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  • Dramatic 1959 split level time capsule house in same family for 55 years -- 55 photos

    05/25/2014 10:26:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    http://retrorenovation.com ^ | may 24, 2014 | kate
    A hot tip from reader Abigail lead us to this 5,153 sq. ft., impeccably maintained — and impeccably detailed — 1959 split level time capsule home, listed for sale in Kettering, Ohio. The home has an impressive collection of original bathrooms — three full and two half — filled with stunning mosaic tile walls, walk-in sunken showers, double vintage laminate vanities with colorful sinks and some amazing wallpaper. Throughout the house, stunning stone and brick walls seem to await around every corner, along with many other fantastic midcentury details, preserved and loved by the large family that called this house their home since the day...
  • A man spent years taking photos of one small town, when you look closer, you’ll see why

    04/22/2014 1:12:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 102 replies
    http://topinfopost.com ^ | march 22, 2014
    Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past. The town he photographs is quaint and beautiful. It’s like each picture tells a story of how life used to be in the United States. There’s not much going on in these pictures, but it’s obvious that this town is nothing but charm.
  • My week as a 1950s teenager

    11/06/2013 5:30:35 PM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | November 6, 2013 | Ella Epstein
    Last week, I read that a Texas teenager made $300,000 the old-fashioned way: Maya Van Wagenen wrote a memoir about her experiences following the advice from “Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide” — an etiquette book published in 1958 — and then got a movie deal. Cornell’s book details all the essentials a girl needs to know to be popular in the 1950s — from diet to clothing to being a proper hostess. I was intrigued. Would a guide to becoming a popular teenager in mid-century America still be relevant to someone like myself — a 14-year-old high school freshman living...
  • Top 10 dream cars [Lost in the 50s III & not one from the 1950s or 60s on the list!]

    09/29/2013 11:43:36 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 65 replies
    Top 10 dream cars High-end luxury and sports cars stir the imagination, yet few will ever be able to buy them. This crowd-sourced list of dream cars consists of models frequently viewed at Cars.com but rarely drawing buyer inquiries. Cars.com editors name their dream cars here. What car do you dream of owning? The Lamborghini $354,000-$450,000 Murcielago & slightly cheaper cousin Gallardo? The Maybach Type 62? The Rolls-Royce Ghost, Phantom & Phantom Drophead Coupe? The Aston Martin V8 Vantage & DBS, Bentley Continental GTC and the oh so cheap Bentley Continental GT at $185K?
  • The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure by Jack Handey [More Lost in the 1950s]

    09/25/2013 8:32:47 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 40 replies
    Paste Magazine ^ | September 24, 2013 | Sebastien Theroux
    The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure by Jack Handey Deep Thoughs by Sebastien Theroux Humorist Jack Handey’s debut novel tells the delightfully absurd tale of two men’s quest to find the Holy Grail of fictional wealth: a Golden Monkey supposedly worth…a lot. Our not-so-humble narrator (a sociopathic ignoramus) and his friend Don navigate a world of pirates, blow darts, banana peels and treasure maps of dubious origin.
  • Lost in the 1950s Part II [And some 1960s tossed in also]

    Did a little more looking and came up with more 1950s record albums [and some 1960s thrown in, too] that were either owned me, my family or ones that I saw at friends houses or just know of being around. Enjoy!
  • Lost in the 1950s- The Cherry Bowl Drive In [And record covers from my childhood]

    09/22/2013 10:08:53 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 130 replies
    Lost in the 1950s- The Cherry Bowl Drive In The Cherry Bowl Drive In... is located about an hour south of Traverse City on US-31, just outside of the small town of Honor [Michigan]. It is proudly ‘family owned and operated since 1953′. A trip to The Cherry Bowl is like stepping back into the 1950s. ...... [More photos at website]
  • Classic 1950's Science Fiction Film Themes

    06/22/2013 12:35:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 28, 2012 | Uploaded by charel196
    Published on Sep 28, 2012 A selection of some of the best science fiction film themes from the 50's, with audio enhanced using stereo reverb & imaging. Check with the IMDB (www.imdb.com) for composer info for the films THE THING Dimitri TiomkinDAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Bernard herrmannWAR OF THE WORLDS Leith StevensINVADERS FROM MARS Raoul Kraushaar/Mort GlickmanFLIGHT TO MARS Marlin SkilesFORBIDDEN PLANET Louis and Bebe BarronTHIS ISLAND EARTH Herman SteinINVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS Carmen DragonTHE BLACK SCORPION Paul SawtellKRONOS Paul Sawtell/Bert ShefterIT THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE Paul Sawtell/Bert ShefterINVISIBLE INVADERS Paul DunlapDAY THE WORLD ENDED Ronald SteinWORLD...
  • To: Those of You Born 1930 - 1979

