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(Slate)   The fabulous roller skaters of 1970s Florida. Your mom looks...deranged   (slate.com) divider line 105
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2014-02-07 11:59:35 AM
The first and last pictures are awesome.
 
2014-02-07 12:22:14 PM
The early 70s were a freaky time.  Because I was very young I saw the Counter Culture from a distance, but it left an indelible image.  It's not a time I would want to go back to.
 
2014-02-07 01:07:09 PM
Holy Christ.

I remember going to skating rinks as a kid in the early 80s, and hearing the older folks say 'yeah, this is ok, but...it's nothing on what it was like in the 70s'. 

Looking at this, I wonder why on Earth anyone would yearn for it.
 
2014-02-07 01:24:40 PM
Those are disturbing on a very, very basic level.
 
2014-02-07 01:33:33 PM
OK
I was a kid in the 70s.
lessee what we have here.
Starts off with Matt Mcconaughey,  gay, cruising for boys.
Next pic, Ah yes, children smoked back then, I do remember that. I did, too.
And there's that kid they made all the "big eyed kid" paintings of.  That is Iconic 70s shait right there.
Moving on..
Next pic: Excellent. This is choice. Slutty middle schooler with her defiant friend shooting the photog the finger.
That is Iconic, and so much like every night of my 13 year old summers.
Next pic: Scary Adults. Probably perverts.
Next: Yeah. Big kids didn't know not to wear horizontal patterns back them. they looked like a TV on the fritz.
Next: Skank. Her boyfriend's a mechanic and they live together in sin.
Next: He knocked her up. That's subby's real father.
Next: Pretty typical of fashion for girls back then, and very very sexy.
Next: Why, Miss Cyrus, who are your friends? Are they rock stars?
Next: Looks like the Schnapps paid off.

Yep. classic stuff.
Makes me look back and cry.
 
2014-02-07 01:33:43 PM
To put it in perspective, this was an era when every high school male was worried he would soon be drafted and sent off to Vietnam to die. So they partied well.

Some of those fashions look current again. Grandma didn't have momjeans
 
2014-02-07 01:52:28 PM
www.slate.com


oh my.
 
2014-02-07 01:54:26 PM
Never go full McConaughey.

/Schnapps in the pants so the ladies know you have taste.
 
2014-02-07 01:56:44 PM
Ah, the days when women would wear hair curlers in public.

Anyway, the chick with the glasses was hawt.
 
2014-02-07 01:58:24 PM
Those are absolutely fantastic.

I wish I could afford a couple prints.
 
2014-02-07 02:10:33 PM

vudukungfu: Next pic, Ah yes, children smoked back then, I do remember that. I did, too.


Yep.  When I started high school in 1990, they had a smoking lounge.  For students.  And I remember walking by the teachers lounge and it reeking of cigarettes.  And this was a very well-to-do high school.
 
2014-02-07 02:19:54 PM

downstairs: vudukungfu: Next pic, Ah yes, children smoked back then, I do remember that. I did, too.

Yep.  When I started high school in 1990, they had a smoking lounge.  For students.  And I remember walking by the teachers lounge and it reeking of cigarettes.  And this was a very well-to-do high school.


My high school had a really nice outdoor area right off the cafeteria for smoking. Later on, they painted a line through the middle of it and said you had to stay on one side (furthest away from the doors and windows) to smoke, before banning it altogether.
 
2014-02-07 02:23:20 PM

naughtyrev: My high school had a really nice outdoor area right off the cafeteria for smoking. Later on, they painted a line through the middle of it and said you had to stay on one side (furthest away from the doors and windows) to smoke, before banning it altogether.


We had a student strike, walk out - in order to get a smoking lounge.
We got it.
It was a great place to take a drink
 
2014-02-07 02:28:58 PM

vudukungfu: naughtyrev: My high school had a really nice outdoor area right off the cafeteria for smoking. Later on, they painted a line through the middle of it and said you had to stay on one side (furthest away from the doors and windows) to smoke, before banning it altogether.

We had a student strike, walk out - in order to get a smoking lounge.
We got it.
It was a great place to take a drink


I'm curious... around what year?
 
2014-02-07 02:36:47 PM

downstairs: vudukungfu: naughtyrev: My high school had a really nice outdoor area right off the cafeteria for smoking. Later on, they painted a line through the middle of it and said you had to stay on one side (furthest away from the doors and windows) to smoke, before banning it altogether.

