Sunday, May 31, 2009

Flashback - 26 May 1962

Blogging for Fun Friday - 26 May 1962
Gosh where has the time gone, Blogging for Fun Friday (I realise I'm a tad late, Monday, but better late than never!)

This week's topic really appealed - looking back in time at what happened the year you were born. Best Movie, top 10 Song, how much petrol, milk, stamps cost. Anything else that was considered to be really interesting or exciting for the year and day.

Well doing a bit of research seems to bring up some uninspiring results, in that not a lot of auspicious happenings happened on this day worldwide, except of course my birth!! Now I am a Gemini and I was born in the year of the out!

Now, as I am an online network marketer and I also have my own cleaning business here in Cairns, I also decided to look at what was happening in 1962 with regards to Network Marketing and Cleaning Services.

1962 - the network marketing industry was growing rapidly and during this time Mary Kay was established, good year for establishing a company! I must confess these products are good and I used them for many years. I don't now, mainly I think because the distributor I was purchasing from, stopped doing it. Network Marketing back then too was by party plan, direct selling, door to door, so we have moved on somewhat in that now we do it online, well some of us do, some still do the party plan; Tupperware, Avon, Mary Kay, Nutrimetics to name a few; but, what will our children's children be doing I wonder...from the moon? Do we really think that network marketing has changed that much? I don't, it's still a people business, people are still doing it the 'old' way, we've introduced a new medium, the internet, which opens up new opportunities, both good and bad.

Cleaning in the 60's...this is why women didn't work outside the family and home, they were too busy...using modern equipment! Thank goodness times have moved on and we now have an array of products that are efficient and helpful. I was in an applicance shop today, my dishwasher probably needs replacing and as you do I looked at all the other lovely things on offer, they have washing machine / dryers all in one now, I asked the guy if the ironed your clothes yet, he said, "this brand with the steam option, just about eleminates all need for ironing". Back in the 60's they were always producing lots of tips to help make us better housewives in case you needed it...aren't we pleased time has moved on, I think women of today would invest in 'clubs' should we be offered tips like these...

Tips for House Cleaning

Housecleaning can be a tough chore. You may find that you need a little help. If so, then consider these quick tips for cleaning your home...

  • Vacuum often. While you could spend the whole day vacuuming, especially if you have children or pets, you probably don’t want to. Still you should vacuum each room in your home at least once a week and frequently used areas three to four times a week. That will keep dirt from getting stuck in the carpeting and wearing it out more quickly.
  • Make a schedule for periodic jobs, such as cleaning baseboards and organizing cabinets. You may want to go through your cabinets every six months, for example, but you cannot remember the last time you did it. Schedule your cleaning time right alongside the doctor’s appointment and business meeting so that you won’t forget.
  • Do it now! This phrase is the mantra of organizational gurus, who know that the key to keeping one’s home clean is to do every task as soon as it needs to be done. Putting that ice cream bowl in the sink now is much easier than putting three away tomorrow.
  • Simple is better. Keep things simple, and cleaning will be easier. Stick to one illustrated book on your coffee table, for example, instead of an arrangement of figurines. The former will be easier to dust and keep tidy, making your job to clean, easy.
  • If you haven’t used something in a year, throw it out. If you’ve looked at that green sweater in your closet and shrugged everyday this winter, you have moved passed the sweater. Just get rid of it, and you won’t have to worry about it anymore.
  • 8. When you find a problem, fix it. Many people tend to just allow cleaning problems to build up. If you’re always tripping over the kids’ shoes when you come in, put a shoe rack at the front door. Move the cleaning supplies so they’re easier to reach. Put the broom in a better spot. Fixing problems can make cleaning go much more smoothly.
Being a Kiwi - New Zealander, money wise we were still in 1962 using pounds, shilling and pence not that I cared. So with that alone, changes are very different.

Cost of living in New Zealand 1962:

  • Medium family income $6,000 per year
  • Minimum hourly wage $1.25
  • New house $15,000
  • Gallon of gas .25¢
  • New car $2,500
  • Federal/State/Local taxes 20%
  • Pack of chewing gum .05¢
  • Candy bar .05¢
  • Ice cream bar .15¢
  • Soft drink .10¢
  • Fast food hamburger .20¢
  • 1st class postage stamp .04¢
  • Pay phone (local call) .10¢
  • Color TV set $400
  • Daily newspaper .10¢
  • Refrigerator $500
  • Tennis shoes $5.00
  • Doctors office visit $5
  • Movie ticket .50¢
  • Popcorn at the movie.20¢
  • 45 rpm record $1.00
  • Record album $3.00

  • Magazine Covers - 26 May 1962

    TV highlights of '62 - New Zealand at this time wasn't producing it's own:
    The Jetsons, I Love Lucy - not that I remember them perse in 1962, I certainly remember growing up with these shows. The Bevelerly Hillbillies - fantastic memory lane...

  • 03/30/1962 - The NCB talk show, "The Jack Paar show" has it's last episode on this day.
  • 05/31/1962 - "Tell It To Groucho" last airs on CBS-TV.
  • June 1962 - "The Alfred Hitchcock show" last aires and has a total of 268 episodes.
  • 09/11/1962 - "McHales Navy" debuts on ABC. Show would run until 8/20/1966 with 138 episodes.
  • 09/17/1962 - The popular CBS/NBC situation comedy, "Father knows best ends. It had 203 episodes.
  • 09/22/1962 - "The Andy Williams show", a musical/variety show, aires. Show ended on 7/17/1971.
  • 09/23/1962 - ABC's 1st color TV series aires-"The Jetsons". There were 24 episodes and the last one was on 9/8/1963.
  • 09/25/1962 - "Bachelor father", a situation comedy ends with 157 episodes to it's credit.
  • 09/26/1962 - "The Beverly Hillbillies debuts on CBS-TV. 274 episodes were made before it's last show on 9/7/1971.
  • 10/02/1962 - "Here's Johnny!" Johnny Carson hosts his 1st Tonight Show on NBC-TV with guest star, Joan Crawford. Johnny hosted until May 22, 1992 and had a total of 4531 episodes!
  • 10/2/1962 - "Combat", a war drama aires on ABC-TV. This show ran until 8/29/1967 and finished with 152 episodes.
  • 10/01/1962 - Lucy Show premieres.
  • 12/20/1962 - Osmond brothers debut on the Andy Williams show.
  • 12/31/1962 - "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn.

