Sunday, September 30, 2012


Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me - they're cramming for their final exam.

People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think.

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.

Friday, September 28, 2012

A interesting story

I had a move out of Concord,Ca. years ago that the shipper was a photographer for National Geographic,but I'm getting ahead of myself...


I called and tried to get help set up early in Concord,any of you that have been there know the 15 miles down to Dublin at 8 am will take 1 ½ hours,and was told no,8:30,they had a safety meeting everyone had to attend.I got there early and just sat in the truck looking at the estimate,trying to figure why anyone would need a whole tanning booth?Whatever,8:30 came and we went south...Only to find out there was no one at home and the house was empty....I started calling the agent to find out what was up....Voice mail,hung up on,Finally got sick of it and headed back up to there,to find out it was in there warehouse.....I'll leave the cuss words out...I got it loaded and headed to Florida....


24 hours before the drop,I called him to let him know the charges,and he was shocked I was here,said he would call me back with a mini storage address...


The next am,I met him,and his 4 year old son at the address,got started,really hit it off with him...He started telling stories.The one I loved was about his son....


It seems he went over to the killing fields in Asia on an assignment for National Geographic,and met this 2 year old orphan, fell in love with him and proceeded to adopt,,It took over a year,and they landed in Concord.The funny part of this story was about the tanning booth and why he went to that extreme.


After the first summer with them together(spending almost all their time at the pool)they came back to the house to change clothes and got out for dinner...The little guy went into his room to change,came back out buck assed naked,pointing to the area on his bottom,that was normally covered by his swimsuit.....”LOOK IT DAD,I'M TURNING WHITE”......Never laughed so hard in my whole life....



Thursday, September 27, 2012

From Driver Skip...

This story starts out with it being Friday,early 90’s,and the season ending episode of Miami Vice being on that night.....

I loaded 12,000 in Minneappolis,Mn.That day and was really in a hurry to get down to Des Moines for the show...Funny thing was at that time,55 mph was the limit,but Iowa had a $5 waste of energy ticket for anything 10 mph or less over the speed...So I was pushing it,63-64,pulled out to pass a group of 14 trucks and they all fell in behind me....I had the front door...Nobody’s on the radio,just quiet...After about 20 miles,I noticed a car coming up from the back kind of fast,and as he got passed a truck,the truck was slowing down...I got on the radio and asked about it,no answer...Thinking they would warn me if it was a cop,I just kept into the throttle,pretty soon,all those truck were way back there and that car is pacing me,1/2 mile back....It took another 10 miles before the lights came on(those other trucks were now 2 miles back)and I got pulled over....Here it comes,got my papers,log book ect.and got out to take the ticket....He looks at me and says”GET OVER THERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MY CAR AND WAIT!”,Whops,bad mood,funny thing was.....He walked out into the slow lane of the interstate and started pointing at each of 15 trucks and then the shoulder....That’s 16 truck at one time.....By the time he came back to the car,I was standing there GRINNING EAR TO EAR.....He asked me why....My answer was that was the BEST job I ever saw of anyone catching speeders and I’ll gladly pay the ticket just to tell this story....He said”Yes I know,get in the car”.I did notice he had a CB in there and we got started on the paperwork....He told me if I’d turn my radio off,and just get out of there he would not write me,because “all those other chicken shit truckdrivers should have told me about him”.Can you say YES SIR?

All those years of driving,I had heard about one Iowa cop who had a radio,would get on it and give the all clear,the pull trucks over for speeding,he was a legend with the older drivers at that time....Always setting someone up....Cb handle was “Silver Bullet”,I asked if it was him to which he replied”YES SIR”....So yes,I met a legend....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Life is hard

That is the opening line to the best selling book - The Road Less Traveled-

" Life is hard "

We all have bumps in the road, we have bad things happen to us and to people that we love or know. That is one part of life that none of us can escape.
To many people concentrate on the bad and always ask - why me- you are no different from everybody else.

Once you accept the fact that life is hard and bad things do happen you can move on and thank GOD for what you do have.

If you travel around the world and visit third world countries you will see millions of people with very little, that is according to us they have very little.
They may not have lots of stuff and in many cases may not even have a house or second pair of shoes OR no shoes-  or a fancy car but yet they look happy.
Why is that?

Stop worrying about buying the next toy or your next vacation , lighten your load, WANT LESS.

Life is hard...get over it and look around you...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Try to zone it out

There will always be negative chatter and negative people around you..try to zone it out.

