I know some of these boys are still hanging around Hood River almost 50 years after they were photographed at the playground of the May Street School. The year was 1963. No sign of what captured their attention, but you can use your imagination.
They are identified as: (left to right) Gary Nelson (in front), Glenn Taylor (in back), Steve Vaughn, Stan Ray, Doug Wheeler, Mark Erickson, and Chris Kirby.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
I am a country girl, so can't help on this one. Arlen was the "city" boy so he may be able to comment on these fellows.
I can relate to the attire especially the one who must be Doug Wheeler. The narrow belt was definitely "in" as were the button down shirts. Would love to see what they have on their feet......
I think they are going "ga-ga" over some little gal in all of her layers and layers of petticoats that each week end she stiffened in a combination of starch (not from a spray can) and sugar., with her buck shoes, with the little buckle on the back. I would venture she had been flipper her pony tail at this little group of boys. Tthey are of the age they would beginning to feel their "oats"....if you get my drift.
Is the Glenn Taylor the reatty man? I have no idea if he was orginally from H. R. or not.
Charlott on 27th January 2012 @ 7:11am
May Street was a 5th thru 8th grade school then these guys are 13-14 years old & the days of petticoats are over, check out the girls in the background. the Beach Boys are in and the British invasion would hit the next year, Space exploration, Cold war. & Kennedy as President, Bomb Shelters are being built. Madris Shirts would be the next fashion craze and the pants got higher &
tighter, notice the lack of jeans by these cools duds.
Jim Gray on 27th January 2012 @ 7:31am
I love the hair cuts, but then, this is my time.
In a few years the hair style makes a drastic change.
I would say a competition of some sort is taking place.
l.e. on 27th January 2012 @ 8:04am
Jim has good recall. I don't remember the Madras shirts.
Dress code was no jeans, no T shirts and generally, shirts had to be tucked in. Not only were we influenced by the British invasion of the Beatles, but this area was still behind times as far as the California influence.
And then came....Viet Nam and this generation of boys went off to war.
l.e. on 27th January 2012 @ 8:12am
While I was at May Street School in Sept. 1952 thru June 1955, it was just for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. And I played a lot of tennis on those courts.
william C. Seaton on 27th January 2012 @ 9:14am
Maybe in town, but there were still petticoats around.....
Charlott on 27th January 2012 @ 9:28am
Madras Shirts were in plaids and the colors were supposed to bleed, skirts along with pants are just starting to get higher and tighter. When William was at May Street the new upper building was just being built at Coe, which held 1st grade in the new building. 2nd grade in the old Coe building and 3rd & 4th was at Park Street when I attended. Listened to KIHR reguest program and later at night you could find
Wolfman Jack on an outlaw station on my transitor radio.
Jim Gray on 27th January 2012 @ 11:17am
My cousin Steve Vaughan is a tennis pro in Bend. It looks like he was near the tennis court even in 1963.
Jeffrey Bryant on 27th January 2012 @ 4:07pm
Anyone having trouble getting comments to go on picture for today, Monday?
Charlott on 30th January 2012 @ 4:40pm
That is my big brother Mark. I would guess in the next year or so he started wearing glasses as I have a family picture with him wearing the same sweater but he is then wearing glasses. So cool to see this.
Gail Erickson on 19th May 2019 @ 10:25am