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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Jan 5, 2007 4:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This may have been done before

Hey now, that sunday was my first show also, I lived in Livermore most of my life and worked every summer in P-town at the Alameda Co Fair since 1972 thru 2006 so far. I may know you, I went to that show to see the Who. Went with Keith Golden & his sister. Did you go to Amador High?
Anyway, I was very burnt out from a night of partying and went to the show hung over, don't remember much of the show but remembered marveling over the hippy scene there and wandering around the green. I have that show on CD and I do remember Dancin in the streets and the glut of people dancing off the stage area. I went thru the whole show straight-did'nt realise the medicinal effects of pot on a hangover. The music did mellow me out though. I was @ 28 at the time and worked at the Round Table in Livermore.
Do you remember the Richard Nixon figure on a pole with his arms streached out in a victory/peace sign? It was a taper ruse, there were hidden mics in each of tricky Dicks hands as I found out later. I did have a great time though I've forgotten alot about that day

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jan 5, 2007 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This may have been done before

Cosmic Charlie-
Do tell! Ain't that a kick in the head?

I went to Amador freshman and sophomore years and was a sophomore at the time of the show in question. I was in drama club and was part of the marching band, the celebrated Amador Golden Dons. In other words, I was pretty much a total geek. I had a few different carny jobs at the fair and usually got myself hired as part of the clean-up crew after the place shut down at night, an unenviable task, but it would put a few bucks in my pocket to keep me occupied during the summer. I think I remember the Round Table. We went to the movies sometimes in Livermore, saw The Sting over there, but not much else. In fact, a lot of my spare time goofing off was spent hanging with some friends who worked at the movie theatre in P-town at the Safeway strip mall. Late nights after play rehearsal and such were spent eating french fries and drinking cherry-lime rickeys at the Carnation restaurant out by the interstate or drinking coffee at HoJo's. I haven't been in the area for more than 27 years, so I don't know if any of that stuff is even still standing.

I don't recall seeing Nixon or a facsimile thereof at the show. As I said, I really went for The Who, myself, and walked away otherwise converted. But weren't The Who a force to be reckoned with? My goodness, what a band! I surmise from the fact that you're posting here, though, that whatever effect the Dead had on you that day certainly made you want to come back for more. I still think that even though I hadn't a clue as to what was going on that it was one of their best I ever saw, Well, heard, as I also said in my blog. Is/was Keith Golden any relation to Liz and Gina Golden?

This post was modified by BryanE on 2007-01-05 15:39:57

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Jan 5, 2007 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This may have been done before

I believe the Golden's lived off of Promenade Way/Trenton Circle which was directly north of where Stanley Blvd does a right turn into Pleasanton. Hmmm...Liz....she would have been in her early 20's, I think Keith was a couple years out of high school. Yeah, in 76 I was an all night bldg attendent in the Young California Bldg,

then in 1977 thru 1999-10pm to 10am shift(12hrs!) here >>
I was the guy who watched over an outside area called the (International)Village-it was directly west of the Flowers & Gardens area. I'd let carnies and the clean-up crew mellow out there, it had old terraced Ivy around the perimeter. Lot of vendor stands there.
Was your supervisor named Ken Pinto? (a short-fat jerk)
I remember a tall older carnie named "cowboy"
Well, I don't want to bore others here, but those were cool times!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jan 7, 2007 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This may have been done before

The Liz I knew was about a year older than I and I was in high school at the time, so I don't think we're talking about the same person. I don't remember the names of any of those crew people or carnies or really any of the exhibits, either, but the fair was definitely the place to be way back then. I'm sure it still is.

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Jan 7, 2007 3:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This may have been done before

well, if you were on the night clean-up crew anytime from 1977 on, chances are i saw you pushing a broom.
Some called my area the Mexican Village, I got stoned with lot's of you'z then. (i was NOT Security Eye Patrol though)
lot's of cool shows came thru the summer fair, the last being Tea Leaf Green in 2006

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jan 7, 2007 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This may have been done before

'77 was the last summer I worked. If you can remember any Anglo guys in their mid-teens w/one of them possibly even wearing a Skull & Roses shirt sweeping up the trash overnights, then guess who! We'd have to hang around the Cook Shack to pick up our pay, then we'd straggle out of the fairgrounds, sleep through the day, show back up at 11-11:30 the next night and do it again. Sometimes the mescaline was around to keep us going until daylight. What a life. Mexican Village rings a faint bell in the recesses of my memory.