PEOPLE, POLLUTION & POSTERITY
April 3, 1970
George F. Hacker
Sarah Jeanne was born on Monday, February 7, 1970 at 6:52 p.m. in
Silver Spring, Maryland, How soon this event was indicated on the electronic
scoreboard in the Department of the Interior building I do not know, but
in any well managed hostelry arrangements are made in some office to
anticipate the needs of a newly arrived guest. If such was the case in this
instance the first lung filling scream should have activated the computer
in the planning room to reserve for her lifetime use 56,000,000 gallons of
water, 21,000 gallons of gasoline, 10,500 pounds of meat, 28,000 pounds of
milk and cream, 9,000 pounds of wheat and great storehouses of other foods,
drinks and fabrics as well as a considerable quanity of air and space*
This seems like a large order but its magnitude is dwarfed by the fact
the before the minute hand on the clock that night reached 7 p.ou 60 more
screaming guests had arrived at a similar registration desk and were
demanding the same consideration.
It was 7*45 when the news of this momentous event reached me and in
that interval another 338 vocal guests had arrived somewhere in the U.S.
with the same demands.
It may help you to accept the accuracy of my time awareness in this
situation to know that the 6:42 arrival was Sarah Jeanne Hacker. She was
not the first grandchild to come into my life but she was first one whose
arrival interrupted me in the task of writing a paper entitled, "PEOPLE,
POLLUTION & POSTERITY."
A natural grandfatherly reaction at such a time is to think of doing
whatever lies within his power to provide some protection against the
adversities which life may bring to the new born. This usually has involved
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