1. “Kookie; Kookie… Lend me your comb.”
2. The “battle cry” of the hippies in the sixties was
“Turn on; tune in; and drop out.”
3. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, “Who was that masked man?” Invariably, someone would answer, “I don’t know, but he left this behind.” What did he leave behind? silver bullet.
4. Folk songs were played side by side with rock and roll. One of the most memorable folk songs included these lyrics: “When the rooster crows at the break of dawn, look out your window and I’ll be gone. You’re the reason I’m traveling on, Don’t think twice, it’s all right.”
5. A group of protesters arrested at the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968 achieved cult status, and were known as the Chicago Seven.
6. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them on the Ed Sullivan Show.
7. Some who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their Draft Cards.
8. We all learned to read using the same books. We read about the thrilling lives and adventures of Dick and Jane. What was the name of Dick and Jane’s dog? Spot.
9. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk (what there was of it) in the front, was called the VW. What other name(s) did it go by? Bug & Beetle.
10. A Broadway musical and movie gave us the gang names the Jets and the Sharks.
11. In the seventies, we called the drop-out nonconformists “hippies.” But in the early sixties, they were known as Beatniks.
12. William Bendix played Chester A. Riley, who always seemed to get the short end of the stick in the television program, “The Life of Riley.” At the end of each show, poor Chester would turn to the camera and exclaim, “What a revoltin’ development this is.”
13. “Get your kicks, on Route 66.”
14. “The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.”
15. The real James Bond, Sean Connery, mixed his martinis a special way: shaken, not stirred.
16. “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.”
17. That “adult” book by Henry Miller – the one that contained all the “dirty” dialogue – was called Tropic of Cancer.
18. Today, the math geniuses in school might walk around with a calculator strapped to their belts. But back in the sixties, members of the math club used a Slide Rule.
19. In 1971, singer Don Maclean sang a song about “the day the music died.” This was a reference and tribute to Buddy Holly.
20. A well-known television commercial featured a driver who was miraculously lifted through thin air and into the front seat of a convertible. The matching slogan was “Let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat.”
21. After the Twist, the Mashed Potatoes, and the Watusi, we “danced” under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the Limbo.
22. “N-E-S-T-L-E-S; Nestles makes the very best… Chocolate.”
23. In the late sixties, the “full figure” style of Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe gave way to the “trim” look, as first exemplified by British model Twiggy.
24. Sachmo was America’s “ambassador of goodwill.” Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was Louis Armstrong.
25. On Jackie Gleason’s variety show in the sixties, one of the most popular segments was “Joe, the Bartender.” Joe’s regular visitor at the bar was that slightly off-center, but lovable character, Crazy Guggenheim. (The character’s name, not the actor’s.)
26. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it; it was called Sputnik.
27. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking?Timex.
28. One of the big fads of the late fifties and sixties was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist; it was called the Hula Hoop.
29. The “Age of Aquarius” was brought into the mainstream in the Broadway musical Hair.
30. This is a two-partner: Red Skelton’s hobo character (not the hayseed, the hobo) was Freddy the Freeloader. Red ended his television show by saying, “Good night, and may God Bless.”
John & Barbara Cederroth