Tuesday, April 8, 2014


School is Out - Elizabeth Adela Forbes
My Youth Has Flown

Emma Thompson
Age is my own!
My youth has flown
Like a bird upon the wing —
A sad farewell,
A broken shell
For my harp has lost a string.

Borne down life’s stream
Swift as a dream,
Disturbing the sleeper’s rest,
Where does it fleet
The dream so sweet
That scarcely touched my breast?

It passed me by!
A long-drawn sigh
Escapes with sorrowing strain,
Will it return?
Sadly I yearn
To dwell on its charm again.

It floated away
Like rays of day,
And will come to me no more;
A pathless track.
It ne’er comes back —
My season of youth is o’er.

Young Bathers - William Adolphe Bouguereau
Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth,
To some good angel leave the rest;
For Time will teach thee soon the truth,
There are no birds in last year’s nest!

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It's 1957, and we're 6th graders, now. The white school house in town is now full of nothing but Baby Boomers, and we are the big brothers and sisters in the building. 

The school serves six grades, and this is the end of our elementary school years. In the spring we will be bidding farewell to the wooden floors that creak, the high ceilings and the wide hallway that stretches from one end of the building to the other.

This year is our introduction to having more than one teacher during the school day. We don't leave the classroom, though. We stay put, and they come to us.
The principal's office is only a few steps away from the classroom, and the principal happens to be our afternoon teacher. He strolls in from his office, everyday, at a quick clip, with a bit of a grin on his face. He sits down at the teacher's desk in the front of the classroom and opens a school book.  Holding it with both hands, he tips it on it's bottom end and begins to talk, and we listen. We probably read, too, and answer questions. Some of us are anxious to speak out, and some of us sit there as quietly as we can hoping we will not be called on to speak, even if we know the answer.

One activity of our grade school years will not follow us into junior high. In junior high there will be no break in the day to play with classmates. This is the end of our recess years. We have heard about that and wonder how you can get through a school day with no recess. Our focus is still on little kid pursuits, but big changes are coming. Big ones. 

1957 was the peak of the Baby Boomer years

"U.S. Troops Enforce Peace" (26 September 1957) Dwight Eisenhower Sends Troops to Desegregate Arkansas Schools
"Soviet Fires Earth Satellite Into Space" (5 October 1957) Sputnik Orbits the Earth


Jan 5th - Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Mid East
Jan 30th - US Congress accepts "Eisenhower-doctrine"

Feb 1st - 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
Feb 4th - 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)

Mar 13th - Bloody battles after anti-Batista demonstration in Havana Cuba
Mar 23rd - US army sells last homing pigeons

Apr 7th - Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run
Apr 13th - Due to lack of funds, Saturday mail delivery in US is temp halted
Apr 15th - Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery

May 4th - Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank

  May 4th - Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam

Jun 2nd - US TV interviews Khrushchev
Jun 5th - NY narcotics investigator, Dr Herbert Berger, urges AMA to investigate use of stimulating drugs by athletes
Jun 13th - Mayflower II from Plymouth, England, reaches Plymouth Mas
Jun 24th - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth v. United States.

Jul 9th - Discovery of element 102 (Nobelium) announced
Jul 12th - 1st President to fly in helicopter-Dwight Eisenhower
Jul 12th - US Surgeon Gen Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer

Jul 21st - 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)

Aug 28th - Sen Thurmond begins 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill
Aug 29th - Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957
Aug 29th - Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hr filibuster against civil rights

Sep 4th - Ford Motor Co introduces Edsel
Sep 4th - Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school

Sep 9th - Pres Eisenhower signs 1st civil rights bill since Reconstruction
  Sep 23rd - White mob forces 9 black students who had entered a Little Rock high school in Arkansas to withdraw
Sep 24th - President Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools
Sep 25th - 300 US Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central HS in Ark

Oct 1st - First appearance of "In God We Trust" on U.S. paper currency.
Oct 16th - Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visits Williamsburg Virginia
Oct 30th - Soviet Union launches, Sputnik II, carrying a dog named Laika

Nov 17th - WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
Nov 25th - Pres Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke, impairing his speech

Dec 5th - NYC is 1st city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)
Dec 5th - Sukarno expels all Dutch people from Indonesia.
Dec 6th - 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up
  Dec 6th - AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)
Dec 6th - Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
Dec 20th - Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

Time Man of the Year
 Nikita Khrushchev was named 
TIME Man of the Year in 1957.

In 1957, Krushchev, Stalin's heir, survived a plot 
to dismiss him by members of the Presidium. 
He led the Soviet Union into the Space Race 
with the launch of Sputnik 1.


Aug 5th - "American Bandstand," begins network TV (ABC)
Aug 5th - Comic strip "Andy Capp" made its debutFADS
Sep 17th - Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico
 Toyota starts selling cars in the US, the first is the Toyopet Crown

Born This Year
Jayne Torvill October 7th
Nancy Cartwright October 25th
Donny Osmond September 12th
Gloria Estefan September 1st









Best Film Oscar Winner
The Bridge on the River Kwai
What Have I Done? - Clip - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) comes to the realization that the bridge must be destroyed. In his final moments he falls on the detonator exploding the bridge.


