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Class of 1962

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No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,

WE ARE AWESOME !!!!  OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!!

To Those of  Us  Born to become the Class of 1962

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets.

When we rode our bikes, we may or may not have had baseball caps certainly not helmets and facemasks on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat   belts, no air bags, some had little tread or bald tires.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.

We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight..   WHY?  Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on..
No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.

Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.


Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?



~The quote of the month is by  Jay Leno:

'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

Littleton High School

Littleton, Colorado
Class of 1962

HIT SONGS AND TOP OF THE CHARTS

1960
The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
Wild One - Bobby Rydell
Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) - Dinah Washington & Brook Benton
Puppy Love - Paul Anka
Greenfields - The Brothers Four
Mama - Connie Francis

HIT SONGS AND TOP OF THE CHARTS

1961
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
Calcutta - Lawrence Welk
Shop Around - The Miracles
North to Alaska - Johnny Horton

Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert
Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
Pony Time - Chubby Checker
There’s a Moon Out Tonight - The Capris
Surrender - Elvis Presley
Don’t Worry - Marty Robbins
Where the Boys Are - Connie Francis
Dedicated to the One I Love - The Shirelles

HIT SONGS AND TOP OF THE CHARTS

1962
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
Run to Him - Bobby Vee
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke

Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Norman - Sue Thompson

Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
The Wanderer - Dion

Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
Break It to Me Gently - Brenda Lee
Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
Midnight in Moscow - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen
Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You - Connie Francis
Misery Loves Company - Porter Wagoner

 

YEARS AND EVENTS THAT INFLUENCED OUR CLASS OF 1962 HIGH SCHOOL
1960

1960 - Dick Clark told a House of Representatives investigating committee looking into the payola scandal that he, the host of "American Bandstand", never took payola for records featured on his daily TV show. Clark would, however, relinquish rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated 30 years later, amounted to about $80 million.

1960 - Floyd Patterson took back the world heavyweight title by knocking out Ingemar Johansson of Sweden in round five of a title bout at the Polo Grounds in New York City. (Patterson was knocked out in one round by Sonny Liston in a title bout in Chicago, Sep 25, 1962.)

1960 - An American U-2 plane invaded Soviet airspace. The Soviets reacted by shooting down the plane piloted by the C.I.A.’s Francis Gary Powers. It took five days for the Soviets to announce the occurrance to the rest of the world. At first the U.S. referred to the U-2 as a weather reconnaissance plane, denying that Powers was a spy. Later, the U.S. State Department admitted that the mission was to photograph Soviet military installations, and that the mission was justified. Powers was tried as a spy by the Soviet Union. He was sentenced to solitary confinement for 10 years in "Matrosskaya Tishina". In 17 months, he was exchanged for Russian spy Rudolf Abel who had been exposed by the CIA.

1960 - The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. Over 50 million units were sold during the next 25 years. It was the favorite toy of many moms because it was self-contained and so-o-o quiet.

1960 - A world record for a successful free fall was set by Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger Jr. What Kittinger did was quite amazing. He dropped from an altitude of 102,800 feet, more than 19 miles, before opening his parachute -- at 17,500 feet -- over New Mexico.

1961

1961 - “Spanning the globe ... to bring you the constant variety of sport, the constant variety of human competition, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. This is ABC’s Wide World of Sports.” A Saturday afternoon sports program began its long run on ABC-TV. The show, featuring Jim McKay as host, along with Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Jack Whitaker, Heywood Hale Brun and others, was not an immediate hit. Although Roone Arledge’s vision of a worldwide window on televised sports got off to a slow start, "ABC’s Wide World of Sports" became one of TV’s most popular and enduring programs.

1961 - Ricky Nelson reached the top spot on the "Billboard" singles chart with "Travelin’ Man". It was was Nelson’s second chart-topping hit. "Poor Little Fool" made it to the top in August of 1958.

1961 - Roy Orbison was wrapping up a week at number one on the "Billboard" record chart with "Running Scared", his first number one hit. Orbison recorded 23 hits for the pop charts, but only one other song made it to number one: "Oh Pretty Woman" in 1964. He came close with a number two effort, "Crying", number four with "Dream Baby" and number five with "Mean Woman Blues". Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; but suffered a fatal heart attack just one year later.

