June 30, 2009
In all of our grade school classes we were divided up into reading groups according to our individual reading levels. I'm not sure what group I was in, but I distinctly remember this book. "Air Pudding and Wind Sauce"... who could forget a title like that? Do you remember any others? How about Green Feet, Blue Dilly Dilly or Cloverleaf. I had a copy of Cloverleaf - with the milk carton-shaped holstein cow on the front - until one of my kids left it out in the rain.
The next couple of posts will feature this great book - both it's contents and it's cover. Speaking of the cover...
The red & purple analogic color scheme, the inconsistent checkered tablecloth and hand-drawn fonts on the cover only hint at the great & groovy, psychadelic-seventies style illustrations awaiting the young reader within the book's pages.
June 29, 2009
June 26, 2009
Though she was only on for one season, Farrah is most likely everyone's favorite angel.
June 25, 2009
I'm not sure who came up with the answer, but the $64,000 question had to be something like, "Just HOW IN THE WORLD are we going to transfer 4,000 books from the old library on one end of the campus to new library on the other end?" The answer? See below.
Do you know where the old library was located? Only if you were in band would you have had any reason to go around back & beneath the band hall, as your musty, polyester band uniform (complete with blue velvet cowboy hat & white plume) was issued from this dungeon. The spooky place we knew as uniform storage, was the old library.
For some reason - even in high school - life seemed so much more innocent back then.
June 22, 2009
June 19, 2009
Cover: Bruce Springsteen
Issue No. 493 February 12, 1987
Cover: Pee Wee Herman
Issue No. 474 May 22, 1986
Cover: Michael J. Fox
Cover: Stevie Wonder
June 17, 2009
Below are a few more pics from our middle school, taken in October 2008 by Kathy Flynt. I've also tried to find an older picture of the same area for comparison.
Here is the front hall of the middle school, looking north. If you went out the double doors way down at the end of this hall, you'd be heading towards the gym. You can see the set of water fountains on the right. The open door in the foreground is most likely Mrs. Rhoden's old room. I only have one memory of this room: spitwads.
Below is the same trophy case next to the library entrance (above). I can't remember what we put in the trophy case during our four years in middle school, but FORTY years ago, some of our parents displayed championship trophies for their high school sports teams.
This place would rival any outdoor Citgo Station restroom in Jefferson County.
Here's a view of the sidewalk turning 90 degrees from the previous photo, taken in the 60's. Notice the area on either side hasn't been black-topped yet.
Aaahhhh... the blacktop!
It's where we hung out before school in the AM and then during our lunch recess.
It's where we gathered in clicks.
It's where we swarmed in sadistic frenzies watching fist fights.
It's where we played four square against the Tompkins. And lost.
It's where I saw a pair of Nike's for the first time ever.
It's where we paired up on those white curbs and tried to pull our opponent off without losing our balance.
It's where several of us weaker ones got "pantsed."
It's where Jamey Black "two'd" Andy Mayberry.
It's where we passed origami-like folded notes with the fateful question "WILL YOU GO WITH ME?"
I wonder if they realize it?
June 15, 2009
And, not seen in this clip is Tony's emcee & 80's icon Doogie Howser, poking fun afterwards saying that Brett "gave head banging a whole new meaning."
June 12, 2009
June 11, 2009
June 10, 2009
June 9, 2009
I walked into Leigh Shannon's house - full of friends watching this last scene from Karate Kid. I hadn't seen any other part of the movie and yet got chills watching Daniel-son kick blonde-preppy-boy in the face. I still enjoy watching this scene.
June 5, 2009
I don't remember watching this series, but I do remember, vividly, seeing the promotional spots & specifically the spray-painted "V" on the wall.
You can refresh yourself on the classic "V" series here, or watch the opening credits here:
Or find out the main plot of "V" in 10 seconds with this clip:
V on Variety
V on tV.com
(HT:The Great 80's)
PS: Speaking of "Lost" and the 80's, in case you were getting excited about NBC's new show this fall, "Lost in the 80's", according to this site, they deemed the 80's show a lost cause.
June 3, 2009
June 1, 2009
Do you remember how you celebrated your graduation? Did you do something or go somewhere afterwards?
I had a small "party" with my family & several friends. Nothing too exciting. Really. It was a kind of drop-in type of thing. In fact I still have some video footage of the wild & crazy event, but I'll spare you the boredom. My Mamaw was there if that tells you anything. Oh, and there was a cake. Nothing too exciting. Really.
I think Trent was the only other senior there. Friends Eric Hanson, Aaron Tygart, Jimbo Weser, Deana Brown and a few others came by, as well as a surprise appearance by a possum trapped beneath the junk stacked under my carport. Trying to catch the critter was the most adventuresome part of the evening. The rest just wasn't too exciting. Really.
But there was the cake that my mom had made for her new high school grad. "From Jeans to Life Dreams" was on the left side of the cake. The cake was made to look like the back of a pair of jeans. Not just any jeans, "Guess" jeans! Which, by the way, I never owned until my first year in college when I begged my parents to buy me a pair of Guess jean shorts from the Buckle.
While I'm complaining about jeans and my poor upbringing that caused me no small amount of humiliation in my own personal fashion world, may I attempt to evoke just an ounce of pity from you with just one word?
Yeah. That's right. Couldn't afford Jordache.