HERE COMES SUMMER !!! (1965)

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© Richard Knight

Photo license: © All rights reserved

[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.

60 responses

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    Flashback for sure...

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    I always love your flashbacks.....I think my spirit was here a little before my body was.... I loved those times too!!! Excellant dear cousin!!!

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    those were the days!! great photo

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    oh, what a good life you have, Sir Ritchie! =)

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne   gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    Well, the other two did well for themselves despite the predictions; you, on the other hand, ending up becoming a JPGer -- now that's a different matter! (Enjoyed your photo and musings!)

  • Prasanna Kundu

    Prasanna Kundu gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    I Love it!!

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    I think you're successfully continuing your party-man career here on jpg! thank you for the invitation :)

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    As you say, you and your friends are standing on the brink of a new world... which redefined an entire generation.

  • Chris Sanford

    Chris Sanford (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    Great photo, Richard; thanks for sharing a part of your life!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    Like Danny & The-Juniors said: Rock & Roll is here to stay

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    Hey Mabel....Black Label!! You're pulling at my nostalgia strings. My older brother left for Viet Nam the night I graduated from high school.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    Thanks for sharing this image of what life was like before Viet Nam. I think that was about the time America began losing its innocence. It is tough to admit that rock 'n roll had something to do with it. Wasn't it a blast??? BTW thanks for the link too.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    this certainly looks like a motley crew to me! I remember these days with fond memories. About that time my father was claiming that everything that was wrong in America was the fault of the Beatles! Thanks for the memories!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (12 Jun 2010):

    Oh those were definitely the best of times. Weren't we so innocent? We in small town New Zealand hankered after all the 45's put out by the groups of the 1960s. Oh such nostaligia. Wonderful reminiscing of a youth culture blossoming on the verge of greatness. Thank you for sharing Richard.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    Why must you keep reminding me how old I am. Keep it up I love it.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    Wow! That was 45 years ago if my math is right...I was almost 22 years old in the summer of 1965 and thinking how much I thought I knew and now I realize how little I knew then and still don't know:) We never get through learning until the day we die...but I agree those were innocent times...

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    this is fantastic!!!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (13 Jun 2010):

    Your flashbacks are the greatest Dick and I always look forward to them!! I Know Great falls well...How soon after this pic did you enter West Point??Peggy

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    Oh three handsome lads, those were the days alright, love this oldie..

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (13 Jun 2010):

    I adore this shot! The boys of summer...wonderful, Richard:)

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    It is funny to me that the teen generation in most eras are thought of as never going to amount to anything. They avoid responsibility and do things they ought not to. God knows I was warned often enough that I was throwing my life away. So here I am in my mid 40's. I care for the sick and dying, pay my rent on time. I became a citizen as did most of my teen friends. Fun times to remember though.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (13 Jun 2010):

    Thanks very much, everyone, for your generous and thoughtful remarks. I think it is true that each generation has its own burdens and crosses to bear, but in the final accounting, each generation has managed to succeed.

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    Oh, this is wonderful, Richard! What a group! (I have similar photographic evidence of teenage sprawl). A great-looking bacchanal, and yes, every generation of adolescents somehow manages to grow up...

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    Oh my.....there goes my whole image of you! And where on earth did you acquire such an astute knowledge of alcoholic beverages?!? LOL What a great trip down memory lane; thanks for sharing!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    Oh ,,,fabulous ,,and a good time was had by all,,lol...and you have the memories,,wow,love this

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    Well, I was only 7. To young to smoke or drink, but not to young to remember the good ol' rock-n-roll!!!! Richard we all know you're more than just a JPG member!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    Rock on Richard.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    a FABULOUS * photo from '65 !

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    truly wonderful story and image, this is one of your best!

  • Meta Oset

    Meta Oset (Deleted) gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    Oh..The Memories ..I'm smiling now at 'and I am a JPG member' ...lol

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    A time when the bar was raise high enough, where being a little bit rebellious was not as self-destructive as it is today. It was a good time to grow up; I just wish I had :)

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (14 Jun 2010):

    Let those sweet memories flood my mind !!

