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Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 September 2008



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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 100
Posted DateSunday 28 September 2008 19:12 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I have two anniversaries to celebrate this month. First, it is my sixtieth birthday and second this is my one hundredth newsletter. I was born on October 1948 and my knowledge letter started in May 2000. I can't believe either myself or my newsletter have survived so long!

I can look back over more than 50 years of my life. As a child, growing up in the fifties, it was a very different world. A few key memories from my first 20 years:
  • My father was one of the first to have a car in our street, about 1955.
  • As a child, holidays were caravan holidays in South Wales.
  • We had our first TV for the launch of ITV in the Midlands in 1956. So I was 7 years old at the time. I remember it well. Those of you my age, living in England, may well recall Andy Pandy, Rag Tag and Bob Tail and more!
  • The first satellite, Sputnik was launched in October 1957 when I was almost 9 years old and stimulated a life long interest in science and technology.
  • I had one of the early consumer reel to reel tape recorders (Phillips Stella) in about 1962. And back then there were no electronic calculators: slide rules and log tables were the norm - a mechanical calculator if you were lucky.
  • The first computer, I ever saw was at Rutherford Labs circa 1965. It was valve driven and water cooled!
  • As a teenager: no phone, no internet. I walked half a mile in all weathers to the nearest red public phone box to phone my girlfriend.
  • Books: you borrowed them from the library. You did not buy them and of course no Amazon.
  • First manned Moon landing in 1969!
I am amazed how much has changed. What changes will I see in the remainder of my life time?

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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