50 Song Hits from 1957
April Love -- Pat Boone (from film of the same title)
All Shook Up -- Elvis Presley
All the Way -- Frank Sinatra (from The Joker is Wild --
Academy Award for Best Song)
An Affair To Remember -- Vic Damone (from film of same title)
The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) -- Harry Belafonte
Blue Monday -- Fats Domino
Butterfly -- Andy Williams/ Charlie Grace
Bye Bye Love -- The Everly Brothers
Chances Are -- Johnny Mathis
Come Go With Me -- The Del-Vikings
Could This Be Magic -- The Dubs
Diana -- Paul Anka
Don't Forbid Me -- Pat Boone
Gone -- Ferlin Husky
Great Balls of Fire -- Jerry Lee Lewis
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby -- The Tune Weavers
Honeycomb -- Jimmie Rodgers
I'm Walking -- Fats Domino
Island in the Sun -- Harry Belafonte (from film of same title)
Jailhouse Rock -- Elvis Presley (from film of same title)
Jamaica Farewell -- Harry Belafonte
Jingle Bell Rock -- Bobby Helms
Love Letters in the Sand -- Pat Boone
Loving You -- Elvis Presley (from film of same title)
Lucille -- Little Richard
Maria -- Johnny Mathis (from West Side Story)
Melodie D'Amour -- The Ames Brothers
My Special Angel -- Bobby Helms
Old Cape Cod -- Patti Page
Over the Mountain, Across the Sea -- Johnnie and Joe
Party Doll -- Buddy Knox
Peggy Sue -- Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Round and Round -- Perry Como
Searchin' -- The Coasters
Silhouettes -- The Rays
Singing the Blues -- Guy Mitchell/ Marty Robbins
Tammy -- Debbie Reynolds (from film of same title)
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear -- Elvis Presley
That'll Be The Day -- Buddy Holly & The Crickets
A Thousand Miles Away -- The Heartbeats
Till There Was You -- Barbara Cook and Robert Preston
(from The Music Man)
Tonight -- Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert (from West Side Story)
Tonite, Tonite -- The Mello-Kings
Too Much -- Elvis Presley
Twelfth of Never -- Johnny Mathis
A Very Special Love -- Debbie Reynolds/ Johnny Nash
A White Sport Coat, And A Pink Carnation -- Marty Robbins
Wake Up, Little Susie -- The Everly Brothers
Young Love -- Sonny James / Tab Hunter
You Send Me -- Sam Cooke

You Send Me
Reached #1 for a two-week stay
 in December 1957
Named as one of the 500 most important
 rock and roll recordings by the 
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 
In 2005, the song was voted #115 
by representatives of the music industry 
and press in Rolling Stone magazine's  
The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Sam Cook - 1957

A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation
Reached number one on the
U.S. country chart becoming
Marty Robbins' third number one,
the song reached number two on the
Billboard pop chart in the U.S
Marty Robbins - 1957



1957 TV Show Intros Part 1 of 3 

1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
2. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
3. Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC)
4. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
5. I've Got A Secret (CBS)
6. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (ABC)
7. General Electric Theatre (CBS)
8. The Restless Gun (NBC)
9. December Bride (CBS)
10. You Bet Your Life (NBC)

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.34%
Average Cost of new house $12,220.00  
Average Monthly Rent $90.00 
  Average Yearly Wages $4.550.00 
  Cost of a gallon of Gas 24 cents 
Bacon per pound 60 cents  
Eggs per dozen28 cents  
 HI FI Portable Record Player $79.95  
Children's Shoes $5.95


1957 Pillsbury Bakeoff Winner

Chocolate Whirls
While dough is chilling make chocolate filling.
Ingredients Cookie dough ingredients:
3 -1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
1/2 cup (4 0z.)cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tbs. grated orange rind/zest
1 tsp. Almond extract CHEESE CHOCOLATE FILLING:
1 cup (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup confectioners’sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup (4 oz.) softened cream cheese
1 cup finely ground walnuts

1 Sift flour with salt.
2  Using mixer, Cream butter with cream cheese.
3  Gradually add sugar creaming well.
4  Add egg, orange rind and extract.
5  Mix well.
6  Add dry ingredients gradually; blend well. Chill for at least 4 hours.
7  Let dough come to almost room temperature on floured surface.
8  Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick by 10 inch rectangle.
9  Spread with half of chocolate filling. Roll remainder of dough and repeat.
10  Roll up dough into a long log and freeze before cutting into 1/4 in slices.
11  Place on Silpat/Exopat or greased cookie sheet and bake at 375° til slightly brown on edges...don’t over bake.
12  Remove from pan immediately to wire rack to cool.
13  Store in Airtight container.

1  Combine: chocolate chips,powdered sugar, orange juice.
2  Cook in double boiler on med=lownheat stirring occasionally until mixture is smooth.
3  Remove from heat.
4  Blend in softened cream cheese and finely ground walnuts.
5  Cool
Peanut Blossoms
Bake-Off® Contest 09, 1957
Freda Smith
Gibsonburg, Ohio
Peanut Blossoms from Pillsbury website
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
48 Hershey's® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates, unwrapped

1   Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, shortening, peanut butter, milk, vanilla and egg; mix with electric mixer on low speed until stiff dough forms.
2   Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3   Bake at 375°F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately top each cookie with 1 milk chocolate candy, pressing down firmly so cookie cracks around edge; remove from cookie sheets.

1 comment:

  1. As a young married couple in 1964 .the 1957 chevy was the first car we had .It was baby blue and white!!!Almost 15 months later Danny went to work and that car was stolen from his work place, got it back about 6 weeks later ..motor was blown !!!!A sad day !!