Tuesday, May 6, 2008

1961: The year I was born

What things cost:

  • Car: $2,275.00
  • Gasoline: $0.31 per gallon
  • House: $18,800.00
  • Bread: $0.21 per loaf
  • Milk: $0.60 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.04
  • Average Annual Salary: $6,471.00
  • Minimum Wage: $1.15 per hour

What was on television?

  • The Defenders
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Lassie
  • Candid Camera
  • Bullwinkle Show
  • Car 54 Where Are You?
  • The Rifleman
  • Ben Casey
  • I've Got a Secret
  • The Price is Right
  • Bugs Bunny (One of my personal favorites!)
  • Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Dobie Gillis
  • Steve Allen Show
  • Naked City
  • Bob Newhart Show
  • Donna Reed Show
  • The Untouchables
  • Dr. Kildare
  • Hazel
  • Route 66
  • The Flintstones (in primetime, no less)
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • The Avengers

Newton Minnow in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters said:

"But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there without a book, magazine, newspaper, profit and-loss sheet or rating book to distract you--and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.

"You will see a procession of game shows, violence, audience-participation shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western badmen, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence and cartoons. And, endlessly, commercials--many screaming, cajoling and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you will see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, very few. And if you think I exaggerate, try it."

If only he knew . . . .

What new things were introduced?

Coca-Cola introduces Sprite.
Johnson & Johnson introduces Tylenol.
IBM introduces the Selectric typewriter.
Jim & Linda Long introduce their first child: me.

1 comment:

Starla said...

Those were so low prices!!!!