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From Birth to Teen in 2 Minutes

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Think it all goes by fast? Listen to an entire childhood in minutes.


Known as the "wizard of sound," Tony Schwartz, the co-creator of the most famous political ad of all time, died last month in New York City at the age of 84. In the "Daisy" ad, created for the Lyndon Johnson campaign in 1964, grainy footage showed a little girl counting and pulling the petals off of a daisy, which then morphs into the countdown of a nuclear bomb.

A brilliant audio engineer, he was also a devoted father who used his skill to capture his daughter Nancy's childhood in this moving 2-minute recording. Listen and be reminded how we should savor every moment of our children's childhood.

To listen, click below

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61 comments so far | Post a comment now
Huh July 11, 2008, 6:46 PM

What nuclear bomb??? What countdown?

Isla July 11, 2008, 7:06 PM

OMG…too too too CUTE!

Leigh Ann Hubbard July 11, 2008, 7:13 PM

Wow. What an amazing idea—and execution. Thank you for posting this.

Leigh Ann Hubbard
Managing Editor
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kc July 11, 2008, 10:52 PM

that is really neat.

Anonymous July 12, 2008, 1:44 AM

too precious!

Laura July 12, 2008, 3:47 AM

That’s just lovely. I think I’m gonna do the same with my kids when I have them.
“Huh”, I suggest you read the article again.

seena July 12, 2008, 6:52 AM

I will always remember and save in my heart and mind. Yes the years go by quickly and there are always others chapters to follow.

suri July 13, 2008, 1:36 PM

That is adorable. It’s brilliantly done. Makes a refreshing change from home movies of our ever growing kids. They do grow up really fast; thanks for reminding me to savour every moment of the present and stop looking so hard for the future!

Aussie mum July 13, 2008, 11:37 PM

This makes me so very sad! My daughter is 7 months now and it brings tears of joy and sadness to my eyes to think this beautiful innocent child will be all grown up in what seems like 2 minutes………

Coolchick July 14, 2008, 6:42 PM

Does anyone else find it out during one of the sections she actually refers to him as Tony and not dad??

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