Last Updated on October 18, 2020
I was skiing with a group of friends in January of 1984 at Mammoth Mountain, and on that Sunday we quit early to go back to the rented condo to watch Super Bowl XVIII, it was January 22, 1984. While I could look up who played that year it was lost on us because, all of us being new engineers and budding scientists, we saw the famous Apple Launch Commercial – Apple 1984 . You could hear a pin drop as we watched this and then tried to analyze it. Six single guys in their 20’s do not often have such moments of silence and deep thought when drinking beer after skiing while watching a Super Bowl.
From a recent article in the Los Angeles Times “As we reported in 2014, on its 30th anniversary, the “1984” ad aired on national television in its full 60-second form only once, during Super Bowl XVIII on Jan. 22, 1984. It became a legend almost immediately.”
So what does this have to do with preparedness and prepping? Everything.
I was long a fan of George Orwell and of Ann Ryan. I considered them visionaries in the truest sense of the word. The latter I find often dismissed as “some fiction writer of the 1950’s” by progressive college professors I still know – the flack is always heaviest over the target. I get a similar attitude whenever I ask how requiring an ID to vote is racist – a discussion for another day.