It was the best of times. Everyone liked Ike, young people drove snazzy cars and wore snazzy clothes. And when Utahns went downtown to shop, eat or go to the movies, they dressed to the nines.
Following the Korean War, the decade of the '50's seemed a time of tranquility and joy. It was a time of new prosperity and unprecedented growth around Utah -- when malt shops ruled, poodle skirts were in, and Elvis was King. Airing on KUED Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m., Utah in the '50s, a new special, takes a playful jaunt down memory lane, featuring archival photographs, original music and personal anecdotes from the people who knew the era best.
The program is a compilation of highlights from KUED's five-part series, Utah in the '50s, that captured first-hand memories from residents of Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, Orem, Moab, Cedar City, and St. George. They recall the main streets, the shopping, the cafes and diners — the places people visited and their memories of a simpler time. The programs were originally produced by KUED's Elizabeth Searles and hosted by Ted Capener.
Utah in the '50s is made possible by the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation, the Cleone Peterson Eccles Endowment Fund, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, the C. Comstock Clayton Foundation, the Dr. W.C. Swanson Family Foundation, and the Members of KUED.