Energy Crisis of 1979

I was watching some older McDonald’s commercials when I ran across this one.

I was thinking “Hey, I remember that commercial.” but when I was a child I didn’t understand what it was all about. I would have been around 13 years old then, but I do not have any memories about that gas shortages. Maybe it had to do with the fact that we lived in a small rural town, so I didn’t see the long lines at the gas pump.

Through the eyes of the child, the world is still a magical place, and we don’t always understand the real problems of the world that is going on around us. It reminds me of my father. I have talked with him several times about WWII. He was 7 when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and he said he can remember seeing the bombers flying in the sky but it didn’t mean anything to him. He had no idea what was really going on in the world.

How ironic that the same issues exist today that occurred in 1979. (For us in the states anyway.)



You are so right! When we are children, we have no idea about the problems of the world. And we certainly wouldn’t understand them even if we did. My mother was about the same age as your father during the second world war, and even though she lived in Europe and had German and Italian soldiers marching through her town, she didn’t fully grasp the gravity of it all. One German soldier stopped to give her some candy while she was playing outside her home. Perhaps he was missing his own children. At that age, he was just another person to her. Not an enemy.

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