Tuesday, April 30, 2019

1970s hair

I've been working on a narrative history write-up of the family, and as I've pored over photos, I've been struck by how dramatically hair styles shifted, especially between the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1967, my brothers and I wore short crops. Mine was called a pixie cut, theirs were called crew cuts. Clearly, the Beatles' hairstyles hadn't caught on with our family.

By 1972, though, my siblings and I had adopted the long-hair fashions. 

A more thorough overview of the hairstyles of the 1960s and 1970s are found at these blessedly uncluttered websites:

Recently I shared the photo below taken in 1972 with my writing group. "Oh dear," my friend Sue said when she saw it. "We all looked like that back then, didn't we?" So we did.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Crockett hair

I've had to face it. My childhood was not politically correct. Growing up in the 1960s we played many games where we were frontiersmen carrying long rifles and fighting off the Indians. All three of us kids were totally obsessed with Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.

The Daniel Boone TV series started in 1964 and ran for the next six seasons. Every week when the next "Daniel Boone" episode was showing, we kids gathered in the family room to watch, and while we were at it, destroy the couch. Our couch was a mid-century modern sofa day bed. It was probably an original Herman Miller -- Dad being an architect, he liked to have only the finest.

Sure, we'd start out sitting on the couch, but those foam-stuffed back cushions were loose, so as the show got going, my brothers and I would pull them off and ride those cushions like horses. If a fight started happening, which it often did, we used them to wallop each other with them, and pretty much tear the whole family room apart. No wonder that couch didn't last.

All these memories came flooding back the other day when my friend Eric Lord sent me a picture -- a picture postcard, maybe -- of a kid with a coonskin-style Crockett hairstyle. And I thought I was a true fan.