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Aug 22, 2010

No Two Stories Are Alike

The Prudential ad slogan on the bus.

The bus ad slogan, click on images to enlarge.

This blog topic is quoted from the latest Prudential insurance campaign ad slogan:

"We listen. And we know that no two stories are alike".

Sounds nice.

Apparently we are talking about people. Not things though.

It has never amused me as an "ad slogan fan". The ad copywriters are very creative people and these ad slogans know how to KISS (Keep It Sweet and Short) which attracts the attention of the target audience. Simple wordcrafted short phrases in a candid ad with easy to remember at a glance.

Please check out my previous blog on a related blog topic about ad slogans at: "Creative Ad Slogans of 1960s" .

Another one from NTUC Income: "Same, same...but different". Lots of different meanings in them. This is funky, don't you think so ;)

No two stories are alike with people, special is everyone as humans. Not Martians!

Remembered "Dolly" the cloned sheep many years ago?

Cloned "Dolly the Sheep" on the TIME cover.

People cannot be cloned with experiment in the science labs. God forbid! Please create all creatures big and small, not cloned. Each individual is born special.

Although cloned sheep may look alike in similar appearance, they are never the same. No two stories are alike for all the cloned "Dollies".

So...same, same...but different! No two stories are alike!

A friend forwarded me the following link to share here:

What Happened in My Birth Year .... a nostalgia look back

This is really slick based on western history. However, it would be a good idea to modify it as "What Happened in My Birth Date/Year/Country". Any takers to work on a similar concept for this project? It would be interesting.

Just type in your year of birth and watch!

You'll enjoy this. . . (as a test for my own birth year in 1948) below:

Try it out for yourself: "What happend in my birth year" .

I hope to have a version on the history and news reports on Singapore in 1948.

In 1948, the world was a different place.

There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo. Or, for that matter.

In 1948, the year of your birth, the top selling movie was Easter Parade. People buying the popcorn in the cinema lobby had glazing eyes when looking at the poster.

Remember, that was before there were DVDs. Heck, even before there was VHS. People were indeed watching movies in the cinema, and not downloading them online. Imagine the packed seats, the laughter, the excitement, the novelty. And mostly all of that without 3D computer effects.

Do you know who won the Oscars that year? The academy award for the best movie went to Hamlet. The Oscar for best foreign movie that year went to Monsieur Vincent. The top actor was Laurence Olivier for his role as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark in Hamlet. The top actress was Jane Wyman for her role as Belinda McDonald in Johnny Belinda. The best director? John Huston for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

In the year 1948, the time when you arrived on this planet, books were still popularly read on paper, not on digital devices. Trees were felled to get the word out. The number one US bestseller of the time was The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas. Oh, that's many years ago. Have you read that book? Have you heard of it?

In 1948... Mahatma Gandhi begins his fast-unto-death in Delhi, to stop the communal violence during the Partition of India. The Italian republican constitution goes into effect. Scientists Ralph Alpher and George Gamow publish the Alpher-Bethe-Gamow paper about the big bang. The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations. Chaim Weizmann is elected as the first President of Israel. Killer smog settles into Donora, Pennsylvania. The world's first Air Car-ferry service is flown by a Bristol Freighter of Silver City Airways from Lympne to Le Touquet. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates for health reasons.

That was the world you were born into. Since then, you and others have changed it.

The Nobel prize for Literature that year went to T. S. Eliot. The Nobel prize for physics went to Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett from the United Kingdom for his development of the Wilson cloud chamber method, and his discoveries therewith in the fields of nuclear physics and cosmic radiation.

The sensation this created was big. But it didn't stop the planets from spinning, on and on, year by year.

Years in which you would grow bigger, older, smarter, and, if you were lucky, sometimes wiser. Years in which you also lost some things. Possessions got misplaced. Memories faded. Friends parted ways.

The best friends, you tried to hold on. This is what counts in life, isn't it?

