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Night Moves: 1962

Night Moves: 1962

Friday Night Lights circa 1962. A high school football game from the News Photo Archive. Location: somewhere around the 40-yard line. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

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Déjà vu all over again

My football zenith was 1962 in Anaheim. I remember our coach, Clare Van Hornbeck, was always with his famous cigar, and "punishment" consisted of running laps round the track field or running "stadiums" up and down the grandstand near the practice field. Such memories are special for the members of the Anaheim Colonists football team.

Coach Style

Nothing says "High School Football Coach" quite so unequivocally as a short-sleeved white shirt and a necktie. Well, it did anyway -- until coaches became models for sportswear companies with team logos plastered all over themselves.

And not just the really bad curse words

I played high school football about 10 years after this photo was taken. For the past several years, off and on, I've been going through and purging boxes of stuff that have followed me around for way too long. One thing I found from my football team days was a list of personal infractions and the corresponding punishment (e.g., run laps, do push-ups). I smiled when I noticed the punishment for cursing was far, far worse than the punishment for smoking.

Concentrate on the game!

And you can have a smoke afterwards!

“I’d walk a mile

… up and down these sidelines for a Camel.”

Cuffed pants

First thing I noticed. That and the ties on all the coaches. This is my era. I was a sophomore in '62 and this easily could have been my high school in Fayetteville, NC.

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