Saturday, March 1, 2014



Other than Christmas, there were two important days for us in 1952. The first was our trip to town and the Health Department to get our "school shots". We would be first graders and had to be inoculated. The walk from the car to the building was apprehensive. We'd already heard about those shots and knew it might not be good. But it wasn't as bad as the fearful anticipation we felt before the needle went into the arm. Some of us might have gotten an ugly scab afterward, but some of us fared a little better. The scar from those shots exist on many arms all these years later. 

The second big day was that first day of school. We probably had new clothes and shoes. And a sweater or jacket, too, because the early September mornings might have been chilly to little arms. There might have been new pencils and paper in a school bag. The memory of a bag with a flap, and, maybe, buckles comes to mind, but that memory might belong to later years. Sitting in one place for long periods of time, new faces with names to remember, another "big" person to adjust to, a strange environment to maneuver, and strict rules to follow - we were resilient little tots, weren't we, to have journeyed from there to here? We made it!        


Jan 3rd - "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
Jan 9th - Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty
Jan 12th - University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
Jan 14th - "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
Jan 19th - PGA approves allowing black participants

Feb 4th - 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)
Feb 6th - Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne
Feb 19th - French offensive at Hanoi
Feb 20th - 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
Feb 26th - PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

Mar 10th - Military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba
Mar 18th - 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Phila)
Mar 20th - US senate ratifies peace treaty with Japan
Mar 21st - Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
Mar 24th - Great demonstrations against apartheid in South-Africa
Mar 27th - Failed assassination attempt of German Chancellor Adenauer
Mar 27th - Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records

Apr 1st - Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
Apr 8th - Pres Harry Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike
Apr 9th - Hugo Ballivian's government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalization of tin mines
Apr 15th - Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
Apr 28th - WW II Pacific peace treaty takes effect
Apr 28th - Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Commander of NATO.
Apr 30th - Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television

May 1st - TWA introduces tourist class
May 3rd - 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
May 8th - Mad Magazine debuts
May 28th - The women of Greece are given the right to vote.

Jun 12th - USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid
Jun 13th - Soviet fighters shoot Swedish Dakota down over East Sea, kills 8
Jun 19th - "I've Got A Secret" debuts on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host
Jun 26th - Nelson Mandela & 51 others infringe South Africa curfew
Jun 29th - 1st aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn-Oriskany
Jun 30th - "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV

Jul 6th - Last tram ride in London
Jul 7th - SS United States cross Atlantic in record 82:40
Jul 11th - Gen Eisenhower nominated as Republican presidential candidate
Jul 15th - 1st transatlantic helicopter flight begins
Jul 24th - Pres Harry Truman settles 53-day steel strike
Jul 25th - Commonwealth of Puerto Rico created (Constitution Day)
Jul 25th - Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth
Jul 26th - King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates [Black Saturday]
Jul 29th - 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet

Aug 20th - Stalin meets Chou Enlai
Aug 22nd - The penal colony on Devil's Island is permanently closed.
Aug 23rd - Arab League security pact goes into effect

Sep 2nd - Dr Floyd J Lewis 1st uses deep freeze technique in heart surgery
Sep 15th - European Parliament forms in Strasbourg
Sep 23rd - 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event

Oct 1st - 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Or
Oct 3rd - 1st video recording on magnetic tape, LA, Ca
Oct 3rd - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Monte Bello Is Australia
Oct 7th - 1st "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)
Oct 30th - Clarence Birdseye sells 1st frozen peas
Oct 31st - 1st thermonuclear bomb detonated at Marshall Islands

Nov 3rd - Egypt protests German retribution payments to Israel
Nov 4th - General Dwight Eisenhower (R) elected 34th pres beating Adlai Stevenson (D)
Nov 13th - False Nov 14th - First regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express.fingernails 1st sold
Nov 21st - 1st US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced
Nov 29th - Pres-elect Eisenhower visits Korea to assess war
Nov 30th - Jackie Robinson charges NY Yankees with racism
Dec 1st - The New York Daily News reports the first successful sexual reassignment operation.
Dec 2nd - 1st human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colo)
Dec 5th - -8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
Dec 6th - Czech government tells Israeli ambassador, he's persona non grata
Dec 8th - 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
Dec 10th - WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
Dec 15th - Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation
Dec 30th - Tuskegee Inst reports 1952 as 1st yr in 71 with no lynchings in US

Time Person of the Year
Queen Elizabeth II

In 1952, Elizabeth became queen of England following the death of her father, King George VI.

