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Happy Birthday Sis

January 21, 2010 - Michael Palmer
Happy 50th Birthday to Licia Palmer!

One half century OLD!

In 1960, the U. S. population was just 180 million people. Today, it's more than 300 million, we've been busy.

The cost of a first class stamp in 1960? Four cents. Today, a stamp costs forty four cents.

A loaf of bread in 1960 cost twenty cents. Today, it's about two dollars and eighty cents.

The price of an ounze of gold was $37 in 1960. Today, it's more than one thousand dollars.

April 1, 1960 the United States launched the first weather satellite. Today you can pull-up a satellite image of almost any address in the world.

April 4 1960, Ben-Hur won a record eleven Oscars. It was the most expensive film of its time, budgeted at $15 million. (In 2009, the 3-D film "Avatar" directed by James Cameron is estimated to cost at least a quarter billion dollars. )

The Cold War got a little chillier in 1960. In May, a Soviet missile shot down an American Lockheed U2 spy plane; Soviet leader Khrushchev put the wreckage on display and demanded an apology. (Today, the Cold War is over, and the Soviet Union no longer exists.)

September 26, 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy participated in the first televised presidential debate, watched by an estimated 80 million people on their black and white TVs. In 2008, Senators McCain and Obama debated in the new world of multi-media. Obama announced his Vice Presidential running mate in a text message sent to millions via the internet and cell phones.

In November 1960, a then record 67 million voters went to the polls to elect next president. In a close contest, 43 year-old JFK became the youngest elected president.

And....Oh yeah I got an annoying little sister from the stork!


Enjoy this video from 1968. She was just in grade school back then.


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Easter 1965 The Palmer Kids (L to R) Renee, Denee, Licia and Michael