Some people try to pull you down, they want to get you angry and join them in their negativity and their fight.

Some people try to pull you up and are positive and always offer a helping hand or suggestion.

Unfortunately the nay sayers are louder and take up more of the oxygen in the room.
It is up to you to zone them out and stay on your path.

I guarantee you that your day will go better if you just stay focused on what you can do better and how YOU can improve.

Easier said then done most days because misery likes company and some days you may even find comfort that somebody else's has burdens and problems but overall if you keep that a bay and work out your own issues you will be better for it.

Zone them out

Monday, September 24, 2012


From a household mover....
Clean Up Hitter-ER,Just Another Day In Paradise-ER,I'll Fix It,ER,I love My Job-ER,

One Day In The Life Of A Mover



This day started the day before,when,I ran up against the 14 hour rule.It happened about 6 pm and I was still 75 miles from where I needed to be at 8 am in the morning...I shut down,knowing that a shuttle(even with 6 men and two trucks)on 18,000#'s was going to be a long day,and needing to be up at 3:30 am.would make it even longer.Well?It's what we do...


The alarm went off at 3:30 and up I got,reached for the thermos,got ready for the day.I needed to pre-trip at 4,get on the scale,hit my comdata card for the money needed,and head north.That's where the first problem of the day happened....It seems someone had forgotten to load my card,and all I could think of was.....I'll fix it this afternoon....


I got to where I had to park about 6:45 am and waited for the guys to show up.At 7;30 we were all ready to rock.Went on down to residence,met the shippers and started on the tour...The first thing I noticed was the need for 12 additional crates,statues,ceramic pots,and even a wooden and wicker stroller from the 1850's....Had to call for authorization,get craters set up....I FIXED IT.


The next issue were two huge(I could include pics)weight machines that had to be disassembled,the account would not pay for it so.....I FIXED IT

Then we discovered 4-5 more dishpacks needing to be packed,all flower pots sitting outside,another call to the agent,they got packed,....I FIXED IT


About 3 pm I got one of the guys to give me a ride to a bank,after all,they wanted to get paid.



The inventory went well,the crews I had padded everything inside,right behind me and we loaded the trucks...By 6:00 pm,we were signing the papers(remember the 14 hour rule,6 was my pull the key time)and the shipper was leaving when,the craters showed up.At that point I thought there was no need for help,only the crates to float on the back trailer,so I cut everyone loose.....Then the rain started,the craters did not work in the rain,so we just sat and waited out several periods of heavy rain.Almost forgot they needed my generator to run their tools,it ran for the next 6 hours...So now,it's 12:45 am,,the last crate is on and I'm sure the neighbors did not want me there overnight?BUT,I can't move(14hour rule)The heck with that,I limped the 4 miles back to the agent...And climbed back into the closet(sleeper)for a much needed rest period...Think about it,22 hours of work....




Thursday, September 20, 2012

More on the truck driver

Drive five minutes on any U.S. road and you're bound to see an 18-wheeler truck.

 These vehicles are one of the mainstays of transportation in the USA and the men and women who drive these big trucks are American icons.

 But what, really, does a truck driver do?
A truck driver, obviously, operates an 18-wheeler, or semi. He may be an independent driver, owning his own rig, or she may work for a trucking company. The movie Smokey and the Bandit and the country/novelty song "Convoy" by C.W. McCall helped propel this profession into the public eye.

A truck driver must first be trained to drive an 18-wheeler. Driving this kind of vehicle is totally different from driving a car, a pickup truck, or even a small delivery truck. A semi has air brakes, numerous gears in the transmission and a thousand other differences from conventional vehicles. A truck driver must be trained in all the semi's systems and operations.
He has to know what to do when going up or down a steep grade, so the brakes will not overheat. He has to know how to keep a load from shifting on a curve, which means he also has to know how to load the semi trailer properly.

The truck driving school teaches a novice how to park an 18-wheeler, how to maneuver in traffic and turn into narrow streets. A truck driver must learn different driving techniques, depending on where he is. One drives the rig one way in Los Angeles and another way on the flat Kansas Interstate.

When the truck breaks down, the truck driver must know some basic repair skills. He should know how to deal with the unique traits of a diesel engine and how to change a tire.

 He has to know how to connect and disconnect her tractor (the cab) from the trailer.

A truck driver is expected to drive long hours, keep track of them in the truck's logbook, get merchandise to its destination on time, load the truck, unload the truck, make sure the load in the truck matches the manifest sheet and a hundred other small duties.
 In short, the truck driver is responsible for his vehicle's operation, efficiency, management and safety, as well as for the load he carries.
 While some companies pay their drivers well, many truck drivers do not make a salary commensurate with what is expected of them. The hours are long and lonely.

