A Suburban Childhood of Play in the 1960s and 70s

I grew up in an average middle-class suburb outside Pittsburgh, PA, but it was a very special place for me. In the video below I recount my fondest memories of creative, independent play in our neighborhood. Watch until the end to hear a story that would make huge headlines today.

By the way, I’d be happy to shoot one of these for a member or two – just as long as I can get to your old neighborhood in less than a plane ride. (I’m in Palo Alto, CA.) If you want me to consider your stories for a video, please {encode=”mike@playborhood.com” title=”email me”}.

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2 Responses to A Suburban Childhood of Play in the 1960s and 70s

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a great place and a perfect street to play ball, kick the can and so many other classic childhood games!

    I love the story of Joe Bunda! Who knows where we came up with things.

    I remember designing the plays on the back of the receiver with your finger – a secret way to tell them what pattern to run.

    I don’t remember the Car, Car, C-A-R, stick your head in a jelly jar saying. Love it.

    So funny that you used the Morrison’s basketball court when they had none of their own kids at home! Neighborhoods were connected like that in those days.

    I can just see your mother standing there with her arms folded!

    Simply wonderful look back at those wonderful days of childhood.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Games We Played says:

    Sorry, I meant to mention that you can find me at:

    Blog: http://www.gamesweplayed.com (My book’s site)
    Facebook: http:facebook.com/gamesweplayed
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/gamesweplayed