Dad developed and printed this picture that he snapped with his latest up-to-date Kodak 126 instamatic camera of one of the day trips that Mom planned for Dad’s day off in August 1969.
Mom and I are standing on Wacker Avenue overlooking the Chicago River with the Chicago Sun Times building (built in 1958) in the background and just to the left of the building are the rounded Marina City Towers (built in 1964) barely depicted in the picture.
Fast forward 49 years later on this August 2018 morning and see the view taken from approximately the same place. On the way to work I stopped in the same area and snapped numerous pictures with my iPhone camera until I found the right angle. I filtered through, deleted the unnecessary pictures and then emailed to me the one I needed.
The concrete fencing and Marina City Towers are the only two items in the picture that remain the same. Sadly Mom and Dad have both passed. I’m not the child anymore and, in fact, today am 17 years older than Mom was in this picture.
In 1973 an additional building with 52 floors, originally referred to as the IBM Building was built behind the Marina Towers. The Sun Times Building was razed in 2004 and replaced with the Trump Tower with 98 floors completed in 2009.
I have preserved these memories and perhaps one day my grandson will take his child to the same location in another 49 years… 2067 … and record additional changes to this area on Wacker Drive.
Pull out your family album and look for a picture of a location that you could go back to today and take another picture of the same location to see what changes have occurred years later. Then pull out your laptop or take paper and pen and start Keeping Your Memories of that special moment.