A quarter century ago, . . .
We (Terry and I) were the proud parents of our number one son, Derek.
- We lived with Terry’s dad, in a small ranch on 34th street just shy of the Big Ditch in north Wichita.
- I worked for an insurance agency in downtown Wichita, Kansas.
- Terry went into business for himself that spring, after Derek was born.
While searching for something, I stumbled upon our marriage license, ready and waiting for a Justice of the Peace to sign and declare us officially married on May 1st at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.
Meanwhile, in the rest of the world, . . .
- Median Household Income (current dollars): $24,897
- Unemployment: 7.0%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: 22 cents
- The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in 1986 was: 93 cents
- The Oprah Winfrey Show hits national television. (Not that I ever watch her show, but she is ‘iconic’ to our times).
- The Academic American Encyclopedia is available on CD-ROM. It is the first reference work published in this medium.
- Nintendo video games introduced in U.S.
- The Voyager 2 probe passes Uranus in January, returning images and data on its moon, rings, atmosphere, interior, and magnetic field.
- Halley’s comet yields information on return visit (April 10).
- The Challenger exploded soon after launch in January, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
- Chernobyl was making big headlines in the Spring of 1986.*