1961 - Gary Player of South Africa became the first foreign golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Player, age 25, won by just one stroke over both Charles Coe, an amateur, and defending champion Arnold Palmer. Coe shot a record 280, which was the lowest score turned in by an amateur at the Masters up to that time.

1961 - Carl Yastrzemski replaced Ted Williams in left field for the Boston Red Sox. The ‘Yaz’ was just 21 years old and had but two years experience in the minor leagues when he was called. In his first at-bat, he got a hit off Kansas City’s Ray Herbert. Yastrzemski retired in 1984, having played his entire major-league career in a Boston Red Sox uniform.

1961 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters in a game this day, becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.

1961 - "Carnival" opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in New York City. Anna Maria Alberghetti starred in the musical which ran for 719 performances.

1961 - The 33rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Bob Hope, ended the ten year drought during which producer, writer, director Billy Wilder could not capture the elusive Oscar. Wilder was no stranger to Oscar, though. He had three of the golden statuettes sitting on his mantle (or wherever the Wilders keep their awards) from previous years. But this year, the winnings were much sweeter. Not only did Mr. Wilder receive the Oscar for Best Writing/Story and Screenplay/Written Directly for the Screen (shared with I.A.L. Diamond) and the Best Director Oscar (both for "The Apartment"), he and "The Apartment" also received the top award, Best Picture. There were other happy Oscar recipients this night at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, as well. Burt Lancaster took the Best Actor honors and Shirley Jones, the Best Supporting Actress, for their performances in "Elmer Gantry". Elizabeth Taylor was voted Best Actress for her role in "Butterfield 8". "Spartacus", nominated in six categories, won four Oscars, including one for Peter Ustinov as Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The Best Music/Song was awarded to "Never on Sunday" and Manos Hadjidakis from the foreign flick: "Pote tin Kyriaki". Yes, we know ... it’s all Greek to you. Some one-Oscar wonder films from 1960: "Sons and Lovers", "The Alamo", "The Time Machine", "Exodus". Some multi-nominations but no wins from that year include: "Inherit the Wind", "The Sundowners", "Cimarron", "Sunrise at Campobello", "Psycho", "Bells are Ringing", "The Magnificent Seven", "Can-Can".

1961 - John Chancellor became the on-air host of the "Today" show on NBC-TV. Chancellor replaced Dave Garroway, who had resigned after 10 years of early morning duty on the popular program.

1961 - Ty Cobb died of cancer at age 74. Cobb was considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time.

1961 - Rocker Bobby Lewis was starting week #2 of a seven-week stay at number one (one, one, one) on the pop-music charts with his smash, "Tossin’ and Turnin’". Lewis, who grew up in an orphanage, learned to play the piano at age 5. He became popular in the Detroit, MI area before moving on to fame and fortune with Beltone Records.

1961 - Green Bay Packers’ running back/kicker Paul Hornung set a Packer records for points scored in a game: 33. Hornung scored 33 points: four touchdowns, six extra points and one field goal. (The Packers beat the Baltimore Coltsto, 45-7.)

1961 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave approval for FM stereo broadcasting. It would be another five or six years before FM stations went ‘underground’ or ‘progressive’ to attract listeners who were tired of the lack of audio quality on AM stations. FM stations to that time had broadcast in glorious monaural sound.

1961 - Warren Spahn pitched his second no-hit game for the Milwaukee Braves. He beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0. Not bad for a guy who was 41 years old at the time.

1961 - "Shore Patrol Revisited" became one of the most memorable episodes of the CBS-TV series, "Hennessey". The program marked the first time that Jackie Cooper and Mickey Rooney appeared together professionally since they had been teenagers -- some 25 years earlier.

1961 - The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. selected the "Mets" as the name for their National League baseball franchise that would begin play at the Polo Grounds in 1962.

1961 - Pat Boone spent this day at number one for one last time with "Moody River". Boone, a teen heart-throb in the 1950s, had previously walked his way up the music charts, wearing white buck shoes, of course, with these other hits: "Ain’t That a Shame", "I Almost Lost My Mind", "Don’t Forbid Me", "Love Letters in the Sand" and "April Love".

1961 - Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in Greenwich Village. He sang "Blowin’ in the Wind".

1961 - A year after Chubby Checker reached the #1 spot with "The Twist", the singer appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to sing the song again. "The Twist" became the first record to reach #1 a second time around -- on January 13, 1962.

