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.
# 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
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
-- the three-beam shadow mask tube.
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
248 million: Number of TV sets in U.S. homes
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
watch, on average,
1,669 hours of television in 2004 --
or roughly 70 days worth, according to census figures.
The Humane Society US celebrates its
50th anniversary in 2004
That is a terrific organization.
# Ofcourse some of us have heard of Playboy,
they also celebrated 50th Anniversary
in January 2004.
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.
# 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.
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
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# 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
# 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
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
GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
-- inducted 1990
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!
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
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# 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
CNN's Write Up
# 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.
#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
at Glendale’s historic
Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Boulevard.
(Download electronic image images
# 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
Since 1955, 1,877 companies have
appeared on the FORTUNE 500.
View each company and the years
it made our list of America's
Fortune 500 Archive
Fortune 500 Movie
# Manchester Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the
First Stored-Program Computer.
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.
# 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
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
# 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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