    This is great Bro.Richard

    I wasn't far behind you .

    Back in the day we were getting our first tate of sin to the sounds of Alice Cooper while drinking stolen Stroh's beer and smoking Winstons or my mom's Herbert Tareytons....aka Herbies the most vile smoke ever made !!

    Education wasn't a big deal to me or my friends.

    Everyone knew we were destined for one of the area steel mills where a strong back was more important than a strong mind .

    Unknow to everybody at the time the collasp of the steel industry was just around the corner.

    The mid 70s' was a lost era to many of us.

    We fell between the large gap that ended the industrial boom and the beginning of the hi-tech age.

    Most of us found our way but some never did.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (14 Jun 2010):

    Such great comments, my friends. LOL @ James' comment. Bro' John, I remember those Herbert Tareytons! They had a fake filter but, in truth, they had no filter at all. When I moved to unfiltered cigarettes, I blew past Luckies, Camels, and Chesterfields and settled on Pall Malls. Dad was smoking "Big Reds," so I frequently smoked for free. I relate to your limited career choices. When I was growing up, there was only one: The military. My parents saw to that. When I resigned my commission in 1973, my father understood. Viet Nam changed everything. And for those who came of age in the 70s, I am sure it was a very tough time. The early 60s were happy times, although the assassination of President Kennedy was a watershed event that sent the nation into a long spiral. But, life is, in the main, very good! My thanks to everyone!

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (14 Jun 2010):

    Welcome back. . .!!!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    Great shot and great story! It's always good to take a look back every so often too!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    Oh Richard this is just so excellent and thanks for sharing..great image and excellent story...

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    Long ago and far away. Where did the years go? Well done.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    I remember those days myself, being in High School and going to beach parties on the river. The Beatles turned the world upside down for a while and those "long haircuts" made the town elders cringe! Thanks for the walk down memory lane : )

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    Love the shot, Dick.... and love the history you share:~)

  • Kris C

    Kris C gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Awesome!!!

  • Linny Bee

    Linny Bee gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    cool!

  • Don B

    Don B (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Thank you so much for this photo and as usual excellent narrative...I'm not old enough quite relate to all this....hah hah... right!!!!!

  • Lisa Starling

    Lisa Starling gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Glad to see you!! Very cool pic and as always, love the story!!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    Really cool and a big time flashback! The summer of 1965 was my last before going into the army in March1966. I remember all the things you mentioned in your great narrative. Thanks!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    This is absolutely one of my FAVORITE shots of Dick . .And the narrative . .there is no one even close to King Richard . . .no one.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    Oh. . and another thing . . I for one an delighted and happy that Dick is back with us here . and I am sure I am not alone. . .Dick . . Welcome Back . . we love you.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    Wonderful! Here's an Iron City to you, Richard!

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    Thanks for bring back memories of youth! Those were the good old days! Thanks also for your excellent narrative.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (16 Jun 2010):

    My thanks to everyone for the awesome comments! You are the best! Thad, I am cooling down a case now.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    I love your images of your life's adventure Dick and your narratives are so interesting! Had a bit of a giggle at your comment about your mates with you adding your a JPG member! Your far from that my Friend, your one highly intelligent man with a kind heart to us all -:)

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Fantastic! And thanks for the story!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Nice

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (18 Jun 2010):

    A wonderful image and narrative, Dick. This brings back a pile of memories, for sure...

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (26 Jun 2010):

    An awesome photo!!! My dad was six LOL!!!!(Just wanted to share that) Simply awesome!

  • Camille Susak

    Camille Susak gave props (7 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful narrative-wonderful shot-love it :)

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (5 Oct 2010):

    The perfect classic !!! Thank you for sharing...priceless !

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (17 Aug 2013):

    One cool photo!

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth   said (11 Jun 2014):

    What a cool old image of boys being boys !

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (16 Jul 2014):

    What a motley crew indeed. I was too busy raising kids to care about rock n' roll and all that stuff. But it looks like most of you turned out well. Now the jpg-er........hmmm....not too sure ! LOL !

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