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Retrospectacle: Surfing

Surfing moved from subculture to popular culture in the 1950s. Gone were boards made from redwood, balsa or plywood. New materials like Styrofoam and fiberglass made surfing a more approachable sport. The movement was spurred on by movies like 'Gidget' and the Beach Boys' 1961 song "Surfin'." It was a pastime that would become a way of life with a style and swagger all its own.

Retrospectacle: The Rise of the Miniskirt

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Brian Boitano Wins Gold

"They were hanging the medal around my neck. I was watching the American flag go up, and I was ... more

Riding the Wave of Fortune

"The post-war boom created this sense that there was one way to be a successful American, sort ... more
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