Memories of 1966

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Most of us managed to get our photos in the Aquilian

And a surprising percentage of us graduated . . .

. . . no mean feat when you consider that the prefrontal cortex of the brain - - the brain's control center - - typically does not mature until the mid-twenties. That could also explain some of the crazy stuff we did while at Skyline.  I'm thinking of you Rodger Polychronis, Steve Ingleby, John Moreau and other unnamed parties and the 25 dozen eggs you threw at passing cars and pedestrians during one Friday evening back in 1966.  Although, in truth, it must be said that there was a majestic beauty to each wave of smashed eggs as it swept over the windshield of each oncoming car that night.  Juvenile delinquency can, in rare instances, rise to the level of art.

On the other hand, sometimes juvenile delinquency is just plain juvenile delinquency. Take for instance the time during the first week of January of 1966 when Bob Howells and I decided to perform a little public service by collecting old, dried-out Christmas trees that were lining the streets in neighborhoods around Skyline.  

We tied three or four trees at a time to the rear bumper of Bob's 1961 pink Rambler Classic Custom sedan and dragged them into a big pile in the middle of 3535 South just west of Skyline High School, doused them with gasoline and set them ablaze.  It probably wasn't a good idea to stack the trees so high or in the middle of a road with occasional car traffic.  But, we did get rid of a lot of Christmas trees in short order in an amazing conflagration and traffic was only impeded for a half hour or so.  As I say, the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed at 17.

Many of us went out for the football team, even if we only weighed 145 lbs. in full uniform and ended up serving as tackling dummies for for the likes of Dave Knudsen, Terry Lewis, John Gough and Dan Densley.

The team was rolling until that heartbreaking loss to Davis in the State Football Semi-Final game. We coulda had it all.

And up in the bleachers we cheered for our team.  Ah, the joy of victory (Skyline 57 Hillcrest 0) and the agony of defeat (Skyline 14 Davis 21).  But Skyline's bleachers were also the situs of more nefarious activities . . . 

It was there beneath the bleachers to which a number of us resorted to grab a smoke between classes or at lunch, despite the occasional raids by Mr. Ridd and Mr. Wahlquist.

You actually had to be good to make the b-ball team.  Most of us sat in the stands and cheered for "Tree" Kelly, Pete Cairo, Scottie Bevan, Jeff Johnson and Oly Olson, to name a few. But guys . . .

. . . how did we manage to lose three times to Olympus in 1966?

We cheered for all the other mens sports teams too: wrestling, track, baseball, swimming, tennis, soccer and golf.  Oh, and all the womens' sports teams too, right? Actually, not so much back in those pre-Title IX days.  Peggy Chamberlain, Barb Johnson, Tine Ohlson, Linda Livingston, Kathy Dahn and Katie Christensen were on the Skyline Ski Team.  And that was it for women in sports at Skyline in 1966.  Check out the ski team coach: Ted Wilson.

On the other hand, the women did join Pep Club and Modern Dance.

Kathy, Kathy and Lynda received rave reviews for their artistic performances in the "Black Is the Color" dance concert.

Do you remember what we wore back in those days? How we wore our hair?  What was cool?  Check out the shoes in the below shot:  leather flats, blue tennies or black and white oxfords with rolled down white socks for the girls and penny loafers, low-cut black Converse and rough-out cowboy boots with Adler socks for the boys.  Girls had to wear skirts or dresses every day.  What obscure male adminstrator back at the district office came up with that rule? For the boys it was slacks or Levis and collared shirts.  No cut-offs, no shorts, no T-shirts.

And how about the hair?  

While a number of girls like Terry Larrouy, Julie Quayle, Leslie Petersen, Joan Rushing and Bonnie Westenskow just wore their hair long and straight, most wore it shoulder length or shorter and either flipped it up at the ends or curled it under, often with a nifty little forward curl along the cheek or jaw line. 

Hair styles for boys usually fell into several distinct categories:

A lot of guys like Dale Beam preserved the traditional, swept-back, Brylcream look of the early 60's. 

Others, like Woody Terry, adopted the low-maintenance buzz cut that Coach Lindford preferred.

Most, like Scott Jager, had long since transitioned from the flat top to the beta cut.

While a few trendsetters like Kit Butcher were already moving towards the 1970s mullet.  Grow that hair down over the ears and neck and you've got it dude.

And a few, like Bob Howells, were just having a bad hair day when they had their yearbook photos taken.

