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In the 1950s there were two gourmet eating places where we would go, Johnie's and Bob's. Johnie's had the Fat Boy and Bob's had the Big Boy.

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December 12, 2009

Some of us remember the rules issued (or reissued) by Dean of Girls Calanthe Brazelton at some point during our four years at THS. The rules included a ban on wearing red dresses because they got the boys excited and no patent leather shoes because they were shinny and acted like mirrors reflecting up under the dresses of the girls which got the boys excited too. Was there any more to the rule that you can remember?

There must have been some validity to those rules, there was even a book on the subject written in 1975. (Thanks to Kari An Salyer for finding a copy and sending it).



And then the cars. They just don't' make them like they used to. Cars had a certain "class" in those days.





The movies, the Academy Awards for Best Pictures for the Years when we were in high school were:



How about music? Which songs won Grammy awards back then?

1960 Grammy Awards


Record of the Year

“Theme From A Summer Place,” Percy Faith

Album of the Year

Button Down Mind, Bob Newhart (Warner Bros.)

Song of the Year

“Theme From Exodus,” Ernest Gold, songwriter

Best New Artist of 1960

Bob Newhart

Best Performance By a Pop Single Artist

“Georgia on My Mind,” Ray Charles

Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Track, Male

“Georgia on My Mind,” Ray Charles (ABC)

Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Track, Female

“Mack the Knife,” Ella Fitzgerald (Verve)

Best Vocal Performance, Album, Male

Genius of Ray Charles, Ray Charles (Atlantic)

Best Vocal Performance, Album, Female

Mack the Knife—Ella in Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald (Verve)

Best Performance By a Vocal Group

“We Got Us,” Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence

Best Performance By a Chorus

Songs of the Cowboy, Norman Luboff Choir

Best Rhythm and Blues Performance

“Let the Good Times Roll,” Ray Charles

Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group

West Side Story, André Previn

Best Jazz Performance, Large Group

Blues and the Beat, Henry Mancini

Best Jazz Composition of More Than Five Minutes

Sketches of Spain, Miles Davis and Gil Evans, composers

Best Performance By a Band for Dancing

Dance With Basie, Count Basie

Best Country and Western Performance

“El Paso,” Marty Robbins

Best Performance, Folk

“Swing Dat Hammer,” Harry Belafonte

Best Performance By an Orchestra

Mr. Lucky, Henry Mancini

Best Arrangement

Mr. Lucky, Henry Mancini, arranger

Best Show Album (Original Cast)

The Sound of Music, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, composers (Columbia)

Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Music Score From Motion Picture or Television

Exodus, Ernest Gold, composer (RCA)

Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast From Motion Picture or Television

Can-Can, Cole Porter, composer (Capital)

Best Classical Performance, Orchestra

Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste, Fritz Reiner conducting Chicago Symphony

Best Classical Performance, Vocal or Instrumental Chamber Music

Conversations With the Guitar, Laurindo Almeida

Best Classical Performance, Concerto or Instrumental Soloist

Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat, Sviatoslav Richter; Erich Leinsdorf conducting Chicago Symphony

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist or Duo (Other Than Orchestral)

The Spanish Guitars of Laurindo Almeida, Laurindo Almeida

Best Classical Opera Production

Puccini, Turandot, Erich Leinsdorf conducting Rome Opera House Chorus and Orchestra; solos: Tebaldi, Nilsson, Björling and Tozzi

Best Classical Performance, Choral (Including Oratorio)

Handel, The Messiah, Sir Thomas Beecham conducting Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

Best Classical Performance, Vocal Soloist

A Program of Song, Leontyne Price

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Orchestral Suite From Tender Land Suite, Aaron Copland, composer

Best Comedy Performance (Spoken Word)

Button Down Mind Strikes Back, Bob Newhart

Best Comedy Performance (Musical)

Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris, Jo Stafford and Paul Weston

Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word (Other Than Comedy)

F.D.R. Speaks, Robert Bialek

Best Album Created for Children

Let's All Sing With the Chipmunks, David Seville (Liberty)

Best Album Cover

Latin a la Lee, Marvin Schwartz, art director (Capitol)