In the end, trucks and their human drivers are still the most common way to move consumer goods around the US, so if you're thankful for a well-stocked grocery store, buy a truck driver a cup of coffee to say thanks.

He or she will appreciate it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A day in the life

A day in the life of a truck driver-

There are thousands of truck drivers that are out there that haul mostly freight- not household goods- below is a bit about their day and what they do-

Much like the world of corporate office jobs, there are some truck driving jobs that are fairly routine, these typically have drivers with dedicated runs, and then there is expedited trucking where the driver is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. For the latter, there is no typical day.
One week, it may be totally dead; the second week, the same run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with nothing in between; and the third week, a run from Chicago to New York City, followed by pick up in New Jersey and going to Oklahoma City, and then driving back home, tired.

But supposing we can generalize the typical truck driving day, here is a small snapshot of a likely day behind the wheel.

Today, the telephone rings at 8:30 in the morning, and the dispatcher has a load that picks up in two hours approximately 30 miles away in Rockford, Illinois, and delivers straight through to an automotive plant in Kansas City, Missouri. Agreeing to take the load, the driver takes a shower, eats a quick breakfast, packs a travel bag, and heads out the front door.

Upon approaching the truck, the driver does a visual walk-around inspection, pops the hood of the truck, and checks the oil. After all, this truck is six years old and has nearly 700,000 miles on it: Good trucks only make it this long without any major engine overhauls because a good driver takes care of it.

The driver programs the GPS with the destination address and takes off, down the road. After making the pick up on time and securing the load, another walk-around inspection and entering the next address into the GPS, the driver sees that this 480 mile trip will take approximately seven and a half hours of driving, not including a stop to fuel up the truck. At this point, the driver has a cushion of when it has to get there of almost two hours.

The basic route is I39 south to I88 west to Iowa, where the driver will pick up I80 west to I35 south into Kansas City. Runs like this are routine as most of it is interstate highway. Some runs require extensive travel on secondary two-lane highways that go through many small towns.
The driver pulls into the automotive plant in Kansas City at 6:15 p.m.
 The customer is delighted that the package arrived safely in good time.
 As the customer signs for the freight, the driver’s phone rings. It is the dispatcher eager for an update on the driver’s progress.

Whether being a truck driver interests you or not, learning more about what other’s do on a day to day basis can help provide you with a better understanding of people and the diversity of jobs out there.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Today is a time to give a nice thought to all of those people who travel the road.

Truckers move our mail, our groceries and about everything else - including, sometimes, us!

They keep the economy going, but they also spend a lot of time far away from home.

Today let's say, "We Love Truckers

Monday, September 17, 2012

Thank you

Thank you Mr Driver for:

Driving while we are sleeping so that you can reach your destination safely.

Taking part that entertainment center only to put it all back together a few days later.

Working through the stress of families that are in the middle of moving all of their belongings.

Caring all that furniture down from the third floor and dealing with the winding staircase.

Waiting for the elevator to move 13,000 lbs up to the 22nd floor.

Training labor while you are on the job.

Trying to back a 53' trailer down a road that most people would have difficulty driving a passenger van down.

Waking up at 4:00 AM to be where you need to be to pick up labor to get to where you need to load or unload.

For keeping our roads and highways safe by driving by D.O.T. rules and for always watching out for the other guy.

For helping your fellow drivers and agents and dispatch when they ask you to do something that is above and beyond.

Thank you for doing all of this and much more and for doing it with a smile .



“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it character in action."

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

“Once you have established the goals you want and the price you’re willing to pay, you can ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure and the temporary failures.”

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Truck Driver

I have been blessed to have met hundreds of truck drivers.

 I truly believe they are a special breed.

Sure, like any other group there are certainly ones that are still a bit wayward and perhaps do not make all the right decisions but overall they are a group of people that are independent and giving.

They enjoy, I mean really enjoy, helping others. I can mostly only speak for the driver in the domestic household goods industry where I have worked for 26 years.
Their reward at the end of a very long and hard day is to look into the faces of the family they just moved and see relief and appreciation.
The ability to walk into someones house at one of their most stressful times in their lives and take away all of their prize possessions and wrap them up, load them on a trailer and repeat the whole performance at their new home hundreds or thousands of miles away and to see that smile at the end is pretty awesome.

