This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Like Sands Through The Hourglass


Tampa Bay Times, March 18, 2013

The Spinners (1973)--"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"

The Spinners--(1972)--"I'll Be Around"

The Spinners--:Rubberband Man"

Office Max Commercial--"Rubberband Man" 

Making The Commercial--"Rubberband Man"

Usually, most of us aren't aware of how quickly time has passed until we look back over our shoulders.

If life were a 100 meter walking distance, we, of my generation, are all finding that the finish line is a lot closer than the starting line.  

And the distance covered was done much more quickly than we would ever have thought.

Yes, we are getting older each day and one of these times we'll cross that finish line.

Fortunately, through pictures and copy, some of what happened from the 1950s through the 1970s in Taiwan has been preserved thanks to the thousands who have contributed to its history.

To end this fun-filled introduction, just enjoy these Taiwan military websites and blogs shown at the bottom of this page and return as often as you wish. These are for you.

Goodbye To The Mouseketeer
Of My Dreams

Tampa Bay Times, April 11, 2013
Yes, the sweet and lovely Annette has left us. We had a local chapter of The Annette Funicello Fan Club  at our school when we were 10 and in the fifth grade.

Meetings were held in my basement and a picture of this beautiful girl was in my wallet. You can guess who the president and unofficial corresponding secretary was.

Dan Ruth, who was just named a winner of the Pulitzer Prize poured out his heart and soul as he spoke for himself and millions of others in the article above.

To read the column more clearly, click HERE.

It was impossible for her to make a mistake. She was perfect.

In the 1960s, Frankie Avalon made those beach movies with her. Annette was a woman and Frankie had his arms and hands full.

She was still leading a fairytale life when it was announced in 1992 that she contracted Multiple Sclerosis. She had begun showing symptoms of the disease in the mid- 1980s.

Annette's last public appearance was 1997, when this picture was taken. She had been in a coma for at least a year when she died.


Yes, The Rolling Stones have not gathered any moss. This picture was taken around 1963 when Keith Jones, shown here in front, was a guitarist and singer from the band's inception in 1962 until his death in 1969.

The band shown here produced many of the group's greatest hits. From L to R: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman??, Keith Richards

By 1975, Ron Wood joined the group and remains with them today. L To R: Watts, Jagger, Wood, Wyman??, Richards

You can't always get what you want, but these guys are certainly still trying. The original three members:  Watts, Richards, Jagger, with Wood at far right

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