Monday, June 15, 2015

Fifty Years Ago

I met Phil 50 years ago this month in New Hope, PA, his hometown. I had just graduated from high school, he was going into his senior year in college at American University. Here we are at the zoo in Philly.

And when I think of the songs playing just then, this one always sticks in my mind. It may not be the greatest song of 1965 but it sort of summed things up for us.



What song reminds you of the time you met?

21 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Jackie had that hairdo too! (Then again, she pretty much had every hairdo of the era at one time or another, judging from the pictures.) I can't get over how young Phil looks.

When we met? The big hit the Fall of 1966 was probably "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" by The Four Tops. But when we started going out after New Year's Eve, our song the next Spring was Happy Together.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

And I pretty much just had this one. Except for the curly era, the shag era, and the one try at long hair. Ahhh. I would not say this is "our song" but it reminds me of then and us.

Bill Crider said...

That was the summer Judy and I got married. Just about every song from that summer takes me back there.

George Kelley said...

I was still a teenage loner in 1965 so my song would be The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, every song does take me back. This was also the year I graduated so especially important to me. HA1 George. We all felt like that.

Yvette said...

New Hope is such a luscious town, Patti. I loved the shops. Though I haven't been there in many years, I have fond memories. I met my ex-husband in NYC in 1965 - we were married 24 years before he ran off with a co-worker, but them's the breaks. I just remember songs from that era in general - the old rock and roll. Though I do remember attending a Rolling Stones concert (the only rock concert I ever attended) so SATISFACTION is something we used to dance to. Still enjoy listening to it. The Beatles too.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Of course, I already mentioned Jackie's connection to "Wooly Bully" that Spring. But for those who didn't see it on Bill's blog, apparently on her Senior Trip to Washington They sang that song all the way there...and back.

As big a fan of Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs as I am, I'm not sorry I missed that.

Jeff

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Patti, that is a lovely picture of you and Phil. I met my wife in 1986 and one of the popular songs playing around the time was "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" by George Benson, and later also sung by Glenn Medeiros. It was a big hit in India. John Denver's "Annie" was another memorable number.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Congrats!

Todd Mason said...

Wow, hey? Round numbers stuff. Was just looking at my Our Songs post that covers the romances and intense friendships that have had them...some more current for the time than others. Indeed, congratulations! I apparently would attempt to sing Monkees songs by the next year...

Deb said...

I met my husband (at work) in 1985, but we didn't start dating until 1986 and nothing serious until 1987. The song that I always associate with that time (although it was released earlier) is Katrina and the Waves "Walking on Sunshine." We just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I wonder why music is so evocative of a relationship? I guess because so many songs speak of romance.

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, how lovely! So happy for the both of you. I know New Hope, too - used to work there when I was young.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Patti, I was thinking about 1965 after reading this last night and it suddenly hit me: holy crap, it's my 50th anniversary of graduating high school! I don't think my school is even having a reunion this year (not that I've ever gone to one, but a 50th might be different). I suppose I should check.

We had a very big school - over 5,000 students. Our graduating class was 1,206. I was #52. (Don't ask me how I remember the exact numbers. It's just something I do.)

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Our graduating class was 21 in 1965. We are not having one although I attended last year's class. I think classes that big or that small need a strong woman to bring it about.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

OK, I looked up my high school and apparently there was a 50th Reunion. I never heard a word and, after looking at the pictures, I'm kind of glad. I don't recognize anyone and would probably have felt as out of place as I did in 1965.

Jeff M.

Deb said...

I'm exactly 10 years behing you guys--I graduated in 1975 and I've never attended a reunion. This year was the 40th, but I never heard anything about it and wouldn't have been able go anyway. I have kept up with the small circle of friends from then, so I don't need to see how everyone else turned out. Also, I think Facebook has eliminated a lot of the need for reunions: you can look up almost anyone. (Except me...I'm not on Facebook.)

Charles Gramlich said...

Very cool

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Me either, Deb.

Jeff M.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Me either, Deb.

Jeff M.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Me either, Deb.

Jeff M.