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1954-2004

50th in 2004
# First of all.. Did you know that Tater Tots is 50 years old?
Can you imagine that they are so old? Oooops!
I do not really mean that!! I should say that
50 is ˝ a century and it is a long time.
And then, if you've been married for 50 years,
your 50th anniversary isn't called "golden"
for nothing :)

Tater Tots were invented fifty years ago by
two brothers from Oregon who founded Ore-Ida.
They created the tots to use leftover potato
pieces from their french fry business.

Last year, Americans ate 70 million pounds
of Tater Tots -- 14 percent of Ore-Ida's frozen potato business.

Oreida page



# Now.. Next :

On March 25, 1954, Radio Corporation of
America began manufacturing color television sets
at its Bloomington, Ind., plant. It built 5,000
sets with 12-inch screens, known as the model CT-100 color receiver.
They sold for $1,000 each, astronomical in those days.
They didn't get much use that year, since color telecasts were so rare.
But the American love affair with the tube
had taken a leap forward into the hues
of real life.

The effort to bring color to the home
screen was no easy feat. It occupied
scientists throughout the late 1940s
and early 1950s at RCA laboratories
in Princeton, N.J.
Their eventual concoction sounded
like something out of a science fiction novel
-- the three-beam shadow mask tube.

CNN Article

U.S. TELEVISION SALES

YEAR COLOR B&W
1954 5,000 7.4 million
1965 2.7 million 8.4 million
1967 5.6 million 5.3 million
1994 24.7 million 540,000
2004 18.6 million 150,000


Source: Consumer Electronics Association

TV NATION
248 million: Number of TV sets in U.S. homes in 2001
98.2: Percentage of households that
had at least one TV in 2001
1,669: Projected hours of viewing for Americans 18 and older in 2004
$41 billion: Total spent on TV advertising in 2002

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
People watch a ton of TV. Adults are
projected to watch, on average, 1,669 hours of television in 2004 --
or roughly 70 days worth, according to census figures.
http://www.rca.com

# Next...
The Humane Society US celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2004
That is a terrific organization.
http://www.hsus.org/ace/19736

# Ofcourse some of us have heard of Playboy,
they also celebrated 50th Anniversary
in January 2004.

http://www.playboy.com/50th/

Your Grandfather's Playboy By RICHARD CORLISS
I remember when Playboy magazine was forbidden fruit — Eve and her apple in the Garden of Guilt. This was in the 50s, when everything priapic was prohibited, and when I was just grazing my teen years. Like a boy sidling up to the pharmacy counter to ask for, demand, his first condom, the 13-year-old Child Corliss sought out Playboy at distant drug stores, put my 50 cents in the palms of blind newsies. Before Playboy, the only magazines I had bought were comic books. Hugh M. Hefner had connived to introduced me both to the publishing industry and to public stealth at a single ...stroke.
# The Baltimore Orioles begin their 50th
Anniversary season Sunday night.

Official Site

# Monday, May 17, 2004, will be the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Topeka, Kansas, Board of Education, the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court that desegregated public schools throughout the country and launched decades of policy changes intended to improve equitable access to education resources. The Supreme Court's decision made an historic impact on the civil rights struggle in America by striking down laws and policies that were motivated by prejudice and discrimination.

# 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the first American jazz festival: The Newport Jazz Festival®. Known for the past few decades as the JVC Jazz Festival Newport, R.I., the event is regarded by many as the single most important event in jazz. Produced by George Wein's company, Festival Productions, Inc., this year's festival will celebrate this golden anniversary as well as the jazz icons who have made the event legendary.

The Newport Jazz Festival®.

# 50th ANNIVERSARY OF ROCK 'n' ROLL

On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded his first record, "That's All Right," at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis…and rock 'n' roll took off. To commemorate that event and its global impact, Memphis will mark the 50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll in 2004 with a yearlong celebration of rock music and the many streams of music that converged in Memphis to create a truly American sound known throughout the world.

For the anniversary, Memphis will host a series of major events throughout the year. One of the highlights of the 50th Anniversary celebration will occur on July 5 - 50 years to the day when Elvis' "That's All Right" was recorded.

On July 5, 2004, Memphis will be the focal point for a "Global Moment in Time" - a moment at which radio stations across the world will be encouraged to simultaneously play "That's All Right." This will hopefully mark the largest playing of a single song at the same moment in history.

Elvis News

http://www.50yearsrocknroll.com/
50 Years Rock & Roll

# 2004 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 
Speedster's introduction to the world - 
June 25-27, 2004 in and around Pebble 
Beach, California 
Read More Here

# At 1:00 PM on Saturday June 26, 2004 more 
than 325 Porsche 356 Speedsters, America 
Roadsters, and Convertible Ds 
gathered on the grounds of Quail 
Lodge in Carmel Valley, 
California. An equal number of 
vintage Porsches – mostly 356 series 
cars – lined up in the adjacent Porsche
Corral area. 
Details Here

# Four Tops - 50th Anniversary Anthology
"The Tops are golden!" the CD cover blurb
screams, and now they are in the anniversary
sense as well: 

50 years ago Obie Benson, Duke Fakir, 
Lawrence Payton and iconic soul belter 
Levi Stubbs sang together for the first
time at a weekend party in Detroit's 
North End.

