School Days: At Ease (1967-69)

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© Richard Knight
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Just for fun on a very slow day . . .

I have converted 2,000 color slides I took between 1955 and 1985 to digital images, and if the JPG Nation is nice to me, I will “only” upload the best of them, about fifteen-hundred or so. At 20 a day, that shouldn’t be a problem . . . .

I keep thinking I have already uploaded some of them. Didn't I post some shots of Brazil? I must have done something to my account . . . .

Here are some random shots taken in the late 60s. At the time, I was attending the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), in Lexington, Virginia.

VMI was a grind. The cadets referred to VMI as the “un-college,” a takeoff on “7-Up’s” ad campaign that touted 7-Up as the “un-cola.” There was a saying that VMI was a “good place to be from, not at.”

Of course, 40 years later my classmates and I are rabid alumni, and we share the universal opinion among the “old guard” that the “soft” cadets of today would never have “cut it” back in the “old corps.” (So true!)

Occasionally, they “let us out,” and we made the most of it. In my case, I usually made a beeline for the Peppermint Lounge at the foot of Atlantic Avenue, in Virginia Beach, where Bill Deal and the Rhondells played the best “beach” music.

Shots were taken in Lexington, Virginia Beach, Washington, and Jackson, Tennessee (with Linda).

Camera: Brownie Hawkeye, $8.99 new in the box!

I hope these shots provide some fun and remind you of some great times (but not necessarily with me)!

As always, thanks for looking!

46 responses

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Positively outstanding.... I love all of them!!! Great fun...... awesome shots!!! And yes you did once have Brazil shots here, with wonderful stories ... missing those too!!! I am so glad you are back cousin!!!

  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur   gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    such good times, and, what an adorable young man you were, if i may say so!!

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne   gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Thanks again for sharing glimpses of your colourful past -- and Jen is right, you know!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    I'm saving that chore for retirement--if I live that long

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Nice collage and a glimpse into your life.

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    and the party goes on: great music, wonderful stories, good looking people : ) it's always a pleasure to stop by your memories!

  • Kris C

    Kris C gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Love the shots!! I love looking at old shots!! Thanks to technology for letting you share!!

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Love the nostalgia. Thanks for the vote Richard!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    I can't wait to see the other 1494....these are terrific! I love all of the different genres...beach bum, military brat, college frat guy, stud, and husband. Your Linda is beautiful--you make a handsome couple!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    so much good music from that era ---- cute pics, too

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    You were such a dashing young man, great shots and thank you for sharing!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Beautiful composition and tones!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Very nice collage...I have been enjoying your pictures and narratives very much...You present them so well.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    this is fantastic!!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Richard, I talked to JPG and they approved 50 shots a day for you!! :) Wonderful collage and a look at the early days. Thank for sharing!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    LOL @ Mike....he is a hoot!!! Too fun!!!

  • Chris Sanford

    Chris Sanford (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Another great photocollage and commentary, Richard!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (15 Jun 2010):

    Thank you everyone for your nice remarks! I am "Exhibit A" in proof of the proposition that as you grow older everything in the past looks better . . . than it actually was! I appreciate your kindness very much.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    These are awesome! But I'm having a hard time seeing the "grind"!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (15 Jun 2010):

    Loved reading about your life then Dick,and aren't memories great!!!!!!!!Awesome pics.....Peggy

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Hmm...so nice to see what you were doing during those years..this is great,,1967,,we had Expo 67 in Montreal,,,I was young,,lol...

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    What wonderful memories captured for all time. I love the way you have presented them in this great collage! If they are all this great, I look forward to many more. Yes, we saw Brazil, but I like reruns. Thanks for sharing, Dick!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (15 Jun 2010):

    About time you wrote that book, with these wonderful illustrations of your past life! Not sure how the music from the past can be incorporated into it tho'. Because it goes so well with the narrative. Everytime you put up these shots it reminds me of Happy Days!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Old photos are a great way to remember the past.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    Looks like fun times, old times, they make great memories.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    A nice piece of a life time.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    As usual, excellent images and thought provoking narrative ..And what a stud!! seriously . .

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    These are such wonderful and nostalgic shots. You've motivated me to convert my old prints to digital...but I need a good scanner first. I'll put it on my "wish list".

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Such a delightful collage. Sure brings back memories.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    You scub up all right in your youth Dick, love the uniform image! Great collage once again. I enjoy everyone one of them and your narratives!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Once again a wonderful collage and wonderful story to accompany it, boy you were a handsome young man..

  • Meta Oset

    Meta Oset (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    What a pretty young man and a girl , what a lovely memories represented !

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

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

    Great work

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    This takes me back...June '69, Graduation weekend at VA beach. Those were the days...thanks for sharing!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    hey you look like Matt Demon!!!! :)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (17 Jun 2010):

    LOL David! My younger daughter has said that for years!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Such a handsome couple! Love collages like this and the narrative.. keep 'em coming. This is terrific!!

  • Winky Vivas

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

    Great shots! Yes, indeed, the 60's...it takes me back too...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (18 Jun 2010):

    Thanks everyone for such nice comments. Oh, wouldn't it be nice to turn back the clock about 40 years?

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (19 Jun 2010):

    Keep em comming Dick

    These are great !!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    What an excellent collage!!! It's a great way to look back on times past and remember it well. I liked reading what you wrote about it : ) We have a lot of slides, how did you convert your to digital images?

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (21 Jun 2010):

    Great memories! Love the one of you on the beach in a cut off fatigue shirt. LOL I remember wearning my fatigue jacket with Peace & Earth buttons to the first Earth Day in Fairmount Park in Philly! Thanks for the memory. Yes, I remember that song! Nice collage,Dick!

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (10 Jul 2011):

    Beautiful couple! And have i mentioned, she's just gorgeous? Love the nostalgia here :)

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (19 Jul 2011):

    Again after so many years always causes a bit 'of concern, these beautiful images tell a story of real life and you never know give reliable answers about what has been done. Surely something has been lost over time and youth. Most memories are lost and the pictures taken then perhaps help you to remember. Dear Richard of JPG are unique to this type of emotion, for this is that so many people follow your stories so willingly. Greetings.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth   said (11 Jun 2014):

    Fantastic collage ! What a beautiful couple you make !

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