1962

1962 - Race jockey Eddie Arcaro retired with a career record of 15,327 victories for total winnings of $12,265,455. Arcaro was the first jockey to win 3,000 races and the first to ride five Kentucky Derby winners. In the Derby, Arcaro rode these mounts to the Winner’s Circle: Lawrin, Whirl-a-Way, Hoop Jr., Citation and Hill Gail.

1962 - A world indoor pole-vault record was set by Don Meyers in Chicago, IL as he cleared 16 feet, 1-1/4 inches.

1962 - An earthquake struck northwestern Iran near Ghazvin. The magnitude 7.3 quake killed some 12,000 people.

1962 - Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, handed drummer Pete Best his walking papers. Best had been with the group for 2-1/2 years. Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) was picked to take his place. One month later, the group recorded, "Love Me Do".

1962 - For the first time, a jazz concert was presented at the White House. Jazz had previously been served as background music only.

1962 - Actress Marilyn Monroe died from a drug overdose in Los Angeles, in a case that is still unsolved and involves a lot of speculation. She was 36 years old.

1962 - “Come and listen to the story ’bout a man named Jed...” "The Beverly Hillbillies" aired on CBS-TV. U.S. audiences were enchanted with Jed, Ellie Mae, Granny, Jethro, Miss Jane and that banker feller. Enchanted, as in a trance, in fact, for 216 shows. Bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs had the honor of composing and recording the theme song and hit record, "The Ballad of Jed Clampett".

1962 - The 4 Seasons, with Frankie Valli as lead singer, began a five-week run at the top of the tunedex with "Big Girls Don’t Cry".

1962 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases in Cuba and that he had ordered a naval quarantine (blockade) of Cuba. He also demanded that Russian Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev remove all the missiles and their bases.

1962 - Robert Goulet stepped out of the role of Sir Lancelot after singing/acting the part since 1960. The fabulously successful Broadway musical, "Camelot", also starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as Queen Guenevere.

1962 - “From New York ... heeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” Ed McMahon introduced the new host of NBC’s "Tonight Show" for the first time. Johnny Carson entertained late-night America for nearly three decades, give or take 20 years for vacations...

1962 - "My Fair Lady" closed after a run of 6½ years on Broadway. At the time, it held the record for the longest-running musical of all time on Broadway. 3,750,000 people watched the show and heard tunes like "Wouldn’t it Be Loverly", "Show Me", "Get Me to the Church on Time", "I’m an Ordinary Man", "I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and the Vic Damone/Robert Goulet standard, "On the Street Where You Live".

1962 - Detroit secretary Martha Reeves cut a side with a group called The Vandellas and the result was "I’ll Have to Let Him Go". Soon thereafter, the hits of Martha and The Vandellas just kept on comin’.

1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (5 to 4) that prayers in public schools violated the First Amendment to the Constitution regarding the separation of church and state.

1962 - Two albums of melancholy music by Jackie Gleason received gold record honors. "Music, Martinis and Memories" and "Music for Lovers Only" got the gold. Both were issued by Capitol Records in Hollywood.

1962 - Bobby Vinton’s "Roses are Red" became the top song in the U.S. The song stayed at the top for four weeks and was the first of four #1 hits for Vinton. The others were: "Blue Velvet", "There! I’ve Said It Again" and "Mr. Lonely". "Roses are Red" was also Vinton’s first million-seller. He had two others: "I Love How You Love Me" (which made it to #9 in 1968) and "My Melody of Love" (which hit #3 in 1974.)

1962 - The "Telstar" communications satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. "Telstar" would usher in a new age of communication via telephone and TV, with voice and picture transmission from Europe to America and back. Signals were picked up by a 38-ton antenna in Andover, Maine. To commemorate the event, an instrumental hit by the Tornadoes, an English surf-rock group, made it to number one for three weeks in November, 1962. It was titled, "Telstar", of course.

1962 - Los Angeles Dodger’s star Sandy Koufax pitched his first no-hitter in a game with the New York Mets. Koufax would toss three more no-hit games before retiring in 1966.

1962 - Zero Mostel starred in one of his most famous roles, in the Broadway production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". The comedy opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City. Audiences laughed through the entertaining show for a total of 964 performances.

