$250,000 in 1966 equals $1,800,000 today
On this day in 1966, Mr. and Mrs. Sargent Shriver bought a rambling white clapboard house and seaside property 250 yards from the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport for a price reported to be near $250,000. Mrs. Shriver was the former Eunice Kennedy, sister of the President, and Mr. Shriver was the head of the Federal Economic Opportunity Office.
Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. was born on November 9, 1915, and was a Democratic politician and activist. Known as "Sargent," Shriver is best-known as part of the Kennedy family, the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, and the Democratic Party's 1972 vice presidential candidate. During the 1972 U.S. presidential election, he was George McGovern's running mate as the Democratic Party's nominee for U.S. Vice President, replacing Thomas Eagleton, who had resigned from the ticket. In that election the Republican Party beat the Democrats by the widest margin of any United States presidential election, and Massachusetts was the only state which Richard Nixon did not carry.
Shriver's ebullient personality and creative energy made him one of the most effective leaders of President John F. Kennedy's New Frontier and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society in the 1960s.
He inspired, directed, or founded numerous social programs and organizations, including Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Community Action, Upward Bound, Foster Grandparents, Special Olympics, the National Center on Poverty Law, Legal Services, and, as mentioned, the Peace Corps.
Shriver also ran the War on Poverty during Johnson's tenure as president.
He was such an effective leader, that Job Corps and Adams and Associates dedicated a Center in his name in 1999. This Job Corps Center (Shriver Job Corps) is located in Devens, Massachusetts.
Shriver served as U.S. ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970, becoming a quasi-celebrity among the French for bringing what Time magazine called "a rare and welcome panache" to the normally staid world of international diplomacy. See his Peace Institute here.
The fare was 50 cents (25 cents for those 60 and over)
On this day in 1980, a story in the New York Times began:
"Cape Cod got its first city-style bus service this week when a fixed-route line began operating in the Town of Barnstable, with Hyannis as the hub of the system."
The route only serviced the Town of Barnstable and its seven villages, but it was the precursor of the B-buses of today.
The fare in 1980 was 50 cents (25 cents for those 60 and over), and the line started with six reconditioned buses plus a spare for parts purchased from the Boston Area Transit for $10,000 each.
Not only did Tip O'Neill cut the ribbon at the roll-out, he also took one of the buses for a short tour through Hyannis.