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Life with your car!

And other helpful hints.

Or if you're interested in the following cultural highlights of the 1950's
  • Awareness of racial and ethnic discrimination
  • Polio vaccine
  • The Federal Highway Act-the United States interstate system.
  • The music of Elvis Presley, Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney--on a transistor radio
  • TV shows (in color after 1954!) such as Lassie, The Ed Sullivan Show, Disneyland, and Guiding Light
  • Kids (and adults) played with silly putty, hula hoops, and Barbie
  • Sports stars-Arnold Palmer, Althea Gibson, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, and Sugar Ray Robinson

Other things going on in the sixties:
  • Reading The Feminine Mystique, Once Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Catch-22, Where the Wild Things Are for kids, Unsafe at Any Speed,the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and The Peter Principle about management.
  • The changing life on college campuses.
  • Skateboards and the new GI Joe.
  • Crew cuts and bouffant hair styles changing to long, straight hair for both males and females? The introduction of the Afro?
  • Forward progress in the Civil Rights Movement with Martin Luther King, Caesar Chavez, and the American Indian Movement.
  • Assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King.
  • The first trip into space and walking on the moon.
  • Listening to more Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, James brown, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Grateful Dead? And don't forget Woodstock and the introduction of the moog synthesizer.
  • But now you could listen on FM radio, but still watch American Bandstand to learn the Twist, the Mashed Potato, and the Monkey.
  • And also watching the Flintstones, My Favorite Martian, Laugh In, and best of all Star Trek

And now onto the 1970's.
  • Floppy disks, the VCR, MRI's, email, and retail barcodes were introduced in the '70's. How quaint.
  • The Viet Nam war, Nixon, and Watergate were in the news.
  • Happy 200th Anniversary to the United States in 1976
  • Rock and Roll had been around long enough to generate different styles. While the Beatles broke up, and Elvis Presley passed away, disco, easy listening, and punk rock were important
  • It was the decade of Star Wars, Towering Inferno, Rocky, Jams, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and the Deer Hunter
  • We started watching Saturday Night Live, Roots, Happy Days, and Sesame Street
  • Sports became big business by endorsing products. And salaries started to increase.

The 'classic' Eighties:
  • No Corvette in 1983! (I still drive my '83, Chevette that is)
  • Did you listen to Michael Jackson on a compact disc?
  • Did a minivan share the garage with your Corvette?
  • Drive to the new aerobics classes, dressed in Flashdance attire
  • Also popular: MTV, Cheers, preppies, video games, and personal computers

And the Nineties:
  • Listen to a popular audio book while driving
  • Stock trading now available by internet, not advised while driving

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Be Ready for the Road