1950 was a very good year – after all, it was the year I was born! That makes me one of the baby boomer generation. In fact, I’m about smack dab in the middle of that generation. It was an interesting time.

Tuesday, August 22, 1950


Top News Headlines This Week:

Aug 22 – Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50) 
Aug 22 – Rotterdam harbor strike end  
Aug 22 – Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in natl tennis competition  
Aug 23 – Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)  
Aug 23 – West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation  
Aug 24 – Edith Sampson named 1st black US delegate to UN  

Top Songs for 1950

Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole     Goodnight, Irene by Weavers with Gordon Jenkins    
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy by Red Foley     I Can Dream, Can’t I? by Andrews Sisters    
The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page     The Thing by Phil Harris    
The Third Man Theme by Anton Karas (also Guy Lombardo)   
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake by Eileen Barton    
All My Love by Patti Page     Harbor Lights by Sammy Kaye    

1950 Prices

US President

Bread:  $0.14/loaf Harry S. Truman
Milk:  $0.82/gal

US Vice President

Eggs:  $0.70/doz Alben W. Barkley
Car:  $1,750

Academy Award Winners

Gas:  $0.27/gal
Best Picture: All About Eve
  Directed By Joseph L Mankiewicz
Best Actor: Jose Ferrer
  in Cyrano De Bergerac
Best Actress: Judy Holliday
  in Born Yesterday
House:  $14,500
Stamp:  $0.03/ea
Avg Income:  $3,815/yr
Min Wage:  $0.75/hr
DOW Avg:    235

People born on August 22

1939 – Carl Yastrzemski NY, Boston Red Sox great (1967 AL MVP, Hall of Fame)
1940 – Valerie Harper Sufferin NY, (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Valerie)

On TV in 1950

Time for Beany    Truth or Consequences    The Alan Young Show    The Ed Sullivan Show    The Burns and Allen Show   

Hot New Toys in 1950

Little People    Clue   

Top Books in 1950

Florence Nightingale by Cecil Woodham-Smith     The Liberal Imagination by Lionel Trilling    
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli     Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford    
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