I caught a few snippets of the parade later on cable news and on YouTube to assure myself I hadn't missed anything, then moved on to fashion commentators blogging about the various inaugural balls. I experienced more in 30 seconds than I did all day in person in 1961, and in more than an hour of watching the event on TV in the 1980s.
Finally, just for fun, I searched Google Maps for my old house and Pine Spring School. Those evocative images, and the sights I saw from the Obama inauguration, reminded what it had once been like to be young, to see a brand new president … and to be very, very cold.
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Michael S. Malone is one of the nation's best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation's first daily high-tech reporter. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world's largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is the author or co-author of a dozen books, notably the best-selling "Virtual Corporation." Malone has also hosted three public television interview series, and most recently co-produced the celebrated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He has been the ABCNews.com "Silicon Insider" columnist since 2000.