Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Moods, September 1967

Let's spend a late Summer evening at the Tomorrowland Terrace, circa 1967! All of the hip teens are there, rockin' out to THE MOODS. They're doin' the Slide, the Boogaloo, the Swim, the Monkey, and maybe even the Batusi. 1967 was "The Summer of Love", a time when the hippies really came into their own. But at Disneyland, The Moods still wore jackets and skinny ties, and their hair was an acceptable length. Perhaps they are playing "Happy Together" by The Turtles. Or maybe "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison.

I love the glimpse of the Carousel of Progress building in the background!


Here's a second photo... blurry, but worth including anyway.


If The Moods got into a rumble with The Yachtsmen, who would win? (Keep in mind that the Yachtsmen were kung fu masters).

11 comments:

Chiana_Chat said...

Love the color. The whole scene is a treat of colors and shapes. Groovy scene hehe.

Yachtsmen vs Moods? Ask the guy in the suit, he looks like the Yachtsmen's kind of guy yet is there taking in the Moods. Personally I'd bank on the Yachtsmen, being sailors. These guys are Moodier. Like that guy in the jeans, he's all getting down and nobody is going near him hehe

Debbie V. said...

I love the Tomorrowland Terrace and would always spend time here listening and watching.

In 1967 we were still trying the limits of school dress codes. I see a few guys have some hair slightly hanging over ears and touching their collars, which was a no-no. Also the girl in the mid-thigh length white dress on the right would not pass the "knee-down" test where the girl's vice-principal had the girl knee down and would whip out a ruler to be sure the dress bottom was no more than 2" from the ground.
By 1969, when I graduated, the dress code was all but removed except for indecency.

Connie Moreno said...

OMG, Debbie, we must have gone to the same school, LOL! You brought back some hilarious memories.

Major, I'm with you, I love the look of the Carousel of Progress building.

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@Chiana_Chat

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Chuck said...

Debbie - strict school dress codes didn't die everywhere all at once. I graduated in a small town (25K population) in Oklahoma in 1987, and shorts were still a no-go item in class - they were considered a "distraction to the learning environment." Girls (and, I suppose, guys, although you wouldn't dare try it) could wear miniskirts, but shorts were a non-starter.

I have a distinct recollection of watching a girl get sent home to change because she was wearing a pair of skorts. Since they connected in the center at the hemline, they were technically shorts in the school's eyes. Never mind that they fell below the knee...

Chuck said...

An observation after seeing a post of night-time shots of Tomorrowland '67 immediately after a post of night-time shots of the'64 World's Fair...

I'm struck by how much Tomorrowland resembled a much more compact (and thematically unified and profitable) World's Fair of the time. Can't believe I never noticed that before.

Also interesting to see how different in style and execution the first two homes of the Carousel of Progress are from each other.

Anonymous said...

I like the blurry photos, reminds me of how the '70's looked the whole time i was there....

I wish i could blot out most of the '70's, except for the hours spent in Disneyland.

Like that proverb about fishing...
"hours spent in Disneyland are not deducted from your lifespan".

Thank you Major.

JG (sans profile')

Chris Merritt said...

The Yachtsman would certainly bring the smackdown.

Major Pepperidge said...

It seems funny that shorts would be a matter of contention even in 1987... when I was in junior high (before '87), some girls would wear clothing that boggled the mind.

JG, are you saying you were a hippie in the 70's? ;-)

Chuck, I think that Tomorrowland definitely has that "World's Fair" feel; and just look at EPCOT, which is basically a permanent World's Fair.

I love the '64 Carousel building, but it would have been much too large for Disneyland, so I guess that the one we wound up with was a good solution. I sure miss that original paint scheme.

Chris, I agree!

Chuck said...

On my first visit to EPCOT Center (back when it was still an acronym), I remember thinking in Future World "this kind of reminds me of Knoxville" (you're stuck with the era you're born into). My parents, who were at The Big One in '64, commented that EPCOT had recaptured the feel of that great fair and done it one better.

Nancy said...

im from Class of 74, and i remember a girl being sent home from school in 1968 because her dress was too short! we didnt wear pants in my HS unless we had written permission from our parents on file in the office! and if you wore jeans, you were sent to the office and sent home with an unexcused absense. how things have changed

Major, you know Tomorrowland is my fave as well as yours, and esp this particular "scene". thanks, man!