Welcome to the Patio Culture Blog, the companion site for Greg Knight’s Patio Culture!

The Patio is the place where you grew up if you grew up in the suburban America of the 1960’s. It’s where the meat is always red, and the gasoline is always 25 cents per gallon!

Everything that was fun revolved around life on the patio. Fun and games. Friends and meat….red meat! Red meat and green salads. The patio wasn’t just the center of suburban family life, it was a retro state of mind!
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Patio Culture is decked out for the holidays!

Wishing all of my friends a very happy holiday season!

Also for the holidays:

Drop by Patio Culture for helpful retro holiday party planning recipes.
Our space-age cocktail recipe generator, the Lounge-o-Lizer, can make your spirits bright while our Buff-o-Matic can make your holiday buffet THE blast from the past!

Find that favorite Christmas TV show with our 2008 holiday TV listings, or revisit classics like a Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Mr.
Magoo’s Christmas Carol on the holiday TV page!

And don’t forget to track the global movements of the Big Man himself on Christmas Eve with our NORAD Tracks Santa link on the Cold War page!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Since the beginning of time, the fire has been the center of family life. From the Cro-Magnon clans to the (post) nuclear family, the hearth (indoors or outdoors) has been the center of food preparation, warmth and general entertainment. The Patio Culture was no different. The grill was the center of an exciting and fun filled evening full of friends, games, toys and fun. Even in the winter or when the weather was bad, steaks were prepared and salads were mixed indoors as the electric stainless steel stove with the pull-out burners became a surrogate fire nourishing both body and spirit.

Neat-O Things to See at Greg Knight’s Patio Culture

Slam Bang Theatre Video Clips!
YouTube video clips of Slam Bang Theatre and Nightmare are now available. Relive live black and white kid’s show programming with Icky Twerp and his pals!

Grill a Steak Like a Patio Pro!pineapple
New look and updated step-by-step information on steak cookery on The Patio page. Just in time for grilling season!

Retro Toys Guaranteed To Be Fun…Safety Optional!
New toy selections on the Kid Stuff page to reminisce about! Remember Star Trek tracer guns, clackers, Charlie Weaver battery operated bartenders, and Texaco fire helmets? We do. What about “smart toys” like the Visible Man/Woman and the Plastic Pumping Heart? Revisit them here without the pressure of going to medical school. We’ve got a virtual stockroom of Patio kid essentials!

Patio Culture

What’s This? YouTube?

Has the Grillmeister gone YouTube crazy? Not really…new video selections on the TV and Cold War pages help to bring out the historical significance of those subjects. Since the Patio Culture thrived during the dawn of the Television Age, it only makes sense that you see real archives of the topics being discussed. As David Byrne sang “I was born in a house with the television always on”, so look forward to more video clips! Oh, and if you like my selections, use the email button to send ‘em to a friend.

 

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Don Barnhart  |  March 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    This website is a delight. The best I’ve seen on growing up in the sixties. I would like to nominate the following for addition to the sections on television and toys:

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (especially the episode with a very young Sonny and Cher) and its spin-off line of secret agent toys.

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. How cool ! A submarine with a bay window and a clunky flying sub. Heck they even had an episode where the exec turns into a werewolf. What kid wouldn’t like that ?

    The Rat Patrol. Those wonderful jeeps with the 50-cals. This was Nazi butt kicking at its best.

    Creepy Crawlers. Remember that plastic goop. How many carpets were ruined by this stuff. All sixties moms hated this toy.

    Thanks for the memories !

  • 2. Rana Ardhita  |  May 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Your blog is so freshly fresh! i love the old style of your writing:D

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