Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) Do you recall what you were doing in 1995? Family, school, work, hobbies, technology, genealogy, vacations, etc?
2) Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.
Family: In 1995, we were empty-nesters here in Chula Vista, with Lori in her 3rd year at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Tami n her first year at Azusa Pacific. The Bank of Dad was open and was used often.
Work: Linda was teaching 4th grade at Montgomery Elementary in Chula Vista. She enrolled in the Eisenhower Science seminar to enhance her science experience, and organized a science club at school last spring. Her class participated in ISTEP (International Student Exchange Program) and worked with an exchange student from Greece.
Hobbies: Linda collected more angels at craft stores all over Southern California.
My major non-work interest was genealogy research. I had a major breakthrough finding a Salem Witch, Rebecca (Towne) Nurse, in my ancestry. I kept in touch with other researchers through access to Prodigy, Delphi, FidoNet and the Internet for genealogy data. Weekly FHC and library visits kept the data flowing, as did correspondence with people all over the country. After a trip to Hartford, Connecticut on business in July, I spent a weekend in New England visiting libraries and graveyards, and had enjoyable visits with friends and cousins.
Technology: We had a Windows 3.1 PC that was only about three years old, with a printer and a modem. I had been on Prodigy since 1992, started using Delphi, and was starting to use the Internet for genealogy.
Vacations: 1995 was our 25th wedding anniversary year, so we had a second honeymoon to Tahiti during Easter week, staying on the islands of Papeete and Moorea, with the beach just outside the room. It was very beautiful, relaxing, and fun. We did some sightseeing, a little shopping, some snorkeling, and a little canoeing (after flipping over and cooling off!). The girls threw an anniversary party for us at our house with about 75 family and guests.
For our summer vacation, we took a three week trip through eight Western states. The itinerary consisted of: San Diego - Las Vegas - St. George UT - Salt Lake City - Jackson WY - Yellowstone Park - Twin Falls ID - Boise ID - Reno - San Francisco - Morro Bay - San Diego. We stayed with friends in St. George, visited Zion National Park, and I had two days of research at the Family History Library (first visit). Grand Tetons National Park was awesome; we took a boat across Jenny Lake and climbed up Cascade Canyon to a waterfall. Yellowstone National Park was breathtaking; we saw Old Faithful, many geysers, springs and colorful mudpots, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Yellowstone Falls. We also visited Gardiner, Montana, which was Linda's father's birthplace. We enjoyed several ranger programs, especially one on the re-settling of gray wolves within the Park. In Twin Falls, we stayed with the Reeves family, and we visited the Shangle's in Boise, and had a beautiful ride to McCall ID for sightseeing and shopping. While in Reno, we took a drive to Virginia City and were amazed by the mines dug in the 19th century. On the way home, we visited Papa Lee in San Francisco and Lori in Morro Bay. It was a long, interesting, and fun trip.
In early September, Linda, Randy, and Tami flew to San Jose to enjoy a Leland family celebration of Papa Lee's 84th birthday and brother Paul's 50th birthday. Linda was able to see cousins and friends that she had not seen for about 30 years.