The television show “My Friend Flicka” debuted in 1956. The show was inspired by a popular movie that was based on the children’s book “My Friend Flicka” by Mary O’Hara. The television show centered on the special bond between a boy and his faithful horse. Child and horse took viewers along as the two went on all kinds of adventures and learned all kinds of lessons.
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The "Paul is dead" craze began close to 50 years ago when a radio DJ played "Revolution #9" backwards and it sounded a lot like you could hear the words “turn me on dead man.” A caller to the station had insisted some Beatles records included “clues” suggesting Paul was dead. One example was the cover photo on the album Abbey Road, released a few weeks before, showing the Beatles crossing Abbey Road in what MIGHT be a funeral procession. Paul walks shoeless (a burial custom in many cultures) and the license plate on the Volkswagen “Beetle” in the background “LMW 28IF” COULD be code for “Linda McCartney Weeps” for the almost “28” year- old Paul “if” he had lived. Paul tried to put the rumor to rest in an interview with Life Magazine by paraphrasing Mark Twain with the statement “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. However, if I was dead, I’m sure I’d be the last to know.”
The Polaroid Corporation introduced the “Swinger,” the first affordable “instant” camera, to the masses in 1965. The marketing campaign included television ads starring the then unknown actress Ali MacGraw and featuring a catchy jingle sung by Barry Manilow. The original Polaroid Corporation once so innovative and successful is no longer in business.
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Remember dialing your finger around the rotary wheel for each number and then hearing that unique clicking sound in your ear as the wheel returned to its original position after each dial? Or how about stretching out the telephone cord as far as possible so you could have a little privacy? It is hard to believe those familiar experiences are now just memories. Those were the days my friends!
Remember when all the “best” shoe stores used x-ray machines to fit shoes. Back then, lots of children looked forward to getting new shoes so they could stick their feet inside the big contraption, wiggle their toes, and watch the bones in in their feet move. Shoe-fitting x-rays were actually useless, because there is a whole lot more substance to a foot than just bones! Plus, all those x-rays were probably not so great for our health!
Bean bag chairs were around in the 60s, but they became hugely popular in the ‘70s. We loved how they put us so close to the floor and let us drape our bodies across them in any position! And they came in all kinds of wild colors and patterns. Of course, you can still get a bean bag chair today, but they just don’t seem as “groovy” as the first ones to hit the consumer market. Besides, those of us who enjoyed them in the ‘60s are not as flexible as we were in those days! There is some very good news about the bean bag chairs sold today though… manufacturers now must follow more stringent safety measures, because there were unfortunate instances with some older versions of the bean bag chair when it was far too easy for young children to get inside to the potentially dangerous stuffing materials.