Now that was some year. Remember lining up in the gymnasium of your school to get the little white cup with the sugar cube that had the pink liquid on it? That was how we got our Oral Polio Vaccine here in Minnesota. I had a friend with polio, she already had braces on her legs. She still has braces on her legs.
Gas was 29 cents a gallon and a loaf of bread cost 22 cents. If you could plunk down $3,200 you could buy a car. A first class stamp was 5 cents and we used zip codes for the first time. We watched Bonanza on TV on Sunday nights. A different night we watched Combat! with my Dad.
In 1963 I was 12 years old and in 7th grade.
John F. Kennedy would be assassinated and Robert Frost would die.
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both… Robert Frost”
The Beatles were just starting to cause some excitement on the news. My Dad would call them long hairs. Crew cuts and very short well groomed hair was the norm. Barbers were kept busy cutting hair.
Quinn’s Barber Shop was where Far Guy went to get his haircuts. He walked downtown by himself and waited his turn…he cannot remember how much a haircut was.
My Dad would go to town to get a haircut until my Mom saved enough S & H green stamps for a hair clipper…after that he and my brother would get their haircuts on the stool in the kitchen wearing a blue cape with pink flowers on it.
Only Sailors and ex-cons would have tattoos, they were usually anchors or hearts with arrows through them with a sweethearts name or Mom. Piercings were found in National Geographic and it was usually something through the nose of an African tribe member.
Times were different back then. In fifty years things change. What do you remember about 1963? :)