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On newsstands 50 years ago

This issue featured a Playmate of the Month, Donna Michelle, who — from what I have read — was 17 at the time her pictures were taken.

So the notion of some randy fathers and grandfathers sitting around the barbershop and checking out a naked teenager, well, it just makes you proud to be an American.

When I was introduced to her a few years later, thanks to my willingness to rifle through my older brother's chest of drawers, I viewed her as the older woman she was.

She was in an episode of “The Big Valley.” It's the one with Jill St. John.

She died in 2004.

A great “B” side from 50 years ago

“In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears.”

I have heard that those who grew up in really large families couldn't easily relate to this because privacy was so rare. But if you were lucky enough to have your own room as a kid, this song told your story.

The “A” side was “Be True to Your School.”

Playboy cover from 50 years ago

Two questions.

Do you remember seeing these in barber shops or was Esquire about as racy as the reading fare got in the places you recall?

Do you remember seeing women with similar hair styles?

Reading a newspaper and drinking beer

Bowling? City Hall? Nah. The guys in this 50-year-old ad are no doubt talking about how it wouldn't kill them to help out a little around the house.

The gift of booze

The only way this seems plausible is if she actually wants him to pass out, so she can grab the car keys and, uh, do an errand or two. Either that or it suggests that his sober personality leaves something to be desired.

49 years ago on “The Twilight Zone”

In an episode called “Printer's Devil,” a journalistic jack-of-all-trades played by Burgess Meredith arrives in town just in time to save a struggling newspaper. But at what price?

This episode, first airing on Feb. 28, 1963, is notable for scenes in which the new arrival supposedly uses a linotype machine, the sight of his twisted cigars and him referring to a shot of booze as “a touch of the creature.”

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