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How many books do college students read?

We previously met Suellen Robinson as Miss Biological Research. Here she's posing by a stack of books that represents the number of books an average coed supposedly would read (back in the 1960s) during her four years at college. The number is 376.

Officials of the Renault car company somehow arrived at this figure when they decided to sponsor a National College Queen Contest.

To read that many books a student would need to finish two books a week during the school year, and a book a week during Summer break.

I'm skeptical that the average college student (either back in the 1960s or now) reads anywhere close to that number. Perhaps they're assigned that many (though even that seems a bit high), but they're not reading them.

Orlando Evening Star - Apr 29, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 19, 2024 - Comments (1)
Category: Education, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia, Books, 1960s

Space Songs

Here's a sample track from the album depicted below. The rest of the tracks are on YouTube.

And a bonus! The first side of ENERGY & MOTION SONGS.

Tom Glazer at Wikipedia.







Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 29, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Education, Music, Science, Vinyl Albums and Other Media Recordings, 1950s

Shocking Presentation

Just to prove that B. F. Skinner was not the only guy who could do operant conditioning, Willard Hayes Yeager decided to teach his student to speak better in public by the use of electric shocks.

You can read his textbook here.




Teachers shock students at George Washington U. Washington, D.C., Aug. 2. Public speaking students at G.W. U. are only too well acquainted with the shocking machine, invented by Dr. Willard Hayes Yeager, Head of the department, to take the "ahs" "ers" and "ums" out of their diction. He is shown putting on the shocker to Jane Hampton, 17. When the student makes a mistake the professor at the other end of the room, notifies her by a gentle electric shock.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 08, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Education, Sadism, Cruelty, Punishment, and Torture, Rhetoric, Eloquence, Public Speaking, and Vocabulary, 1930s

The Bergen Evans Vocabulary Program

I am having fun trying to make a coherent story out of all the sample sentences. It's a surreal masterpiece!






Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 02, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Education, Vinyl Albums and Other Media Recordings, Rhetoric, Eloquence, Public Speaking, and Vocabulary

The Acme Barbecue College

Once upon a time, in Alhambra, CA, you could go to school just for BBQ. One presumes that this is where Wile E. Coyote learned how to cook a Road Runner--if one such could ever be caught!





















Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 01, 2023 - Comments (8)
Category: Education, Food, Regionalism, 1950s

No Pink Tax in the 1950s

Proof that the past was a happier era. No "Pink Tax" in effect. Daintiness at a discount!

Although of course the base prices were outrageous. See the screenshots below the video.





Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 30, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Education, Hygiene, Advertising, 1950s

The College Stripper Riot of 1955

The history of monkey-wrenching university protocols did not begin in the 1960s.










Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 05, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Education, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Burlesque, Exotic Dancing, Stripping and Other Forms of Staged Nakedness, 1950s, Pranks

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