While we’re having coffee, let’s reminisce about the year 1968. Have a seat because this is going to be one of those chats.
To begin, 1968 was a year of protests. The protests of 1968 were a worldwide escalation of social conflicts mostly characterized by rebellions against the military and bureaucratic elites. 1968 was a tumultuous year in the United States and abroad. Wikipedia offers an interesting account of The Protests of 1968 (link at the end of this post).
How much did things cost in 1968? Well, here are the stats for the U.S including a few for the UK. How about this interesting tidbit – the first Big Mac goes on sale in McDonalds costing 49 cents. Now, the Big Mac, itself can cost anywhere from $3 to $5, depending on what city you live in.
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 4.27%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 4.7%
Year End Dow Jones Industrial Average 943
Average Cost of new house $14,950.00
Average Income per year $7,850.00
Average Monthly Rent $130.00
Gas per Gallon 34 cents
Average Cost of a new car $2,822.00
The Federal Hourly Minimum Wage is $1.60 an hour
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 4,344
Gallon of Petrol 5 shillings 5 pence or 28 new pence
Touching on some news and events in 1968 – the assassination of Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Emergency 911 Telephone Service is started in the US, Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, Anti-Vietnam war protests, the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, The Beatles release The White Album, The Beatles record “Hey Jude” and create Apple Records, the CBS news magazine program “60 Minutes” is shown for the first time, which I am just touching the surface of the happenings in 1968. (information obtained from, The People History, link at the end of this post).
Life may be viewed through a magical lens
But, not everyone can buy a Mercedes Benz
It’s easy to become smitten on a masquerade
It’s simple to camouflage the leader of the parade
It’s difficult to believe the players in charades
Our world is in a twirl with misshaped ideation
A preponderance of ifs left to the imagination
Creating fumes of thoughts left to speculation
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Just a few of the 1968 popular musicians – The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, The Grateful Dead, The Monkees, Simon and Garfunkle, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Bobby Goldsboro, Marvin Gaye and David Bowie. Wow, I just took a ride down memory lane, did you? What genre of music do you like and who are some of your favorite musicians?
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I’m Eugenia and it’s time to put a wrap on this chat. So long from this week’s Tuesday Chatter and have a great week!