History Roundtable 1962
Sat Aug 18, 1:00 pm
Take a look back 50 years ago with GAHS Trustee and Lecturer Al Ronzoni to a time when compact cars were the rage and gas was 28 cents per gallon. Monthly rent was $110, houses were $12,500 and new cars were as low as $2-3,000. Average income was $5,500 per year.
The world was at the brink of nuclear war when the Russians placed missiles in Cuba just 90 miles away from Florida. On the other side of the world the United States began the long descent into Vietnam. President Kennedy set a goal to place men on the moon by the end of the decade.
Folk music of Peter, Paul and Mary and surf music of the Beach Boys was evolving into protest music popularized by Bob Dylan. In England, the Beatles record the single “Love Me Do”. On TV was “The Beverly Hillbillies” and on the movie screen was the first James Bond movies Dr. No.
Fee: Free to GAHS members, $5.00 non-members
These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.