The 50th Anniversary of…

1969

…and events/films occurring in that year.  How many do you remember?

Average income: $8,550

Average cost of new home: $15,550

     Film: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (see below)

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Cost of a new car: $3,270

Cost of gallon of gas: $0.35

Film: Midnight Cowboy

 

Neil Armstrong walks on the moon

Woodstock music festival

Film: Easy Rider

 

Project Blue Book Ends (U.S. Air Force investigation into UFOs)

Wal-Mart is established

Film: Hello Dolly!

 

PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) established

Sesame Street debuts on PBS

Film: True Grit(with John  Wayne)

 

Creation of ARPANET (predecessor of Internet)

First ATM in USA

Film: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

 

Battery Powered Smoke Alarm

Monty Python’s Flying Circus on TV (see below)

Film: The Wild Bunch

 

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Born this year: Brett Farve

Jennifer Aniston

Film: Take The Money and Run

 

Sports: Mets Win World Series

“        Mickey Mantle Retires

     Film: Once Upon a Time in the West

     Film: The Bridge at Remagen

 

Sports: Joe Namath “Predicts” Super Bowl Win

“        Rod Laver wins Tennis’ Grand Slam (2nd  time)

    Film: Women In Love

   Film: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

 

 

 

 

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About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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