The 1960s

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The 1960's were years of great change: Protests (Vietnam War, Free Speech, Civil Rights), assassinations (JFK, Martin Luther King Jr, Bobby Kennedy), conflict (the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War, Vietnam) and technological strides (color tv and a man on the moon!). Rock and roll came into its own. Fashion went from long skirts to high hems and necklines plunged. Hippies replaced the Beatniks. Long hair on men appeared. And yet family life was much the same.

A photo of Stannard "Pete" Chappelle at 19 in the army. Private First Class. kitchen detail
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Jan 10, 1942 - March 1974 1942 - 1974
A photo of Ronald Pawlik (1930 - 1970)
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Apr 17, 1936 - Dec 26, 1970 1936 - 1970
Added Nov 9, 2014 by: Ronald Pawlik
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A photo of Rosalyn Whittle, Frances Joann (Isley) Whittle, and Bob Haight
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Mar 7, 1922 - Feb 15, 1987 1922 - 1987
Added Oct 26, 2014 by: Angela Whittle Ojea
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A photo of Bernadette M Kessler and family
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Sep 12, 1948 - Oct 4, 2004 1948 - 2004
Added Oct 20, 2014 by: Christina Kessler
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A photo of Lloyd R Oliver
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Feb 12, 1931 - Apr 5, 2005 1931 - 2005
Added Sep 9, 2014 by: Richard Oliver
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A photo of James Richard Davis
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Aug 27, 1951 - Unknown 1951 - ?
Added Aug 17, 2014 by: J.Richard Davis
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Steve and Beth Yoder, arrived home from the hospital.
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Dec 8, 1964 - Unknown 1964 - ?
Added Aug 5, 2014 by: Steve Yoder
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A photo of John Sidney McCain III - son and grandson of 4 star admirals in the U.S. Navy. He attended the United States Naval Academy (graduating, as he joked, 5th from the bottom in his class in 1958 - he was a bit of a rebel) and after graduation became a naval aviator. In 1967, he requested combat duty and was assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Gulf in Tonkin. On October 26, 1967 his plane was shot down and he became a prisoner of war. After 5 and a half years as a prisoner of war and being severely tortured, John was released. The physical effects of his torture lasted the rest of his life. In the early 1980s, he entered politics in the state of Arizona, eventually becoming a U.S. Senator. While he was nominated for President by the Republican Party in 2008, he lost the race to Democrat Barack Obama. He remained the senior Senator from Arizona until his death from brain cancer in 2018.
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Aug 29, 1936 - Aug 25, 2018 1936 - 2018
Added Aug 25, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
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Leonard Nimoy, born March 26, 1931, is a famous actor who made a name for himself playing the character Spock in the original television series Star Trek. Leonard Nimoy played the Spock character from 1966 through 1969 and in a number of Star Trek movies. He is a popular voice actor and has acted in a number of other films including the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
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Mar 26, 1931 - Feb 27, 2015 1931 - 2015
Added Aug 25, 2011 by: Daniel Pinna
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A photo of James "Jim" Thurston Nabors, as Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show. His character was so popular that he went on to have his own show, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. He was also a wonderful singer and, in addition to recording and appearing in specials on tv, he sang the song "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the Indy 500 almost every year from 1972 through 2014. Nabors was able to legally marry his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, in 2013. He died from natural causes at home on November 30, 2017 - Cadwallader survives him.
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1930 - Nov 30, 2017 1930 - 2017
Added Nov 30, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde on their wedding day, 1965. Stephen was 23, Jane was 21. They met at college - Stephen had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - ALS - but despite the risks they decided to marry. They were married for 30 years and had 3 children. They divorced in 1995 and Stephen soon remarried and divorced again in 2006. In the intellectual field, Stephen was a shining star. He was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. Widely honored as one of the most brilliant intellects of all time, he wrote the book "A Brief History in Time" - explaining physics concepts in a way that the general public could understand. His explorations into and theories about cosmology were groundbreaking. He also appeared several times on the tv show "The Big Bang Theory"! Jane remarried in 1997, earned a PhD in medieval Spanish poetry in April 1981, and survived her first husband. Stephen - according to his family - "died peacefully" at his home in England in the early morning hours of "Pi Day" - March 14, 2018.
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Jan 8, 1942 - Mar 14, 2018 1942 - 2018
A photo of Ellsworth "Elzie" Gilleland & Elizabeth "Lizzie" Myrtle (Taylor) Gilleland : My Grandma & Grandpa Gilleland at their 40 acre farm in Finley, Oklahoma.