1962 - The King of Swing, Benny Goodman, turned 53 and celebrated by touring the Soviet Union. Goodman and his band played six concerts in the U.S.S.R.

1962 - The Beatles inked their first recording contract. George Martin was hired to be the group’s producer and the band would record for EMI Parlophone.

1962 - The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin of EMI Records. After listening to a playback of the audition tapes, Martin said, “They’re pretty awful.” He changed his mind after meeting the group, however. The rest, of course, is rock-music history.

1962 - A decade after making his first hit song, "Because of You", singer Tony Bennett debuted in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1962 - The fourth American runner to break the four-minute mile was Jim Grelle. He broke the mark at 3 minutes, 59.9 seconds in Walnut Creek, CA. Talk about cutting it close...

1962 - The New York Mets played their first regular season game. The team, managed by Casey Stengel, lost its first ten games. The St. Louis Cardinals won by a score of 11-4 -- prompting Stengel to say, before a group of reporters and players, “Can anyone here play this game?”

1962 - The Toronto Maple Leafs won back the Stanley Cup after 11 years. The National Hockey League champions kept Lord Stanley’s cup locked up in Toronto for the next three seasons.
1962 - Frank Sinatra recorded his final session for Capitol Records in Hollywood. Sinatra had been recording for his own record label, Reprise, for two years. His final side on Capitol was "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues", with Skip Martin’s orchestra.

1962 - Singer Chubby Checker set a record, literally, with the hit, "The Twist". The song reached the #1 position for an unprecedented second time -- in two years. "The Twist" was also number one on September 26, 1960. The Philadelphia boy made good twice!

1962 - Patrick Cassidy (actor: How the West was Fun, Longtime Companion, Love at Stake, Dress Gray, Fever Pitch, Just the Way You Are, Off the Wall, Something in Common, The Bay City Blues, Dirty Dancing)

1962 - Joe Kleine (basketball: Univ. of Arkansas, LA Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls)

1962 - Suzy Amis (actress: The Usual Suspects, Nadja, Blown Away)

1962 - Danny (Lynn) Jackson (baseball: pitcher: KC Royals [World Series: 1985], Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1988/World Series: 1990], Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1993/all-star:1994], SL Cardinals)

1962 - Jeff (Jeffrey Thomas) Montgomery (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds, KC Royals [all-star: 1992, 1993, 1996])

1962 - Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

1962 - John Uelses became the first pole-vaulter to jump 16 feet indoors. Only one problem, though. The ceiling was only 15’6", so, John went through it to set the mark. (We’re still trying to verify that!)

1962 - CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for an all-time high dollar figure of $10,200,000.

1962 - The Beach Boys started making waves with their first Southern California hit, "Surfin’". Their new musical style swept the U.S. like a tidal wave when they hit nationally with "Surfin’ Safari" in August of this same year.

1962 - Gene Chandler hit #1 with "Duke of Earl" on this day. The song stayed at the tippy-top for three weeks. It hit #1 on the rhythm & blues charts, as well. "Duke of Earl" was Chandler’s biggest hit out of a half-dozen he recorded. His only other million seller came with "Groovy Situation" in 1970. Curtis Mayfield wrote several hits for Chandler, including "Just Be True", "What Now" and "Nothing Can Stop Me". Chandler’s real name is Eugene Dixon. He owned his own record label, Mr. Chand, from 1969 to 1973, though "Groovy Situation" was recorded in 1970 for Mercury.

1962 - America’s first space hero, John Glenn, made space history. Glenn orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. “Godspeed, John Glenn. You’re cleared for orbit.”

1962 - The Best Play award winner of 1962, "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad", opened in New York City on this night (and for 454 performances). Not the longest run on the Great White Way, certainly, but one of the longest titles of a show. Imagine standing at the ticket booth and asking for tickets to "ODPDMHYITCAIFSS".

1962 - Wilt ‘The Stilt’ Chamberlain scored 100 points and broke an NBA record as the Philadelphia Warriors beat the New York Knicks 169-147. Chamberlain broke NBA marks for the most field goal attempts (63), most field goals made (36), most free throws made (28), most points in a half (59), most field goal attempts in a half (37), most field goals made in a half (22), and most field goal attempts in one quarter (21). The 316 total points scored tied an NBA record. What’s not known is if Chamberlain set the record for most gallons of sweat pouring off a man’s body during a game.

