Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Flashbacks

The year is 1969.

Richard Nixon is President and Vietnam isn't going anywhere.
It's a crazy time. It is the year of Woodstock...and the Manson killings. A time that is both about peace and violence.

Neil Armstrong steps onto the surface of the moon and into history books.

The median household income is $8,389.00.

The Bestselling Novel of the Year: Portney's Complaint by Phillip Roth.

The Best Picture Oscar: Midnight Cowboy starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.

If you were a mom, you were wearing this:

If you were a little braver, you were rocking this look:

But you better have been able to play a guitar with your teeth.

The world was changed forever.


  1. Can you imagine making $8300 a year? Cripes!! I wish that was the median income today, but that my household was still making what we make now... then we'd be millionaires. :)

  2. Another great flashback post! Thanks, Marsha.

    I'm torn between the rockin' look and the Mom look. Both cool.

    And a salary of $8,300 a year, but that was when milk cost, like, a buck a gallon, a gallon of gas was 37 cents. And your average house was mortgaged at $27 grand or so. And the interest rate was a mosquito bite compared to what it is today.

    Portnoy's Complaint, actually had, like, depth. And, Midnight Cowboy - Great flick. Dustin, one of the loves of my life.

    I'm a movie buff, too.

  3. 1969 was the year I graduated from high school and started college. It was a real transitional year for me, but indeed a memorable year. When I got a job in 1970, I remember getting paid $2.05 an hour and I was so thrilled after I'd been there a while and they gave me a five cent raise. But seemed like you could really stretch that money out. In TN gas at that time was in the 25 cent a gallon range. In 1966 my parents bought their large brick home on a very large plot of land for @$20,000. Now it's valued in the $220,000 range.

  4. Thanks for the comments! It was such an interesting time and yes, the median salary went much farther then! I think I pay almost that much in lunch money for my son....


It helps to know I'm not just talking to myself.