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In 1960 (the year you were born)

Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

Sit-ins being after 4 black college students in North Carolina refuse to move from a deli counter when denied service

A U-2 reconnaissance plane belonging to the US is shot down in the Soviet Union

Hurricane “Donna” strikes the East Coast causing over 100 deaths in the US and the Antilles

John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard Nixon in the presidential race

Cassius Clay (who later took the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight

Michael Stipe, Tony Robbins, Bono, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Jeffrey Dahmer are born

Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series

Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL championship

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is the top grossing film

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is published

The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, Germany

The Flintstones debut



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What else can I say? Psycho, Pirates, Dahmer,Beatles, Canadiens!

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  1. I’m a 1960 baby too. My mother was carrying me when she went to see Psycho and ran into her ob/gyn who was shocked! Shocked, I say, to see her at such a frightening movie. Didn’t she realize the risk she was taking with her unborn child? That I might not turn out normal?

    And we all know I am perfectly normal.

  2. Oh, too bad. Over here in the Outer Periphery we’re used to it.

    I was 10 at the time. The only thing I remember from this list is Psycho.

    Oscar will now go back into his garbage can.

  3. Actually every every one of those sentences should end with the phrase “thanks to the four year old Thor Stockman”

    By the way, with that admission you are now forbidden to make any allusions to being “too old” for anything. Four years difference means a lot in grade school, but it’s close to invisible at our stage of life.

    And: Thanks for the thoughtful sign heads up -now officially on its way to my place of work!

  4. Actually every every one of those sentences should end with the phrase “thanks to the four year old Thor Stockman”

    By the way, with that admission you are now forbidden to make any allusions to being “too old” for anything. Four years difference means a lot in grade school, but it’s close to invisible at our stage of life.

    And: Thanks for the thoughtful sign heads up -now officially on its way to my place of work!


  5. In 1967 (the year you were born)

    Lyndon B. Johnson is president of the US

    President Johnson and Soviet premiere Aleksei Kosygin agree not to let any crisis push them into wore

    Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first black Supreme Court justice

    The first home microwave is released by Amana

    Dave Matthews, Kurt Cobain, Liz Phair, Vin Diesel, Julia Roberts, and Anna Nicole Smith are born

    St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series

    Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I

    Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup

    Disney’s The Jungle Book and The Graduate are the top grossing films

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is published

    Paul McCartney announces that all four members of the Beatles have “dropped acid”

    For the first time, Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar on fire during a concert in London

    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released

    The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published

    The FCC orders that cigarette ads on television, radio and in print must include a warning about the health risks of smoking



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  6. On the subject of traumatic horror movies of the 1960s, I am reminded of when my parents went to see SOUND OF MUSIC when we lived in Germany (oh, the ironies…). I was the sort of baby who was prone to bizarre accidents that looked bad (i.e. falling off a barstool into a box of hurricane lamps and cutting my head open), and I happened to have an iron crib on which I got a black eye in the days leading up to seeing the movie. Now, a baby with a black eye doesn’t look good (mind you, I didn’t look good to begin with 😉 ), and my parents ended up having to leave the movie early due to the hissing and whispering…on the positive side, I suppose that means I didn’t have to endure SOUND OF MUSIC for many soul-bruising years afterwards…

  7. You have a problem with Rogers and Hammerstein?

    E.M. Forster writes, in Aspects of the Novel, that everyone of us has some special cherished novel from our youths which we love, despite knowing better. I have always seen SOM in this way.

    I had an early unexplained crush on Kurt – who understands these things when they’re 6? I thought the scenery was breathtaking, and there was something about all those Aryan types running around in high shiny boots… (Tom of Finland first noticed high shiny boots as a child in German, though it was at a more highbrow event – his parents were taking him to his first opera and he noticed the police and soldiers lining Unter der Linden).

    Oh gosh, I even visited Salzburg a few years ago, and though I didn’t take the SOM tour, I did make a point of visiting a few of the sites featured in the film – not a difficult thing to do really, as the central city is quite small. What I did find amusing was that one site, a little rose covered hillock in the Mirabel Gardens where they sang “Doe a Deer” – you know the scene, the notes get higher, they climb the little hill, the voices deepen, they take steps back – the big castle on the hill in the back? It’s now the outdoor cruise section for the city. All sorts of cocksucking go on where Fraeulein Maria tried to instill a sense of music in the little brocade wearing rugrats.

  8. Nothing especially against Rogers and Hammerstein – more the movie itself. I have much the same reaction to, oh, GONE WITH THE WIND – vaguely disturbing costume pieces…

  9. As to cherished novels, mine would have been WRINKLE IN TIME. Honey, I WAS Charles Wallace…I actually DID try and learn a new word from the dictionary each day…

  10. They are to me, anyway. 🙂 (my idea of good staging is, oh, Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, whose set is a pile of dirt in which someone is buried up to her neck…).

  11. Really!? Wow.

    Of course, I’m JUST camp enough to think someone should have cast Marion Ross in HAPPY DAYS. 😉 (or Erin Moran – or Suzi Quatro – or…)

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