What Were You Doing in 1964? #TimeCapsule #Spring #birthday


Spot the birdie?

Today is the first day of spring and it’s my birthday!

I thought it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane and visit the year I was born- 1964

But first:

According to Siri, I’m a Friday’s child, though you’d never catch me in bloomers, lol. How about you?

This is my mom and dad ready to catch me if I fall, and later, me and my younger brother, Roger. Gotta love those red corduroy overalls, lol

In the music world, The Beatles were racking up the top 5 on The Billboard Top 100 with I Want to Hold Your Hand leading the way.

It was a feat no musical group had ever accomplished and many thought would never occor again.

The average house in the US cost 15,000 and rent was $115 a month (imagine!)

Milk was priced at $0.93.

A gallon of gas- $0.25 compared to the $1.94 a litre we currently pay in BC

Minimum wage was $1.15 an hour while ours in 2022 is $15.55

The 1964 Mustang was a mind-boggling $2300.00 (yes, I’m drooling!)

Apparently, Dragons are the most powerful in the Chinese zodiac, gifted with courage and intelligence, but are hotheads with sharp tongues (Oops!)

There are five types of dragons depending on the year you were born. For 1964, it is the Wood Dragon- introverted (yes), less enthusiastic (maybe), and lacking good relationships (not true!)

Dragons who will be engaged in creative work, literature, etc., you will have more inspiration this year of the Tiger, and maybe one day your works will become a hit. (Yes!)

Mary Poppins by Walt Disney released August of 1964 and grossed $102,272,145

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law.

Mohammad Ali became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

Sidney Poiter won the Oscar for his role in Lilies of The Field

Alaska suffered a 9.2 earthquake on Good Friday, March 30th

1964 was a busy year in history!

In 2022, we have war in Ukraine, a wave of hate crimes, poverty, overdoses, a pandemic… but in the midst of it all there are stories of kindness, generosity, and family values. We can do better- I truly believe humans are worth the effort.

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.

Kevyn Aucoin

99 thoughts on “What Were You Doing in 1964? #TimeCapsule #Spring #birthday

  1. Happy Birthday, you dragon you…Have a lovely day and year. I was tending my first two sons (of three) aged four and two years old.. Thank you for a very interesting post. Cheers! Hugs xx

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    1. I bet you’re hands were full with two young boys!

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      1. Yep, eventually had three boys and loved every minute of their growing up. Now very mature, they are all a credit to us! We count ourselves very lucky. Happy First day of Spring! Tra la. xx

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        1. To you, as well. I bet it’s glorious there 🙂

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  2. Happy birthday, Jacquie! I loved reading the 1964 facts. I love stuff like that! Your photos are wonderful. I love the one of you and Roger…so cute! I was born in 65 and I had those same red overalls! 🙂 Enjoy your day. xo

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    1. Lol, that’s funny. It must have been the style of the day 🙂

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  3. Happy Birthday, Jacquie! I remember that year and I love your reminders. Celebrate your day! 🍷 🎂 🍷

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    1. Yay, I’m glad it hopefully reminded you of good times, Gwen ❤

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  4. Happy Birthday, Jacquie! 🎂 🎉 What a lovely post. I loved the photos and facts. Enjoy your special day.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I thought it would be fun to compare- especially with our soaring house and gas prices!

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  5. Happy Birthday Jacquie! Many more in good health too!
    What was I doing in 64?……………I was in the third grade and was a Thursday’s child.

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    1. Ooh, third grade. That was the year I got sent to the principal’s office for sneaking outside school grounds to see a supposed bear den. Good thing the bear was gone! lol
      Look at your beautiful photography, I think you’ve lived up to your Thursday’s child legacy 🙂

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      1. Well weren’t you the little explorer Jacquie! If I was the Principal I would have sat you down and talked to you about bears all the while you enjoyed a big lolly pop!
        I would have rewarded that kind of behaviour! Even If the bear was there it would have taken off like a scolded cat!

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        1. Lol, I wish you were my principal! I seem to remember a big dressing down and my mom getting called in to my utmost embarrassment.

