Goodbye to All That

A slightly abridged history of the last three decades

Years come and go (name one thing that happened in 1953, 1962, or 1977, for example), but decades are a little harder to dismiss. One year’s fad (Dingo boots, bow ties, Pet Rocks, David Clyde) can easily be the next year’s folly. But things that survive 10 years or more (Oxford cloth, Clearasil, Bob Barker, cowboy boots) become a part of history, or at least someone’s master’s thesis.

When a decade turns, you can do one of two things: recall what was, or try to figure out what will be. We were tempted to try the latter, but things being the way they are (Hamilton Jordan, Suzanne Somers, the Ayatollah, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier), we decided we didn’t want to think about it very much.

So we decided to take a look at the three decades that got us into this fix – the Fabulous Fifties, the Soaring Sixties, and the Me Decade. We figure the turn of a decade is like a 30th birthday: It’s only worth what led up to it. In this case, there’s plenty of important history you’ve probably already forgotten. If you haven’t, you’ve spent entirely too much time reading stories like this one.

50’s



Republic Bank

Beacon

Mickey Cohen and

Candy Barr

Sputnik

Dallas Eagles

Knock Knock



Gen. Mac Arthur

fired

’57 tornado



John Sparkman

Margo Jones

Superman



Buddy Holly

D. Harold Byrd

Goss on Ross

Brylcream

Tom Collins

Sen Sen



The Airport War



“Made in Texas by

Texans”

Lenny Bruce

Fizzies

’57 Chevy



Alaska becomes

biggest state

Abe’s Colony Club

The Old Cool Fool

Cipango Club

TCU 28,

Syracuse 27

60’s



The Schoolbook Depository

Lance Rentzel and Joey Heatherton

Peacenik

Dallas Texans

Elephant



Prayer banned



Warren Culbertson mugged in Chicago

Bill Miller

Clarence Jones

Batman



Janis Joplin

Lady Bird

Art Grindle

Hair spray

Daiquiri

Cinnamon

toothpicks



The Second Gun Theory

“America: Love It or Leave It”

Flip Wilson

Tang

SS 396



Packers dash Cowboy’s title hopes

Athens Strip

The Weird Beard

Ports O’ Call

Texas 15,

Arkansas 14

70’s



Reunion Tower



Cullen and Priscilla Davis

Ethnic

Dallas Chapparals

Aggie



Chicken Ranch

The New Year’s ice storm

Bob Dole Preston

Jones The Hulk



Willie Nelson

Don Byrd

Carl Westcott

Blow dryer

Margarita

Binaca



DISD Scandal



“I Found It”



Steve Martin

Gatorade

280 Z



Gulf oil spill

ruins Texas coast

LaBare

Ron Chapman

elan

Piano 29,

Highland Park 28

50’s



Ladies Home Journal

Winston Tastes Good Like A Cigarette Should

Chicks

How to Marry a Millionaire



’Our little girl, Tricia, named him Checkers.”

Henry J.

cheeseburger

3-D movies



Elevator operators

Eddie Barker

National Banker’s Life Insurance

Fluorescent lights

Giant

FBI



“Spaz”

“Leave It to Beaver”

The Nude Prowler

Nat King Cole

Johnny Champion

Wailing Wall

TV dinners



Billy Sol Estes

Dallas Dispatch

Bucky Beaver

“Dydamic Dallas”

60’s



Cosmopolitan

Show Us Your Larks



Doves



Sex and the

Single Girl



“You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.”

LBJ



cheeseburger



Lettuce

cigarettes



Black-and-white TV

Murphy Martin

LTV



Gas lights

Hud

LSD



“Queer”

Eldridge Cleaver

King of Diamonds

Martin Luther King

Eddie LeBaron

Berlin Wall



Pop Tarts



Billy Sol Estes

Dallas Notes

The White Knight

“The City of Hate”

70’s



Ms.



Us Tareyton Smokers Would Rather Fight Than Switch



Turkeys



Looking for

Mr. Goodbar



“I am not a crook.”



Dr. J



cheeseburger



Coors push-top

beer cans



Cadillac convertibles



Iola Johnson



Oz



Black lights

Last Picture Show

ERA



“Nerd”

Earl Weaver

The Friendly Rapist

King Tut

John Tower

Great Wall



Hamburger

Helper

Billy Sol Estes

Fort Worth Press

Mr. Whipple

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