Postwar Suburbia Trivia
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
In 1956, Time magazine called color TV "the most resounding industrial flop" of the year.32
Harry S. Truman was the first American president to give a televised speech. In the address, which aired live on 9 October 1947, President Truman spoke to the nation about the world food crisis and proposed meatless Tuesdays and eggless Thursdays.33
Though the Levitt Corporation had been built on the notion that Americans should neither rent nor live in cities, William Levitt himself rented a twelve-room apartment in Manhattan, New York.
One inspiration for the modern American highway, the German Autobahn, had four divided lanes, no traffic lights, and no exit or entrance ramps. It was used by U.S. Army troops to pursue Hitler's army to Berlin.
Though he declared "we live in a motorized civilization," city planner and ardent highway advocate Robert Moses never learned to drive.34