1948 Fun Facts, Trivia and Information
Top Ten Baby Names of 1948:
Linda, Mary, Barbara, Patricia, Susan, James, Robert, John, William, David
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner, Betty Grable
“Tonight, we have a really big show (pronounced shoe)”
– Ed Sullivan
“Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”
– Alfonso Bedoya, as Gold Hat, in ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’
“A diamond is forever”
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Harry S. Truman
BeBe Shopp (Hopkins, MN)
Actor Rex Harrison’s mistress, Carole Landis, committed suicide. His career survived, and his marriage to Lilli Palmer survived untl 1957.
Pop Culture History:
In an alternate reality, Dewey defeated President Truman. In this reality Truman won.
The Ford F-series truck was introduced.
Muddy Waters’1948 hit “Rollin’ Stone” was the inspiration for a 1960’s band a few decades later.
(Hint: It was NOT “The Beatles”, “The Who” “The Kinks” or “Cream.”)
Bar codes were invented by Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland.
McCulloch chainsaws were introduced.
Hiding behind their newspapers and magazines, many people were actually reading the ‘Kinsey Report on sexuality on the human male.’
1st appearances & 1948’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Scrabble invented, Slinky Jr.
Popular and Notable Books From 1948:
The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas
The Bishop’s Mantle by Agnes Sligh Turnbull
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Dinner at Antoine’s by Frances Parkinson Keyes
Eagle in the Sky by Van Wyck Mason
East Side, West Side by Marcia Davenport
The Golden Hawk by Frank Yerby
House Divided by Ben Ames Williams
The Ides of March by Thornton Wilder
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
Raintree County by Ross Lockridge, Jr.
Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn and Byron Jackson
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred C. Kinsey
Shannon’s Way by A. J. Cronin
Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith
The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Gentleman’s Agreement (presented in 1948)
World Series Champions: Cleveland Indians
NFL Champions: Philadelphia Eagles
NBA Champions: Baltimore Bullets
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Ben Hogan
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Richard A. Gonzales/Margaret Osborne duPont
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bob Falkenburg/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions: Michigan
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Citation