40 Years of Change

As you’re no doubt aware, The Mailbox is celebrating 40 years of helping teachers by delivering creative ideas and activities that engage students and help meet Common Core standards. In the early days, we were known for our creative teacher workshops. Today, it’s our books, magazines, mobile apps, and digital and online resources. We’ve come a long way, baby.

What else has changed since 1973? Well, in 1973…

  • CBS sold the New York Yankees to George Steinbrenner and 12 others for $10 million. Today, Forbes magazine estimates the team’s value at $2.3 billion.
  • Pan American and Trans World airlines canceled their orders for 13 supersonic Concorde passenger jets. Today, Pan Am and TWA no longer exist, and the last Concorde jet flew in 2003.
  • The first handheld mobile phone call was made at Motorola in New York City. Today, more than half of all adult Americans own a smartphone.
  • The Sears Tower in Chicago opened, the tallest building in the world at that time, at 1,451 feet. Today, the tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 2,722 feet.
  • Secretariat won the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing. Only two other horses have achieved this feat since: Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978.
  • The average price for a gallon of gas was 39 cents. Today, well, it might be cheaper to ride a horse.

A lot has changed since we started doing business, but our dedication to you, the teacher, remains steadfast. What’s your favorite memory of the last 40 years? What’s your favorite memory of The Mailbox? Share with us.

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