Posted by: Norm | July 4, 2013


I really don’t expect anyone to read this post except our son-in-law, Shawn; a finer man from the auld sod ye’ll never meet!

Here Are Some Facts You Can Associate with Your Birth Year, My Son

1969 Karmann-GhiaMy 1969 Karmann-Ghia

(Bought it the day after my last final)

Bell bottom jeans, long wild hair, head bands, peace signs worn on military style combat jackets, and tie dye shirts, were the fashion trends in 1969. Anti-war demonstrations were commonplace as Americans struggled for their voices to be heard in a much needed plea for peace and their wish for the United States to withdraw from the Vietnam War.

(Shawn, I can just see your mom and dad making their way to the hospital that July 4th in paisley bell-bottoms, tie dye T-shirts, mutually wrapped in a tattered flag!!)


Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first humans to set foot on the moon in January.

Apollo 12 landed on the moon a 2nd time in 1969, putting the second set of American astronauts on the moon.


The first temporary artificial heart transplant in a human being was performed at the Texas Heart Institute.


The draft lottery for US Forces was instituted for the Vietnam War. This was the first draft since WWII. Ironically, the first United States troop withdrawals from the Vietnam War were also made this year.


Sharon Tate was murdered by the Charles Manson Cult.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th President, died.  (He grew up twenty miles from where I did in Kansas)

Judy Garland died of a drug overdose in her home.  (Such a sad, sad life and death.  I read her biography years later)

Former Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, drowned.


Regular color TV broadcasts began.  (We finally got a color TV in 1972 and it was stolen the next day.  Police suspected neighbors.  What?)

The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post was printed.  (Sadly, quite sadly; I had looked at the pictures and read the Post since I was a little kid)

All cigarette advertising on TV and radio was banned by the FCC.  (We lost “The Marlboro Man” and a good bit of his swagger that year too)


Dave Thomas opened his first Wendy’s chain restaurant.  (Such a good, good man!)

The 1st Long John Silver’s chain restaurant opened.  (Haven’t been to one since they quit giving away the Norman Rockwell Christmas glasses, decades)


You are the same age as these famous people born in the year 1969: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Brett Favre, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Aniston, Gwen Stefani, Rachel Hunter, Jack Black, Bobby Brown, Emmitt Smith, Steffi Graf, Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Christian Slater and Kimberly Kidd-Gorman.

The Brady Bunch premiered on ABC network.

PBS network on TV was established and Sesame Street made their debut on this network.

Hee Haw made its debut on CBS network.  (The show you never admitted you loved)

The Beatles released their record “Abbey Road” and also made their last public performance.

Elvis Presley hit Number 1 with “Suspicious Minds”.

Popular Films in the year 1969 were: The Love Bug, Funny Girl, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, True Grit, Midnight Cowboy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Easy Rider, and Where Eagles Dare.

The novel “The Godfather” was published by Mario Puzo.

Popular musicians in the year of 1969 were: The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, Cream, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and Elvis.

Elton John released his 1st album “Empty Sky”.

The famous music festival “Woodstock” took place on a New York farm, attracting more than 350,000 fans.

George Jones and Tammy Wynette marry.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married.


NY Jets defeated Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

NY Mets win the World Series.  (Really?  Yep!)


Richard Nixon was inducted as the 37th United States President.  (Inducted?  Odd.  I think they meant “Inauguration”)


The first Concorde test flight was conducted in France, breaking the sound barrier for the first time.

The British ocean liner, The QE2 departed on her maiden voyage.

The Boeing 747 Jet made its debut carrying 191 people from Seattle to New York City.

The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was introduced.


Seiko sold the 1st Quartz watch.

The 1st ATM was installed in the United States in the state of New York.  (God bless ’em)

The Internet, at that time called ARPANET, was used for the first time by the US Military.

The 1st battery powered smoke detector was made.


The 1st Gap store opened.


Postage stamp: 6 cents

Dozen eggs: 62 cents

Gallon milk: $1.10

Coffee 2lb can: $1.39

Bacon 1lb: 89 cents

Gas: 35 cents per gallon

Movie ticket: $3

New House: $15,550

Average annual income: $8,550

Monthly rent: $135

New Car: $3,270

In Longmont, Colorado, a young, married couple welcomed a baby, Kimberly, into their home on Christmas day, 1969.  She would go on to become Mrs. Shawn Gorman.



  1. Thank You Dad for another thoughtful and touching Birthday present!!
    Better than any gift I have received!

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