We’re self-admitted history junkies. Almost doesn’t matter what the subject matter, but cars and music and liquor and surfing and BMX and skateboarding are toward the top of the list. So, when a fellow Chiseler – who also happens to be a film buff and semi-pro projectionist – invited us to the pad over the weekend for some vintage 16mm reels, we rounded up what was left of the vodka in the freezer and the cranberry juice in the fridge and headed across town.
“Skater Dater” was the feature of the night and we were pre-Seventies stoked. If you want to see what the years before the Z-Boys’ hostile takeover looked like, this little 17-minute film fills the bill. Clay wheels, bare feet, club jackets and matching butch cuts…this was the era of “sidewalk surfing” and we’ll say this: even the earliest years of skateboarding got the hairy eyeball from the establishment. Right on.
Speaking of the tenets of Right On, here’s the film in its entirety. Not as tasty as watching the analog version on a big screen in the den with the projector happily ticking away in the back of the room, but it’ll do…
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