Several milestones were marked this past year. the 100th anniversary of the Halifax explosion, the 80th anniversary of Ray-ban sunglasses, and 20 years since the tragic passing of Princess Diana. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the waterbed!
Yes, the waterbed turns 50 years old. It was invented in 1967 by Charlie Hall, unveiled in 1968, and really became popular in the 70’s and 80’s. It was the thee accessory to have in homes during those decades. Then they gradually started to disappear in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Parts were harder to come by, the special waterbed sheets weren’t as easy to find, and heaven help you if your bed sprung a leak!
I also learned at a young age to never jump on a waterbed. Just because it was all wavy and you felt like you were a captain on the high seas didn’t mean the waterbed bladder could handle it. You knew you were in trouble when your make believe ship on the high seas sprung real water! There were positives, though. Cold winter nights like we’ve been experiencing as of late meant the waterbed was always warm and it soothed sore joints for those dealing with a bad man-cold/flu.
Happy 50th anniversary to the waterbed, just remember, DON’T JUMP ON IT!