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Andy Morrison in Arlington, VA, 1967

by FenderbenderFenderbender 17 Apr 2017 11:45

Andy Morrison in Arlington, VA, 1967
I lived in Arlington, VA in the Summer of 1967, having just graduated from High School. I was dating a "Navy Brat" girl at the time. My girlfriend's younger brother was hanging out with a guy named Andy Morrison, also a navy brat.
The first time that "Light My Fire" played on the radio while Andy and I were in the same place, Andy proudly stated that "that's my brother singing; he lives in California". My reaction was that Andy might be a bullsh—er, or it might be true, but it really wasn't a big deal to me.
Years later, my younger sister said that a guy named Andy Morrison tried to hit on her at the local swimming pool (in 1967) with the pickup line "my brother is Jim Morrison, lead singer for the Doors". Her reaction was also to suspect that the guy might be a pathological liar, and she was definitely not impressed!
Of course, the biographers of Jim Morrison do place the Admiral Steve Morrison family in Arlington VA in 1967, so it appears that our Andy Morrison was the genuine article!
A group of us (mostly navy brats) went swimming in a reservoir in western Fairfax County that summer. It must have been a weekday, because we were consuming large quantities of beer without getting caught. Andy Morrison got the bright idea that he was going to slide down the algae-covered spillway of the concrete reservoir dam. I think I remember the spillway being about fifteen to twenty feet high, terminating in a concrete trough. I tried to warn Andy that there might be exposed rebar or sharp rock at the bottom, but he went anyway, suffering minor abrasions on the center of his back, because he wasn't wearing a t-shirt. After that, the rest of us took turns sliding down the spillway numerous times, without getting injured or caught!
In those days, Northern Virginia teenagers generally raised hell while drinking beer; other recreational drugs had not become common, at least among my acquaintances.
I would rate the 1967 Northern Virginia Andy Morrison as a little bit wilder than the average navy brat, but a generally nice and fairly normal guy.
Addendum: This was once posted to a Doors Fan messageboard. It appeared and was quickly taken down! I suspect Doors fans did not like the suggestion that Andy Morrison might seem to be a normal teenager.

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You guys like off beat sports stories. And cop stories, right. (This takes place after several black men were killed by police and civil rioting was happening.)Let me tell you one that happened to Jack and I last week.

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January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Share your story or a story of your loved ones. Help us keep these stories a vital piece of history.

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the worse un fon no fun day

by Anonymous 19 Oct 2016 16:05

“Mom are we there yet are we there yet”. I exclaimed I just want to get there already “okay okay” my mother acKnowledge then we pull up into west lake we were finally there and my grandma commented “yes finally i see my grand baby”.
She was so happy that we did so much the first thing that we did was we went inside the house then we ate some lunch because I was really really hungry so then me and my mom and my dad and they were in the room “i have diabetes”.My grandma came out but my mom and dad stayed in the room.
Then me and my brother went to the game room played and then after that we had we play outside and then we went back inside With a cut on my elbow we had to go to the emergency room and I have to get it stitched up but that's not what this is about I went back home and we had to take my grandma ate some cake when they really weren't supposed to yes she got low blood sugar and we took her to the emergency room she was OK until she had to drive her own car because she crashed the Car and then she got her arm broke she was very sad and in shock we got it towed and she drove with us
I see when someone gets hurt is it funny no when someone dies is it funny no.
I see now how many people got hurt on that day I saw that life is too short to waste.i never knew life threatening events

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