Monday, May 24, 2010

What We Watched in February and March of 1965 - Lakehead TV Guide!

Nostalgia: The 1986 Webster's dictionary says, "home-sickness, sentimental longing for past times --adj. nostal'gic, feeling, showing or expressing home-sickness, or, more often regret for vanishing days...(greek - nostos....a return, algos....pain)."
Well, whatever the meaning is, Greek or not, it is a little sadness for vanishing good days, days that you remember that make you feel good, not regretful. My thought is that as we progress through our life...things of the past give us joy, not regret, as you will surely experience looking at the following items from the Fort William and Port Arthur TV Guides from 1965.

I had found these amongst my collection of vintage paper and found some great ads and memories regarding the tv shows we watched around the Lakehead area. On the two covers is The Pettycoat Junction family on the left and Bewitched on the right. A page or two into the first one is an ad for the Don Brown Duo appearing in the Marine Room which was in the Shoreline Hotel on 61 Cumberland Street.

Our typical great Brill bus photo from 1969 shows the Shoreline sign just above the bus. The next clipping is of Donna Douglas who played the roll of Elly May Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies".

A great photo of the cast of the Beverly Hillbillies with Elly, Granny, Jed and Jethro....and....did you remember that their dogs name was "Duke"? Next is The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Do you remember what the letters stood for? Guess before you scroll down.

"United Network Command for Law and Enforcement". The agents were Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo, David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin, and Leo G. Carroll played Alexander Waverlly, the British head of the organization.
The photo on the right is an autographed one of the Bewitched Television Show, Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, and Dick York.

Here are the CKPR Radio hit pages of the two TV Guides...be sure to click on them to see the top hits of February and March of 1965....plus a few ad's you will remember, even if you're younger than I am! ....Remember Dick Wilson on CKPR?

"I Love Lucy" with Lucile Ball and Desi Arnaz.....need I say more!
The most incredible commedian that many commedians still mimic today...Red Skelton, born Richard Bernard Skelton and nicknamed America's Clown Prince!

A few ads....Dinty's(the original KFC)...a 1974 Henderson Directory states that Gord Crompton was president of Dinty's at the time. Remember when cable was called "Videon"...that was not too long after having only Rabbit-ears on your TV. And lastly here is an artists rendition of John Murphy the morning man on CKPR radio in 1965.

Finally, click on this and the rest of the photos and ads to enlarge them(some twice to view extra large), to see what we watched on TV and how cheap our tires were in 1965.
......A Post Script, Don't miss Cruisin' the Dub....rod, custom and vintage car cruise night at the Memorial Ave. A & W, this coming Friday the 28th of May and every Friday all summer long!!!

9 comments:

Oats said...

In today's dollars, those Victrolas from Jerome's would start at $187.20, and the ones with automatic changers would start at $346.96 (with tax on top). The LPs at Kresge run between $13.75 and $41.54, plus tax of course. Those mud and snow tires were on sale for $103.84 in today's dollars. Add tax. $166.36 for Weathergard. Things weren't really as cheap as they seemed back then. Minimum wage was introduced in January 1965, it was $0.90 in Northern Ontario which is $6.25 today. December 1965 it was raised to an even dollar, which is $6.95 today. $10.25 is equal to $1.48 in 1965, and $10.25 today in 1965 was $71.25. By the time I was born in 1988 money was worth 22% as much as it was in 1965. It's worth 14% today.

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/rates/inflation_calc.html

Dave said...

Oats: Great data...wow, by the time you were born, I had already been driving cars for 28 years, so I remember it all. The benchmark for salary in the late 60's was that if you were making $500. a month you were doing better than great. Thanks, D.

Dave said...

Oh!...one more comment. Oats, don't forget that most everything we bought or consumed back then was made or produced in the US or Canada. The prices today reflect overseas imports with low wages to keep our purchase costs down. Imagine the cost of items today if everything was produced in Canada or the US. The average Joe couldn't afford them. D

Oats said...

He might be able to. The high paying factory jobs would still be here. And things would be built to last. Nothing lasts anymore.

Dave said...

SO TRUE...and thanks again. D

Anonymous said...

Just curious. From time to time you have a picture of a 'Brill bus'. I know what and where the 'Brill Building' is, for example, but why is the bus called a Brill bus?

Dave said...

Brill History
J. G. Brill and Company manufactured streetcars and buses in the United States. The company was founded by John George Brill in 1868 as a horsecar manufacturing firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was taken over by the American Car and Foundry Company in 1926. Brill manufactured over 45,000 trolleys, buses and railroad cars. At its height, it was the largest manufacturer of streetcars and interurbans in the United States. It produced more streetcars and interurbans and gas electrics than any other manufacturer.

J. G. Brill began in 1868 and operated with the Brill name until 1946. In 1944 the J G Brill Corporation and American Car and Foundry Motors Company merged to become ACF-Brill. ACF then sold its interest in ACF-Brill on January 31, 1946, to Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation for $7.5 million. Consolidated Vultee was sold on November 6, 1947, to the Nashville Corporation, which sold its share to investment firm Allen & Co headed by Charles Allen Jr. on June 11, 1951. In early 1954, ACF-Brill ceased production and subcontracted remaining orders. The properties were sold, and on December 30, 1955, the company was merged with supermarket companies into ACF-Wrigley Stores Inc.
ACF-Brill announced in 1944 that Canadian Car and Foundry of Montreal, Quebec were licensed to manufacture and sell throughout Canada buses and trolley coaches of their design as Canadian Car-Brill; the firm built about 1,100 trolley buses and a few thousand buses under the name. Many of these buses were manufactured right in Fort William at the CC&F plant on Montreal Street.

Anonymous said...

Does ayone else remember when Johnny Murphy annouced that certain songs by the Byrds and Bob dylan would no longer be played on the radio as they made inferences to things which were socially unacceptable /sex and drugs. It only lasted a little while but "those "were the Days
Doug

Dave said...

Oh Yes....and they wouldn't play songs by the doors with the reference "being higher". It truly did last but a little while...but compare it to now...anything goes!!! Well, almost anything...LOL.