Discover the places and things from Maureen’s memories.

    The Brown Derby
    The Brown Derby was a landmark restaurant in Los Angeles frequented by celebrities during the Golden Age of Hollywood. It was an example of novelty architecture, known for being shaped like a brown derby hat.

 

    Underwood Olivetti Typewriter
    The first successful producer of the modern typewriter was the Underwood Co. (est. 1895), which merged with Olivetti Corp. in 1959. The brand name Underwood Olivetti became so synonymous with typewriter that phrases such as the following were instantly understood: "Actors? Schmucks. Screenwriters? Schmucks with Underwoods." — Jack Warner

 

    Go-Go Boots
    With hemlines rising to revolutionary heights and the increasing need of fashion silhouettes to accentuate the leg, go-go boots arrived in the 1960s to draw the necessary attention, while offering some semblance of modest coverage. With women’s boots never before used in mainstream fashion (previously deemed acceptable only for inclement weather, horseback riding, or other rugged activities), this new style of footwear (coined after the 1962 slang use of "go" as something that was "all the rage") introduced a whole new era of style.

 

    Kent State University
    Kent State gained international attention on May 4, 1970, when an Ohio Army National Guard unit fired at students during a war protest on campus, killing four and wounding nine. The event caused an immediate closure of the campus as well as many other college campuses around the nation. The Guard was called into Kent after several protests in and around campus became violent, including the rioting of downtown Kent and the burning of the ROTC building. The main cause of the protests was the United States invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

 

    Vietnam War Memorial Wall
    In 1980, Congress and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund established a competition to design a memorial for those killed (or MIA) during the Vietnam War. One stated goal of the memorial fund was to create a symbol that honored those who served and sacrificed their lives while deliberately setting aside controversies by avoiding commentary on the war itself. Out of 1,421 designs submitted, the panel of judges chose that of Maya Lin, an architecture student at Yale. Lin, who felt "the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives," kept the design "elegantly simple to allow everyone to respond and remember." Subsequent controversy around Lin's design — everything from the appropriateness of Lin's Asian heritage to a feeling that the below-ground placement and black coloring cheapened and demeaned the soldiers to Lin's refusal to add anything (including a U.S. flag) to the design — resulted in the placement of two additional memorials on the site: the Three Soldiers and the Women’s Memorial.

 

    Transistor Radio
    In the 1950s, Texas Instruments decided it needed a fun product to catch the nation’s attention. Working with Regency Corp., they created the first handheld, or transistor, radio, which stood a remarkable 5 inches high. Creating the sensation they dreamed, Texas Instruments moved on, but the idea was picked up by the soon-to-be-christened Sony Corp. and continued to gain popularity. For the first time, music and information not only became accessible, but also portable.

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