Unspoken

Then—The cost of a long distance call was worth the price to hear a loved one’s voice. We didn’t mind static, or interruption from a party line, or limits to privacy determined by the length of our phone cord. Still, even with the “modern” convenience of the...

Undivided

Then—In 1892 Francis Bellamy wrote: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Indivisible, undivided, all for one and one for all—inspiring and idealistic words for a young nation....

Undimmed

Then—Ben Franklin flew his kite in a storm and lit up the world with his discovery of electricity. We progressed from torches, oil lamps, and candle wicks to light bulbs. The arc lamp was replaced by Edison’s incandescent light bulb and since then we’ve progressed...

Unconcealed

Then—Facts, just the facts—the who, what, when, and where. Reporters emulated Walter Cronkite who refused to let his personal beliefs affect his reporting. His iconic sign-off, “and that’s the way it is,” was taken at face value by the nation. If Cronkite reported it,...

Unwrinkled

Then—Wrinkled clothes were ironed with steam and wrinkled faces were esteemed with honor. Polyester and perma-press aided the battle with wrinkles and creases. By contrast, wrinkled skin was respected, regarded as an indication of wisdom. Now—Clothes are worn wrinkled...