That picture has been floating around recently with the caption “Sears Roebuck Catalogue Assembly Line 1942.” Man, that would not be a fun job.
The demise of Sears is nigh and no one will be surprised when the news finally drops. It’s crazy how massive and dominant Sears was. Heck, you could order everything from sewing machines, clothes, and sporting goods to cars, houses, and livestock. Hey, http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/a20859/sears-sold-70000-homes-from-their-catalog-are-you-living-in-one/those houses were no joke. And in the Nineties, Sears was well positioned to be what Amazon.com is now, and more. They had world’s largest and most successful mail ordering businesses, their own online computer service (Prodigy) which was a joint venture with IBM, and their own credit card (Discover, the only credit card accepted at Sears for almost a decade). All the pieces we in place, no one had the foresight to put them together. To take it a step further, and this is from memory regarding a paper I wrote in grad school, so feel free to fact-check me on this, but also at that time Sears had insurance company Allstate, financial investment firm Dean Witter, and real estate broker Coldwell Banker. With their IBM partnership and early web presence, as well as strong footing in all these areas, I’m amazed they are where they are today.
My grandmother made a wedding dress for her daughter, Eyelene (Yup, that’ how she spelled it, not Eileen). Her husband died in an accident that left her widowed with young children. Eyelene’s daughter, Bonnie, wore that same dress at her wedding, and her husband died from cancer, leaving her widowed with a young child. That child didn’t wear that dress at either of her weddings but it’s in storage.
In all seriousness, my Aunt Eyelene had a leg removed because of cancer. As I young child, I would often hear all variations of the joke, “What do you call a woman with one leg? Eileen”. I was never offended by the joke but wondered how did they know my aunt that lived in California, a woman I’ve never seen in person.
Aunt Eyelene died at the age of 62 on August 2, 1989 – my father’s 66th birthday. I was a 13-year-old and it was the first time I saw my father cry. It happened during a car ride back from the barbershop as his voice cracked when he stated he was the only one alive from his family.
I remember helping Dad with the dishes once and he told me how Eyelene and he used to do the dishes together, but would often make the excuse she had to use the bathroom and never came back to help finish the dishes. Dad said he knew what she was up to but didn’t care, he just wanted to get the job done without their mother and father yelling.
I wonder what kind of brother and sister stories our kids will pass down.
CNN – Doctors perform first U.S. penis transplant – The picture accompanying the article looks like the patient is giving a thumbs up with a half smirk – not that I can blame the guy. However, this line from the article stood out the most, “…while sexual function is a goal, reproduction is not, because of a concern surrounding the ethical issues of who the potential father may be.” The article further states that such a surgery was performed in South Africa in December 2014, and with this line, I wonder if there’s any question to who the father is, “Doctors waited three months to declare the surgery a success, once his urinary and reproductive functions were restored. In June, the man had impregnated his girlfriend.“