Saturday, May 3, 2014


 Good Morning, Class of '64
Late Spring Wildflowers -
"To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat."
Beverly Nichols

Common Blue Violet by Donna Race
 "Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, 
all last winter we slept in the seeming death 
but at the right time God awakened us, 
and here we are to comfort you."
Edward Payson Rod

White Trillium by Donna Race
 "When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other."
Chinese Proverb

Wild Roses by Donna Race
 "Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed."
Walt Whitman

Bluet Cluster by Donna Race
West Virginia Native Wildflowers
Donna K. Race

For the "town" kids our seventh grade year took us to the big brick building at the edge of town. It was the high school building (that's what it said on the front of the building, junior high wasn't written there) but 7th and 8th graders were schooled there, too. 

Somehow we learned how to change classes and negotiate the hallways. We might have been afraid of getting from one place to the next before the bell rang, but it all seemed to work out for us. 

We learned to keep to the right when going up and coming down the stairs, and we learned how to use a locker. Instead of recess time, now we had a whole class period devoted to almost nothing - study hall. You could get your homework finished, read a book or goof off (daydream) as long as you didn't disturb anybody. Wow, and we thought losing recess would be a big loss! This was even better.

It didn't take us too long to adjust to the new routine. We settled in, and before we knew it spring had come and with it the end of the school year. Eighth grade wouldn't hold the same fear for us that seventh grade did.     


 Jan 1st - European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
Jan 3rd - Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland
Jan 8th - Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
Jan 31st - US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1

Feb 2nd - Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
Feb 5th - Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic
Feb 11th - Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
Feb 14th - Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms

Mar 2nd - 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
Mar 8th - William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters
Mar 17th - Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
Mar 26th - US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
Mar 31st - USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same

Apr 3rd - Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana
Apr 4th - 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England)
Apr 14th - Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere
Apr 18th - A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.
Apr 28th - Vice Pres Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America

May 8th - US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas
May 8th - VP Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru
May 13th - Rioters attack US VP Nixon in Venezuela
May 13th - The trade mark Velcro is registered.
May 19th - US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)

Jun 1st - Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France
Jun 11th - UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon
Jun 23rd - Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers
Jun 23rd - Fed judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock
Jun 26th - Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated
Jul 6th - Alaska becomes 49th state

Jul 15th - US marines deployed in Lebanon
Jul 29th - US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958

Aug 1st - 1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years)
Aug 17th - World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
Aug 18th - TV game show scandal investigation starts
Aug 27th - USSR launches Sputnik 3 with two dogs aboard

Sep 2nd - National Defense Education Act was signed
Sep 5th - 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte NC
Sep 9th - Race riots in Notting Hill Gate, London
Sep 12th - US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
Sep 21st - 1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas Tx
Sep 22nd - US nuclear sub USS Skate remains 31 days under Pole (record)

Oct 4th - 5th French republic forms
Oct 9th - Israeli navy inaugrates its 1st submarine
Oct 23rd - USSR lends money to UAR to build Aswan High Dam
Oct 23rd - The Springhill Mine Bump - An underground earthquake traps 174 miners in the No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, the deepest coal mine in North America at the time. By November 1, rescuers from around the world had dug out 100 of the victims, marking the death toll at 74.

Nov 4th - Democrats win US congressional election
Nov 27th - USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany
Nov 28th - US reports 1st full-range firing of an ICBM
Nov 30th - 1st guided missile destroyer launched, Dewey, Bath, Me

Dec 9th - Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
Dec 10th - 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
Dec 19th - 1st radio broadcast from space (Pres Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")
French President Charles de Gaulle Dec 21st - Charles De Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st pres of 5th Rep of France
Dec 30th - French franc devalued
Dec 31st - Cuban dictator Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

Time Person of the Year

Charles de Gaulle of France
De Gaulle was appointed Prime Minister 
of France in May 1958. 
Following the collapse of the 
Fourth Republic and establishment
 of the Fifth Republic, he
was then elected President of France.

Charles de Gaulle Quotes

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”


“I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.” 

“You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.”
"Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first."
"How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?"
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.

When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.

When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.


Fads & Trivia
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog. "
President Dwight D Eisenhower

"Look, Ma, no cavities!"
Crest toothpaste ad

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
Rosalind Russell, in 'Auntie Mame'

Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old 2nd cousin.

Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl,
 saw her mother being beaten
by boyfriend Johnny Stompanato,
 and killed him with a kitchen knife.

The American Express card was introduced in 1958.
Mr. Clean in 1958 introduced in 1958.

Commercial domestic jet airline service opened between New York and Miami.

The toy company Wham-O introduced the Hula Hoop which grew in popularity during the summer.

Music producer Phil Spector's high-school band's first record, "To Know Him is to Love Him" rose to number one on the charts. He was 19.
A group of anticommunist activists founded an organization called the  John Birch Society 
dedicated to finding and destroying
 communism in the United States.
 The group's name came from John Birch,
 an intelligence officer killed in China
 during the Cold War. 











