Friday, March 20, 2009

Class Reunion Time

Confession time... my 40th high school class reunion is April 24 in Marion, Alabama. That is enough motivation to get me walking every day! Probably too little, too late, but I do NOT want to look like a "mountain woman" when I see folks I haven't seen in years. Funny thing, the women will be recognizable, not so for the men. Ha! Most of them will be balding and paunchy - maybe.

Here's a "blast from the past"

How Much things cost in 1969:
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 800
Average Cost of new house $15,550.00
Average Income per year $8,550.00
Average Monthly Rent $135.00
Average Cost New Car $3,270.00 Toyota Corona $1,950.00
Gas per Gallon 35 cents
Alarm Clock from Westclox $9.98

News headlines from 1969:
Richard Nixon becomes President of the United States

250,000 march on Washington in protest at the Vietnam War

The first man is landed on the moon on the Apollo 11 mission by the United States and Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. and the famous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." will become part of our history

Golda Meir of Milwaukee, Wisconsin , USA, becomes Prime Minister of Israel

The US institutes the draft lottery to determine draft into US Forces for Vietnam War

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Established

Chappaquiddick Affair Senator Edward Kennedy driving a car plunges into a pond and a body of a woman passenger is found in the car

Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder five people August 9th

Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast killing 248 people

Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc

Charles de Gaulle Resigns as French President

Rising Inflation is a worldwide problem

Woodstock attracts more than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans

The US Supreme Court rules on Stanley v. Georgia declaring "The State may not prohibit mere possession of obscene materials for personal use".

The U.S. Air Force closed its Project ( Blue Book ) concluding there was no evidence of UFO's

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