25 September 2006

Fifty Years of Change





As usual after a trip to the supermarket, I came home totally disgusted with the check out line reading material which amounts to pornography for the dimwitted. So I thought I would check and see what was the most popular magazine at the checkout stand 50 years ago.

Now there was probably a somewhat lurid "Confidential" hidden out of reach of the children, but the one magazine that was in virtually every home was Life. So what was on the covers of the nine issues of Life and the articles mentioned there for September and October of 1956?


A movie star (Liz Taylor - Giant), a broadway star (Siobhan McKenna in Saint Joan) and one TV actress (Janet Blair - Caesar's Hour)
A photo spread on the Epic of Man - Egypt
Another photo spread of an art exhibit of nude portraiture (yes there was a nude painting on the cover).
There was a three part Series on integration
Two historical articles by Winston Churchill
Candidate's View of the Campaign - The Ordeal & the Aura
War in the Middle East

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Should you care to do your own search of important years, simply click Life Magazine cover search . I sent my daughter an email with the cover that was published the week she was born since that was in September.

9 comments:

Dexter said...

Pretty good! Sometimes when kids get into trouble and the old folks wail on about how much worse today's kids are...I think back to when I was a kid ...kids are kids,and we were no angels!

colorado bob said...

jamie >>>back on line, got you wired up at the test bed Gotta go get Keith's clip and Put it up at KYKO

enigma4ever said...

interesting...better than crap about Jaylo and Jessica Simpson- Ce Non?

blueINdallas said...

But don't you care about Jessica & Nick's divorce papers or how Branjolina is/are faring? Nah, me neither. But I know about it 'cause it stares me in the face at checkout. Now that's prime marketing real estate.

enigma4ever said...

yeah...but all that Brat-jo-lina- stuff...and WHY Whitney left Bobby crap drives me to other vices....searching high and low for the Rasinets....and almond joys....so putting the "fine"ahem Literature there is causing me other woes....

( my son said as bad as the news has been recently they should put the booze or the beer coolers next to the "news"- he has a point...and when ever I bitchNmoan about the checkout rags he says" Could be worse- could be Yet More Tom Cruise & Stunt Baby Stories...") (He is 15- he can be all wise- for now ;-)

AlanBoss said...

I hate to keep sounding like a wacko conspiracy theorist, but if you haven’t read “1984” since high school (or only pretended to) pick it up again. The dumbing down of the populace via tabloid journalism was one of Big Brother’s tactics.

I don’t know if Orwell was prescient or f “1984” is the blueprint for the neo-cons. But it is truly chilling.

AlanBoss said...

*throws an "i" up onto that "if."*

rebellious renee said...

Alanboss..
I not only recently bought a new copy of "1984"...I also bought "Animal Farm"...

If I remember correctly...the 2 books go "hand in hand"....

I've also purchased a copy of Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here".....it was highly recommended along with "1984" on another blog....

AlanBoss said...

Renee,

Yes, indeed. They do go “hand in hand.” I haven’t reread “Animal Farm” in many years. I should pick it up. When I was in high school, both those books were required reading. I was shocked a few years ago to discover that that no longer seems to be the case. I bought a copies of them for my son and insisted that he read them. As a result, he is far more politically involved than I was at that age.

I read a lot of Sinclair Lewis in high school. But, I don’t think I read that one. One more for my reading list.