as I was born in the
summer of 1958. However I was saddened watching on TV that President Kennedy was shot in Dallas and rushed to the hospital, so if a 5-year old kid has
feeling of their elected President at that age is says something about the community of today's life.
From those humble simple beginnings my dad bought his own print shop in 1967, we move to where it was in 1968, and in 1970 we moved into a 28-room
home a couple of blocks from the shop that was likely the home area of the wealthiest old money steel and oil related tycoons around Pittsburgh. The
public school system rated in the 98th percentile nationally, and the local Academy was far above the public rating system, we were not afforded,
(kindergarden cost the same as my first annual college tuition in 1976, a private 9-semester college).
For me, I worked while attending college because dad couldn't support us finically, but since we learned skills working in his shop it was easy for
us to get relatively high paying jobs while in college. Doing that through the yeas and working freelance jobs while having steady employment, I
stumble into employment with the world's largest independent R&D company in 1987.
The company was started as an institution for the advanced applied application and research of metallurgy, from the resources as a grant of a rich
steel tycoon's money when his wife honored his will after his early death in 1926. The company diversified from metallurgy into most of the energy,
life and health sciences, and environmental sustainability R&D areas of science and applied physics. One of my first main clients in collaborative
support other than the US Air Force was NASA related R&D, we still support today.
So I remember when a gallon of gasoline cost 38¢, and the pumps had green dinosaurs and red mythological beasts on them, and the fuel was known as a
common woman's name back then, and a pack of cigarettes cost less than that. That was before excessive government taxation of basal needs came about
before we educated economic dark rimmed glasses wearing paper pushing number crunching geeks, that find a way to exploit the economy that ran just
fine without them, until pressure based paper and number manipulating greed took over a real learned and practiced manufacturing skill-based made
tangible product that would last usage for generations with modest maintenance. It's not economically viable to sell products that last these days
for the growth of modern companies, because today most money grubbing people refuse to roll up their sleeves and do real work to 'fix' things they