I was enjoying a cup of coffee with my wife and mother-in-law after church yesterday morning at my mother-in-law’s house when my hand brushed past a book shelf filled with a vestige, or relic, of yesterday.
There gathering dust, as I’m sure many others still are in homes around the area, was a complete set of World Book Encyclopedias purchased decades ago.
They’ve been replaced with internet resources by the thousands today.
If your family was like ours during a period that probably ended about 20 years ago, you had an in-home visit from a sales man or woman who assured you that making a rather hefty payment for a period of up to 1 year would place a world of information at the fingertips of your children.
Of course you wanted the best for your kids, so you were easy prey for sellers of World Book, Compton, Brittanica, or one of their encyclopedia rivals.
And, if you really bought in to it, you could buy the annual updates to make sure that the information was current.
With the encyclopedias only available in print and not Braille, I’m personally happy that the encyclopedia is a thing of the past.
I suspect in 20 years or so, people will look back on the way we research today on our computers or smart phones and laugh at it too.
That’s the way I see it.