1962 - The Beatles performed for the first time on the BBC in Great Britain. John, Paul, George and ... Pete Best. He played the drums as Ringo hadn’t joined up yet. Paul McCartney sang "Dream Baby" on the show, "Teenager’s Turn" on ‘Auntie Beeb’ (as the BBC was known).

1962 - The musical, "No Strings", opened on Broadway at the 54th Street Theatre. Richard Kiley and Diahann Carroll starred in the show. Also featured was the show’s composer in an acting role, singing his own lyrics. The composer was Richard Rodgers.

1962 - The play, "I Can Get It For You Wholesale", opened on Broadway. It featured a 19-year-old named Barbra Streisand. She stopped the show at the famed Shubert Theatre in New York City. Streisand starred as Miss Marmelstein. Audiences kept coming back for more of Barbra for 300 performances.

1962 - Jack Paar left his highly successful late night TV talk show after five years. He left behind a salary of $250,000 and an estimated audience of eight-million people. Fill-in hosts were used, including one who would ultimately win the coveted position of host of "The Tonight Show". He was Johnny Carson.

1962 - President John F. Kennedy opened the Washington Senators’ baseball season by throwing out the first ball at the new D.C. Stadium (later to be known as Robert F. Kennedy Stadium [RFK]). The original Senators had left Washington for Minnesota in 1961. As part of the agreement to allow the Senators to move, an expansion team had to be granted to DC. The expansion Washington Senators moved to Texas and became the Rangers. The owner who moved the expansion team to Texas was Bob Short, a businessman from Minnesota. Short once ran for the Senate in Minnesota. Wouldn’t that have been interesting - the man who moved the Senators from DC might have moved into DC as a Senator!

1962 - Musicals and comedies led the list of award-winners and nominees at the 34th Annual Academy Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles and hosted by comedian Bob Hope. The Broadway musical in the guise of a Hollywood film, "West Side Story", was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture (Robert Wise, producer); Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins); Best Supporting Actor and Actress (George Chakiris, Rita Moreno); Best Cinematography/Color (Daniel L. Fapp); Best Art Direction/Set Decoration/Color (Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin); Best Costume Design/Color (Irene Sharaff); Best Sound (Fred Hynes-Todd-AO SSD & Gordon Sawyer-Samuel Goldwyn SSD); Best Film Editing (Thomas Stanford); Best Music/Scoring of a Musical Picture (Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal). Were their any golden statuettes left for any other flick? A few ... the Best Actor award went to Maximilian Schell for his role in "Judgment at Nuremberg" , and for the first time in Oscar history, the Best Actress award went to an actress in a foreign film, Sophia Loren for the lead in "La Ciociara" (or "Two Women"). "The Hustler", "Splendor in the Grass" and "The Guns of Navarone" won a total of four Oscars. Now, back to musicals -- the Best Music/Song was "Moon River" (Henry Mancini-music, Johnny Mercer-lyrics) from "Breakfast at Tiffany’s". The list of comedic and musical movies from 1961 that were nominated but didn’t win is equally impressive: "The Absent-Minded Professor", "The Parent Trap", "The Children’s Hour", "Babes in Toyland", "Pocketful of Miracles", "Flower Drum Song", "Fanny" ... let’s all sing along with Barbra, now

 

 

 

Economy
President:  John F. Kennedy 
Vice President:  Lyndon B. Johnson 

Population: 
186,537,737 
Life expectancy:  70.1 years 

Dow-Jones 
 
High:  767 
Low:  723 

Federal spending: 
$106.82 billion 
Federal debt:  $302.9 billion 
Inflation:  0.4% 
Consumer Price Index:  30.2 
Unemployment:  6.7% 

Prices
Cost of a new home:  $18,200.00 
Cost of a new car: 
Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.04 
Cost of a gallon of regular gas:  $0.31 
Cost of a dozen eggs:  $0.54 
Cost of a gallon of Milk:  $0.49 
 
Billboard Top 10
1. Green Onions - Booker T & The MG's 
2. Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler 
3. Soldier Boy - The Shirelles 
4. Sheila - Tommy Roe 
5. Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters 
6. Loco-Motion, The - Little Eva 
7. Wanderer, The - Dion 
8. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka 
9. Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares 
10. Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon 

