Friday, May 2, 2008
I had a birthday this week. I was born in 1952 (you do the math) and it was certainly a very different world back then. In architecture, Mid-century Modern ruled and people like Richard Neutra and Mies van der Rohe were defining the style. On 26 July of that year, Eva Peron passed away in her native Argentina. Who knew that a girl named Madonna would bring her back to life half a century later? Hank Williams' Jambalaya was Number One on the country charts. The Trans-Canada highway was under construction as was CBS Television City in Hollywood and suburbia all over the planet. Doctors in New York created the first usable artificial kidney. But really, who cares about a plastic kidney? By far the most exciting thing going on in 1952 was Il Campionissimo. That was the year Fausto Coppi won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia!