Category Archives: The Fifties

Joe’s Back

No one really wants to relive the fifties – those poodle skirts were awful, Dinah Shore was insufferably cheerful, although finally overwhelmed by Bill Haley and then Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, and everything was so damned conventional. People were scared too – … Continue reading

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Trying Planned Obsolescence Again

It was so long ago that no one remembers now – the late fifties, when Ozzie and Harriet and Ed Sullivan were on television, when Elvis was young and thin, and new, when wholesome Pat Boone made a few earnest … Continue reading

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Happy Days Again

Out here in Hollywood the fifties never died. For ten years that television comedy Happy Days brought the fifties back – until it jumped the shark of course. And still, every Friday night, it’s the classic chopped-and-channeled custom cars at … Continue reading

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Racism and Nostalgia

Some people have no use for nostalgia and others can’t live without it – probably because their life peaked-out in their senior year in high school. It’s been all downhill since then – a bit of college, reluctantly settling for … Continue reading

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Considering Signaling Mechanisms

If you are a white American male who grew up in the Eisenhower fifties you understood golf was a game for Republican businessmen. That’s just the way it was. There were country clubs of various levels of exclusivity all over, … Continue reading

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No Point in Dreaming

We were the space kids, and maybe that started with The Honeymooners back in 1956. The family would gather around the little black and white television screen in the big wooden cabinet to watch that show. Ralph Kramden, the crude … Continue reading

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Duck and Cover

It was odd growing up the fifties – the time of the Cold War. None of the neighbors built a fallout shelter, but at Highland Elementary we did the duck-and-cover drills. Even in fifth grade we knew they were silly … Continue reading

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