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WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! is a nostalgic, entertaining, sometimes tongue-in-cheek look back at the significant and insignificant events of 1955. Despite the ever-constant hydrogen bomb threat and global ideological differences, 1955 was a year filled with innocence, beauty and fascinating people from all walks of life. Rock-and-roll music was just beginning, television was in its "Golden Age" and we saw dramatic breakthroughs in science and technology. The Salk vaccine and the harnessing of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, Disneyland, Davy Crockett hats, the Mouseketeers, the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, the first jet planes ordered for commercial use, electric toothbrushes, Special K and PlayDoh -- all became part of the fabric of our daily lives. And the people... Eddie Fisher married Debbie Reynolds, Clark Gable married Kay Williams Spreckels, Princess Margaret reluctantly gave up her handsome Group Captain Peter Townsend, Albert Einstein died and Kevin Costner and Yo-Yo Ma were born. Gregory Peck and William Holden were movie idols and Lionel Hampton dazzled Israeli audiences with his jazzed-up version of the Hora. Dwight D. Eisenhower was President, Richard M. Nixon, Vice President, Greta Garbo turned 50 and Lee Meriwether was Miss America. The Dodgers won their first World Series, the New York Yankees were the home run kings, and Rocky Marciano remained the undefeated World Heavyweight champion. What about you? Where were you in 1955? Was that the year you were born or got married, graduated high school or college or perhaps started your business? Whatever personal meaning 1955 holds for you, WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! will bring a smile to your face as you relive that very special time.