As I was reading the April 18 issue of the Observer, I noticed the article on the gypsy tour. When asked to continue to page B4 I was nearly blown away. There I was, third from the right, getting ready to "blow sand" in one of the many events held on the beach at that time. The article brought back many memories for a now 80-year-old man.

When the tours first started, they were reasonably well-behaved but as the years went on the crowds seemed to get more and more out of hand, especially when the Hell's Angels and some more of the outlaw bands heard about it. I remember when the old Long Beach Hotel, then owned by Harry and Emma Lorenson, would rent rooms to the guests it would be common to see them riding their bikes up the broad steps to their second and third floor rooms for fear of having them stolen or stripped if left on the street. I remember it taking me two hours to get from Bolstad Avenue to South 17th where my folks lived.

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