Predictions for the 1960s
December 27, 2009 | 8:00 am
Dec. 27, 1959: The Times leads with the Nixon-Rockefeller story.
Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) expresses strong support for Nixon.
Times Political Editor Kyle Palmer, as to be expected, is all for Nixon.
Nixon calls for job training for African Americans. Note the statistics on complaints, mostly from African Americans, about job discrimination by government contractors.
The 1950s: A decade of shadow and light.
"Our age," said the historian Arnold Toynbee, "will be remembered, not for its horrifying crimes or astonishing inventions but because it is the first age since the dawn of history in which mankind dared to believe it practical to make the benefits of civilization available to the whole human race."
The Times publishes the obit of Bert Heath, the pet editor.
Hedda Hopper picks next year’s stars: Juliet Prowse, Roger Smith, Dwayne Hickman and Shirley Knight.
Keep your eye on Jo “Thirteen Ghosts” Morrow!
Also watch for Maggie “My Mother the Car” Pierce!
Casey Stengel praises the Dodgers' Walter Alston.
|Dec. 27, 1959: Sure, it’s easy to make fun of these predictions, whether they are political or in film. The most poignant lines are from AP roundup on the decade, in words that ring true 50 years later: “Hunger and illiteracy, aggravated by the ‘population explosion,’ lay heavily over vast areas of the earth.”|