I'm in the same age group as mcnerd. My mother never canned anything, but my grandmother was an avid canner. Canned everything possible. I can still taste the raspberries and raspberry jam she made.
However, I've had an interest in canning for over 40 years and can what I can get my hands on, especially tomatoes, which I grow.
Canning is a rewarding kitchen task even though it is a hot hard, time-consuming job. Nothing can compare to the taste of home-canned oven-roasted tomato sauce. Just can't get that in ANY store. I've developed my own recipe, which brings me to a point you might be interested in.
Many/most home canners create their own recipes for the things they can and pass them on to future generations of canners.
For example, one of my favorite breakfast tastes is my homemade orange marmalade on one of my fresh homemade English muffins. Now...that's heaven.
Also, there are many foods I wouldn't touch from the grocery store shelves that I relish after having tasted home-canned versions.
Finally, there is nothing more rewarding than to look on one's pantry shelves and see the beautiful rows of reds, yellows, greens, etc. of the jars of canned treats.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!