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1958 Culture

Top TV shows:

The Danny Thomas Show
Have Gun Will Travel
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Tales of Wells Fargo
I’ve Got A Secret
This is Your Life
Father Knows Best
The Perry Como Show


Top Movies:

Auntie Mame
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
No Time for Sergeants
South Pacific
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Peyton Place
The Vikings
The Search for Paradise
Attack of the 50-foot Woman
The Blob
The Fly
Touch of Evil

Popular songs:

At the Hop – Danny and the Juniors
Tequilla – The Champs
Yakety Yak – The Coasters
Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
Lollipop – The Chordettes
To Know Him Is to Love him – The Teddy Bears
It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty
Get A Job – The Silhouettes
Hard Headed Woman – Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis
Litlle Star – The Elegants
Bird Dog – The Everly Brothers

Innovations and Inventions:

    • The microchip was first developed by Intel.

    • The Wham-O company introduces the Hula Hoop. Over 100 million are sold.

    • Friskees introduces the first dry cat food.

    • Rice-a-Roni, "The San Francisco Treat," is introduced to stores.

    • Cocoa Puffs is introduced by General Mills; it contains 43% sugar.

    • Cocoa Krispies breakfast food is introduced by the Kellogg Company; it's 45.9% sugar.

    • Sweet n' Low is introduced as an artificial Sweetener, using saccharin instead of sugar.

    • The Jolly Green Giant appears on TV with less than stellar results! In his first incarnation he looked like a monster which scared kids. So they lightened him up and added "Ho, ho, ho" and the lilting "Good things from the garden" song.

    • Bill and Mark Richards of Dana Point, CA, invented the first skateboard. They attached rollerskate wheels to a square board and sold them at their Val Surf Shop for $8 each.

    • Eighteen-year-old Frank Carney sees a story in the Saturday Evening Post about the "pizza fad" among teenagers and college students.  With $600 borrowed from his mother, he opens the first Pizza Hut in Wichita, Kansas.