Top Albums
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Henry Mancici    
Holiday Sing Along with Mitch - Mitch Miller    
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Musice - Ray Charles    
Peter Paul and Mary - Peter, Paul and Mary    
West Side Story - Sound Track    

Grammy Awards
Album of the Year:  The First Family, Vaughn Meader     
Best New Artist:   Robert Goulet     
Best Pop Duo or Group:  “If I Had a Hammer,” Peter, Paul and Mary     
Best Pop Female Vocal:  Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald     
Best Pop Male Vocal:  I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett     
Best Rock and Roll Recording:  “Alley Cat,” Bent Fabric      
Record of the Year:  “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” Tony Bennett     
Song of the Year:  “What Kind of Fool Am I”  
$$$ -Top Movie Money Makers
Dr. No   $16,067,035        
How the West Was Won   $12,150,000        
Taras Bulba   $4,000,000        
State Fair   $3,500,000         
Girls! Girls! Girls!   $2,600,000        

Other New Movie Releases
Advise and Consent        
Birdman of Alcatraz        
Days of Wine and Roses        
Lawrence of Arabia        
Lolita        
Long Day's journey into Night        
Sweet Bird of Youth        
The Chapman Report        
The Counterfeit Traitor        
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse        
The Longest Day        
The Manchurian Candidate        
The Miracle Worker        
To Kill a MockingBird        
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?        

Academy Awards
Best Actor:   Gregory Peck: To Kill a Mockingbird        
Best Actress:   Anne Bancroft: The Miracle Worker        
Best Director:   David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia        
Best Picture:   Sam Spiegel: Lawrence of Arabia        
Best Supporting Actor:   Ed Begley: Sweet Bird of Youth        
Best Supporting Actress:   Patty Duke: The Miracle Worker        
Americas Top 20 TV Favorites
) The Beverly Hillbillies     
) Candid Camera     
) The Red Skelton Show     
) Bonanza     
) The Lucy Show     
) The Andy Griffith Show     
) Ben Casey     
) The Danny Thomas Show     
) The Dick Van Dyke Show     
10  ) Gunsmoke     
11  ) Dr. Kildare     
12  ) The Jack Benny Program     
13  ) What's My Line     
14  ) The Ed Sullivan Show     
15  ) Hazel     
16  ) I've Got a Secret     
17  ) The Jackie Gleason Show     
18  ) The Defenders     
19  ) The Garry Moore Show     
20  ) To tell the Truth     

Emmy Awards

Best Drama -   The Defenders (CBS)     
Best Actor -   E.G. Marshall, The Defenders     
Best Actress -   Shirley Booth, Hazel     
Supporting Actor -  Don Knotts, The Andy Griffith Show     
Supporting Actress -   Pamela Brown, Hallmark Hall of Fame: Victoria Regina     

Best Comedy -  Bob Newhart Show (NBC)     
Best Variety-  Garry Moore Show (CBS) 
News Headlines
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  • Kennedy Orders Blockade of Cuba to Prevent Soviet Missile Deployment 
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  • John Glen First American to Orbit Earth, 3 Revolutions 
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  • 130 Die in Paris as Boeing 707 Crashes 
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  • Federal Troops Go To U. of Mississippi To Register First Black, James Meredith 
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  • Marilyn Monroe Dies of Over Dose 
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  • Two OF The Fling Wallendas Killed During High Wire Act In Detroit 
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  • Peter O'Toole To Star In Lawrence Of Arabia 
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  • U-2 Pilot Gary Powers Traded For Spymaster Rudolf Abel 
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  • JFK Orders Total Ban On Cuban Products 

    In The News
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  • Adolf Eichman Hanged in Jerusalem 
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  • Author William Faulkner dies. 
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  • Mariner II is first interplanetary probe, goes around Venus 
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  • My Fair Lady, Longest running musical closes after 2,717 performances 
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  • Diet Right and Tab make there first appearance. 
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  • Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points In one game 
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  • Conservatives hold rally for Goldwater 
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  • Cuba sentences Bay of Pigs invaders, asks for ransom 
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  • Kennedy gets steel companies to roll back prices 
    Fiction Best Sellers
    Ship of Fools - Katherine Anne Potter        
    Dearly Beloved - Anne Marrow Lindbergh        
    A Shade of Difference - Allen Durry        
    Youngblood Hawke - Herman Wouk        
    Fanny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger        
    Fail-Safe - Eugene Burdick, Harvey Wheeler        
    Seven Days in May - Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II        
    The Prize - Irving Wallace        
    The Agony and the Ecstasy - Irving Stone        

