Sixties Pizzazz
The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music

Stereo 8 track     G.I. Joe      Thingmaker     Creepy Crawlers     Troll dolls     Bill Lear     IBM System/360     Gene Amdahl     Diana Dors     Hasbro     Mattel      BLIMPIE

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1964 Technology & Gadgets


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The 8 Track - Offically called the Stereo 8 was created and introduced in 1964 by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation. It was not until 1965 that Ford Motor Company (Motorola) introduced dealer-installed 8-track players with the Mustang. By 1966 not only did all car companies offer them but 8 track home players hit the market which began the demise of the vinyl record. In the early Seventies once the techology was found to improve the sound quality (Dolby) on smaller recordable cassettes, the 8 track quickly fell from grace.



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IBM System/360 - was IBM's first family of computers moving from architecture and implementation. Designed by Gene Amdahl it allowed IBM to offer designs at different price points. It is considered to be one of the most successful computers in history, influencing computer design for years to come. AND it had 4k of memory and 7 megs of storage!





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Three high school friends in Hoboken, N.J., open the first BLIMPIE on Washington St.


1964 Toys & Gadgets


creepy crawlers mattel


Mattel introduces the Thingmaker under the brand name Creepy Crawlers. It consists ofliquid Plasti-Goop which is poured into metal molds and heated. The rubbery replicas of yucky insects were pimarily created to scare parents as the kids put them on clothes, in cereal bowls and plates of mashed potatoes.

troll dollsTroll dolls, originally known as Leprocauns, Dam dolls, Wishniks, Treasure Trolls, and Norfins, became one of America's biggest toy fads. Believed to bring good luck they were promted by Diana Dors.





G.I. Joe - With the success of Barbie, Stan Weston who coined the phrase "action figure" took the idea of a military doll (based on the television series The Lieutenant) to Don Levine at Hasbro. The rest is history.


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Sixties Pizzazz


The idea behind this project is to present the Sixties in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Sixties websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Sixties including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Sixties Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


These websites are safe for Middle school and above.


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Sixties Pizzazz is part of a larger procress still under construction. It includes Fifties Pizass, Seventies Pizzazz, and the still beta of Eighties Pizzazz. They all are similar in our effort to make recent history fun and intersting for the next generation.



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