Saturday, June 14, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
School Bus - Wallpaper

Morning Ride - Andrea Birdsey Kelly
School Bus
Denise Rodgers
The bus arrives at five till eight.
If I don't rush, I'm always late.
The school bus smells
of lunch and glue.
And while we ride,
there's lots to do.
We talk a lot
and throw some hats,
play keep away
and things like that.
The driver yells,
but we don't mind.
Beneath it all
we know she's kind.
There's lots of noise;
we laugh and shout.
We get to school.
We all pile out.
We go to class, to lunch,
and then
it's time to ride the bus again.
The bus time's fun.
I think it's cool.
It's my favorite
part of school.

School Bus Driver Poem

School Bus - Lucie Boucher

In 1960 we were 9th graders - freshmen in high school (we now had a name, not just a number). More students from outside the little town and up and down the valley joined us in the hallways and classrooms of the old brick high school building. For the next four years they would ride into town in those long, yellow school buses.

Riding on the school bus, if they paid attention, the bus riders saw the valley as the walkers in town seldom had a chance to see it. From day to day they watched the change of seasons and the comings and goings of valley folk as they began and ended their days. Seated higher up, they had a loftier view and for a greater distance as the bus rolled over the miles from home to school.

Coming to school on the bus, then going back home again, some students spent over an hour on those buses, every school day. They became a family that was replaced each year by new family members until, finally, all the original family members were gone. Those rides into town on the school bus would be another memory of their schooldays for the big brothers and sisters of the school bus family of 1964.
Downtown with School Bus - Laurie Breton
At least they never ask, "Are we there yet?"

Too Cool for School:

Jan 1st - Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
Jan 2nd - John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
Jan 2nd - Senator John F Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency
Jan 4th - European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
Jan 23rd - Bathosphere "Trieste" reach bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
Jan 28th - 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington DC

Feb 1st - 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth
Feb 7th - Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea
Feb 8th - Congress opens hearings looking into payola
Feb 8th - Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".
Feb 16th - US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
Feb 29th - JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

Mar 17th - Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
Mar 25th - 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)

Apr 1st - Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
Apr 1st - 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
Apr 2nd - Cuba buys oil from USSR
Apr 4th - Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
Apr 8th - US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting pracrices
Apr 13th - France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
Apr 25th - 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton)

May 1st - Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk
May 3rd - The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
May 6th - US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
May 6th - Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico
May 7th - Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as pres of USSR
May 7th - USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confessed to being a CIA spy
May 8th - USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
May 9th - US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally
May 9th - US send U-2 over USSR
May 10th - John F Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia
May 11th - Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires
May 14th - USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule

Jun 27th - Chlorophyll "A" synthesized Cambridge Massachusetts
Jun 30th - US stops sugar import from Cuba

Jul 1st - Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba
Jul 1st - USSR shoots down US RB-47 reconnaissance plane
Jul 8th - Fidel Castro ends Havana's Intl League team, Sugar Kings move to NJ
Jul 12th - USSR's Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs
Jul 13th - US Democratic convention nominates JFK as presidential candidate
Jul 22nd - Cuba nationalizes all US owned sugar factories
Jul 27th - VP Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago
Jul 31st - Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state

Aug 7th - Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches
Aug 9th - Race riot in Jacksonville Florida
Aug 13th - USSR draws adviseors out of China
Aug 17th - Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
Aug 19th - Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
Aug 30th - East Germany imposes a partial blockade on West Berlin
Aug 31st - Agricultural Hall of Fame forms

Sep 11th - The Young Americans for Freedom, meeting at home of William F. Buckley, Jr., promulgate the Sharon Statement.
Sep 12th - John F. Kennedy avers he does not speak for the Roman Catholic Church, and neither does the Church speak for him.
 Sep 14th - Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia & Venezuela form OPEC
Sep 17th - Cuba nationalizes US banks
Sep 26th - 1st of 4 TV debates Nixon & Kennedy took place (Chicago)
Sep 26th - Longest speech in UN history (4 hrs, 29 mins, by Fidel Castro)

