Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The 1950s

The 1950s are perhaps the biggest no-brainer of any decade in my series of posts. Quite simply, the 1950s were the best time to best time to be a teenager.

Everything came together perfectly for teens in the 1950s. For the first time, teens owned cars en masse, and had places to take them to. They drove those cars to drive-ins, where they watched movies specifically made for the younger generation. The radios in those cars played music geared specifically for them, this newfangled rock 'n' roll. Simply put, the 1950s seemed to be made for the teenager.

I imagine how much fun it must have been to be a teen 55 years ago, cruising with friends, listening to Elvis, Little Richard and Buddy Holly on the radio. There's a reason this decade is so fondly remembered in "Grease," "Back to the Future" and "Happy Days": American culture was undergoing an incredible transformation, and the teens of this time were not only experiencing these change, but also driving it.

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