Then there were the dances . . .

Check out the lavish decorations for the 1966 Homecoming Dance that totally transformed the school gym into a Viennese ballroom (or not).  Afterwards, we dined at Log Haven, the Heidelberg, Johnny Quong's The Hawaiian or Shores Drive-In.

Here some of us are arriving at the Junior Prom: "Il Camino de Amore".

How about those long formals, some provocatively sleeveless.

But we all lived for the weekends, right?  Pile the buddies in the car on Friday evening and head down to Dee's on Highland Drive or 21st South for a bag of cheap burgers, fries and Cokes.

Maybe grab a sundae at Fernwoods or Snelgroves

Then head west to State Street - - the Street of Dreams.    

Drag State for an hour or two hoping to entice a carload of cute girls to jump in with us.  Hey, we were experts, having memorized the book How To Pick Up Girls

If you were riding with Rodger Polychronis in his Chevy Chevelle SS 396, you had a chance.  But, trolling for girls in my 1962 Renault Dauphine was like fishing with a coat hanger and twine.  But every new weekend brought a resurgence of hope.

One time we did lure three girls from Granite into our car. We were such experienced Lothorios that we could hardly breath regularly yet alone keep a conversation going or make a move to kiss them.  I did date one of them a couple of times thereafter and she turned out to be really nice.

Sometimes if we got hungry again, we would stop at JB's on 7th East or Tampico's between State and Main.

Or if dragging State Street proved unproductive, we would try to find Elmo's grave at the Salt Lake City Cemetary or head to the Highland Drive-In for the late movie. 

If you were stealthy and backed in the exit, sometimes you could sneak in.  We saw Annette Funicello and Franky Avalon there in both Beach Party and Beach Blanket Bingo. I never could figure out what Annette saw in Bobby on the Mickey Mouse Club.

But the real place to go for weekend romance was the Romantic Motor Vu at the top of 33rd South.  

If you never made out at the Romantic Motor Vu, I bet you wish you had.  I saw Dr. Zhivago there in early 1966.  After hooking up the stereo speakers to the windows in front and placing the portable electric heater on the floor in back, my date and I snuggled together in the front seat of my car and watched the sun sink slowly into the Great Salt Lake.  As twilight settled into night, the movie began to roll on the big silver screen in front of us.  I slipped my arm around my date's shoulders as the first notes of “Laura's Theme” started to play.  By the time Yuri Zhivago reached the Eastern Front in WWI, my arm had gone to sleep. Still, I refused to move for fear of shattering the magic of the moment. By the time Yuri returned to Moscow from the front, I knew I had to either move my arm or risk having to have it amputated later that night.  So, I slowly withdrew the lifeless limb while rotating my head around my date for a covering kiss.  Keeping one eye on the screen, we remained in that amorous clench through the rest of the movie, untangling only long enough to occasionally defrost the windshield.  Now, whenever I hear “Laura’s Theme”, I think back with a wistful smile to that winter’s night at the Romantic Motor Vu.

Did you go to a Beach Boys concert at the Terrace or Lagoon?

Here's what was going on in the rest of the U.S. and round the world between August 1965 and June 1966:

Aug 29 

Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5

Aug 30

Casey Stangel announces his retirement after 55 years in baseball

Sep 4

Beatles release new single “Help!”, which goes #1 on the charts

Sep 6

India invades West Pakistan beginning the Indo-Pakistani War

Sep 7-10

Hurricane Betsey devastates FL, MS and LA, killing 75

Sep 9

Tibet made an autonomous region of China

Sep 10

Great Britain tests nuclear bomb at Nevada test site

Sep 11

Beatles “Help!” album hits #1 and stays there for 9 weeks

Sep 11

U.S. Army First Calvary Division arrives in Vietnam

Sep 12

Dick Van Dyke Show wins 17th Emmy Awards

Sep 13

Today Show broadcasts in color for the first time

Sep 28

Taal Volcano explodes on Luzon Philippines killing around 100

Sep 29

Ralph Boston sets the world long jump record of 27’ 4 ¾”

Oct 6

Supremes release “I Hear a Symphony”


Oct 8

USSR sets off nuclear bomb at Eastern Kazakh test facility

Oct 15

Dodgers’ Sandy Kofax wins 7th game of World Series against the Minn. Twins

Oct 25

Rolling Stones release “Get Off of My Cloud”

