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One Man's Journey Through Time
  • Robert L Langley
One Man’s Journey Through Time When Professor Winston woke up this morning he didn’t realize that he would be famous by bedtime. He woke up at his regular time, which is 6 A.M., and went about his normal routine for preparing for the day of teaching young minds how to expand their horizons. Professor Winston is a quiet, reserved man who enjoys teaching the next generation of psychologist’s how to look outside themselves to appreciate other peoples viewpoint when it relates to themselves. He also happens to be a tinkerer who has a basement full of tools which he uses to bring his dreams to life. The day started as any other, in that he did wake up. He brushed his teeth, took a shower, and made his coffee and stepped out to get the morning paper. While walking to the coffeemaker to get his first cup he happened to glance at the time and noticed that the hands seemed to stand still, at first glance he thought the battery had died but when he stepped closer the clock resumed so he thought it might have been his imagination playing tricks on him. He had stayed up most of the night working on his latest invention, which was an extremely small computer that attaches to the head with a small band. Now, he wasn’t exactly sure what the computer did, but he had dreamed of it a few nights ago and was interested in seeing if he could make it work. He was surprised it didn’t take long to build, and the rest of the time had been spent testing it to see what it could do. He had placed the band on his head and turned the computer on but didn’t feel any affect’s from it, so he thought it hadn’t done anything. Winston thought, “Just another failed experiment”, and went to bed. Winston looked at the time and realized he would be late if he didn’t hurry, so he grabbed his briefcase and his jacket and jogged out to his car. He drove the quiet streets to the campus and parked in his usual spot. He walked to his classroom and settled in for his day. The first student’s began to arrive at seven o’clock and greeted him with enthusiasm, because he was a well liked instructor for those taking his class. He started the class each day by asking a question, it varied every day but all the questions he asked had a central theme to them in that the class was expected to make observations while away from class and present them to the class as a whole. His question for the day was, “If you could travel in time what would your favorite period of time be in?” The question for yesterday had been, “how do hair styles change from generation to generation and what can be learned about the people who have a certain haircut?” Professor Winston looked out at the class and asked,” Did any of you make an observation on the question from yesterday?” Marcus, one of his favorite students, answered “I did, I noticed that a lot of the older professor’s have their hair cut long on top, so that they can comb it over.” Winston asked, “ and what did you learn from this?” Marcus replied,” I learned that no matter how old you get you still want to look good for the girls.” The class laughed at his observation. They spent a while on other people’s observations and then the class was done for the day. Winston went to lunch in the cafeteria and then back to the classroom to grade some papers, Marcus and his girlfriend Jeanette showed up in the middle of his grading and Marcus asked if Professor Winston had a few minutes to discuss the question that he had posed today. Winston said, “ Absolutely, sit down and let’s talk about it, I know it was an esoteric question, but I would like an answer.” Marcus started off, “I would like to live in the latter half of the 19th century in the Eastern Half of the United States, because of the innovations that were beginning at that time and because of the openness of the lands. You could walk for days and not meet another person, or stay in a town and meet all the heroes from that time.” Winston asked, “Are you sure? It was a hard time as well, little food unless you could hunt, most people carried guns at that time, and most jobs were hard work for little pay. What would you do for work? What would you do for shelter and food?” Marcus looked a little bit shocked, “ I never thought of it really, I haven’t held a gun except for once in my life, and it was a little .22 rifle. I guess I would have to think a little bit harder on it than I have. What would be your favorite time, and why?” Winston got a far off look in his eyes and considered the question, “ I would have to say, that I would like to visit the future. I would like to make sure that the world is going to be a beautiful place for our grandchildren when we leave it.”
  • time travel,
  • space time travel,
  • inventions,
  • many worlds
Publication Date
Rodney E. Langley
Citation Information
Robert L Langley. One Man's Journey Through Time. 1stSpringdaleVol. 1 (2013)
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