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Someone old, someone new ...
By Barry Schrader.................................June
find out his entry onto this tired old globe was during
the Great Oil Spill of 2010, the scintillating Blagojevich trial,
the mega-dump debate, the Blackhawks taking the Stanley Cup,
and the Cubs headed to their first World Series championship
in a century (well, maybe that is a bit too much to hope for).
We got the thrill of seeing a newborn baby this past week,
only 14 days old and totally oblivious of all the news around
the world at his moment of birth. He happens to be a great-grand
nephew on my wifes side of the family, so that is my full
disclosure but not the reason for the column.
old man will turn 70 later this year and my wife is rumored to
be planning a surprise birthday party in a barn, location as
yet undecided, for me. I would love to break out my only pair
of bib overalls and my DeKalb Ag collectors cap, so maybe she
can ask everyone invited to wear their Levis as well. By
the way, I hope that the invitation list will be somewhat exclusive
only people who read this column. I will need to remind
my wife that a drum and bugle corps would be a nice touch, plus
a cameo appearance by the Oak Crest Kitchen Band.
lets get back to what is important about a new life starting
when an old one is playing out. This youngster, whose first two
initials are J.D., will get to read a Daily Chronicle in a few
years that I am framing and preserving from his day of birth.
When this little infant graduates from Indian Creek
High School in the Class of 2028, I predict they will hold the
graduation party at the Potawatomi Casino and Convention Center
at the edge of Shabbona, which by then will have a population
of 14,900. By then the wind turbines now surrounding his farm
will be replaced by solar cells on his roof that will provide
all the energy each household needs. And his transportation vehicle
will no longer use fossil fuels but fuel cells or batteries you
can buy at the hardware store.
I foresee Amy Carter
and Chelsea Clinton vying for the Democratic nomination for president
that year and one of President Barack Obamas daughters
will already have a seat in Congress. Most likely the Republican
Party will have been replaced by the Whigs. J.D. will enroll
in college in China and major in Blogging, spending much of his
time on the Internet taking classes from home while still working
the family farm part time. For a vacation he will grab the space
shuttle for some R & R on the moon base where young people
seek a break from the hustle and bustle of life on Earth.
Now that was the good news. By 2028 I will have had
my ashes scattered near my favorite camping spot in Yosemite
and my wife Kay will be playing honky tonk piano with the Oak
Crest Kitchen Band.
Wouldnt it be exciting
to see an advance copy of that June 2028 newspaper or
more likely, have the latest version of the iPad containing all
the news from around the world at that moment?!?!
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