    05/31/2013 6:21:29 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 159 replies
    This morning's email | 5/31/2013 | Unknown
    To: Those of You Born 1930 - 1979 At the end is a quote of the month attributed to Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, Please read what he Said. TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's! First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had...
  • 1950s San Francisco, as seen through a submarine periscope (USS Catfish SS-339)

    05/26/2013 8:46:20 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | May 25, 2013 | Lauren Davis
    1950s San Francisco, as seen through a submarine periscope In 1951, the USS Catfish (SS-339), a WWII-era diesel submarine, cruised into San Francisco Bay. The crew snapped a handful of pictures through the periscope, showing what the city and Alcatraz looked like from the submariners' perspective. It's a bit eerie to see the city through the periscope's reticles, almost as if it were a target. It offers a historical perspective a largely pre-skyscraper San Francisco, but also creates the sense that the city being spied on.
  • Bridge to Goldwater Movement

    05/01/2013 1:34:38 PM PDT · by TeaPartyJakes · 6 replies
    Clarence Manion, the retired dean of the Notre Dame School of Law, became one of the most thoughtful conservatives from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. The “Manion Forum” began broadcasting in 1954 and continued until his death in 1979. In 1952, Manion would head the “Democrats for Eisenhower” organization. President Dwight D. Eisenhower named him as the chairman of a commission to study how to return to states the power that the federal government had taken away under the Roosevelt and Truman administration. When Manion did not back away from his support of something the administration opposed, Eisenhower fired him....
  • Los Angeles in the 50s (video)

    03/29/2013 1:44:14 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    Motoring through LA in the early 1950s one's shocked to see freeways that are wide open, streetcars, even Model A Fords still on the streets, a bustling downtown and the first malls, a Ford and Chevrolet Factory and it all looks so clean.
  • Gas Service Stations

    This will bring back some memories. You will love the cars in the photos too. Look at the price of gas in some of the pictures.
  • A Nostalgic New Year's Look At The 1950s

    12/31/2012 6:51:01 AM PST · by NYer · 93 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 27, 2012 | Mark Hendrickson,
    New Year’s observances blend recollections of the past, celebrations in the present, and anticipation of the future. For a variety of reasons, I’m feeling nostalgic this year. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the decade of my childhood—the 1950s.In October, my wife and I saw a play in which people weary of the hectic pace of contemporary life could escape to an “authentic” 1950s community where the more relaxed pace of the past had been recreated. In the play, the benefit of relocating to the ’50s was a simpler, less stressful life, but it came at a price—enduring...
  • US planned to blow up the MOON with a nuclear bomb to win Cold War bragging rights over USSR

    11/25/2012 4:28:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 25 November 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Revealed: How the U.S. planned to blow up the MOON with a nuclear bomb to win Cold War bragging rights over Soviet Union - Scientists were hoping for giant flash on the moon that would intimidate the Soviet Union - Aim of mission was to launch the nuke by 1959 - Plan was later scrapped due to possible danger to people on Earth It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s. At the height of the space...
  • The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost

    11/21/2012 4:16:25 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 17 replies
    AT ^ | 11/21/2012 | By William J. Becker, Jr
    ...Conservatives are shell-shocked. The event in Palm Beach drew no consensus for the future of conservatism. After four years of economic, political and moral depredations, it becomes increasingly difficult to predict when the pendulum will swing back or if it will at all. We wander along a desolate path of stupefaction, adrift in our bumping and stammering hallucinations. Can a moribund culture ever be revived to resemble the best times in America's past? When Tuesday (11/19/2012), US District Court Judge Audrey B Collins delivered a 28-page ruling denying my client the right to continue a 59-year-old tradition of exhibiting Nativity...
  • Declassified documents reveal Air Force’s plan to build a UFO

    10/08/2012 8:09:58 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    IO9 ^ | October 8, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    How to Build a FLYING SAUCER Declassified documents reveal Air Force’s plan to build a UFO Here's a quirky find from the National Archives: the United States Air Force's 1956 plan to build a saucer-shaped aircraft that would zip across the skies with the greatest of ease. As the Archives explain of "Project 1794, Final Development Summary Report": The Air Force had contracted the work out to a Canadian company, Avro Aircraft Limited in Ontario, to construct the disk-shaped craft. According to the same report, it was designed to be a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) plane designed to reach...
  • How America Got Rich