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Feb 22, 1883 - 1961 1883 - 1961
Added May 25, 2013 by: Walter Gilleland
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A photo of actress Anna Marie "Patty" Duke - as Cathy or Patty? :) If you are part of the Boomer generation, you know immediately. Anna Marie "Patty" Duke was a child actress on "The Brighter Day" (a soap opera) in the late 1950's. She went on to star in tv's "The Patty Duke Show" (shown here), "The Miracle Worker" on Broadway and in the movies (winning an Academy Award). She continued acting throughout her life. She was also an heroic survivor of bipolar disorder, becoming an advocate for others in her later years. She is survived by 3 sons and 3 granddaughters.
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Dec 14, 1946 - Mar 29, 2016 1946 - 2016
Added Mar 29, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Diahann Carroll in the title role of her tv series "Julia". Born Carrol Diahann Johnson in the Bronx in 1935, her father (John Johnson) was a subway conductor and her mother (Mabel (Faulk) Johnson) was a nurse. By age 15, she was already a model in Ebony magazine. A sociology major in college, she was always interested in acting, dancing, and singing and left college to pursue a career in entertainment (promising her parents that if she didn't make it in 2 years, she'd return to college). Well, "make it" she did - beginning with singing roles (her first film role was in 1954 in "Carmen Jones") and then adding acting. She was the first black actress to win a Tony for a leading role on Broadway and the first to be nominated for best actress for an Oscar in 1974. From 1968 - 1971, she starred in "Julia" - "the first African-American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker." This doesn't sound like much today but at the time it was groundbreaking since her presence carried the show - she played a professional (nurse) widowed mother of a son . She went on to play a major role in the tv show "Dynasty" as well as many other tv shows, films, and Broadway plays - winning 3 Emmys, a Tony, and a Golden Globe as well as numerous other nominations. Married 4 times (she had a daughter from her 1st marriage and her last marriage was to Vic Damone), she also had long-term relationships with Sidney Poitier and David Frost. She died of cancer on October 4, 2019.
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Jul 17, 1935 - Oct 4, 2019 1935 - 2019
A photo of Debbie Reynolds with her children Carrie and Todd Fisher in 1960. Debbie Reynolds, born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso Texas, was an actress, singer, film historian, and humanitarian. She first came to national attention at age 19 in the film Singin' in the Rain and went on to have a long career in movies, television, and on the stage. Married 3 times, her children Carrie and Todd were from her first marriage to Eddie Fisher. Both Carrie and Todd grew up to have careers in the entertainment business. Carrie died on December 27, 2016 of complications from cardiac arrest and Debbie died one day later from a massive stroke. According to Todd, she said "I want to be with Carrie".
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Oct 1, 1956 - Dec 27, 2016 1956 - 2016
Added Dec 29, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Leszek Maśliński (1962 - 2010) of Poland
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1962 - 2010 1962 - 2010
Added Jan 12, 2012 by: Karol Maslinski
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A photo of actor Roger Moore from his tv show "The Saint", which ran from 1962 through 1969. He also starred as James Bond in 7 films - from 1973 to 1985 - the most Bond films of any other actor. Born in London England in 1927, he died in Switzerland on May 23, 2017, surrounded by family, after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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Oct 14, 1927 - May 23, 2017 1927 - 2017
Added May 23, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Yogi Berra (5/12/1925 - 9/22/2015) - baseball player (catcher), manager, and coach, as well as creator of famous sayings. Some famous "Yogiisms": If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. I never said most of the things I said. You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
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May 12, 1925 - Sep 22, 2015 1925 - 2015
Added Sep 23, 2015 by: Kathy Pinna
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Senator Robert Kennedy discusses school with young Ricky Taggart of 733 Gates Ave. / World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick DeMarsico.
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Nov 20, 1925 - Jun 6, 1968 1925 - 1968
John Robert "Joe" Cocker seen singing "With a Little Help from My Friends" at the 1969 Woodstock festival at approximately 2pm Sunday. Joe Cocker is a famous British signer most known for his cover versions of songs made popular by the Beatles.
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May 20, 1944 - Dec 22, 2014 1944 - 2014
A photo of Arte Johnson, actor and comedian. He was best known as a versatile comedian on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, which ran from 1968 through 1973. This photo of him is as the character "Wolgang" - a "cigarette-smoking German soldier" who believed that World War II was still raging. His recurring comment was "verrrry interesting". He also played a dirty old man - "Tyrone F. Horneigh" - to Ruth Buzzi's prim old spinster and the man who rode the tricycle, always falling over, as well as numerous other characters. Before retiring in 2006, Arte performed in numerous guest spots as well as doing voice overs. Dying of cancer on July 3, 2019, he is survived by his wife and brother.
