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Remembering the Summer of ‘69

Memorable moments, what things cost then and now, ‘60s fashion and much more! A SPECIAL SECTION OF THE



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What things cost,

then & now 1969

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he year is 1969. Neil Armstrong lands on the moon, Vietnam casualties pile up and The Beatles release “Abbey Road.” Since then much has changed, but mostly everything has gotten more expensive, especially big-ticket items such as housing and college tuition. Today everything from a pound of coffee to a new car costs more both because of inflation and the rising cost of living. The cost of basic groceries has skyrocketed, too: Prices for food were 593.30% higher in 2019 versus 1969, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In other words, food costing $20 in 1969 would cost $138.66 now for an equivalent purchase. Here’s a look at how much things cost then versus now, on average nationally.

Loaf of bread: 23 cents Gallon of milk: $1.10 Eggs: 62 cents per dozen Coffee: 93 cents per pound Bacon: 75 cents per pound Sugar: 12 per pound First class stamp: 6 cents (per ounce) New house: $40,000 New car: $2,000 Minimum wage: $1.60 per hour Average annual income (per person): $6,500 Ford Mustang: $3,175 Movie ticket: $1.42 Gallon of regular gas: 35 cents McDonald’s hamburger: 18 cents White Castle hamburger: 14 cents Hershey chocolate bar: 10 cents Campbell’s tomato soup: 8 cents Heinz ketchup: 22 cents Pepsi (6-pack, 10-ounce bottles): 59 cents Apples, McIntosh: 39 cents per three-pound bag Clorox bleach: 48 cents per gallon College tuition, room and board at a four-year public school: $1,203


Loaf of bread: $2.50 Gallon of milk: $2.98 Eggs: $2 per dozen Coffee $4.31 per pound Bacon: $5.55 per pound Sugar: 59 cents per pound First class stamp: 55 cents New house: $324,800 New car: $37,577 Minimum wage: $7.25 per hour Average annual income (per person): $59,039 in 2016 Ford Mustang: $42,034 Movie ticket: $9.01 Gallon of regular gas: $2.85 McDonald’s hamburger: $1 White Castle hamburger: 90 cents Hershey chocolate bar: 78 cents Campbell’s tomato soup: 98 cents Heinz ketchup: $2.33 Pepsi (6-pack, 7.5 ounces): $2.50 Apples, McIntosh: $1.99 per pound Clorox bleach: $4.42 (121-ounce bottle) College tuition and fees at a four-year public school: $10,230

SOURCES:, Kelley Blue Book December 2018, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Hollywood Reporter, CBS MoneyWatch, AAA, Business Insider, Walmart, U.S. Census Bureau, Morris County Library (Whippany, New Jersey),,, National Center for Education Statistics



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Fashion ’60s ’70s of the


By Melissa Erickson

American casual attire, 1974.

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Comparing the decades “When most people think of ’60s fashion they envision hippies, which are mostly a ’70s thing,” said Debbie Sessions, owner of, a vintage-inspired clothing and costume website. “The movement



ashion is about expressing yourself, and during the ’60s and ’70s the cool kids embraced clothing, hairstyles and accessories as a way to stand out and break the rules. “The ’60s and’ 70s were all about pushing the envelope. We rebelled against authority, against the norms of the older generation — mainly our parents,” said Vivian Young, senior content manager at sleep resource site Good Night’s Rest. “This was the era of the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests, burning of the bras, free love, hippies, flower power and ‘make love, not war.’” While her mother was of the generation of women who wore slips under their dresses and wore brassieres, not bras, Young embraced going braless in faded jeans decorated with hand-embroidered peace signs and nd wearing used army jackets bought at the thrift store, which made her mom cringe, Young said. Other wardrobe staples included fringed jackets, John Lennon-type round eyeglasses, mini and midi skirts and anything tie-dyed. “Chunky-heeled boots were in, and stilettos quickly went out of style. Jewelry was more silver than gold and turquoise was the hot stone,” Young said.

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wearing a red wool dress with matching jacket, She was a fashion icon in the early 1960s.

Young woman in Florida, 1965. Young woman in Florida, 1965.


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A velvet minidress from 1965.

