Looking At Old Photos Brings Back Memories


This past week I was looking back through some old photo albums that had been tucked away for a long, long time. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Have you ever looked back through your own pictures and muttered to yourself — Wow! I really looked “dorky” back then. Just look at me!

Well, that’s exactly what I was saying to myself.

Times certainly do change. Fashion goes out quicker than it came in and old hairstyles are brushed aside for today’s “in” look.

I think back in the late 1960s we were all just trying to fit in, especially with the “Hair Explosion” of the day. Women’s locks couldn’t be too long or too straight — and, as Scott McKenzie’s 1967 song urged, “Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.”

Men were casting aside the clean cut look of the ’50s and early ’60s and sporting hair below their shoulders and facial hair that would have made Moses proud.

Mops and tufts and tresses had become a nationwide obsession in the late 1960s. There was even the rock musical “Hair” and the 1969 Billboard top five hit “Hair” devoted to America’s pre-occupation with hair. Both screamed “I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty; oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen; knotted, polka-dotted, twisted, beaded, braided; powdered, flowered, confettied, bangled, tangled, spangled — and spaghettied!

The song “Hair” also bellowed “Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees,

give a home to the fleas in my hair. A hive for bees and a nest for birds, there ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my hair!”

This week’s music trivia question is: What late 1960s family pop group from Newport, Rhode Island sang the hit song “Hair?” Was it A) The Cowsills, B) The Alley Cats, C) Three Dog Night or D) Iron Horse?

This week, if you’re the third caller and have the correct answer, you’ll be looking sharp after you head in to Cookie Cutters Salon for your free “Hair”-cut and blow dry, courtesy of owner, Karen “Cookie” Sawyer. (She promises not to “spaghetti” it.)

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the country music artist who sang the 1990 No. 1 country hit “Love Without End, Amen?”

Was it A) George Jones, B) George Strait, C) George Hamilton IV, or D) George Clooney?

The correct answer was George Strait. If you’re a country music fan, and especially enjoy the music of “King” George, you’ll be pleased to know that just this past week Strait’s music entourage released the 59-year-old Texan’s 89th single — titled “Here For A Good Time,” the first single from George’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled album, which is scheduled for a fall release.

I really like it — it’s another toe-tappin’, fun-lovin’, typical George Strait song, this time co-written with his son, Bubba.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Jack Jumper, who for his correct answer won a $20 gift certificate to the rock ’n’ roll good times 260 Café, donated by the restaurant’s owners, Diane and Don Sweatt.

A little about this week’s winner: Jack just happens to be an old “Okie From Muskogee,” being born just outside of Muskogee, Oklahoma in the little town of Gore, then raised in nearby and much larger (population 1,000) Colbert. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he served in the Korean War, then settled down in Luckenbach, Texas, where he got “Back to the Basics of Life.”

After a few years of working in sales, Jack’s life travels took him to Phoenix, then to the Motor City, where he went to work for a car dealership.

Jack must have had a good sales pitch, as one day, when Kelly walked through the door, he sold her on attending the dealership’s company picnic with him. The couple has now been married for 37 years.

Looking for a nice place to retire, Jack and Kelly checked out both Payson and Prescott, then bought a lot in Payson and built their home here in 2004.

In his younger years, Jack was an avid golfer and quail hunter and now enjoys reading and gardening.

He is a former district governor of the Lions Club.

His music choice is classic country music, though he says, “I enjoy listening to everything from Pink Floyd to Patsy Cline.” He puts George Strait, Reba McEntire and Patsy Cline at the head of his favorite artist list.

Lastly, pictures I’ve recently added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Chaparral Pines pool party. A “Splish-Splash”-ing good time was had by all.

Have a great week!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com


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