Friday, February 20, 2009


My year of JUBILEE...Described in Biblical words as a special time, a time to “...proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you..."For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you." Leviticus 25:10,12

Half a century ago......a lot of neat things were coming into our world.

The year, 1959...Boots and H. J. were expecting "twinkle in their eye" to arrive as all the following events joined in the year's celebration:

  • Pantyhose are introduced (Thank goodness it didn't take long for all the stockings, garters, garter-belts, and corsets were thrown, I hate pantyhose even...thigh-highs are the way to go if I have need of hosiery...even those are a pain if I'm in slacks, then its KNEE HIs, baby!)

  • She's here! BARBIE! (Yes, Barbie is actually older than me...woo hoo! How she keeps that body, I'll never know!)
  • Jiffy Pop! was brought into being... (yeah, "the magic treat"what would I do without it...I didn't remember Ruth Buzzi being in this commerical, but I sure loved this ad)
  • Maxwell House inaugurates the "Good to the last drop" ad campaign (and we still recite that little ditty as we drink our lattes and java-chip grandes, don't we?!)
  • BIC ballpoint pen is introduced in America! (those little pens kept me in business as a stenographer for many years...thank goodness I didn't have to use a cartridge pen b/c whenever I did use a cartridge pen more of the ink leaked onto my fingers and clothes than ever flowed onto the paper.)

  • Alaska was admitted to statehood on February 3, followed by Hawaii on August 21.
  • Bonanza debuts on TV (I must admit, I was a LITTLE JOE fan!! He was just too cute in those leather chaps and boots.)
  • The microchip is invented by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce of the U.S. (I owed a lot of my telecommunications career to this invention...boy, we wouldn't be having these blogs if it wasn't for that little chip ingenuity...BIG little chip ingenuity I should say)

  • Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released. (Awwwww, sharing birthday months with Barbie and Sleeping, the competition is tough!)

In today's times, the word Jubilee brings quite different meanings and sights.

  • The Queen of England had her year of Jubilee and they produced stamps for her...apparently she gets a stamp every 10 years....(Dog, I haven't gotten my first one yet! Guess my blood's not blue enough)
  • There are showgirls in Vegas in the show Jubilee! at Bally's.

  • (I've been to Vegas but didn't go to Bally's...I was constantly closing my eyes while I was in that town, and that can prove to be dangerous as you're walking down the main drag. I didn't want to see the ads on the back-ends of taxis and the billboards, or the nasty, little business cards being pushed at you by the "side-walk" promoters of the "off main" sites that can't afford the billboards and taxi ads. I was praying for forgiveness that I was even there, although I did enjoy the time with hubby when we saw BLUE-MAN GROUP at the LUXOR...Do you reckon they'll get stamps since they're very obviously blue enough!?)
  • X-MEN has a Jubilation...they call her "JubiLee" for short, and she had the superhuman power to generate "fireworks" of explosive plasma.
  • (Oh, I want that power...there are times now when I'm starting an internal fireworks show, and I think this power would really bring the message home not to bother me at the moment, you know, while I'm in the would be nice to enjoy an explosive gala in the sky! AHA, as Liddie would say, "I KEN LEE JubiLee and her powers, especially if I could have them :) )

  • Golden Jubilee Barbie looks quite different than the 1959 version above. (I just might have to invest in this one)

  • ***I can't believe I forgot the Gospel Jubilee...I was raised on this...hearing it as we got ready for church each Sunday

  • A beautiful golden crown was given to me for my JUBILEE
  • I also received new, bedazzled spectacles to adorn profile (that is growing every wider every day)

  • And I got to proclaim my liberty by blowing out my candles (thank goodness they didn't have 50 candles on the would have burned the house down and I sure wouldn't have had enough air in these lungs to extinguish the flames!)

    • After getting a look at my party pictures, I bit the bullet and went to the salon...I'm done with the long hair.


    Holly said...

    Happy Birthday, dear one. May God bless you with a year of Jubilee and freedom like none other.


    Sassy Granny ... said...

    How cool. I'm going to have to re-read all of this, so chocked full of good stuff that one pass isn't enough.

    Happy Birthday.

    Tomorrow I'll join you, though I'll be 61. Why is it, then, I feel 33 until I look in a mirror?

    Be blessed, and have a precious, joy-filled day!


    Mocha with Linda said...

    Happy Birthday!!

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. My oldest is a junior, and with just two kids everything is a milestone for me - it's either my first or my last! LOL

    Kim said...

    What a great post! I chose to mostly ignore my 50th. Mainly because I was still in my first few months of arriving in Argentina, overwhelmed with the language and sicker 'n a dog with parasites. Maybe I'll have to have a party on the last day of my 50th year :-)
    That Jubilee Barbie is a stunner. Didn't Barbie get a stamp, too?

    Technonana said...

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY SWEET FRIEND!! The year of jubilee!!! Oh yes indeed!!! What interesting things you shared!! So sharing your birthday with other princess, what a hoot!! But you my dear, ARE THE QUEEN! Love the hair cut!!
    We are having a different kind of jubilee here at the Holladay House... planning a long awaited wedding!!

    elaine @ peace for the journey said...

    That's a lot of jubilee over the years! I know this piece took you some time to much wonderful info. And I love the hair...daring and darling all at the same time! You get the "thumbs up" from my bench today.


    Mezzo Forte said...

    I was just funnin' ya bout my "party invite" =0) But I AIN'T funnin ya bout this...I LURVE, LURVE, LURR-RRRR-RRRVE your hair!!! It is so YOU sistah! It looks great!!! I tried to catch your glance in church to give you the "do bump" but could never getcha to look my direction. look Mahhhh-velous dahling!!!!

    Greg C said...

    Happy Birthday. No matter what, I will always be older than you. I have been handed some of those same cards and thought Ewwww .

    Technonana said...

    Hey Girlfriend!!
    Sorry that your mother-in-law experienced problems here!! But they are always working on I-95 somewhere, and the traffic always terrible!!
    But you didn't say where I was???

    B His Girl said...


    Thanks for stopping by the B log and entering the turtle contest. And Happy Birthday. Barbie doesn't have anything on you. Love your do! Quite stylish. I hope some turtle girls off your blog will entry. I can't wait to go shopping for the prize. B

    lmerie said...

    Happy Belated Birthday! I think more should think of their 50th birthday in terms of Jubilee! Love it! Great new doo too!!


    CIELO said...

    Oh I got here just on time to wish you a blessed (belated) birthday... hope you had fun...



    Technonana said...

    I have a surprize for you!! email me your mailing address,!!

    2nd Cup of Coffee said...

    That haircut suits you because it is "Sassi." And btw, "I KEN LEE JubiLee and her powers, especially if I could have them" is a sentence I never dreamed could remotely be linked to me, but what can we say? OH, and I also remember Gospel Jubilee!