Cost of Living

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 2.29%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.3%
Average Prices in 1952
  • Average Cost of new house $9.050.00 
  • Average wages per year $3,850.00 
  • Average Cost of Rent $80.00 per month 
  • Lb. of Hamburger Meat 53 cents

Car: $1,850      Gas: $0.28      Bread: $0.16
Gallon of Milk: $0.96       Stamp: 3 cents

Born This Year
  • Sharon Osbourne October 9th
  • Christopher Reeve September 25th
  • David Hasselhoff July 17th
  • Douglas Adams March 11th
  • Liam Neeson June 7, 1952
  • Patrick Swayze August 18, 1952


Kellogg's Sugar Smacks and Frosted Flakes were introduced.
Malcolm Little became Malcolm X.
The first Mercedes-Benz was produced.
Robert Byrd was first elected to the House of Representatives and served six years.
Lipton onion soup introduced.
The first Holiday Inn opens.
Mrs. Paul's introduces frozen fish sticks.

It Happened in West Virginia.
Flatwoods Monster
September 12, 1952

The Braxton County Monster / The Flatwoods Monster

Richard Nixon's "Checkers Speech" - Part 1 of 2
On television and radio September 23, 1952
The speech that saved his political career.

 How well do you remember 1952?
Take the Quiz

Quotes from 1952

  "Lucy, I'm home!" - Ricky Ricardo, played by Dezi Arnez
"They’re gr-r-r-eat! - "Tony The Tiger, voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft
Finger-lickin’ good! - Kentucky Fried Chicken

The first PEZ candy dispensers were on the market.

The Panty Raid fad began on the night of March 21, 1952 at the University of Michigan.
The 3-D craze of the 1950's began with the movie Bwana Devil on Nov. 26, 1952.















Singing In The Rain (Gene Kelly)
Gene Kelly Dancing and Singing in the Rain
Such fun to watch Gene Kelly!

Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) - Full Movie
A 1952 family comedy starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello.


December 29, 1951 - March 14, 1952:
Cry - Johnny Ray
March 15 - May 16:
Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
May 17 - June 20:
Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson
June 21 - July 4:
Here in My Heart - Al Martino
July 5 - July 11:
Delicado - Percy Faith & his Orchestra
July 12 - September 12:
Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
September 13 - October 17:
You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
October 18 - November 21:
I Went To Your Wedding - Patti Page
November 22 - November 28:
It's In The Book - Johnny Standley
November 29 - December 26:
Why Don't You Believe Me - Joni James
December 27, 1952 - January 9, 1953:
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd

Billboard Top 30 Songs of 1952 - Year End Charts

1 Leroy Anderson Blue Tango
2 Kay Starr Wheel Of Fortune
3 Johnnie Ray Cry
4 Jo Stafford You Belong To Me
5 Vera Lynn Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart
6 Rosemary Clooney Half As Much
7 Eddie Fisher and Hugo Winterhalter Wish You Were Here
8 Patti Page I Went To Your Wedding
9 Al Martino Here In My Heart
10 Percy Faith Delicado
11 Georgia Gibbs Kiss Of Fire
12 Eddie Fisher and Hugo Winterhalter Any Time
13 Four Aces Tell Me Why
14 Ella Mae Morse Blacksmith Blues
15 Jo Stafford Jambalaya
16 Rosemary Clooney Botch-a-me
17 Doris Day A Guy Is A Guy
18 Johnnie Ray The Little White Cloud That Cried
19 Frankie Laine High Noon
20 Eddie Fisher and Hugo Winterhalter I'm Yours
21 Mills Brothers Glow Worm
22 Johnny Standley It's In The Book
23 Pee Wee King Slow Poke
24 Johnnie Ray Walkin' My Baby Back Home
25 Les Paul Meet Mr. Callaghan
26 Don Cornell I'm Yours
27 Don Cornell I'll Walk Alone
28 Eddie Fisher and Hugo Winterhalter Tell Me Why
29 Hilltoppers Trying
30 Johnnie Ray Please, Mr. Sun
Mills Brothers - The Glow-Worm (1952)
In December, 1952, The Glow-Worm peaked at #1 on Billboard's Most Played in Jukeboxes chart.
On the same day it reached #1 on Cash Box magazine's 'Best Selling Record' chart.
Between 1931 and 1968 the Mills Brothers had seventy-one Top 100 hits; with twenty-seven making the Top 10 and five reaching #1. 

 Glow, little glow worm, fly of fire,
Glow like an incandescent wire,
Glow for the female of the species,
Turn on the AC and the DC,
This night could use a little brightnin'
Light up, you little old bug of lightnin'
When you gotta glow, you gotta glow,
Glow, little glow worm, glow!


On August 23, 1952 Kitty Wells became the first female solo artist to score a No. 1 hit on the Billboard country charts with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." The song was an answer to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life," and spent two weeks at the top of the chart. It forever changed how women were seen, both in song and professionally.