The foursome became a crack live act but
it wasn't until they signed with Motown
ten years later that their hard work 
bore tanglible fruit.
Official Four Tops

REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE
Four Tops
Motown (1966)
R&B (Single)
Inducted 1998
GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award
http://grammy.aol.com/awards/hall_fame.html

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
-- inducted 1990
VH1 Site
Four Tops Site

# Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee 
Greenest state in the land of the free 
Raised in the woods so’s he knew 
every tree Killed him a bear when 
he was only three 

Davy . . . Davy Crockett 
King of the Wild Frontier!

Originally Aired: 
December 15, 1954 - December 14, 1955
Director: Norman Foster 
Writers: Tom Blackburn, Norman Foster 

Cast: Fess Parker (Davy Crockett), 
Buddy Ebsen (George Russel), Basil 
Ruysdael (Andrew Jackson), William 
Bakewell (Tobias Norton), Helene 
Stanley (Polly Crockett), Pat Hogan 
(Redstick), Eugene Brindel (Billy),
Ray Whitetree (Johnny), Mike Mazurki (
Big Foot Mason), Jeff Thompson (Two Shirts),
Hans Conreid (Thimberleig), Kenneth Tobey
(Jim Bowie/Jocko), Nick Cravat (Bustedluck), 
Jeff York (Mike Fink), 
Walter Catlett (Colonel Plug) 

Davy Crockett - 50th Anniversary 
Double Feature  DVD
Release Date: Sep 07, 2004 
Davy Crockett
About the TV Show

# The Fender Stratocaster will celebrate 
its 50th birthday in 2004. 

To honor this musical icon, Fender 
Musical Instruments Corporation will 
commemorate the Stratocaster guitar's
history with three new Limited 
Edition instruments that made
their debut at this winter's NAMM show. 

The Stratocaster guitar first hit the
musical scene in 1954.

With its three single coil 
pickups and new tremolo bridge, 
the Stratocaster offered 
musicians new tones, features 
and versatility.

CNN's Write Up
Fender's Home
Free Giveaways


# The year 2004 marks 50 years of 
Bob Moog's amazing electronic musical 
inventions. Celebrate with this hanging
wall calendar which features current 
and vintage moog designs. 
Moog Archives

#Alex Film Society presents 50th Anniversary
Screening of Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront  
Oscar winners Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger 
on the big screen as they were meant to be seen.
Saturday, April 24, at 2 pm and 8 pm only, 
the Alex Film Society presents the 
50th anniversary screening of
Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront
(Columbia 1954)
at Glendale’s historic
Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Boulevard. 
(Download electronic image images
at 
Alex Film)

# Air Force Academy Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a commemorative 
37-cent stamp, and the U.S. Department of the 
Interior bestowed the National Historic Landmark 
honor to the academy. It was 50 years ago when 
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Air
Academy Act authorizing the academy to be built.
The stamp honors the academy’s years of service 
to the nation. 
A photo of the Cadet Chapel is featured on 
the stamp.
Cadet Chapel

Since 1955, 1,877 companies have appeared on the FORTUNE 500. View each company and the years it made our list of America's largest corporations. Fortune 500 Archive Fortune 500 Movie # Manchester Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the First Stored-Program Computer. Computer 50 75th Anniversary Celebration Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25, 2004 Live music Saturday, guided tours both weekend days and slideshows about the life and times of Col. William Boyce Thompson as we celebrate the Arboretum's 75th anniversary. Arboretum's 75th

# 50 Years Of Fun: Dave McCoy, pioneer of Mammoth Mountain, had been running a popular rope tow on the north side of Mammoth since the early forties, and had started skiing in the region back in the 1930’s. He knew Mammoth had the best snow and terrain, and hundreds of hearty skiers agreed. But in 1953, when the Forest Service took bids on a permit to develop a European-style ski area there, no one responded. Dave didn’t have the money, and his detractors thought Mammoth was too high, too snowy and too far away to be successful. Mammoth Mountain Princecraft Boat: Princecraft Site Drag Racing: NHRA # 50th Anniversary of The MAC Tools U. S. Nationals Highlights 2004 IR The MAC Tools 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of Exmoor being designated as a National Park. Exmoor is one of eleven large areas of countryside in England and Wales that are specially protected and an important part of England national heritage. It covers 267 square miles of varied countryside and is home to over 10,500 people. Exmoor National Park Authority


MORE BLAST FROM THE PAST

ABC 50Th Aniversary
60Th Annual Golden Globe Award
KOREA War 50Th Anniversary
50Th Anniversary - Mount Everest
St. Petersburg's 300th Anniversary
Queen Elizabeth's 50Th Anniversary
Central Park 150Th Anniversary
Harley Davidson & Corvetts
1903 - 2003 - Thanks for the Memories
Levi Jeans, Bubble Gums, PEZ
CBS 75th Anniversary
Various Anniversaries




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