In the mid-1960s, many members of the Baby Boomer generation, myself included, began wearing bell-bottom pants, growing our hair long, and fighting the rising tide of conformity to avoid being pigeonholed into jobs that wouldn't bring us satisfaction and fulfillment.
Perhaps one of the most popular tomes for our do-it-yourself cohort was
The Whole Earth Catalog
, which was published in a few evolving editions between 1968 and 1972. Compiled and edited by Stewart Brand (who also played a role in the computer think tank that inspired Steve Jobs), this impressive phone-book-like publication preceded the internet-in fact it was our internet!
The catalog provided access to the tools and resources needed to do just about anything, from building geodesic domes to motorcycle maintenance.
Big deal, you say.
Well, it was a big deal.