Dress worn by Anneke Grohloh for the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest 1964.

but didn’t go mainstream until the 1970s. Boho anything, flower crowns, flared pants, etc. were all ’70s.” Most fashion today is a revival of o the 1970s with some ’60s mod elements, Sessions said. m The fashion of the ’50s Eisenhower era was poised, conservative and restrained, Sessions said. Think classy women who looked polished in modest tailored suits with help from restrictive shapewear. In contrast, the looks of the 1960s drew a stark dividing line between generations. Youth fashion was free, unrestricted and often shockingly short, with plenty of bright colors and prints, Sessions said. While hemlines were on the rise and showing off women’s legs, the female form was also deemphasized with shapeless mini and shift dresses, she said. Influences

Swedish model Ulla Jones dressed in a Lurex halter top and matching flared trousers.

Some of the fashion icons that inspired the youth movement included Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot and English fashion icon Mary Quant, the inventor of the miniskirt. Style-conscious kids read Glamour magazine and watched “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,” “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show” to copy the hairstyles and fashions of the day. Additionally, shiny, glitzy synthetics helped accelerate this style revolution, Sessions said. Growing up in southwestern Ontario, Canada, Jean Price wasn’t allowed to wear slacks or denim to high school in the ’60s — only skirts and blouses and dresses, she said. “I devoured fashion,” said Price, who embraced the sartorial changes of her teen years. “The hippie freedom influence carried into the ’70s and we became more rebellious with our fashion: floral prints, flower power, free love. The fabrics were wild prints, geometric shapes all in ‘easy care’ polyester Crimplene.

Woman in miniskirt, 1970.

Along with the freedom came the opportunity for women to get rid of the bra.” Both men and women wore bell bottoms. There were culottes, jumpsuits, pantsuits and hot pants. Length went the distance from babydoll short to sweep-the-floor skirts, said Price, an expert stylist at the Diva Coach in Lambton Shores, Ontario. Accessories m blockblock Footwear ran the gamut from heel flats for day, go-go boots forr dancing and anything made of plastic like vinyl, Sessions said. Clogs and platform shoes were popular in the ’70s, Price said. While short skirts exposed more leg they were often covered up and paired with colored stockings, Sessions said. Jewelry made of colorful plastic resins, hair scarves and hoop earrings complemented the fashions of the day.


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memorable moments

If 1969 seemed like an iconic, turbulent, relentless year, it’s because it was. The year that started with the swearing in of a new president was fractured by war and murder, yet balmed by pioneering cultural and technological innovation. If you use an ATM, shop at Walmart (outside of Arkansas), fly on a 747, watch “Sesame Street” or use the internet, you have 1969 to thank. Here are just a few memorable moments from that year:

Nixon is sworn in

Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as the 37th president of the United States on Jan. 20, ending a tumultuous decade with what would end up as one of the country’s most tumultuous presidencies. In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew would resign, facing a charge of income tax evasion, and in 1974 Nixon would resign from the presidency after the Watergate scandal.

Moon landing

On July 20 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon, making good on President Kennedy’s challenge issued in 1961 to, in paraphrase, land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth before the decade is out. The Apollo 11 mission, which consisted of Michael Collins in addition to Armstrong and Aldrin, was the culmination of a decade of work that involved tragedy in addition to the ultimate accomplishment.


From Aug. 15 to 18 in Bethel, New York, the Woodstock Music Festival drew about half a million people to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm for a weekend of free concerts. Heavy rains didn’t dampen the spirits of the people who made the trip, or the 32 musicians who performed. Those performers included Creedence Clearwater Revival, the first big-name band to sign on and lend the festival credibility; Richie Havens, who kicked off the weekend Friday evening with a 45-minute set; and Jimi Hendrix, the final performer of the weekend early on Monday morning.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon, 1969. [WIKIPEDIA]


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It was New York on top of the sports world when the “Miracle Mets” won the World Series, upsetting the Baltimore Orioles Oct. 16 on baseball’s biggest stage. The Mets, celebrated as lovable losers, had never had even a winning season since their inception in 1962. They won 100 games in the 1969 regular season, and though the Orioles won 109 games, the Mets won the World Series four games to one.