The 1940s were indeed a special decade. World War II continued, affecting people in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. The post war world encouraged decolonization, new states and governments emerged, while others declared independence, often not without bloodshed. The dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is published, picturing a totalitarian Big Brother regime controllings its citizens. The NATO gets established.

Iceland declares independence Denmark. Mao Zedong's Chinese Communist Party is victorious in the Chinese Civil War. Mathematics sees the invention of cryptography. Ballistic missiles are created.

Do you remember the movie that was all the rage when you were 15? 55 Days at Peking. Do you still remember the songs playing on the radio when you were 15? Maybe it was Walk Like a Man by The Four Seasons. Were you in love? Who were you in love with, do you remember?

In 1948, 15 years earlier, a long time ago, the year when you were born, the song I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover by Art Mooney topped the US charts. Do you know the lyrics? Do you know the tune? Sing along.

I'm looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain
Third is the roses that grow in the lane

There's a kid outside, shouting, playing. It doesn't care about time. It doesn't know about time. It shouts and it plays and thinks time is forever. You were once that kid.

When you were 9, the movie The Pied Piper of Hamelin was playing. When you were 8, there was Around the World in Eighty Days.

Progress, year after year. Do you wonder where the world is heading towards? The technology available today would have blown your mind in 1948. Do you know what was invented in the year you were born?

The Long Playing Record. Holography.

It's a photograph taken in Paris at the end of the honeymoon
In 1948, late in the month of June
Your parents smile for the camera in the sienna shades of light
Now you're older than they were then that summer night

That's from the song Come on Come On by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

In 1948, a new character entered the world of comic books: The Mad Hatter. Bang! Boom! But that's just fiction, right? In the real world, in 1948, Al Gore was born. And Alice Cooper. James Taylor, too. And you, of course. Everyone an individual. Everyone special. Everyone taking a different path through life.

It's 2010.

The world is a different place.

What path have you taken?

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Blogger Unk Dicko said...

James...a really wonderful post!
I like the what "the world was like in the year you were born".
Haven't tried it yet...later.
But I've read the STimes for the year I was born...on digital online.
It was so, so...fabulous just to be able to do that!
Btw, the song of 1948 mentioned in your post " The Four Leaf Clover" a favourite of mine. It goes well with "It's a sin to tell a lie " in a ukulele medley.

August 23, 2010 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger WK Tan said...

Hi! James,
Just to add a comment to an item
you mentioned --- that T S Eliot
won the 1948 Nobel Prize for
Literature. There is a stamp of
this fact but interestingly the
piece of Eliot's work mentioned
on the stamp is "The Ad-dressing
of Cats" from his book, "Old
Possum's Book of Practical Cats".

The musical, "Cats" based on this
story, has been performed in
Singapore. Readers who want to
take info on the stamp can go to:
tan wee kiat

August 23, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger PChew said...

In 1948 the Malayan Communit Party declared war against the British. As a result, Malaya was under Emergency rule.

August 23, 2010 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you for sharing your digital online from NLB NewspaperSG, unk Dicko.

Lots of efforts must be taken to research the year you were born. Well done.

I am experimenting with "The Straits Times" frontpage headline I was born on the day, 28 September, 1948 and posted to my Facebook profile page wall.


August 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you, WK for this blog input and comments.

I've updated the related posts for the interesting info about T S Eliot's 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Appreciate your sharing on this related posts.

August 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thanks PChew.

As mentioned in this blog, "the world was like in the year you were born" emphasise only the research history of European and Western countries.

The insurgence of the Malayan Communist Party in 1948 could only be found in our local history.

The 5Cs in Singapore nowadays are Cash, Car, Credit Card, Condominium and Country Club.

The 3Cs in Singapore during the tumultuous times struggling for survival in a rugged society were basically:

Communism, Communalism and anti-Capitalism.

The political, economics theory and ideology in the early days after WWII has evolved and gone out of fashion among the younger generations. With the Internet and social networking, the Netizens are more knowledgeable, discreet and discernable.

How times in world history has changed since then.

August 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

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