This section is about my specific memories of the 1950s.
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"If I were still alive, I would heartily endorse Paul & Sue's Memories and 50s website " - President Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." ~From the television show The Wonder Years
Although not quite in the December of my years I now understand the quote "God gave us memories that we might have roses in December." ~J.M. Barrie, Courage, 1922
Memories are funny things... I remember once when we all got together that at the end of the evening, the quote was "Those things that never happened... they sure were a lot of fun!!"
After Sue's passing, I remarried to a wonderful lady who also shares my memories although she is seven years my junior. Dr. Mary and I often talk about growing up; her in Oregon and me the Los Angeles.
The methodology is simple... Went something comes to mind we quickly write down the thought and put it ito the list. After some time we go back and flush it out as best we can remember. So this area is a work in progress... We hope to keep it going for a long time.
We have an area on this site dealing with the 1950's which were the best of times.
DooWop music was alive and well in the 1950's so please listed to some good old acapella singing.
Old Fashioned Radio (The Golden Years )f Radio) are our favorites. It is too bad people can't slow down enough, sit back and enjoy when life was simple and fun!
Abbott and Costello were always a kick, please listen to them and visualize the days when we had NO TV (yeah!!!) and video games were only something in the future according to Popular Science Magazine.
The lazy days of summer
Do you remember those lazy summer days of the 1950's when all was right with the world...
Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us. ~Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. ~Jean de Boufflers
I have memories - but only a fool stores his past in the future. ~David Gerrold
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. ~P.D. James
A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose. ~Hortense Calisher, Queenie, 1971
Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. ~Saul Bellow
Memory itself is an internal rumour. ~George Santayana, The Life of Reason
A childhood is what anyone wants to remember of it. It leaves behind no fossils, except perhaps in fiction. ~Carol Shields
It is singular how soon we lose the impression of what ceases to be constantly before us. A year impairs, a luster obliterates. There is little distinct left without an effort of memory, then indeed the lights are rekindled for a moment - but who can be sure that the Imagination is not the torch-bearer? ~Lord Byron
Everything look young to me these days
1940s - The 1940s were seen as a transition period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s.
The first half of the decade was dominated by World War II, the widest and most destructive armed conflict in human history. The second half marked the beginning of the East-West conflict and the Cold War.
1950s - The Fifties in the United States and much of Western Europe are generally considered conservative in contrast to the Social Revolution of the next decade. Mass suburban developments and nuclear family ideals serve as symbols of the era from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the inauguration of United States President John F. Kennedy in 1961. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States played out through the entire decade. The fifties also revolutionized entertainment with the mainstream introduction of television, rapid growth of the recording industry and new genres of music, and movies targeted at teenage audiences. Due to the conservative norms of the era and the sometimes violent suppression of social movements, seeds of rebellion grew and were manifested through Rock and Roll, movies emphasizing rebelliousness, expansion of the Civil Rights Movement, the so-called Beat Generation of poets and artists. All of these played significant roles in the Social Revolution of the Sixties (1960s).
1960s - The Sixties, denoting the complex of inter-related cultural and political trends which occurred roughly during the years 1958-1974 in Western countries, particularly Britain, France, the United States, Italy and West Germany. Social and political upheaval was not limited to these nations, but included such nations as Japan, Mexico, Canada, and others. The term is used descriptively by historians, journalists, and others documenting our collective past; nostalgically by those who participated in the counter-culture and social revolution; and pejoratively by those who perceive the era as one of irresponsible excess. The decade was also labeled the Swinging Sixties because of the libertine attitudes that emerged during this decade.