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The 1960s: Peking duck, killer cars and versatile hair

Fasten your seatbelts: the 1960s could get pretty wild.

Somehow the 'Canadiana' hairstyle never quite caught on

Jerome shows Take 30 viewers how to set rollers for the versatile style he calls the Canadiana. 2:11

Looking for a soft, versatile hairstyle with potential? Top hairstylist Jerome has the answer for viewers of CBC-TV's Take 30 in 1963, and he calls it the Canadiana. But for attractive hair you have to start with clean hair, and that means shampooing it regularly: twice a month, or more often if you live in a city full of soot.

Spotlight on safety

Activist and author Ralph Nader personally inspects the safety of the new 1967 Ford Galaxie. 2:49

The cars of the 1960s had style to spare, but safety... not so much. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, whose 1965 bestseller Unsafe at Any Speed drew attention to auto manufacturers' failures, appeared on the CBC-TV current affairs program TBA in 1966. 

His task? To examine the newly released 1967 Ford Galaxie 500. The rear-view mirror and gearshift lever have improved, but the sharp metal edge on the glove compartment door is a safety hazard, he points out. 

DIY Peking duck

Madame Benoit and future Governor General Adrienne Clarkson serve up some tasty and adaptable Chinese home cooking. 24:22
 

Canadians were starting to discover new styles of cooking in the 1960s, and there to show the way with Chinese food was Adrienne Clarkson, host of Take 30. Along with the show's resident chef, Jehane Benoit, she demonstrates how to make Peking duck.

"A duck is not just a duck," says Clarkson. "It has to look as though it's got a total being and a reality."

How to achieve that, she doesn't quite say.