Paul Simon titled a song after it in 1973. Millions of new parents in the 70's and 80's reiied on it to document our growing families. Professional photographers swore by it for the rich tones it brought to their pictures.
Kodachrome -- one of the best-known products of its time, in its distinctive Kodak-yellow packaging.
But it's no surprise that, as reported in today's New York Times, Kodak is ending production of the once ubiquitous film, which was introduced in 1935. The company reports the once-mighty Kodachrome now accounts for less than 1% of its traditional film sales.
For many of us boomers, who led the charge into digital cameras 15 years ago, the Kodachrome name will stick with us even after you can't find the film in camera stores anymore. The refrain from the Paul Simon hit is one reason. And many of us have, tucked away in closets or attics, thousands of Kodachrome slides of our early married years, our kids growing up, and shots of our parents when they were (OMG!) the age we now find ourselves at. I bet many, like me, haven't looked at those Kodachromes for years because their Kodak Carousel slide projectors are long gone or, if we still have them, the bulbs have burned out and we can't get replacements.
But those boxes and Carousel trays filled with Kodachrome memories are still there.
Sadly, however, the time has come for Kodak to take my Kodachrome away.