During the late 1980's, many of us remember when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down!. It was a great time in history for all of us, for it marked the end of the dangerous Cold War!
For the first time, Westerners were allowed to go into Eastern Europe, and they brought back with them horror stories and photos of the despicable living conditions that existed there for many years. The dilapidated housing...factories...and, buildings looked as if time had stood still.
Because those countries were under Communist rule...the people did not have the freedom of expression to exchange ideas with one another.
Here in the United States, Americans enjoy and are blessed with freedom of speech...opportunity, and can exchange ideas with one another. This has made the United States of America the greatest and most powerful country in the world.
I've always been fascinated with the creativity and ingenuity displayed by the American people in so many different fields. For example: How are stuffed animals made?; how do the pills we all take know where to go? (what if there's a fork in the artery?); how do diskettes hold information?; where do musical notes come from?; how about those creative personalized license plates scattered all across the country; fabulous clip-art produced by the talented graphics artists; how does a microwave oven work?;
The Rose Bowl Parade: This is one of America's most creative events. Year after year, this creative event shines under the sun for all to enjoy.
Mt Rushmore: This is one of America's treasures! I've always been fascinated with Mt. Rushmore, and how the four presidents; Washington; Jefferson; T. Roosevelt; and Lincoln where sculpted on the side of the mountain, way back in 1927. The figures, in granite, stand 60 feet tall, and it took 14 years to carve them. To get the detail on the figures at this size is nothing short of mind-boggling! It just goes to show you the even the impossible is possible!
Panama Canal: This is one of America's engineering wonders, as the lakes and locks proved to be the right idea at the time. It took ten years and over 70,000 people worked on the canal, at a cost of 400 million dollars! There were over 5,600 deaths during the building, mainly from malaria and yellow fever. The Panama Canal was officially opened in August, 1914.
Disneyland: The Disney studios have written the book on creativity, and every year, they WOW us all, with the material they put out, etc.
Elimination of polio: Great people do great things! Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the vaccine to elimnate polio from the face of the Earth! "The Salk Institute truly reflects the broad humanistic of its namesake. Salk died at the age of 80 on June 23, 1995, and a memorial at the Institute, with a statement from Salk captures his vision: 'Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.'"
Time is money: After one of my job layoffs, I worked, as a temporary employee, at a plastic parts manufacturing plant. This is one of the cleverist ideas I've ever seen. One of the machines, produced two different parts at the same time. A larger part measured about 4" by 2," and the smaller part measured about 2" by 1/4." A box was set on the floor to catch the parts as they came out of the machine and onto the conveyor belt. The parts then had to be separated by hand by the operator.
Somebody on the night shift, came up with the idea, to separate the parts while still on the conveyor, and it didn't cost a cent. It was done with a simple piece of cardboard, measuring about 15" long, by 4" high. A slot was cut at the bottom of the cardboard about 1/2" by 4" long, just enough to let the small part through. The piece of cardboard was then taped to the conveyor, at a 45 degree angle. When the two parts came down the conveyor belt, the skinny, wafer-like part went through the cut-out in the cardboard and went on its way. But, the larger part did not fit under the cut-out, so it scooted diagonally down, and around the cardboard...effectively separating the two parts. When 300,000 parts had to be produced, the reader can see that this was quite a time-saver, and it didn't cost a dime!
International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta: (Over 800 hot-air balloons) Billed as the most photographed event in the world, it happens right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I live. There's not much creativy in an ordinary hot-air balloon. But, the creativity comes in with the special shapes balloons. Special shapes include: the piggy bank; the Ark; newspaper; bottle of wine; the old tennis shoe; Garfield; Boo-Boo Bear; pumpkin; and my favorites are the dairy cow; Nelly the pink elephant and the turtle wearing the sneakers! What a treat, to watch all these creative giants fly over-head, etc.
Why didn't I think of that? How many times have you asked yourself that question?
After all, or most of the negatives have been removed from one's life...a positive atmosphere can set in...hopefully with the use of humor.
In the spirit of teamwork and cooperation...WE THE PEOPLE, can set off all those firecrackers in our heads, in the form of ideas...which will, hopefully be
REVOLUTIONARY! Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!