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Winners: Jon “the Bodyguard” and Driver.

The Boys from Syracuse won tonight’s game, but just barely. First time winner, Jon”the Bodyguard”, helped the Driver (a fellow Syracuse alumni) to a narrow win. They would have been dominant winners if they had not ignored the fundamental rule of playing this game – go with your first instinct. They changed 3 right answers to wrong answers over the course of the evening. Following just behind were Nadia (second again) and Rosebud. Tonight’s recipients of the “Falling Leaves” award were Patty and Connie. It’s nice to see that Connie won something after her long journey across the sea to join us.

Tonight seemed to be dairy night. We learned it takes almost 10 quarts of milk to make a pound of butter, and that the source of of milk used in making Roquefort cheese are sheep.

Good Question!: In what year did the average American salary pass $100 a week?

Answer: 1963

$100 a week does not seem like much to live on, but let’s put that in context.

Here are some costs in 1963:

Gas per Gallon 29 cents – NOW: $4.29

Average Cost of a new car $3,233.00

Loaf of bread 22 cents

Average Cost of new house $12,650.00

Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 762 – NOW: 13,424

So what else happened in 1963?

The biggest news from 1963 was the assassination of the US President Kennedy on November 22nd which thrust Lyndon Johnson into the role of president. This was a difficult time to become president with the mounting troubles in Vietnam where the Viet Cong Guerrillas had now killed 80 American Advisers and the continued campaign for civil rights by the black community caused violent reactions from whites, especially in Mississippi, Virginia and Alabama where the black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was arrested.

Films included “The Birds” and “The Great Escape” and popular TV programmes “The Virginian” and “Lassie”. Ladies fashion clothes and hairstyles included fur boots and towering hair do’s for evening wear. In music it was the beginning of Beatlemania after their release of “I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There” and “Meet the Beatles”.

sources: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1963.html, http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/

Bloggers Note: I would be remiss if I did not mention that Sonny, the proprietor and head chef at Larkfield Pasta, has decided to call it a day and has sold his wonderful Italian food store. Sonny has provided Sunday dinner for Pluto and Rosebud for more than 25 years and we will miss him and wish him well on his hard earned retirement.

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