"It was the best of times and the worst of times" depending on who you were, and where you were. On the surface life in the United States was placid, pleasant, and peaceful; however, there was an increasingly strong undercurrent of dissatisfaction on the part of those for whom it was "the worst of times"; in the 1960s this undercurrent will rise to the surface. Symbolic of the times, at the beginning of the decade television showed in black and white the clear and stable nature of society; by the end of the 1950s television with its color made vivid the tumultuous nature of the domestic scene. We will observe ordinary peoples' desire to conform as reflected in their fads, fashions, and "fun" activities. Their fears arose against a backdrop of the Cold War and its domestic and foreign implications. Experience with us a trip down memory lane and Post World War II's promise, problems, preachers, politicians, and celebrities.