  • Top singles of '62 - only one Elvis song!:

    Big Girls Don't Cry (The Four Seasons)
    Duke Of Earl (Gene Chandler)
    Good Luck Charm (Elvis Presley)
    Hey! Baby (Bruce Channel)
    I Can't Stop Loving You (Ray Charles)
    Peppermint Twist (Joey Dee & The Starliters)
    Roses Are Red (Bobby Vinton)
    Sheila (Tommy Roe)
    Sherry (The Four Seasons)
    Soldier Boy (The Shirelles)

    Movies of '62:

    Cape fear
    Whatever happened to baby Jane

    Marilyn Monroe
    Marylin Monroe

    Famous Deaths - of Note Marylin - phew thank goodness she didn't die in May:

    Adolf Eichmann (hanged)
    August 5 - Marylin Monroe "Norma Jean Mortense" (overdose of sleeping pills)
    November 7 - Eleanor Roosevelt (complications from tuberculosis)

    Famous Births - nice to know who you share your day with:

    Jan 17th 1962 - Jim Carrey
    Feb 4th 1962 - Clint Black
    Feb 5th 1962 - Jennifer Jason Leigh
    Feb 7th 1962 - Garth Brooks
    Feb 17th 1962 - Lou Diamond Phillips
    Feb 27th 1962 - Adam Baldwin
    March 2nd 1962 - Al Del Greco
    March 2nd 1962 - Jon Bon Jovi
    March 3rd 1962 - Herschel Walker
    March 3rd 1962 - Jackie Joyner-Kersee
    March 21st 1962 - Rosie O'Donnell
    May 12th 1962 - Emilio Estevez
    May 26th 1962 - Bobcat Goldthwait
    June 13th 1962 - Ally Sheedy
    July 3rd 1962 - Tom Cruise
    July 15th 1962 - Brigitte Nielsen
    July 31st 1962 - Wesley Snipes
    Sept 26th 1962 - Melissa Sue Anderson
    Oct 11th 1962 - Joan Cusack
    Oct 13th 1962 - Jerry Rice
    Oct 19th 1962 - Evander Holyfield
    Nov 4th 1962 - Ralph Macchio
    Nov 11th 1962 - Demi Moore
    Nov 19th 1962 - Jodie Foster

    Special events of '62 - has life changed that much do you think?

  • 1962 is the Golden anniversary for Chevrolet, their 50th year.
  • Ford introduces the "Fairlane". This model was produced until 1970.
  • Marine Corps General John Glenn circles the earth 3 times in the Friendship 7.
  • 90% of Americans own a television set; ABC begins broadcasting in color. In living color
  • "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" with Zero Mostel premieres in New York.
  • Two new dances, the "Mashed Potato" and the "Watusi" hit the scene.
  • Polaroid introduces color film prints which develop in 60 seconds.
  • The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "Lawrence of Arabia." Gregory Peck wins for Best Actor in "To Kill a Mockingbird," and best actress goes to Anne Bancroft for "The Miracle Worker."
  • After replacing Pete Best with Ringo Star, the Beatles record their first single, "Love Me Do."
  • Folk music and California surf music are very popular.
  • The charts are dominated by girl groups like, the "Shirelles" and the "Crystals."
  • 02/14/1962 - First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gives "A Tour of the White House" via television. Over 46 million people tune in.
  • 03/01/1962 - The first K-Mart and Walmart opens.
  • 03/2/1962 - Philadelphia 76er's seven-foot basketball center, Wilt (the Stilt) Chamberlain scores a record 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks.
  • 03/02/1962 - JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing.
  • 04/09/1962 - JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium.
  • 05/25/1962 - Isley Brothers release, "Twist & Shout".
  • 06/25/1962 - By a vote of 6 to 1, the Supreme court bans prayer in public schools.
  • 08/11/1962 - Beach boys "Surfin' Surfari" reached #14 and the flip side "409" charted at #76.
  • 08/18/1962 - Peter, Paul & Mary release their 1st hit, "If I Had a Hammer".
  • 09/29/1961 - The new 1962 Chevrolet models go on sale. This would include Chevrolets latest car, the "Chevy II".
  • 11/07/1962 - Richard Nixon quits politics-"You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore".
  • 12/08/1962 - 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC.

  • So now that's over, what was happening in your neck of the woods on your day?

    Cheers and have a great day, week, month, year and life
    Julie McClelland


    Melissa said...

    Wow 50 cents to go to the movies, I wish LOL. It costs the four of us almost 40 dollars to go to the movies. Needless to say we love Netflix. Thank you for participating, your post was thorough, and awesome. Have a great idea for a Fun Friday topic? Let me know.

    Anne said...

    I did the same thing (for my own birth year) and can not believe how much prices of certain things have increased.

    betchai said...

    wow, am totally impressed, for you also researched what was going on with network marketing and cleaning services at your day, relating it to today's career. I still have not researched mine, you seem to have really done a lot of researching for this post, very interesting.