Sunday, July 6, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
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The Rainbow - Grandma Moses
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Pull Boys, Grandma Moses - 1957
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Born: September 7, 1860;
Greenwich (town), New York
Died: November 13, 1961;
Hoosick Falls, New York

Anna Mary Robertson, 
Grandma Moses,
painted from 1935, 
when in her sixties, 
to 1961 when she passed away.
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The Old Chedkered House - Grandma Moses - 1953
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Joy Ride - Grandma Mose - 1953
In 1961 we were sophomores in high school.
noun: sophomore; plural noun: sophomores
a second-year college or high school student.
(sf-môr, sfmôr)n.
a. A second-year student in a U.S. college.
b. A tenth-grade student in a U.S. high school.


Jan 1st - Largest check issued, Natl Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
Jan 3rd - US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
Jan 11th - Racial riot at University of Georgia
Jan 17th - President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".
Jan 23rd - Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films
Jan 25th - 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)

Feb 11th - Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
Feb 15th - Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash

Mar 1st - President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp
Mar 13th - JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress
Mar 27th - Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars
Mar 29th - 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington DC residents to vote in presidential elections

Apr 10th - Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel
Apr 13th - UN General Assembly condemns South-Africa's apartheid
Apr 24th - JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs
Apr 30th - 1st shuttle flights between Washington DC, Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)
May 1st - 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba

May 1st - Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba
May 4th - CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, DC
May 5th - Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
May 17th - Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
May 25th - JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade
Jun 3rd - JFK & Khrushchev meet in Vienna

Jun 16th - Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West in Paris
Jun 25th - Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)

Jul 15th - Spain accept equal rights for men & women
Jul 19th - 1st in-flight movie shown (TWA)
Jul 21st - Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom
Jul 24th - Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
Jul 25th - In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.
Jul 31st - Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant

Aug 13th - Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
Aug 16th - Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami
Aug 17th - Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress

Aug 24th - Former nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice
Aug 30th - J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a US District Court

Sep 5th - President Kennedy signs law against hijacking (death penalty)
Sep 11th - Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
Sep 19th - Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
Sep 20th - James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
Sep 30th - Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost

Oct 9th - US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to Police
Oct 18th - Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack
Oct 31st - Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal

Nov 11th - Stalingrad renamed Volgograd
Nov 15th - UN bans nuclear arms
Nov 16th - Great Britain limits immigration from Commonwealth countries
Nov 18th - JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
Nov 29th - Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss.

Dec 2nd - Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist, & will lead Cuba to Communism
Dec 9th - SS Col Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel
Dec 11th - Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel
Dec 11th - JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam
Dec 12th - Martin Luther King Jr & 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany Ga
Dec 23rd - Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies
Dec 31st - Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion


President John F. Kennedy

TIME wrote, "In his first year as President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy showed qualities that have made him a promising leader ... Those same qualities, if developed further, may make him a great President."

Kennedy Quotes

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. 

The best road to progress is freedom's road. 

Cost of Living 1961

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.07%
  • Average Cost of new house $12,500.00
  • Average Income per year $5,315.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas 27 cents
  • Average Cost of a new car $2,850.00
  • Bacon for 1LB 67 cents
  • Eggs per dozen 30 cents
  • Below are some Prices for UK Pounds Sterling
  • Average House Price 2,770

The population of the United States is 182,992,000
National Debt 292.6 Billion
Unemployment is 5.5%
Life Expectancy: 70.2 years

With cold war tensions growing Kennedy suggests that Americans build fall out shelters in their back yards.

Pampers disposable diapers were
available for the first time.

"Yabba Dabba Do"
Fred Flintstone

"For those who think young"

"Hertz puts you in the driver’s seat"


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Sep 23rd - 1st movie to become a TV series
How to Marry a Millionaire

33rd Annual Academy Awards
Best Picture - "The Apartment"
Best Actor - Burt Lancaster - "Elmer Gantry"
Best Actress - Elizabeth Taylor - "Butterfield 8"
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Popular Films 
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • El Cid
  • The Misfits
  • The Hustler
  • West Side Story 
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Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe 
Scenes from The Misifits

Top 100 Hits of 1961

Billboard Number One Songs

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

January 9 - January 29:
Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert 

January 30 - February 12:
Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles

February 13 - February 26:
Calcutta Lawrence Welk 

February 27 - March 19:
Pony Time Chubby Checker

March 20 - April 2:
Surrender Elvis Presley

April 3 - April 23:
Blue Moon The Marcels

April 24 - May 21:
Runaway Del Shannon 

May 22 - May 28:
Mother-In-Law Ernie K-Doe

May 29 - June 4:
Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson

June 5 - June 18:
Running Scared Roy Orbison

June 19 - June 25:
Moody River Pat Boone 

June 26 - July 9:
Quarter To Three Gary U.S. Bonds

July 10 - August 27:
  Tossin' And Turnin' Bobby Lewis

August 28 - September 3:
Wooden Heart Joe Dowell 

September 4 - September 17:
Michael The Highwaymen 

September 18 - October 8:
Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee

October 9 - October 22:
Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles 

October 23 - November 5:
Runaround Sue Dion

November 6 - December 10:
Big Bad John Jimmy Dean

December 11 - December 17:
Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes

December 18, 1961 - January 12, 1962:
The The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens

Dec 14th - Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is the 
1st country song to get a gold record.
Dec 31st - Beach Boys play their debut gig 
under that name