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Jan 20, 1929 - Jul 3, 2019 1929 - 2019
Added Jul 3, 2019 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Tammara Lynne (Schneider) Barnes
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Jan 23, 1967 - Mar 20, 2014 1967 - 2014
Added Jan 30, 2019 by: Beverly Schneider
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A photo of Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. Born and raised in New Orleans, Fats Domino made his home there until hurricane Katrina flooded him out. During Katrina, he was initially thought to be dead but he and his family were actually rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. They moved to nearby Harvey, Louisiana where he died on October 25, 2017 of natural causes at age 89. A huge rock and roll star in the 1950's and '60's, with such hits as Blueberry Hill, Ain't That A Shame, The Fat Man, and Walking' to New Orleans, Fats never stopped playing his music. He had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40. His music was based in rhythm and blues and reflected his Creole heritage.
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Feb 26, 1928 - Oct 24, 2017 1928 - 2017
Added Oct 25, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of the lovely and talented Mary Tyler Moore who brought such laughter to the world. Born in 1936, MTM began as a dancer at age 17. (She was "Happy Hotpoint" in the Hotpoint appliance ads.) But she quickly moved on to acting and appeared in numerous successful tv shows (The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show being the most well known) as well as movies such as Ordinary People, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She also worked for Diabetes Awareness (she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 33) and animal rights. And she was an incredible business woman. She touched each of our lives in many, many ways.
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Dec 29, 1936 - Jan 25, 2017 1936 - 2017
Added Jan 25, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Hugh Hefner with Playboy Bunnies at his Chicago Playboy club in 1969. Born in 1926 Chicago, both of his parents were teachers and he grew up in (his words) a "conservative, Midwestern, . . . and Methodist" family. He began as a copywriter at Esquire but after being denied a raise ($5), he mortgaged his home, raised money from 45 investors - including his mother - and with the money (under $10,000) launched Playboy magazine in 1953. A nude photo of Marilyn Monroe from a 1949 calendar was in the magazine and the first issue sold over 50,000 copies. The Playboy empire took off after the success of the magazine and Hugh Hefner became a household name. He stood up for gay rights, civil rights, animal rights, and the acceptance of everyone. Married 3 times, Hugh had several long-term partners and 4 children. He died at the Playboy Mansion at the age of 91 and will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery - a plot that he bought when it came up for sale in 1992.
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Apr 9, 1926 - Sep 27, 2017 1926 - 2017
Added Sep 28, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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Max Yarnall at Davenport's Restaurant: My uncle Max Yarnall managed a Davenport's Restaurant in Harrisburg, PA for over thirty years. This photo is from the 1960's.
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Added May 19, 2013 by: Mary Reed
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Jonathan Winters as "Maude Frickert" one of his many hilarious characters. Jonathan Harshman Winters III was born November 11, 1925 in Dayton Ohio. While his grandfather had owned a bank and his father was an investment banker, like many families of the era the Great Depression of the 1930's decimated the family's fortunes. His parents separated and he and his mother moved to Springfield Ohio to live with his grandmother. After serving in the Marines in World War 2, he went on to study cartooning and met his wife (married until her death in 2009), Eileen Schauder. They had two children. After leaving the art career he was pursuing and entering radio, Jonathan broke into television and movies, becoming one of the most famous comedians of his day. His comedic characters ranged from Maude Frickert (shown) to impersonating the voice of President John Kennedy on the Jack Paar show. Another generation of television watchers knew him as "Mearth" the son of the title characters on "Mork and Mindy." He was a comedic hero of Robin Williams. Jonathan died on April 11, 2013 at the age of 87 in Montecito, California. He brought a lot of laughter and joy to generations of Americans and will be sorely missed.
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Nov 11, 1925 - Apr 11, 2013 1925 - 2013
Martin Luther King Jr. Last Speech
Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to a Baptist minister and his wife, Alberta. Both f...
Everyday Fashion in the Early 1960's
Everyday fashion in the early 1960's sure was different from the late 60's. In the beginning of the decade, fashion was mo...
Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul
RIP Aretha . Your music brought us all great joy. Thank you. This is a video of her singing the song "Respect" around th...
1968 - 50 Years Ago This Year
For some of us it's rather hard to imagine that it's been exactly 50 years since 1968. 50 years! In 1968, man hadn't yet s...
Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate - September 26 1960
Exactly 56 years ago on September 26, 1960, the first ever televised Presidential debate was held between Kennedy and Nixo...
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