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New House: 1968

New House: 1968

We lived in three different homes in the San Francisco East Bay hills between early 1963 and summer 1988 and this is the third house. (The first can be seen in the 1964 photos I posted with the '58 Cadillac in them.) 1967 and '68 were big years for my family as my dad came into an inheritance and bought this house and a new Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. III, also posted previously. The front yard had two tall eucalyptus trees that had been poorly topped several years before we moved in and the trees would snap large limbs that would come crashing down in storms. That drooping limb in the photo came down one windy and rainy Saturday in 1980 and just missed my buddy's '66 Chevelle that was parked in the driveway. I do miss the sound of acorns dropping on the flat tar-paper roof and the smell of eucalyptus oil. That's me and my two older sisters posing by the garage. Mom's '66 Falcon next to dad's Healey and my aunt's '65 Mustang coupe there in the driveway. View full size.

SO not fair!

Your mom got stuck with a lousy Falcon while your dad got the Healy? If my husband tried this, he'd be a dead man!

The Luke Look

Does George Lucas know you invented the Luke Skywalker look 9 years earlier?

 
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