Ranum High • Class of 1964 • 50th Reunion • August 9, 2014
Leading the Baby Boom generation, ours is an era associated with a number of "firsts."
Ford officially introduces the Mustang on April 17, 1964.
Bewitched premiers on ABC
The Beatles made their first USA appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, breaking television ratings records.
The Rolling Stones make their American TV debut on The Hollywood Palace. That October they make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The next day, Mr. Sullivan insists that he'll never have them back.
Other TV premiers for 1964 include these classics:
• Soap opera: Another World
• Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
• Peyton Place
• The Addams Family
• The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
• Daniel Boone
• The Munsters
• Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
• Gilligan's Island
The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, is the first Olympic games to be telecast live via satellite.
First topless go-go dancer appears onstage in a San Francisco bar.
Pop-Tarts is introduced to the USA market by Kellogg in 1964.
Now check out our RANUM '64 FIRSTS page on this website!
1964: In a class of our own:
And . . . of course, the Class of '64 was the FIRST graduating class of the new Iver C. Ranum High School.
In 2005 . . . we made a national splash just by having a birthday!
1964: REMEMBER WHEN!
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello and Kim Novak.
Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Sean Connery, Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Audrey Hepburn did not get an Oscar nomination for her performance in My Fair Lady. Marnie Nixon did the singing, so the Academy figured it was "half a performance."
The Ford Mustang:
Introduced in 1964, the Mustang became the most popular car of the decade. The sticker price was $2,400.
February 9, 1964: The Beatles appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The Sharpie marker was introduced. The extra fine point came out in 1979 and the ultra fine point was released in 1989.
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin" was first performed by the Righteous Brothers. The song has received more airplay on radio and television than any other song in the past century.
Fashion designers Andre Courreges and Mary Quant introduced the miniskirt, scandalizing conservatives and signaling the rapidly changing mores of the decade.
The topless bathing suit was the shocking fashion statement of the year.
1964 Most Popular TV Shows:
#3. Gomer Pyle U.Sm>mC.
#4. The Andy Griffith Show
#5. The Fugitive
#6. The Red Skelton Show
#7. The Dick Van Dyke Show
#8. The Lucy Show
#9. Peyton Place II
Top movies of 1964:
Mary Poppins, Dr. Strangelove, Becket, A Hard Day's Night, My Fair Lady, Zorba the Greek, Goldfinger and Viva Las Vegas.
"Best Film" Oscar Winner: My Fair Lady
Sidney Portier became the first black actor to win a Best Actor Academy Award. It was for his performance in "Lilies of the Field."
The Grammy Award-winning record of the year was "The Girl from Ipanema" by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto.
And finally---here are some 1964 price checks:
• 45 cents for a jar of peanut butter
• Sirloin steaks cost 79 cents per pound
• 69 cents for a 10-pound bag of potatoes
• Swanson frozen TV dinners were 55 cents each
REMEMBER WHEN . . . your friends in 1964
meant the world to you? Share the fun times
once more by attending your 50th Reunion!