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guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Original Post - May 27, 2011 - 09:42pm PT
This is pretty "cool," and yes, that is so fiftyish. But for the old timers on ST this is a true walk down memory lane.

http://oldfortyfives.com/TakeMeBackToTheFifties.htm

Try this one now! http://objflicks.com/TakeMeBackToTheFifties.htm
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK
May 27, 2011 - 10:00pm PT
Agreed I want the Nose FA.....
Tami

Social climber
Canada
May 28, 2011 - 12:40am PT
Joe - I managed to see only 12 days of the "fifties" :-) so my memories are somewhat lacking hahahahaha
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 28, 2011 - 12:42am PT
actually remember the 50s... but I was young... (though older than Tami)...
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
May 28, 2011 - 12:57am PT
It's all totally familiar to me, Joej. Plus I have every song on that video in iTunes still. Thanks!!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
May 28, 2011 - 01:30am PT
I was there. It was okay, but man, my parents had bad taste in furniture...
I was way cooler than the chair.
I was way cooler than the chair.
Credit: Ghost
Tami

Social climber
Canada
May 28, 2011 - 01:36am PT
Cute ears David. Did you ever pick up signals from other lifeforms. Hilarious how Mike'n'Ian BOTH looked like that.
Minus the Very Ear Array tho' :-) hahahahhaha
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
May 28, 2011 - 09:58am PT
I think the best part of the '50's was that children and their parents still felt it safe for them to play and be adventurous. In the summer time we left the house at 8 am with a packed lunch and we didn't come home until the porch light went on at 8 or 9 pm.

We hiked all over the mountains unsupervised, explored caves and old mines, and floated down the Roaring Fork River on innertubes, hitch hiking with people we knew, to get back to our starting point. Nobody ever worried about child molesters or that we would kill ourselves. It was just considered a normal Colorado childhood.
MisterE

Social climber
Cinderella Story, Outa Nowhere
May 28, 2011 - 11:20am PT
That was cool, Guido. I was born in '62 - but some of that material definitely spilled over in to the 60's pretty strongly, because much of it sounds familiar.

I especially loved the RED Skelton show when I was a wee MisterE.
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
May 28, 2011 - 01:16pm PT
Groovy, man! (I guess I mean totally awesome, dude).
It seems like such a distant time, now. As far away as Medieval Europe.
I agree with Jan: what I miss most is that sense of safety one felt.
One never thought it was remotely dangerous to hitch-hike to get to the hills.
gf

climber
May 28, 2011 - 03:21pm PT
Ghost
Your parents were spot on -a rig like that goes for big cash now-a-days -in an age of ikea its really hard to find solid chair stock like that which can be recovered
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 28, 2011 - 05:52pm PT
My older sister was a member of a record club and loved listening those 50's tunes, so I grew up with them and really like the innocence of that time, including the safe times that we felt like we could lead, despite "Drop-Drills" and the accompanying threats of atomic attack. I saw kids yesterday playing in the dead-end street in an up-scale enighborhood that I've lived on, and despite its apparent safety, there is always a parent present watching the kids in a way that we never had, nor felt that we needed.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
May 28, 2011 - 08:03pm PT
I was a little young to actually remember much of the 50s - born in 54. And my parents refused to buy a TV and listened to classical music which meant I missed a lot. lol

But I do remember the 57 Nash Metropolitan car. ha My high school buddy bought one (an old beater by then)in '72 or so and one winter we drove it from Portland to Quinault Lake up in the Olympic Mountains - with a canoe on top. The boat was longer than the car but we did a solid 40 MPH the whole way. Later almost drowned when a storm hit and we found ourselves sideways to 3 plus foot white-capping waves, way out in the middle of the lake. ha

My real memories start more about the time the Beatles hit the Ed Sullivan show. My whole family went to my neighbors house to watch. That summer I convinced by dad to let me grow a "Beatles'" hair cut. Things have gone down hill ever since.
Guck

Trad climber
Santa Barbara, CA
May 28, 2011 - 09:45pm PT
Back then, my heroes were Walter Bonatti, Gaston Rebufat, and the explorer Paul Emile Victor. There was not a single bolt on any route in the world, and climbing was more of a communion with the mountains than a muscular extension of gymnastics. Anapurna was the first 8000 meter summit conquered with wool clothing, leather shoes and a lot of gusto. I just cannot imagine what the climbers of that time could have done with the "modern" equipment! I still long for the time when people took responsibility for their actions, and did not sue the equipment manufacturers for their failure to make the summit, for the time when family and friends always came first, and for the time when life was not a constant quest to be better that everyone else.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 28, 2011 - 09:47pm PT
Getting honed for the great ranges in Chicago - mid-fifties

Credit: Reilly
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
May 28, 2011 - 09:47pm PT
Damn, looks like a stand-in for The Beaver.

Yup. Everybody said that. But that's okay. I was Canadian, and what is more Canadian than beaver?
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
May 29, 2011 - 01:36am PT
Ghost
That chair goes for 1500.00 now so your folks were cool. Just a question for you ol timers if life was so good then WTF lead to the 60's and all those drugs?
WBraun

climber
May 29, 2011 - 01:45am PT
The 60's was the revolution awakening for all the bullshit we've been fed ....
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
May 29, 2011 - 08:41am PT
I'd like to try and answer Silver's question if I can.
That 50's were not that good for everyone. I think generally it was a good time if you were middle class, male and white.
And I think the 60's and drugs came because cultures, like people, change and evolve with time.
The youth saw free love (a loosening of morals), psychedelics, and not working for the MAN as progress towards a better life.
BBA

climber
OF
May 29, 2011 - 12:17pm PT
Reminds me of cruising down Colorado Blvd (class of 58, Monrovia). Worst memory was Pat Boone "covering" Fats Domino's songs, e.g., Blueberry Hill. Can you imagine Pat Boone finding his thrill on Blueberry Hill? Listening to Johnny Otis and the best of R&B on Huntin' with Hunter Hancock. But, to tell the truth, the music has gotten better through the years.
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