– Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. – Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! – Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures. – Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles. Michael Lang, a wannabe musician and one of the original promoters of the Woodstock festival, is a good example of one entrepreneur who branched out into other areas.During the early sixties, he’d gone to college, briefly, a few times, including at least a semester or two at the University of Tampa, Florida, and it was during that time that the native New Yorker first visited a bohemian enclave of Miami, called Coconut Grove, that he got the idea to open up his own head shop.I can definitely remember hearing Sabbath’s Side One album track, the one that kicks off with a tape loop of guitarist Tommy Iommi coughing while smoking a joint with bandmate Ozzy — and hearing it inside the store opened my eyes to vibrancy of early 70s stoner rock heaviosity, music that I soon realized I was actually missing out on because I was just a little kid back then and had mostly been listening to the local KEZY AM station on my tiny transistor radio, which I carried around with me everywhere.Ah, the first time you hear Black Sabbath — it’s something you never forget, isn’t it?If you lived through the 1950s or 1960s see how much of these you remember. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom) – hard contact lenses – Saturday cartoons – fish on Friday at school – station wagons – mobile phone in car plugged into the cigarette lighter and called a bag phone – pagers – shoulder pads – fanny pack – Teenagers princess phone- extension phones – wind up alarm – the first generation to grow up with Rock and Roll – bean bag ashtray – tire swing – banana seat on a bike – every home had an ash tray prominently displayed – a dill pickle at the show (movie) – flip flops were called thongs and everyone wore them at the lake – phones were called telephones, – beauty parlors – motels advertised air conditioning and color television – cafe curtains – sting ray bikes – television programs advertised “on living color” – collect phone calls “reverse the charges” The operator would announce “I have a collect call for …… – It took three minutes for the TV to warm up – Nobody owned a purebred dog. You will recognize some started up in your lifetime. – a quarter was a decent allowance – You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny – Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces…and gloves – You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time. And, you got trading stamps to boot – Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
It began tickling the inside of my nose just as I walked through the door, sending a message to my brain that I was entering a very different place in the world, a very comfortable place where, in some kind of unspoken way, it meant I was expected to leave any personal issues and problems at the door so as not to send anyone else inside, especially those hippie employees, on some kind of bum trip.– Lying on your back in the grass with your friends… – Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger… – Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening. jalopy Hunky Dory “Don’t touch that dial,” “Carbon copy,” “You sound like a broken record” “Hung out to dry.” Going to the show Back in the old days we had a lot of moxie. – When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home. – It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’… We’d put on our best bib and tucker straighten up and fly right Heavens to Betsy! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat. – The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team. – Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle. – summers were filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. – Taking drugs meant orange flavored chewable aspirin. – Red Ryder BB guns – plastic baseballs and golf balls – sling shots – roller skates..spending hours playing catch or shooting hoops…scooters, bikes, kites, tree houses, badminton, marbles, dodgeball, wrestling, pogo sticks, stilts, mumbly-peg – road maps(full service gas stations gave them out) before GPS – Tulsa TV memories – Tulsa Radio memories if you google.