… or “Remembering My Grandparents on D-day”.
The past two days I’ve been trying to watch the movie Pearl Harbor (2001) on cable. I had wanted to see this movie when it came out (despite the poor reviews) and I managed to catch the end last night, and the rest of it this morning … okay, this afternoon … when I woke up.
World War II is significant for my family in several ways. My grandmother was American and worked as a welder in the shipyards of Baltimore, and my Scottish grandfather served in the British Merchant Marines on a supply ship that crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the war my grandparents from two different countries met, got married, and had a son, my father.
But I haven’t been thinking about playing Tetris at all lately, and I haven’t heard of anyone coming together over this game that is typically played solo.
“What in the world am I talking about” or “where am I going” you ask?
Well, after finishing the movie, and taking my laundry out to the cleaners, I turned on my computer and went online. My start page, as always, Google.com, and I am confronted by the Lego like logo today. “???” appeared over my head, shortly followed by “!!!”
Now, I know that Google uses a special logo design when they decide to signify some special event or occasion; so I just had to wonder what was behind the new logo. I clicked to find out and it took me to a page about Tetris’s 25th anniversary. It was launched on June 6, 2004 at the Soviet Unions’ Academy of Science by then 29 year old Alexey Pajitnov.
Of course, June 6, 1944, 65 years ago, was the start of the Normandy invasions by the Allied Forces that lead to the end of the war in Europe a little less than a year later. My grandfather survived the war, as did my grandmother. They married the year before the invasion, and my father was born shortly after.
Do a search for “June 6 1944” and D-day is all you’ll see in the results. No mention of Tetris.