    09/13/2012 11:13:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Commentary ^ | September 2012 | Arthur Herman
    If you want to understand how the United States became the most prosperous society in the world, start with the ballpoint pen. László Bíró, a Hungarian who had fled the Nazis and gone to Argentina, invented the first working solid-ink pen. When the owner of Goldblatt’s department store in Chicago showed the contraption to a passing salesman named Milton Reynolds, Reynolds decided he could do it better. The year was 1944. American factories were producing a warplane every five minutes, 150 tons of steel every hour, eight aircraft carriers a month. Milton Reynolds knew nothing about this kind of heavy...
  • School 1957 vs 2011

    08/23/2012 3:16:04 PM PDT · by xp38 · 23 replies
    unknown | 2011 | unknown
    From Australia but it translates well to the US. Uni is short for university. Ute is a pickup truck. Scenario : Jack goes rabbit shooting before school, pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack. 1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's rifle, goes to his car and gets his rifle & chats with Jack about guns. 2011 - School goes into lock down, Tactical Response called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his ute or gun again.. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers. Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight...
  • Desperate Obama Scaring Woman Voters: Romney Will Take Us Back To The 1950's

    08/08/2012 4:30:52 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | August 8, 2012 | Breitbart
    Breitbart Tv video.
  • Obama's father suspected of being anti-white terrorist by British, U.S. intel

    05/14/2012 5:52:45 PM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 33 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | 5-13-12 | Jim Kouri
    Newly released, declassified files from the United Kingdom reveal U.S.officials' concerns that Kenyans studying in America, including President Obama's father, may have had ties to Kenyan terrorist groups that were supported by communist nations in the 1950s and early 1960s. As yet the documents exist only in physical form at the National Archives in Kew, Southwest London – but they are open to the public, a British police source told the Law Enforcement Examiner on Sunday. The declassified documents, which had been kept secret for decades, "were privately condemned by Obama administration officials," a British source told the Law Enforcement...
  • New Year's Address by Vaclav Havel to his Nation (Prague, January 1, 1990)

    12/19/2011 9:45:48 AM PST · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The Prague Castle ^ | January 1, 1990 | Vaclav Havel
    My dear fellow citizens, For forty years you heard from my predecessors on this day different variations on the same theme: how our country was flourishing, how many million tons of steel we produced, how happy we all were, how we trusted our government, and what bright perspectives were unfolding in front of us. I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you. Our country is not flourishing. The enormous creative and spiritual potential of our nations is not being used sensibly. Entire branches of industry are producing goods that are...
  • Likud MK Akunis: Every word Senator Joseph McCarthy said was right

    12/04/2011 6:01:56 PM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 12/04/2011 | Jonathan Lis
    Likud MK Ofir Akunis, who sponsored the bill to limit foreign funding to Israeli human rights organization, stood behind Senator Joseph's McCarthy's actions in the 1950s. Speaking on Sunday on the "London and Kirshenbaum" television show on Channel 10, Akunis said McCarthy – who in the 1950s presided over a committee that investigated Americans suspected of harboring Communist views – said "was right in every word, the fact is - there were Soviet agents."
  • London from the back of a bus (Great 1950's Video of a bygone era)

    11/13/2011 5:39:56 PM PST · by timeywimey · 67 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 11-13-2011
    A short silent film of London taken from the back of a vehicle showing some of the best recorded ordinary-street scenes ever. What are now termed Classic Cars abound in this as yet undated film. It has the early 1950's aura to it. It wouldn't have been during the 40's and it was definitely not the 1960's, safe to say approximately early 1950's. Great colour film for the period.
  • Day In The Life Of A 1950's Small Town (1952 documentary)

    10/06/2011 3:39:22 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqe4W08124M
  • What Old, White Conservatives Miss About America

    08/23/2011 4:26:46 AM PDT · by BUGSWOL · 37 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Aug 22, 2011 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Their nostalgia isn't necessarily bigoted. The main reason people feel wistful for less racially enlightened times is that everyone romanticizes childhood.
  • Watch- The Magic of Inflation: What $5.62 Bought in 1962

    07/24/2011 10:26:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Rightwire.net ^ | 7/24/11 | tvdays
    Ah yes, life is so much better under the Obama economy now.
  • My 12 hours as a madman [One for pop-culture-history buffs.]

