A list of the top ten rated television programs from 1965 including their networks and ratings.


OCTOBER, 1965-APRIL, 1966

1. Bonanza NBC 31.8

2. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. CBS 27.8                                          Check out this website:

3. The Lucy Show CBS 27.7                                                    http://playback.fm/birthday-song

4. The Red Skelton Hour CBS 27.6                                        You can see what song was #1 on the

5. Batman (Thurs.) ABC 27.0                                                  day you were born.   

6. The Andy Griffith Show CBS 26.9

7. Bewitched ABC 25.9

8. The Beverly Hillbillies CBS 25.9

9. Hogan's Heroes CBS 24.9

10. Batman (Wed.) ABC 24.7   

News Items from

Junior Hi-Lite Newsletter

January 3, 1959

Problem Box


Q.    How do we stop 6th and 7th grade boys from washing girls’ faces with snow?

A.    The girls should stop teasing the boys or making them mad.  Whatever the boys do to the girls, they must have a reason.


A.    How old should you be before you go to the Rec Center?

B.     A  The girls should be 13 at the lowest and a boy should wait till he is 14 or 15 years old.

What’s Going on

in the Sixth Grade

Room 1 put on their assembly January 9, 1959.  It was the first sixth grade assembly of the new year.  It seems “The Mortgage on the Farm” was a great success.  We must give all the credit to Mrs. Margison.  The acters in the play were;

Mother – Maureen Bishop

Father – Robert Brewer

Daughters – Pat Coates, Sally White

Villian – Barb Foote

Announcer – Gerry Grindle

The skit will be put on for the Daughters of Isabella on Tuesday, January 20th.

Fashion News

If you want a new outfit and are wondering what to get, matching outfits are nice and very practical.  Sweaters with neckerchiefs, one for your ponytail (if you have one) and one around your neck.  Knee lengths to match you neckerchiefs and a dark shirt are very popular, and also neat looking.  Desert boots are a nice choice for shoes and are very popular.  Boys like dark sweaters with bright designs and dark ski pants.  Plaid shirts and pants are also going strong.  The Paul Bunyan caps are making a great hit with the kids.

March 30 1959

Thanksgiving 1959

Time Spent on Television is Remarkable

By Greg Grant

It seems since television was invented, nobody has time to do anything.  If you ask one of your friends to go to the ballgame with you, it is always the same story, “I have to watch “Maverick,” “U.S. Marshalls,” “77 Sunset Strip,” or “Peter Gunn.”  Division 7-1 took a little survry on television programs.  The average was 2 hours on Monday through Friday and 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday watching television.  It seems detective stories and westerns are the favorites.  Edward Burns the co-star of “77 Sunset Strip” is very popular with girls.  Also James Garner the star of “Maverick” is popular with the girls and boys and even adults.  Myself, I think too much time is being spent on watching television.  Some of this time could be spent on other activities.



To avoid that “Run Down” feeling, be sure to look both ways before crossing the street!

Halloween Social Big Success

By Glenna Pangburn

On October 30, 1959 we had a Halloween Social!  It was from 7:00 to 9:00.  There was dancing, games, and refreshments.  There were prizes given out.  Trina Hayward won the funniest prize.  She had on a vest, slacks, top coat, top hat, and a cigarette in her mouth.  Richard Delaney won for the best costume.  He had on a plastic bag which was full of balloons.  Cindy Rossignol won for the most original costume.  Almost everone had on either a costume or a mask.  There were three judges who awarded the prizes



Teacher:  “Johnny, what is the meaning of SPACE?”

Johnny:  “Well, it’s something where their isn’t anything.  I can’t explain it exactly, but I have it in my head!”


Two octopuses, deeply in love, were walking down the street, hand in hand, hand in hand, hand in hand, hand in hand, hand in hand, hand in hand, hand in hand, hand in hand.


The girls this year seem to have  very good taste.  They have chosen plaids, tweeds and solid colors; reds, grays, and blues are popular.  For small items such as socks and other things of the sort, they have chosen thick bobby socks, and dark-blue, red, and black leotards.  Dar colored knee-lengths are also popular.  Fifty-yard petticoats are worn wih full skirts which are very popular, although straight skirts are coming fast.  White bulky knits and ban-lon cardigans and pullovers are worn quite a bit with skirts.  There are very few dresses this year.  Medallions are a favorite this year.  First name initials and big name buttons are also popular.  For shoes the girls have selected desert boots in colors of black and light-brown.  Hush-puppies which have been popular since last year are still on top.  Knit tie-ons, scarfs, and kerchiefs are the choice for head wear.

The boys fashions are black or blue shoes, also white bucks are coming.  They’ve picked chinos and dungarees with white short shirts and sweater-vest.

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In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.


This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.


This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.


The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.


The Old English word for “spider" was "cob".


Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night’s sleep.


These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small town along the Mississippi River . Unlike the boat shown in the movie  "Showboat" these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing  which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is “showboating".


In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and  the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water. It was  rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.


Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".


Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless “hog wash".


The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as “curfeu" which later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a “curfew".


When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.


As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up.  Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it’s hot. The expression means to get immediate information.


There, don't you feel smarter now?

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 If you are under 55, you simply won't understand.

If they were invented after you were born, you are really old?   :)


The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe, before you start looking like a mental patient.

My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I'm pretty sure she was hitting on me.

My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I'm worried about the 195 lbs. I've gained.

I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters..
do they just give you a bra and say, "here fill this out"..?

The speed in which a woman says "nothing" when asked "What's wrong?" is inversely proportional to the severity of the shit storm that's coming.

Denny's has a slogan, 'If it's your birthday, the meal is on us.' .....If you're in Denny's and it's your birthday... your life sucks!

If I make you breakfast in bed, a simple "Thank you" is all I need.....not all this, "how did you get in my house" business!

The pharmacist asked me my birthday again today....Pretty sure she's going to get me something.

On average, an American man will have sex two to three times a week; whereas a Japanese man will have sex only one or two times a year. ...This is upsetting news to me............ I had no idea I was Japanese.

I can't understand why women are okay that JC Penny has an older women's clothing line named, " Sag Harbor ."

I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.

What is it about a car that makes people think we can't see them pick their nose?
Mergatroyd!   Do you remember that word?  Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd?  Heavens to Mergatroyd!

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy;   and he looked at her quizzically and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?"  He had never heard of the word jalopy!  She knew she was old... but not that old.

Well, I hope you are   Hunky Dory   after you read this and chuckle.
About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.  These phrases included:   Don't touch that dial, Carbon copy, You sound like a broken record, and Hung out to dry.

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie .  We'd put on   our best bib and tucker,  to straighten up and fly right.

Heavens to Betsy!   Gee whillikers!     Jumping Jehoshaphat!   Holy Moley!

We were   in like Flynn   and   living the life of Riley ; and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a   knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.     Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be   swell,   but when's the last time anything was swell?   Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers.

Oh, my aching back!   Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore. We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say,   "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!"  Or,   "This is a fine kettle of fish!"   We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof,   go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind.  We blink, and they're gone.  Where have all those great phrases gone?  Long gone:   Pshaw,   The milkman did it.   Hey!  It's your nickel.   Don't forget to pull the chain.   Knee high to a grasshopper.   Well, Fiddlesticks!   Going like sixty.     I'll see you in the funny papers.   Don't take any wooden nickels.   Wake up and smell the roses.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than   Carter has liver pills.   This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter's Little Liver Pills are gone too!)

Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth...

See ya later, alligator!   Okidoki. After a while Crocodile!

You'll notice they left out   "Monkey Business"!!!

Thank you to classmate Patrick Chasse for sharing this!