Appreciating Sixty Years

Back to the FutureNot too long ago I thought sixty years was a long time, but my perception has changed since I’ve gotten older. It’s funny how it works that way. In the Back To The Future film trilogy, November 12, 1955 is a key date. It is the date of the “famous Hill Valley lightning storm” which sends Marty McFly back to 1985 in the DeLorean time machine.

Wow, that movie was filmed half a lifetime ago.

The evening of November 11, 1955 brought one of the worst ice storms in Mt. Vernon, Washington. The freezing rain left a coat of ice on the roads, but the driver, Jim Wilson, successfully drove his wife, Wanda, to the hospital. Several hours later, on Saturday morning, November 12th, their first baby was born. This is a key event in my life because it’s the date my husband, Mark was born.

Marty McFly goes back in a time machine, but here’s another look back through my personal time machine:

Three months

Three months

Popular Culture 1955

  • Ray Kroc starts the McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain
  • First riot at an Elvis Presley concert takes place in Jacksonville, FL
  • “The $64,000 Question” the popular US television game show starts
  • James Deans stars in the movie East of Eden
  • James Dean killed in car accident near Cholame, California
  • First Guinness Book of World Records published
  • “The Mickey Mouse Club” debuts on ABC

Popular Films

  • Oklahoma
  • The Quatermass Xperiment
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • To Catch A Thief
  • The Seven Year Itch

Popular Singers

  • Elvis Presley
  • Bill Haley and the Comets ” Rock Around The Clock”
  • Chuck Berry
  • Fats Domino
  • The Platters


The most significant 1955 event to me

  • The birth of Mark Wilson
One year old

First birthday

Two years old

Two years old

Three years old

Three years old

I am grateful for and honor his mother, Wanda, for bringing this wonderful man into the world and into my life. Her time, efforts and sacrifices in raising a thoughtful, determined, respectful and admirable man are appreciated by all who know him. I’m grateful for his two sisters and grandparents for their influence in his life. He adores each one of them. He  is a devoted family man and I am fortunate to be his wife!

Other facts of 1955:

The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower and the US began its involvement in the Vietnam conflict. “In God We Trust” was added to all US paper currency. The average cost of a new home was $10,950 and rent was $87.00. Minimum hourly rate was $1.00 and a new car cost $1,900. The cost of a gallon of gas was .23 cents. Disneyland opens in California.

A lot has happened in the past 60 years. What changes come to your mind?

Mark and Wanda

Mark (8) and Wanda

Wanda holding sister, Jerrie (1), Karen (2) on Mark's 11th birthday

Wanda holding sister, Jerrie (1), Karen (2) on Mark’s 11th birthday

Mark (13) with his sisters Karen (3), Jerrie (2)

Mark (13) with his sisters Karen (3), Jerrie (2)

Jerrie, Mark, Karen with Christopher (2) 1984 trip to Washington

1984, Jerrie, Mark, Karen with Christopher (2) in Washington

1990, Wilson Family back row: Mark Ray, Karen, Wanda, Mark, Barbara, Grandparents (LaFaye & Norval) front row: Jerrie, Jon, Katie, Christopher