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False Starts - Mistakes & Missteps Growing Up in the 70’s

Ken La Salle

I recently opened up my chest of childhood memories, faced a decade I had long since forgotten, and wrote these words: “It was the hippest of times. It was the funkiest of times. It was the 1970s.” And I grew up right there in the middle of it. I won talent shows. I went to camp. I fought the school bully for the honor of the girl I loved. I lost my father… But having just turned 50, I decided the time had come to take an honest look at those years without the tinted lens of nostalgia, which allowed me to remember so much more. I never told the girl I defended that I loved her. I barely survived camp. No amount of talent show victories brought my father back and, to be honest, my memories weren’t as accurate as I thought they were. The 70’s were a swirling minefield filled with a family destroyed by poverty and divorce, horrible TV shows, bad disco on AM radio, wretched food… and the only saving grace a child like me had was Pong. My teachers tried to put me on drugs. My sister taught me the art of shoplifting. My best friend was Burp Boy. Life was a series of constant set-backs, a barrage of defeats, embarrassments, and false starts. And I wouldn’t change a thing.

I recently opened up my chest of childhood memories, faced a decade I had long since forgotten, and wrote these words: “It was the hippest of times. It was the funkiest of times. It was the 1970s.” And I grew up right there in the middle of it. I won talent shows. I went to camp. I fought the school bully for the honor of the girl I loved. I lost my father… But having just turned 50, I decided the time had come to take an honest look at those years without the tinted lens of nostalgia, which allowed me to remember so much more. I never told the girl I defended that I loved her. I barely survived camp. No amount of talent show victories brought my father back and, to be honest, my memories weren’t as accurate as I thought they were. The 70’s were a swirling minefield filled with a family destroyed by poverty and divorce, horrible TV shows, bad disco on AM radio, wretched food… and the only saving grace a child like me had was Pong. My teachers tried to put me on drugs. My sister taught me the art of shoplifting. My best friend was Burp Boy. Life was a series of constant set-backs, a barrage of defeats, embarrassments, and false starts. And I wouldn’t change a thing.
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I recently opened up my chest of childhood memories, faced a decade I had long since forgotten, and wrote these words: “It was the hippest of times. It was the funkiest of times. It was the 1970s.” And I grew up right there in the middle of it. I won talent shows. I went to camp. I fought the school bully for the honor of the girl I loved. I lost my father… But having just turned 50, I decided the time had come to take an honest look at those years without the tinted lens of nostalgia, which allowed me to remember so much more. I never told the girl I defended that I loved her. I barely survived camp. No amount of talent show victories brought my father back and, to be honest, my memories weren’t as accurate as I thought they were. The 70’s were a swirling minefield filled with a family destroyed by poverty and divorce, horrible TV shows, bad disco on AM radio, wretched food… and the only saving grace a child like me had was Pong. My teachers tried to put me on drugs. My sister taught me the art of shoplifting. My best friend was Burp Boy. Life was a series of constant set-backs, a barrage of defeats, embarrassments, and false starts. And I wouldn’t change a thing.

Language:

English

Length:

11h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

22:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

22:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:35