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50 Years of History in 3 Minutes

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May 24, 2005
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Sorry for the small print. (put your glasses on)

This song & its title was the answer to a Final Jeopardy - only one person got it right - question was (paraphrased)
"What 1980 ' s song do history teachers praise for its educational value."
Never could understand all the references on Billy Joel ' s song - fortunately, with this VIDEO, given the picture(s),
now can "see" what our "ears" couldnt.

Anyway, checked to see purpose behind the song. Apparently, it ' s Joel ' s homage to the 40-years of historical headlines since his birth (1949).
Wish we could have appreciated the depths of this song when it was released.
Twenty+ years later, it ' s amazing what Joel was able to put into music and lyrics lasting only a few minutes.

Here it is, set to pictures. It ' s a neat flashback through the past half century.
Turn up volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes!
Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago (with a lot of spare time,) Wikipedia and Google.

Top left gives you full screen - top right lets you pause. Bottom left shows the year.
The older you are, the more pictures you will recognize.
Anyone over age 65 should remember over 90% of what they see. But it ' s great at any age.

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