Here's Mrs. Janicke's 1960 kindergarten class! I remember a number of things about kindergarten amazingly. I recall that I couldn't wait to knock on Bruce Meneghin's door so we could walk to school together. We would meet up with Melanie Teasley and walk together. I also remember he and I taught Jan Potdevin and Karen Eide how to whistle. We also gave them each one of my sister's rings! The highlight of kindergarten for me was going to Karen Eide's house - that made my kindergarten!
There was also this big attached shed (still there today!) that had a lot of toys inside, but it also had these 2 huge tricycles that we always fought over during recess. They were bright green. Its ridiculous that one remembers stuff like that! I also recall getting poison ivy all over my arm. My mom put it in a sling all slathered with calamine and I remember chasing everybody around the sand box. There were also games of 1-2-3 Red Light between the kindergarten door and the main entrance to school under the canopy (perfect view of this is the main picture at the very top of the page).
The highlight of kindergarten was getting selected by Mrs. Janicke to go outside and get the milk for the class. Another classmate was selected to get the graham crackers. I read the book "My Mother the Car" to my classmates. Mrs. Janicke was great about getting us to read.
I need help identifying some of the kids so please feel free to help me out. Thanks Rick Marsh for adding some names!
Top Row: Leonard Van de Wagen, Bruce Meneghin, Danny Wagner, Gary Vukov, Arthur Brierley, unidentified, Greg Rehe, Paul Vaccari, Rick Flannery
3rd Row: Betsy Kline, Doug Brown, Cindy Hartman, Carl Vrabel, Jan Potdevin, Ricky Marsh, Pam Bennett, Corey Duvall, Karen Eide, Mrs. Jeanette Janicke
2nd Row: Ellen Haggerty, Lisa Faeth, Jill Neandross, Melanie Teasley, Kara DeGraw, Cara Worthington, Carey Hoff.
Front Row: Richie Spell, Bruce Cunneen
Sorry if I can't identify you! If you can identify some of the kids please let me know! Morning kindergarten class - please send a class photo!
Below is our kindergarten classroom as it appears today! Get out the graham crackers and the blankets! Who's getting the milk from the milk box? (Photo is from the collection of Doug Terhune)
(This photo taken 12/28/08) The large milk box was kept to the left of the door (the right looking at photo) - one layer of cartons for morning and one for the afternoon classes!
HOT SONGS OF 1960:
The Twist................................................Chubby Checker
Save the Last Dance for Me..................The Drifters
Will You Love Me Tomorrow...............The Shirelles
Shop Around...........................................The Miracles
Cathy's Clown.........................................Everly Brothers
HOT TV SHOWS OF 1960:
Father Know's Best
77 Sunset Strip
Dennis the Menace
POPULAR MOVIES OF 1960:
The Swiss Family Robinson
NATIONAL CURRENT EVENTS 1960:
January 26 - Willie Mays signs with the SF Giants for $85,000
January 31st - John F. Kennedy announces he will run for President of the United States
February 13 - France tests its first atomic "device"
February 23 - Ebbets Field - former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers - is demolished
March 16 - First car with solar-charged battery goes on display in NY
April 1960 - Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz divorce
April 5 - Ben Hur wins record 10 Oscars
May 9 - First birth control pill is approved by the FDA
June 18 - Arnold Palmer wins the US Open golf championship in Denver
July 2 - Neale Fraser & Maria Bueno win Wimbledon
July 4 - 50 star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia
August 18 - Beatles who are virtual unknowns make their first public performance in Hamburg Germany
Sept 12 - Hurricane Donna hits the east coast
Sept 26 - JFK & Nixon meet in the first of 4 televised debates
October 12 - Russian leader Nikita Kruschev bangs his shoe on his desk at UN in protest of the Phillipines diplomat and the Secretary General
October 18 - the NY Yankees lose in 7 games to the Pirates in World Series
November 9 - JFK is elected President
November 16 - Clark Gable dies
December 26 - Philadelphia Eagles beat the Green Bay Packers for NFL title
Please check back for local notable local events of 1960!