Memory Lane: 1967

The GraduateThe continued presence of American troops increased further and a total of 475,000 were serving in Vietnam and the peace rallies were multiplying as the number of protesters against the war increased.

The boxer Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing world championship for refusing to be inducted into the US Army.

In the Middle East, Israel also went to war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan in the six day war and when it was over Israel controlled and occupied a lot more territory than before the war.

Once again in the summer cities throughout America exploded in rioting and looting, the worst being in Detroit on July 23rd where 7000 National Guard troops were bought in to restore law and order on the streets.

In England a new type of model became a fashion sensation by the name of Twiggy and mini-skirts continued to get shorter and even more popular with a short lived fashion being paper clothing.

New discotheques and singles bars appeared across cities around the world and the Beatles continued to reign supreme with the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band” album, and this year was also coined the “summer of love” when young teenagers got friendly and smoked pot and grooved to the music of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and The Byrds.

The movie industry moved with the times and produced movies that would appeal to this younger audience including “The Graduate”, Bonnie and Clyde”, and “Cool Hand Luke”.

TV shows included “The Fugitive” and “The Monkees”

Color television sets become popular as the price comes down and more programs are made in color.

In The News

The world’s first heart transplant is performed

The first ATM is put in service

Monterey International Pop Music Festival is held

Strikes by US teaching staff throughout country for pay increases

The first Super Bowl played between Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs

Six Day War Arab Forces attack Israel beginning the Yom Kippur War


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County (1960 census): 169,082
  • NC: 4,952,000
  • USA: 198,700,000

National Debt:

  • $326,220,937,794 (1967)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar: $1 in 1967 is $7.13 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1967:

  • Yearly Inflation Rate USA: 2.78%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 905
  • Average Cost of new house: $14,250
  • Average Yearly Wages: $7,300
  • Minimum Hourly Rate: $1.40
  • Average Monthly Rent: $125
  • Average Cost of a new car: $2,750
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: $0.33
  • Polaroid Camera: $50
  • Parker Pen set: $11.95
  • Cheeseburger at McDonald’s: $0.15
  • Ticket to Disneyland:
    Adult: $4.00 ($6.20 value)
    Junior (12 thru 17): $3.50 ($5.40 value)
    Child (3 thru 11): $3.00 ($4.50 value)

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of an ounce of gold was $34.95
  • The inflation-adjusted price of an ounce of gold was $251.44


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $1.20

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $8.63

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. The Graduate
  2. The Jungle Book 
  3. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  4. Bonnie and Clyde
  5. The Dirty Dozen 


40th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night
  • Best Director: Mike Nichols – The Graduate
  • Best Actor: Rod Steiger – In the Heat of the Night
  • Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy – Cool Hand Luke
  • Best Supporting Actress: Estelle Parsons – Bonnie and Clyde


Top 10 TV Shows

  1. The Andy Griffith Show – CBS – 15,640,920
  2. The Lucy Show – CBS – 15,300,900
  3. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. – CBS – 14,507,520
  4. Gunsmoke – CBS – 14,450,850
  5. Family Affair – CBS – 14,450,850
  6. Bonanza – NBC – 14,450,850
  7. The Red Skelton Show – CBS – 14,337,510
  8. The Dean Martin Show – NBC – 14,054,160
  9. The Jackie Gleason Show – CBS – 13,544,130
  10. NBC Saturday Night Movie – NBC – 13,374,120

Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Lulu – To Sir With Love
  2. Box Tops – The Letter
  3. Bobby Gentry – Ode To Billie Joe
  4. Association – Windy
  5. Monkees – I’m A Believer
  6. Doors – Light My Fire
  7. Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra – Somethin’ Stupid
  8. Turtles – Happy Together
  9. Young Rascals – Groovin’
  10. Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
  11. Music Explosion – Little Bit O’ Soul
  12. Tommy James and The Shondells – I Think We’re Alone Now
  13. Aretha Franklin – Respect
  14. Stevie Wonder – I Was Made To Love Her
  15. Bobby Vee and The Strangers – Come Back When You Grow Up
  16. Buckinghams – Kind Of A Drag
  17. Arthur Conley – Sweet Soul Music
  18. Soul Survivors – Expressway To Your Heart
  19. Sam and Dave – Soul Man
  20. Association – Never My Love


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. Don’t Come Home A ‘Drinkin’ – Loretta Lynn
  2. Where Does The Good Times Go – Buck Owens
  3. The Fugitive – Merle Haggard
  4. I Won’t Come In While He’s There – Jim Reeves
  5. Walk Through This World With Me – George Jones
  6. Lonely Again – Eddy Arnold
  7. Need You – Sonny James
  8. Sam’s Place – Buck Owens
  9. It’s Such A Pretty World Today – Wynn Stewart
  10. All The Time – Jack Greene
  11. With One Exception – David Houston
  12. Tonight Carmen – Marty Robbins
  13. I’ll Never Find Another You – Sonny James
  14. Branded Man – Merle Haggard
  15. Your Tender Loving Care – Buck Owens
  16. My Elusive Dreams – David Houston & Tammy Wynette
  17. Laura What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got – Leon Ashley
  18. Turn The World Around – Eddy Arnold
  19. I Don’t Wanna Play House – Tammy Wynette
  20. You Mean The World To Me – David Houston


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: Clemson

ACC Basketball Champs: North Carolina (UNC 82 – Duke 73)

World Series WinnerSt. Louis Cardinals over Boston Red Socks

Heavyweight Boxing Champs: Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay (WBC); Ernie Terrell (WBA & NYSAC); Muhammad Ali (Universal)

NFL Championship Game: Green Bay Packers (Green Bay 21 – Dallas Cowboys 17)

NASCAR Season Winner: Richard Petty

Masters Winner: Gay Brewer (8 under – won $20,000)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: Australia John Newcombe defeated West Germany Wilhelm Bungert 6–3, 6–1, 6–1
  • Women’s Singles: United States Billie Jean King defeated United Kingdom Ann Haydon-Jones 6–3, 6–4
  • Men’s Doubles: South Africa Bob Hewitt / South Africa Frew McMillan defeated Australia Roy Emerson / Australia Ken Fletcher 6–2, 6–3, 6–4
  • Women’s Doubles: United States Rosemary Casals / United States Billie Jean King defeated Brazil Maria Bueno / United States Nancy Richey 9–11, 6–4, 6–2
  • Mixed Doubles: Australia Owen Davidson / United States Billie Jean King defeated Australia Ken Fletcher / Brazil Maria Bueno 7–5, 6–2