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Happy Birthday, Granddad!

January 14, 2008 @ 10:18 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, Family, General

My grandfather is celebrating his 100th birthday today.

Since being born in 1908, he been around for…

  • the sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic
  • the first crossword puzzle
  • The Great War (which wasn’t so great)
  • The Great Depression (which also wasn’t so great)
  • World War II
  • 16 Canadian Prime Ministers
  • 18 US Presidents
  • Four kings and a queen (not a bad poker hand)
  • the building of the Berlin Wall
  • the tearing down of the Berlin Wall
  • the first satellite in orbit
  • the first dog in space
  • the first human in space
  • Man landing on the Moon
  • the formation of The Beatles
  • the break-up of The Beatles
  • the invention of the colour photographic process
  • the invention of the fortune cookie
  • the first trans-Atlantic phone call
  • penicillin and bubble gum (in the same year!)
  • television
  • the Internet
  • email
  • spam
  • the invention of the pocket calculator
  • the first man-made object on another planet
  • the end of smallpox

More significantly, he’s been an important part of my life since before I can remember. 🙂

Happy birthday, Granddad!!!