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          1. Now parents would have sued me for such things like this!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Jacquie!! It’s always fun to take a glimpse back to the day you were born. What a different world it was! I am a Tuesday’s child. Don’t know about the grace part. 🙂

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    1. I can see your grace, Jan- it fits ❤

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  7. Happy birthday, Jacquie! I hope you have a terrific day! I really enjoyed learning all about 1964! I’m a Wednesday’s child. Not cool. LOL 😀

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    1. Oh, oh, lol. Hope you grew out of it 🙂

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      1. I reckon my mom will have to answer that. 😂

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  8. Happy birthday again Jacquie and I am sure you are having an amazing day… I was 11 living in South Africa and getting up to mischief…. ♥

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    1. I’m envious of you and your many adventures, Sally. I grew up in my hometown, same as my mom and her mom before. It had its perks, but not nearly as exciting as exotic locales!

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      1. I do think that I missed out Jacquie in quite a few areas, particularly building a strong support system growing up..I would make friends and then have to leave them after two years and in those days you lost contact very quickly..but happy memories all the same.. hugsx

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        1. That would be the downside. My friends from elementary school are still my friends today.

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  9. Happy Birthday Jacquie and many more with good health and happiness. Thanks for sharing lovely pictures. you were a charming child!

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    1. Thank you, Balroop. Too bad it didn’t last, lol

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  10. Sharon Marchisello March 20, 2022 — 9:48 am

    Happy birthday, Jacquie! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. It was fun putting this post together 🙂

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author March 20, 2022 — 10:31 am

    Happy Birthday, Jacquie!!!! I was two in 64 and just toddling around my grandmas house where my mom and I lived. Loved all the great memories in your post. Have a wonderful day and birthday month 🙂

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    1. Us baby boomers need to stick together, lol
      I bet you were a cute little tyke 🙂

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author March 20, 2022 — 10:43 am

    I was told I looked like Tabitha from Bewitched…lol. You sure were a cute tike yourself.

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    1. That’s a nice compliment for you!

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  13. Happy Birthday, Jacquie. I just graduated college in 1964 and started a new job. Thank or the memories

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    1. “Thanks for.” Sheesh

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      1. Lol, they really need an edit button on this thing 🙂

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        1. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

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    2. ooh, this should have brought some interesting memories back for you then 🙂

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      1. Yes it did. First marriage was one.😳

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        1. Now you’ve made me curious, lol

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          1. I have led three lives.

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          2. I hope they were all worthwhile ❤

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          3. Yes, indeed. I was very fortunate and enjoyed them all.

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  14. Happy birthday, Jacquie. I was born on a Tuesday. I didn’t realise that Mary Poppins was made in the 60’s, you live and learn.

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    1. You seem like a child of grace. I knew Mary Poppins was old, but I didn’t know it topped the charts for the year it came out.

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      1. I was always very jealous because my sisters were all either Sunday or Monday. Tuesday seemed to dim in comparison.

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        1. I think you have the best of all three {{hugs}}

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  15. Happy happy Birthday, Jacquie! You’re an equinox baby. I love the old photos. What a momentous year 1964 was. The cost of things wasn’t surprising, but still, a shocking difference when compared to today. Everything has gone up exponentially except wages, right? Hehe. In 1964, I was in kindergarten and I don’t remember a thing about it. 🙂 Have a wonderful day and year and many many more.

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    1. I bet you were adventurous even then 😊

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      1. LOL. Not so much. The only thing I remember is being afraid of the chickens. 🙂

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        1. I can believe that, they can be aggressive little buggers!

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          1. Ha ha. And those roosters!

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    1. Thank you! It’s cloudy and the skies are weeping but the cherry blossoms are out, so all is well in my world ❤️

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  16. Happy birthday author Biggar!
    Loved learning more about the year 1964 and did not realize Mary Poppins was released in 60s – but I sure knew it was perhaps she mustang cars were at their best!
    Hope you have a wonderful birthday

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    1. My dream is to own a ‘64 Mustang one year 😊

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      1. A friend down in Florida just bought a 60s teal one – not sure if the year – but it was $7,500
        And I thought that was a nice price
        I hope you find the one of your dreams

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          1. I know and I actually got a little video of the sound of his engine when he first got it (if I post it online I will link you!)
            The reason I got the engine sound was partly because I have done that with Camero cars and others – but that month we rode in my BIL’s Tesla and it didn’t sound like a car or feel like one
            It felt like a ride at an amusement park – a good ride – but I guess I like the gasoline engines even tho I am sure electric is the wave of the future
            Then I saw his car again last month and he was having tail light issues – so I think a few things to work out but sure looks good!

