We’re going to take another stroll down
memory lane and would like you to join us
as we look at 1958.
Ike was president, Elvis was inducted
into the Army, NASA is formed, DJ Alan
Freed invents the term “Rock and Roll”,
and America suffered the worst recession
of the postwar era.
After King Faisal of Iraq was killed in
a coup, president Eisenhower announced
he is sending 5,000 troops to Lebanon.
The average worker made $4,600 yearly,
minimum wage was $1 an hour, the average
new house cost $12,750, and an older home
averaged $2,390. Average monthly rent was
A new Ford would set up back $1,967-
$3,929, and a Harvard education cost
$1,250 per year.
The DOW average was at 583, the American
Express card was introduced, a gallon of
gas was 24 cents, milk was $1.01 a gallon,
eggs were 86 cents a dozen, and a loaf of
bread cost 19 cents.
The Hula Hoop was introduced by Wham-O
Manufacturing and sold for $1.98.
The microchip got invented, and the U.S.
Nuclear submarine “Nautilus” passed under
the ice cap at the North Pole.
Popular songs were “At the Hop” by Danny
& the Juniors, “Bird Dog” by the Everly
Brothers, “Catch a Falling Star” by Perry
Como, and “Don’t” by Elvis Presley.
Popular movies were; “The Bridge on the
River Kwai”, “South Pacific”, “Gigi”,
“King creole”, and “Vertigo”.
On TV we watched shows like Candid Camera,
The Ed Sullivan Show, Come Dancing, The Jack
Benny Show, Panorama, and Alfred Hitchcock
In the car world? The Automobile Information
Disclosure Act, or price label law, goes into
effect, and most makes and models now have
four headlights instead of two. The Thunderbird
gets bigger, and the last Packards go on sale.
Toyotas, Datsuns, Opels, Vauxhalls, and other
imports take an unprecedented 8.1% of total
new car sales.
Chrysler begins to abandon the Hemi, the 430
Lincoln V8 is the largest, Chevy introduces
the 348 V8, some Dodges get 361 cid fuel-
injected V8s, and Ford gets a big block V8.
And that is a taste of what 1958 was like.
It was a great time to be kid growing up in
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