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July/August 2003

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40 Years Later
The World, NSDJA and You
by Rosalie Leone

Do you remember the year 1963? It was a historical year as the membership adopted a resolution to change the organization’s name to the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA) and became incorporated in 1963. 

Think back to a few more events in 1963 …

1963, $30,000
Major Events:
• President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas; vice president Lyndon Johnson becomes President;
• Civil rights protests continued throughout the South, during which nonviolent activists are frequently met with beatings and arrests;
• Two-hundred-thousand people marched on Washington in support of civil rights: Dr. Martin Luther King delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech;
• The United States, Soviet Union and Britain signed a nuclear test-ban treaty; and
• Congress expanded its investigation of organized crime.

Business & Technology: 
• Unemployment reached 6.1 percent;
• A new car cost $2,300; and
• The cost of a new house was $30,000.

Science and Technology: 
• Dr. Michael DeBakey pioneered use of artificial heart for use during heart surgery;
• Quasars were discovered; and
• First successful liver transplant.

Sports:
• Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the New York Yankees 4-0 in the World Series;
• Willie Mays signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants for $100,000; and
• Jack Nicklaus won his first Masters golf tournament with more than $125,000 in winnings, and Arnold Palmer became golf’s all-time top money winner.

Arts & Entertainment:
• Movies: “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Birds;” and
• TV Shows: “My Favorite Martian,“ ”77 Sunset Strip,” “McHale’s Navy” and “The Fugitive” were popular.”

Let’s fast forward to 2003…
 
2003, $160,000 Major Events: 
• President Bush declares war on Iraq; and
• Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates over North Central Texas.

Business & Technology:
• Currently, unemployment is at 6 percent;
• An average new car costs $20,000; and
• The cost of a new home today is $160,000.

Science & Technology:
• Worldwide outbreak of SARS;
• Ample evidence for the validity of attributing cosmological distance to quasars;
• Organ transplants for the heart, lungs and kidneys are a viable option; and
• Audio cassettes are replaced with compact discs.

Sports:
• Tiger Woods wins his second Masters golf tournament with prize winnings of $1.8 million; and
• In Super Bowl XXXVII, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers triumph over the Los Angeles Raiders.

Arts & Entertainment:
• Movies: “Chicago” and “Lord of the Rings” take all; and
• TV Shows: “Law & Order” and “CSI.”

Ironically, 40 years later, the NSDJA membership will once again vote on a proposed name change from National Sash & Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA) to the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) (see June SHELTER, page 8). This year in Orlando, Fla., the NSDJA will be celebrating its 40th Annual Convention, as it faces this major decision.
Over the past four decades, with the exception of expected increases in the cost of products and services, there was no way to predict the events and changes that have led us to this point in time. 

It is up to us to gain knowledge and insight from our past. We should definitely cherish the present. We should ask ourselves, “Is there anything in our future we have control over?” I believe that we do. We have the foresight to help shape a better future for our children and the world in which they will live. 

 


Rosalie Leone is the executive director of the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association, based in New Port Richey, Fla.


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