Guy looks back at 1963

I reached a milestone today.  I became cordless 50 years ago when dad snipped my umbilical cord.

I am a product of the 60’s, a planned child but unscheduled.   If you can’t remember where you were, or weren’t, here’s a glimpse at Americana in 1963…


  •  Jack Nicklaus won his first Masters (and $125,000)
  • Alfred Hitchcock directed “The Birds,” a movie that still freaks me out
  • The Flintstones were a TV hit (I always had a crush on Betty)
  • The Chevy Impala was a top seller
  • The first successful liver transplant occurred
  • The sedative valium became available
  • The United States unemployment rate was 6.1%
  • The average cost of a new house was under $20,000
  • The average American income was $5,807
  • The average cost of a new car was $3,233
  • A gallon of regular gas cost $0.30
  • American life expectancy was 70 years
  • AT & T introduced touch tone phones
  • Zip codes were first implemented in the USA
  • Michael Jordan and Johnny Depp were born
  • My wife, Hun, was 2 years old (She’s still older than me.)

I downloaded this information from the new iPhone Hun bought me.  It came with programmed reminders, which reminds me my first call is to schedule a colonoscopy…

That story is just around the bend.

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