Cocktail Party Circa 1968

Welcome 2013! Many of you may have participated in the New Year’s Eve ritual that in the 1960s was called the “cocktail party.” And now, you may be considering changing your practice due to how you feel today and how you want to commit to a selection of New Year’s resolutions about health. As I mentioned at the beginning of 2012, I respectfully suggest that you add laughter to your health regime.

Once again, the television series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In can provide a kick-start for that practice. The shows ran from January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973, for a total of 140 episodes. The hosts, comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, were joined by a cast of recurring characters and visiting guest stars. All participants tossed off one-liners that had the network censors chasing them to the set for the weekly broadcast. Some gags were sharply political or commented on the issues of the times. Other gags were wonderfully silly.

See how many stars you can name, and how many 1960s issues they covered, in this clip of the weekly Laugh In Cocktail Party that opened each show:

And since we are beginning this year focused on handling our money, both personally and with our federal budget dilemmas, you might be interested to know that according to an “inflation calculator,” the $5 in 1968 dollars mentioned in the clip would be worth approximately $32.89 today.

You can play with other calculations at:

Wishing you good health and happiness in 2013!