The Blessings and Curse of Getting Old

It’s been an amazing ride. I hope yours will be too.

Tom Egelhoff
7 min readMar 8, 2022


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Table of Contents

What’s the Best Thing in My Life Growing Up?
What Changes Did I Witness?
The Race for Space
Assassination of Our Leaders
Vietnam, Demonstrations, Kent State and Hippies
Family Changes
The Growth of Material Things
Medical Advances
Some Final Thoughts on Age

As I all too quickly approach my eighth decade on earth, I realize how fortunate I am to have lived in America during this time frame.

Comparing my formative years with current technology is nearly like the Star Trek TV show or the Jetsons cartoon of the 60s.

What’s the Best Thing in My Life Growing Up?

Try to imagine a world without rock n’ roll. I lived in that world.

I grew up with big bands and I remember adults of the day talking about the music the youth were following would bring down America.

Don’t even get them started on Elvis. OMG. Banned all over America but today’s he’s the undisputed King of Rock.

I played guitar in a bar band in the 1970s. It was a great time for music. You had rock, classic rock, country rock, country, and bluegrass.

The more you drink the better I sound

All were accepted by all ages. The drunker you got the better I sound.

What Changes Did I Witness?

Before TV there was radio soap operas. Young Doctor Malone, Stella Dallas, Fibber Magee and Molly, Mary Worth, The Shadow.

The comedy duo of Amos and Andy were on radio nightly from 1928 to 1943.

Amos and Andy were so popular on the radio that movie theatres had to stop the movie and bring out a radio or people would not go the theatre and risk not hearing the show.



Tom Egelhoff

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