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It was the start of a decade not to be forgotten.

It was my growing up period.  A very bad year for me

in many ways.  My last year of Jr. High I was kicked out

for smoking in boy's restroom.  Then a few months later

I was kicked out again in my first of high school,

smoking on school property as the Vice-Principal was

waiting for me out side of door way, as I lit up, there he

was.  My dog shep died just before school started.

After those things it was a great year.  Some great

TV shows were on that year, the debut of the Andy

Griffith show with good old Barney Fife as his deputy.

Then there was the Jack Benny Show, My Three Sons,

and Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp and many more.

The Pittsburt Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in

Seven games in a huge upset.  The Eagles upset the

Green Bay Packers in the NFL Title Game, this was way

before the Super Bowl.  Movies coming our way were

Psycho a very scary movie.  David Jansen made a movie called

"Ring of Fire", where he played a Deputy Marshall overpowered by

these two escaped convicts and this girl, they took him hostage,

up into the Oregon Forest, this fire breaks out creating a lot of drama.

John F. Kennedy was elected our President, I was too young to vote for

him, but if elected again I was going to vote for him.  This was before i 

became a Republican, but then came November 22, 1963 changed all of that.

My friend Danny and I started our 3rd year working at the Iowa State Fair

as ticket takers on the midway.  That fall him and I  went to our

first sock hop at our new school East High, we didn't dance with anyone,

we went to look at the pretty girls, us being too shy to talk with them.

Our football team had a great season with a 6-2 record.  They won the big

six conference and the City Championship.  I really miss going to those

high school football games.

Music was starting to go downhill for me, until Chubby Checker came

out with the song "The Twist" then later came the Beach Boys and Dion

was great.  Was so young in 1960 i had my whole life in front of me,

now most of it is behind me.  But those were great times.

Written 8-18-11

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  1. Date: 8/25/2011 11:26:00 PM
    Nice "slice of life" - Those days have passed into history. I took a course in the "History of the 1960's" at the New School a while back and my aunt commented incredulously "The 1960's are history?" I have seen the Beach Boys and Dion perform live and I remember both well. Hope you can come back to the "Soup" soon. Peace & blessings Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 9:20:00 AM
    Another lovely nostalgic piece, my friend. I hope you can find a decent internet provider soon. I guess you could always write pieces for Soup and then send them off to editors...

  1. Date: 8/18/2011 10:57:00 PM
    I agree with John, Memory lane is a safe haven for many. Nice one JAMES!

  1. Date: 8/18/2011 10:15:00 PM
    Those were saner years than these. It seems we accelerate toward chaos, so hang on tight. Another fifty years and we'd think we're on some other planet.

  1. Date: 8/18/2011 10:11:00 PM
    I sure relate to a lot of this, I was following right behind you!! Now when you said you went Republican and then you said that 1963 changed all that, I sure hope that doesn't mean you are still Republican. haha. Good poem. LUv, Andrea