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If a single photo could capture 1970s Northern California culture, this might be it. The hair; the clothes; the round oak table; the funky old apartment with painted-over wainscoting; the giant bowl of sangria. I ought to know, I was there. In fact, there I am, at the left, at my brother's Santa Cruz place with his wife (lower left) and their friends in October 1973. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.
Here we have #8, the Red Racer. This is in Louisville about 1963 or so. At some point after this was taken, my dad and I went flying down the driveway of our apartment building. However, we neglected to notice the freshly paved asphalt until it was too late, and we trashed Red Racer and ourselves in the process! I recall my grandfather "J" drilled a hole in the back so he could push Red Racer with a stick. My last name's hand-painted on the side just like the Indy drivers! I think there were wooden blocks attached to the pedals so I could reach 'em, too.
The Jockeys are looking at President and Mrs. Eisenhower during their visit to Belmont Park. View full size.
More classic cars in their natural habitat. The AC building at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus, June 1957. Highlights: choice 1956 Mercury convertible; nice shine on the 1955 Ford Customline V8 two-tone. Somebody please identify the nicely-preserved black sedan in front of the Merc. Bonus: 1950s college professor in characteristic native garb. Ektachrome slide shot by my brother. View full size.
Not as many this time, but a couple of obsolete models, such as the first design of a Kaiser or Frazer, and an early Nash Rambler. Also a good representation of vintage Cal Poly color scheme. Same period, around 1956, this time on Anscochrome. View full size.
Unless you happened to live in one of those fancy kitchen decor ads like you see over on Plan59.com, your 1964 kitchen might be like ours, a mixture of stuff from the 50s (1955 O'Keefe & Merritt gas range), 40s (sink, cabinets & fixtures from a 1946 remodel) and even the 30s (the copper tea kettle). A package of meat is defrosting on the griddle, which was always a little warm from its pilot light. My Kodachrome slide. View full size.
My father, taken about four and a half months before his division, the 84th Infantry, embarked for Europe. The 84th entered combat in November 1944 and fought in three campaigns until V-E Day. T5 Jensen ended the war as a Master Sergeant and earned the Bronze Star. View full size.