Free Oldies Jukebox 1952 Country Music Hits Channel
February 2 Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) Lefty Frizzell 3 [2]
March 1 Wondering Webb Pierce 4 [A]
March 29 (When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There Carl Smith 8 [2]
May 3 Easy on the Eyes Eddy Arnold 1
May 10 The Wild Side of Life Hank Thompson and His Brazo Valley Boys 15 [1]
July 12 That Heart Belongs to Me Webb Pierce 3 [2]
July 19 Are You Teasing Me Carl Smith 1
August 16 A Full-Time Job Eddy Arnold 4
August 23 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Kitty Wells 6 [A]
  • The answer song to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life".
  • With this song, Kitty Wells became the first solo female artist to have a Billboard Number One.
September 6 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys 14 [2]
December 6 Back Street Affair Webb Pierce 4 [2]
December 6 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes Slim Willet 1 [B]
  • Later covered by Perry Como, who made the song a Number One hit on the Billboard Pop chart.
December 27 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes

2 Almost George Morgan
4 Baby, We're Really in Love Hank Williams
6 Blackberry Boogie Tennessee Ernie Ford
5 Blue Christmas Ernest Tubb
4 Bundle of Southern Sunshine Eddy Arnold
8 Busybody Pee Wee King
9 Call Her Your Sweetheart Eddy Arnold
4 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes Ray Price
2 Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold) Lefty Frizzell
6 Forever (And Always) Lefty Frizzell
5 Fortunes in Memories Ernest Tubb
2 The Gold Rush Is Over Hank Snow
2 Half as Much Hank Williams
2 Honky Tonk Blues Hank Williams
7 How Long Will It Take (To Stop Loving You) Lefty Frizzell
7 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Jimmy Boyd
3 I Went to Your Wedding Hank Snow
9 I'd Trade All of My Tomorrows (For Just One Yesterday) Eddy Arnold
2 Indian Love Call Slim Whitman
5 It's a Lovely, Lovely World Carl Smith
2 Lady's Man Hank Snow
2 Let's Live a Little Carl Smith
10 Love Song of the Waterfall Slim Whitman
8 Married by the Bible, Divorced by the Law Hank Snow
8 Milk Bucket Boogie Red Foley
3 Missing in Action Ernest Tubb
4 Music Makin' Mama from Memphis Hank Snow
10 My Heart Is Broken in Three Slim Whitman
10 The New Wears Off Too Fast Hank Thompson
6 Our Honeymoon Carl Smith
8 Salty Dog Rag Red Foley
2 Settin' the Woods On Fire Hank Williams
5 Silver and Gold Pee Wee King
7 Slow Poke Hawkshaw Hawkins
9 Somebody's Stolen My Honey Ernest Tubb
3 Talk to Your Heart Ray Price
7 Three Ways of Knowing Johnnie & Jack
10 Till the End of the World Bing Crosby and Grady Martin
8 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered Cowboy Copas
9 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered Flatt & Scruggs
5 Too Old to Cut the Mustard Ernest Tubb and Red Foley
6 Too Old to Cut the Mustard The Carlisles
3 Waiting in the Lobby of Your Heart Hank Thompson
6 The Wild Side of Life Burl Ives and Grady Martin
10 You Win Again Hank Williams

(When You Feel Like You're In Love)
 Don't Just Stand There - Carl Smith

World Series Champions:New York Yankees
NFL Champions:Detroit Lions
NBA Champions:Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf Julius Boros
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies)Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
NCAA Football Champions:Georgia Tech & Michigan State
NCAA Basketball Champions:Kansas
Kentucky Derby:Hill Gail


1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (CBS)
3. Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (CBS)
4. Dragnet (NBC)
5. Texaco Star theatre (NBC)
6. The Buick Circus Hour (NBC)
7. The Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC)
8. Gangbusters (NBC)
9. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
10. Fireside Theater (NBC)

1952 TV show intros Part 1

 1952 RECIPE

Who hasn't made this recipe or a version of it? Who hasn't eaten it at one time or another? It's still popular today.

Original Chex Mix      (1952)     (6 servings)  
2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
2 cups Rice Chex cereal
1/2 cup nuts (peanuts work great)
1/3 cup butter
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt  
Melt 1/3 cup butter in shallow baking pan. Stir in 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Add 2 cups Wheat Chex, 2 cups Rice Chex. and 1/2 cup nuts. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt, mix well.
Heat 30 minutes in 300 degree oven, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool.  
(For best results, use the modern baking time: 250 degrees for 1 hour - stirring every 15 minutes.)


This recipe was invented in the 1930s or 1940s for The Campfire Girls, but the advertisement pictured is from 1952. Howdy Doody, Andy Devine and Guy Madison are giving a pitch for Rice Krispies. If you watched Wild Bill Hickock in the fifties, you might have had a little girl crush on Wild Bill.
  Rice Krispies Treats recipe from a 1950 ad:








The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

The series ran for eight seasons, from 1951 to 1958. It starred Guy Madison as Marshal James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok and Andy Devine as Jingles P. Jones. At the same time they were performing their roles on television, they were playing the same parts on radio. Guy Madison won a Golden Globe in 1954 for Best Western Star.
Wild Bill Hickock tv show:

Classic TV

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.  
Edward de Bono

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