Top Ten Baby Names of 1948:
Linda, Mary, Barbara, Patricia, Susan, James, Robert, John, William, David
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner, Betty Grable
“Tonight, we have a really big show (pronounced shoe)”
– Ed Sullivan
“Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”
– Alfonso Bedoya, as Gold Hat, in ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’
“A diamond is forever”
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Harry S. Truman
BeBe Shopp (Hopkins, MN)
Actor Rex Harrison’s mistress, Carole Landis, commited suicide. His career survived, and his marraige to Lilli Palmer survived untl 1957.
In an alternate reality, Dewey defeated President Truman. In this reality Truman won.
The Ford F-series truck was introduced.
Muddy Waters’1948 hit “Rollin’ Stone” was the inspiration for a 1960’s band a few decades later.
(Hint: It was NOT “The Beatles”, “The Who” “The Kinks” or “Cream.”)
Bar codes were invented by Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland.
McCulloch chainsaws were introduced.
Hiding behind their newspapers and magazines, many people were actually reading the ‘Kinsey Report on sexuality on the human male.’
1st appearances & 1948’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Scrabble invented, Slinky Jr.
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Gentleman’s Agreement (presented in1948)
World Series Champions: Cleveland Indians
NFL Champions: Philadelphia Eagles
NBA Champions: Baltimore Bullets
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Ben Hogan
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Richard A. Gonzales/Margaret Osborne duPont, Dorothy Dandridge
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bob Falkenburg/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions: Michigan
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Citation