Every New Year is greeted with great expectation. Some years produce unexpected twists and turns along the way (we’re talking about you 2020), but we get back up and get ready for the next one.
While I wasn’t there, the year Zoysia Farm Nurseries was started in 1953 it must have been one full of great hope and expectation for those that were. We can now look back and see that those expectations for our small company have been met year after year. While the founding of Zoysia Farms is hardly a monumental event we thought it fun, as we get ready for 2021, to look back at what else happened 68 years ago and how it worked out.
Big Events Queen Elizabeth II Coronation –still going strong
End of the Korean War – sort of still going
Pres. Eisenhower inauguration – no drama
Jonas Salk announces Polio vaccine trials
Top selling car Hudson Hornet (what happened?) but also the year the original C1 Corvette was introduced – things were changing
Top new songs “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin & “How Much is that Doggie in the Window” by Patti Page were big hits – No Elvis, Motown or Beatles yet
Written words “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury and “Casino Royale” by Ian Fleming would have long runs, but also TV Guide and Playboy first hit the newsstands, but are almost gone today.
Top Movies Disney’s animation of “Peter Pan”, “War of The Worlds” and “From Here to Eternity” are classics and still viewed.
World Series Champs NY Yankees – who else
NCAA Basketball Indiana – appropriate
NCAA Football Maryland – really? Yea – our home state…. been a long time since!
NBA Lakers – Minneapolis originals started a tradition
NHL Montreal Canadiens (French spelling)
The Economy Postage $0.03
Minimum wage/hr. $0.75
Gallon of gas $0.22
Other Events Chuck Yeager sets speed record in X1 rocket plane
Sir Edmund Hillary first to climb Mt Everest
RAM (random access memory) used for the first time
FCC approves color TV
Ramada Inns – 811 hotels at last count
Burger King, Sonic Drive-in and Denny’s all started in 1953
2020 will not be fondly remembered by most, but we are here and getting ready for another year just like we have done for 68 years. Hope you enjoyed the trip back to 1953.
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