My friend Dominic invited me into a FaceBook group centered on
It attracted counter culture artists and social activists. I remember the whole town getting together at a place that was called either The Coffee House or The Book Store (depending on why you were there) to watch a CBS news special about hippies. Everyone had a great laugh.
Friday nights they would screen old serials and silent movies. My favorites were The Sheik and Son of The Sheik starring Rudolf Valetino.
Across the street from The Coffee House was The Coach and Four Pub. My parents were both bartenders there. Across the street from that was our house, the first one as you entered The Circle.
The Circle was the main gathering place of the community. We had Shakespeare, live music, and art fairs there. In the winter plows pushed snow into it. This created a mountain that Santa used for his throne.
The guy that ran
Our first public swimming pool was a square box of a building that was the Vashon Gym at the corner of
In the Laclede Town FaceBook one of the kids I grew up with published a photo of the last piece of the Arch being added. He mentioned a
When we moved to
I don’t think they were equipped to deal with us. All we did was copy definitions directly from a dictionary. We used to win bags of candy if we were fast.
I was in 1st grade. My buddy Jeff Jones sat next to me in the 2nd grade row. We were pretty much left alone and he taught me cursive handwriting.
By 1967 or 1968 my folks were divorced and we moved. My dad stayed in another part across Laclede called
We moved back to
People always seem to compare
This news paper article from 1966 shows me leaning over a book at