Tag Archives: 50’s

The TV Dinner Goes Viral

The nation’s press weighs in on the TV dinner phenomenon. Continue reading

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From Clarence Birdseye to the Swanson Boys: The Folks Who Brought Us the TV Dinner

The inventors, salesmen and scientists who created the tv dinner. Continue reading

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Remembering the TV Dinner, Somewhat Fondly

It didn’t taste very good and it wasn’t very good for you. Continue reading

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The Jukebox Story: An American Cultural Icon

‘an enduring image of a bygone era’ Continue reading

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The Jukebox Story: Rise and Fall

The impact of technical, economic and cultural changes. Continue reading

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A Growing Up in the 50’s Book Review: The Shame of What We Are

A review of Sam Gridley’s The Shame of What We Are, a novel in pieces. Continue reading

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A Baseball Fan Memoir Chapter 1 – Childhood Heroes

The first seven years of my life coincided with the heyday of New York baseball. The Dodgers were in Brooklyn, the Giants in Upper Manhattan and across the river the Yankees were in the Bronx. All three won a World … Continue reading

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What Was So Cool About the 50’s?

For a child it was an age of freedom. I’m sure there were predators and pedophiles and kidnappers then too, but we didn’t know anything about them. We felt safe and acted like we were safe. That meant that as … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: A Week at the Shore

We had one week of vacation when I was growing up. It happened in July and it was at the Jersey Shore. Seven days on the beach, seven nights on the boardwalk. Then we came home and waited for next … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Ode to the Y

I was probably about six the first time I was sent to a summer day camp. I was enrolled in a place called Camp Belle in Totowa. It was at an open piece of land where there was a pretty … Continue reading

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