More of my life has disappeared.
Last week Kodak ceased production of Kodachrome -- that marvelous film that several generations used to capture lifetimes of memories in vibrant colors, and which Paul Simon immortalized in his 1970s song. But like Burma Shave signs and the family stationwagon, now its gone, a victim of digital photography.
Kodachrome was there when my kids were born and when I took my first trip to Florida. It was with me on my first trip to Florida, on vacations, on hot summer picnics and cool fall days for a walk in the woods.
Recently I've been converting prints and slides on to digital images. It is a bitter-sweet journey -- sweet memories tempored with pangs about how fast time has gone.
So one more time, before Kodachrome is relegated to the scrapheap of outmoded products with milk bottles and record players, let's think back on Paul Simon's Kodachrome:
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away