Pop Culture Madness!

1969 Trivia

<< - 1968
World Series Champions:
New York Mets
Superbowl III Champions:
New York Jets
NBA Champions:
Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:
Orville Moody
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Rod Laver/Margaret Smith Court
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Rod Laver/Ann Jones
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kentucky Derby:
Majestic Prince
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Jamee Becker, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Julie Christie, Catherine Deneuve, Barbara Eden, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Peggy Lipton, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Montgomery, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Rigg, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Tina Turner, Twiggy, Raquel Welch, Natalie Wood
"The Quote"

"That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."
- Neil Armstrong, upon stepping on the moon.

"I'm walking here! I'm walking here!"
- Dustin Hoffman, in 'Midnight Cowboy'

Time Magazine's People of the Year
Middle Americans
Miss America:
Judith Ford (Belvidere, IL)
Miss USA:
Wendy Dascomb (Virginia)
The Scandals:

Ted Kennedy (Democrat) was involved with the drunk driving 'Chappaquiddick' incident involving the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.

Rock and Roll Death: Brian Jones drowned

The Manson "Family" committed a series of murders, under the influence of Charles Manson's "Helter Skelter" philosophy. One of the victims was Sharon Tate and her unborn child.

Nerd News:

Robert Crumb's Fritz The Cat was the comic strip that all the tuned-in folks read.

The arpanet (first internet) invented, connecting four computers.

David Paul Gregg patented the optical or laser disc, although he came up with the idea in 1958.

The Iron Horse Ranch and Vineyards opened in Sebastopol, California.

Near Bethel, New York, the first mega-concert, the Woodstock Music Festival took place Auguest 15-18. Claims of up to one million people came; it was more likely half that number, still an incredible amount of people!

Donald and Doris Fisher opened their clothing store,. The Gap, in San Francisco.

The new North Face Sierra Parka was destined to be the clothing of choice for outdoors people. The company was named after the north-facing mountains of North America.

American Hero Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on June 20th. There was no comment from Mr. Gorsky.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1968: $55,000

Frank Sinatra recorded his signature song, "My Way" nearly three decades after he began his singing career.

1st appearances & 1969's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Tog'l, Upsy Downsys, Silly String, Astrolite, Toss Across, Big Wheels, Nerf Ball
1969 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Rowan and Martin's Laugh In (NBC)
2. Gunsmoke (CBS)
3. Bonanza (NBC)
4. Mayberry R.F.D. (CBS)
5. Family Affair (CBS)
6. Here's Lucy (CBS)
7. The Red Skelton Hour (CBS)
8. Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)
9. Walt Disny's Wonderful World of Color (ABC)
10. The Doris Day Show (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1969 include:
The Archies, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Booker T. & the MG's, Brooklyn Bridge, Clarence Carter, Creedence Clearwater Revival, David Ruffin, The Dells, Dionne Warwick, The 5th Dimension, The Foundations, Friends of Distinction, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Grass Roots, The Isley Brothers, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Joe Simon, Johnny Cash, Johnnie Taylor, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Oliver, Marvin Gaye, The Meters, O. C. Smith, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Rolling Stones, Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, Three Dog Night, Tommy James & the Shondells, Tommy Roe, Zagar & Evans

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1969:
December 14, 1968 - January 31, 1969: Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine

February 1, 1969 - February 14, 1969: Tommy James & the Shondells - Crimson and Clover

February 15, 1969 - March 14, 1969: Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People

March 15, 1969 - April 11, 1969: Tommy Roe - Dizzy

April 12, 1969 - May 23, 1969: The 5th Dimension - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In

May 24, 1969 - June 27, 1969: The Beatles with Billy Preston - Get Back

June 28, 1969 - July 11, 1969: Henry Mancini - Love Theme from 'Romeo And Juliet'

July 12, 1969 - August 22, 1969: Zager and Evans - In the Year 2525

August 23, 1969 - September 19, 1969: The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women

September 20, 1969 - October 17, 1969: The Archies - Sugar, Sugar

October 18, 1969 - October 31, 1969: The Temptations - I Can't Get Next To You

November 1, 1969 - November 7, 1969: Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds

November 8, 1969 - November 28, 1969: The 5th Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues

November 29, 1969 - December 5, 1969: The Beatles - Come Together / Something

December 6, 1969 - December 19, 1969: Steam - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

December 20, 1969 - December 26, 1969: Peter, Paul & Mary - Leaving on a Jet Plane

December 27, 1969 - January 2, 1970: Diana Ross & the Supremes - Someday We'll Be Together