Oprah is on a roll. The Whitney Houston interview, the closing-downtown-Chicago spectacle, Mariah Carey’s upcoming performance — it’s almost like she’s the most powerful woman in media or something. But next week, she’s making a weird choice and doing an entire Mad Men-geared 1960s episode, complete with “what would have been her ‘Favorite Things’ from the 1960s,” according to a press release.
Wheee doggies. I wonder if the O is going to cover the whole decade, or focus on the parts Mad Men has covered already (just through June 1963 so far). I’m hoping the favorites include The Feminine Mystique, which was released in 1963; the Beatles, zip codes, The Sound of Music, the right to counsel, Vatican II, space exploration, and, you know, civil rights. At least those are some of my favorite things from the 1960s.
Given Oprah’s previous lists of favorite things, though, there’s definitely going to be more fashion and food items making the cut. Pillbox hats? The minidress? Foodwise, the 1960s saw the emergence of Julia Child (Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published in ’61, and The French Chef started airing in 1963), a newly expansive array of breakfast cereals (Lucky Charms, Apple Jacks, Product 19, Total, Kaboom, Frosted Mini-Wheats), and the rapid rise of the aluminum can.
PopWatchers, gaze into your Oprah crystal ball: What do you think her favorite things from the 1960s will be?
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