First draft

Rep. Alexander Pirnie (R-NY) drawing the first number for the Selective Service draft, Dec 1, 1969. [WIKIPEDIA]

Even as the United States was conducting troop withdrawals, on Dec. 1 the country held its first draft lottery since World War II. Each birthdate drawn from a lottery was assigned a number from 1 through 365, determining the order by which men born between 1944 and 1950 would be called to serve. The draft came two weeks after the Moratorium March on Washington, which attracted more than 500,000 demonstrators against the war.

Altamont Festival

The Altamont Festival Dec. 6 was intended to be a West Coast version of Woodstock. A lack of planning, though, resulted in details being ironed out at the last minute, and the event is remembered more for the violence that accompanied it than its music. The free concert was put together by the Rolling Stones as a way to finish their tour of the United States. They would headline the event that would also feature the Grateful Dead; Jefferson Airplane; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; and Santana. But it wasn’t until just a couple of days before the show that a venue was nailed down — the Altamont Speedway, about 60 miles east of San Francisco, where security would be handled by motorcycle gang the Hells Angels. A brawl during Jefferson Airplane’s set resulted in a singer being knocked unconscious, and the Grateful Dead canceled their appearance. During the Stones’ set a Hells Angel member stabbed a man to death in what was later ruled self-defense. Three other people died in accidents at the concert.


The Rolling Stones perform “Sympathy For The Devil” at Altamont, 1969, as Hells Angels members stand guard. [YOUTUBE]


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A blast of the past Meet the headliner: Paisley Craze

Donna Lamoureaux and Marty Bednar perform with Paisley Craze. [PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THE BAND]

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The songs of the ’60s were more than just music: They were a soundtrack of a generation. Often considered the best decade for music in America, the ’60s come alive again when the five-piece tribute band Paisley Craze performs at the next stop on the Peace & Love Tour, bringing the songs of the era from the British Invasion to surf pop to the Motown sound and much more. “We’ve made it our life’s work to bring the original energy of the ’60s music culture to each show, every night,” said lead singer Marty Bednar, bass and vocals. “The love, the unity, the feeling of community, the feeling of optimism for the future, the sense of freedom we all felt then. We try to bring that energy and consciousness to every song and every evening. “The band has a decidedly ’60s sound and mentality.

We’re children of the ’60s music culture and we still play all our own instruments. No tracks or machines help us make our music. We use period instruments and amplifiers.” Other band members include “musical spark plug” Bob Dielman, guitar and vocals; Dave Mankes,, keyboards and vocals, who plays the role of musical director; Donna Lamoureaux, vocals, who brings thee pipes to songs like Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love”; and the driving force on the drums, Kenny Crawley. “People can expect us to sound like a strong ’60’s rock band that makes point of covering ’60s sounds in multiple ways like rock, psychedelia, pop, R&B, British Invasion, surf, Motown, folk and protest tunes,” Bednar said. “We work hard to bring the audience into the experience and have them join us in singing some ’60s anthems and raising the energy of the room and the event.”


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Peace & Love Tour song list in play order Set 1 “Somebody to Love” “White Rabbit” “Green River” “Fortunate Son” “Freedom” “We Shall Overcome” “Black Magic Woman” “Spirit in the Sky” “Get Together” “The Fish Cheer” “Dance to the Music” “I Wanna Take You Higher” Set 2 “With a Little Help From My Friends” “Try” “Me and Bobby McGee” “Going up the Country” “Goin’ Home” “The Weight” “Up on Cripple Creek” “Mississippi Queen” “Lovelight” “See Me Feel Me” “Pinball Wizard” “Wooden Ships” “Love the One You’re With” “Hush” “All Along the Watchtower” “Purple Haze” “Star Spangled Banner” “Woodstock” (Joni Mitchell) “Woodstock” (Crosby Stills & Nash) Encore “Piece of My Heart”

