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

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1966 Technology & Gadgets


debakey heart

Surgeon Michael E. DeBakey's installs the first artificial heart at Houston's Methodist Hospital. The heart operation was a success but patient 65 year old Marcel L. DeRudder a victim of long term rheumatic heart disease never recoved from a comma.





The Houston Astrodome billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World was the first ballpark to have a roof over the playing field. During an exhibition game in late 1965 it was found the semitransparent roof panels made fly balls too difficult to see.The tiles were painted which killed the grass. Opening day in 1966 it was ready with added new feature of astroturf., but the grass died. This led to the installation of plastic grass known as Astroturf.


1966 Toys & Gadgets

twisterTwister - A big success from Hasbro. A large roll out sheet of colored circles with a spinner that declares where each player's foot or hand most go. The object is to be the last man or woman who does not fall. Best played barefoot and slacks.





rockem sockemRock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots - Pistol grip handles outside the ring controls the two plastic boxers. Hit the other guy on the chin to knock him down. Designed by Marvin Glass and Associates and released by Marx toys.




captain actionCaptain Action came with separate costumes that allowed the doll to change into Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Aquaman, the Phantom, The Lone Ranger (and Tonto), Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Sgt. Fury, Steve Canyon and the Green Hornet. Captain Action was Ideal Toy Company's answer to Hasbros' GI Joe, and had the same person behind him, toy and idea man Stan Weston.

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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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