Monday, August 10, 2015

The Year Was 1989

The year was 1989...
the price of gas was only 97 cents per gallon.
And Gene and Jo Ann Taylor were ONLY 30 something.

It was the year 1989...
when the first episode of The Simpsons aired and Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" was one of the top 10 hits.

That same year the Taylors struck out on their own, leaving their well paying steady corporate jobs to spread their own wings.

1989 was an up and down year for sports fans in San Francisco. The 49ers won the superbowl, the Giants lost the World series. 
As Gene and Jo Ann set out on their entrepreneurial adventure they too were about to learn about ups and downs.

The year was 1989...
when the first World Wide Web server and browser were just being developed.

Gene and Jo Ann were spreading their news with a paper printed newsletter. Sign sealed and delivered right to your mailbox...not your inbox. Postage was only 25 cents.

There was no google. No social media. No texting, friending or tweeting. And a cell was a basic structural, functional biological unit. Not a device that you couldn't function without. 

Together they were leading face to face walks, side by side throughout Arizona not sitting in front of a computer mesmerized by Facebook..

And the excitement of taking photos on a trip was dropping off your film cartridges at the local Walgreens then patiently waiting 3 days before you could relive the memories -- No sharing in an instant, no instagram! 

The world was changing...
Ronald Reagan uttered "Mr Gorbachev, Tear Down That Wall"
And the Dalai lama won the Nobel Peace Prize. 
Good was happening --  yet sadly apartheid still existed in South Africa...

In 1989 the Taylors had only been to 3 countries on one continent not expecting that 25 years later they would have explored over 30 on 6.   

Many people set out to change the world...
In 1989 Gene and Jo Ann set out to share the world 

...and in sharing, their dream was to make a positive step at a time.

Thank you for being part of this journey....

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