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Predictions for the 1960s

December 27, 2009 |  8:00 am

Dec. 27, 1959, Cover

Dec. 27, 1959: The Times leads with the Nixon-Rockefeller story. 


Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) expresses strong support for Nixon.

 Dec. 27, 1959, Kyle Palmer

Times Political Editor Kyle Palmer, as to be expected, is all for Nixon.

Dec. 27, 1959, Nixon, African American Workers 

Nixon calls for job training for African Americans. Note the statistics on complaints, mostly  from African Americans, about job discrimination by government contractors.

Dec. 27, 1959, The 1950s 

The 1950s: A decade of shadow and light.

Dec. 27, The 1950s

"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."

 Dec. 27, 1959, Bert Heath

The Times publishes the obit of Bert Heath, the pet editor.

Dec. 27, 1959, Hedda Hopper 

Hedda Hopper picks next year’s stars: Juliet Prowse, Roger Smith, Dwayne Hickman and Shirley Knight.

Dec. 27, 1959, Hedda Hopper 

Keep your eye on Jo “Thirteen Ghosts” Morrow!

Dec. 27, 1959, Hedda Hopper 

  Also watch for Maggie “My Mother the Car” Pierce!

Dec. 27, 1959, Sports
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.”