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The first Playboy I purchased myself

This is the August, 1969 issue. I was 14 and had a keen interest in short fiction and jazz reviews. And I was an occasional liar.

My family was visiting my grandmother in Whitehall, New York.

I spent most of my time there fishing, watching TV and messing around with NFL football cards.

But one day, while I was in the store where I bought football cards, I got an idea.

“This is for my dad,” I said as I placed the Playboy on the counter.

http://takemeback.to

The scene of the crime.

www.epodunk.com

The store in question, which undoubtedly closed long ago, was in the first floor of one of these buildings.

http://francoamericangravy.com

Know your Apollo 11 anniversary dates

If your memory of 1969 is a bit hazy, let's review.

Launch: July 16

Landing/walk on moon: July 20.

Return to Earth: July 24

www.history.nasa.gov

Remembering a slow-dance song

Every now and then you hear adults complain about teens dancing in what these grown-ups regard as an inappropriate manner. That's the adults' right, of course. Got to keep the young ones moral after school.

But some of us, I won't mention any names, can recall junior high dances where certain slow songs produced a brand of tight-squeeze fraternization about which Ann Landers might have warned parents.

It wasn't really vulgar. It was just boys and girls being that age. Intense might be a better word.

Some of these songs weren't really any good. But for those about to move in for the clinch, they served a time-honored purpose. 

www.45cat.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4eEw-xSV4Y

April 7 in Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four”

“Today, the day before opening day, Joe Schultz said, 'Well, it's back to the old salt mine, boys.'”

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