Monday, May 25, 2009

Ticket To Ride

I don't think I made a secret of the fact that my birthday was last week. In fact, I expect to celebrate for the whole month of May. But when you celebrate a major birthday (which is anything past forty) it kind of gets you to thinking about the passage of time. I graduated in the year 1969 so I get to say I am a child of the '60's which is a cool thing to be. The 60's started out slow, but along about midway, things really picked up steam, ending with a bang. For the benefit of y'all who weren't fortunate enough to be a teenager during these turbulent times, I thought I would give y'all a crash history lesson beginning with what really was the icon of the 60's, the Ford Mustang. Forget your daddy's car...this car defined our generation of cool! There is no better ride for a trip down memory lane than this except maybe in blue.I'm going to be skipping around a bit, so just bear with me. You know the memory is one of the first things to go, so I just have to write as I remember. They say if you can remember the 60's, you weren't really there...but I was there all right...just as a weekend hippie with no need for matches.
I graduated in May 1969. In case you can't do the math, that means my 40 year high school reunion is just around the corner! Richard Nixon was inaugurated as President of the United States and Golda Meir became Prime Minister of Israel. Apollo 11 was launched and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Woodstock hit New York and Hurricane Camille, the gulf coast. The Brady Bunch and Sesame Street both debuted on television and are still on. The Mets won the World Series and WalMart incorporated, both miracles! The great Emmit Smith was born and the great Judy Garland died. We were listening to some of the greatest music ever like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Proud Mary", and a "Whole Lotta Love". Led Zeppelin released "Led Zeppelin I" while the ending of "Easy Rider" stayed with us forever. It was definitely a year for firsts!
1968 saw a coming of changes. Johnny Cash recorded "Live At Folsom Prison"and Charlton Heston got lost on "The Planet of the Apes". 60 Minutes and Rowan & Martin's Laugh In" debuted on television. Hair opened on Broadway. Youth ruled as Janis and the Big Brother and the Holding Co. gave us "Cheap Thrills"! On the AM car radio, "Hey Jude", "Born To Be Wild", "Chain of Fools" and "In-a-gadda-da-vida" rocked as we cruised. Tony Hawks was born and we lost Helen Keller, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
1967 was the "Summer of Love". Super Bowl I was played with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs. Aretha was getting airtime with "Respect" and Elvis was marrying Priscilla. We had the Monterrey Pop Festival and the first heart transplant. The Beatles were huge with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Jimi Hendrix asked "Are You Experienced"? We all danced to "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" on Sump'n Else at North Park. Ron Chapman was our disc jockey and we all wanted to be Joanie Prather and be a go-go girl to "Light My Fire" and "San Francisco".
1966 was a year of fun. The muscle cars and music were fast. Twiggy was thin and the skirts were short! The Beach Boys rocked our world with "Pet Sounds"! Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister of India, Daylight Savings Time was observed and Caesar's Palace opened in Vegas. Star Trek debuted and made lifetime Trekkies out of a lot of us. We were just starting to make some noise on 8-track players with "When A Man Loves A Woman", "These Boots Are Made For Walking" and "Wild Thing" and then Janet Jackson was born.
1965 was a very good year for music. Hullabaloo was on television and we could watch Sonny and Cher sing "I Got You, Babe" and get our hearts broke listening to the Righteous Brothers croon "Unchained Melody". Petula rocked us with "Downtown" while the Watts riots shocked us. "Charlie Brown Christmas" and "The Sound of Music" stole our hearts and we still had the right "Darrin" on Bewitched. We saw LBJ sworn in and Churchill's funeral. The Astrodome opened and "Days of Our Lives" changed our lives. Fashion got thrown for a loop with the mini-skirt and men everywhere just said thank you!
Elvis returned home from Germany is 1960. Harper Lee gave us "To Kill A Mockingbird" while Chubby Checker encouraged us to do the "Twist". Music was all over the place going from "Alley Oop" to "Tell Laura I Love Her". It was little plain vanilla at the beginning of the sixties, but the quiet wouldn't last thanks to the "Pill"!
1961 saw things beginning to pop with the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. It seems apropos that it was an "upside down" year, because things soon would be turned for a loop! The Peace Corps was formed, the Vietnam War officially began and Barbie was introduced to Ken. "I Fall To Pieces", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and "Where The Boys Are" were on the hi-fis in middle class America. We are forever thankful that George Clooney was born in 1961 and that we had "Breakfast At Tiffany's"!
Can you believe it...WalMart opened its first store in Arkansas in 1962 and forever changed retail. Ringo Starr joined the Beatles. Spider Man made his debut in comic books and the term "personal computer" was used for the first time. Music was not rock and roll, but not boring either. "Telstar", "Go Away Little Girl", "Peppermint Twist" and "He's A Rebel" were catching some air waves.
The days of Camelot ruled 1963 for a while. Tab Cola was introduced along with zip codes. We heard the "I have a dream" speech and wanted to believe. We saw the first Smiley Face and Mike Myers was born. Things were beginning to rock with "Louie, Louie", "Wipe Out" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". The British Invasion had happened. And the end of the year saw the loss of our innocence.
Then all H-E-Double Hockey Sticks hit!!! 1964 saw big and fast changes. Beginning with the birth of Theresa C. in Galveston Texas. She hit the gulf coast causing all kinds of hurricanes in her path. She brought in the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, the game show Jeopardy, Shindig on television and the Ford Mustang. No one could have foreseen that one tiny baby would wrought changes and the beginning of the "young" generation. But I'm telling you...this one little spark plug baby resulted in "Pretty Woman", "Gloria", and "Baby Love"! She sparked the revolution!
Now I know you are wondering how one little baby could be responsible for all that changed after her birth, but believe me it's true. Would I lie to you? Look at how she continues to shake things up in the junking world. I for one am so thankful she was born. And I think this old hippie will go over now and tell her Happy Birthday! Care to join me? Well, just hop in the back seat and let's ride! No arguing over shotgun though!


