Everything indicated that the American divorce rate would drop after the invention of Folgers Crystals. Research indicates, however, that in the early 1960s, when these commercials were introduced, divorce was at its lowest rate of the decade. Over the next ten years, the divorce rate doubled. Maybe the right coffee would have cooled down Donald Trump.
My grandmother grew up poor and without a mother, in a childhood that never rose from dreary. She then raised her own children in tough times, with only her tenacity to lean on. And though it may have taken her many years to get to high tea at the Plaza, or a steak dinner at Delmonico's, once seated, she didn't waste a moment once she'd gotten to that place in life where she was living it up.
Recently we have witnessed the unfortunate sequence of legitimate protest actions being hijacked by those who use the crowd effect of many marchers as a cover for their criminal activities of looting and burning. This same juxtaposition occurred 50 years ago this summer in Chicago and there are some lessons to be learned.
I was scared of Mad Men for a long time. Even as it racked up Emmys and accolades, I wouldn't watch. I'd lived through Happy Days and other treacly tributes to the '50s and '60s that didn't ring anything like true. They'd glossed over or just plain avoided the ugly stuff I'd lived through as a black girl growing up in that very white world.