Wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hope the readers of Container Diaries have a great day.
Here’s one of my many Christmas memories from back in the day.
I was 6 years-old. It was a little after 7:00 AM. Everyone in my family was sleeping.
Santa Claus brought me a Voit basketball. I reached down and pulled it from under our tree. Ripping the ball out of the box, I started dribbling in our apartment and mom woke up screaming at me.
“GO TO THE F-ING SCHOOLYARD!”
I did as I was told.
Got dressed, walked across 9th avenue, down Windsor Place, hanging a right on Howard Place.
Straight to the yard.
I had the yard to myself. It was empty. People walking to church were looking at me like I was crazy.
Been in love with the sport ever since.
“What did you do there?”
In my teens I began to spend time over in the city, especially when I would play hooky from school. Hop the turnstile (or rush the gate) at 15th street-Prospect Park; catch the F-Train and ride to a place that seemed like a different world.
Here’s a story from the New York Post on Washington Square Park in the Village. Been there many times.
While doing a bit of research I came across the events from the year 1970; boy oh boy!
I was 6 years old at the time.
It was the first time I walked into the boys schoolyard at Holy Name. (Christmas morning)
1-Kent State shootings
2-Vietnam – Nixon sends home thousands of tropps
3-Vince Lombardi died
4-Jimi Hendrick died
5-Janis Joplin died
6-Knicks win championship over Lakers (“Win it for Willis”)
7-Apollo 13 launched but they brought it back.
8-First NYC marathon
9-Monday Night Football – first game
10-Tom Dempsey kicks a 63-yard field goal with half a foot
11-Two college football teams (Wichita State and Marshall) have their planes crash.
13-Maurice Stokes dies
14-Paul left the Beatles
What a year…
Number one song was “Bridge over Troubled Water.”