The year was 1966

It’s hard to imagine sometimes what life was like almost 50 years ago. No cell phones or internet and color TV’s had JUST become popular! I did a quick google search to get a feel for life in 1966 and here’s what I found…

  • Unemployment was 4.5%
  • The median family income was $7,400. (I would love to know what the purchase price was in 1966 for our Safari.) UPDATE: Suggested Retail Price for a 1964 Safari (new) was $4,075.
  • “The Sound of Music” won the Academy Award.
  • The Vietnam War was ongoing with 250,000 troops in Vietnam.
  • Ceasers Palace opened in Las Vegas.
  • The Beatles had their last US performance at Candlestick Park.
  • Star Trek – Episode 1 aired on NBC.
  • Twister was all the rage.
  • The #1 song was Simon and Garfunkle’s “The Sound of Silence”.National Parks, National Park Service 1314
  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was aired for the first time on CBS.
  • The space race continues to see who will be the first on the moon.
  • Medicare begins.
  • FDA declared the pill safe.
  • Mini skirts were in fashion.
  • The Valley of The Dolls was published.
  • “Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health” was added to cigarette packs. (keyword “may”!)
  • John Lennon met Yoko Ono.
  • Walt Disney died.
  • The National Park Service turned 50 years old.

One thing is for sure…the music was sooooo groovy! (Davey Jones alert..twice!)

My girl Nancy deserves a solo!

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