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A “Times Have Changed” Pictorial

September 12, 2017



Back in the Day. It seems like everybody either smoked or chewed – or smoked and chewed.  You could even catch a few players stealing a few puffs in the dugouts at times, at least, in a few of the minor league games I grew up watching at Buff Stadium in Houston. And, coming out of the 12 noon Sunday Mass at St. Christopher’s in Park Place, we kids had to stay out-of-the-way of the dad smokers stampede for the great outdoors and that first post-services smoking hit of the Lord’s Day afternoon.

People smoked everywhere, even lighting up on a closed full elevator. Insensitivity to the impact of smoking on others was the norm, as was throwing a used up cigarette butt on the floor of a retail store or restaurant and then, just maybe, stepping on it to be sure the flame was out.

Add drunkenness and drunk driving to the mixture of behaviors that were acceptable on weekends, holidays, and times of celebration or commiseration, and, well, you pretty much have a nut-shell picture of how the high tide of good-times floated in our culture through the 1950s and 1960s on our bungling way through the civil rights movement era, Viet Nam, and the so-called war on drugs period of the late 20th century.

Times have changed. We are all still far away from unattainable perfection, but so what? We are still a whole lot better – and worse – than we used to be. We’ve just altered the ways in which we look at better and worse.

At least, we’re not out there at Minute Maid Park in 2017, creating the same kind of smoky blue haze that we used to generate for every game played at the Astrodome during its early years.


Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle