The 1950s were a very different time than the one we live in now. During that time, the average salary, for men that is, was a few dollars short of $3000. Only 2.16 percent of the entire population was unemployed, mostly because being a house-wife was considered a job.
Rosa Parks created headlines as well as Elvis and rock-n-roll, poodle skirts, the polio vaccine creation and the first U.S. satellite, Explorer I.
Suburbia was built with the increase of consumerism and the ability to purchase single-family homes.
Art, literature and architecture flourished with names such as Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn.
Families remained close-knit. They worked, played and vacationed together.
Drive-in movies and television shows like I Love Lucy and The Ed Sullivan Show were enjoyed. Families without the latest TV technology would gather around the radio. A machine that was often larger than our current microwaves.
During this time an acclaimed journalist, Edward R. Murrow, brought comfort, hope and inspiration to our country through his radio broadcast called, This I Believe. People of all walks of life were encouraged to write essays about what they found to be their core beliefs and values. The This I Believe website lists some of the writers as Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller and Harry Truman as well as lesser know members of everyday society.
In 2004, what Murrow started was brought back to life. In 2005, National Public Radio began featuring essays read by the modern authors in a similar way under the same name, This I Believe.
Because I enjoy writing and am prone to times of doubt and depression due to the cards that life has dealt me, when I was asked to write an essay, I gladly took on the challenge and have decided to share it with you.
The program is still running and the organization is still accepting essays. I would encourage those who wish to submit an essay of their own to do so. Visit the NPR website as well as the This I Believe page to learn more and listen to some very interesting and inspiring essays.
Additional programming from National Public Radio- This I Believe