When I removed one of the ceiling tiles during my current creativity room project, (read the blog post here) a couple of old newspapers came floating down on my head. I put them aside until I was finished with that tile, and then I stopped to take a look at what fell out of ceiling. There were two Milwaukee Journal newspaper sections, very yellowed and brittle with age. One is the Women’s Pages and Society section from Wednesday, August 31, 1966. The other is a section featuring US national news from Thursday, September 1, 1966. I was pretty amazed at the historic stuff in these two random sections of an old Milwaukee newspaper: Apollo 1, Minimum wage, Peace corps funding, mine safety bill, mandatory safety features for cars, and more!
’68 Date for $1.60 Wage Floor Set by Conferees, the wage would be boosted from the current $1.25 to $1.40 an hour on Feb. 1, 1967. Peace Corps Gets OK (to operate for its sixth year at a cost of 110 million dollars). Also Food for Peace program got a 2 year extension, and a compromise health and safety standards bill for mines (other than coal mines) was sent to President Johnson.
Caption: Testing the cabin section of the Apollo spacecraft began Wednesday in the Cape Kennedy (Fla.) moonport. The craft will carry three astronauts on a two week mission in December. The Apollo launch will be the first three man flight. When I checked to see if the mission mentioned here ever flew, I discovered it did not fly in December of 1966. The testing continued. Then there was a tragic fire in January of 1967 that killed three astronauts. THIS is that cabin. The photo in this old newspaper from the ceiling is of the Apollo 1 capsule.
Johnson Appoints Negro (sic): Charles B. Rangel, a Negro (sic) attorney from New York city (sic), was named by President Johnson Wednesday to be general counsel of a national advisory commission reviewing the efficiency and fairness of the selective service system.
Nixon Blasts Doubling Size of Vietnam Force: “We must help South Vietnam fight the enemy, not fight the war for them.”
Congress Passes Bill Setting Car Safety Standards for ’68: Both houses gave unanimous approval!! Safety features we now take for granted were part of this bill including headrests, tires, seat and shoulder belts, dual braking system, retractable steering wheels, safety doors, safer dashboard design, and increased interior padding. It is pretty amazing to me that there were no federal standards for vehicle safety prior to this bill’s enactment. The goal then and now for the Federal Motor Vehicle and Safety Standards and Regulations is specified “that the public is protected against unreasonable risk of crashes occurring as a result of the design, construction, or performance of motor vehicles and is also protected against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event crashes do occur.” Read the whole document here. The first standard went into effect on March 1, 1967 with the rest being in effect for new vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1968.
The other section was the Women’s Pages and Society section from Wednesday, August 31, 1966. The cover page features color photos and describes the work of a local artist. Maybe her work was the inspiration for the “pet rock” phase that came later? hah! I doubt it. Fashion and beauty are clearly the focus of this section, however.
“In this new approach, many designers follow a strictly modern mode, inspired by the space age. They like the angular look and they work it out both in silhouette and geometric patterned fabrics. They favor helmets and boots in the astronaut mood. And, of course, they like short skirts and pant suits.” (Notice the references to space age, astronauts, and such).
(I associate Yves St. Laurent with nothing young. hah!)
(Again, notice the references to space — astro, comet, orbit, satellite though my personal favorite is the phrase “knacky new bangs”).
- Apollo 1 Astronauts (swiss-miss.com)
- An abandoned, believed haunted, NASA launch site you can actually visit (roadtrippers.kinja.com)
- 45 years after major crash, many buses still don’t have seat belts (thecourier.com)
- Seat belts on commercial buses delayed 45 years (reporternews.com)