1950s Potpourri: Rediscovering the Lost Decade

Facilitators: Fred Schrekinger, 223-8957, fredschrek@earthlink.net and Bill Fennone, 308-8849, billfennone@yahoo.com Dates: Thursday mornings, September 12 – October 31, 2019
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Text:
The Fifties by David Halberstam is encouraged Presentations: Not required but encouraged

This class will be a nonchronological, loosely structured review of the 1950s. The decade lasted the entire ten years but people tend to mentally fast forward through it. Abby Hoffman said of the 1960s that “the dope will never be as cheap, the sex never as free and the rock and roll never as great.” The same could not be said about the 1950s. “Dope” was a Martini and the only one talking about sex was Alfred Kinsey. One could make a good argument that the music of the 1950s was more exciting with the merger of several genres of music into rock and roll. It has been said that Sputnik was the “Pearl Harbor of Technology.” It definitely was the catalyst that led to our moon landing. The groundwork was laid for the explosion of the women’s right of the 1960s which is ongoing. We will cover many forgotten subjects as well as some familiar. The entire last day will be devoted to discussing subjects that we missed. Presentations are voluntary but some coercion may occur. The book The Fifties by David Halberstam is encouraged. The Firehouse will have it.