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

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Greatest Hits Of The Vietnam War, 1965-1972

Being in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War provided thousands of different experiences for millions of men and women who served.

Although we didn't all share rank, branch, and assignments, one major thing we all had in common was the music of our time.

In many different forms by many different artists, music was a freedom of choice that was unique to all of us.

The songs on these lists will not be favorites of us all, but there are certain songs that we associate with time, people, places and others links that hit us a certain way when we hear them.

My target group when beginning this blog was  Army STRATCOM folks who served in Taiwan within the time frame of 1965-1972.

Although that was the initial group, the blog has become much more expanded since it began in August of 2010.

As you stroll through the years, remember that for some, this was an escape and served as a connection with those back home.

Wikipedia was the source of these Billboard Top 100 hits you will see. Click on the RED letters. These are listed by sales, not by how many plays each record got. 

So, our lines are open, and requests will be published. Just send an e-mail or leave a comment..

Let's start with this one. It's not on the list, but was really a great son to dance to in 1966 by The Swingin'  Medallions--"Double Shot" 

1965, 1-50

Roger Miller--"King Of The Road"

Rolling Stones--"Satisfaction"  

Junior Walker--"Shotgun"

1965, 51-100

The Dave Clark Five--"I Like it Like That"

The Animals--"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"

Fontella Bass--"Rescue Me"

The Ad Libs--"The Boy From New York City"

1966, 1-50

The Troggs--"Wild Thing"

The Standells-- "Dirty Water" 

?  And The Mysterians--"96 Tears"

The Outsiders--"Time Won't Let Me"

The Turtles--"You Baby"


1966, 51-100

Shadows of Knight--"Gloria"

Wilson Pickett-- "Land Of 1000 Dances"

Mitch Ryder--"Blue Dress and Good Golly"

Wilson Pickett--"Mustang Sally"

Neil Diamond---"Cherry, Cherry"


1967, 1-50

Buffalo Springfield--"For What It's Worth"

Jefferson Airplane--"Somebody To Love"

The Music Explosion--"A Little Bit Of Soul"

Sam and Dave--"Hold On, I'm Comin"

Scott McKenzie--"San Francisco"

Booker T. and The M. G.'s--"Hip Hug-Her"

1967, 51-100

The Bar-Kays--"Soul Finger" 

The Hombres--"Let It All Hang Out"

James Brown--"Cold Sweat"  

The Spencer Davis Group--"Gimme Some Lovin"

The Electric Prunes--"I Had Too Much To Dream"

1968, 1-50

Sly and The Family Stone-- "Dance To The Music" 

The Rascals--"People Got To Be Free"

Steppenwolf--"Magic Carpet Ride"

Creedence Clearwater Revival--"Suzie Q"

Lemon Pipers--"Green Tambourine"

Cream--"Sunshine of Your Love"

John Fred and Band--"Judy In Disguise"

Tommy James & Shondells--"Mony Mony"


1968, 51-100

The Fireballs--"Bottle Of Wine"

The Beatles--"Lady Madonna" 

Jose Feliciano--"Light My Fire"

Blue Cheer--"Summertime Blues"

Cream--"White Room"

1969, 1-50

The Youngbloods--"Get Together"

Blood Sweat And Tears--"Spinning Wheel"

B. J. Thomas--"Hooked On A Feeling"

Rolling Stones--"Honky Tonk Woman"

1969, 51-100

Edwin Starr--"Twenty-Five Miles"

1970, 1-50

Norman Greenbaum--"Spirit In The Sky"

The Guess Who--"American Woman"


1970, 51-100

Mungo Jerry--"In The Summertime"

1971, 1-50

Daddy Dewdrop--"Chick-A-Boom"

Jean Knight--"Mr. Big Stuff" 

Three Dog Night--"Joy To The World" 

Gordon Lightfoot--"If You Could Read My Mind"

1971, 51-100

Ike And Tina Turner--"Proud Mary" 

1972, 1-50

Neil Young--"Heart Of Gold"

The Staple Singers--"I'll Take You There"

Johnny Nash--"I Can See Clearly Now"

Don McLean--"American Pie"

1972, 51-100

T, Rex--"Get It On"

Joe Tex--"Show Me"