American History in Photos

AMARILLO, TEXAS, APRIL 11 – COMPETITION FOR THE GREAT EVEL KNIEVEL – Randy Black, 13, of Amarillo, Tex., is shown sailing over trash cans lined up in the alley near his home. Every spare minute he can muster, he heads for the alley, lines up trash cans, makes the jumps for thrills and money. Nine cans, his current record, measured slightly over 21 feet. APR 11 74

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BOXING GOOD FOR BOYS – Despite potential for injury many childrearing experts believe boxing can help in a young boy’s development. Besides the physical benefits boys gain self-confidence and learn sportsmanship, discipline, and focus under adversity. Boxing advocates say it can be a positive outlet for the boundless energy boys are known for.

SHOWN – Victorious Coffeyville, Kansas, boys’ club boxers after a match in nearby Rogers, Arkansas. To help entertain its youngsters, the community’s United Fund supports the club – a center for boys between 8 and 15. FEB 75

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SIDEWALK SURFING WITH STYLE – Skateboarding, which started in the early 1960’s when kids in California and Florida nailed roller-skate wheels onto boards, has become a big business – and a serious sport. As the numbers of “carvers” and “boinkers” grows, concrete skateboard parks have been springing up all over southern California, Florida, and the Carolinas. Hundreds more are in the planning stages all over the map, a fact which tends to give the parents of devoted skateboarders a certain sense of relief: the parks may have their steep uphills and downhills, but at least the thrill of dodging traffic is removed.

Photo: If there is no skateboard park handy, an empty backyard swimming pool will do. DEC 19 1977