Headlining the Peace & Love Tour is a “rock ‘n’ roll dream come true,” he said. All five band members are full-time musicians who have made live music their lives’ work. “At this stage of our careers we’re not in this to make a pile of money,” Bednar said. Playing great music and sharing it with others makes each day worth living, he said. “Making great music as a band is an almost magical or metaphysical experience. There’s nothing like it when you get it right,” Bednar said. “You make beautiful sounds that, even if only temporarily, changes people lives for the better. We bring joy to the audience, to ourselves, and we feel as though we raise the energy level in the room we’re playing as well

as on the planet. It’s inspiring to know that every time we set up we’re going to bring people joy, fun, memories and peace and love.” At the first dates on the tour audience members were up on their feet in seconds, singing along and dancing with enthusiasm, Bednar said. The timeless tunes appeal to boomer-age folks and younger generations, and the concert is family-friendly. “What we hope people will know before we get to their town and before we play is that we sincerely bring it, every show,” Bednar said. “We play hard because it’s who we are, it’s what we do and we live for it! We love our work. We love rocking the house and getting people involved and into the show.”

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a Saturday morning cartoon in 1969 on CBS. “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” was a big success for Hanna-Barbera Productions and eventually moved to ABC. • “Frosty the Snowman”: 1969 was the premiere of the classic Rankin/Bass Christmas special, a cartoon based on the song. “Frosty” aired for the first time Dec. 7 and has been replayed every year since. • “Star Trek”: The original “Star Trek” was canceled in 1969, ending a run on NBC after just three seasons. Though it had low ratings, the show’s devoted fans helped it become immensely popular through reruns, leading to the creation of a number of spinoff series and movies.

• Rooftop performance: In January the Beatles gave their final public performance on the rooftop of the Apple Records offices in London. • Iconic photo: On Aug. 8 photographer Iain Macmillan took the picture outside the recording studio that would be the cover of the “Abbey Road” album — the four members of the Beatles walking across a zebra crossing (crosswalk), away from the studio where they had spent so much of the 1960s. • “Abbey Road”: In September the band’s 11th album and the last for which all four Beatles participated was released. It was also in September when John Lennon told his bandmates he would be leaving the Beatles.


Led Zeppelin’s debut, self-titled album was released in January. “Led Zeppelin II” came out in October that year. In May, The Who released their rock opera “Tommy,” and in December the Rolling Stones released “Let It Bleed.” In March, John Lennon married Yoko Ono, and they held two “Bed-Ins” to promote world peace and protest the Vietnam War, one on their honeymoon in March and a second in late May.


The Beatles, seen here in 1963 [WIKIPEDIA]

• “The Brady Bunch”: Here’s the story of a lovely lady … whose show premiered Sept. 26. The sitcom, created by Sherwood Schwartz, starred Florence Henderson and Robert Reed as Carol and Mike Brady, whose blended family included a live-in housekeeper played by Ann B. Davis. The show, which had prominent guest stars from the pop culture and sports world of the

time, ran until 1974 and boomed in popularity after it went into syndication. • “Sesame Street”: Debuting Nov. 10, “Sesame Street” would go on to become the most widely viewed children’s program in the world. The show featured a mix of actors, animation and, of course, Jim Henson’s Muppets. • “Scooby-Doo”: The animated show (with some live-action versions mixed in) has seen many evolutions over the years, but it began as

Military family members watch a “Sesame Street” performance at Naval Base Kitsap. [DODLIVE]


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The year in cinema featured some of the most notable names in the movie world — but 50 years ago they were just climbing the ranks. “Midnight Cowboy,” starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, won the Academy Award for Best Picture, becoming the only X-rated film to ever win the award. John Wayne won Best Actor for “True Grit,” and Maggie Smith was named Best Actress for “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, was at the top of the box office, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time Other now-classics released that year: “Sweet Charity,” “Easy Rider,” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “The Italian Job,” “The Wild Bunch” and “Paint Your Wagon.”


1969 featured the release of books that are still required reading, like Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo. It also saw the release of “Naked Came the Stranger” by Penelope Ashe. The book, an erotic novel that was an instant hit, was later revealed to have been written by a group of Newsday writers who set out to write a steamy novel and prove that sex sells. Other releases that year: “Portnoy’s Complaint” by Philip Roth, “The Andromeda Strain” by Michael Crichton, “The Edible Woman” by Margaret Atwood, “I Sing the Body Electric” by Ray Bradbury, “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula Le Guin and “On Death and Dying” by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.


