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1957 Timecapsule
January 20, 2011 3:30 PM   Subscribe

A blog dedicated to chronicling the events that took place on this day in 1957.
posted by Leezie (26 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
At first, when I saw that the latest entry was for "Soup for Sunday Supper", I thought, oh, it's one of those blogs. But as I went down the page and saw that this was followed by this was followed by this was followed by this... well, I have to restrain myself from looking at the Wikipedia page for spoilers.
posted by Halloween Jack at 3:37 PM on January 20, 2011


Yay! The year I was born! Bookmarked.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:38 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


June 2: the Hill Valley Rotary Club fails to raise enough money at their annual Benefit Fish Fry to fix the clock tower for the 2nd year running.
posted by sourwookie at 3:40 PM on January 20, 2011 [6 favorites]


I had the exact opposite experience of Halloween Jack and was disappointed when the entire blog was not filled with retro recipes from the 50s.

I guess history is OK, too.

seriously, it's a neat blog
posted by girih knot at 3:42 PM on January 20, 2011


This is neat, but what I always wanted to see was a blog dedicated to time capsules. I remember giving stuff to a time capsule that was buried in the 80's. I don't know when it is supposed to be dug up, but it would seem that there are a lot of time capsules that are dug up yearly, and it would be great to see those, see what's in them, and even make plans to attend the openings. But I could never find a blog that was dedicated to time capsules, or a place that kept records or a schedule of future openings.
posted by cashman at 3:44 PM on January 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


Apropo of the "Soup for Sunday Supper" entry : Just this past Thanksgiving, my grandmother-in-law, who was raised in the south, told us a story about how she was off on a church field trip, somewhere in Tennessee, and the trip included an "all-you-can-eat buffet dinner" at a nearby restaurant. So, around noon, she and all the other old ladies made their way to the restaurant, only to find the place was closed. Turns out, the restaurant was run by a young man from Michigan, who, like us, didn't realize there was a difference between "supper" and "dinner," and his restaurant wasn't due to open for another 5 hours.
posted by crunchland at 3:48 PM on January 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


No Smokestack Lightnin', no deal.
posted by electricsandwich138 at 3:52 PM on January 20, 2011


Interesting - the blog has been going since May 9, 2010, but it keeps living in 1957, the year the blogger was born.

Future-retro hip-hop soundtrack: Buck 65's album Situation, released in 2007. It was a semi-concept album, based around events in 1957 (though he got some of the dates wrong).
posted by filthy light thief at 4:03 PM on January 20, 2011


Oct-4-1957

everything changes
posted by philip-random at 4:12 PM on January 20, 2011


No Smokestack Lightnin', no deal.

Recorded and released in 1956.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:36 PM on January 20, 2011


I have to restrain myself from looking at the Wikipedia page for spoilers.

It kind of freaks me out that Wikipedia has a page for every year. For example, looking at 1957 we see that very soon it will be the anniversary of the inauguration of the Ibirapuera Planetarium and also the time when President Iskander Mirza of Pakistan laid the foundation-stone of the Guddu Barrage across the river Indus near Sukkur.

What freaks me out is that there must be a zillion other events happening every year, but Wikipedia can't possibly list them all. So years from now people will look back on 2011 and think that this was the time when Jimmy Kimmel got the midnight spot on ABC, or some other shit.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:49 PM on January 20, 2011


1957
posted by clavdivs at 4:55 PM on January 20, 2011


While there's something happening every day, April 11, 1954 was the most boring day. At least according to a computer.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:09 PM on January 20, 2011


Elvis released All Shook Up.

yeah, it was my birthday.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:33 PM on January 20, 2011


Its funny - 1957 was 15 years before I was born. Today, I think of 15 years as "a while ago" but not TOO long ago... but looking at photos from 15 years before I was born seems like ancient history in some ways. Weird.
posted by blaneyphoto at 6:00 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's almost dinner time on a Sunday afternoon. The wives are cooking summer, and the men ...?
posted by philip-random at 6:32 PM on January 20, 2011


I really like this blog's design.
posted by davebush at 6:47 PM on January 20, 2011


This sounds like it would be fun for people to do with their own birth years. Creative idea.
posted by majonesing at 6:55 PM on January 20, 2011


Yay! The year I was born!

Me too! Congratulations, er... fellow cohort member?
posted by Segundus at 11:34 PM on January 20, 2011


Oooh, this is fun. I've always known that I'm just a couple of days older than the space age, and we're both looking a bit long in the tooth these days.

Hail to all those also born in 1957. Did you know that was the peak year for baby boomer births? Others born that year make an interesting list, from Osama Bin Laden to Vanna White.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:07 AM on January 21, 2011


Baby boomer births? Sorry, but I'm inclined to say that is post-boomer. Boomers were the boom in babies that came after the end of ww2, and that was over 10 years before 1957. Boomers were those subject to the draft during Viet Nam. The 1957 cohort came of age after the draft ended.
posted by Goofyy at 6:19 AM on January 21, 2011


Also the year I was born. Now I'm committed to reading this every day if for no other reason than to find out if I get mentioned*.



*It could happen!
posted by tommasz at 7:03 AM on January 21, 2011


Not to hijack this thread (ahem) but there's disagreement about what constitutes the beginning and ending of the baby boom in the US. Some folks go as late as 1964. I think a lot of people who study generations put the end around 1960.
posted by tuesdayschild at 9:12 AM on January 21, 2011


I was born in '63, and I can tell you that I never held much affinity towards the boomer generation, except maybe for liking some of their music and recreational drugs.
posted by crunchland at 9:21 AM on January 21, 2011


I. G. Y.

Also, check out Donald Fagen.
posted by bukvich at 12:20 PM on January 21, 2011


I think a lot of people who study generations put the end around 1960.

I was born in 1959. By the time I hit high school, there weren't enough lockers for half of us, and a good third of our classes were in so-called "portables". By the time my sister, five years younger, was in the same school, there were enough lockers for everyone and the portables were being phased out.

Interestingly, Doug Coupland went to the same school (right between us in age) and he, of course, is the guy who coined the term "Gen-X". So even though the actually boom in births continued into the early 60s, those who define themselves by it tended to be born in the 50s.

Myself, I've always found it convenient to not feel part of any particular generation. 30 SOMETHING (TV show) was all the rage when I was in my 20s. 20-SOMETHINGS (marketing target) were all the rage by the time I was in my 30s.

But my crowd did invent punk rock, more or less.
posted by philip-random at 4:49 PM on January 21, 2011


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