    05/14/2011 11:24:59 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 18 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Ocober 1, 1953 | Sidney Katz
    [A brief introduction. This article, published in Maclean's, was the first popular treatment of LSD. Those who associate LSD with the 1960s will be surprised at the way the drug was categorized and presented in the early 1950s. At the time, people thought LSD induced a temporary psychosis: synthetic schizophrenia. Some psychiatrists were recommending other psychiatrists take the drug so as to get an "inside-out" experience of schizophrenia. I've put the beignning and the end just below, while snipping Katz's blow-by-blow depiction of his experience itself: it can be found in the original article, starting on page two.] Here is...
  • need help refuting leftist claims about 1950s tax rates

    10/09/2010 10:42:15 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 61 replies · 1+ views
    self
    Im preparing to write an article about Liberal myths and lies concerning Bush Reagan and Obama and I keep coming back to this claim that liberals have been making on youtube and several other places that in the 1950s taxes on the wealthy were at an all time high and our economy was flurishing. Any old timers from that bygone era care to comment? Has anyone heard this?
  • Today's Turning Point

    08/06/2010 7:49:16 AM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 1 replies
    http://www.davidjeremiah.org ^ | 08/06/2010 | Dr David Jeremiah
    Friday, August 6 Memories Bitter and Sweet Oh, that I were as in months past, as in the days when God watched over me. Job 29:2 Recommended Reading Psalm 103:2-5 America in the 1950s is what some people refer to as the "good old days." In fact, a popular television sitcom that aired from 1974 to 1984 captured the era with its title: Happy Days. History's largest war was over, American factories were producing baby strollers instead of bullets, a hero-general was president, and the revolutionary 1960s had not even been thought of. Job and his family enjoyed their own...
  • An Old Man’s Rockn’Roll Memories:1954-1956

    06/26/2010 5:26:01 PM PDT · by sussex · 33 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 27/06/10 | the Aged P
    Am I the only person on this planet who can watch these clips and recapture those ecstatic moments of feeling I was in a whole new dimension, away from parents, teachers, bosses and that smug, suffocating, pompous world of received opinion? Rock n’Roll came exploding out of nowhere (or so it seemed to a gangly British 15 year old going through all those frighteningly mysterious upheavals of adolescence in the 1950s).
  • 25 Horribly Sexist Vintage Ads

    06/03/2010 7:00:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 117 replies · 3,210+ views
    The Best Article Every Day ^ | May 27, 2010 | Oral Adams
    25 Horribly Sexist Vintage Ads by Oral Adams Since the 50’s, a lot has changed in way of women’s rights and their duties in and out of the house. I highly doubt any company could get away with phrases like “The Chef [mixer] does everything but cook – that’s what wives are for!” nowadays. Or how about an ad agency pitching a company an idea of a wife bent over her husband’s knee as he prepares to spank her.
  • Elgin Park, 1953

    03/15/2010 11:39:42 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 3 replies · 5,747+ views
    Welcome to Elgin Park ^ | 2010 | Michael Paul Smith
    A series of photographs of Elgin Park, Pa., c. 1953-1959.
  • The Cars We Drove (Cool Video)

    02/21/2010 10:49:22 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 25 replies · 1,112+ views
    If you like classics, and you are old enough to remember the 50's and the 60's, or just like the classic cars of those years then you will love this trip down memory lane. The guy that put this together is an obvious conservative patriot who loves America. I know from the sites that he links to this classic car site of his. If you need a brake from the news, or just want to go down memory lane then you really need to check out his video slide show of the; Cars We Drove
  • Declassified Ike documents show '50s not so serene

    07/29/2009 1:39:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,532+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/29/09 | John Milburn - ap
    TOPEKA, Kan. – President Dwight D. Eisenhower grappled with topics like relations with Iran and stability in Iraq during an era that was far more complex than thought, newly declassified documents show. The papers illustrate that the 1950s, long viewed as an idyllic time of "I Love Lucy" and cars with tail fins, were fraught with delicate policy challenges. "What's ironic is that the issues that Eisenhower was dealing with 50 or so years ago are the issues that the Obama administration is dealing with today," Eisenhower Presidential Library director Karl Weissenbach said Wednesday. "The records show the U.S. has...
  • SWEDEN HAS MORE CLASSICS THAN CALIFORNIA - Sweden's greasers cruisin' in classic US wheels

    07/13/2007 6:26:44 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 65 replies · 2,067+ views
    www.motoring.co.za ^ | 07/13/2007 | Pia Ohlin
    Vaesteraas, Sweden - Thousands of mint-condition Chevrolets, Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles from the 1950's boulevard-cruise with Brylcreemed greasers draped over the steering wheel and rock 'n roll hits blaring on their radios. You might think you've been transported back a half-century to small-town America but, no, this is a scene found in any number of towns across Sweden where the early days of the US car culture never went out of style.
  • (Europeans celebrate 'American lifestyle':) Shake, rattle and roll in Västerĺs

