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  In November, 1969, radio station KHJ "The Big 93" FM in Los Angeles gave away a brand new 1970 Thunderbird!

1970 Ford Thunderbird Two Door Landau


The 4,545-pound "Thanksgiving Thunderbird" contest was announced by the station during the week of November 12, 1969. Listeners were encouraged to listen for the surprise "fowl" gobble sound effect, and call in when they heard it. Winners were given free holiday dinners, and a chance to win the Thanksgiving Thunderbird! KHJ's Scotty Brink presented the keys to the new Thunderbird to the winner, Mr. Don Amick.

Now THAT'S an early Christmas present!
 
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93 KHJ AM Radio's "Boss 30" for the final week of November, 1969:

  1. Someday We'll Be Together—Diana Ross & The Supremes
  2. Leaving On A Jet Plane—Peter, Paul & Mary
  3. Baby, I'm For Real—The Originals
  4. Come Together—The Beatles
  5. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye—Steam
  6. And When I Die—Blood, Sweat & Tears
  7. Jam Up and Jelly Tight—Tommy Roe
  8. A Brand New Me—Dusty Springfield
  9. Backfield In Motion—Mel & Tim
10. Down On the Corner—Creedence Clearwater Revival
11. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday—Stevie Wonder
12. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head—B.J. Thomas
13. Eli's Coming—Three Dog Night
14. Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me—The Four Tops
15. Cherry Hill Park—Billy Joe Royal
16. Friendship Train—Gladys Knight & The Pips
17. Holly Holy—Neil Diamond
18. These Eyes—Guess Who
19. La La La (If I Had You)—Bobby Sherman
20. Midnight Cowboy—Ferrante & Teicher
21. Lady-O—The Turtles
22. Whole Lotta Love—Led Zeppelin
23. She Lets Her Hair Down—Gene Pitney
24. Wonderful World, Beautiful People—Jimmy Cliff
25. Venus—Shocking Blue
26. She Belongs To Me—Rick Nelson
27. Up On Cripple Creek—The Band
28. Jingle Jangle—The Archies
29. Mind, Body and Soul—Flaming Ember
30. Baby, Take Me In Your Arms—Jefferson
New Movies in November, 1969:

No new movies were actually released during the month of November, but no doubt in November 1969 people were driving their new Thunderbirds to see:

- Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (released September 18, 1969)
- Paint Your Wagon (released October 15, 1969)
- The Sterile Cuckoo (released October 27, 1969)
- Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (released October 24, 1969)

December 1969 would be a huge month for new movie releases:

- Z (December 8, 1969)
- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (December 10, 1969)
- Marooned (December 11, 1969)
- Hello, Dolly! (December 16, 1969)
- Cactus Flower (December 16, 1969)
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (December 18, 1969)
- Topaz (December 19, 1969)

In 1969, a total of 26 movies were released, with a total combined box office gross of $583,353,782!

Top movies in box office receipts for 1969 included: Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, True Grit, Hello, Dolly!, and Alice's Restaurant.

Academy Awards:

Best Actor: John Wayne—True Grit
Best Actress: Maggie Smith—The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Best Director: John Schlesinger—Midnight Cowboy
Best Picture: Jerome Hellman—Midnight Cowboy
Best Supporting Actor: Gig Young—They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Best Supporting Actress: Goldie Hawn—Cactus Flower
Top 20 Television Shows for 1969:

  1. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-1973)
  2. Gunsmoke (1955-1975)
  3. Bonanza (1959-1973)
  4. Mayberry R.F.D. (1968-1971)
  5. Family Affair (1966-1971)
  6. Here's Lucy (1968-1974)
  7. The Red Skelton Hour (1951-1971)
  8. Marcus Welby, M.D. (Premiered September 23, 1969-1976)
  9. The Wonderful World of Disney (1954-1990)
10. The Doris Day Show (1968-1973)
11. The Bill Cosby Show (Premiered September 14, 1969-1971)
12. The Jim Nabors Hour (Premiered September 25, 1969-1971)
13. The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)
14. The Dean Martin Show (1965-1974)
15. My Three Sons (1960-1972)
16. Ironside (1967-1975)
17. The Johnny Cash Show (Premiered June 7, 1969-1971)
18. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971)
19. Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980)
20. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (Premiered January 29, 1969-1972)

Notable New Shows for 1969:

The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969-1972)
Room 222 (1969-1974)
Sesame Street (Premiered November 10, 1969-current)

The Dearly Departed in 1969:

The Avengers (1961-May 21, 1969)
Gomer Pyle, USMC (1964-May 2, 1969)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-Canceled March 9, 1969)
Star Trek (1966-June 3, 1969)

Other Popular Television Shows for 1969:

60 Minutes (1968-current)
American Bandstand (1952-1989)
Bewitched (1964-1972)
Daniel Boone (1964-1970)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
The FBI (1965-1974)
Get Smart (1965-1970)
Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971)
I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970)
It Takes A Thief (1968-1970)
Julia (1968-1971)
Land of the Giants (1968-1970)
Lassie (1954-1973)
The Lawrence Welk Show (1955-1982)
Mannix (1967-1975)
Mission Impossible (1966-1973)
Mod Squad (1968-1973)
The Newlywed Game (1966-1974)
Petticoat Junction (1963-1970)
1969 Grammy Awards
(In recognition for their 1968 works)

Song of the Year Nominees:

1. Tom T. Hall (songwriter) for "Harper Valley PTA" performed by Jeannie C. Riley

2. John Lennon and Paul McCartney (songwriters) for "Hey Jude" performed by The Beatles

3. Bobby Russell (songwriter) for "Honey" performed by Bobby Goldsboro

4. Paul Simon (songwriter) for "Mrs. Robinson" performed by Simon & Garfunkel

5. Bobby Russell (songwriter) for "Little Green Apples" performed by Roger Miller and O. C. Smith

Grammy Winners:

Record of the Year: Paul Simon and Roy Halee (producers) and Simon & Garfunkel for "Mrs. Robinson"
Album of the Year: Al De Lory (producer) and Glen Campbell for "By The Time I Get To Phoenix"
Song of the Year: Bobby Russell (songwriter) for "Little Green Apples" performed by Roger Miller and O.C. Smith
Best New Artist: Jose Feliciano
1969 Trivia:

- Tic Tac Breath Mints are introduced
- A First Class postage stamp cost $0.06
- The average price for a new home was $27,900
- The median (in current dollars) household income was $8,389
- The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent
- One gallon of regular gas cost $0.35
- One gallon of milk cost $1.10
- The Federal debt was $365.8 billion
- A ticket for Woodstock cost $6.00
- The Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969 mark the start of the Gay equality movement
- The first flights of the Boeing 747 and the Concorde took place
- The New York Mets win the World Series (their first!) and the New York Jets win the Super Bowl
- ARPANET (later known as the Internet) sent its first packet of data from UCLA to Stanford on October 29 (the first two characters transferred successfully, the third keystroke crashed the system)
- Judy Garland died of a drug overdose at age 47 (June 10, 1922-June 22, 1969)
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