This Week In 1962
On April 16, 1962, Justice Byron White was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Justice White had previously been a law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Vinson. Justice White was appointed to the court by President John F. Kennedy and retired in 1993. He became the twelfth longest-serving Supreme Court justice.
I discovered an awesome slideshow of photos along US-23. The author, Bob Mortell, includes several slides from every state along the way. And, to make it even more fun for us, he starts at the north end in Mackinaw City, MI, just like our Roadtrip-'62 ™ trip! Enjoy the trip all over again.
1962 In Sports
The New York Mets opened their season on April 11, 1962, as one of two new major league teams that year. They lost that game and 119 more that year, and still hold the record for the most games lost in a regular season. Find the name of the other expansion team at Major League Baseball History.
1962 Comic Buy of the Week
scan from Grand Comics Database
Sunset Strip #1, dated November, 1962. This was one of the last 2 issues produced, as the TV series was near the end of its run. It was still popular enough that the comic was reprinted in Australia the next year.
US-6 Featured Trip Segment
In 1962, the landmark Paramount Theater was still showing movies. We had a chance to see it and learn more about the chain of these beautiful theaters as US-6 passed through Peekskill, NY.
Space News of 1962
On April 18, 1962, a “fireball” exploded ten miles south of the town of Eureka, Utah at 8:15pm local time. Such explosions are characterized as being brighter than a meteor explosion. This burst of light was visible across the western United States, as far east as Gridley, Kansas. The meteoroid was reported some minutes earlier near Oneida, New York. Eureka's streetlights were off briefly because the photo-sensors reacted to the daylight-like brightness. As often happens, a tall tale developed in the years since, with retellings of the story calling sightings an “unidentified flying object.”
Guest Blog of the Week
If you've ever wondered where dead neon signs go, wonder no more. Gunnar and Sherry of Eccentric Roadside have found many of these beauties are rusting away at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.
US-23 Featured Trip Segment
Pieces of the past keep disappearing along US-23. In November, 2011, the Carnation Restaurant in Cheboygan, Michigan was destroyed in a fire. It was still open back when I started on Roadtrip-'62 ™ , and appeared in my post of the first day of that trip.
Stamps of 1962
I was a stamp collector back in 1962. I got my start on a school field trip to our local post office, where I bought some stamps. Learn more about the stamps of 1962, including every stamp issued by the United States!
Museum of the Week
The Sylvania Area Historical Society was very helpful in getting Roadtrip-62 off to a good start. They have also posted an online exhibit of news, advertisements, and photos from 1962 that you should check out.
About Roadtrip-'62 ™
Video of the Week
Enjoy a 1962 television commercial for Star Kist Tuna. Not a word about mercury poisoning.
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