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September 28, 2012

With a theme inspired by the 1950’s, known as the Fabulous 50s, and in anticipation of the first Cruise Night before Piotique on Saturday, employees at Clay County Medical Center celebrated 50’s style.It was the era of diners, sock hops, soda shops, and the beginning of rock and roll. What we now call "classic" cars were on the road, and prosperity and optimism were everywhere.

The Dining Room became Arnold’s Diner from Happy Days.  All of the decorations were later taken to the float for Saturday’s parade.  Director of Dietary, Alice Christiansen researched 50’s meals and came up with an appropriate menu.

Employees were encouraged to dress up with outfits inspired by the 50’s. The Pink Ladies from the business office were a hit!  Many others participated including our Patient Advocate, Cardiac Rehab, Radiology, Housekeeping, Dietary, Therapy, Wellness, Education, and IT.  Several employees posed for photos and we even captured a picture of The Fonz giving his special look over the top of his sunglasses to April Fahey from Physical Therapy! 

To encourage some of our patients with a little humor, The Fonz, (Justin Begnoche) and Vicki Pfizenmaier visited individual rooms.   Those posing for photos included Henry Thomas; Harold Hahn and George Novak.

Other fun activities included a Hula Hoop contest which was held in the Wellness Center.  One of our Pink Ladies, Shawna Davies won the contest – her time was 4 minutes and 8 seconds!  Director of Human Resources, Cindy Rush provided old-fashioned root beer floats for the employees in the afternoon.

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Enjoy some fun facts from the Fifties…..

  • The Korean War begins.
  • The first Xerox machine is produced in 1950
  • Harry S. Truman was President and Alben W. Barkley was Vice President in 1950
  • Silly Putty is invented by Peter Hodgson
  • March 14: The FBI starts its "Ten Most Wanted List"
  • September 7: The game show "Truth or Consequences" debuts
  • "The Jack Benny Show", starring Jack Benny, debuts
  • "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" premiers
  • 1950 World Series was: NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies (4-0)
  • Stanley Cup: Detroit vs. NY Rangers (4-3)
  • NCAA Basketball Championship: CCNY vs. Bradley (71-68)
  • Best Motion Picture: All the King's Men
  • Jo Stafford releases "Autumn in New York"
  • The Andrews Sisters has the hit "I Can Dream, Can't I?"
  • Al Jolson has the hit record Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
  • Nat King Cole has the hit "Mona Lisa"
  • By 1954 Buick was one of the three best-selling cars in America, along with Chevrolet and Ford.