Remember when?

Remembering 1964……

    • 1964 was a leap year

Lyndon Johnson President
Michigan Governor George Romney
Robert Griffin U.S. Representative
Senator William Milliken was candidate for office of Lt Governor
William Novak resigned as Supt of TC Schools and Robert E. Johnston was named the new Supt, Eugene Lawler was principal of Senior High

January was the beginning of a major building project for the Park Place and Park Street was vacated to accommodate this project. In March the PP Motor Inn swimming pool was built.

TCHS Class of ’64 member, Linda Wigman, won the Michigan Jr. Miss state-wide pageant in Pontiac and in June represented her state in America’s Jr. Miss event in Mobile, Ala.

In February our class mate Barbara McCloskey’s father John was promoted to Police Captain.

Remember Homecoming Oct Trojan snake dances through downtown Traverse City, Feb snow carvings for Pep-A-Rama, Musical production, Science Fair held, Dances at the BoGi

Ski award to Francie Dorman

Shrine Circus Train off to Grand Rapids

In March Betty Follett won an award at the music festival in Grand Rapids.

All Faiths Chapel saw ground breaking

In April of 1964 Michigan Bell introduced the touch-tone telephones to Traverse City

In May Jim Anderson set a new TCHS broad jump record by jumping 22′ 1 1/2″.

May saw a tornado hit the area.

Wilson Furniture celebrated 50 years of service.

Empire Bank was permitted to build outside of Leelanau County on Bay Street

The TCHS graduating class of 1964 was told that they didn’t need to be afraid of computers. “You are the master. The human being will always be the master.”

The Cherry County Playhouse saw the likes of Joe E. Brown, Eileen Fulton, Barbara Hutton,
Dave Nelson, Roger Hamilton Roger Smith and Rosemary Prinz.

Discussion began on need for a second Jr. High building.

A&P, Krogers, Prevo’s, Tom’s Oleson’s Merchants, Rokos’, Elmwood Cash & Carry.
Major store’s featured premium stamps; Gold Bell, Gold Bond and S&H Green Stamps

Roller Skating Rink, Drive In Movies, Downtown Bowling Alleys, Hotels, Tourist Homes and Cabin Camps. Some restaurants that are no more; Chuck Wagon, Milliken’s Tea Room, Sandwich Grill, Schulers, Shields, Sporre’s, Stacy’s, Bill Thomas’, Town House and Willows.

Bill Thomas featured Noon Buffet for $1.35, Friday Night Buffet $2.25 (Virginia Ham with Michigan Cherry Sauce or Baked Fresh White Fish), Sirloin Steak Dinner $2.35, all served in the Redwood Room.

Cost of Living:
TC Haricut $2.00 for men and $1.75 for children under 12

Asking $22,000 for Eastern Ave home with 1,300 sq.ft. floor space, 3 bedrooms, 100’x150′ lot. Long Lake 103′ of frontage with compact cottage including fireplace asking $15,500.

Canvas shoes (sneakers) $1.88, Bra $2.95 Daytime Dresses $6.00, GMC Pickup $1,666, Ford Econline panel delivery truck, $2,098.

Grocery adds on the eve of our graduation: Ice Cream 79 cents per gal, Cracked Wheat Bread 17 cents, Fruit Cocktail 5 for $1, Fab Detergent 49 cents, T-Bone Steak 89 cents lb., 2 bunches of radishes 19 cents, Shedd’s Salad Dressing 29 cents, Armour Franks 49 cents lb., Shurfine Catsup 6 bottles for $1, Hamburg 3 lbs. $1.39 and Manor House Coffee 2lb tin $1.29.


  • New house cost $13,050
  • Average Income $5,580
  • Gas per gallon was 25 cents
  • Milk was $1.06 per gallon
  • Life Magazine was 35 cents per issue
  • New car cost $3,000
  • Loaf of Bread 21 cents
  • Postage stamp was 5 cents
  • Average monthly rent $115
  • Ticket to movie $1.25
  • Tom McAn Shoes $9.95
  • Admiral 19” TV $139.95

Top Singles:

  • Baby Love (The Supremes)
  • Can’t Buy Me Love (Beatles)
  • Chapel OF Love (The Dixie Cups)
  • A Hard Days Night (Beatles)
  • House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
  • I Get Around (Beach Boys)
  • I w\Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles)
  • Pretty  Woman (Roy Orbison)
  • Rag Doll (The 4 Seasons)
  • There, I’ve Said It Again (Bobby Vinton)

Popular Music/Singers/Groups:

  • The Beatles
  • Elvis Presley
  • The Supremes
  • The Kinks
  • Rolling Stones
  • Henry Mancini

 Popular Movies:

  • My Fair Lady
  • Mary Poppins
  • A Fistfull of Dollars
  • Goldfinger
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • The Pink Panther
  • The Carpetbaggers
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • A Shot in the Dark
  • Last Man on Earth
  • Lady in a Cage
  • Dead Ringer

Popular TV Shows:

  • Adam’s Family
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • The Virginian
  • Mr. Ed
  • Bewitched
  • Route 66
  • Flipper
  • Peyton Place
  • The Fugitive
  • Man From Uncle
  • Ed Sullivan
  • Another World
  • As the World Turns
  • New Phil Silvers Show
  • The Danny Thomas Show
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • The Munsters
  • Gomer Pile
  • My Three Sons

Famous Births:

  • Nicholas Cage
  • Bridget Fonda
  • Matt Dillon
  • Rob Lowe
  • Melissa Gilbert
  • Courtney Love
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Kristy McNichol

Miscellaneous News:

  • 1st Ford Mustang from Ford Motor made
  • Sidney Poitier becomes the 1st black actor to win the “Best Actor” Academy Award
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. receives Nobel Peace Prize
  • President:  Lyndon Johnson
  • Beatles came to US to be on Ed Sullivan Show
  • Hello Dolly, Funny Girl & Fiddler on the Roof premier on Broadway
  • Approximately 4,027,000 births
  • Chevrolet introduces “Chevelle”
  • Pontiac comes out with “GTO”
  • Cigarette smoking enjoyed by 60% of the population
  • US Surgeon General, Luther Terry, reports that smoking may be hazardous to your health
  • Academy awards:  Best Picture, “My Fair Lady”, Best Actress:  July Andrews
  • Police catch the “Boston Strangler”
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson declares “War on Poverty”
  • US begins bombing N. Vietnam
  • Singers Sonny and Cher marry
  • Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali
  • Election year – Goldwater vs Johnson


Hilarious Things My Mother Taught Me……

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.  “If you’re         going to kill each other, do it outside.  I just finished cleaning.”

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.  “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.  “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.  “Because I said so, that’s why.”

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.  “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.  “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you are in an accident.”

7. My mother taught me IRONY  “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.  “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.  “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.  “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

(Thank You Karen Kucera Frook for sharing this)