The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


October 5, 2013

Jim Bailey: From birth to septuagenarian is a changing journey


My first car had a manual transmission and a 6-volt electrical system. It had no radio, a manual choke and the starter button was separate from the key. No seat belts, turn signals or windshield washer. It used leaded gasoline, and I had to add a quart of oil frequently.

As a little kid my mom’s washing machine agitated the clothes, then she had to run them through a wringer to get the excess water out and hang them on the line to dry. After we moved to Anderson she got her first automatic washer. But it didn’t spin dry the clothes – it compressed them and literally squeezed the water out. Then she still hung them on the line. I believe I was married before we had our first clothes dryer.

There is much we take for granted these days that didn’t even exist when I was born.

Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at

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