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Jan 17, 2008

Fifty Nifty Slices of History

In the next 11 plus days, I will be highlighting some nifty fifty slices of history. This is all having to do with my 50th Birthday Countdown.

Check out this Zenith Royal 50 transistor radio! My husband, Barry, had this model and he truly "owned" it. From his stone facade, 3-story row home in Reading, PA., he faithfully listened to the Phillies games, followed the Pop Music Countdown on his local WRAW radio station, and allowed The Four Seasons to lull him to sleep. It was an era when the Beatles reigned, Elvis was King, and Cassius Clay—
later to become Muhammad Ali—was crowned the Heavy Weight Champion of the World!

Clay
, having been accused of being "all talk", brought down the supposedly invincible Sonny Liston; a man whose reputation was founded on his record of 2 first round knock-outs. In fact, the expectations of Clay winning were so low that only 50% of the seats had been sold at the Miami Beach, Florida venue.

It was on a
Zenith Royal 50 that Barry experienced this historical 1964 Cassius Clay victory!

3 comments:

Rosemary said...

Cool radio!!
Glad you liked your poem.
Rosemary

PAT said...

I had one of those nifty transister radios, when I was in high school. I could hear music from Del Rio Texas, all the way up in the Missouri Ozarks!

Still no poem from me...I think my muse disappeared!! Happy B'day!

Pat

Julie Marie said...

Oh - transistor radios. Some of them didn't work so well, but I had a great one - cube shaped, with faux wood. It was turned on the minute I got home from school until I went to bed. Two Canadian radio stations were stronger than most of our ND stations so I listened to rock 'n roll from Winnipeg and Regina.

Julie