The good old days weren't all that great for everybody.
That's why it is dangerous to get caught up in thinking that everything about the way things used to be was superior to life today.
It could be argued that tomatoes and watermelons tasted better. And basketball refs used to call traveling violations at least now and then. But one wouldn't want to get carried away with saluting yesterday. After all, some adult Americans were not allowed to vote.
Still. A list of movies that came out in 1962 sort of speaks for itself.
Consider: "Lawrence of Arabia," "The Manchurian Candidate," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Jules and Jim," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "The Miracle Worker," "The Longest Day," "Cape Fear," "The Music Man"...