Gottlieb’s Flying Carpet

Gottlieb's Flying CarpetThis is the backglass for a 1972 pinball game that I found on the porch of the The White Elephant Shop in Essex, Massachusetts.

When I was growing up, we spent two weeks at Swift Beach every summer, and I spent a certain amount of time at the penny arcade there. Everyone called it the “penny arcade” but of course you couldn’t do a thing with a penny. Like so much about Swift Beach in those days, the name was an anachronism, a reference to the good old days the older people were always talking about.
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I spend a lot of time wandering around on YouTube. It’s amazing what you can find there, and I especially exploring old music on YouTube. There are a lot of videos of musical numbers from old movies and TV shows, as well as audio put together with collages of images. it seems like every song reminds me of another one, and I tend to wander backward in time.

Album CoverTonight I was feeling nostalgic, and I did a search for the song Peoria, otherwise known as I Wish’t I Was in Peoria. This was one of my favorite songs when I was a child listening to my father’s record of Bob Scobey’s Frisco Band. I remember the wild and free feeling of dancing to it, and the cheerful rhymes of lyrics like : “Oh you can pick a morning gloria right off the sidewalks of Peoria.”
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