Today’s news chum brings together three stories of old things being impacted by a digital future:
- The High School Reunion. A recent article in the SacBee asks the question, “Has Facebook killed the High School Reunion?” The basic issue is this: We’re now staying in touch with our high school friends via Facebook, so who needs the reunion? I think this is certainly a valid question for the younguns — that is, the folks that have been on the internet their entire life. Will my daughter go to a reunion when she’s been in touch with her friends all her life? I can’t answer that yet — ask me in 10 years. But for us old farts, I don’t think the reunion will die, because not everyone is on Facebook.
- Vinyl Records at Radio Stations. An interesting article from the Chicago Tribune about AM radio station WGN selling their record collection, because they no longer had a need for it. This, evidently, is what a lot of radio stations are doing. This is a collection of over 10,000 records. Most of it was sold to Dusty Groove America, which operates a storefront as well as a mail-order business. Store owner Rick Wojcik and his employees hauled dozens of cardboard boxes filled with LPs, 45s, 78s and CDs out of WGN’s storage space in Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue last week and took them to Dusty Groove headquarters at 1120 N. Ashland Ave.
- Road Maps. I love maps. People ask why I started my highway pages, and a map collection and curiosity about numbering is the answer. The LVRJ had a nice article about whether road maps are going away in this digital era, exploring how some states have stopped printing them, but others still want the maps for visitors and such. Me, I love the paper maps because you can use them in places where you could never use a digital map.
Music: The Most Beautiful Strauss Waltzes (The Ball Orchestra of Vienna): The Beautiful Blue Danube