It it truly a art and a talent to be able to even load those trailers the way they do. Fitting each piece in the trailer like a giant jigsaw puzzle so that they fit just right and nothing moves and they all protected while they travel the highways is a profession that I admire each time I look in the back of a trailer.

Being able to do all that while having all their proper papers signed and explained, including all of their logs in case they stopped on the road is ridiculous. Keep in mind they do this every day, every week and month to month. Meet a new family that have to move or are retiring and trust them with all that have earned trough the years.

Truck drivers in the household good industry are giving people. They help others for the sake of helping others, the way it use to be years ago when neighbors helped each other.
I can not tell you all the times that a driver has told me yes to helping in situations that they know that may not get paid for but they said they would be happy to help.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Driver Appreciation Week

This year the Country has put aside September 16 through the 22nd to honor our truck drivers.

It is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

I am not sure that people in the good old United States fully understand just how much of every day lives depend on transportation of tractor trailers.

Pretty much everything that you touch, eat or sit on is trucked over the highways by truck drivers.

Here at Arpin we have always respected and appreciated all of our drivers.

The man who brought this company from a few trucks to the Van Lines that it is today was a truck driver. Paul Arpin ran the road and that is how he actually met his wife, Peg.
Her family was moving from New York to R.I. and Paul was moving them.

Paul Arpin knew all of the sacrifices and blood sweat and tears that went into driving and loading the trailers and never lost sight of it.
Now his son, David Arpin, is our CEO and President and like his father he started in the trucks and moving furniture. Davis shares the same appreciation for the drivers that his dad did.

Thank you just does not seem enough but we want our drivers and all truck drivers around this great country that we truly appreciate them- THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS

 by Arpin Van Lines Cocoa 32926

Thursday, September 13, 2012

John Lennon

"Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

“As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.”
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Teamwork and Habit


“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work


“Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

“Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”

“If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


11 years ago our life changed...we all watched live on TV as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.

We watched stunned, eyes glued to the television not believing what we we were seeing.
On that one day we all felt the same way,  we all wondered where our loved ones were and wanted to hear their voice to be sure that they were OK.
We did not care about petty things or work or whatever gossip we were caught up in, everything else disappeared.

Because in the end that is what happens, all the B.S. disappears and we are left with the ones we love.

Don't waste time gossiping and complaining- thank the good Lord for all that you have in your life.


Monday, September 10, 2012


Once I get on Vince Lombardi quotes I can't get off...great man...great ideals and philosophies..


“Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.”
“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?”

“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

“I would say that the quality of each man’s life is the full measure of that man’s commitment of excellence and victory – whether it be football, whether it be business, whether it be politics or government or what have you.”

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Since this is the first Sunday of the Pro Football season, I thought I would share some thoughts from one of football's greatest motivators....Vince Lombardi...


“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”

“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.”

“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

Saturday, September 8, 2012


" People often say that motivation doesn't last,
  Well, nether does bathing-
  That's why we recommend it daily."

Sometimes it is hard to remain motivated or to motivate others but it really is pretty simple.
Do you like what you do? Are you good at it? Are you and your family healthy?
Then count your blessings, believe that the glass is half full and keep the negative at arm's length.

Understand that your actions mean something, it does make a difference- one way or the other.
Stay motivated and always do your best and the rest will take care of itself.

Friday, September 7, 2012



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  • Richard Nixon is elected President.
  • The 1st class postage stamp raises to 6 cents.
  • Robert Kennedy is assasinated in California. Sirhan Sirhan is apprehended on the spot.
  • Johnny Cash records "Live at Folsom Prison".
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities for several days afterward.
  • The musical Hair officially opens on Broadway.
  • The soap opera One Life to Live premieres on ABC. The show featured Tommy Lee Jones and Lawrence Fishburne.
  • Saddam Hussein becomes Vice Chairman of the Revolutionary Council in Iraq after a coup d'├ętat.
  • The White Album is released by The Beatles.
  • The film Oliver!, based on the hit London and Broadway musical, opens in the U.S. after being released first in England. It will go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • The Zodiac Killer is believed to have shot Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday on Lake Herman Road, Benicia, San Francisco Bay, California.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


A 5 year old and a 4 year old are upstairs in the bedroom.
"You know what?." says the 5 year old, " I think it's about time we start swearing." The 4 year old nods his head in approval. "When we go downstairs for breakfast I'm gonna say 'hell', and you say 'ass', Ok?"
The 4 year old agrees with enthusiasm.
 The mother walks into the kitchen and ask the 5 year old what he wants for breakfast.
"Aw, hell mom, I guess I'll have some Cheerios."
WHACK!! He flies off the chair, tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets up, and runs upstairs crying his eyes out.
The mom looks at the 4 year old and asks with a stern voice, " And what do YOU want for breakfast, young man?!"
" I don't know," he blubbers, " but you can bet your ass it won't be Cheerios.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The ride in

The ride into work this morning provided more examples for me on a few subjects.

