50 Years Rock Solid

Celebrating its 50th year anniversary, Moraine Valley was established February 15, 1967. However, there are other notable legacies turning 50 this year as well.

When it comes to food, there are many things turning 50 this year. Some may wonder why McDonalds has debuted this year three variations of its iconic sandwich, the Big Mac. McDonalds is celebrating the sandwich’s 50 years of legacy all around the world. Also joining the Big Mac in celebrating 50 years is Quaker Oatmeal, Cap’n Crunch Crunchberries cereal. If
any of those iconic brands were not enough to feel your taste buds, know that Ding Dongs, Twix, Fiddle Faddle, and Pringles have hit the half-century mark this year too.

If snacks are not your thing, board game enthusiasts might be interested to know that Lite-
Brite and Battleship turn 50 this year, along with Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Both Battleship and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride have led to feature films.

For those who enjoy literature, the Rolling Stone magazine, S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, E. L. Konigburg’s children’s novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, and Gabriel García Márquez’ One Hundred Hundred Years of Solitude were all published in 1967.

This naturally brings us to influential musical artists, shows, and movies. The Association’s “Windy” reached number one in billboards. Other notable events include The Beatles releasing their album Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Doors released their first album, and The Supremes releasing “The Happening.” Aretha Franklin’s Respect came out in April 29, 1967 as well.

In television, some shows are now 50 years from their debut, like The Carol Burnett Show. Carol Burnett was an iconic satirist that has worked with many stars over the years. The fourth Peanuts special You’re in Love, Charlie Brown also debuted in 1967.

My personal favorite, the first video game console also debuted. “The Brown Box” by Ralph Baer also celebrates its 50th year. Who knew the video game system that started only with virtual pingpong would eventually evolve into the console wars of today. While systems like Magnavox, Atari, Sega, and Neo Geo got knocked out over the years, it seems Nintendo would stand alone once Sony and Microsoft put themselves in the game console market.

October 2nd marks the 50th anniversary of the first African-American Supreme Court Judge,
Thurgood Marshall. He served as a lawyer in the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown vs. Education, which later came to be considered one of the biggest steps in Civil Rights desegregating the classrooms. Although there are many other foods, people, and inventions that could be added to this list, we admire these legacies that have come to be part of the culture in our society. Who knows where we would be without the diverse culture we have grown with as a nation. Hopefully, the longlived legacies will continue with new additions to the diverse society of America.