Your Title Text
Your Subtitle text
1958 Was A Very Good Year
We graduated high school during a very interesting time.  So many things were being discovered, technology was bursting at the seams.  The transistor had just begun to replace vacuum tubes.  Color TV was just around the corner.  School integration was being introduced into the South.  We were very fortunate to have grown up in the be-bop era.  However, things were not always peaches and cream.  Lets take a trip back to 1958 and see how things have changed in fifty years. 

  • The U.S. Supreme Court meets in a special term.  They rule unanimously on September 20, that schools in Little Rock, Ark begin integration according to schedule.
  • The first U.S. satellite (Explorer I) is launched January 31.
  • The soviet Union puts Sputnik III into orbit with a total payload of 7,000 lbs and called it a "flying laboratory".
  • Economic recession grips the nation with nearly one third of our major industrial centers classified as having "substantial" unemployment.
  • The median U.S. family income is $5,087 and half of the families income is below the median.
  • Ten years earlier, a family size Chevrolet cost $1,255 and in 1958 had climbed to $2,081.
  • A gallon of gasoline was 30 cents per gallon.
  • Levi's cost $3.75 for one pair.
  • The Tallahassee Democrat was 05 cents for the daily copy.
  • Mutt & Jeff's hot dog was 25 cents, french-fries 10 cents and a coke was 10 cents.  We ate lunch for less than 50 cents.
  • Monticello fresh boiled peanuts were 10 cents per bag.
  • Diamond dealer Harry Winston donated the 44.5-carat "Hope" diamond to the Smithsonian Institute.
  • The first U.S. Atomic power station for peaceful purposes was dedicated May 26.
  • IHOP opened it's first restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • Stereo records are introduced and becomes the standard displacing monaural.
  • The U.S. launches it's first communications satellite.
  • Computer language ALGOL introduced at international conference in Zürich.
  • Aluminum cans first produced by Kaiser Aluminum.
  • Bobby Fischer, fourteen years old wins US Chess Championship.
  • Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
  • President Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into US law.
  • Iraqi revolution - The monarchy is overthrown by Arab Nationalists.
  • "Have Gun, Will Travel" debuts on radio.
  • Paul Anka, 15 begins a rise to stardom with "Diana".
  • Richie Valens records three hits..."Come On, Let's Go," "Donna," and "La Bamba".
  • "Splish Splash" by Bobby Darin was a big hit.
  • Chuck Berry tops the charts with "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Reelin' and Rockin'".
  • Paul Vance's "Catch a Falling Star" was a big hit.
  • Sugar Ray Robinson wins the middleweight boxing title for a record fifth time.
  • Arnold Palmer wins his first Masters Tournament in August.
  • Americans buy 100 million hula-hoops, introduced by Wham-O, Mfg.


Our Year Book





Florida Theater, 1958


State Theater, 1958


The Big Snow, 1958


Mutt & Jeff's Drive-in, 1958


You can become a LEON Alumni.  Click here for more information.

Tallahassee Then and Now
Check it out

Click on the Juke Box if you would like to hear the songs that were popular in 1958.



You are visitor



Website Builder