Episode 149

Author Interview: Veronica Kirin – Stories of Elders

Interview with Amazon Best Selling Author Veronica Kirin and her book: Stories of Elders

Buckle up. We’ve got a wild episode today. It’s a bit of a departure from the norm – but as soon as I heard about Veronica and her book Stories of Elders: What The Greatest Generation knows about Technology that You Don’t… I was hooked. Being in the technology space – I had to talk to her.

We talk about everything from credit, to kids, It’s a Wonderful Life, Saturn V’s and more…

I had a blast doing this interview and I hope you all enjoy it

 

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  • Beaufort

    Enjoyed the episode. A few thoughts from an “elder”.

    Technology. There have always been and will always be new technologies. “Technology” did not start with the PC. We elders thrived on the technology of the day and laid the foundation for today’s technology. In the early ’60’s, I was considered “high-tech” because I ran a data center that had an IBM 1401 with 8K of memory. That was state of the art. We put in a viewing window and folks would stand and watch us work. We managed to bill 400,000 monthly customers and pay 3,000 employees using only 8K of memory. that is truly exploiting the technology available. Programs had to be written in machine language and entered via punched cards. Equipment failures were a regular thing. We were actively involved in managing the technology not simply using it. It was a sometimes unreliable infant.

    Old folks and today’s technology: One of the problems is that we tend to hang out with others of our age and thus we have no one to learn current technology from. My best source is my 14 year old granddaughter.

    Commmunity. Your discussion aptly captured the loss of sense of community. Possible sources: urban sprawl, commuting, both parents working, single parent households, entertainment “on demand”. etc. “Community” requires personal contact and when Mom’s are not at home keeping the kids and chatting over the back fence and when folks are glued to the TV instead of sitting on the front porch, “community” suffers. Interestingly, retirees, because of the availability of time, have reconstructed that sense of community.

  • Beaufort

    One more thought: I retired in 1992 as an officer of a Fortune 50 company. The thing I missed most in retirement was my IT support. BTW: Ever heard of “Prodigy”? IBM’s internet entry. I was on it in 1989. “How ripe do you like your tomatoes?” In a few years, there will be a podcast disparaging your tech skills.

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