Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Take Me Back to the Sixties

You may have seen this already because it's been around the internet, but this video clip (click the link - be aware it's a bit long) includes music by a number of your old favorites (Ventures, Elvis, Chubby, Fifth Dimension, et al), statistics on what you lived through, and plenty of memories, including, perhaps, a slow dance with that someone special.

One of the first things to catch my eye was the cost of gas in 1960 - 31 cents/gallon.  During much if not all of my sophomore year of college, 1963-64, with a gas war going on in Mason City, 19 cents was the standard.  By the late 60's it was way up to 39 cents and I wondered when would it ever end???

So I Googled 19-cent gas to see if I could find a picture of one of those roadside stands promoting the price at that low level and all I found was 19-cent increases in price.  Oh my.  So I found this photo of a highway in Vegas that accompanied a story about their "cheap" gas at $3.54/gallon, and I suppose the six lanes of traffic with more lanes being built says it all.

Then, later today, Marilyn Weidler sent one of those "remember when" emails and it just happened to include exactly what I was looking for - a picture of a gas station with cheap gas.  I like the "ME" part of the full disclosure he is posting.  Ah, the memories . . .

The author of the aforementioned video clip, if author is the right word, includes "Manchurian Candidate" as one of his favorite moves from the sixties.  Since I didn't see it when it came out, I ordered it from Netflix a year or so ago and found it to be pretty boring.  But isn't that the case with so many of those movies?  Even the "North by Northwest" thriller is pretty mundane these days.  Those movies were not built for hi-def and surround sound.

Your kids don't know what they're missing . . .

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