New this week in ’69: November 29

(Above: I spent many, many hours crossing the Pacific in these things.) November 29, 1969 Last week baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. turned 50: today, it's Mariano Rivera's turn. That same day Keith Holayoke is re-elected as Prime Minister of New Zealand. He's held that role since 1960. The next day Charles "Tex" Watson is … Continue reading New this week in ’69: November 29

New this week in ’69: November 22

(Above: This ad ran 11/22/1969. Would you buy it?) November 22, 1969 It's the day after ARPANET becomes permanent. ARPANET is the computer connection between UCLA and Stanford that effectively becomes what we today call "the Internet." That same day, baseball star Ken Griffey, Jr. is born. The 22nd sees Michigan end Ohio State's winning … Continue reading New this week in ’69: November 22

New this week in ’69: November 15

(Watch this band. They have potential.) November 15, 1969 It's the day after Apollo 12 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida for the second manned flight to the Moon. Astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean will land the ship on the lunar surface the following Wednesday the 18th. On the 15th, a fellow named Dave Thomas … Continue reading New this week in ’69: November 15

New this week in ’69: November 8

(Above: Oscar should be orange.) November 8, 1969 It's just two days before a new television program airs on the National Education Television (NET) network: Sesame Street. Some critics have suggested that this just might be the most important show ever to air on television, given the combination of the effect that it has had … Continue reading New this week in ’69: November 8