    Nonfiction Best Sellers
    My Life is Court - Louis Nizer        
    The Rothschilds - Frederic Morton        
    Sex and the Single Girl - Helen Gurley Brown        
    Travels with Charley - John Steinbeck        
    Calories Don't Count - Dr. Herman Taller        
    The New English Bible: The New Testament        
    Happiness Is a Warm Puppy - Charles M. Schulz        
    The Joy of Cooking: New Edition - Irma Rombauer        

    The Edge of Sadness, Edwin O'Connor        

    The Making of the President, 1960, Theodore H. White     (Book) (Audio)
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  • The Incredible Hulk is a new show 
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  • New Words; Status Report, Splashdown, corner-back (football) 
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  • Diet Right, Polaroid color film, and "Tab" are new products 
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  • My Fair Lady closes after 2,717 Broadway performances 
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  • Bart Star leads NFL in passing 
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  • The "Breakfast At Tiffany's " look is in fashion 
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  • Jack Nicalus beats Arnold Palmer to win his first major tournament 
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  • Wilt Chamberland scores 100 points against New York 
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  • Sandy Koufax strike s out 18 hitters in regulation nine-inning game 
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  • First Braille typewriter is introduced 
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  • Names in music; Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Cannonball Aderaly, Count Basie 
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  • Hit songs; Fly Me To The Moon, "Shout", Days OF Wine And Roses 
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  • Douglas Edwards, CBS evening news, is replaced by Walter Cronkite 
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  • The "Red Skeleton" show is popular along with "The Beverly Hillbillies" 
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  • Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star in " What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" 
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  • "Heeeeeeere's " Johnny " starts every Johnny Carson show 
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  • Ernie Kovacs dies 
     

     

     

    DO YOU REMEMBER THESES

    Candy cigarettes

    Plastic Army men

    Wax bottles with colored sugar water

    Tableside jukeboxes

    Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum

    Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

    P.F. Fliers

    Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Pyramid 4). Party lines, dial telephones.

    Howdy Dowdy

    45 rpm spindles

    Green Stamps

    Metal ice cubes trays with levers

    Cork pop guns

    Drive in Movies

    Drive in restaurants

    Studebakers

    Topo Gigio

    Washtub wringers

    Sky King

    Reel-To-Reel tape recorders

    Tinkertoys

    Lincoln Logs

    15 cent McDonald hamburgers

    5 cent packs of baseball cards

    25 cent a gallon gasoline

    Jiffy Pop popcorn

    5 cent stamps

    Chatty Cathy dolls

    5 cent Cokes

    Speedy Alka-Seltzer

    Brownie camera

    Flash bulbs

    TV Test patterns

    Fire escape tubes

    Timmy and Lassie

    Ding Dong Avon calling!!

    Glass Pop bottle machines

    Chief Pontiac Signs

    45 RPM records

    Roller-skate keys

    Car Hops

    The Fuller Brush Man

    Erector Sets

    Penny candy

    Gum wrapper chains

    Burma Shave signs

    Old Yeller

    Aluminum Christmas Trees

    DO YOU REMEMBER THESE

    Ford Mustang made in 1962
    presented in 1964

    1962 Chevy Truck

    62 AMC Rambler

    62 Ford Truck

    62 Studebaker Hawk

    62 T-Bird

    62 Chevy Impala

    62 Chevy Corvette

    62 Ford Galaxy

    62 Pontiac

    62 Volkswagen Bus

    62 Chevy Impala

    1961 - 1962 Cadillac

    Women's Dress Styles

    Viet Nam Advisors

    Tommy Roe
    Sheila

    Marlon Brando

    Gomer Pyle

    Vintage Cars

    Going to the Beach
    Topless

    1962 Navy Blue

    Nice Shirt

    Rolling Stones Established 1962

    5 cent packs of baseball cards

    The Beatles Rage Begins

    Lion Logo

    Beach Tennis Anyone?

    for Galaxie

    Isetta

     

    New Car Price 1962
    $3350.00

    New Car Price 1962
    $2250.00

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

         

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