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Throwback Thursday

From mid-September to mid-October, the U.S. celebrates German-American Heritage Month to commemorate the many influences that the United States has embraced from German culture. Whether you observe German traditions or those of any other culture, please share your experiences with us on Hopkins Happenings.

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The workplace is a prime location to meet people and develop relationships, and a number of faculty and staff met their spouses at Johns Hopkins. Whether it was at work or school, through a blind date or online dating service or during a social event, we invite you to post how you met your husband, wife or "significant other." Feel free to share a photo.

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Most adults can credit their work ethic and career choices to the teachers who inspired them. Think back on the fond memories of those wonderful people who’ve touched both your personal and your professional life. Who was your favorite teacher and what important life lesson did they instill upon you? Share your story on this week’s “Throwback Thursday” feature.

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One of editor Linell Smith’s first jobs was driving a Good Humor ice cream truck. Graphic designer Dave Dilworth earned his first paycheck as a farm hand bailing hay, but also managed a snowball stand, tested tear gas for Edgewood Arsenal, ran a printing press, and created an in-house graphic design agency at the University of Maryland all before landing his job in the Marketing and Communications Department at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Whether it was working in a fast-food restaurant, babysitting the kids next door or chopping worm heads for research, tell us about your first or most unusual job on this week’s Throwback Thursday blog. Feel free to mention what you do now?

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Whether it’s a game of Trouble or Twister with your siblings, a day at Gwynn Oak Park or Painters Mill Skating Rink, or a sundae at Woolworth’s lunch counter, what’s your favorite memory of simple pleasures while growing up?

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It’s summertime and we want to hear about the songs that remind of you of the hazy, lazy, crazy days of summers past. Think about those great tunes that take you back to the memories of going down to the ocean, dips in the pool and cookouts with family and friends. Whether a child of the 50s, 60s, 70s or beyond, share your favorite melody and for even more fun, share a photo of a nostalgic summer moment.

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Do you remember the days when employees could smoke at their desks or when sheep "mowed" the lawns on the East Baltimore medical campus? How has technology (does anyone remember the pre-fax days or the big, bulky computers), the style of your uniform changed, or the services your department offers changed? Share your comments about how things have changed since you began working at Johns Hopkins. Feel free to post a "back in the day" photo.

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We congratulate all graduates, especially the Johns Hopkins University Class of 2013, which included the first medical degree students to have completed all four years of a new, innovative curriculum called Genes to Society. In August, we welcome the incoming class.

Think back to your high school or college commencement (some of us will have to think back further than others). Whether it came from a teacher, parent or BFF, what was the best advice you received when you went off to college in search of freedom and knowledge or entered the job world for experience and that first paycheck? For even more fun, post a photo of your graduation or prom. (Promise, we won't laugh!) Leave a comment below.

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