July 1st, 1988  Delta Lakeside Hotel, Penticton


1960 to 1969 

The cars of the sixties started the decade still loaded in chrome and became more bloated in size and weight. By the end of the decade though, there was a noticeable difference and a beginning to down-size in almost all manufacturers' lines.

Engines got larger as the horsepower race got into high gear. Gasoline prices were in the mid 40's cents per gallon, premium and high test were 2 cents more ( or about 10 cents a liter).

A fellow by the name of Ralph Nader became the conscience of the auto industry and is credited with the North American autos starting to become a much safer product. In 1963 the new Studebaker came with front seat lap belts. His book "Unsafe at Any Speed" really killed production of the Corvair in 1969. The Corvair was really the 'scapegoat' for which Nader encouraged automobile industry to begin building safer cars. 

The imports, once a nonentity to the major manufacturers, now became more that a thorn in their side and they came out with 'compacts' to compete. Corvair, Mustang, Falcon and the Valiant to name a few.

Ford opened up a big, new market with the Falcon-based Mustang. Introduced on April 17, 1964, at the New York World's Fair, the new sporty compact sent people scurrying to Ford showrooms like nothing in years, touching off "Mustang Mania" and Detroit's greatest sales success of the Sixties. A ragtop, one of three debut 1965 models, cost $2614 with the 101-bhp six, and scored an amazing (for a ragtop) 101,945 sales.

Arlene - (1960)  and  Diana - (1968)

           Lindsay - (1963)                Jean - (1965)      Laura - (1967)                

Avril - (1968)

Diana - (1967)  Hot Pants Outfit

Fashion design of the late sixties was marked by the innovation of style and fabrics. The mini skirt was still popular and showed no sign of waning. Women were also free to choose from the new midi or maxi length.

The longer dresses also showed a trend toward more famine fabrics and with lines contrasting the severe geometric patterning. Full length vinyl boots were in vogue.

Blue jeans triumphed as the uniform of youth. However, they were also worn by some who were too old to look their best in them.

Men's fashion during this period also underwent drastic changes. Jewelry was on the increase. Pendants on heavy chains were very popular. Hair was worn longer and the turtleneck sweater, or shirt, was worn for both casual and formal occasions.

Polyesters were on the rise for all clothing.

Dawn - (1968)                              Polly - (1963)

Margaret - (1967)            Marjorie - (1963)

This was the decade of the "Hippie" movement. 1969 was the biggest, loudest, lovingness youth happening of the decade. 400,000 young people got together at Woodstock New York. It was rumored that not one fight broke out during this iconic Musical Festival.

The "Hippie" movement gave rise to some strange, mixed up fashions that may have been the unconscious symbol of a secret desire for traditional roots, a need for disguise, or simply an alibi. Great grandmothers' dusty dresses and petticoats were dragged out of the attic. All sorts of exotic garments for the young to wear. Indian saris, kaftans, ponchos, colored shawls to name just a few.

Hair spray, blonde hair, black, heavy lidded-eyes and white lips were popular. And, expressions like Flower Child, Love Child, Beatniks, and Hippies were born.

Judy, Tara and Maureen - (1960's)

Maureen and Tara - (1960's)

Judy - (1960's)

In 1962, Mr. Lee Evans made it clear that he wore the pants in this family. But once a week he didn't mind giving them to his wife.


Some interesting events that occurred in the 60's:

1962 John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. Alan Shepard was the first American to fly in space.

1962 James Meredith became the first Black to enroll in an all White University of Mississippi.

1963 The Beatles first big hit "She Loves You".

November 22, 1963 President Kennedy was assassinated. Lyndon Johnson became the 39th President of the United States of America. 

Sex Symbol of the 60's was Raquel Welch.

1964 Cassius Clay, later known as Mohammed Ali, became the World Heavyweight Champion.

1965 Ed White was the first American to 'WALK in SPACE'.

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1965 Sean Connery was the top box office movie star.

1967 Dan Rowan & Dick Martin put together the brightest, wackiest new show on TV. "LAUGH IN".

1967 Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defected from the Soviet Union.

1968 Robert Kennedy was assassinated. 

1968 Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King was assassinated.

1968 Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis, linking one of the world's most glamorous woman with on of the world's wealthiest man.

1968 Apollo 8 went to the moon.

July 16, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin walked on the moon.

Johnny Carson's "TONIGHT SHOW" was the top late night TV talk show.