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1961   Potpourri                 

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  • Paul Newman stars in The Hustler 
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  • Wide World of Sports premiers with Jim McLay 
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  • Best picture of the year is West Side Story 
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  • Premier of the Mike Douglas Show 
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  • Premier of the Dick Van Dick Show 
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  • Moon River and Big Bad John are hit songs 
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  • The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone is a best seller 
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  • Jack Lippes invents the IUD, contraceptive device 
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  • Fads; yo-yo's, Guitars  
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  • Gloves and hats are in fashion 
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  • New words; soul, Peace Corps, high rise, zonked, microsurgery 
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  • The singing group the Supremes join Motown Records 
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  • Chubby Checker starts a "Twist" craze 
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  • Fall Out Shelters are recommended 
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  • IBM "Selectric" is introduced 
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  • "Coffee Mate" and "Total" cereal are new products 
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  • Ray Krock begins the McDonalds  
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  • Minimum wage is $1.25/hour 

       
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