The LuLac Edition #1019, Nov. 25th, 2009
So most Americans will travel today by car than by airplane. Why?
1. There are less flights available.
2. The airlines have nickeled and dimed travelers to death with charges on baggage, drinks and peanuts.
3. Rates have been raised consistently without regard to the economy.
4. Service has not improved with increased rates.
So people have stopped traveling by air. Remember that old saying, “Pigs eat, hogs get slaughtered.”
Even though our review year is 1964, since 1969 was such a momentous year, we’ve decided before we end 2009 to recap some of the significant events of ’69. In previous editions we looked at the Lunar landing and Woodstock. My year was pretty momentous when I wound up in Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia for 42 days with a condition called uveitis. Lost my right eye but enjoyed the time spent in the city. Anyway, here are some events of 1969:
A free concert organized by the Rolling Stones is held at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif with problems caused by the use of Hells Angels as Bouncers resulting in a number of deaths
The Groundbreaking TV programme Monty Python's Flying Circus is shown for the first time and the catch phrase "And now for something completely different," becomes their trade mark.
Sesame Street known for its Muppet characters, makes it's debut on PBS.
Bell Bottom Jeans and tie-dye shirts become part of the teenage fashion scene.
The John Lennon Album "Two Virgins" featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the nude are confiscated at Newark Airport
The Beatles' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records.
The Manson murders take place.
The Beatles release their album Abbey Road.
Golda Meir of Milwaukee, USA, becomes Prime Minister of Israel.
First Concorde test flight is conducted In France.
First transplant of human eye. (not mine!)
Seiko sells the first Quartz Watch.
The Palestine Liberation Organization ( PLO ) is founded.
The first automatic teller machine ATM or Cash Machine is installed in the United States.
Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet.
The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carried 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.
UNIX is developed by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs.
The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome of the American muscle car is introduced.
The Microprocessor ( a miniature set of integrated circuits ) is invented opening the way for the computer revolution that followed. Wendy's opens. Here's the best Wendy's ad ever. The product line though, bombed.
A few great tunes of 1969: