The Times Journal & Russell County News
Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 — RUSSELL SPRINGS & JAMESTOWN, KENTUCKY — russellcounty.net
Get online news updates FREE - Subscribe:  [?]
Google

THE WAY I SEE IT: Living through a lifetime of dramatic change
In Apr. 19 issue, Russell County News
By Barbara Sharp Zimmerman, Columnist


Recently, I received an email from David Davenport, who was out of town on vacation with his laptop in tow. He mentioned how our fathers would have been amazed to know that you could carry on your business nowadays no matter where on earth you may be via the Internet.

My Dad was born in 1905, and the changes he witnessed during his lifetime must have been mind-boggling. Back his early days, electricity was a rarity in Jamestown. Telephones didn’t exist. Heck, Dad remembered the first automobile he ever saw when he was a great big boy. He only flew one time in his life as a passenger in a small airplane over Russell County.

As a young man he experienced radio, then, later, fuzzy black and white television. Then color television via cable. Air-conditioning took the place of cooling drives on hot summer nights. Space exploration began. Men landed on the moon.

When Dad was about 60 years old, he learned how to use a complicated reflex camera and how to process film in a darkroom. He went from an old box camera directly to one that required focusing and setting F-stops and it didn’t seem to bother him at all.

During his lifetime, computers went from being big as a room to the size of a notebook. And not only could you compute massive amounts of information on them, you could even draw on them!

I brought Dad a computer in the mid 1990s, but he never really “got it”, and he didn’t like typing on it preferring, rather, an old electric typewriter (or was that a manual?). He never got on the Internet. Never sent or received an email. Never had a Facebook page. But he didn’t worry about not being computer savvy; he left that for others and continued on with what was most comfortable for him. He learned how to operate a mimeograph machine and produced the church bulletin and newsletter when he was in his late 80s.

Dad seemed to have an uncanny ability to accept change as it happened, even if he didn’t always embrace it personally. He seemed to be able to assimilate the most astounding developments in the world without batting an eye. I remember being amazed at the brand new, automatic Heidelberg press he bought around 1960. Why, the thing almost ran itself! But Dad set it to work just as if he had always operated such a machine.

Perhaps it was all those science fiction novels he read that made him so adaptable. Perhaps it was his easygoing, accepting manner. Perhaps he had seen so much in his lifetime that nothing had much of an effect on him. Perhaps he was a real renaissance man.

Whatever it was, he was content. He didn’t fight change. He knew it was inevitable.

Perhaps that’s why he lived as long as he did.
Content Management Powered by CuteNews
SUBSCRIBE to The Times Journal: CLICK HERE

SPONSORED LINKS


Publish Yourself PUBLISH YOURSELF
You can publish news about your group or organization directly to our site, using your computer.
CLICK HERE
Laker Band LAKER BAND
Visit the award-winning official web site for the Russell County Marching Band.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland Web Cams LIVE WEB CAMS
Views of Lake Cumberland as it is right now, from a number of web cams.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland LAKE CUMBERLAND
lakecumberland.com
Official site for Lake Cumberland with everything for the lake visitor and fisherman.
CLICK HERE
The Times Journal is a weekly newspaper issued on Thursdays. It was first published on October 13, 1949, by Andrew J. and Terry Norfleet.
-
P.O. Box 190
120 Wilson St.
Russell Springs KY 42642
Phone: 270-866-3191
Fax: 270-866-3198
Russell County News is a weekly newspaper issued on Saturdays, and is mailed free to every address in Russell County, Ky. It was first published on February 1, 1913.
-
404 Monument Square
Jamestown KY 42629
Phone: 270-343-5700
Publisher:
David Davenport
(publisher@tjrcn.com)
Managing Editor:
Greg Wells
(editor@tjrcn.com)
News & Sports Editor:
Derek Aaron
(sports@tjrcn.com)
Advertising Manager:
Stephanie Smith
(ads@tjrcn.com)
Business Manager:
Kim Haydon
(business@tjrcn.com)
Production Manager:
Renee Daffron
(people@tjrcn.com)
Jamestown Office:
Kim Graham
(rcnoffice@tjrcn.com)
PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend meetings. Boards or agencies may schedule other meetings at special times, but are required to notify the public.
FISCAL COURT: 2nd Monday of month, 6 p.m. in the Courthouse
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY: 2nd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in the City Hall Municipal Room
JAMESTOWN CITY: 3rd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in basement meeting room at City Hall
SCHOOL BOARD: 3rd Monday of month, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education office in Jamestown
LIBRARY BOARD: 2nd Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Jamestown Library
AIRPORT BOARD: 1st Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Airport
TOURISM COMMISSION: 2nd Wednesday of month, 12:30 p.m. at Tourism Office
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 3rd Tuesday of month, noon at The Cove restaurant
LOCAL & AREA
NEWS SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.
Laker Country WJRS
(Russell Springs)
lakercountry.com/
WKYM-1017 (Monticello)
wkym.com/
Adair Progress (Columbia)
adairprogress.com/
Casey County News (Liberty)
caseynews.net/
Clinton County News (Albany)
clintonnews.net/
Cumberland County News (Burkesville)
burkesville.com/ccn/
Wayne County Outlook (Monticello)
wcoutlook.com/
Somerset
Commonwealth-Journal
somerset-kentucky.com/
Danville
Advocate-Messenger
amnews.com/
Lexington Herald-Leader
kentucky.com/
Louisville Courier-Journal
courier-journal.com/
WKYT-TV, Lexington
wkyt.com/
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
wbko.com/
USEFUL SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.

RUSSELL CO. OFFICIALS
RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOLS
RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY

LAKE CUMBERLAND
STATE RESORT PARK
TV LISTINGS:
Choose your service and provider
SOMERSET MOVIE SHOWTIMES

.