1969 marked the end of the muscle car era, cars built for speed with powerful engines and a light body. Chevrolet had its Camaro, Dodge had its Charger and Pontiac had its Firebird Trans Am, all popular in 1969. Changes in regulations resulted in changes to the manufacture of sports cars in the next decade.


Although the automated teller machine made its debut in London in 1967, 1969 saw the first ATM installed in the United States. A Dallas-based engineer is credited with pioneering the development and deployment of the invention, first used in September at a Chemical Bank branch in Rockville Center, New York.


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Another major technological innovation came with ARPANET, which became the basis for the internet. The Advanced Research Projects Agency funded the project, with the goal of sharing information over great distances. In October the first successful message was sent, from UCLA’s Network Measurement Center to the Stanford Research Institute. Before long the University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara and the University of Utah were also connected, and it quickly expanded to the East Coast, where other universities were able to link up with the network.


Another breakthrough came with the development of Unix at AT&T’s Bell Labs in 1969, which was built upon throughout the 1970s. This stable, multi-user, multi-tasking operating system also helped lay the groundwork for future developments in the computing world.

Laser printer

At Xerox’s research facility in New York, Gary Starkweather developed the first designs for a laser printer. He is credited with creating the first fully formed concept of using a laser to recreate an image on a copier drum to print onto paper. Although the first commercial laser printers wouldn’t be released until the mid-1970s, the benefits of faster, high-volume printing were obvious immediately.


On Nov. 15 Dave Thomas opened his first restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, naming it Wendy’s in honor of his daughter. Wendy’s had the first modern drivethrough window among fast-food restaurants. Thomas opened a second restaurant in Columbus in 1970, and by 1976 Wendy’s had opened or franchised 500 restaurants, even expanding into Canada. In the 1980s Thomas became more well-known when he began starring in Wendy’s commercials, something he did until his death in 2002.

The Boeing 747 prototype City of Everett. This plane is currently atthe Museum of Flight on Boeing Field in Seattle. [WIKIPEDIA]

Boeing 747

On Feb. 9 the 747 first took flight. The first “jumbo jet” was a response to the increased demand for air travel around the world. Boeing built a new plant in Everett, Washington, to build the plane. The test flight in February was followed by a 4 hour, 5 minute flight from Seattle to New York in December, which was the public’s first view of the plane.

Unix was born in 1969 out of the mind of Ken Thompson, a computer scientist at Bell Laboratories. [WIKIPEDIA]


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Another milestone took place in the air March 2, when the first Concorde made its test flight in France. It took off from Toulouse, and the successful test flight by pilot Andre Turcat lasted 27 minutes. The plane’s speed during the test flight never exceeded 300 mph, though the plane could fly at a speed of more than 1,300 mph, cutting the flying time between London and New York from more than seven hours to about three and a half. The plane itself never took off the way it was hoped — it began flying commercially in 1976 and had its last flight in 2003.

Artificial heart

On April 4 in Houston, the world’s first artificial heart was implanted at St. Luke’s Hospital. The device was given to a 47-year-old man who was dying of heart failure and waiting for a transplant. It kept him alive for three days until a human heart was available. The Liotta-Cooley Artificial Heart was named for Dr. Domingo Liotta, who invented it, and Dr. Denton Cooley, who performed the implant, and is part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Walmart Sam Walton’s original Walton’s Five and Dime store in Bentonville, Arkansas, now serving as The Walmart Museum, seen in September 2006. [WIKIPEDIA] Original prototype of Liotta-Cooley Artificial Heart. [FLICKR / KARON FLAGE]

Though Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962, and the chain had already grown to 24 stores in 1967, in 1969 the company officially incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. That led to it becoming a publicly traded company in 1970, and being listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. Walmart would eventually become the No. 1 retailer in the United States.


Donald and Doris Fisher raised $63,000 for a clothing store and on Aug. 21 they opened the first Gap retail store in San Francisco. The store originally sold Levi’s jeans and records, and became very popular very fast. It earned $2 million in its second year of operation, opening a second store in San Jose in 1970. Gap grew to become a more upscale clothing company over the years and expanded exponentially.

Rubella vaccine

In 1969 the German measles (rubella) vaccine became available in the United States. This came on the heels of the mumps vaccine in 1967 and the measles vaccine in 1968, and in 1971 the combination MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was licensed for use.


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