American History in Photos

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

American History in Photos

NEW TWIST ON AN OLD GAME – Boys have been playing “war” for time immemorial, but only in recent months has an all-new wrinkle appeared. Across the nation they are now using real guns, the BB and pellet shooting variety, in their games. Special clothes and safety equipment, either store bought or homemade, are also used to insure no players are harmed. Many participants report it to be the most fun they have ever had.

SHOWN: A war-gamesman adjusts the mask that protects his eyes from BB rounds. 8/29/82