First, I noticed the students waiting for their buses this morning in the rain. And as usual none of them had an umbrella. They would rather stand in the rain at 6:30 in the morning and get drenched for the rest of the day than to be UNCOOL and use a freaking umbrella. This to me is another example of peer pressure and how we become sheep.

Then I stopped for gas and one of the few times in the morning I can breathe fresh air and stand outside and possibly clear my head to get ready for the day I now have the gas pump talking to me. As if we need more commercials or video or TV in our life we now have it on our gas pumps.

And lastly I go inside to pay the cashier and she is busy complaining to her coworker about the night before and all the hours that she is working. She never looks up or says hi or attempts to make any eye contact. Another example of how people get so self absorbed they do not even perform their basic functions while getting paid to do them.

Being sheep, video,computer and TV overload, and common courtesy and respect.
There you go, three quick examples within a short time span on the ride in on some of my major pet peeves.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to work

Ok, it is back to work...lots to do.  One of our biggest projects takes shape this month, the computer dispatch of Arpin dispatch.
We have been working on it for most of the year. Had to take a time out for the summer months though to concentrate on the busy season.

We all hope that the new system helps us all to communicate and share information. In today's business communication is more important than ever.

We also realize that no matter how sophisticated we get we are still about people helping people.

The computer is a tool. You will never replace the human aspect in this business. Too many variables.

Kinda cool where we are going though....stay tuned.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor day

For many Americans Labor Day is seen above all as Leisure Day at end of the last long weekend of summer. Cookouts and all that.

And no matter how long you have been out of school you probably still associate it with going back to school.

Still, let us remember that the day is meant to honor the nation's laboring classes.

Here are three things that I hope we can do in the very near future our economy and therefore help the laborer..

Raise the minimum wage.

Improve public education--  this one I rate as our most important challenge for our overall future-

The third is to push for public-infrastructure  projects in transportation.

Happy Labor Day

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Last night we went to another live concert...The Zac Brown Band.

There is nothing like live music, rather it is one man with a guitar on your back deck or a full professional band - live music can take you away.
It can leave your troubles at the door step and allow you to put your problems or work to the back of your mind.
 It can transcend you to a time where you did not have so much responsibility or when you may have had more time for just enjoying your time.

It also unites.

Last night a few seats from us in the same row was a young family,  a mom and dad with their two kids around 10 and 12 years old. In front of us was a couple around 70 years old and in front of them were four teenage girls.... all standing up singing and dancing to the music.

Rather you are young or old, Republican or Democrat, in the 1 % or the 99 does not matter.

For that period we are truly united. Just enjoying the moment and the music. Letting your self go and forgetting about your inhibitions and problems.

You gotta live LIVE MUSIC..

Saturday, September 1, 2012



  • Rolling Stone Magazine is founded.
  • Communist China announces the H Bomb.
  • Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first heart transplant.
  • Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler", is convicted of numerous crimes and sentenced to life in prison.
  • Human Be-In takes place in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; event sets the stage for the Summer of Love.
  • The Doors' first album is released.
  • In Houston, Texas, boxer Muhammad Ali refuses military service.
  • Jimmy Hoffa begins his 8-year sentence for attempting to bribe a jury.
  • Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu are married in Las Vegas.
  • The album Are You Experienced is released by The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the United Kingdom.
  • Pink Floyd releases their debut album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn."
  • Jim Morrison and The Doors defy CBS censors on The Ed Sullivan Show, when Morrison sings the word "higher" from their #1 hit Light My Fire, despite having been asked not to.
  • Love Is a Many Splendored Thing debuts on U.S. daytime television and is the first soap opera to deal with an interracial relationship. CBS censors find it too controversial and ask for it to be stopped, causing show creator Irna Phillips to quit.
  • Walt Disney's full-length animated feature The Jungle Book, the last animated film personally supervised by Disney, is released and becomes an enormous box office and critical success. On a double bill with the film is the (now) much less well-known True-Life Adventure, Charlie the Lonesome Cougar.
  • LSD declared an illegal by the United States government.