    07/08/2007 9:06:36 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 8 replies · 633+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 07/04/2007 | Ben Kersley
    This weekend over 10,000 classic cars will converge on Västerĺs at the Power Big Meet as car enthusiasts from Sweden, Europe and as far afield as Russia, Israel and Australia make their annual pilgrimage to the biggest Classic car event in the world. For Sweden’s Raggare, the Power Big Meet is more than just a car show - it’s a celebration of a way of life that is peculiarly Swedish, despite being entrenched in the fashions, music and motor cars of Americana. Since the 1950s, a version of the American Dream has been embraced with an enthusiasm that has endured...
  • National Archives Indian Records Discarded

    09/21/2005 9:47:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 710+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/05 | John Heilprin - ap
    WASHINGTON - Federal officials are investigating how National Archives documents of interest to Indians suing the Interior Department were found discarded in a trash bin and a wastebasket. The discovery came to light on Sept. 1, when Archives staff noticed federal records in one of the trash bins behind the National Archives Building near the Capitol. They notified the Archives' inspector general, Paul Brachfeld, whose staff recovered the documents. They found at least a portion of the documents were Bureau of Indian Affairs records dating to the 1950s, according to Jason Baron of the Archives' Office of General Counsel, in...
  • january 12, 1954--Dulles Announces Strategy of Massive Retaliation

    01/12/2006 11:16:09 AM PST · by Fiji Hill · 4 replies · 612+ views
    Department of State Bulletin ^ | 1954 | John Foster Dulles
    Fifty-one years ago today, in a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations, an influentual New York-based think tank, US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles outlined what became known as the policy of massive retaliation. He explained to his listeners that the US would no longer allow itself to be drawn into conventional regional conflicts such as the Korean War--or, for that matter, Vietnam--but would reserve the right to respond to Communist aggression with "massive rataliatory poser" applied at places and with means of its own choosing--or, in other words, nuclear weapons might be used directly against the Soviet...
  • Looking for good conservative book on the 1950's - Vanity

    09/04/2005 6:35:56 PM PDT · by Timmy · 25 replies · 440+ views
    A friend of my daughter is a freshman at Mizzou. She thought she had signed up for a literature class, but the lefty professor has turned it into a 1950's history class, complete with the predictable attacks on conservatives over HUAC, McCarthy, Korean War, H-bomb (Oppenheimer vs. Teller), Hollywood "blacklist," big business (McDonalds), suburbia, etc. She has asked me to recommend some books that provide a conservative perspective on that time period. I have already recommended Treason (Coulter) for the section on McCarthy. I would appreciate any suggestions my Freeper friends may have. Remember, this is on her own time...
  • Remember Burma Shave?

    07/06/2005 9:06:13 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 403+ views
    The Fifties Web ^ | July 6, 2005
    Way back in 1925 young Allan Odell pitched this great sales idea to his father, Clinton. Use small, wooden roadside signs to pitch their product, Burma-Shave, a brushless shaving cream. Dad wasn't wild about the idea but eventually gave Allan $200 to give it a try. Didn't take long for sales to soar. Soon Allan and his brother Leonard were putting up signs all over the dang place. At first the signs were pure sales pitch but as the years passed they found their sense of humor extending to safety tips and pure fun. And some good old-fashioned down home...
  • You Thrill Me - Do You Remember? - totally sensational! Nostalgia galore! Turn volume UP! Enjoy!

    02/20/2005 10:40:22 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 754+ views
    THE STATEN ISLAND BOYS.COM ^ | STATEN ISLAND BOYS
    This is marvelous! Turn up volume. Sit back. Listen! Oh, nostalgia, thy name is "fireflies forever!" If this isn't a trip back down Memory Lane, I don't know what is! http://www.thestatenislandboys.com/U_thrill_me/index.htm
  • With one rocking tune, Bill Haley burst into fame

    04/12/2004 9:17:08 AM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 15 replies · 328+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 12, 2004 | Joel Selvin
    It was the rim shot heard 'round the world. "One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock. Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock rock. Nine, ten, eleven o'clock, twelve o'clock rock. We're going to rock around the clock tonight." Fifty years ago today, on April 12, 1954, Bill Haley and the Comets stepped into New York City's Pythian Temple to record their debut single for Decca Records, "Rock Around the Clock," which became the first No. 1 rock 'n' roll record and the opening salvo in a worldwide pop revolt. continued...