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1961: The Year of Spaceflight, Pineapple Upside-down Cake, & TDC

If you haven’t heard, 2021 marks 60 years of business for TDC.

We’ve come a long way since our start we used to have two to three full time employees, we now have seven! We used to share an office space, now we have our own office with a beautiful view. We went from owning a few acres of land with a vision, to owning over 200 acres of buildable land and 18 buildings offering over 600,000 SF of leasable industrial space.

John, Jackie & Caroline Kennedy

Take a step back in time to the year 1961:

  • John F. Kennedy was president.
  • You could get a gallon of milk for $0.50 and fill up your Plymouth for $0.30 a gallon.
  • Chubby Checker was on the radio and the bouffant hairdo à la Jackie Kennedy was all the rage.
  • Pampers disposable diapers had just been introduced, and General Motors was America’s largest corporation.
  • If you were invited to a dinner party there was a good chance that Chicken a la King, Clam Dip, Doritos or Pineapple Upside-down Cake would be on the menu.

It was a simpler time, but for the founding members of TDC, it was time to get to work.

In honor of our 60th Anniversary we’re exploring what life was like in 1961 and taking a look at how our local landscape has changed since then.

Characters from the popular TV series Gunsmoke
1961 Movie Poster

Pop Culture in 1961:


Wagon Train
The Andy Griffith Show
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Colo

On the Big Screen

101 Dalmatians
West Side Story
Breakfast at Tiffany's

World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Green Bay Packers
Stanley Cup Champions: Chicago Black Hawks

1961 Dinner Staple - Chicken a la King
First Model of the Computer Mouse

TDC is older than what??

  • The Cassette Tape (1962)
  • The Computer Mouse (1968)
  • Smoke Alarm & Detector (1969)
  • Wendy’s (1969)
  • The Price is Right (1972)

Businesses that pre-date TDC:

Lake Champlain Transportation Company (1826)
The Monopole Tavern & Restaurant (1898)
SUNY Plattsburgh, founded in 1889 officially opening 1890
North Country Chamber of Commerce (1912)
Mickey’s Restaurant (1955)

Interior of Plattsburgh's Monopole Tavern & Restaurant

TDC has been operating longer than the following local establishments:

The Plattsburgh facility for Georgia-Pacific Tissue facility, which was acquired from Vanity Fair Paper in 1963.
Clinton Community College, who’s establishment was approved by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, October 14, 1966.
Clinton County Government Center, which was established in 1976.
DELLA Auto Group established by Michael Della Bella in 1983.
Champlain Center North opened July 1, 1987
McSweeney’s Red Hot’s, Inc., which opened their doors June 1, 1991

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