I may be about to risk exposing my age here, but a story at the New York Times website this week on the rise of a small, plastic skateboard just hit me with a wave of nostalgia.
All of a sudden, I'm remembering when I'm 14 and riding my bright orange plastic “Bigfoot” skateboard to junior high school, or — even more fun — riding it down the long hills at the city cemetery. (Hey, the cemetery had well-paved roads and little traffic. And I wasn't creeped out, especially in those back areas that weren't in use yet.)
It wasn't a fancy board. It wasn't even the one I wanted, but it was the one I could afford. Bright orange and shaped like a foot. Google tells me it was made in 1975 by a company called Francisco Products. (Editor Don Loepp says the only thing that would make it more 70s would be if it had a smiley face sticker on it. Can't say I disagree.)