Oct 7th - 2nd JFK & Richard Nixon debate
Oct 12th - JFK & Richard Nixon's 3rd presidential debate
Oct 13th - Nikita Khrushchev (PM USSR) bangs his shoe on table at UN
Oct 13th - Opponents of Fidel Castro executed in Cuba
Oct 17th - US & Britain sign accord for nuclear sub bases
Oct 19th - Martin Luther King Jr arrested in Atlanta sit-in
Oct 19th - US imposes embargo on exports to Cuba
Oct 20th - 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI
Oct 21st - JFK & Nixon clashed in 4th & final presidential debate (NYC)
Oct 25th - Cuba nationalizes all remaining US businesses
Oct 30th - Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Nov 12th - Coup against South Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem fails
Nov 14th - Riot due to school integration in New Orleans

Dec 18th - General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
Dec 19th - Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn (50 die)
Dec 23rd - King Saudi of Saudi Arabia takes power
These scientist were represented by:
George Beadle, Charles Draper, 
John Enders, Donald A. Glaser, 
Joshua Lederberg, Willard Libby,
 Linus Pauling, Edward Purcell,
 Isidor Rabi, Emilio Segrè, 
William Shockley, Edward Teller, 
Charles Townes, James Van Allen,
 and Robert Woodward 
“It has been said, almost 90% of all the scientists
 that the world has ever produced are alive today.
 By the very nature of that curve, 1960 was the richest
 of all scientific years, and the years ahead must be
 even more fruitful,” 
the magazine (TIME) predicted.  

We scientists are the only people who are not bored, 
the only adventurers of modern times, 
the real explorers—the fortunate ones.
1960 Nobel Laureate
Willard F. Libby

Fads & Trivia
Feb 19th - Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
Feb 29th - 1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago
Jun 1st - WDTV TV channel 5 in Clarksburg-Weston, WV (CBS) begins broadcasting
Aug 15th - UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
Sep 30th - On Howdy Doody's last show Clarabelle finally talks "Goodbye Kids"
Nov 18th - Copyright office issues its 10 millionth registration
Nov 23rd - Tinseltown dedicated its Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd & Vine St
Dec 1st - Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.
The average house cost $20,556
Equivalent today: $151,847
The average car cost $2,600
Equivalent today: $19,206

The average wage was $4,007
Equivalent today: $29,600

 Misses Swinging Shifts Skirts $5.00
Oxford men's Shoes $12.95
  1960 Men's Pocket Watch $9.44 
 Automatic Can Opener $8.88
  Automatic Electric Blanket $9.94
  Oranges 89 cents for 2 dozen
  Oven ready Turkeys 39 cents per pound
 60's Modern Walnut Bookcase $29.97  
Coal $14.95 ton






Jan 1st - Johnny Cash plays 1st of many free concerts behind bars
Jan 14th - US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant
Feb 20th - Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.
Mar 5th - Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army
May 2nd - House investigating committee, looking into payola questions
May 19th - Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola
Aug 18th - Beatles give their 1st public performance (Kaiserkeller in Hamburg)

1960 Billboard
Number One Songs

December 28, 1959 - January 3, 1960:
Why - Frankie Avalon

January 4, 1960 - January 17:
El Paso - Marty Robbins

January 18 - February 7:
Running Bear - Johnny Preston

February 8 - February 21:
Teen Angel - Mark Dinning

February 22 - April 24:
The Theme From A Summer Place - Percy Faith & his Orchestra

April 25 - May 22:
Stuck On You - Elvis Presley

May 23 - June 26:
Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers

June 27 - June 10:
Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis

July 11 - July 17:
Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles

July 18 - August 7:
I'm Sorry - Brenda Lee

August 8 - August 17:
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Brian Hyland

August 15 - September 18:
It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley

September 19 - September 25:
The Twist - Chubby Checker

September 26 - October 9:
My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own - Connie Francis

October 10 - October 16:
Mr. Custer - Larry Verne

October 17 - October 23:
Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters

October 24 - November 13:
I Want To Be Wanted - Brenda Lee

November 14 - November 20:
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles

November 21 - November 27:
Stay - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

November 28, 1960 - January 8, 1961:
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley


  • The shortest single ever to reach the top of the American record charts, at 1 minute 50 seconds in length. 
  • Named as the Greatest Really Short Rock Song of all time by Digital Dream Door.
  • It entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on October 9, 1960 and reached the number one spot on November 21.  
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - 1960

My Home Town
#8 pop hit
Paul Anka - 1960

 El Paso
Became a major hit on both the country
and pop music charts, reaching number
one in both at the start of 1960.
Marty Robbins - 1960