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          2. I bet it sounds amazing- full and throaty. That’s the part I love the best 🙂

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          3. I will link you if I get to share it

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  17. PS
    One more thing to note –
    The way you gave blog followers a sample of your works (not sure where I read the snippets last week – whether here on blog or on your main site ) but it made me really want to order one of your books !
    I think (from what I could tell from snippets) that you write with social intelligence and I want more of that!
    Hmmm
    I will be getting one of your works soon!

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    1. Thank you so much! It’s wonderful to hear you like my work- awesome birthday gift!

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      1. That was why I came back to tell you! Thought it might be a nice time to mention it!
        Also – the way you gave snippets was in a digestible amount and I think it modeled healthy marketing as opposed to the overdoing it that can be done – it let me feel your style and because all authors will be different and not appeal to everyone – if more authors did this – well
        We could save time and maybe skip the ones we know will not appeal

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        1. Agreed. I often read the first few pages on Amazon of authors I don’t know, so I can get a feel for their writing style. Thanks again ❤️

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          1. I have learned the hard way and bought the .99 cent kindle books and the sludge my way to finally leave – and I try not to do that anymore

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  18. Happy Birthday, Jacquie! I hope you’re having an amazing day with lots of fun and joy!
    I love posts that look back at the “year that was.” I recently did a year’s worth of these for my day job (my company was founded in 1971) and had a blast comparing then and now.
    I’m a “Thursday’s child” and I guess I’m still trying to get where I’m going, LOL. Cheers! 🎂🎈🎉🎁

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    1. It was fun and interesting to look back on history, Mae. I imagine the 70’s would be, too.
      I love your last line- it’s all about the journey, right? 🙂

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  19. petespringerauthor March 20, 2022 — 6:52 pm

    Hope you’re having a great birthday, Jacquie. How wonderful to share your birthday with the first day of spring. My birthday coincides with a sad day in our history—the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    You’re just a youngster still—I was born in 1958.

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    1. Your birth must have given your parents a gift of hope on an otherwise bleak remembrance, Pete ❤

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  20. It sounds like simpler times, but I lived through them–they weren’t!

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    1. Maybe in that there wasn’t the social media element we have. It tends to escalate the worries we live with now.

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  21. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader March 21, 2022 — 2:11 pm

    Happy birthday Jacquie! And it’s a nice trip down memory lane!

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  22. Belated happy birthday. I remember 1964, and the Beatles coming to Vancouver. My daughter is also a wood dragon.

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    1. Seeing the Beatles live would have been electrifying! I don’t know your daughter but already feel a bond, lol

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  23. Happy belated birthday, Jacquie!

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    1. Thank you! I’m starting to feel my age, lol

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  24. What a fun way to celebrate your birthday, Jacquie. I’m sorry to be late to the party. Belated wishes for a happy birthday (keep celebrating!) and many happy returns. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan! It was a blast to look back and see the differences between then and now 🙂

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    1. Thanks for sharing my birthday post, Sally- appreciated!

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  25. Happy belated birthday, Jacqui. Love the nostalgia. Oh, those were the golden days. ❤

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    1. They sure seemed that way from a child’s perspective. I know my parents struggled to make ends meet, but it wasn’t talked about and us kids never went without.
      Thanks for stopping by, Debby!

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      1. So true Jacquie! 🙂

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  26. Belated Happy Birthday, Jacquie! In 1964, I was in second grade in Colebrook, New Hampshire. I saw Mary Poppins at the Jax Theatre (Twenty-five cents for the matinee.) I was outraged–outraged!–that one of my favorite characters had been Disneyized.

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    1. Lol, did the movie change your mind, Liz?

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      1. I disliked it intensely. Disney ruined Mary Poppins. The Mary Poppins in the original books was not all sweetness and light and spoonfuls of sugar. She had a hard edge to her.

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        1. Maybe I better give the book a reread 🙂

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          1. If I remember correctly, my mother did tell me when I got older that there’s some racism in the books.

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    1. Thanks for the share, Michael. Have a wonderful week, my friend!

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  27. Happy Birthday, Jacquie! What a great remembrance. I hope you had a nice celebration, and will do so all over the year. xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael! It’s funny that the older we get, the more we look back, lol

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  28. Happy birthday, from one Dragon to another. Such a fun read. 1964 was a fab year. So much music around. I recall much of what you mentioned, although coming from the other side of the Pond!! Have a fab week. This was wonderful, thanks. J xx

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    1. Yay, happy to have you on the Dragon team, Jane! I think some of the best music came from the 50s and 60s.

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      1. Indeed, although I worked in music into the 2000s and there was some pretty good stuff all through. Had to be picky though. xx

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