The United States went through something of a Tiki fad in the late 1950s, with an obsession with all things Hawaiian that bordered on the manic. Today's generations, encountering the endless hotels, cocktail lounges, and bowling alleys along American highways themed after a Tiki motif, might wonder what got into people all of a sudden. Well, after World War II, US servicemen returned to the mainland filled with tales of the South Pacific, especially Hawaii. Hawaii was only a US territory until 1959 when Dwight D. Eisenhower ("I like Ike!") signed them into statehood. So the US went Hawaii-crazy for awhile, at the same time that the broadest middle class the nation had ever seen began to emerge and at the time when air travel was seeing leaps and bounds in the industry. Cue the veterans, now in their 40s, feeling nostalgia for the land of pineapples and grass skirts, and here comes Tiki decorations mixing in with the googie architecture of strip malls and gas stations.