This was my first year of High School: Earl Haig Collegiate. The school motto was “Carpe Diem” which meant “Seize the day”. To me this was all about girls, fun & girls, dancing & girls and the MUSIC I would love for the next 58 years.
My parents where not wealthy, but they where fantastic, so I always had a part time job. In 1954, I was an Usher at the Willow Theatre, low pay, but I saw all of the movies and met girls (which was an omen of things to come).
Theoretically the “Teenager” was born in 1953 or so the demographics tell me: a young person with some disposable income that had an effect on the clothing styles, food, music and other markets.
Some of the things I remember from 1954:
1. Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio
2. The Salk vaccine for Polio was first administered
3. The first Atomic Sub, the “Nautilus”, was launched
4. RCA sold the first “Colour” TV sets, and 45 rpm records started to gain on 78 rpm records
5. Ponytails for girls, Duck Tail Haircuts and Flat Tops for guys.
6. Elvis, with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, record “That’s All Right Mama” at Sun Records in Memphis
7. Johnny Ace (Pledging My Love) accidentally shot himself and died the next day.
1. Academy Awards:
Best Picture/ On the Waterfront
Best Song Three Coins in the Fountain
Gary’s Favourite Movie from 54 was Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock) James Stewart & Grace Kelly
2. I Love Lucy
3. Toast of the Town (Ed Sullivan)
4. The Jack Benny Show
5. The Jackie Gleason Show
6. The George Gobel Show
7. You Bet Your Life
World Series: New York Giants beat Cleveland Indians 4 straight2. Football: Cleveland Browns Beat Detroit Lions 56 to 103. Hockey NHL: Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup from the Montreal Canadiens