Bill O'Reilly of Fox News often talks about the good old days-- the "Leave It to Beaver" era.
Ward and June are nice average people with a wholesome family when "America was America." The show aired from 1957 to 1963. O'Reilly pines for those wonderful simple times.
How good were the good old days?
1957- Russia launches Sputnik and scares the world.
1957 - Gov. Orval Faubus of Arkansas fights school integration and federal troops are brought in.
1958 - President Dwight Eisenhower sends the Marines to Lebanon.
1959 - Fidel Castro takes over Cuba.
1960 - Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane shot down over Russian territory.
1960 - 900 "advisers" in Vietnam.
1961 - Berlin Wall erected.
1961 - Bay of Pigs fiasco.
1962 - Cuban missile crisis. World War III averted.
1962 - Vatican II
1963 - JFK killed in Texas.
1963 - LBJ becomes President
1963 - 15,000 "advisors" in Vietnam
Ah yes- apple pie, Chevrolet, and Ward and June.
- Wil Struggard, Lowell