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TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
May 29, 2011 - 03:01pm PT
LOL, I was not born until 60...
But I distinctly remember, in my 'little kid days', my dad slapping my hand away from the radio as I reached to change the station while Fat's was singing 'Blueberry Hill'

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WBraun:
The 60's was the revolution awakening for all the bullshit we've been fed ...

I think of it more like:

Until the fifties the 'American Dream' was not yet fully financed, by the sixties it was.
"Money talks, B.S walks"!
Since the end of WWII, We as a nation have been doing an increasing amount of side stepping with 'smoke and mirrors' while we have been out walking/globe trotting.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 29, 2011 - 03:02pm PT
Great share Joe!

I couldn't even see over the counter top in the fifties but still appreciate the nostalgia. Even Pat Boone could be cool...amazing.

o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
May 29, 2011 - 04:31pm PT
I was just a little boy in the early fifties.
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In the late 50's We lived in a small village in Luxembourg where half of the street that I lived on was still in ruins from artillery and bombings during ww2.
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I got my first taste of climbing on the rocks near our house.
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We moved from Echternach, Luxembourg, which was very cool, to Bittborg, Germany where my dad was stationed on a tactical air base. The air base was a tense place and was ready to go to war with Russia at any moment.
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We were on alert frequently and we spent nights in the underground air raid/bomb/fallout shelters below the building that we lived in.

By the early sixties it was the height of the cold war. The city of Berlin was divided and "The Berlin Wall" was under construction.
The citizens of East Berlin were desperately trying to flee the city. My Cub Scout pack collected and distributed can foods and clothing to refugee family's that had left their homes in East Berlin via tunneling or crawling through military patrolled barbed wire barricades to freedom in West Germany.
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BBA

climber
OF
May 29, 2011 - 05:24pm PT
Steve - you missed the point. Pat Boone was an abomination to music, especially the things kids liked and many adults found threatening. Boone was not black, so he would sing in his horrible saccharine way and would get big coverage from the sectors of the world that were against primitive, sexual music, race mixing, etc. The LDS way, you might say. Fats and Little richard and so on were not Donny and Marie.
jogill

climber
Colorado
May 30, 2011 - 01:03am PT
There was not a single bolt on any route in the world . . .


Don't you wish.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 30, 2011 - 01:41am PT
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Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
May 30, 2011 - 10:52am PT
The 60's was the revolution awakening for all the bullshit we've been fed ...

yes, werner. but when that genie got out of the bottle, they spent the 70s pushing it back in and sealing the cork. no one misses it except those who remember it.

50s is about america's false innocence. we won the big, bad war, nothing left to do but pose as the good guys against those bad commies on the other side of the planet and start putting on weight. then vietnam came along and it all stopped making sense. then the power whores learned real fast to stop drafting white people's children.

nostalgic for the 50s? watch the truman show.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
May 30, 2011 - 11:56am PT
I was born in the '50's. now I'm livin' 'em.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 30, 2011 - 12:57pm PT
"Don't you wish..."--- Too funny John!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - May 30, 2011 - 02:03pm PT
For a superb read on this era, I recommend "The Fifties" by David Halberstam. For that matter I recommend almost anything he has written.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fifties_(book);
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
May 30, 2011 - 02:58pm PT
Ghost, I have a chair almost identical to the one you're sitting in. So it's actually valuable? Cool. I found it in a Salvation Army store for 40.00 bucks and it is in perfect shape, all nicely recoverd.
Guess I shouldn't take it for granted!!!!
aspendougy

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
May 30, 2011 - 04:29pm PT
I still recall the day the new version of the Tioga Road was opened, I remember vaguely going up the old road. Man, that was a fun trip as a kid. My mom was scared to death of the old road down the East Side.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 12, 2011 - 11:47am PT
Nifty Fifties Bump!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
May 15, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
The fifties, yeah.

Redding to Sacto in 1954. Five years old. Mike was seven. Lenna was two.

We had the classic 1950 Chevrolet de Luxe, two doors, folding front seats, three on the column. A death-trap that took us on Old Highways 99, East or West, back to visit the Grandparents in Redding. Interstates are a '60s thing.

We grew into a family of four. We up-graded to a 1956 Ford Country Squire, the one with fake wood and room for nine with the rear-facing (!) fold-up seat in the back. Another rolling death-trap that saw us through trips to Redding, some great vacation trips to Tahoma on the Cal. side of Tahoe, the beach at Carpinteria (three summer vacations, 59-61), and countless trips from home to school. And our first two trips to Yosemite.

They forgot to mention my favorite comic book of all, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, which always featured Scrooge's money bin. Here is where the mysteries of earthquakes were revealed to me and my brother. Who remembers the Terries and the Firmies?

And my mother refused to allow us to read Mad Magazine!

But we could listen to as much rock and roll on our transistor radios as we could stand. Money for batteries came out of our allowance. A radical dollar fifty a week.

The Scout Camp at Echo Lake, Camp Harvey West.

Days fooling around on the banks and in the inlets of the undeveloped American River near the Watt Ave. bridge, sifting for Indian beads, the days before it became reprehensible. We collected over five quart jars of beads, and nobody knows where they went!

The time my Cub Scout den went on the brand-new TV station, KCRA, ch.3, on the Skipper Stu and Popeye show.

Crusader Rabbit and Tiger Rags (cartoon).

Amos and Andy on TV in Black and White. Every thing B/W, for that matter.

Gunfight at OK Corral. Lonely are the Brave. Two great Douglas films.

I like Ike, Ike and Dick, bumper stickers, but nothing like I Like Dick. Nobody liked dick back then, in fact it was against the law.

Watching the Sierra Nevada skyline on a clear, windless morning and then seeing the mushrooming exhaust of a Nevada atomic test.

My first ride in a '57 Chev wasn't til 1962. The guy had it equipped with a reel-to-reel in the middle of the dash. Surf music, but it was no longer the '50s.

God died soon after the Big Bopper. He was sorry, folks. Time.

Werner in diapers?
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 15, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
Here's your decadal synopsis from the 20's on, courtesy of The Hold Steady.





for the Fifties you get:

"We got shiftless in the '50s, holding hands and going steady
Twisting into dark parts of the large midwestern cities"




The "good old days" haven't happened yet, there are significant downsides to every bit of history, and the fifties are certainly no better than average.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
May 15, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
For a superb read on this era, I recommend "The Fifties" by David Halberstam.

That is a great book, and definitely underscores the idea that the Fifties weren't all amazing for everyone.

I like a quote by historian Stephanie Koontz (in her book, "The Way We Never Were"): "Contrary to popular opinion, Leave It to Beaver isn't a documentary."
zBrown

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
May 15, 2012 - 07:49pm PT
Cameras have improved since then.

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Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 15, 2012 - 08:03pm PT


Where's that flying car I was promised?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2012 - 08:08pm PT
The flying part is easy enough, it's the landing component...LOL
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
May 15, 2012 - 08:09pm PT
Where's that flying car I was promised?

A big hint might be that the style of the house is still 50's vintage.
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