Archive for September, 2007
It was Labor Day Weekend 10 years ago that the ol’ Grillmeister coined the phrase Patio Culture and built a website (and now a blog) to explain the concept. Taking naming conventions from archeology, Patio Culture was created to describe the suburban American culture that emerged after World War II and roughly ended around the 1970’s. And as they say, the rest is history.
After beginning renovations on a house in the neighborhood I grew up in, I began to recall all of the interesting events that transpired in that very place. By 1997, many Baby Boomers were reaching an age where they began to look back fondly on the times that surrounded their youth. At least “trailing edgers” like me did. Thus began my mission to not only bring back a slice of our childhood, but to explore larger pop culture themes such as Mid-Century Retro, Tiki/Exotica, Lounge, and Rockabilly.
That Labor Day weekend seems like a thousand years ago as I juggled writing code and graphics with tending the brisket (of course) and keeping up with the unfolding Princess Diana tragedy. After the site launched, it was amazing to hear from other Boomers and retro buffs who recalled the quirks of the era in which they came of age. It was even more exciting when Patio Culture garnered a segment on CNN’s website reviews, and was listed under “Thumbs Up” on Yahoo Internet Life’s Yippie Yahooey. Much has changed since we all eagerly watched our “hit counters” and gleefully posted every web kudo we received. Much has changed. Even though the website is about the past, I’ve tried to keep up with certain technical advances taking place in the social media world. Hopefully, the addition of YouTube, Myspace, WordPress, forums, and other Web 2.0 gizmos have added value and enjoyment to your visit. This blog is an example of the new avenues that are available to reach out to fellow Boomers who have an interest in the past. Thanks for a great ten years and please drop by the website!