After thinking about the favorite three television series, i started thinking about some of the memories I have from my childhood and the impact they have had.
The three biggest for me are:
Nixon resigning. I was four so I definitely didn’t understand the impact but knew something was happening based on the reactions from my family. I remember being told that the President was in trouble for being a bully and then lieing about it. Overly simple but I was four and still remember it. The impact, don’t be mean and don’t lie when caught. Yes, it wasafine line but basically lieing is usually worse then just admitting what one did wrong.
ApolloSoyuz lainch. I remember this one very vividly, a black and white television that had push buttons to select VHF channels, a chrome bezel, and of course rabbit ears. I even remember the orange short pile carpet and off white cloth couch. I was hooked on space.
The loss of Challenger - yes there were lots of space milestones like Viking and Voyager. Cultural milestones like Star Wars and M*A*S*H. However it was the first time I experienced astronauts losing their lives and that space flight wasn’t easy. Also seeing the impact to the country helped me understand more about previous loses and successes to the country. It also showed people were willing to pay the ultimate price for things they believed in. Not science per se, but what a person believed in.
I can trace various decisions and paths in my life back to these three items.