Stuff I Did in the '80s
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In the mid-’80s my parents purchased a Uniden cordless phone. The reception was fuzzy and, if your neighbor happened to be on their cordless phone at the same time, you could listen in on their conversation. Aside from that, a cordless phone meant a private conversation free from eavesdropping family members. These conversations were of the utmost importance: who’s going out with who, did anyone understand the homework assignment, or in-depth discussions on new music and movies.

My first girlfriend, Karen, lived just far enough away so that calls to her were billed as long distance. In one month I had racked up $67 in long distance charges (nearly $140 today). My parents were not happy. Phone privileges were taken away for a month and I had to get a job if I ever wanted to call Karen again.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.