Best male vocal single
Georgia on My Mind
Ray Charles

Best female vocal single
Mack the Knife
Ella Fitzgerald

Record of the year
Theme From a Summer Place
Percy Faith

Most popular recorded 
songs of 1961 in the US:
  • Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
  • Calcutta - Lawrence Welk
  • Pony Time - Chubby Checker
  • Surrender - Elvis Presley

 Sea of Heartbreak
A country music song that 
reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 
Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Don Gibson - 1961

Big Bad John
number one on the Billboard Hot 100 
won Jimmy Dean the 1962 Grammy Award 
for Best Country & Western Recording. 
Jimmy Dean - 1961

Walk on By
Leroy Van Dyke's most successful single,
spending 37 weeks on the country chart
and a record-breaking 19 at the
number-one position. "Walk on By"
crossed over to the pop
chart peaking at number five.
It was named by Billboard magazine as the
biggest country music record in history.
The 19-week run of "Walk On By"
is a record that stood for 51 years.
Leroy Van Dyke - 1961

The Bowl Weevil
A century old, traditional blues song.
The Bowl Weevil Song spent three weeks
at number two on the Hot 100 chart
and reached number two on the R&B chart.
It holds the distinction of being the first
number-one song on the
Billboard Easy Listening chart.
Brook Benton - 1961

Oct 9th - NY Yankees beat Cincinnati Reds, 
4 games to 1 in 58th World Series
Dec 18th - For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year


 13th annual Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding news show - Huntley-Brinkley
  • Best comedy - Jack Benny Show
  • Outstanding single performance by an actor - Maurice Evans - “MacBeth” - Hallmark Hall of Fame.
  • Outstanding single performance by an actress - Judith Anderson “MacBeth”
  • Leading actor in a series - Raymond Burr for Perry Mason
  • Leading actress in a series – Barbara Stanwyck - The Barbara Stanwyck Show
  • Supporting performer in a single show – Don Knotts - The Andy Griffith Show
  • Dramatic writing - Rod Serling - The Twilight Zone
  • Television Music - Leonard Bernstein for Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic

 Popular TV 
  • Wagon Train
  • Bonanza
  • Gunsmoke
  • Perry Mason
  • The Red Skelton Show
  • Andy Griffith
  • Candid Camera
  • My Three Sons
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Mister Ed (first broadcast in October, 1961) 

Perry Mason
1957 to 1966

A fictional Los Angeles defense attorney who
originally appeared in detective fiction books
written by Erle Stanley Gardner.
 Perry Mason
Opening Theme Song


A Best-of-the-Bake-off winner in Pillsbury’s 1961 competition.
Mrs. Richard Philabaum, the Bake-Off winner and originator of the recipe, said the Vienna meeting, in 1961, between President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev inspired her to combine potatoes (Irish) 
with stroganoff (Russian).

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Beef Sauce Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp ketchup
3/4 cup beef broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup ( or 1 1/2 cups of the home-made mushroom sauce in the right column)
1 cup sour cream

Potato Puff Topping Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups mashed potato flakes
2 eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder

Brown ground beef. Remove to a bowl with slotted spoon. Saute onion until soft in drippings. Drain. Combine onions with meat in pan.
Blend in flour, catsup, broth salt and pepper. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Stir in cream of mushroom soup (or home-made mushroom sauce) and sour cream.
Make potato puff batter: Heat water, butter, salt and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in potato flakes. Whip in eggs, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour and baking powder, blend well.
Pour stroganoff into ramekins. Top each one with a ball of the potato dough. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until potato puffs are cooked through.

If you just can’t bring yourself to include canned cream of mushroom soup… make a roux–melt 1 Tbsp butter in a pan, whisk in & toast a small amount of flour. Add enough milk to thicken this into a white sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Set that aside. Saute a cup of chopped mushrooms in 1 tsp of olive oil. Mix the mushrooms into the white sauce you just made. Substitute 1 1/2 cups of this sauce for the can of mushroom soup in the recipe.

Candy Bar Cookies

Bake-Off® Contest 13, 1961
Alice Reese
Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • prep time 1 hr 15 min
  • total time
  • ingredients 16
  • servings 40

3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
2 tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose or unbleached flour

21caramels, unwrapped
3 tablespoons whipping cream
3 tablespoons margarine or butter
3/4cup powdered sugar
3/4cup chopped pecans

1/3cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon whipping cream
2 teaspoons margarine or butter
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
40 pecan halves (1/2 cup), if desired


·  1 In large bowl, combine all base ingredients except flour; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour; mix well. If necessary, cover dough with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.

·  2 Heat oven to 325°F. On well-floured surface, roll out half of dough at a time into 10x8-inch rectangle. With pastry wheel or knife, cut into 2-inch squares. Place 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

·  3 Bake at 325°F. for 10 to 13 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheets; place on wire racks. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.

·  4 In medium saucepan, combine caramels, 3 tablespoons whipping cream and 3 tablespoons margarine; cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup powdered sugar and chopped pecans. (Add additional whipping cream a few drops at a time, if needed for desired spreading consistency.) Spread 1 teaspoon warm filling on each cookie square.

·  5 In small saucepan, combine chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon whipping cream and 2 teaspoons margarine. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth. REMOVE FROM HEAT. Stir in 3 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread glaze evenly over caramel filling on each cookie. Top each with pecan half.

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Black Horses - Grandma Moses - 1942
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Moving Day on the Farm - Grandma Moses - 1951

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