Life and Times Trivia

Life expectancy in 1937 was 59.7 years. A postage stamp was three cents, gasoline was ten cents a gallon and you could go to the movies for twenty-five cents. You could get a new car for $760.00 and a new house for $4,100.00.

Bread was nine cents a loaf, sugar was fifty-nine cents for ten pounds, and milk was fifty cents a gallon.

In sports, the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup and Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup, and Ralph Guldahl was the U.S. Open Golf champion.

In the news LOOK magazine hit the newsstands, Amelia Earhart’s plane disappeared, Japan invaded China, and President Roosevelt outlawed marijuana.

Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey, and Bing Crosby were the music masters while in the movies A Star is Born and the Good Earth were hits and The Life of Emile Zola won an Academy Award.

Well, we all know what happened to the cost of living and the plight of marijuana. We also know that life expectancy is now eighty-plus years and I, for one, am happy about that. I was born in 1937.



God is Watching Us

helix NebulaHere is a photo of the Helix Nebula, defined as a cloud of dust and gases in the universe. It is also known to some as “The Eye of God”.

This photo reminds me of the Bette Midler hit of the nineties “From A Distance”, which won a Grammy Award for best song of the year. Click below to hear “God is watching us from a distance”


I’m wondering if Bette knew anything at all about the Helix Nebula when she recorded her famous hit, or if it’s just another of God’s wonderful ways of making himself known on our planet. The simple complexity of it all is a wonder in itself. TYG.