Best Film Oscar - Gigi

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
 Ingrid Bergman
Full Movie
The true story of Gladys Aylward, 
a tenacious British maid, 
who became a missionary in China
 during the tumultuous years 
leading up to World War II.


December 30, 1957 - January 3, 1958:
April Love - Pat Boone

January 4 - January 10:
April Love - Pat Boone

January 11 - February 14:
At The Hop - Danny and the Juniors

February 15 - March 21:
Don't (I Beg of You) - Elvis Presley

March 22 - April 25:
Tequila - The Champs

April 26 - May 2:
Twilight Time - The Platters 

May 3 - May 16:
Witch Doctor - David Seville 

May 17 - June 13:
All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers

June 14 - July 25:
Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley 

July 26 - August 8:
Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley 

August 9 - August 22:
Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson 

August 23 - August 29:
Volare - Domenico Modugno 

August 30 - September 5:
Little Star - The Elegants

September 6 - October 3:
Volare - Domenico Modugno 

October 4 - November 14:
It's All In The Game - Tommy Edwards 

November 15 - November 21:
It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty

November 22 - November 28:
Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio

November 29 - December 5:
It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty 

December 6 - December 26:
To Know Him is To Love Him - Teddy Bears

December 27, 1958 - January 18, 1959:
Chipmunk Song - David Seville & The Chipmunks

Conway Twitty
 It's Only Make Believe
Topped both U.S. and the UK Singles Chart, 
and was Twitty's only number-one single 
on the pop charts of either country.
Conway Twitty - 1958

World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Baltimore Colts
NBA Champions: St. Louis Hawks
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf Tommy Bolt
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Ashley J. Cooper/Althea Gibson
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Ashley Cooper/Althea Gibson
NCAA Football Champions: Iowa & LSU
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Tim Tam
World Cup (Soccer): Brazil 


1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
2. Wagon Train (NBC)
3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
4. The Rifleman (ABC)
5. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
6. Maverick (ABC)
7. Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC)
8. The Real McCoys (ABC)
9. I've Got a Secret (CBS)
10. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (ABC)

The Real McCoys
Aired for six seasons
The first five on the ABC-TV network 
from 1957 through 1962
 and in its final year, 1962-63, on CBS.
Revolves around the lives of a 
mountain family who originally hailed 
from fictional Smokey Corners, West Virginia.


Real McCoys- The New Dog (complete)

How to make a Halloween witch cake (1958)

Bake a 9-inch square cake. 
Cut as indicated in diagrams.
The largest wedge becomes witches face, 
the other her hat and the small 
corner piece is the nose.
Tint part of white icing for face and part for hat, 
leaving the rest white for her hair. 
Sprinkle white icing with coconut for hair, 
and add candies for her eyes and mouth.

James Cagney’s Clam Chowder  - 1958
Hold off cooking the clams until the very end of the recipe for a more-tender result. 
This is a nice, buttery, brothy chowder, 
not pasty or thick.
Makes 8 servings


  • 3 dozen shucked raw, clams and their liquid
  • 1 1/2 cups water, salted with 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 red potatoes, thinly sliced with skins on
  • 1/4 lb. diced salt pork, or, bacon
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 small bottle (8 oz.) clam juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried savory
  • 1/4 tsp fresh thyme
  • 3 cups milk or light cream
  • Snipped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp butter


  1. Mince clams and drain liquid, reserving separately. (i.e.-Set liquid aside. Set clams aside separately.)
  2. In large soup pot, cook two thin-sliced potatoes in 1 1/2 cups salted water until tender.
  3. Cook bacon in a skillet. Add bacon to pot.
  4. In bacon fat remaining in skillet, cook onion until soft. Add onion to soup pot along with bottle of clam juice and reserved clam liquid. Add salt, pepper and herbs. Heat to boiling. Lower heat to simmer. Simmer five minutes.
  5. Add three cups milk or cream. Heat through. Once hot, add reserved clams and heat just until clams are cooked, but still tender. Serve chowder in bowls garnished with small bit of butter and snipped parsley on top of each.

Virginia Bluebell - Donna Race
 "Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair..."
Susan Polis Shutz
Dutchman's Breeches - Donna Race
"I hope some day to meet God, because I want to thank Him for the flowers."
Robert Brault

Wild Blue Phlox - Donna Race
God loved the flowers and invented soil. 
Man loved the flowers and invented vases.
Variation of a saying by Jacques Deval 
(God loved the birds and invented trees.
 Man loved the birds and invented cages.)

Oxeye Daisy Field - Donna Race

1 comment:

  1. Loved this one and I did have a hula hoop!!!!!also Loved Conway twitty!!!!JMC