We had a student strike, walk out - in order to get a smoking lounge.
We got it.
It was a great place to take a drink

I'm curious... around what year?


We too had an outdoor smoking area outside our cafeteria.... that was 1981.

My nephew graduated from the same school a couple years ago. When I asked him if they still had the smoking area outside the caf, he looked at me like I had lobsters coming out of my ears.
 
2014-02-07 02:37:03 PM
Interesting... but not exactly Larry Clark's Tulsa
 
2014-02-07 02:37:28 PM

brap: Those are absolutely fantastic.

I wish I could afford a couple prints.


Save the image and take it to your local reprographics shop.  They'll be able to print it out at least 1200 dpi up to 36" wide.
 
2014-02-07 02:38:28 PM

downstairs: vudukungfu: naughtyrev: My high school had a really nice outdoor area right off the cafeteria for smoking. Later on, they painted a line through the middle of it and said you had to stay on one side (furthest away from the doors and windows) to smoke, before banning it altogether.

We had a student strike, walk out - in order to get a smoking lounge.
We got it.
It was a great place to take a drink

I'm curious... around what year?


My school had banned it by the time I went there in the mid 90s, but my parents taught there for a long time, so I was always around as a kid. All through the 80s you could smoke there.
 
2014-02-07 02:39:40 PM
Smoker's lounge (outdoor patio), 1978-1982.
 
2014-02-07 02:40:02 PM
That reminds me. My sister was practicing with the local roller derby team in Richmond and I had to think of a good nickname for her.
 
2014-02-07 02:40:10 PM

naughtyrev: The first and last pictures are awesome.


My penis is schnapps. Your argument is invalid.
 
2014-02-07 02:40:36 PM
Wow, that's some weapons-grade 'tard going on there.
Yes, I remember the skating rink, although we only cruised through looking for someone (not to pick up chicks, for sure, because they looked like... well, that).

Class of '74
 
2014-02-07 02:41:46 PM
Yates, then in his final year at the University of South Florida

GO BULLS!

c/o 2003
 
2014-02-07 02:43:44 PM
The first one is like Icy Hot Stuntaz during the Oil Embargo days.
 
2014-02-07 02:43:49 PM
And not a single pair of roller skates pictured
 
2014-02-07 02:44:54 PM

Smeggy Smurf: brap: Those are absolutely fantastic.

I wish I could afford a couple prints.

Save the image and take it to your local reprographics shop.  They'll be able to print it out at least 1200 dpi up to 36" wide.


I'm one of those old-school saps that likes to support the actual artist with my dinero.  Any other way just wouldn't feel right to me.
 
2014-02-07 02:45:05 PM
Hey kids, look at what YOUR PARENTS were doing when they were young. Isn't that WILD? Who could have possibly imagined that your parents were once teenagers TOO. You are hooked on crack and pregnant at 18 but your parents were doing roller derby. OMG. Roller derby. OMFG. Roller derby.

BTW, mom and dad the name of your grandkid is Aristotle Camus McPherson. They so thought of that name before you.
 
2014-02-07 02:47:14 PM
went roller skating once when in late teens, feet would move back and forth but my body remained still, the hockey boards were my friend. I did not get laid that night.
 
2014-02-07 02:49:32 PM

rjakobi: That reminds me. My sister was practicing with the local roller derby team in Richmond and I had to think of a good nickname for her.


which one? its a league with several teams, Legend Brewery sponsers them and we occasionly have up here at the pub hanging out.
 
2014-02-07 02:52:55 PM

FlashHarry: [www.slate.com image 850x838]


oh my.


Original Icy Hot Stuntaz
 
2014-02-07 02:53:11 PM
I remember when roller skates had 4 wheels.
 
2014-02-07 02:54:09 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-07 02:55:07 PM

StrikitRich: The early 70s were a freaky time.  Because I was very young I saw the Counter Culture from a distance, but it left an indelible image.  It's not a time I would want to go back to.


spot on.  very freaky.  i grew up then, and i still don't know how to describe it.
 
