In 1966 We Started to Boldly Go Places

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In the spring of 1966, our taste in music and entertainment was eclectic. Frank Sinatra recorded “Strangers in the Night” and that became a #1 Billboard charts hit. Other songs that came out at that same time were Simon and Garfunkel’s, “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme,” and Barry Sadler’s , “The Ballad of the Green Berets.”

Here is Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler performing his song, “The Ballad of the Green Berets:”

The song was the only patriotic ballad that highlighted the special forces as the Vietnam War was heating up. It was named Billboard’s #1 single for the year 1966. The “Green Berets” movie with John Wayne followed in 1968.

For television, 1966 was a turning point. We said goodbye to The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on March 26, 1966 and hello to Star Trek on September 8, 1966.

Here is the introduction to Ozzie and Harriet along with a commercial for Kodak:

Here is the opening of the first Star Trek episode on television:

San Francisco has always served as the homebase for Starfleet Command although most of what we saw were places light years away.

Here is another 1966 song that hit number one on the charts by the Lovin’ Spoonful:

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