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By Kit Grode WhenRichandLouRosno trav- eled to Niagara Falls as newly- weds in 1956, well before the ad- vent of home computers and cellphones, there wasn’t much planning ahead involved. “It was not pre-planned to speak of,” Rich Rosno said. “We told some peoplewewere coming, so we could stay with them over- night andsleep there”but the stops along the way weren’t carefully vetted or booked ahead of time. “We didn’t have cellphones,” Lou Rosno said. “You had no way of communicatingwhereyouwere going or where youwere stopping until you got there and stopped.” The drive out toNewYork state tooka fewdays, and the stopswere decided upon as the Rosnos de- cided they were done driving for the day. “We just showed up at a hotel and, if they had a vacancy, we just took it,” Rich Rosno said. There was no such thing as comparison-shopping when it came torestaurantsorhotelsalong the way, either. “Wherever we ate, we would drive three or four hours, we get hungry, we stop someplace to eat. Nothing pre-planned,” Rich said. “Same with the motel room,” Lou added. “Whatever the price was, that’s what you paid. Most of themwere all about the same, though. They were hotels — they weren’t motels — just like The Yancey here (in Grand Island).” Travel plans didn’t change much in the next few decades, other than accommodating the couple’s growing family. “We still didn’t pre-plan (our trips),” Lou said. “We didn’t call ahead to get oc- cupancy, or rooms,” Rich said. Picture a family of eight, driv- ing from Grand Island to South Dakota’s Black Hills in 1974. “We all slept in the same room too,” Lou said. “In one car, too.” “You didn’t have to have car seats,” Lou said. “Or seat belts. Didn’t have them. You were al- lowed to have, generally, whenwe had all seven (kids), five in the backseat and two in the front seat.” Whenmore adults joined in on a trip to upstate New York, how- ever, the family split into two vehicles. “Wehad (paper)maps, so that’s whatwewent by,”RichRosno said. “Again, no cellphones, so we tried to stay together. We got lost once.” The Rosnos kept it simple that trip. Before every leg of the trip, they’d lay out the route — what highways they were taking, what turns they were making, and which cities they’d meet in for lunch or supper — and did their best to keep the caravan of two together through traffic. Rich did most of the driving, so Lou took on the role of naviga- tor in the passenger seat. “I was so sick and tired of the license plate in front of me,” Lou admit- ted. “We got lost a few times; we got lost in Cleveland, and then Steve (oldest child) was driving once and they missed a turn, so we just went on down the road a ways and stopped, and soon enough they came up behind us and then we kept on going.” Now, with cellphones so prev- alent, traveling in multiple vehi- cles has become less of a worry about losing one another. But the Rosnos still prefer theway they’ve traveled for decades. “Wehavecellphones,”Lousaid. “He has one in the car; I have one in my purse. And neither one of us ever have it on.” Evenwhentravelingwithother people, the Rosnos keep their phones only as an after-thought. “I do not like cellphones, person- ally,” Lou said. “I don’t need them. I hate to say that, but I do not need a cellphone. When we’re in the car, if one of the kids wants us to come and meet them, they’ll say ‘Mom, put your cellphone on.’ And then I don’t even know what it sounds like when it rings.” Lou’s disinclination to use a cellphone,muchlessasmartphone, is a commonattitude amongmem- bers of the older generation. It’s an attitude Gary Gannon of Gan- nonTravelAssociatesseesreflected in his senior clientele. “Even if they’re comfortable with the internet, I still think they want to see somebody take care of (the details) for them,” Gan- non said. • Controlled Entry Buildings • Community Rooms • Laundry Rooms • Inside Mailboxes • Elevator Within Building Call Now To Reserve Your New Apartment Home & Become A Part Of This Friendly Community & enjoy… These apartments let you enjoy the beauty and delight of senior living without the worry of yard work or home maintenance. 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Call Today 308-382-3436 The Grand Island Independent THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 4A senior LIVING TRAVEL AND TECHNOLOGY The more things change, the more they stay the same Courtesy photos ABOVE: Lou Rosno poses by Niagara Falls in New York while on her honeymoon in November 1956. Rich and Lou Rosno drove from Nebraska to New York, and stayed at a relative’s. RIGHT: Six Rosno children (from left), David, Jim, Philipp, Mary, Denise and Steve, pose for a photo while on a family trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota in 1974. By Nicole Tiggemann Tribune News Service It’s National Social Se- curityMonth and this year we’re highlighting some of the time-saving features of the my Social Security ac- count. Once you create an account, you’ll see that we already have your work his- tory and secure information to estimate what you could receive once you start col- lecting benefits. 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April is National Social Security Month Continued on page 5A Honeymooning at Niagara Falls, November 1956 “I don’t even know if (Rich’s) relations knew we were coming,” Lou Rosno said. “I’m sure we called them,” Rich Rosno countered. “With what? We didn’t have a phone.” “We had telephone back then.” “I know, but did you know when we were coming or when we were stopping? No. We end up at Niagara Falls and from there we go visit your grandmother, to start with.” “Nothing was preplanned to speak of. It was spur-of-the-moment.” “Your mom may have given us an address of where they lived, but we had no directions of how to get there,” Lou said.