Oct 28

Gateway Arch completed in St. Louis, Missouri

Oct 28

Pope Paul VI proclaims Jews not collectively guilty for crucifixion

Nov 8

“Days of Our Lives” premieres on TV

Nov 9

Willie Mays named National League MVP

Nov 9

13-hour blackout of northeast U.S. and Canada occurs

Nov 12

Ferdinand Marcos elected the president of the Phillipines

Nov 12

Mad Dog Vachon beat Crusher Lisowski to win the heavyweight wrestling title

Nov 14

U.S. sends 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam

Nov 15

Craig Breedlove sets world land speed record of 600.601 mph at the Salt Flats

Nov 17

UN General Assembly refuses to admit China’s Peoples Republic

Nov 19

Kellogg’s creates the Pop Tart

Nov 22

Muhammad Ali TKOs Floyd Patterson to claim heavyweight boxing title

Nov 23

U.S. explodes H-bomb at Nevada Test Site

Dec 8

Nikolai Podgorny success Mikojan as President of the USSR

Dec 9

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” premieres

Dec 19

French President Charles De Gaulle re-elected

Dec 22

“Doctor Zhivago”, based on the Boris Pasternak novel, premieres in NYC

Dec 26

“Funny Girl” starring Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway

Dec 29

“Thunderball”, the 4th James Bond movie premieres in Tokyo

Jan 1

12-day transit worker strike shuts down subway in NYC

Jan 1

“Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel reaches #1

Jan 1

“Caution cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health” appears on cig packs

Jan 1

UCLA beats Michigan State in the Rose Bowl

Jan 8

Beatles “Rubber Soul” album hits #1 and stays there for 6 weeks

Jan 8

The Who and the Kinks appear on the last “Shindig” TV show on ABC

Jan 10

Julian Bond denied seat in Georgia legislature for opposing Vietnam War

Jan 11

550 die in rain-induced land slides in Rio de Janeiro

Jan 12

LBJ says U.S. should remain in Vietnam until the end of the communists aggression

Jan 12

“Batman” starring Adam West and Burt Ward premieres on ABC

Jan 16

Metropolitan Opera opens in Lincoln Center

Jan 19

Indira Gandhi becomes the 4th prime minister of India

Feb 3

Soviet Union soft-lands Luna 9 on the Moon

Feb 9

Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points

Feb 14

Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA scoring record with 20,884 points

Feb 27

World Ladies Figure Skating Championship won in Davos by Peggy Fleming

Mar 2

U.S. buildup in South Vietnam reaches 215,000 soldiers

Mar 3

Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al. form rock group Buffalo Springfield

Mar 3

Tornado slams Jackson Miss., killing 57

Mar 6

Barry Sadlers’ “Ballad of the Green Berets” hits #1 on the record charts

Mar 15

Race riots erupt in Watts section of Los Angeles

Mar 25

U.S. Supreme Court rules that “Fanny Hill” is not obscene and poll tax is illegal

Mar 27

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations break out across U.S., Europe & Australia

Mar 30

Barbra Streisand stars on “Color Me Barbra” special on CBS

Feb 27

World Ladies Figure Skating Championship won in Davos by Peggy Fleming

Mar 2

U.S. buildup in South Vietnam reaches 215,000 soldiers

Mar 3

Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al. form rock group Buffalo Springfield

Mar 3

Tornado slams Jackson Miss., killing 57

Mar 6

Barry Sadlers’ “Ballad of the Green Berets” hits #1 on the record charts

Mar 15

Race riots erupt in Watts section of Los Angeles

Mar 25

U.S. Supreme Court rules that “Fanny Hill” is not obscene and poll tax is illegal

Mar 27

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations break out across U.S., Europe & Australia

Mar 30

Barbra Streisand stars on “Color Me Barbra” special on CBS

May 16

Mao Zedong releases May 16 Notification launching the Chinese Cultural Revolution

May 20

The French film “A Man and a Woman” wins at the Cannes Film Festival

May 26

Buddhist monk sets himself on fire in Hue, South Vietnam

May 30

U.S. launches 300 plane bombing raid on North Vietnam

Jun 2

U.S. soft-lands Surveyor 1 probe on the Moon

Jun 4

Hurricane Alma strikes Honduras, killing 51

Jun 6

Stokely Carmichael launches “Black Power” movement

Jun 10

Janis Joplin performs her first live concert in San Francisco

June 10

Mamas & Papas win gold record for “Monday, Monday”