Sink the Bismarck
It reached #3 on the charts.
Inspired by the 1960 movie Sink the Bismarck!
Johnny Horton - 1960


Feb 11th - Jack Paar walks off his TV show

TV Shows 1960

  • Perry Mason 1957 - 1966
  • Route 66 1960 - 1964
  • Rawhide 1959 - 1966
  • Lassie 1954 - 1973
  • Bonanza 1959 - 1973
  • The Fugitive 1963 - 1967
  • 77 Sunset Strip 1958 - 1964
  • Doctor Who 1963 - 1989
  • Gunsmoke 1955 - 1975
  • The Virginian 1962 - 1971
  • Mr Ed 1961 - 1966
  • The Twilight Zone ( Original Series ) 1959 - 1964
  • Bewitched 1964 - 1972
  • Steptoe and Son 1st Series 1962 - 1965 2nd Series 
1960 Most Popular TV shows:
 1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
2. Wagon Train (NBC)
3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
4. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
5. The Real McCoys (ABC)
6. Rawhide (CBS)
7. Candid Camera (CBS)
8. The Untouchables (ABC)
9. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
10. Dennis The Menace (CBS)

The fourth longest-running U.S. prime time 
television series. Every year of its seventeen-year 
run on CBS, Lassie placed first in its time slot, 
Sunday 7:00 P.M. EST, and often ranked among 
the top 25 shows on television. 
 Lassie - Episode 1 - "Inheritance"


Basic Sugar Cookies
Tried and True Since 1960

  •     3 cups self-rising flour
  •     1 cup butter at room temperature
  •     1 cup white sugar, or more to taste
  •     2 eggs at room temperature
  •     1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •     1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Mix self-rising flour, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt thoroughly in a bowl; beat at least 5 minutes. Refrigerate dough at least 2 hours to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  • Roll dough out on a floured work surface using a lightly floured rolling pin; cut cookies out with cutters. Place cookies onto baking sheets.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until cookie bottoms are lightly golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Leona Schnuelle's original Dilly Casserole Bread
 Dilly Casserole Bread
Bake-Off® Contest entry
Savoury Table
Prize-winner in 1960 
  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 3 hr 0 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 18
  • 2 to 2 2/3 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons instant minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons dill seed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • 1 cup small curd creamed cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons margarine or butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, if desired
  •  In large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, onion, dill seed, 1 teaspoon salt, baking soda and yeast; mix well.

  • In small saucepan, heat water, 1 tablespoon margarine and cottage cheese until very warm (120 to 130°F.). Add warm liquid and egg to flour mixture; blend at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.

  • By hand, stir in remaining 1 to 1 2/3 cups flour to form a stiff batter. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80 to 85°F.) until light and doubled in size, 45 to 60 minutes.

  • Generously grease 1 1/2 or 2-quart casserole. Stir down batter to remove all air bubbles. Turn into greased casserole. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover dough. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until loaf is deep golden brown and sounds hollow when lightly tapped. If necessary, cover with foil to prevent over browning. 
  • Remove from casserole; place on wire rack. Brush loaf with melted margarine; sprinkle with coarse salt. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or cool.
Bus Stop - John deLorimier

Mary Dorland
If you rode the school bus as a kid,
your parents hated you.

Jenny Johnson
Riding the School Bus Made Me Tough
School Bus - Joseph Sandora
 I hated school. 
Even to this day, 
when I see a school bus
 it's just depressing to me. 
The poor little kids.
Dolly Parton

School Bus - Grace Diehl

Some years ago there was a study
to discover the most stressful occupation.
It turned out not to be the head of
a large business, football manager
or prime minister, but rather: bus driver.
Jonathan Sacks

Home Bus - Art Scholz

At 14, I was the most disciplined guy around.
I would get up at 5 o'clock in the morning and 
run five miles, and then go to school. 
Sometimes I would run behind the school bus, 
and the kids thought I was just crazy. 
I knew what I wanted.
Sugar Ray Leonard

Early Bus - Art Scholz

Childhood was very nice.
The only thing wrong was
that I was so introverted,
everything became a big deal...
'Oh, no, here comes the bus.
Where am I gonna sit on the bus?'
Steven Wright

Yellow School Bus - Roger Akesson

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