This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years at what was going on in the eastern Wake area.
In 2004, we were looking at the quality of life in our coverage area in a special edition of the Eastern Wake News. In 1989, Zebulon Middle students were beginning to learn to use devices that have since become commonplace. And in 1964, Zebulon was continuing its fight against polio.
In 2004, the “Eye on Eastern Wake” issue was released, which was focused around exploring the communities that compose eastern Wake County and evaluating the quality of life for those living here. One aspect in particular that was covered is one that has been the source of wailing and gnashing of teeth recently: The weather.
The article ends by saying that “Not knowing what to expect – besides sweat in summer, chills in winter, and a mixture of both in between – is definitely what to expect.
Sometimes, even people who were around before computers were available for individual purchase forget what it was like to not have the entire sum of human knowledge in their pocket. We’ve come to rely on computers as a part of our everyday life, for everything from navigation to communication to entertainment. While few people, if any, foresaw the profound impact that computers would have on our civilization, in 1989, Zebulon Middle School was preparing students to use them.
And even the “brick” phones we carry around today can outpace all of those computers put together. Ain’t technology great?
Half a century ago, people in eastern Wake County were looking out for their own health by taking part in an immunization drive to ward off polio, a diseases that is now nearly wiped from the face of the earth.