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Sledding Back To January 1974

In the late 60's, one of my Christmas gifts was a  Coast to Coast Coast-King metal runner sled, painted with an Apollo rocket.  This was a cool gift because it could fit at least 3 young riders or one big belly flopper.  It was much better than any other sledding toy because you could actually steer it.  By January of 1974 I was king of making perfect paths for my Apollo!  There was always plenty of ice around the milk house and the barn and I could start near our house and make my way all the way past the barn and to the cow yard.  The real thrill, though, was when dad would pull the manure spreader to the field.  I would tie my sled behind so I could get a lift and hope that he remembered I was back there before I got a green shower of poo.  Readers of this blog that grew up in a town or city have no idea what fun this was for a farm kid that did not get down the town road very often.  Our television and my Panasonic AM radio were my ways of keeping up with the outside World.  While riding over frozen manure clumps in January of 1974, I had many great songs playing in my little white ear plug including:  The Joker-Steve Miller Band,  Show And Tell-Al Stewart,  You're Sixteen-Ringo Starr,  Living For The City-Stevie Wonder,  Helen Wheels-Wings,  Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)-Helen Reddy,  and Jungle Boogie-Kool & the Gang.   I would have to lean the Apollo sled against the house on Saturday afternoons when ABC channel 27 showed American Bandstand.  When Dick Clark was on, that even trumped dad spreading manure!   I will be reliving those golden days this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 during Those Were The Days.  You will be able to request a song and play trivia during the six hour program.   Let's have some fun this weekend.

Phil

 

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