Up With People and the Young Americans
Up With People formed in 1965 with a global mission to “make a difference in the world”. I ran into a configuration of this group in 1965 while riding a tilt-o-whirl ride in “The Lagoon” amusement park. The group filled all the seats on the ride other than the one my date and I were occupying and then when the ride started up the “Uppers” began singing one of their uplifting songs – and so the ride operator let the old tilt-o-whirl go on, and on, and on for what seemed like forever.
Did I join in with their inspiring song? Doggone it, I believe I just might have….
Some notable alumni included actress Glen Close.
The “Up With People” concept came under critical scrutiny in 2009 in a documentary film titled “Smile ‘Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story”. The world must now be a much safer place with the “People” exposed…. Let’s go get “The Young Americans” next…..
Good grief, give me a break……
PS: By the way, “Up With People” is headquartered here in the Mile High City – Denver, Colorado as can be seen from the two picture sleeves below.
The Young Americans
The Young Americans were a wholesome group which was first formed in 1962 in Southern California. Hundred’s of members passed through the ranks from all over the world and the group continues today! Their first appearance occurred in the 1960’s on the “Bing Crosby Show”.
Some noted members included Vicki Lawrence, Mark Walberg (Antiques Roadshow), Reggie Banister, and Nia Peeples.