|"I made friends for life|
Friday night the big night. Pascoe's Corner Garden Place until 9 o'clock; 15-19 year olds all went there until they started going steady at about 19. At 9 o'clock the late session at one of the movie theatres. Preferred movies rock `n roll or car themes. Scorn for `Doris Day' movies at the Regent. Get home about 1.30 am and sleep late on Saturday morning.
The Peter Pan by the Embassy was the most popular when Rob was 14, changing to the Hollywood Milk Bar at 16-17. Cars and bikes and "posing" (aware of posing) hated by the "sporty types" despised because they had "short-back-and-sides" haircuts. Rob recalls 27 fights in one month (December) Other groups would gatecrash the Starlite ending in a fight.
American slang was cool but Rob was embarrassed by it. Surfing terms not used much because of James Dean image. Didn't read much. Remembers comics (Classic ), British Film Fun and Waikato Pix. The Waikato Winter Show was a big deal; involved most of a weekend and saving up about 10 shillings, but became "kids' thing" at about 15-16