Found Around said...

Happy Birthday to you Deb! I missed out on your big day. I'll move on over and wish Teresa one too! Have a great weekend Susan

Sue said...

Thanks for all the memories, wow, where does the time go? Happy Birthday

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...


"Whose the class that's really fine?
The Senior Class of 69!"

Thanks so much for the walk down memory lane! All I can say is FAR OUT, DUDE! I had a RIGHTEOUS time! I am so glad that fringe and peace signs have reappeared! Civilization is not lost yet...there is hope!


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Just as I'm reading your story, remembering some of the things you mentioned and also remembering my favorite show, Dark Shadows, did anyone but me watch that and...I get to the bottom and there I am. You are TOO funny!! Thanks for the memories and mention too!! Nobody can tell a story like you. Quit your daytime job and write novels, I'll be your agent. I'll just need to get permission from Lulu first since I'm still sorta her agent or that only at the Texas shows!!

Jodie LeJeune said...

Oh Debbie...that was too cool. Although I'm not a hippie chick...nor was I even a twinkle in my parent's eyes (or elsewhere) back then, you make the 60's sound so cool.
I wish you could be my Mom! (Sorry Jenn...just wondering if there's room for me too?)
May is almost over but I think you should keep on celebrating...EVERYDAY is a great day when ya wake up breathing!!!!!
I just loved this post!!!!!
everything vintage

Maison Douce said...

Debbie, I so enjoyed this stroll along the sixties....!!! I was born in 63, so I was quite young and don't remember much (I do remember watching the astronauts walking on the moon!), but I have always had a fascination for this era and I feel like a hippie at heart...!! Plus, I think the 60's have undoubtedly the best music ever created!!!

Junkin' Yaya said...

What a fun trip down memory lane! Boy, does that all bring back memories!!! And I for sure will "cruise over to Ms. T" in my 1966 Red convertible Mustang! (Yepper I had one of those and the infamous blue bug!) :)

Thanks for the memories.....xo...deb

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Deb, you're even cooler than I already thought!

Cher said...

Number One was military in the 60s so I remember different things but it was a fun trip down memory lane anyway.

The Texas Woman

The Green Pea said...

Debbie, that was a fun post. Thank you for the memories, it seems like just yesterday. Where has the time gone?? 1964 was a great year, Theresa was born and now she is all grown up...Sandi

delighted heart said...

Left a good job in the city...worrying bout the way that things might have been....oh sorry I was still stuck on Proud Mary. The first song I learned to play on my guitar! I was only a few years behind you girlfriend! I had the white go-go boots and the dreamy professor on the 3 hour tour that turned into "Gilliagan's" Island"! And to go along with groovey and cool I got chewed out for someone writing have a bitchin (as in double-cool)summer in my yearbook! Did you actually remember all that stuff or look up "the sixties" in wikipidia! Anyway it was definitely bitchin! I can't wait for your Ms. Bella to come home so you can spend hours holding her like I did mine today. Man...what a trip!

delighted heart said...

that should read...remember the dreamy professor...LOL


I was scrolling down, reading, smiling, enjoying the pictures....until that last one!! Do I need to teach you how to crop a picture and cut out the unnecessary parts -- meaning me?? Or maybe you need to teach me how to do your famous 'pose for the camera' so I'll look as fabulous as you always do in all your photos?? You must have taught Theresa the pose -- she looks great!!

That post was a blast! Keep them coming... Maggie

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie , I was an early bloomer so 1969 found me at the ripe old age of 13 groovin' to Led Zepplin , Pink Floyd , and Black Sabbath. I LOVED Janis Joplin! We thought they were Boss! I wore my Levi's down around my hips ( low riders! ) and got sent home from Jr. High. Very scandulous. :0) Looking back , I prefer the sweeter years of Elvis and Ricky Nelson , Bewitched ( with the 1st Darrin ) , Jan and Marcia and their Teen drama . My all time favorite was Little Joe on Bonanza and Heath from the Big Valley. Thanks the the stroll down memory lane. Hope that B day was GREAT! Love , Sue

Cottage Way of Life said...

Oh man, it was like walking through my life reading that. I graduated in 1969 too. My birthday is the first week of June ... Debbie, you and I are the same vintage (and a fine one too I think)!

I grew up in Richard Nixon's home town. I saw the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl. I was a hippie-tie-dye-wearing art student. I loved Shindig. I saw Jimmy Hendrix at a music festival a couple of months after Woodstock and thought my parents were horrible parents because they wouldn't let me drive my red mustang across the country to go to Woodstock.

And even way back then ... I headed that red mustang to the town dump to hunt for treasures. Been hauling home junk my whole life. ;-)

misselaineous said...

Morning Debbie! That was a fun post! Did you really remember all those happenings?...or did you have some crib sheets somewhere??!!! My hubby also graduated in ' in '72. Where has the time gone? Rock on!! *elaine*

Bonnie said...

Hi Debbie! I graduated in 1969 too! You put so much into your post that it's hard to comment on any one thing but I do remember it all.

In 1964/65 our family went to the NY World's Fair and I do remember it was the first place I had a taco and baklava. The fair also introduced the first Mustang convertible the coolest car ever. In fact in one attraction, you hopped in the Mustang (which was on a track) and it drove you through Disneyland's newest attraction. It was the coolest thing ever!

Thanks for the memories!

Trailer Trash said...

You are one hip sista! Happy b-day, I am so glad that you are feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Man, I've been so crazy busy that I'm missing out on everything! I've barely been getting my posts up and haven't been able to read many blogs. Sorry.

So sorry that I missed your Birthday. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!!! Hope you enjoyed your special day.

Dixie said...

A belated Happy Birthday... I loved that stroll down memory lane with you... I too was a teen in the late 60's... but I was the one driving... somebody had to stay sober! ;)

have a joyous week!

Barn House said...

Happy B-Day!!! I have been soooo buried in pre + post show duties I have missed the most important day of the year!! :o) Much love to you and your family from The Boys of BH...

J & J