In the course of my lifetime, the ultimate technology has gone from hi-fi to wi-fi. For you youngsters out there, hi-fi stands for high fidelity which was a big deal in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Hi-fi sound essentially is sound with minimal-to-no distortions, scratches, and background noises which were common on recordings before World War II. For a cultural reference, listen to “I Need Your Love Tonight” by Elvis, when he sings, “I got the hi-fi high and the lights down low.”
For you oldsters out there, wi-fi stands for nothing! Well, the wi stands for wireless, but according to Wikipedia (that’s the modern version of Encyclopedia Britannica) wi-fi is “a trademark name and was stated to be a play on the audiophile term Hi-Fi.” Yeah, I didn’t know that either until I just looked it up.
I remember scratchy 78 rpm records. I remember when the phone had a cord, weighed 12 pounds, and was black. Everyone’s phone was black. I remember when seat belts were an option in cars. But I can’t remember what I had for breakfast . . . It doesn’t matter. Really, this post was just an excuse to listen to Elvis.