2014-02-07 02:55:43 PM
Aw Yeah!  Tally FL in the late 70's at Skate-Inn West.  You weren't allowed to smoke in the main room but you could in the bathroom.  Holy Smokes (see what I did there?), smoke was so thick even Yukon Cornelius would get lost.  I asked my 1st girlfriend to couple skate there and we ended up out in back of the building smoking a J and making out.  Good Times, ain't we lucky we got 'em, Good Times.

/CSB
 
2014-02-07 02:59:23 PM

naughtyrev: downstairs: vudukungfu: naughtyrev: My high school had a really nice outdoor area right off the cafeteria for smoking. Later on, they painted a line through the middle of it and said you had to stay on one side (furthest away from the doors and windows) to smoke, before banning it altogether.

We had a student strike, walk out - in order to get a smoking lounge.
We got it.
It was a great place to take a drink

I'm curious... around what year?

My school had banned it by the time I went there in the mid 90s, but my parents taught there for a long time, so I was always around as a kid. All through the 80s you could smoke there.


My high school has a designated smoking area while I was there, Class of '93.
 
2014-02-07 03:00:10 PM
Jim Morrison was charged with indecency in Florida.

Lulz
 
2014-02-07 03:01:54 PM

hammettman: Jim Morrison was charged with indecency in Florida.

Lulz


He was born there, so why not?
 
2014-02-07 03:05:46 PM

hammettman: Jim Morrison was charged with indecency in Florida.


Everywhere he played he should have been charged with indecency, or at least offenses against good taste.
 
2014-02-07 03:08:57 PM

Babwa Wawa: [i.imgur.com image 482x181]


Good catch.
 
2014-02-07 03:09:33 PM

downstairs: I'm curious... around what year?


1974
 
2014-02-07 03:09:46 PM
i1.ytimg.com

Schnaps?  That shiat make me hoark!
 
2014-02-07 03:13:39 PM

Babwa Wawa: [i.imgur.com image 482x181]


i.imgur.com
Nobody messes with the McPoyles!
 
2014-02-07 03:14:03 PM
#2 That kid has the biggest eyes I've ever seen

#3 The second chick is flicking off the camera

#7 But I poop from there...

#8 Oh god yes! Have her bathed ,given a round of penicillin, and sent to my chambers post-haste!
 
2014-02-07 03:14:12 PM

edmo: To put it in perspective, this was an era when every high school male was worried he would soon be drafted and sent off to Vietnam to die. So they partied well.

Some of those fashions look current again. Grandma didn't have momjeans


Forget high school, my uncle got drafted while in graduate school.  Somewhere I have cassette tapes he sent to my grandmother where you can hear mortars landing in the near distance.  Luckily he came home unscathed and went right back and finished his M.S.   On the other hand, our next door neighbors' son came back really messed up.  He got into drugs over there to cope and brought all those demons back home.

As for 'momjeans,' well, there's just no excuse.
 
2014-02-07 03:14:30 PM
This is 1972. Where are the hippies? Where are the blacks? TFA headlines this as Tampa, but this was obviously a country western place. One can see that better with a few more photos from another article about the photos. http://lenscratch.com/2014/01/bill-yates/

lenscratch.com
blondy here is the closest thing to a hippie they've got.
 
2014-02-07 03:14:50 PM
I didn't see a single roller skate.
 
2014-02-07 03:15:14 PM
Difficulty: No roller skates.
 
2014-02-07 03:16:12 PM

naughtyrev: downstairs: vudukungfu: naughtyrev: My high school had a really nice outdoor area right off the cafeteria for smoking. Later on, they painted a line through the middle of it and said you had to stay on one side (furthest away from the doors and windows) to smoke, before banning it altogether.

We had a student strike, walk out - in order to get a smoking lounge.
We got it.
It was a great place to take a drink

I'm curious... around what year?

My school had banned it by the time I went there in the mid 90s, but my parents taught there for a long time, so I was always around as a kid. All through the 80s you could smoke there.


Yep, by the time I was a junior (1992 or so), they got rid of it.

Kids just moved to what everyone called "the smoking tree" because it was huge and you could easily hide behind it.
 
2014-02-07 03:16:53 PM

Rapmaster2000: Babwa Wawa: [i.imgur.com image 482x181]

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Nobody messes with the McPoyles!


I'd always thought she could look pretty great without the monobrow and serial killer facial expression.
 
2014-02-07 03:20:03 PM
#8.... holy nipples batman...
 
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