This Week In 1962
On October 22nd 1962, the public was first informed that the Soviet Union was working on placing missiles in Cuba, which is just 90 miles from Florida. President John F. Kennedy announced in a televised speech that U.S. spy planes had discovered these missile bases still under construction. They were being built to house medium-range missiles capable of striking many major U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C. To prevent the delivery of any more offensive weapons to the island, he ordered a naval blockade of Cuba. President Kennedy also explained that the United States would not tolerate the existence of the missile sites currently in place, and so began what is now known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Many believe that the Soviet Union and the United States came within hours of launching nuclear weapons at each other, and people all over America prepared their fallout shelters.
Recipes From 1962
This week, Roadtrip-'62 ™ is focusing on food! Besides a good cheeseburger, there was a lot of tasty food in 1962. There was also a lot of strange food, much of it coming from the free cookbooks given away by food companies or from their magazine advertisements. I’ve seen a recipe for adding tomato soup to fruit cake, a raspberry-apple salad that uses Jell-O, Miracle Whip and even mini marshmallows, and one for baked beans that was nothing more than tossing a slice of canned pineapple on top.
Of course, some of the recipes really are good. Here’s an easy one with bacon (how can that be bad?) from Aunt Jemima. And here’s one that sounds tasty from “Betty Crocker’s Merry Makings”, attempting to sell Bisquick baking mix.
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 3 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 2/3 cup grated sharp cheese
- 1 teaspoon celery seeds
- dash of salt
- 2 cups Bisquick
- 2/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 425°F. Melt butter in shallow baking pan, 13”x9½”x2”. Sprinkle it evenly with 2 teaspoons of onion. Stir remaining onion, cheese, celery seeds, and salt in to Bisquick. Add milk and mix to a soft dough. Stir vigorously about 30 strokes. Knead lightly on floured board and roll into 10”x6” rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise; then into 3”x1” strips. Turn strips into the onion-butter mixture to coat them evenly and arrange in pan. Bake about 15 minutes until golden brown. Makes 20 sticks.
1962 In Sports
It’s time for the World Series in Major League Baseball again. What did the 1962 World Series look like? The New York Yankees were still the dominant team, extending their streak from the 1950s when they appeared in 8 out of the 10 World Series. Their opponents were the San Francisco Giants, who won the pennant for their first time since moving from New York to the west coast. The Yankees started pitcher Whitey Ford and San Francisco placed Billy O'Dell up against him. Game 1 was in Candlestick Park in San Francisco and the series went the full seven games before the Yankees took the title. If you’re into details, there are game-by-game details at the Baseball Almanac.
US-6 Featured Trip Segment
Let’s go back to the beginning of the trip in Provincetown, Massachusetts! Grab a couple of the bolinhos de bacalhau (salted codfish cakes made with local fish) to go from the Portuguese Bakery, which has been here on Commercial Street since about 1900.
1962 Comic Buy of the Week
scan from Grand Comics Database
Food companies and restaurants also issued comic books to promote their products. This 1962 comic is from the small chain of Amy Joy Pancake Houses. The back of the comic notes their locations were in Boston and Medford, Massachusetts; Long Island, New York; Abington, Pennsylvania; Detroit, Michigan; and Cleveland, Ohio. They were operated by the General Cinema Corporation and eventually expanded some, mostly within the same states. Some locations were named Amy Joy Donuts, and today there are still a few Amy Joy Donut shops in the Cleveland area, though no longer associated with General Cinema. The mascot is slightly different than this 1962 version, but still recognizable.
Guest Blog of the Week
Food companies have published cookbooks for decades, to pump up sales of all sorts of products. The Food Company Cookbooks has an overflowing virtual library of these pamphlets, ranging from the 1930s right up to the present. And of course, many from 1962!
US-23 Featured Trip Segment
One of my favorite places in Columbus, Ohio is Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in the German Village. Schmidt’s has some great German dishes, and their own beer. And even if you don’t eat lunch here, you should at least buy a cream puff. They are overstuffed beauties, and I heartily recommend the peanut butter fudge puffs! These giant cream puffs have been rated the "Best of Ohio" in the dessert category by the Food Network.
Museum of the Week
Most of the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park is really an outdoor museum. The park covers parts of thirteen city blocks and includes the Seaman’s Bethel Chapel, a visitor center, docks, and even a garden. Back in 1962, only the New Bedford Whaling Museum building and the chapel were open because the park was not established until 1996. But today you can take a GPS-enabled walking tour of the entire historic district.
More Good Eating
If you are interested in more recipes from 1962, I posted a couple previously on my Happy 50th Birthday 1962! page.
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Video of the Week
Universal Newsreel on the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 (Public domain from The National Archive.)
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