I’ve found some other interesting things in going through my parents’ financial records. My dad paid $50 per month for his local phone bill plus another $10 per month in long distance charges. In today’s money that would be at least $300-$400. Clearly, phone bills have gone down a lot over the years.
Never let it be said that breaking up Ma Bell didn’t help consumers.
And I’ve learned that my mom kept detailed calendars for all of us over a period of years—from the point at which we moved into the house she was living in when she died two months ago right up to the time that my dad died. After that, presumably, she didn’t have the time to keep up with the practice.
Now I have these calendars and they’re a detailed accounting of my parents’, my siblings’, and my activities over a period of years. Quite the memory jogger.