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[Great Falls, Virginia]
Something just for fun . . .
Growing up during “rock ‘n’ roll’s” infancy, I recall how many “grown-ups” thought my generation would “never amount to anything.”
Sermons were preached every Sunday about the evils of rock ‘n’ roll, and how it debased American culture and condemned the nation’s youth to a life of aimlessness.
This is not to say that we didn’t try to live up to predictions. We did. Going to high school outside of Washington, D.C., where the legal drinking age was only 18, had its advantages, particularly when you could easily add three years to your life using a bogus draft card that looked better than the real thing. We were nothing, if not dissolute.
Attending school was definitely an option, or so it was thought, and shown here are three “wasted lives” enjoying a school day at Great Falls, Virginia. It was so popular that pretty soon the area high schools had to start staking out their turf and filing their homestead claims.
The three ne’er-do-wells you see here are enjoying “Colt .45” malt liquor, which had more bite than Country Club, and they were most likely smoking Winstons, although it is possible that the transition to Marlboros had already begun. (Winston was the #1 brand in the early ‘60s.)
Those were innocent times. There were no drugs and you could fill the tank for $3. The Beatles had arrived on these shores only 15 months before. AM Radio was king.
It was not to last. Two months earlier, the 7th Marine Regiment (of the1st Marine Division) waded onshore at Da Nang, Republic of Viet Nam.
Whatever happened to the three shiftless losers shown here? Tim is a retired physician, Bill is a retired Marine colonel, and I am a JPG member.
Hey, did you ever wonder what was on the “B” side of the Surfaris’ “Wipe Out”? Sure you did! You’ll know it the moment you click on the link below.
Get that case of Carling’s Black Label out of the fridge and have a nice day! (You may substitute National Bohemian, Falstaff, Iron City, Pabst, Schaffer's, Schlitz, Schmidt's, Hamm’s, Rheingold, Narragansett, Dixie, Pearl, or any other "suitable" substitute for the Black Label. Olympia and Coors are not suitable substitutes!)
As always, thanks for allowing me to share a part of your day, and thanks for all the nice comments over the last year.
Also by Richard Knight
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