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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


Past beckons



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January 26, 2011 - I was getting nostaglic for the past leading up to the Clarkston Strolling Retro Cocktail party held on Saturday.

As the mind wandered from hats to dresses to shoes leading to sounds of typewriters pounding out letters fiercely as rolled by, I became swept away, finding myself in one of the comic strips from when I was a kid – Brenda Starr.

Or the black and white classic of "His Gal Friday" with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell – the classic fashion.

Yes, both involve a strong female reporter. I have always been drawn to movies and television shows based on the media. What can I say – I need to take a break.

But the nostalgia fades as I stare at my laptop computer. Ah, sweet technology and though I am not a fan of the erupt force of text messages as a conversation, I do like technology.

I gaze upon the newest items at Best Buy, letting my fingers smooth over the newest cell phones, cameras and eReaders.

Even listening to my mp3 as I type out stories on Monday deadline – I remember. Do you remember? The big bulky cassette player, the hours it took to go through other tapes to find songs and make a mixed tape. Eight track players and record players – I know we had both while I was growing up. But the cassette player was my life. I didn't trust the portable CD player when it came along, in fear it would stratch my CDs.

Then, gasp, another technology miracle – the iPod, well let's speed ahead to the mp3 player because I am not an Apple girl.

The music device about the size of a credit card or smaller. So small, holding almost your complete music collection. The realization only 240 megabytes are left in room could easily be 50 more songs.

A simple highlight and drag on the computer instead of hours of transferring on a cassette.

Sorry, I have spent a lot of time with my mp3 player especially with new songs on it.

Yes, I get nostalgic for the simpler times but the mp3 player brings me back in.

But I can still think about how it was, (puts on black fedora hat and chooses Bobby Darin on the player).

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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