Mom, Eloise and I on the Staten Island Ferry.
Carving my Halloween pumpkin, October 1956.
Enjoying one of our frequent family picnics.
I can't reach the pedals (but you didn't need to on a
Mom enjoyed dressing us up for play.
My first camera.
Ice skating with Eloise, January 1956.
Scared to death on a sled ride.
Eloise and I dressed for Easter, April 1956.
A kiss from my sister.
|Also in 1953
- Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in
- Joseph Stalin died of a stroke at
- Onassis buys Monte Carlo Casino
- Attack by Castro's guerrillas
halted in Cuba
- Soviet tanks crush East Berlin
- Korean Armistice begins
- Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn in
as 34th U.S. President. Richard Nixon became the
- DNA was first described as a double
- Earl Warren was chosen a Chief
- The Rosenbergs were executed for atomic
- John Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier
- Salk polio vaccine was first used
- The Small Business Administration was
- Academy Award winners for best
picture was From Here to Eternity; for best actor
was William Holden, Stalag 17; and for best actress
was Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday
- Rock and Roll was invented. Popular
music included Rock Around the
Clock, Ebb Tide, How Much is that Doggie in the
Window, and Dragnet
- The winner of the Kentucky Derby
was Dark Star, ridden by H. Moreno
- The minimum wage was $0.75
- The average income was $4,011
- A new car cost $1,651
- A new house cost $9,525
- A loaf of bread cost $0.16
- A gallon of gas cost $0.20
- A gallon of milk cost $0.94
- The Dow Jones Average ended at 276
- Life expectancy was only 68.2 years
- Also born in 1953 was Desi Arnaz
Jr., Pat Benetar, Deborah Raffin, and Kim Bassinger.
I arrived at Rahway Memorial
Hospital in Rahway, New Jersey, on Valentine's Day in 1953.
I've been told that I arrived on the wrong day
(just hours before my Aunt Peggy's birthday) and was also the wrong
sex (my chosen name was Jenifer.)
I was the second child of four.
I left the hospital for our house in Rahway on
Plymouth Drive, across the street from my father's sister: my
Aunt Adele, Uncle Bill, and cousin Tim. In 1954 we moved into a
brand-new house on Runnymede Road in Colonia.
During the 1950s, Dad directed The Howdy
Doody Show and The Pinky Lee Show. Television had a
significant influence on my life.
We lived in Colonia, which is a small town in
New Jersey about 25 miles outside of New York City. Colonia had
originally been founded as an art colony, a quick escape for the
wealthy from the New York City summer heat, and was almost
entirely residential. We lived on a two-acre lot that was at
least half wooded, and there were nearby fields to play in. The
house was at the end of a dead-end street.
We were also fairly close to the ocean, and
frequently went to the shore at Asbury Park during the summer.
At other times of the year, we frequently went to various
historic sites for picnics on the weekend. We loved to take
weekend drives and have picnics.
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