I grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. Where most families worked for IBM. My dad worked for IBM for 34 years. And that entitled us to be members at the IBM Country Club.
My dad played handball and racquet ball there every weekend. Which meant that my brother and I went along too. There was so much to do there. Tennis courts. Several baseball diamonds. A golf course. Olympic swimming pool. A bowling alley. Basketball gym. Weights. Cafeteria.
That place was awesome. During the summer, they offered camp for the kids. We went every week. They had archery, swimming, everything. I was even on a baseball league there.
I remember they even had fireworks, especially remember the one from 1976 the country's 200th anniversary.
We moved out of Poughkeepsie, NY in 1982 to Tampa Florida. Many years later I heard they shut down the IBM Country Club --> http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2010/12/13/mourning-the-ibm-country-club-and-end-of-the-corporate-family/
That's too bad. The economy has changed, the world has changed so obviously the workforce has changed. IBM was the place to work when I was a kid growing up in Poughkeepsie, NY.
A lot of my childhood was spent at the IBM Country Club and I'll remember those days forever.