Rewind to 1966
The video game was born. But it took another six years for Magnavox to release The Odyssey. Luckily, this lot was ready to roll…
Gadget – Sony CV-2000
Unravelling camcorder names is still a tricky business, but it wasn’t always that way. Sony’s first home video recorder stood for Consumer Video and could record 200 lines of resolution. We like to think they added the extra zero because in 1966 it was still believed that by the turn of the century we’d all be flying around with jetpacks.
Movie – Alfie
What’s it all about, Alfie? This smart cautionary tale from the stone age of lad culture features Michael Caine as the eponymous jet-set bachelor playboy chatting to the audience as he finds out the hard way freedom has its price. The 2004 remake with Jude Law was a pale imitation of this genuine classic.
TV – Star Trek
Whether the idea of sitting through an episode of Star Trek brings you out in hives or you speak fluent Klingon, it’s agreed that this is one of the most enduring TV shows ever made. And it’s been splitting infinitives for 44 years. To boldly go, indeed.
Album – The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
The record company hated it: where were the songs about cars and surfing? It grudgingly released Pet Sounds and watched it reshape pop music forever. It was a major influence on The Beatles’ seminal Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and continues to top best album lists.
Car – Alfa Romeo Spider
When you don’t need to significantly alter the design of your car for nearly 30 years, you’ve probably done something right. Alfa’s Spider is a case in point – the company kept making them until 1993. The original, as driven by Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, is still the coolest. The less cool Toyota Corolla also launched in ’66.
This natty phone scrambler was invented in an early display of awareness about privacy issues in communications technology. The Russians made a controlled landing on the moon and crashed the Venera 3 on Venus, the Aussie dollar was invented, Lennon claimed the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus” and the Channel hovercraft started operating. Oh, and England won the World Cup.