Here are a few things that Americans were saying in 1959. Some
of you will remember, some will only laugh…
* I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they
are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for
* Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be
long before $2,000 will only by a used one.
* If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A
quarter a pack is ridiculous.
* Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime
just to mail a letter?
* If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able
to hire outside help at the store.
* When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would
someday cost 30 cents a gallon? Guess we’d be better off leaving
the car in the garage.
* Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail haircuts make it
impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be
wearing their hair as long as the girls.
* Pretty soon, you won’t be able to buy a good 10-cent cigar.
* I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible
to put a man on the moon by the end of the century.
* Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract
for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if
someday they’ll be making more than the President.
* I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances
would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.
* It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few
married women have to work to make ends meet.
* It would be long before young couples are going to have to
hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.
* I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door
to a whole lot of foreign business.
* Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government
takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are
electing the best people to Congress.
* The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I
seriously doubt they will ever catch on.
* There is no sense going to the city for a weekend. It costs
nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel.
* No one can afford to be sick anymore. $35 a day in the
hospital is too rich for my blood.
* If a few idiots want to risk their necks flying across the
country, that’s fine, but nothing will ever replace trains.
* I don’t know about you, but if they raise the price of coffee
to 15 cents, I’ll just have to drink mine at home.
* If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it. I’ll
have my wife learn to cut hair.
* We won’t be going out much anymore. Our babysitter informed us
she wants 50 cents an hour. Kids think money grows on trees.