Monday, April 24, 2017

#AtoZChallenge Television

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Probably the best invention of all time. in 1954, the year I was born,  29 million U.S. households had television sets, doubled since 1951.  They became a main fixture of the home. (and still is) Like an altar to the television gods, we used to place, family pictures, flowers and display our birthday cards on top of the TV set. (remember when we called it a TV set?)  The television was a part of the family and it was included in many of our family photos.

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They were all so happy and smiling, to be standing next to the TV SET.

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Except for this couple. They look like they are being forced to stand next to it. Not happy at all.

When we were not posing in front of the television, we took pictures of the family, WATCHING television.

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The first babysitter!  Isn't that the babysitter sitting with the kids, watching TV, too? Best way to calm those little cowboys and cowgirls before bedtime.

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Family time in front of the TV.  What can I say? We LOVED our television and still do.

 1961 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS: 
Outgoing President Eisenhower issues warning of a "military industrial complex" developing in America
President Kennedy establishes Peace Corps
Cuban exiles fail in their bid to invade Cuba through the Bay of Pigs; President Kennedy accepts responsibility
Soviets build wall dividing East and West Berlin
Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann tried in Israel, found guilty
"Freedom Riders" travel throughout the South to test and promote integration measures; many are assaulted and beaten

 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes first human in space during a single-orbit flight Commander Alan Shephard Jr. becomes first American in space in a suborbital flight aboard Mercury 3;
Virgil Grissom follows in similar fashion two months later
Soviet space probe Venera 1 becomes the first man-made vehicle to reach another planet when it arrives at Venus
First lasers developed
Anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey discover Homo habilis in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania

Electric toothbrushes introduced
"Frito" corn chips appear

FUN FACTS: "Barbie" gets a boyfriend when the "Ken" doll is introduced

Saturday, April 22, 2017

#AtoZChallenge Smoking

Fake news? 

YUCK! The only thing I ever smoked was pot! Hated cigarettes. I was in the minority, though. It was cool, cheap, and socially acceptable. Everyone was smoking. My dad smoked when I was a kid - I remember the ashtrays, and when he was driving- with his little wing window open. (As if the smoke didn't totally clear the car) I hated it. I always slept with my bedroom window cracked open and left my bedroom door closed all the time. He quit smoking around 1967.

My mom never smoked.

Advertising like this, made smoking seem harmless

Yes that's Ronald Reagan

Smoke to sooth your throat 

even Santa smoked

So happy, my mom never smoked.

1960 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS: 
 John F. Kennedy elected President in narrow contest over Richard Nixon
Soviet Union shoots down an American U-2 reconnaissance airplane over Soviet airspace and captures pilot Gary Powers, forcing U.S. to admit to aerial spying
Black students stage a sit-in at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC to protest segregated seating at the establishment; the event inspires a wave of such sit-ins across the South
Belgian Congo wins independence
U.S., Britain, France and the Soviet Union conduct summit talks, but without results
U.S. relations with Cuba deteriorate as Castro regime seizes U.S. assets

U.S. launches: Tiros I, first weather satellite Echo I, first communications satellite (experimental) Transit I-B, first navigational satellite Corona, first spy satellite
Soviet Sputnik 5 launches two dogs into orbit and returns them safely to earth
U.S.-French team aboard the deep-sea vessel Trieste dives to a record 35,800 feet in the Pacific
 First studies linking cigarette smoking with heart disease

Friday, April 21, 2017

#AtoZChallenge Rock and Roll

Now this is an area, my baby-boomer PRIDE shows through. We had the BEST music that still lives on. While the cultural beginnings, probably took place between the mid 40's to the 50's, those early rock and roll legends, inspired a generation of GREATS!

My mom was 19 when she had me and so I remember watching my mom and dad dance and listen to the 50's rock and roll. My mom used to fold clothes, while watching early American Bandstand. The 50's grew into the 60's and then, my own brand of music hit the shores of America.

The British Invasion. I was in the 4th grade. I don't even remember what we were listening to before the Beatles. One of my friends, came running across the field, with her transistor radio - wanting us all to hear this new music. Thinking about it now, I don't get it. But back then, hearing them for the first time, was almost like a spiritual moment. Maybe because up to that point, I was still listening to what my mom and dad were listening to. Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Drifters, Connie Francis, Bill Haley and the Comets, Doris Day, Brenda Lee and Frank Sinatra. We all could tell immediately. THIS WAS OUR MUSIC!

My mom and dad, did not like the Beatles at first, but they eventually did and when they did, I was on to the Rolling Stones.

I lived on the pacific coast so the big group for us, was the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. All the guys at school, who started groups, started out with a beach sound, like the beach boys. My next door neighbor, was a drummer for a local group called the Poorboys. They each wore a matching poorboy sweater. Anyone remember those? It was a ribbed lightweight knit shirt or pullover.

Living just 14.2 from the Haight Ashbury, the hippie invasion, invaded our beaches and our local culture, and that meant the music, too.

I cut school for the first time, when I was in the 7th grade. We went to a boys house, whose Mom worked and he was in high school. There I smoked pot and drank colt-45 and listened to Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit and Somebody to Love. To this day, when I hear the originals, it totally takes me back.

I could go on and on - I gave my parents their gray hair during those times. We just lived too close for it not to affect us. I remember one time, my mom was upset with me, my loud music, and the constant fragrance of my patchouli incense, coming out of my room - she had it with me.

Mom: "Okay, you want to be a hippie? You want to drop out?"
Me: Yeah
Mom: Okay then, we are a family. Don't you think your dad would love to just drop out,not work anymore? 
Me: (thinking)

Mom: We'll ALL drop out. We'll all be hippies. Your dad, me, your sister. We'll just lay on the beach all day, listening to music, have no cares - "
Me: (thinking, oh crap - how embarrassing having my whole family to hang with - this is NOT what I want.)

Dad comes home from work. I'm in my bedroom, with a sick stomach - Mom sounded really convincing. Next thing, they both call me out of the room.

Dad: Your Mama tells me, that we ALL are going to drop out.
Little sister giggling and acting annoying like most little sisters. She is in on the joke.
Dad: Just want you to know, we'll have to sell the house - we'll all be sleeping on the same bed  and ...

Me: OKAY I get it. Just STOP!!!! As I ran into my room, slamming the door - crying - and turning on my Jimi Hendrix, Are you Experienced Album.

They just didn't understand me.

1959 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS: 
Fidel Castro’s forces victorious in Cuban revolution
Alaska and Hawaii become U.S. states
U.S. and Canada complete St. Lawrence Seaway
Vice President Richard Nixon engages Soviet leader Khrushchev in an informal "kitchen debate" at a Moscow trade show where U.S. kitchen appliances are on exhibit

EVERYDAY LIFE: Studies determine that more Americans have died in auto accidents than in all U.S. wars combined
Playboy magazine debuts, featuring Marilyn Monroe as its first centerfold
Toy manufacturer Wham-O introduces the "Frisbee"

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