Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's MY Birthday

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday Rachel Rachel
Happy birthday to me.....

How old am I now?
How old am I now?

Okay... I'm confess. I am 54 today. Let's see what else was going on in 1954 during this week. Gee, 1954 was a long time ago! Things have sure changed.

Top headlines that week were:
May 20 - Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China
May 21 - Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated.
May 22 - 80th Preakness; Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57,4

Tops songs for 1954
Make Love to Me by Jo Stafford
Mr. Sandman by Chordettes
Sh-Boom by Crew-Cuts
Oh! My Papa by Eddie Fisher
Hey There by Rosemary Clooney
Little Things Mean a Lot by Kitty Kallen
Secret Love by Doris Day
This Ole House by Rosemary Clooney
Wanted by Perry Como
I Need You Now by Eddie Fisher

U.S. President was Dwight D. Eisenhower
Vice President was Richard M. Nixon

Bread ; $0.17/load
Milk: $0.92/gal.
Eggs: $0.77/doz.
Car: $1,950
Gas: $0.29/gal
House: $17,500
Stamp: $0.03/each
Avg Income: $4,684/yr
Min Wage: $0.75/hr

TV Shows;
Make Room for Daddy
Jackie Gleason Show
I Love Lucy
The Burns and Allen Show
The Ed Sullivan Show

Best Actor: Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront
Best Actress: Greace Kelly in The Country Girl
Best Picture: On the Waterfront

Okay.... I guess that's enough from 1954! I remember all the TV shows mentioned here, but not all the songs. I have never seen either movie mentioned. Some of you can probably remember some of these depending on how old you are.


Blogger Gattina said...

Happy birthday to you !!! you are still a young girl, I could have pushed you in a pram, lol !

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Yes, I remember most of those things. Especially the gas prices. I remember them being $0.32 when the stations had gas wars in my high school years about 1968 when I learned to drive. I earned $1.35 an hour as a car hop at A&W and I thought I was making pretty good money. Those were really good years when I lived in my isolated little foothill town in CA.

8:48 AM  
Blogger possum said...

gygWell HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRL!!!! Yeah! I remember 1954, I was 10 and in the 5th grade. 54 was the year we moved to Maine. I remember singing all those songs as a kid. Other TV shows were Arthur Godfrey, the Hit Parade... was the Mickey Mouse Club on yet? I think so.
And so you were born! It was an excellent year!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Carole Burant said...

Happy Birthday dearest Rachel!!! Omigosh, I was so upset last night with an email I had received (see my post from last night) that I didn't have the heart to do a post this don't have a card for you on my blog:-( I promise, I will put one up tomorrow. I do hope your day is going greatttttt and that you're getting thoroughly spoiled!!

Isn't it amazing how things have changed through the years, especially the cost of everything!!! Gas was .29 a you can't even buy a drop of it for that! lol xoxo

11:25 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Well Happy Birthday Rachel. I hope this day is enjoyable for you. Have a girls night out today and celebrate. Lisa

2:08 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Happy Birthday, Rachel! Hope you have a great day.

3:21 PM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!

My goodness- Yer just a kid! Just 5 years older than my oldest child! Gee, I could almost be yer mama! (lol-WELLL- I was barely 18 when I had my first kid!)

All those old songs brought back memories for me-good ones! I liked them all! This was just before ELVIS came along and changed the world of music!



4:08 PM  
Blogger TN said...

AWWWWW, I loved the 50's. I've been married ALMOST as long as you have been born! This July will be 52 years.
I remember all of the songs you mentioned, but cannot remember the movies.
I remember bobby socks and poodle skirts and crinolines (the stiff petticoat)
I remember gas being 16 cents a gallon when a gas war was going on.
How time flies....One day we are speeding and the next thing we know we have white hair and whiskers." Lol
Happy Birthday Rachel!!!!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Jerry in Texas said...

Happy Birthday to you, Rachel!

5:15 PM  
Blogger Ralph said...

Happy birthday Rachel. Yes, I am older than you but not by that much. Quit rubbing it in.

Happy bithday and enjoy the day.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Happy Birthday dear Rachel!
My youngest brother was born in 1954 and I can remember quite a bit from those times.
They were simpler to be sure.
Hope you have a wonderful day and the coming year is filled with every happiness!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

Happy, HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Rachel! :o)

Love and hugs,


9:38 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

happy birthday sweet friend

4:40 AM  
Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...


4:02 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

The price of milk and gas really popped out at me.
I can't imagine either of those being that cheap.
I saw the movie On The Waterfront, and it is good.
Marlon Brando is great to watch. A very fine actor.
I was born not too long after you. I was born in 1963, so I'm sure milk and gas prices were dirt cheap then compared to now. Boy, oh boy, things have changed!

I'm wishing you a belated Happy Birthday!
I wish you a very blessed year with lots of love from friends and family - you can count on lots of love from me, your AR blog buddy. I am so excited to see you again! Blogstock will be very memorable and lots of fun.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Happy Birthday/Bonne Fete!

I am old enough to remember everything on your list.

From those day I remember the Sunday afternoon drive in the car. Our favourite drive was about 30 miles and back to a hilly area and a place known as Forks of the Credit. We would all get an ice cream cone at a small country store and come home. I guess a simple Sunday drive is too expensive now.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Sandy Hatcher-Wallace said...

Unfortunately, I remembered it all...bah humbug.

Happy Belated Birthday Rachel.

2:10 PM  
Blogger nora leona said...

Happy (belated) Birthday Rachel.
I'm sorry that I'm so far behind on reading blogs.
I hope it was wonderful.

12:08 PM  

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